Odds & Ends @ The End Of The Week

November 27th, 2009, 3:55 pm by Sara

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET…: It’s that special time of the year once again. That’s right, it’s almost time for the Santa Speedo Sprint.

The fourth annual .5K benefit run takes place on Saturday, December 12. Registration starts at 12noon at Tess’ Lark Tavern and the Oh Bar, and the race itself begins at 2pm. Registration and pledge sheets are also available in advance online. All runners must make a minimum donation of $25, but runners are encouraged to collect donations from sponsors.

The Santa Speedo Sprint will benefit the Albany Damian Center. (As a public service, we’re not publishing a photo in this item.)

The Royal Palace in Brussels

The Royal Palace in Brussels

Four months, 29 assistants, 1.6 million beetle shells. That, my friend, is how Jim Fabre decorated the ceiling of the Royal Palace in Brussels.

Hmmm, what do you think the R-Value of beetle shells is?

Calling Berkshire Photographers! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts has issued a call for photography for an upcoming juried exhibit of contemporary photography, entitled BerkshireCity: Pittsfield on Film that aims to celebrate the unique urban landscape and architecture of Pittsfield. There is no entry fee and artists may submit up to six works.

Applications are open to everyone and will be accepted until Monday, December 7 at 5pm. The exhibition runs from January 15 – March 6, 2010. More info here.

Making lists is always a seriously fun time suck. Reading other people’s lists? Well, maybe not so much fun. Unless, of course, the list-maker is our old pal J. Eric Smith, former Metroland writer and host of the unfortunately defunct local music TV show, “Sounding Board.” These days, he’s chewing up the Times Union’s blogosphere, and he recently spit out the delightfully entertaining “My Ten Most Memorable Concerts.” Anybody who’s got ears big enough to embrace Nick Cave, Rush and Nippertown’s own Clay People is AOK in our book.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Lake George Arts Project is presenting “Peoples Pixel Project,” a video festival of original video shorts of 3-5 minutes in length. Entries are open to anyone living within 75 miles of Lake George, NY. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 31. For list of catagories, guidelines and entry form go here. The festival and award night will take place at the Charles Wood Theater in Glens Falls on Saturday, February 6.

File it under: The Crooks Were Stupid, The Mark Was Stupider (Alternate title: Some people just have way too much money….)

A Utah couple has been charged with selling six fake Andy Warhol silkscreens of Matthew Baldwin, one of Alec Baldwin’s brothers, that the artist created in 1996.

There probably is a Matthew Baldwin, but not in the family of actor Alec Baldwin. Andy Warhol died in 1987. So the burning question in our minds is why would someone have laid out a $25,000 down payment for those works?

Theremin Alert!! The Mable Ensemble videos shows 14 musicians simultaneously performing on theremins in the shape of Matrioshkas (Russian nesting dolls):


How Much Is Your Art Worth?

November 10th, 2009, 9:35 am by Sara

One of the most angst-ridden decisions an artist must make is how to price his or her work. The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center is coming to the rescue with FREE professional development workshops for artists. This week, the subject is Pricing: How Much Is Your Work Worth? and three sessions mix gallerists, museum directors, and art collectors to explore methods of determining your work’s value in today’s marketplace.

TODAY: (Tuesday, November 10th ) | 6:30 p.m. | MCLA Gallery 51 | 51 Main Street, North Adams | Joe Thompson (Director of MASS MoCA) and Jo Ellen Harrison (Owner of Harrison Gallery)

Wednesday, November 11th | 6:30 p.m. | Lichtenstein Center for Arts | 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield | Stuart Chase (Director of Berkshire Museum) and Kurt Kolok [Owner of Kolok Gallery]

Thursday, November 12th | 6:30 p.m. | IS183 Art School | Stockbridge | Nancy Fitzpatrick (art collector) and Geoffrey Young (Owner of Geoffrey Young Gallery)

All workshops are free, but do require pre-registration. For more information, and/or to register, call 413.663.5253. Here’s more info.

ArtBeat: Jump In!

September 3rd, 2009, 2:22 pm by Greg

jumpinHead first!
Feet first!
Heart first!

It doesn’t really matter which way you jump, but JUMP IN!

From 5:30-8pm on Friday, September 4, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. hosts the opening reception for the group exhibition, “Jump In!,” celebrating water in the landscape.

Co-sponsored by the yet-to-be-built Housatonic River Museum, the exhibition features photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, writing and video inspired by the waters of the region.

“Jump In!” also serves as the premiere of “A Sound Map of the Housatonic River,” a commissioned sound installation by internationally acclaimed sound artist/musician Annea Lockwood.

Nearly two dozen other artists are represented in the exhibition, including Tim Prentice, Fern Leslie, Kevin Sprague, Laurie McLeod, Suzanne Howe-Stevens, Peter Kitchell, Michael Boroniec, Monika Pizzichemi and Leila Daw.

Water-related events and entertainment will compliment the artful offerings at the gallery.

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, October 31.


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