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Ventfort Hall Executive Director Steps Down
11:13AM / Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. —  Beverly N. Rainey retired April 15 as executive director of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, returning to her home in Gaffney, S.C.     In her position at the museum, Rainey reported to the board of directors, headed staff and volunteers, as well as oversaw the museum's operations, restoration projects and community outreach.   Board President Kelly Blau acknowledges Rainey's  successful leadership role: “Beverly brought her business talent and her diplomatic nature to Ventfort Hall just when we needed to begin a new series of restoration projects and public programs, and she's leaving us well-positioned to

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MCLA Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
03:52PM / Thursday, May 13, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the MCLA Institute for the Dismantling of Racism.    This project will educate and support staff members of historically White art institutions in creating and implementing an anti-racist agenda within the arts, one person at a time. BCRC's project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America, totaling nearly $27 million, that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.    "As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic

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Mass MoCA Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Friday, May 07, 2021
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A conceptual image of the restaurant. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Georgian restaurant out of New York City is planning a pop-up eatery at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.   The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.   "The operators for this pop-up restaurant are coming to us from Manhattan, where they run two restaurants with Georgian — as in, over-in-Europe Georgian — style food, and they recently, last year pre-COVID, hosted a dinner event for

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Images Presents Annual 'Fresh Fest' on Food, Farming
04:09PM / Thursday, May 06, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema presents Fresh Fest: A Food and Farming Film Festival, Friday, May 7 through Thursday, May 13.    Produced by Images Cinema, in collaboration with Storey Publishing and the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, this annual film festival explores the ways farming and food culture impacts our lives in rich and varied ways, and makes links to local farmers and food producers.   This year Fresh Fest will happen virtually this year, on Images' Virtual Cinema platform, watch.eventive.org/imagesvirtual. All films are free to view and will be available for the full week with the exception of Gather, which will be available

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Local Artistic Directors Look Forward to Summer 2021
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:52AM / Sunday, May 02, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local performing arts leaders are navigating the new post-pandemic world of theater and embracing one another as allies.   Artistic Directors Mandy Greenfield of Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kate Maguire of Berkshire Theatre Group Kate and Julianne Boyd of Barrington Stage Company; Alexandra Fuchs, chief operating officer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and Pamela Tatge, director of Jacob's Pillow Dance, joined 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler for a virtual town hall on Friday.   Greenfield thinks the Berkshires are uniquely positioned to bring back live performances safely.   "I think that we as arts organizations are back with this kind

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Dewey Hall Appoints New President
09:08AM / Friday, April 30, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Beth Carlson has been chosen as the new president of Dewey Hall, the historic stone building on Sheffield's Village Green.   Beth has been a member of the Dewey Hall board of directors for three years and is a founding board member of the Clinton Church Restoration project. She was a coproducer of the Oldtone Roots Music Festival and is currently a partner in Silo Media, a graphic design, film, and marketing business. She is also a co-producer of TapRoot Sessions.   At the board's March 9 meeting, Wenonah Webster was named as vice president, Lynne Jablonski as treasurer, and Ken Terry as secretary. Wenonah heads Webster Landscapes in Sheffield, and

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Clark Art Summer 2021 Exhibitions
12:07PM / Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute announced its summer 2021 exhibition schedule featuring exhibitions ranging from the work of one of Norway's most revered artists to  contemporary projects.    "This will be an exciting summer at the Clark, full of new discoveries and wonderful opportunities to enjoy art both in our galleries and on our grounds," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "From the fantastical objects created by sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne to the lively paintings and prints of Nikolai Astrup, we will be introducing audiences to artists who may not be familiar, but whose work is sure to

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MCLA Arts Management Class Presents Theatre Festival
12:04PM / Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA's Advanced Performing Arts Management (APAM) class will present a 24-HR Theatre Festival from 7 p.m. on April 30 to 7 p.m. on May 1, with a final showcase at 7 p.m. on May 1.    Coordinated by students with faculty mentorship, the final performance of this virtual festival is open to the public with advance registration.     To register for the festival, visit https://www.facebook.com/24hrtheatremcla or email 24hourtheatre@mcla.edu.    The 13 students participants, including 11 members of the APAM class, will come together at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30, then create works from scratch to be performed at 7 p.m. on

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Clark Art Celebrates Earth Day
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Clark Art Institute celebrates Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, with two guided programs that invite visitors to connect with nature and art on the Clark's campus.    Clark educators lead ninety-minute outdoor experiences that inspire participants to write, draw, move, and more as they explore the unique natural settings of the "Ground/work" exhibition. All participants will be provided with a blank "field journal" and pencil to record their thoughts and creations.   A 10:30 am walk starts at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill and features Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva LeWitt's "Resin Towers,"

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Clark Art First Sundays Free Returns In May
08:06AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, May 2.    Admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is necessary.    Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. See the Clark's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work," consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists: Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations—Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva Lewitt's

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