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Bard SummerScape 2018 Celebrates Life and Times of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Close Encounters with Music and Yehuda Hanani Present Grand Piano Trios with Roman Rabinovich and Soovin Kim, The Faux and the Fabulous with ACRONYM Ensemble; and GALA: Lenny Bernsteim at 100; Kaatsbaan Presents Spring Performances with New York Theatre Ballet, ABT Studio Company, Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana, Ballet Next, and Martha Graham Company; and Fay Driscoll Receives 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Plus Jacob’s Pillow’s Season Opening Gala

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Djelloul Marbrook Three New Poetry Books: Air Tea with Dolores, Other Risks Include, and Riding Thermals to Winter Grounds Where are you now? Will you love me forever & ever, cross your heart and hope to die? He took the hope-to-die part seriously & to do that he had to cross his heart again & again, not knowing once you do it becomes your unbecoming. You were capable of love, Having no idea what it was or what was to come— the future was a bother, the past a sore. You gladly fell into the well of her eyes and never climbed out, & when she left you found she had taken you with her.

whenever a child squeals with joy or complaint, joy my hands are pulling at the noose, complaint I’m climbing up out of my predicament. Here to be hung but occasionally forgetting it until a child shrieks, a mother looks away. I remember the horses, how I’ll miss them, but I won’t miss the shadowless bay. I’ll even miss you if you forget to tie my hands. Malarial this stress disorder helping everyone to make strange, turning familiar places to new prisons, disordering

Sudden… (Incident at boarding school)

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Squealing kids are lynching me again with the best of intentions of course.

whatever happens is a shock, my permanent state is dismay.

I smile and wriggle in my skin wanting to be like them, longing

Home is where I don’t have to climb a rope, but will I remember that when I get there?

to swat those buzzing bloody bugs. My body enjoys a second’s elongation.

From Air Tea with Delores. Poems by Djelloul Marbrook (Leaky Boot Press, 2017)

What has changed? Daisy and Dolly neigh and stomp. My feet climb the air,


and then I remember (it becomes a habit) my hands are free and I begin to climb hand over hand up the murder rope giving a neighbor time to cut me down. I almost share their disappointment watching me scamper along the hoist. Every time an innocent monster squeals your bulging eyes fill with the shadowless bay, my skin comes off, my heart turns around. I came here to be hung, my escape is a deviation from the plan and after it I am on my own again and again

They took out my heart and put it in my hand. But how will I live? You never needed it, they said, but now romantics will try to inhabit you, creatures with no respect for facts. How will I live without a pulse? You will live as well as you have without facts, better even, because you won’t be deafened by your desires, and for the first time you will hear others and you will recognize that elusive presence you have been yammering about. All there would be She is beautiful in a perilous way as if not meant to enjoy herself but to trip the wires to which we’re rigged I first encountered her in a maze— we sipped air tea in tin cups

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and understood this is all there would be. the rest would be the getting home filled with the debris we threw before us and bombs we couldn’t resist setting off

hideous adaptations of the self now hung in secondhand shops. Not restored furniture, not this bumfooted explorer, I’m hot for what I was before I forgot and settled down in despair.

Rather than be artists What Luciano said What if it were up to us to color things, to stretch canvas, apply tempera, what if it were up to us to arrange the forms, to arrest expressions? It is up to us, but we prefer to be buyers, patrons of someone else’s pain. What if white balance abandoned us to our devices and panic usurped the job of black? Where would we stand in regard to this? Are we the painting or the painter or raw material waiting for decisions we die to make? More is up to us than we are up to. Dolphins and roaches will outlive us because we wrap each moment in dogma to suffocate it rather than be artists. From Other Risks Include. New Poems by Djelloul Marbrook (Leaky Boot Press, 2017) Lilacs Lilacs sell no indulgences. They look better in a jar than a vase, like moonshine. Allow me to be drunk on you, we say, needing permission. Lilacs make everything all right, not like doctors or lotteries, like inaccessible priestesses sailing on ecstasies to trade in spices and mysteries. A life is well lived if only to have been touched by them. Walking slow without a bit of pain Some place where I have to be (I haven’t found it yet) calls with sexual urgency, a higher mathematics, a calling similar to algebra, a conjuring, a joining, conjugal, which if pursued destroys the personalities I put on to conform. This is surely how I become myself, walking slowly, taking in malpropositions and malapropisms,

See that everybody gets what they want; all I want is everything else. That’s what Luciano said in my dream, and I immediately set about looking for how it might be playing out when I noticed dandelions cavorting in the warmth of waste, and I knew they’re my salad, my else, and my due. From Riding Thermals to Winter Grounds, New Poems by Djelloul Marbrook (Leaky Boot Press, 2018) Djelloul Marbrook was born in Algiers and grew up in New York. He served in the US Navy, and for many years was a newspaper reporter and editor at Providence Journal, Elmira Star-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, Winston-Salem Journal, and Washington Star. His awards include the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize (2007), the Literal Latté fiction prize (2008), and the International Book Award in Poetry (2010). His poetry has been published in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Taos Poetry Journal, Orbis (UK), Le Zaporogue (Denmark), Oberon, Fledgling Rag, Poets Against the War and Poemeleon. He lives with his wife, Marilyn, in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley.

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THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER By Karen Dionne G.P. Putnam Sons, 306 pp., $26 Reviewed by James Polk Calling this novel a psychological thriller and leaving it at that is to sell it way too short, for there are a lot more genres at play here. Yes, there are murders, adventures, chases, terrors, escapes, moments of suspense, unexpected plot twists, and many other elements of the well-wrought thriller. But there is so much more. After all, how many other novels of this sort dig as deeply into the tangled relationship between parent and child? Or into a young girl's growing up? How many others follow a pattern set down in a fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen? In how many others is key guidance provided by the same young girl's imaginary friends? The story is told by Helena, a young woman with a loving husband and two daughters whose life is suddenly uprooted by the news that her father had killed two guards and escaped from prison. Where she had put him. The narrative then unfolds in a mix of past and present. In flashback we learn that Helena's mother was abducted from the life of a typical high school girl on Michigan's Upper Peninsula at fourteen, and dragged to an abandoned cabin in the marshland where Helena was born two and a half years later. Her father, steeped in Native American culture, prided himself in his ability to live off the land and forced his imprisoned family to do likewise. For Helena, who had known nothing else, much of their life was naturally an adventure. Her father taught her to function in the marsh, hunting, trapping, and skinning prey, how to track animals (and people) through the wilderness; in short, he taught her how to sustain herself in an environment that yielded little. And, of course, she loved it, as what child wouldn't, learning the mysteries of the world as she grew into it. She loved her teacher too, despite his more than occasional cruelties and the often unfathomable orders he would give to both daughter and mother. Helped by her mother and by the stack of National Geographics someone had left in the cabin, the girl taught herself to read and write. As she grew older the magazines also introduced her to the imaginary friends, Cousteau and Calypso (after the famous undersea explorer and his research vessel), who provided her not only with companionship, but would also give her the strength needed to stand on her own and later the courage needed to escape her imprisonment. Interspersed with this tale of captivity is the older Helena's story of her reaction to the news of her father's escape.Almost immediately, she realizes that she must track him down herself since she knows him and his ways far better than the authorities who are, she is convinced, searching in the wrong places. Making her mission even more of an imperative is that she is also convinced that her father, if left to his own devices, will track down her family, kill her husband, and kidnap her daughters. In a gruesome way then, if she does not stop him, the whole cycle will play out all over again. These two themes intersect throughout the novel, each maintaining its own level of suspense and danger. Of course, we know from the beginning that somehow Helena will escape captivity; the question that keeps us guessing is how she will do it. What we don't know about the second theme is how she will save her family, or even if she will save her family. Looming over both strands is the fairy tale—also called “The Marsh King’s Daughter”—which the author divides into segments parceled out to relate to what's going on in the novel at the time and which Cousteau and Calypso retell to Helena in their own words and embellishments. It's a pretty ruthless tale, involving a creature who alternates between being a frog and a beautiful princess, a story filled with deaths and betrayals, lost loves and

tragedies. And yet, as all good fables must, it contains a lesson. Which is, at least according to Calypso, that the good in a person will triumph over the evil in the same person. It is a lesson that leads Helena to escape the captivity she was born into and to track her captor toward their final confrontation. Impressively, the author maintains tight control over what might in other hands have turned out to be a hopelessly disjointed plot. She seamlessly integrates the three strands of her story while providing a richly detailed picture of the wilds of the Upper Peninsula and the three dislocated souls who live there. James Polk has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and LA Times, and is the co-owner of A New Leaf Used Books in Pine Plains, NY.

Advanced Praise for The Marsh King’s Daughter: “Eerie and breathtaking, terrific and terrifying the best possible way, Karen Dionne holds you under her spell from the first word to the last…—TÉA OBRECHT “I don’t use the word ‘brilliant’ often, but no other adjective feels adequate to describe this amazing novel. The brooding undertone of unease that reverberates from the pages kept me spellbound. An exceptional achievement.”—DAVID MORRELL

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DENIZENS A Narrative of Captain George Denison And His New England Contemporaries By Katherine Dimancescu 492 pages, illustrated with photographs ISBN: 9780989616911 Reviewed by James Polk One of the most challenging pitfalls confronting the historian is the risk of drifting too far off the subject. While researching, potential distractions lurk everywhere: with each step you take toward your intended goal any number of tempting sidetracks open up inviting—or even daring—you to follow them away from your supposed focus, perhaps until the original subject is swallowed up and forgotten, replaced by one that had formerly seemed so distant and insignificant. For a time in this wide-ranging history of her maternal relations in Colonial New England, Katherine Dimancescu, prodigious researcher that she is, seems about to wander off on several of these diversionary tangents. Cleverly though, she avoids the trap by seeming to recognize it:“The events discussed in this narrative are not presented in chronological order,” she declares in an author's note.“This narrative can be read chapter by chapter or cover to cover.” So with that warning, she cheerfully embarks on a bouncy journey, moving from episode to episode backward and forward through time and place, telling her story in ways that may violate the usual dictates of linear narrative, yet in ways that finally add up to a pretty unified picture of her subject. Dimancescu's wide ranging studies of her family's past wander from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early years of the seventeenth century when a couple of ancestors arrived on the Mayflower. This narrative really begins though by loosely following the life of another, Captain George Denison (over the years the family name has been spelled in a variety of ways), who emigrated to the colony a few years later, but traveled back to the motherland to participate in the English Civil War before returning to Massachusetts for good. The book then roams through southern New England and later, a couple of centuries on, to the American Midwest and the author's own graduation from Denison University in Ohio, which had been financially rescued by a distant relative in 1856. Perhaps all of this might hold together better if it were told in a traditionally straightforward manner, but it is the author's choice to wander back and forth through the years, completing the story of one ancestor fully before returning to her starting point to embark on the story of someone else, while interspersing her historical findings with modern day stories of how she made them and what distant relatives and local historians helped her find them out. Readers wanting to get to the point have no option but to follow along. What would help them get there would probably be a family tree, pointing out relationships and making it clear just who was descended from whom. But enough of the negative. Why would anyone beyond an immediate relative be interested in all of Ms. Dimancescu’s digging? Well, as revealed in her last book about her heritage, The Forgotten Chapters, the families we are exposed to here played a central role in the colonial history of New England, and by following their stories we are able to see how they lived, the struggles they fought, the choices they made, and, perhaps most important in those times, the god they followed. The revelations in these pages are many. We learn about how many Native Americans captured in battle were sold into slavery in the West Indies, while the lucky ones became valued (and sometimes liberated) members of New England households. It was, in fact, one of these Indians, who, having learned English, taught the Reverend John Eliot of Roxbury the language of the

natives so well that the preacher was eventually able to transcribe it into a written language for the first time. The author touches on the Antinomian Controversy during which the Puritans, having fled the mother country because of religious persecution, declared as heretics those who believed that an individual's spiritual relationship with God was at least as important as the teaching of scripture and banished them from Massachusetts. Perhaps it was such disputes over the faith of the colonists and the religious insecurities, they suggest, that contributed to the notorious Salem Witch Trials near the end of the seventeenth century. There are also many deaths, of women either in childbirth or from the stresses of maintaining a home life in the most trying of circumstances, of children either from the diseases of infancy or from frequent accidents, and of men either in battle with Indians or from being worn down by the simple effort of establishing a homestead in a new and unforgiving land. The author brings all these hardships to the fore in her exhaustive study. For this, despite any and all drawbacks in the finished product, she is to be complimented. Denizens takes us back to the dawn of the European/American experience, and in its pages we can, if we dig enough, find important clues to our origins as a people. The paperback edition is available from Amazon for $22.50 or may be ordered through a local bookstore using the ISBN. James Polk has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and LA Times, and is the co-owner of A New Leaf Used Books in Pine Plains, NY.

Cover Painting for Denizens by Katherine Dimancescu: Battle of Marston Moor, 1644. John Joseph Barker, British, 1824-1904 ©The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council/Bridgman Images


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Hollister House Garden Announces New “Barn Talks” Series And Welcomes a New Program Coordinator Heirloom apple orchards, cutting gardens, organic lawn care, tablescapes, and other inspiring “Barn Talks” are planned for Spring 2018

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Following a successful first year of programming in the newly renovated 18th Century Barn, Hollister House Garden announces a new series of educational workshops and lectures called “Barn Talks.” The goal of “Barn Talks” is to engage, educate, and bring together both amateur and professional gardeners.

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The roster of presenters includes horticultural industry professionals with decades of experience, who will share their passion and knowledge. The Saturday series begins with “New England Orchard Revival: Resurrecting the Heirloom Apple” and presented by Peter J. Jentsch of Cornell

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Deborah Brown seen here leading a Flower Arranging workshop at Hollister House Garden, Washington, CT

University. Additional “Barn Talks” include “The Living Lawn: Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care” with Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics,“Creating a Landscape for your Table” and “Decorative Kitchen Containers” with designer, Chris Zaima, and “How to Create a Small, Productive Cutting Garden,” led by Elisabeth Cary of Cooper Hill Flower Farm. The annual Hollister House Garden Spring Plant Sale is planned for May 12th and features Broken Arrow Nursery, Falls Village Flower Farm, McCue Gardens, and Something to Crow About Dahlias. Recently the board of directors approved adding the position of Program Coordinator to plan and implement a series of lectures and workshops thus reaffirming a commitment to making Hollister House Garden an important resource for the gardening community.The Board welcomes Deborah Brown of Roxbury, CT, a longtime friend and volunteer, to this newly created position. Ms. Brown has worked in the horticultural field for over thirty years as a landscape contractor and as a garden/floral designer. “Our goal is to make Hollister House Garden a center of learning and inspiration for all gardeners. We hope to present programs that offer both practical knowledge and insight as well as those that affirm the joy of gardening,” says Deborah Brown.

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The official 2018 opening day of Hollister House Garden is Friday,April 27th. In addition to “Barn Talks,” the garden will continue to offer a full program of cultural and educational events, such as “Music in the Garden,” “Twilight in the Garden,”“Photography in the Garden,” and more. A complete listing of dates, times and registration links for “Barn Talks” and all other upcoming events can be found at Hollister House Garden is a non-profit corporation and one of only sixteen exceptional gardens currently designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public. In 2010, Hollister House achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places.The property has also been named a Town Landmark Site by the Town of Washington. Hollister House Garden is open to visitors April 27th through October 6th. Friday hours are 1 to 4 pm and Saturdays 10 to 4 pm. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only. Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website. Contact: Pamela Moffett, 860 868-2200,


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Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program

David Ireland, 500 Capp Street (interior view, upstairs living room). photo: Henrik Kam, 2015; courtesy The 500 Capp Street Foundation

Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York is the birthplace of Edward Hopper. It was built in 1858 by his maternal grandfather, and served as his primary residence until 1910. photo: Courtesy Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center

Names Four New Historic Sites to Membership: Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center, Nyack, NY David Ireland House, 500 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA James Fitzgerald Legacy/Monhegan Museum of Art and History, Monhegan Island, ME Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation. New York, NY The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced four new members have been accepted into their Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program. Executive Director, Donna Hassler, and HAHS Program Manager, Valerie Balint, administer the program, which is funded in part by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, through Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio, and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French. All four new members are the preserved homes and studios of significant American artists, and are open to the public. The new members include historic sites in New York, Maine and California. The childhood home of painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967) in Nyack, New York, where the artist had his first studio overlooking the Hudson River, and the Greenwich Village home and studio of sculptor and arts educator, Chaim Gross (1904-1991), are among the new members. A home and studio on Maine’s Monhegan Island, a locale that has drawn artists and writers for centuries, is also joining the program. The home

Third floor living room at the Renee and Chaim Gross Home in Greenwich Village, photo: Courtesy Renee and Chaim Gross, © Sotheby’s

and studio, built by painter Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was later occupied by his cousin, painter Alice Kent Stoddard (1883-1976), and ultimately by his friend, painter, James Fitzgerald (1899-1971). The recently preserved and opened home of late conceptual artist, David Ireland, in the Mission District of San Francisco, has also joined the program. The 1886 Italianate-style home was transformed by Ireland into a site-specific artwork, widely considered the centerpiece of his career. “These diverse sites and the stories of the artists who created in these spaces help to advance the collective narrative of our country’s extraordinary artistic legacy,” said HAHS Program Manager, Valerie Balint.“Adding these to our consortium continues to enhance a national conversation about visual arts, cultural identity, and the power of place, all of which are seminal to the work of the HAHS network and the National Trust.” continued on page 40



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How to Get Your BIFF Going This Year! Reported by Diana Niles King

Kelley Vickery, Elaine Taylor, Christopher Plummer, David Edelstein, Rachel Klayman at Berkshire International Film Festival, 2017

For the uninitiated and/or unenlightened—this reporter was one—BIFF equals The Berkshire International Film Festival—four days of the “best” curated international and domestic films, documentaries, special events, and “Tea Talks” in the quad-state region. Meet and Greets with film world luminaries held during the Festival turned host town—Great Barrington—into one giant Red-Carpet event. The “How To”—how to create your own Festival schedule and become audience for the most of the best that you can—requires a conversation with and details from BIFF’s lively and enthusiastic Artistic Director and Founder – Kelley Vickery. She tells us that BIFF—now in its 13th season—is a celebration of independent film and of the filmmakers that produce them. With the intent to educate, entertain, and inspire, the Festival brings together audience and filmmakers in an up-close and personal manner, creating new connections, new passions, and understanding. BIFF’s four days…Thursday, May 31st through Sunday, June 3rd this

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year …are all jam- packed with screenings, talks, and events…all not to be missed. “Just get stuck in,” says Kelley. However, she adds, certain events are “extra” special, and a BIFF must: the Thursday Opening Night event at Great Barrington’s majestic Mahaiwe Theater, for instance. This is usually a documentary film with all its ‘talent’ on hand, followed by a lively audience Q&A and interaction with filmmakers. As example, Kelley references the first night screening of the fantastic Philip Petit documentary, Man on a Wire. After the film, Petit (unexpectedly) performed live on the Mahaiwe stage, balancing a large picture frame on his head (passed to him from the audience, she says) to audience delight. Although the specifics for this season’s event are not yet final, Kelley promises (and In Kelley We Trust!) a totally engaging evening with all the bells and whistles. BIFF hosts another special event on Saturday evening at the Mahaiwe Theater—a film screening and Talent Tribute night. (Last year’s honoree— Academy Award winning actor, Christopher Plummer—captivated the audience

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Doug Trumble and Bruce Dern at Berkshire International Film Festival, 2017

Joan Anderson and Mary Mott at Berkshire International Film Festival, 2017

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with his witty and personal comments during the lively Q&A, following the tribute screening of The Exception. This evening is also a BIFF must…giving us the opportunity to get intimately and personally involved with both the film narrative and the “talent”…as well as a terrific mix and mingle. NOTE: PSST…There is also a Closing Night Party on Sunday… if you have the requisite BIFF stamina! BIFF will screen seventy-five films this season that Vickery has curated from some 800 submissions —international, domestic, and some from local, “home grown in the Berkshires” talent. This year’s Festival trend watch and “buzz”—which unites, to some degree, all the final selections—is a kind of filmic truth-telling and personal narrative. Kelley is particularly enthusiastic about this truth-trending; She observes that in spotlighting this kind of truthful /witness story telling (in both documentary and narrative film) the audience can better understand and better appreciate the complex and sometimes baffling issues and events that surround us. Now for the Spoiler Alert: We cannot reveal the specific films selected for the Festival in this issue—the juried final selections will not be formally announced until April 26th. So just stay excited and stay tuned! “So…” says Kelley,“Come to the Festival for four days and get stuck in.” We think this sounds like a good idea, and an even better one, now that that the readers of The Country and Abroad will receive a special present


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Nicholas Ma, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheila Nevins, and Nancy Abraham at Berkshire International Film Festival, 2017

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when they buy their Festival passes on-line. (We are not going to tell you what it is… but I already have mine and I really like it!) SO, now get ready to BIFF and here’s how: 2018 Festival Passes are available on-line now on the Berkshire International Film Festival web site— Click on “Purchase Passes” and you will see that there are a lot of options. Make sure to indicate on your pass purchase that you are a Country and Abroad reader so that you can get your groovy present when you pick up your passes in Great Barrington. (Passes have been on sale since October 2017, so if you really want to get your BIFF on, you better get on it.) Call the Festival office at 413 528-8030 for questions and any additional information.

Top left: Gretchen Rennell, Bob Harper, Susan Arnold, Kent Jones; Bottom: Josh Braun, Mary Kay Place, Karen Allen, Kristi Zea, Peter Riegert at Berkshire International Film Festival, 2017

Reporter’s Note: Diana Niles King, who lives in Pine Plains (not that far away from Great Barrington) and who is an active film goer, was embarrassed that she had never been formally acquainted with The Berkshire Film Festival. Given this opportunity to report on BIFF and learn about all the fabulous festivities was both great fun and a terrific opportunity to further engage with the nearby cultural and artistic abundance. She encourages readers to get their Festival passes (and their gift!) and join her at the Festival.


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SUNKEN GARDEN’S 26TH POETRY FESTIVAL Features US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, US Poet Laureate

The 26th Anniversary Season of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features current US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, Irish poetry and music, disabilities awareness, international poetry and music, activism, and a poetry superstar on Young Poet’s Day. Here’s the schedule: Sunday, May 27th Irish Day Eamon Grennan with David McLoghlin Irish Music: Daymark Irish Dance: Scoil Tince Limni Wednesday. June 20th Molly Brown & Margaret Gibson Music: Amy Gallatin Wednesday, July 11th Tracy K. Smith, with Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner Music: Tang Sauce & DJ Stealth Wednesday, July 25th Worlds of Poetry’ Solmaz Sharif & Javier Zamora Music: Mikata Sunday, August 5th Young Poets Day Andrea Gibson, with Fresh Voices Student Competition Winners Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event that takes place on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington, CT. The community cherishes this five-event series of readings and music concerts in the tranquil formal historic garden. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the Prelude interviews with headlining

poets. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the gate; FREE for children under 18. Parking is FREE. Poetry patrons also use the Festival as an opportunity to relax and enjoy al-fresco food, drink, and like-minded company. Picnics are welcome, and gourmet food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and claim a spot among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by eight-foot stone walls and the sounds of nature. Inspired by the surroundings, many attendees take the opportunity to write their own poetry and prose, lingering after dusk to finish their poems and conversations. Festival Schedule: Varies slightly from date to date this summer. Please see the following for more detailed information. Admission: $15 online, $20 at the gate, ages 18 and under free. Parking is always free. Tickets & Season Passes: Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden, or join Hill Stead’s Live Poets Society to receive premier reserved seating. To join Live Poets Society, contact Kirsten Fuchs at 860 677-4787, x181, or visit Food: Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds. Festival attendees are welcome to purchase food, wine and other beverages on site from gourmet food vendors or bring their own picnic suppers. Food vendors will include: Iron & Grain, Co. and Culteavo Tea. May 27 – Opening Night: Irish Poetry & Music with Eamon Grennan 12 pm 2-hour Poetry Writing Workshop with David McLoghlin 5-5:30 Eamon Grennan & David McLoghlin Prelude Interview 5:30 Daymark Irish Music and Scoil Rince Luimni Irish Step Dancing 6:30 David McLoghlin to open 7:00 Eamon Grennan 8:00 Book Signing Eamon Grennan Born in Dublin, Eamon Grennan attended boarding school at a Cistercian monastery. He met Derek Mahon and Eavan Boland as an undergraduate at University College, Dublin, spent a year in Rome, and then came to the US to earn his PhD at Harvard. He began writing poetry in earnest in 1977, and published his first collection,Wildly for Days, in 1983. He is the author of more than 10 collections of poetry, including There Now (2016), Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010), Matter of Fact (2008), The Quick of It (2005), Still Life with Waterfall (2002), and Relations: New and Selected Poems (1998). Grennan has also written a book of essays, Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century (1999). He won the PEN Award for poetry in translation for Selected Poems of Giacomo Leopardi (1997), and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets for Still Life with Waterfall (2002). He has also won several Pushcart Prizes. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Grennan was the Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Professor of English at Vassar College until his retirement in 2004. He divides his time between Poughkeepsie, NY and western Ireland, and his poetry shows the imprint of both lands. Of his fitting resident alien status, Grennan notes, “I live at a sort of distance, an angle to the place I live in.”

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David McLoghlin David McLoghlin is an Irish poet and literary translator, and the author of Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2012), part of which was awarded second prize in The Patrick Kavanagh Awards. David’s second collection, Santiago Sketches, was published by Salmon Poetry on July 25th, 2017. Sign Tongue, his rendering of the work of Chilean poet, Enrique Winter, won the 2014 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. David is also a contributor to Suns, a pamphlet/chapbook of translations of Winter’s poems (Cardboard House Press, 2017), and the author of The Magic Door, an early chapbook (Blue Canary Press, MilwauDavid McLoghlin, Irish poet and literary translator kee, 1993). David received first class honors from University College, Dublin for his research MA in modern Spanish literature, and holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where he was a Teaching Fellow. He received a major Literature Bursary from The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon in 2006, and was the Howard Nemerov Scholar at the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Most recently, he was a prize-winning finalist for the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins. He has taught at University College, Dublin, NYU and Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, and served as Resident Writer at Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the South Bronx. David lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY, where in June 2016 they ended a three-year run as the founders and hosts of The Eagle and the Wren reading series, where they hosted almost 150 writers, pairing Pulitzer-Prize winners and Guggenheim Fellows with exciting emerging writers and poets. June 20 – Molly Brown & Margaret Gibson 12 pm 2-hour Poetry Writing Workshop with Molly Brown 5:00 Prelude Interview with Molly Brown & Margaret Gibson 6:00 Margaret Gibson 6:45 Music by Amy Gallatin 7:15 Molly Brown 8:00 Book Signing Molly McCully Brown Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Molly McCully Brown, author of The Virginia State Mississippi, where she received her Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded MFA in poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Kenyon Review, Image, Colorado Review, TriQuarterly Online, The Rumpus, Merid-

ian, and elsewhere. She’s been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Civitella Ranieri foundation, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the University of Mississippi, where she was a John and Renée Grisham fellow. Beginning in September 2017, she will be the inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine. She is at work on a collection of essays about disability, poetry, religion, and the American South that explores the relationship between the body and that intangible other we sometimes call the soul. Margaret Gibson Broken Cup, Poems by Margaret Gibson, brings a breath-taking Margaret Gibson, author of Broken Cup, Poems eloquence to what Margaret Gibson has called “traveling the Way of Alzheimer’s” with her poet-husband David McKain. After his initial and tentative diagnosis, she wrote no poems for two years; but then poetry returned, and writing became a lightning rod that grounded her and allowed for moving ahead and for transformation.“Poetry,” Gibson has written,“is an animate form. It breathes; it discovers and restores voice. A poem is another way of being present.” Music by Amy Gallatin & The Hot Flashes This exciting trio of female vocalists has reunited after thirteen years to once again feature their tight vocal harmonies and solid instrumentation.The Hot Flashes are Amy Gallatin, who with her expressive, soulful singing has made a name for herself on the Americana music scene both in the US and in Europe; award-winning, singer/songwriter, Gail Wade, and multi-instrumentalist, Peggy Harvey, founding member of the long-running bluegrass group, Traver Hollow, and who performs with Gail in her band, Turning Point. July 11 – United State Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith 2:00 Poetry Writing Workshop with Tracy K. Smith 5:00 Prelude Interview with Tracy K. Smith 6:00 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner opens 6:30 Music by Tang Sauce & DJ Stealth 7:00 Tracy K Smith 8:00 Book Signing In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection, Life on Mars, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014, the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Her next collection of poems, Wade in the Water, will be published in April, 2018. Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner Music by Tang Sauce and DJ Stealth Tang was born and raised in Hartford, CT. He has been involved in the Hartford arts scene for years in productions like The Wiz, A Raisin In the Sun,

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Solmaz Sharif, author of LOOK

and Night Fall. He has hosted the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, and has been featured on the cover of CTNOW. Tang also has his own station. Tang Sauce brings an old-school Hip-Hop flow with a newschool perspective, with which he spreads peace, love, and positivity. DJ DJ Stealth—the moniker of Asaad Jackson—began learning the craft at WQTQ 89.9 Qute FM. He approaches the art of DJ-ing the same way one would approach the playing of a conventional musical instrument. July 25 – Worlds of Poetry: Solmaz Sharif & Javier Zamora 12 pm Poetry Writing Workshop with Javier Zamora 5:00 Prelude Interview with Javier Zamora & Solmaz Sharif 6:00 Solmaz Sharif 6:45 Music by Mikata

Javier Zamora Book Signing Solmaz Sharif. Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her debut collection LOOK (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 PEN Open Book Award. In 2017, Sharif was the recipient of the 27th annual PEN Center USA Literary award in Poetry for LOOK. Sharif has published poetry in the New Republic and Poetry, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. His book Unaccompanied tells of the 4000 miles he traveled across multiple borders—at age nine—from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied and taught in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program. Zamora earned an MFA from New York University and is currently a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is the recipient of the 2017 Narrative Prize as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University (Olive B. O’Connor), MacDowell Colony, Macondo Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation, and Yaddo. In 2016, Barnes & Noble granted him the Writer for Writers Award for his work with the Undocupoets Campaign. He was also the winner of the Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellowship and is a member of the Our Parents’ Bones Javier Zamora, author of Unaccompanied Campaign, whose goal is to bring justice 7:15 8:00

to the families of the ten thousand, who disappeared during El Salvador’s civil war. Music by Mikata Salsa and Latin Jazz Orchestra Mikata has been delighting audiences around the US, in Canada, and abroad for over thirty years. Recipient of the New Haven Arts Council Award for “outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the community,” and the HPN Latin Music Achievement Award, Mikata has performed at clubs in New York City, (S.O.B.’s, Heart Break, Danceteria, Pyramid Club), at colleges and universities around the country, and at concerts and festivals in the US, Canada, and Japan. Andrea Gibson, award-winning poet and activist August 5 – Young Poets Day: Andrea Gibson 2:00 Student Poetry Writing Workshop with Andrea Gibson 5:00 Prelude Interview with Andrea Gibson 6:00 Fresh Voices Student Poetry Contest Winners Perform 7:00 Andrea Gibson performs along with their band 8:15 Book Signing Andrea Gibson is an award-winning poet and activist, who lives in Boulder, CO. Her poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society. In addition to using poetry to express what she feels and provide social and political commentary on real issues, she is involved with many activist groups. They often perform at Take Back the Night events, LGBTQ events, pride events, trans events, anti-war rallies, peace rallies, organizations against the occupation of Palestine, and groups focused on examining the wrongs of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy. They also work with a group called Vox Feminista, whose model is to “comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable” on all these issues. Throughout the year, they tour Universities and other venues across the country. The Fresh Voices Poetry Competition offers students the opportunity to write and prepare poems suitable for presentation and publication. Since 1993, student poets from all corners of Connecticut have entered this competition and mentoring program. Fresh Voices winners perform their work in the Sunken Garden on Young Poets Day each season.

EDITOR’S NOTE continued from page 12 according to John Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. The quotation has also been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but there is no evidence in the papers of Jefferson to confirm that he ever said or wrote the phrase or any of its variants. It has also been attributed to Patrick Henry, Junius, Wendell Phillips, Frederick Douglass, James Buchanan, and William Henry Harrison, among others. Traditionally, the most famous use that’s included in books of quotations is from a speech made by the American Abolitionist and liberal activist, Wendell Phillips, on January 28, 1852. In addition, the phrase has also been attributed to Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln. Finally, Lord Denning in The Road to Justice (1988) states, concludes, and confirms that the phrase originated in the statement of the Irish orator, John Philpot Curran, in Dublin in 1790.—Elizabeth B. Potter


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Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971 Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. (78.1.16) By Permission of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York. The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

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nered him a certain degree of notoriety, while his art earned him critical acclaim. On Sunday, April 8th, The Hyde Collection will open two exhibitions of the artist’s works in three mediums. “Rockwell Kent: Prints from the Ralf C. Nemec Collection” includes fifty-two prints and a selection of ceramics by Kent; “A Life and Art

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December Eighth, 1941 Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971 Oil on canvas, 43-1/2 x 71-1/2 in. Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. (PSAM 78.1.17) By Permission of Plattsburgh The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY State Art Museum, State University of New York.

Frozen Falls, Alaska, 1919 Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971 oil on canvas mounted on panel, 34 x 28 1/4 in. Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. (PSAM 78.1.5) By Permission of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York. The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

And This My Child, Is Where Your Mother Was Born, 1930 (reworked 1950),

Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971 Oil on canvas 34 1/4 x 44 in. Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. (PSAM 78.1.6) By Permission of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York. The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

of His Own: Paintings from North Country Collections” features thirtyseven paintings drawn from Plattsburgh State University's Art Museum and private collectors throughout the North Country.“Kent was a Renaissance man in a century of specialists,” says Caroline Welsh, director emerita of Adirondack Experience. The Adirondack art expert is guest curator of “A Life and Art of His Own.” “Over his lifetime, he created in almost every medium.” Kent (1882 - 1971) traveled extensively to Greenland, Tierra del Fuego, Newfoundland, Alaska, and other remote locations, transporting viewers to the rugged extremes of wilderness. His distinctive style emerged in the early 1900s and seemed inspired by the grand landscapes of the cold, bleak climes he found among the faraway mountains to which he traveled. Many of his works were centered on the inherent good of man and nature, and the relationship between them. “Americans were simultaneously in awe of nature’s power and confident of their ability to harness it to build a better future,” says Jonathan Canning, director of curatorial affairs and programming at The Hyde Collection.

Kent’s Modernism appealed to a large following, allowing him a successful career in major metropolitan areas despite living in rural Au Sable Forks (Clinton and Essex counties) for forty-three years. Drawn by what he deemed “humanist wilderness,” he moved to the Adirondacks in 1928, building Asgaard Farm with views of Whiteface Mountain and the surrounding High Peaks. Among those to whom Kent's work speaks is collector Ralf C. Nemec of Deer Park, Long Island. Nemec owns the largest collection of Kent prints in the world.“The catalogue raisonné has approximately 155 prints and I'm about nine shy of that,” he said. Organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, the exhibition at The Hyde will be the most extensive drawn from Nemec’s still-growing collection. Kent was an author, illustrator, painter, printmaker, and ceramicist. He studied architecture at Columbia University, painted under William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock Hills School, and studied painting with Robert Henri at the New York School of Art with classmates that included George Bellows and Edward Hopper (both of whom are represented in The Hyde’s permanent collection). Kent's painting, woodcuts, and prints fascinated viewers with portrayals of some of the earth’s remotest places. Later in his career, he illustrated books, including such classic literature as Moby Dick and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Kent's political views, however, put him at odds with many in his

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AuSable Valley, View of Whiteface, Fall, ca. 1955, Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971 Oil on canvas, 28 x 34 in. Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. (PSAM AS 27) By Permission of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

Blackhead, Monhegan, c. 1950 Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971 Oil on canvas, 28-1/4 x 34 in. Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. (78.1.4) By Permission of Plattsburgh State Art The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY Museum, State University of New York

Mr. Nemec’s superlative collection, will resonate with contemporary North Country residents.” 1 pm Saturday, June 23: Art expert and University of Maine Associate Professor Justin Wolff offers a lecture about Rockwell Kent and his works. In collaboration with SUNY Plattsburgh, The Hyde Collection will host alumni events, celebrating the exhibitions and the college's ties to Kent. The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions in its three galleries as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its modern museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY. For more information, please visit or call 518 792-1761.

By Hand: Sol LeWitt at The Mattatuck Museum

Thunderstorm, 1948 Oil on pressed wood, 20-½ x 24-½ in.

Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, American, 1860-1961 Private collection, courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT

adopted home of the Adirondacks during the McCarthy era. “He was a great patriot and very vocal about his strong belief in social rights,” Canning said. “That led to Kent being labeled a socialist, making him a controversial figure.” His career survived, though, and he had great success commercially from his home in Au Sable Forks. “A Life and Art of His Own” includes several paintings that are rarely exhibited, some of which are drawn from collectors in the Adirondacks. “There is such optimism and confidence in Rockwell Kent's imagery of man and nature,” Canning said. “The clarity of his Modernist vision, evident in

The Mattatuck Museum announces a new exhibition, By Hand: Sol LeWitt, on view April 8-June 10, 2018. “By Hand: Sol LeWitt” is the first comprehensive Museum exhibition of LeWitt’s hand-painted gouaches. The public is invited to celebrate at a free opening reception on Sunday, April 8th from 1 to 3 pm. Remarks will begin at 2 pm. Most are familiar with the influential minimalist artist, Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), through his ascetically spare white cubic sculptures that were fabricated by a few dedicated individuals and his wall paintings produced by teams of assistants. This exhibition, the first Museum presentation dedicated solely to Sol LeWitt’s gouache paintings, enlarges our view of the internationally acclaimed artist, who worked in a variety of media and painted daily. Featuring more than forty-five works, this exhibition focuses on his personal touch in his explorations of line and shape in this flowing, opaque watercolor medium. Museum Curator, Cynthia Roznoy, notes that this is a milestone exhibition, uniting several of LeWitt’s painstakingly crafted gouaches in a single show. Roznoy says that “Most every important American Modernist experimented with watercolor and gouache. LeWitt proved that the media could be successful in producing unexpected results of opulence and intensity though the subject matter was strictly limited to a minimalist vocabulary of shape and line. His gouache paintings enlarge our view of this American Master with these works in his own hand, paintings that are intelligent and thought-provoking, essential

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Wavy Brushstrokes, 1996 Gouache on paper, 22-½ x 22-3/8

Wavy Horizontal Brushstrokes, 1995 Gouache on paper, 29-7/8 x 22-½ in.

Sol LeWitt, American, 1928-2007 The LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

Sol LeWitt, American, 1928-2007 The LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

and important.” A number of events will be presented in conjunction with By Hand: Sol LeWitt, including the annual Julia Q. Keggi Lecture on Tuesday, April 24 at 11 am. Janet Passahl, Curator of the LeWitt Collection in Chester, CT, will deliver a gallery talk entitled “Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawings,” which examines common themes throughout LeWitt's wall drawings and gouaches. A catered lunch will follow. For tickets and more info on this lecture, the exhibition, and more, visit or call 203 753-0381 x130. Located in the heart of downtown Waterbury’s architectural district, the Mattatuck Museum is a vibrant destination, known locally and regionally as a community-centered institution of American art and history. For more information on all of the Museum’s programs, events, and exhibits, visit the website at or call 203 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is located on the Green in Waterbury, CT at 144 West Main Street, the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Convenient, free parking is located behind the Museum in the lots on Park Place.

“Creative Collisions” at The Bennington Museum The Bennington Museum invites everyone to “Creative Collisions” among the galleries. Explore the newly installed Grandma Moses Gallery with paintings such as Thunderstorm, 1948, which has not been at the Museum

Las Vegas, 2016 Acrylic on paper, 21 x 36 in.

Jessica Park, American, b. 1958 Courtesy of the Artist Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT

in over two decades. On loan from a private collector, this iconic painting enhances the walls of the Gallery along with Old Oaken Bucket, 1946, which has never been installed at Bennington Museum. “We are thrilled to have such iconic works here at the Museum,” states Jamie Franklin, curator at the Museum.“These are joined by other masterworks from the Museum’s collection as well as Deep Snow, 1959, and A Christmas Gift, 1946, both from the private collection of the Zarnegin family, Beverly Hills, CA.Any person who admires Moses’ work and wants to get another perspective on what she created, must be sure to visit in 2018.” In the Regional Artists Gallery located next to the Moses Gallery, the Museum presents “Enthusiasms: Personal Paintings by Jessica Park.” This

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major pieces and smaller items from the Museum’s extensive historical collection of over 30,000 objects. Visitors are also encouraged to explore “Gilded Age Vermont,” “Bennington Modernism,” “Battle of Bennington,” along with the Church Gallery, the original Museum dating to 1855. About the Museum Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Rte 9), Bennington, in The Shires of Vermont. The Museum is open 10 to 5 pm Thursdays through Tuesdays, closed Wednesdays, February 2nd through May. It is wheelchair accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students, Museum Members, or to visit the Museum Shop.Visit the Museum’s website or call 802 447-1571 for more information.

The Seeds of Divinity: An Exhibition of Pre-Columbian Art at Williams College Museum of Art

Fertility Goddess, 1450–1521 CE Stone, 313-3/8 x 6-5/8 x 4-5/8 in.

Aztec, Mexico Worcester Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1957.143. photo: Image © 2017 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

exhibition is on view through May 28th, and focuses on a lesser-known aspect of Park’s work, featuring work created during the first decade of her career as well as more recent paintings from the last decade. Opened in Fall 2017, “Early Vermont” is a permanent installation in one of the newest galleries with rotating textiles, and presents life in Vermont from the time when the earliest European settlers arrived in 1761with only the bare necessities to the early 1800s when Vermont craftsmen achieved a level of sophistication rivaling Boston and New York. This gallery showcases over 85

Through art, music, dance, and ritual offerings of food, drink, incense, and even human blood, the people of Mesoamerica materialized gods in their daily lives. Pre-Columbian civilizations in Mexico and Central America used the human body as a prism for understanding and depicting the supernatural. Comprised of thirty-three objects from five Mesoamerican civilizations—Maya, Teotihuacán, Nayarit, Zapotec, and Aztec—“The Seeds of Divinity” explores the spiritual and the sacred, plumbing the mutable line between humans, gods, and animals. The exhibition is now on view at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) through August 26, 2018. “The Seeds of Divinity” is designed to transport you to another time and culture, where bodies are transformed into actual divine beings, and humans have multiple souls, including that of an animal.The objects range from figurines that functioned as ceremonial rattles or whistles to urns used in bloodletting ceremonies. A tenon, or architectural projection, depicts a human head emerging from the jaws of a divine earth monster. The Maya believed that their deceased heroes could return from the underworld in this way to deliver messages to the living. The passage into death and beyond is an important moment in the transformation of humans into divine beings, and many of the works in the exhibition come from mortuary contexts. Ceramic incense burners and baked clay urns provide insight into communication between the earthly and supernatural realms. “For me as an archaeologist, objects are windows into the heart and mind of ancient people, and this exhibit is the product of the journey that my students and I took last Fall, researching these artifacts so that we can tell the story of each in a way that brings them back to life,” says Curator and Professor of Anthropology, Antonia Foias. The exhibition brings together objects from WCMA’s collection with loans from the Yale University Art Gallery and the Worcester Art Museum. “By partnering with Antonia and her students, WCMA was able to produce new interpretations of these incredible objects that blend the methodologies of Anthropology and Art History,” says WCMA Interim Director, Lisa Dorin.“During the semester leading up to the exhibition, we had unprecedented access to Worcester’s rich collections here onsite for study. ” Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street in Williamstown, MA. The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm, and closed Wednesdays, September through May. In June, July, and August WCMA is open every day 10 to 5 pm and 10 to 8 pm on Thursdays.WCMA is free and open to all. For more information, contact the Museum at 413 597-2429 or visit

Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Spring Program Schedule, Manchester, VT April 28-May 28: ART FROM THE SCHOOLS Art from the Schools kicks off with the Young Picassos Pizza Party on Saturday, April 28 (12:00-2:00 pm). Artwork from 20+ area schools will

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Samuel L. Jackson, date? Color print, 24 x 20 in.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

fill the SVAC galleries with vibrant color. Come celebrate the creativity of students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Enjoy live music, art stations, and treats. The event is free and open to the public. May 3-June 24:

TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS – “IDENTITY” Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3rd (5 to 7pm). Come join the party at the opening of Timothy Greenfield-Sander’s photography exhibit “Identity” at SVAC. Meet Timothy, enjoy the sounds of a live DJ spinning, share your personal identity in a video booth, and be part of the dynamic experience. The compelling work of renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker,Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, comes to SVAC! Timothy’s work, capturing the portraits of a spectrum of notable figures, offers a refreshing and deeply engaging look into race, gender, class, sexuality, and ethnicity in America. The exhibit features interactive components including a video booth, where visitors will have the opportunity to share their own identities. Screenings: Screenings of Greenfield-Sanders’ celebrated documentaries, The Women’s List, The Out List, and The Black List will accompany the portrait exhibit. These screenings are open to students and the community. A panel discussion hosted by producer Tommy Walker will follow each screening. The

Julianne Moore Color print, 24 x 20 in.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

topics pinpointed in the documentaries will spur engaging discussions amongst the panel and audience. Friday, May 4 - The Women’s List Friday, May 11 - The Out List Friday, May 18 – The Black List May 11-May 28: ART OF OUR EDUCATORS On display at SVAC, within the galleries featuring artwork of 20+ area schools, will be the work of their art teachers. The show will be juried, and prizes will be awarded to the winning artists. Come enjoy the tribute to educators and the talent that inspires their students! Sunday, May 13: CAFÉ SORA Mother’s Day: Café Sora at SVAC opens for the season with a lunch to celebrate moms! The lunch is pre-fixed, and reservations are necessary. Please email to book your reservation.


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HISTORIC HOMES continued from page 24

The view from Rockwell Kent’s former home on Mohegan Island, Maine.

The HAHS program is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the places where art was made in America.“The ability to present Edward Hopper’s formative years through the HAHS lens strengthens the message of our mission and will help guide our future,” said Jennifer Patton, executive director of the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center. Trustee Wendy Bartley adds, “We feel very fortunate to join HAHS and take our place among the homes and studios of some of America’s greatest artists. We have much to learn from other HAHS members as we continually explore ways to animate for our visitors the sense of Hopper’s early emotional and artistic development.” The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, recipient of the 2015 Village Award from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, has long championed the importance of the vision of artist, Chaim Gross, as preserved in his home and studio in Greenwich Village. “Rockwell Kent and James Fitzgerald both sought remote locations as a source for insight and inspiration, choosing to live on an outer island, twelve miles off the Maine coast, where they created some of their finest work,” said Robert Stahl, executive director of The Fitzgerald Legacy, which operates the home and studio of Rockwell Kent through the Monhegan Museum of History and Art. “We view being a part of the National Trust’s HAHS program as an

photo: © Robert Stahl, 2017

important opportunity to increase the public’s awareness of and accessibility to this site, enabling visitors to experience the interplay between the raw beauty of the island and the creative process of these artists.” “David Ireland’s sphere of influence and the importance of his house to Bay Area cultural history cannot be overstated,” said Carlie Wilmans, executive director of the 500 Capp Street Foundation. “Ireland’s ideas and creative spirit are ingrained in his home, which is San Francisco’s only historic artist home. It’s an extreme honor to be accepted into the esteemed HAHS and further extend the experience of Ireland’s art and legacy.” “These institutions are engaging in innovative programming, important scholarship, and responsible preservation initiatives, offering a transformative experience for their visitors,” said Balint. “We are delighted they have accepted our invitation to be part of the program and look forward to working with them.” For more information on the new HAHS member sites,see,, and


BY HAND SOL LEWIT TT On view through g June 10, 2018

The first Museum exhibition dedicated solely to Sol LeWitt’ss gouache e paintings.

N I E I I D A M ITALY See what happens when 9 artists paint the Italian town of Vittorio Veneto red, ultramarine blue, cadmium orange, burnt sienna, etc., etc. Featured artists: Diana Blumenthal, Lynne Horvath, Robert Horvath, Susan Kay, Harvey Kimmelman, Karen Linden, Amy Pressman, Pat Ryan, and Judy Rosen.

Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St., Sheffield, MA April 3 – April 30. Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5 – 7 p.m.

71 Spring Street Williamstown, MA 01267 413.884.6926 /

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Spring Shows at New York


Bludot, 2018 Archival pigment print, 40 x 30 in.

xbend, 2014 Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 in.

Stephanie Bernheim Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY

Wed5, 2015 Archival pigment print, 42 x 52 in.

Stephanie Bernheim Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY

Stephanie Bernheim Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY

Stephanie Bernheim’s “Pixels and Particulates” at Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY Hudson Hall presents “Stephanie Bernheim: Pixels and Particulates,” an exhibition that embraces and challenges the use of everyday technology in art while wrestling with our 21st century obsession with seeing and responding to images. On view from March 24 to May 13, 2018 in Hudson Hall’s Center Hall Gallery and newly restored Common Council Room, the exhibition follows the release of a new hardbound art book, Stephanie Bernheim: From Paint to Pixels (FoliArt Publishers, 2017). The book will be available for purchase at the Opening Reception with the artist on March 24th from 5 to 7 pm. For more information, visit or phone 518 822-1438.

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Pandora’s Box, 2016 Mahogany, white oak, mixed media, 9 x 13-¼ x 4 in.

Roxie Johnson / Alan Reich Roxie Johnson, Hyde Park, NY

Using glass windows, Pine Plains oilcloth, simple mechanical devices, printers and camera phones, and even discarded awnings from Sausbiers in Hudson, NY, Bernheim has for many years explored the limits of common materials and simple mechanical devices through her work. Since 2008, her PalmPilot camera phone has been her sketchbook. As Bernheim explains about the work in Pixels and Particulates,“With a limited ability to vary line size and color, I draw on photographs using a basic ‘draw on’ program in my PalmPilot,” she says. “The applied marks appear as strings of pixels, creating constant changes in scale. Interventions are painterly. However, the painting is a photograph. Sometimes the marks annihilate the photograph; other times, they serve as a passage into it. Notions of gesture are deflated. After drawing on the photograph I send the image from phone to home. Blurring the lines between human subjectivity and technological objectivity, I try to grapple with today’s accelerated frenzy of seeing and responding to images.” Published in 2017 by FoliArt Publishers, Stephanie Bernheim: From Paint to Pixels features Brooklyn-based artist and critic, Kara L. Rooney’s detailed essay, Marking Material, which traces Bernheim’s career from 1978 to 2016 in four parts: Material, Process, Glass and Place. This hardbound art book includes 80 plates and 46 figures referenced in the essay, as well as a short text by Richard Milazzo. Stephanie Bernheim, a native New Yorker, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College (B.A.) and New York University (M.A.) where she studied with Milton Resnick and Ad Reinhardt. Her exhibitions in numerous galleries and museums include: Andre Zarre Gallery, Trisha Collin’s Grand Salon, Barbara Mathes Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, The Arts Club of Chicago, P.S.1 Museum in Long Island City, Franklin Furnace, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and The Milwaukee Museum, in addition to being held in many private, public, and corporate collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Your Approaching Storm, 2016 Mixed media, acrylic, 24 x 24 in.

Roxie Johnson Roxie Johnson, Hyde Park, NY

A Language Older Than Words, 2009 Detail, etching, 8 x 10 in.

Roxie Johnson Roxie Johnson, Hyde Park, NY

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At Sea, 1951 Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.

Flowers in a Vase, 1967 Watercolor and gouache, 24 x 20 in.

John Marin, American, 1872-1953 Green River Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Elaine Fried de Kooning, American, 1920-1988 Green River Gallery, Boston Corners, NY

There will be an upcoming show of her works at Andre Zarre Gallery in Brussels, Belgium in 2018. Bernheim retains strong ties with the Hudson Valley, having owned a farm in Ancramdale since 1982.

Roxie Johnson’s Ink and Paint, Side by Side “My strongest work is borne out of my uncertainty,” states visual artist and poet, Roxie Johnson.“I relied much on pure observation for artistic inspiration years ago. My creative process has shifted now. It’s more conceptual, certainly riskier for me, and driven by both emotion and memory.” Inspired by nature, the hand-pulled etchings shared here are meticulously executed, yet reflective and laced with a hint of the metaphysical. Look closely and one can see Roxie’s well-known layering technique distinctly embedded in both her printmaking and painting. “Easily triggered by a word, phrase, or impression left behind, painting is where I go for solitude and grounding,” notes the artist. “I’m drawn to move inward to continue my personal dialogue with both nature and the commonplace.” Above is one of Roxie’s favorite collaborations with photographer and woodworker,Alan Reich. Pandora's Box has a beautifully crafted mahogany and white oak base with a lid exquisitely embellished by Roxie, both inside and out. Roxie Johnson Fine Art. Looking forward to the launch of the artist’s new website coming this Spring? We sure are. Roxie will also be one of six artists featured in “They Made the Cut,”

Covered Bridge, probably in Vermont Pencil on paper, 6-1/2 x 9-3/4 in.

Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971 Green River Gallery, Boston Corners, NY

opening in July at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown, NY. Don’t miss the next issue of The Country and Abroad for updates! Roxie Johnson is a Hudson Valley-based artist and poet, whose studio is located in Hyde Park, NY. The studio is open for scheduled visits throughout the year. To arrange an appointment, contact Roxie at 845 233-8504 or through her website:

Elaine de Kooning’s Floral Abstract at Green River Gallery, Boston Corners, Millerton, NY, Also Works by John Marin, Rockwell Kent, and Eric Sloane Green River Gallery in Boston Corners, just north of Millerton, NY, and also in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, specializes in Eric Sloane’s paintings. Eric Sloane was a prolific painter of landscapes, especially marsh scenes and picturesque rural vistas. Coincidently, gallery owner Art Kerber and Sloane lived in close proximity during different periods of their lives. Their houses, Kerber’s in Cold Spring Harbor and Sloane’s in Brookville, LI , were about eight miles apart. And, Art Kerber’s recently opened second art gallery, Green River Gallery in

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191 Main Street, Sanctuary, 1969 Oil on canvas, 30 x 28 in.

Margaret Crenson, American, 1934-2011 Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY

Cold Spring Harbor, is located in the same building where Eric Sloane formerly stored his paintings. Green River Gallery is featuring another painter and neighbor, Elaine de Kooning (1918–1989), who began her career in New York City at the center of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1940s and 1950s. She painted abstractly, like her famous husband, Willem de Kooning, and other Abstract Expressionists of that generation. “After her marriage to artist Willem de Kooning in December 1943,“ according to the Smithsonian Institution, “Elaine Fried de Kooning began signing her portraits ‘E de K’ to avoid confusion.The de Koonings separated in 1957, but later reunited in the 1970s, and lived for many years together in their house in nearby East Hampton. Green River Gallery is currently featuring one of Elaine de Kooning’s colorful abstract florals, Flowers in a Vase, a watercolor and gouache, which is signed, E de K and dated ‘67. This unique work of art was painted during her most popular period, the 1960s, appealing to the wide market for neo-realism and abstract expressionism. John Marin, an early American modernist artist, is also known for his abstract landscapes and watercolors. Born December 23, 1870 in Rutherford, NJ, Marin was educated at the Art Students League of New York, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He traveled through Europe for six years, mastering a type of watercolor with an abstract ambience. His first solo exhibit was at Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 Gallery in NYC. From 1909 until his death in 1946, Stieglitz showed Marin’s work in his galleries every year. Marin spent his summers in Maine where he painted the islands and the many moods of the sea and sky. During his lifetime, American modernist John Marin was the country’s most celebrated artist. His improvisational approach to color, paint handling,

October Trees, 2001 Oil on linen, 24 x 22 in.

Margaret Crenson, American, 1934-2011 Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY

perspective, and movement situated him as a leading figure in modern art, and helped influence the Abstract Expressionist movement. The Art Institute of Chicago’s phenomenal collection of the artist’s work in its entirety, showcased how Marin, in the process of reinventing watercolor, transformed American painting. Green River is featuring a rare oil painting by Marin, At Sea, which is 18 x 24 in., and demonstrates the movement of the water. In addition, a small watercolor, Sailboat, 7-1/8 x 5-1/2 in., shows Marin’s early architectural training as well as the movement of the water. Both paintings are thought to feature the ocean near his summer home in Addison, Maine, where he died in 1953. Finally, Green River Gallery is featuring a rare mid-century pencil on paper drawing by Rockwell Kent of a Covered Bridge, probably located in the Andirondacks near his farm or possibly southwestern Vermont. Green River Gallery in Boston Corners is located at 1578 Boston Corners Road, just north of Millerton, NY, off Rte 22, and is open Saturdays from 10 to 5 pm, Sundays from 12 to 5 pm, or by appointment. Green River Gallery in Cold Spring Harbor is located at 117 Main Street, and open Thursdays from 12 to 5 pm and Fridays from 11 to 5 pm, call 631 692-8188.Also contact Art Kerber at 518 789-3311 in Boston Corners for more information, and to schedule appointments at either gallery.

Albert Shahinian Gallery’s 20th Year Begins with a Significant Retrospective In Memoriam, “Margaret Crenson: Delving A Sense Of Place,” Albert Shahinian Fine Art Gallery's first program in its 20th year season is a long-anticipated exhibition, “In Memoriam” for a dear friend and gallery artist, Margaret Crenson. Entitled “Delving A Sense Of Place, ” the show will run in two parts through June, 2018.A mid-exhibit Open House and Recep-

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Orb of Night Watercolor,

The Red Arch Watercolor, pencil, acrylic on paper, mounted on panel, 37-3/4 x 37-3/4 in.

Dean Vallas Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

Two Pigs in Pastel Pastel, size

Noroton Bay Inlet Pastel, size

Betsy Jacaruso Beacon Inst. for Rivers and Estuaries, 199 Main Street Gallery, Beacon, NY

Pat Kelly Kentucky Derby Art Show, Maplebrook School, Amenia, NY

tion is planned for Saturday, April 21st, 5 to 8 pm. On view are more than fifty paintings showcasing Margaret's incomparable talent as a painter and keen observer of the everyday encounters in her life. Paintings are drawn from her body of work from the 1990s through 2007. The gallery hopes to introduce this gifted artist and insightful work to a new audience, and to reacquaint her collectors with her humor and vision. During May and June, we will be mounting a solo exhibit of new landscapes by master plein-air painter, Gary Fifer, which will run concurrent with

Pat Kelly Kentucky Derby Art Show, Maplebrook School, Amenia, NY

Crenson's show. Margaret Crenson was born in New York City in 1934. She studied painting at the Art Students League with Edwin Dickenson and at Cooper Union, both in New York City. Married to photographer and videographer Dick Crenson, the couple moved upstate, eventually settling in the Poughkeepsie area, where they were activists and innovative artists enriching the area’s creative life. Both were dedicated members of the Barrett Art Center and were exhibited in many of the region’s galleries. Margaret joined Albert Shahinian Fine Art in 1998, and both she and Dick have been featured in the gallery's ongoing exhibition program. Margaret died of illness in April, 2011. Dick continues to develop his creative (and many times humorous) talents as both photographer and sculptor; some of his wire pieces will be included in the current show. Margaret Crenson was a fearless painter when it came to subject and process. She painted primarily with oils, sometimes mixed with cold wax. She loved the directness and simplicity of applying paint with a palette knife. Primarily a studio painter, she was expert, also, en plein air. Her subjects covered a wide and sometimes unexpected range.They included personal objects, appliances, and tools, still lifes, everyday interiors, pets, outdoor views around their

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Will Moses Mt. Nebo Gallery, Eagle Bridge, NY

Graduation Day Limited edition serigraph, 8 x 20 in.

home and “down the block,” things seen and experienced on the road, and street scenes—of local towns and villages to those encountered on the many trips she and Dick took to far-away places. Atmosphere, light, and shadow were very important to her, and she was a master at evoking a sense of groundedness and place, even when painting something as simple as her iron and ironing board. Crenson’s talent for composition is immense and undergirds the work selected for this show, curated and installed by Albert Shahinian. Margaret was a slight, soft-spoken—yet, powerful—progressive personality, treating her subjects with tenderness and humor and, on occasion, with deep regard for positive social values and the thoughtful life. She was a singular stylist and her work remains, still, indelibly, Margaret. Gary Fifer also joined the gallery in 1998 as an expert plein-air painter, rooted in the American tradition of post-Impressionist painters, who emerged at the end of the 19th Century in the Northeast. A solo show of new paintings from Vermont, where the artist currently resides, will open in May, and run concurrent with Margaret's show through June. Albert Shahinian Fine Art is located at 22 East Market Street, Suite 301, Rhinebeck, NY. The gallery is open Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 to 6 pm; Sundays, 12 to 5 pm, and by appointment or chance. Contact Albert Shahinian or Joanna Hess, Home: Mondays-Wednesdays, 845 758-0335; Gallery: Thursdays-Sundays, 845 876-7578; email: and

Down in the Valley Limited edition print, 16 x 20 in.

Will Moses Mt. Nebo Gallery, Eagle Bridge, NY

Dean Vallas in April and Annual Watercolor Students in May at the Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY The Betsy Jacaruso Gallery is exhibiting The Red Arch, Paintings and Works on Paper by Dean Vallas, through April 29th. Opening Reception: April 7th, 5 to 7 pm. Dean Vallas is a figurative painter who works in a variety of media. His work has been exhibited around the country in galleries and museums, including the Parrish Art Museum, National Academy of Design, and San Diego Art Institute. He has taught at the National Academy of Design and in the New York City Public School Adult Education Program. In addition to commissions, his work hangs in collections in the US and abroad. For more information please contact the gallery. The Betsy Jacaruso Gallery will also exhibit works in watercolor by the

Cross River artists during the month of April. Betsy Jacaruso’s solo show, Luminous Waterways, will be on view April 14th-May 27th at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, 199 Main Street Gallery, Beacon NY. In May, the Betsy Jacaruso Gallery will show its annual Students Show of Watercolors, Catching the Light, May 5th - June 3rd. Opening reception is Saturday, May 12th, 5 to 7 pm. Catching the Light will feature one work in watercolor from each of the participating students of the Betsy Jacaruso Studio’s watercolor school. The gallery is located in the Rhinebeck Courtyard at 43-2 East Market

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Claudia Engel Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY

Soul of the City Watercolor, 15 x 21 in.

Hustle Bustle Watercolor, 10 x 14 in.

Where: Purpose: Admission: Contact:

Claudia Engel Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY

Maplebrook School, Route 22, Amenia, NY Proceeds to benefit Maplebrook School Free Lori Hale - 845-373-9511 Ext. 256

ANNOUNCING: Kentucky Derby Art Show and Artists’ Champagne Reception at Maplebrook School

Black Mosaic Debra Steup, The Skyllkill Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America Wall hanging, appliquéed and hand-quilted, Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY

Street in Rhinebeck, NY (adjacent to the back entrance of Bread Alone). For more information about artwork, events, or classes in watercolor, please visit our website, Gallery hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 to 5 pm and Sundays, 11 to 4 pm or by appointment, 845 516-4435. What: Kentucky Derby Art Show and Sale at

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Featuring Plein Air Artists as well as celebrating all our regional/local artists May 5th – June 2nd 2018 Opening Reception - Saturday, May 5th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM in Thalheimer Hall

Hidden away in the eastern hills of the Hudson Valley in Dutchess County is one of the region’s loveliest art shows: Maplebrook School’s Spring art show. The show began in 1984, and has been held annually for thirty-four years with just one brief hiatus. Regional artists from the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas will represent a wide variety of media. In addition, several Plein Air artists will arrive early to participate in a paint-out on campus so that enthusiasts are able to watch, while enjoying a cocktail or two. Those completed works will then be available through a silent auction throughout the evening, and art buyers and enthusiasts are certain to enjoy the pastels, watercolors, oils, photography, and sculpture that will be for sale during the event. The Show will continue to be open on the weekends, following the Opening, from 1 to 4 pm through June 2nd or by appointment. The Grand Opening Reception is free and open to the public, beginning at 4 pm on May 5th, with a Champagne Artists’ Reception. and coincides with the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Samples of traditional Kentucky Derby foods, prepared by regional chefs, and other culinary delights will be provided by area restaurants. Millbrook Winery wine, along with other beverages and mint juleps, will be served. A LIVE broadcast of the Kentucky Derby will be shown on multiple large screen televisions, and a modified form of betting will allow the audience to pick their favorite winners and get close to the action. The Salisbury Band will play “My Old Kentucky Home” and many other great old time songs, while the Mad Hatter makes a personal appearance to judge the Best Hat Contest. Proceeds from the event will be utilized for Maplebrook’s new art gallery and scholarship. Since its inception under the direction of the late Mary Babcock and Dr. Gerry Cloney, the annual art show and sale has raised over $390,000 to benefit the School’s programs. Maplebrook School is an international, co-educational boarding/day school for students between the ages of 11 and 22 with complex learning differences and/or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Established in 1945, Maplebrook has an ungraded curriculum that focuses on individual

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learning styles in all areas of instruction, such as academics, social skills, and vocational training. A warm and caring, home-like atmosphere is provided with a full range of enrichment activities that include the arts and athletics. For more information, please call Lori S. Hale at 845 373-9511, Ext. 256.

Mt. Nebo Gallery in Eagle Bridge, NY, Features the Work of Will Moses Born and raised in Eagle Bridge, NY, Will Moses creates paintings that reflect the quiet beauty of the countryside, nestled near the borders of Vermont and Massachusetts. The farmhouse and barn where Will lives and has his studio is the place where his great-grandmother, Grandma Moses, began her career. Will’s grandfather, Forrest K. Moses, encouraged Will to develop his own style of art, carrying on a family tradition with a style that is unmistakably reminiscent of his forebears, yet distinctive as his own. His paintings are a patchwork of scenes of an earlier time when life was simpler, when tradition and community were the anchor bolts of society. At Mt. Nebo Gallery, you will find Will’s art works, including original oils, etchings, serigraphs, prints, posters, and a lively selection of illustrated children’s books, jigsaw puzzles, note cards, and calendars. We invite you to stop in, visit our website, or request a free catalog. Mt. Nebo Gallery is located at 60 Grandma Moses Road, Eagle Bridge, NY 12057. For more information, call 1 800 328-6326, Mt. Nebo Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 to r pm, Saturdays, 10 to 5 pm, and Sundays, noon to 5 pm.

Claudia Engel’s “New York, New York,” Watercolors at Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY Claudia Engel’s show, “New York, New York,” opened at Locust Grove (The Samuel B. Morse Estate) in Poughkeepsie, NY on January 26th and runs through April 29th, 2018. It is a solo exhibition of twenty-two New York City scenes and various other recent works, including her irises. Moving here originally from Vermont, Claudia Engel, was drawing and painting from childhood. As an adult she attended the Rhode Island School of Design, moved to Woodstock, NY, and now resides in nearby Port Ewen, in a lovely home overlooking the Hudson River, a subject that is seen repeatedly in her paintings. In the past year, Claudia has been captivated by her “romance” with New York City. Other works include her iris and koi paintings, Claudia has spent the past fifteen years studying at the Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery, now located at 43 East Market Street, Suite 2, the Courtyard in Rhinebeck, NY. Claudia’s works can be seen there and also with, other Jacaruso-mentored artists. A closing reception of “New York, New York,” Claudia’s solo exhibition of watercolors of New York City and various other recent works, will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm in the Transverse Gallery. Locust Grove is located at 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. The exhibition is open during Locust Grove’s operational hours,, 845 454-4500,

Skyllkill’s “Art of the Needle 2018 Show” at Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY The Skyllkill Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America will present their annual “Art of the Needle 2018” show during the weekend of April 13th -15th from 10 to 4 pm daily at Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie NY. An exhibit of works of crewel, counted cross, beading, quilting, and more hand-crafted items by members of Skyllkill Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America will astound visitors once again. Visit the boutique, watch daily demonstrations, and take a chance on a couple of baskets full of needlework supplies and kits.Admission is FREE. Find the Skyllkill Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America on or email

Hillsdale, April Afternoon, Oil on linen, 30 x 42 in.

Jeffrey L. Neumann ©2017

Neumann Fine Art Gallery Closes; Owner Jeffrey Neumann to Focus on His Personal Artistic Career Hillsdale Artist, Jeffrey L. Neumann, announced the closing of his gallery in Hillsdale, NY with the following statement: “I would like to extend my appreciation to all of my customers for your purchases and support of the Gallery over the past eight years.Thanks your business and thanks for the memories! “Owning and operating my gallery and studio in Hillsdale, NY from 2009 to 2017 has been a fun and rewarding adventure. As of January 1, 2018, I retired from my career as a gallery owner. I will continue with my personal artistic practice, however, although I will no longer represent other artists. My studio will be relocated to my home. It will not be open to the public. Prints and cards of my work are available at Originals can be viewed by appointment. It has been my privilege to represent a very talented and accomplished group of artists. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to display and sell their work. I thank them all for placing their trust in me. The following is an alphabetical list of the artists represented by Neumann Fine Art since its inception. For further information or inquires about their work, I encourage you to visit the artist's individual web sites: Leon A. Comstock, Jr. may be contacted via private message to Jeffrey Neumann; Bob Crimi; Ron Goldfinger; Joel Griffith; Anni Maliki; Joel Mark; Christina Painter; Dan Peterson; H. M. Saffer II; Cal Thompson 1958 - 2016, R. I. P.; Margot Trout; Don Wynn; Kenneth Young Contact Jeffrey Neumann:, 413 246-5776.

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Nikolai Andreyevich Rimski-Korsakov Valentin Alexandrovich Serov, Russian, 1865-1911 The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents The 29th Annual Bard Music Festival: Rimsky-Korsakov and His World, August 10th-19th, 2018 Tickets start at $25,, 845 758-7900

Bard SummerScape 2018 Celebrates Life and Times of Seminal Russian Romantic, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Plus Two Milestone Anniversaries – with Seven-Week Arts Festival in New York’s Hudson Valley Includes 29th Bard Music Festival: “Rimsky-Korsakov and His World;” Rare New American Production of Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon by Thaddeus Strassberger; World Premiere of Four Quartets by Pam Tanowitz, Kaija Saariaho, and Brice Marden on the 75th Anniversary

of T.S. Eliot’s Poems; and First Major Revival of Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan to Mark Composer’s Centennial This summer’s 15th Annual Bard SummerScape Festival not only celebrates the seminal Russian Romantic Rimsky-Korsakov, but also two milestone anniversaries, with more than seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. Through an intensive examination of the life and times of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the 29th Bard Music Festival, “Rimsky-Korsakov and His World,” sets out to solve the Rimsky-Korsakov riddle: Why does the composer


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Soovin Kim, violinist, performs with Close Encounters with Music, April 29th, at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

the Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s idyllic Hudson River campus, SummerScape’s 2018 offerings provide new opportunities to discover that, as Time Out New York has said, “the experience of entering the Fisher Center and encountering something totally new is unforgettable and enriching.” Tickets went on sale February 21st; click here for more information.

Close Encounters with Music Presents “Grand Piano Trios” on Sunday, April 29th

Roman Rabinovich, pianist, performs with Close Encounters with Music, April 29th, at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

remain woefully underappreciated outside his homeland, despite the paramount role he played in defining the style we have come to recognize as Russian? The fully staged opera comes courtesy of the composer’s compatriot and contemporary, Anton Rubinstein, whose grand opera The Demon receives a rare new American production from European Opera Prize-winner, Thaddeus Strassberger, while the annual film series explores “Rimsky-Korsakov and the Poetry of Cinema.”To complement these offerings, Bard also pays tribute to two titans of 20th-century culture. The world premiere of Four Quartets, an interdisciplinary new dance commission from choreographer, Pam Tanowitz, composer Kaija Saariaho, and visual artist Brice Marden marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of T.S. Eliot’s iconic cycle of poems, while a dark new take on Leonard Bernstein’s rarely-performed gem, Peter Pan, has been commissioned from Olivier Award-winning director, Christopher Alden, to honor the composer’s centennial. The lineup is completed by the return of Bard’s authentic and sensationally popular Spiegeltent, hosted by festival favorite, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, who returns for a fifth season. Taking place between June 28 and August 19 in

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 pm Grand Piano Trios -- Felix Mendelssohn and Bed ich Smetana Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA The remarkably versatile composer-pianist-conductor-painter-gymnast, Felix Mendelssohn, personifies genius and musical prodigy. And his second Piano Trio in C minor (1845) is a true expression of the exquisite sensibility of his life and art. Bed ich Smetana’s profoundly moving Piano Trio in G minor of 1855 was composed after the death of his daughter; its style is close to that of Robert Schumann, with hints of Liszt, Wagner, and Berlioz. Two of today’s brightest young performers join cellist, Yehuda Hanani, for a juxtaposition of these passionate works, written in classic mid19th-century style, full of beauty and riveting melodies. Winner of the Paganini Competition, Soovin Kim makes his area debut along with Uzbekistan-born, Roman Rabinovich, first-prize winner in the Arthur Rubinstein International Competition in 2008. “The first of the three-star constellation of Czech composers who put Bohemia and Moravia on the musical map, drawing on grass roots folkloric material (the patriotic Moldau) and countering the ‘official’ Viennese hegemony, Smetana led the way for Dvorak and Janáček,” says artistic director Yehuda Hanani. “He was the pioneer.And being the first, he was still influenced by German musical traditions. Mendelssohn’s less-frequently performed C minor Trio has all the charac-

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ACRONYM Ensemble at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Saturday, May 12th

teristic brilliance of his writing—singing melodies, a chorale, a nocturnal magical scherzo reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and demonstrates why Schumann called him the Mozart of the 19th century. It’s tremendously stirring and optimistic and I couldn’t ask for better colleagues to perform these masterful works.” Roman Rabinovich, piano; Soovin Kim, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello TICKETS $50 (Orchestra and Mezzanine), $27 (Balcony) and $15 for students, are available at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office, call 413-5280100 or visit Season subscriptions are $250 ($225 for seniors). Visit our website for more information. ABOUT THE ARTISTS The eloquent young pianist, Roman Rabinovich, is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, the same year he replaced the eminent pianist, Murray Perahia, in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. He has performed throughout the US, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. Kim enjoys a broad musical career, performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin and Mozart and Vivaldi concerti without conductor, as well as Romantic concerti, sonatas for violin and piano ranging from Beethoven to Ives, and world-premiere works. For two months each year, he performs as the first violinist of the Johannes String Quartet.

Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani’s charismatic playing and profound interpretations bring him acclaim and re-engagements across the globe. An extraordinary recitalist, he is equally renowned for performances with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and Taipei and Seoul symphonies, among others. A reception with light refreshments follows each concert October through May. A Patrons Gala Reception follows the June concert.

Close Encounters with Music Present “The Faux and the Fabulous”—ACRONYM Ensemble on Saturday, May 12, 2018 6 pm, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA Perhaps because it is so distant and its style so ingratiating and universally pleasing, the Baroque period inspired many imposters.“Leaving the baby on the doorstep of a good family to give him a better chance in life,” many composers attributed their works to a more famous composer. Fakes unveiled will include Frescobaldi’s Toccata (by Cassado), Couperin’s Five Concert Pieces (by Bazelere) and C.P.E. Bach’s Andante (by Cassadeseus). In addition to these gems (rhinestones), ACRONYM, the 12-member string band, will take us back further in time and introduce some authentic forgotten masterpieces of the pre-Baroque and Baroque eras by Viennese and German composers. Much of their programming is devoted to modern premieres of works newly transcribed from manuscript, previously unpublished, unrecorded and unheard since the early 17th century. Neo, quasi, retro, faux—never mind, this is the real thing! ACRONYM Baroque String Band; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, director; Yehuda


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Michael Chertock, pianist, performs at Close Encounters with Music Gala Concert: Lenny at 100, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Saturday, June 9th at 6 pm

Hanani, cello ACRONYM is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century. The band formed in 2012 to create the first recording of Johann Pezel’s Alphabet Sonatas. ACRONYM’s following disc, sonatas by Antonio Bertali, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim; In 2015, the band’s third album—the first recordings of Giovanni Valentini’s instrumental works—was praised in Gramophone for being “played with expertise, enthusiasm, and an almost tactile sense of timbre.” There are now six discs. PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise.Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

GALA: Lenny at 100—Feel the BERNstein—Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 6 PM Close Encounters with Music at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Acknowledged as possibly the greatest conductor the US has ever produced, Leonard Bernstein was dashing, brilliant and eloquent; a dazzling pianist, lecturer, and cultural figure who redefined the word “charisma.” Equally at home on the concert stage and Broadway, when summer came, he headed to the Berkshires, where important friendships were forged with Aaron Copland, Marc Blitzstein, Lukas Foss, and other legendary musicians. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, we present a musical portrait of a versatile career, with his vocal and piano music and that of composers he championed—Mahler (Bernstein held a Mahler Festival to mark the centenary of that composer’s birth!) Sondheim, and Ives; selections from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Foss’s cowboy piece, Capriccio, and Copland’s El Salón México. A delightful romp through the music scene circa 1950 as barriers began to come down among genres. Glitter and be gay and experience the Bernstein phenomenon! With Michael Chertock, piano; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Kerry Wilkerson, baritone; Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello Pianist MICHAEL CHERTOCK has fashioned a successful career as an orchestral soloist, collaborating with conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo, Keith Lockhart, Erich Kunzel and Andrew Litton. His many orchestral

Danielle Talamantes, soprano, performs at Close Encounters with Music Gala Concert: Lenny at 100, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Saturday, June 9th at 6 pm

appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, and Toronto Symphony. Soprano DANIELLE TALAMANTES made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out solo recital in 2007. She has since sung as soprano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Nashville Symphony, and National Philharmonic Chorale & Orchestra. Bass-baritone KERRY WILKERSON has performed with the Annapolis Chorale, Capitol Hill Chorale, Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop, City Choir of Washington, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Maryland Masterworks Chorus, the National Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of Virginia, and many other groups. Violinist RACHEL LEE PRIDAY, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, and National Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle.” Cellist Yehuda Hanani’s charismatic playing and profound interpretations bring him acclaim and reengagements across the globe. An extraordinary

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recitalist, Yehuda Hanani is renowned for performances with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and Jerusalem Symphony, among others Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise. Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

Dance Spring Highlights, Performances, and Awards for the Dance Companies Highlights of Spring Dance from Kaatsbaan Throughout April, May, and June, Kaatsbaan will host dance companies whose performances will be remembered long after the lights have faded. From classical ballet to cutting-edge, contemporary choreography, dancers will keep the audience “on their toes.” New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), under the astute artistic direction of Diana Byer April, returns to Kaatsbaan for two performances: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm. With its everexpanding repertory, New York Theatre Ballet's cutting-edge programming brings fresh insight to classic revivals, paired with the modern sensibilities of both established and “next generation” choreographers. The evenings’ programs will feature works by several renowned British choreographers. From his earliest ballet, Capriol Suite (1930), to one of his last works, La Chatte métamorphosée en femme (1985), audiences will be enthralled by the clarity and beauty of Frederick Ashton’s work. During their three-week residency at Kaatsbaan, NYTB will be working with British choreographer, Richard Alston, on a new work, the Season, to be previewed at Kaatsbaan. Using the music of John Cage, Alston says of the work: “I am making this dance in memory of my very good friend, David Vaughan, who for over fifty years was closely associated with Merce Cunningham, the choreographer for the original production in 1947. That choreography is now lost,” It will be exciting to see what Mr. Alston has in mind. Finally, audiences will be treated to Optimists by ABT dancer, Gemma Bond, who has choreographed new works for the company at Kaatsbaan. Jerry Hochman (Critical Dance) wrote that Optimists “is non-stop action that is as exciting to watch as it must be to dance.” Speaking of “next generations”… on April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm and April 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm, the ABT Studio Company, composed of twelve talented young dancers, will grace the Kaatsbaan stage. The company trains the most gifted ballet students to enter American Theatre Ballet’s main company or other leading national and international professional ballet companies. They are, indeed, the next generation of ballet stars. The two programs will feature works from the classical repertoire (an excerpt from Giselle and a pas de deux from William Tell), as well as more contemporary works by NYC Ballet’s Lauren Lovette, British choreographer. Liam Scarlett, and Italian choreographer, Mario Pelle. No spring at Kaatsbaan is complete without Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana now in its 35th season and its 15th at Kaatsbaan. The Company will be performing on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Excitement is in the air as Flamenco Vivo brings to the stage a new work by Belén Maya, who is considered to be one of the most important con-

ABT Studio Company, at Kaatsbaan, April 28th-29th, at Kaatsbaan, Tivoli, NY

Michele Wiles’ BalletNext, at Kaatsbaan, June 9th, at Kaatsbaan, Tivoli, NY

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in collaboration with Tanroh Ishida. Once again internationally renowned jazz pianist, Senri Oe, will join Ms. Orihara on the evening’s program. For more information about programs, ticket prices, and reservations, please go to Tickets may be purchased on-line at Kaatsbaan is a non-profit, professional, creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY. Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers, and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform, and develop new productions. It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.

Faye Driscoll Receives 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award

Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana’s Mujeres Valientes Voces, at Kaatsbaan, May 12th-13th, at Kaatsbaan, Tivoli, NY photo: Christopher Duggan

temporary Flamenco artists in the world today. Her new work, Mujeres Valientes – Voces. explores the fundamental power and courage of two extraordinary women, one a poet and the other a revolutionary. In the second half of the program, audiences will thrill to solos by two prize-winning dancers from Spain, José Maldonado and Guadalupe Torres. Most decidedly an evening to remember. Returning to ballet, Michele Wiles’ well-received and innovative BalletNext will perform at Kaatsbaan on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Wiles, award-winning former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, founded the company in 2011. Following a week’s residency, the program is sure to have at least one “preview premiere.” Ms. Wiles and her dancers, while working with classical technique, never fail to push ballet toward new frontiers. As a grand finale to the season (Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm), legendary Martha Graham Company principal dancer, Miki Orihara, brings her highly acclaimed Resonance II, a reflection upon the lineage of modern dance, from classical to the present. Resonance II includes works by choreographers Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, and Miki Orihara,

As Influential Choreographer, Director, and Investigator of Performance Faye Driscoll, hailed as “a post-millennium, post-modern wild woman” (Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice) for her work that is a “tour de force of performance and direction” (Brian Seibert, The New York Times), receives the 12th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. The Bessie Award-winning choreographer, director, and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow joins a group of honorees that include Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater, Kyle Abraham of, Michelle Dorrance of Dorrance Dance, Camille A. Brown of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and Liz Lerman of Dance Exchange. The Award will be formally presented as part of the Jacob’s Pillow Season Opening Gala on June 16, 2018 followed by the presentation of Driscoll’s work at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the second consecutive summer, August 1–5. “Faye Driscoll is an artist/philosopher, who is asking important questions: what does performance tell us about participation and about our responsibility to engage? She is keenly aware that the moment of performance is only made by the presence of both performer and audience member, and she is interested in the highly charged space that forms between them. She’s consistently interrogating what it means to be human and all the ways we put on personas in our lives. She’s unafraid to take risks, to ask questions we may not want to ask, and it’s the purity of that quest that I so admire. We are also so proud that she is an alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge. Director Pamela Tatge will present Driscoll with the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award as part of the Season Opening Gala on June 16th, where she and her company will perform. Driscoll will present the newest installment of the trilogy, Thank You For Coming: Play, at the Festival August 1–5, lead a Master Class open to the public on Sunday, August 5 at 10 am, and participate in a free PillowTalk, titled Award-Winning Faye Driscoll on Friday, August 3 at 5pm. Live music continues to be an integral aspect of seven multi-disciplinary collaborations featured this season, including Ragamala Dance Company’s distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and Carnatic instruments, composed by Doris Duke Performing Artist Awardee, Amir ElSaffar; live music by 20th-century Brazilian composer, Ernesto Nazareth in Ephrat Asherie Dance’s Odeon, a diverse blend of Korean, Indian, Congolese, and Japanese music in Eastman’s Fractus V; an original, live score by Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson, featuring vocals by eclectic soul vocalist Aaron Marcellus in Dorrance Dance’s Myelination; Grammy-Award winning Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban jazz in New Conversations; an original music score composed by indie folk duo, The Bengsons, performed as dance symphony with six on-stage musicians in Sonya Tayeh’s you’ll still call me by name; and a selection of works by composer Leonard Bernstein to coincide with a program of Jerome Robbins in “Stars of American Ballet.” Dedicated to expanding ideas about where dance can happen, Jacob’s Pillow also presents several special engagements that extend beyond the traditional Festival schedule. The first to note is hosting the symposium of “Translucent Borders,” a three-year initiative led by The NYU Global Institute for

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Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company is celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. At Jacob’s Pillow—Doris Duke Theatre, July 11th – 15th photo: Lois Greenfield

Advanced Study that brings together global collaborators, culminating in a presentation as part of the Inside/Out Performance Series. Additional highlights include Monica Bill Barnes& Company’s Happy Hour, where Sommers Studio, former home of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, is re-imagined as a performance space for a quirky office party; Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance’s POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) performed at the Season Opening Gala and in the community at Pittsfield’s Third Thursday/Street Festival, and other locations; and an “All Styles Dance Battle” hosted by Ephrat “Bounce”Asherie, featuring Festival artists, participants of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, regional street artists, and surprise judges. Tickets go on sale to the public on April 2, 2018. Special Engagements The Pillow continues to offer a range of special engagements that take place outside the traditional Festival schedule, often in non-traditional theater settings. Season Opening Gala June 16, Ted Shawn Theatre An annual night of exclusive performances with a program that features a world premiere by sought-after Colombian-Belgian choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, performed by students of the Ballet Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, also the presentation of the 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award,

and POP-UP Duets by Scottish company, Janis Claxton Dance in their US debut, and more. Janis Claxton Dance June 16, Season Opening Gala June 21, Pittsfield’s Third Thursday Scottish company, Janis Claxton Dance, makes its US debut with POP-UP Duets (fragments of love), performed as part of the Season Opening Gala and at Pittsfield’s Third Thursdays street festival. POP-UP Duets is a series of five minute, multi-site specific contemporary dance duets, based around the theme of love and designed for a wide range of public spaces. Praised as “a richly inventive, wonderfully perceptive work, danced with a persuasive humanity to a score you want to own” (The Herald), the duets are created by choreographer, Janis Claxton, with music composed by Pippa Murphy. Translucent Borders: Cross-cultural collaborations June 24-27 Translucent Borders will host a three-day residency at Jacob's Pillow, bringing together for the first time its global collaborators from Cuba, Israel, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Italy, with some artists making their US debuts. The residency will culminate in the debut presentation of inter-cultural works-in-progress with more than twenty musicians and dancers as part of the Inside/Out Performance Series, June 27th. Other activities will be


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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence performs New Conversations, a soulful, uplifting new work marked by Brown’s iconic blend of African, Caribbean, and contemporary choreography and set to Afro-Cuban jazz music by GRAMMY-Award winning musician, Arturo O’Farrill, performed live by O’Farrill and jazz ensemble, Resist photo: Daniel Roberts Dorrance Dance. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Michelle Dorrance returns, marking Dorrance Dance’s fifth Festival engagement in six years. At Doris Duke Theatre, July 11th – 15th. photo: Kevin Parry

open to the public. Jacob's Pillow was selected as the site for this residency for both its retreat-like setting and its rich history as a force in the cultural exchange of dance. Translucent Borders is a three-year exploration of intercultural dialogue, practice, and exchange led by New York University (NYU) Tisch Arts Professor, Dr. Andy Teirstein, which focuses on the role of dance and music at geographic, cultural, and economic borders. The project explores the ways in which dancers and musicians act as catalysts for creative engagement across disparate cultures. Translucent Borders began as a Working Group of The NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study in 2015 and has since facilitated global conversations between dance and music artists in Israel, Greece, Cuba, and Ghana, through interviews, knowledge-sharing circles, master classes, directed improvisatory lab work, and collaborations.

Festival 2018 Schedule Royal Danish Ballet June 20-24, Ted Shawn Theatre Revered as the world’s third oldest ballet company, the Royal Danish Ballet returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in over a decade to open Festival 2018 in the Ted Shawn Theatre.While the distinctive repertoire of Danish choreographer, August Bournonville, remains a cornerstone for The Royal Danish Ballet, in his ten years as Artistic Director, Nikolaj Hübbe has brought the company to an impressive technical level, which masters a wide range of modern and classical ballets. Leading principals and soloists perform a program of solos, duets, and a grand finale, imbued with a rich Danish-Pillow history that dates back to the US debut of the first group of soloists in 1955. Program details to be announced. Related videos on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive: Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet in Konservatoriet in 1955, the company’s U.S. debut: Nikolaj Hübbe (Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet and Alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow) & Darci Kistler in Apollo in 2002: Ragamala Dance Company June 20-24, Doris Duke Theatre “Soulful, imaginative, and rhythmically contagious,” (The New York

Times) Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company is highly acclaimed for creating a genre of performance that brings together a contemporary Western aesthetic with an Indian ethos. Sharing the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam with audiences for over 25 years, Ragamala brings their multidisciplinary work Written in Water to the Doris Duke Theatre. Conceived by Artistic Directors and Doris Duke Performing Artist Awardees, Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy—and inspired by the second century Indian board game, Paramapadam (the precursor to Snakes & Ladders)—the work explores parallels between ecstasy and longing in Hindu and Sufi traditions. With original artwork and a score by Doris Duke Performing Artist Awardee, Amir ElSaffar, Written in Water brings together internationally celebrated artists and features a live music ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and Carnatic instruments.This work creates “a feast for the eyes, ears, and heart” (Tallahassee Democrat). Pilobolus June 27-July 1, Ted Shawn Theatre For 45 years, this “mind-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers” (NY Newsday) has tested the limits of human physicality, exploring the beauty and power of connected bodies. Pilobolus collaborates with innovative artists, thinkers, and creators to reach beyond performance, bringing stories to diverse communities, brands, and organizations. Pilobolus has created over 120 pieces, performing for 300,000+ people each year. The company’s honors include a TED Fellowship, a GRAMMY Nomination, a Primetime Emmy Award, and several Cannes Lion Awards.The company returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre, re-working the site-specific commission Branches, which premiered in 2017 on the Inside/Out stage and celebrates the power of the Pillow’s natural setting. Additional program details to be announced. Related videos on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive: Pilobolus in Ocellus in 1985: Pilobolus in Carmina Burana, Side II in 1985: Pilobolus in Branches in 2017:

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Three Passenger Pigeons (Male, Female & Juvenile) in a Pin Oak Tree, 1911 Rex Brasher, American, 1869-1960 Watercolor, 14 x 20 in. Private Collection, On loan for Kent Art Association’s 95th Celebration Kent Art Association, Kent, CT

Bridge over Macedonia Brook, undated Robert H. Nisbet, American, 1879-1961 Oil on canvas, 7-1/2 x 9-1/2 in. Private Collection, On loan for Kent Art Association’s 95th Celebration Kent Art Association, Kent, CT

The Kent Art Association Invites You to Join Us in Celebrating 95 Years of Art in Kent: 1923-2018 The year is 1923; It’s the Roaring Twenties—Jazz, the Charleston, Flappers, Bath Tub Gin, Speakeasies, and Bootleggers. It’s the year the New York Yankees play their first game “in the House that Ruth Built” and win the World

1919 Dodge “Woody” Station Wagon, 24 HP - Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA), will be parked on front lawn of Kent Art Association and attendees can have their photograph taken in it. Private Collection, Kent Art Association, Kent, CT

Apple Tree in Bloom Near the Property Line, undated Robert H. Nisbet, American, 1879-1961 Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 in. Private Collection, On loan for Kent Art Association’s 95th Celebration Kent Art Association, Kent, CT

Series.The silent films— The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Lon Chaney and Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments are the box office hits. Bread cost 10 cents, while a week in an upscale hotel was $5.00, and a straw hat would set

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Sunset Sail, Lake Waramaug Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.

Thomas Adkins Gregory James Gallery Fine Art, New Milford, CT

Sailing Candlewood Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in.

Thomas Adkins Gregory James Gallery Fine Art, New Milford, CT

On Alert Oil on board, 18 x 15 in.

Scott Zuckerman Gregory James Gallery Fine Art, New Milford, CT

you back 79 cents. 1923 is also the year that nine artists decided to organize the Kent Art Association, and hold their first Art Exhibition in the recently completed Kent Memorial Library. They charged 5 cents admission, and 600 people attended. The proceeds were donated to the Kent Library. Ninety-five years later, the Kent Art Association is still going strong, with nine exhibitions a year held in our Gallery on South Main Street. The Gallery building, itself, was once part of the historic Kent Inn. The Kent Art Association is the second oldest association of artists in Connecticut, and is owned and managed by its members. It is also a 501(C) 3, not-for-profit organization. Kent Art Association’s 95th Anniversary Celebration begins with a c. 1923 Roaring Twenties Cocktail Party from 2 to 6 pm on Saturday, April 28th, at the opening of our Spring Juried Show. Guests are being asked to come dressed for the year—there will be a live Jazz Band and the Champagne will be flowing. The Spring Show (April 28-May 13) will also feature an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by the KAA Founders: Sculptor Willard Paddock, and Artists Rex Brasher, George Laurence Nelson, Robert Nisbet, Spencer Nicholas, Frederick Waugh, F. Luis Mora, Eliot Clark, and Floyd Clymer. During our exhibition season we will also be sponsoring lectures on each of the founders. As an added bonus, the businesses in Kent are joining in on the fun for a day and are currently in the process of deciding what they will feature on their premises with the theme of the Roaring Twenties. Most are planning to be “dressed” for the day and then add a little 1920s extra. If you are coming to Kent on Saturday April 28 to shop, have lunch or dinner or to attend the opening of our Spring show and 95th Anniversary 1920’s Cocktail Party, we invite you to join the fun and come “Dressed”. The KAA will be awarding prizes for the best dressed.

Thomas Adkins, Scott Zuckerman, and Other Prominent Local Artists at Gregory James Gallery Gregory James Gallery Fine Art and the Art of Framing is located at 93 Park Lane Rd (Route 202) in New Milford, CT. In business for more than twentytwo years, Greg Mullen, owner, lead designer, and gallery curator says, “What separates local custom picture framers from the big box and online framers is that with a local custom framer, you get a personal design professional who is a design partner and advisor. We are passionate and invested with customer satisfaction and experts in the field.” In addition to custom frame design, the Gregory James Gallery represents many prominent local artists. A few of the artists represented include Thomas Adkins, Christopher Magadini, Woldemar Neufeld, Joel Spector, Robert Ferrucci, Scott Zuckerman, Bill Rice, and many others. Greg Mullen states, “I

have enjoyed building personal relationships with the artists, the region, and collectors. I feel fortunate to be one of the lucky ones who looks forward to Mondays.” Gregory James Gallery is located at 93 Park Lane Road (Rte 202), New

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Confia En Mi, 2008 From the series Locales

Gala Narezo Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Milford, CT 06776. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 to 6 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10 to 5 pm, Sundays, 11 to 4 pm. 860 3543436

“Gala Narezo: Voice/Time” at Tremaine Art Gallery, Hotchkiss, Through April 25, 2018 The Tremaine Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit featuring the work of Gala Narezo. “Gala Narezo: Voice/Time” will run through April 25th. The exhibit explores the role of voice in the creative process through a chronological selection of Narezo’s work over the last twenty years. The installation incorporates different aspects of Narezo’s work, including photographic series exploring transience and identity, social impact design, and mindful creativity. The photographs include the series Locales (collected in a book of the same title), and Transitional Communities: People in Public Places. Also on view is Awake and Aware, a visual curriculum created to encourage mindful change-making through creativity. Presented as a wall-size, colorful mandala with 4 quadrants:We Care,We Help,We Transform,We are Awake and Aware, the exhibit invites participants to examine the notion of interdependence and engage in problem-solving. Narezo and colleague, Chantal Fischzang, created the project through a grant from Sappi Ideas That Matter. The visual curriculum displayed in the Tremaine will figure prominently in Narezo’s work with Hotchkiss students during her artist residency in conjunction with the exhibit, as well as support leadership training at Mawuni, a 340-acre community in the Northern Catskills dedicated to the safe harbor of LGBTQ young adults at risk and older adults in need of support. Gala Narezo is an artist and educator studying the intersection of art, social engagement, and reflective practices. Her work explores ways to honor the self while considering interdependence with others and the world beyond. She is a graduate of Yale University and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Narezo served as an NGO representative to the United Nations for Designmatters, an educational platform of Art Center College of Design with the mission to engage, empower, and lead an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society. Read more at, click Tremaine Art Gallery. The Tremaine Art Gallery is located in the main building of The Hotchkiss School. With education at the heart of its mission, the gallery hosts six exhibitions a year. For more information about this and other events at The Hotchkiss School, phone 860 435-4423 or visit The

APACHE II, Montauk, NY Oil on canvas, 36 x 18-1/2 in.

Marc Stolfi Liberty Art & Framing, Torrington, CT

Tremaine Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm., and Sunday, noon to 4 pm.

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The Tuna Buyers, Montauk, NY Oil on canvas, 22 x 28 in.

Marc Stolfi Liberty Art & Framing, Torrington, CT

Paintings by Marc Stolfi, Wrong Way Studio, Torrington, CT The old adage, “Find what you love and do it,” has been bandied about by life coaches and gurus for decades. In the case of Laura and Marc Stolfi of Liberty Art & Framing in Torrington, Conn., this statement truly applies. Established in 2011, this family-owned custom frame shop and gallery has thrived in a town, which is changing from a depressed post-manufacturing mill town, to an emerging leader in the arts. Marc is a fine artist, and Laura began framing his work as a way to help him and to satisfy her love of woodworking and design. This went on for many years, and Laura amassed knowledge about the finer points of custom framing and conservation. When others began asking her to frame their pieces, a business was born. After years of research and experience with everything from sports jerseys to valuable antique maps, Laura has become an expert in the industry. Liberty Art & Framing sits on Riverside Avenue in a sturdy 1940 brick building, located in an old neighborhood of multi-family homes and small businesses. Being only 10 minutes from the center of Goshen and 15 minutes from Litchfield, the location is ideal to serve the Northwest Corner of CT and beyond. Opposite the design table in the store is a gallery space featuring Marc’s artwork as well as guest exhibitors’ works. This husband and wife team truly compliment each other as they work together to continue to learn, build their business, and most importantly, serve their clients. Laura’s eye for detail and uncompromising perfectionism compliment Marc’s professional training in color and design. Laura and Marc enjoy educating clients and working to make the custom framing experience enjoyable whether the subject is a budget poster or a high-end original painting. Liberty Art & Framing is located at 332 Riverside Avenue,Torrington, CT 06790. Open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 to 5 pm, and Saturdays, 11 to 3 pm (closed Sundays and Mondays). 860 618-7092,,

Steven Miller’s Paintings at byrd + the b, Washington Depot, CT Steven Miller has taken thousands of photographs, which led to his discovery of the electron microscope. Miller began with producing series of

1n Beyond! Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Steven Miller byrd + the b, Washington Depot, CT

The Heart of The Matter Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Steven Miller byrd + the b, Washington Depot, CT

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Wren, 2018 Alcohol ink on yupo , 5 x 7 in.

Adele Moros Gallery 25, New Milford, CT

drawings based on different electron photographs. Inspired by these studies, he painted his first large format oils on wooden doors. It is from these beginnings that Miller has been continuing his work. Miller is driven towards abstracting images found in news media, digital images, computers, electronic photography, and pop culture, and distilling this imagery into boldly colored oils on canvas. The work he produces is all about the interplay of color, form, and things which appear to be very simple on the surface, but which have a much more complex reality. Steven Miller lives and maintains a studio in New York City and in Litchfield County, CT. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Litchfield County, Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Milan, Rome, Berlin, and Cologne. Miller received a full scholarship to attend Parsons School Design where he earned an MFA. He is a Vinalhaven Fellow, Drew University Institutional Scholar, Parsons School of Design Scholar, Posey Foundation Fellow, and Helena Rubenstein Fellow. Steven Miller’s work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Bayly Art Museum, the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Standard & Poor’s, Walden International, Hong Kong, Google, Instagram and was recently added to the collection of MOMA. Steven Miller’s work can be viewed at He is currently exhibiting his work at in Washington Depot, CT, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Titus Road and Bee Brook Road.

Spring Art Show at Gallery 25, New Milford, CT Sponsored by the New Milford Commission on the Arts, Gallery 25 was founded in the fall of 2014 as a cooperative-style art gallery representing local and regional award-winning artists and artisans. Gallery exhibitions, both then and now, include a wide variety of unique fine art and fine artisan creations in a wide range of media. Renewing interest and growth in the local art scene is a priority of the Gallery and its member artists. Gallery 25 is conveniently located at 11 Railroad Street at the historic train station in New Milford, CT ( Gallery hours in Spring are:Thursdays and Sundays, 12 pm to 5 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 12 to 7:30 pm, or by appointment, phone 860 355-6009. Admission is free. Ample free parking is available.

“MADE IN ITALY II,” Group Art Show in Sheffield, MA What happened when nine artists went to Vittorio Veneto, Italy to paint

Spring Birches Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 in.

Steve Tanenbaum Gallery 25, New Milford, CT

for a week, last September? Why they painted the town red, of course, as well as Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Siena, etc., etc., etc. But if you want to see what really happened and hear all about this magical trip, come to the opening reception of the “Made in Italy” Art Show, at the Bushnell-Sage Library, in Sheffield, MA on Friday, April 6th, from 5 to 7 pm. This was the 2nd year, in what’s becoming an annual September event, where a group of artists, led by Harvey Kimmelman, traveled to this, off-thebeaten-track, magical town, located in the foothills of the Dolomites, a little north of Venice. The week was hosted by Alma Ortolan, a noted Italian Fresco restorer, at her beautiful palazzo, in the Serravalle section of town. She put together this special painting holiday for members of the Housatonic Valley Art League, which included fabulous home-cooked breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with lots of wine and Prosecco, a few excursions, and even some time to paint. This year’s show includes Diana Blumenthal, Susan Kay, Robert Horvath, Lynne Horvath, Harvey Kimmelman, Karen Linden, Amy Pressman, Pat Ryan, and Judy Rosen. Each with their own vision of how Italy should look. “Made in Italy II” is at the Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main Street, Sheffield, MA. The show runs from April 3rd through April 30th.

Landscape Artists Stephen George Maniatty, Edgar Melville Ward, Jr. and Robert Walsak at Berkshire Art Gallery, Great Barrington, MA The Berkshire Art Gallery, located at 80 Railroad St., Gt. Barrington, MA, is featuring important landscape paintings by three American artists: Stephen George Maniatty, 1910-1984, Edgar Melville Ward, Jr, 1887-1943 and Robert Walsak (b. 1944}. All three understood and interpreted the spaces and aerial distances of their subjects, the languid peace of nature uninhabited, the drowsy heat and hot shimmer of summers, and the atmospheric moods created by masses of clouds gathering over American skies.

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Lost in the Moonlight Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 in.

Aleksandra Katargina L’Atelier Berkshires Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Born in France, Edgar Ward studied with his father and with Emil Carlsen and also George Maynard. He was a member of the Woodstock Art Association, exhibiting there and at the Albany Institute of History and Art. In Ward’s Mountain Landscape (see Ad), most likely painted near his Catskill home,Ward captures the vigor of local colors and foliage, imparting a subtle elegance to the scene. His handling of light creates a hazy, diffuse atmosphere, softening the forms. His view is pure and direct, without any contrivance or interference by man. The nebulous, rose-tinted sky and skillful execution of cloud forms attest to fidelity to cloud studies. Often called the landmark artist of the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, Stephen Maniatty was Art Director at the Deerfield Academy, and received many awards from exhibitions in the region and nationally. He was inspired by the Deerfield region landscape and by nearby Vermont and the Berkshires. Indian Summer, with its rich colors, painted in an impressionistic style of realism, is an outstanding example. The Berkshire Art Gallery is also featuring the work of contemporary impressionist painter, Robert Alan Waltsak, who draws inspiration from the Hudson River School painters. Born in 1944, Waltsak studied at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, at the School of Visual Art in New York, and at the Ridgewood Art Institute with John Philip Osborne. Waltsak is a multiple-prize recipient at Hudson River Art Association and Ridgewood Institute exhibitions, and his works have been shown in galleries in NY, NJ, CT, and MA.

Castle Campanile, 2017 Watercolor, 8 x 6 in.

Karen Linden Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, MA

Serravalle, 2017 Oil on canvas, 6 x 20 in.

Robert Horvath Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, MA

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Stream Bend, 2018, Oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.

John MacDonald Greylock Gallery, Williamstown, MA

A New England Dawn, 2017 Oil on linen, 36 x 48 in.

John MacDonald Greylock Gallery, Williamstown, MA

Waltsak’s subjects include landmark sites, particularly of the New Jersey shore, landscapes in and around the Catskill Mountains, and picturesque trout streams, among others. Beaton’s Boat Yard (See Ad), with its delicate composition and key harmonies of color, is a good example. It depicts boat-yard buildings, a white dory, and a dry-docked sailboat at the well-known nautical site in Mantoloking, NJ. Also, a noted furniture maker and designer, two of the paintings are enclosed in frames made by Waltsak. Other subjects include the Manasquan Inlet Bridge; a Catskill Mountain Landscape; and a Roscoe (NY) Trout Stream, most likely the popular Esopus. Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment or chance. Parking for patrons is available in front of the Gallery at 80 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA. For more information, call 413 528-2690.

VIVA LA FEMME! An Exhibition of Women Artists at L’Atelier Berkshires Gallery April 8th- June 5th Special Event: Sunday May 6th, 6 to 8 pm Artist Talks, Reception, and Live Brazilian Jazz by Vita Kay An exhibition celebrating women and the arts! Women have always been creative, yet not as acknowledged throughout “Art History” as their male counterparts. Female artists now have the opportunity to have their voices and talents recognized and appreciated. Join us, as we honor a group of very talented women artists. Original artworks, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photography by Contemporary Women Artists will be on exhibit at L'Atelier Berkshires Gallery from April 8th through June 5th. On Sunday, May 6th, join us at L'Atelier Berkshires Gallery for a reception from 6 to 8 pm. Artists will talk about their artwork and journey as female artists. Artists’ talks will begin at 6:15 pm, followed by the reception and live Bossa Nova Jazz Music by Vita Kay. L’Atelier Berkshires Gallery is located at 597 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. For more information, contact director, Natalie Tyler, 510 469-5468,

Director’s Choice at Greylock Gallery in April and May Greylock Gallery, located at 71 Spring Street at the heart of Williamstown, MA, specializes in showcasing a variety of traditional and contemporary art from both emerging and established artists.

White Mountains Vista, 1883 Oil on canvas, 14 x 24 in., SLL S.W. Griggs

Samuel W. Griggs, American, 1827-1898 Berkshire Art Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Featuring select pieces by all artists to be displayed: Greylock Gallery represents work from seventeen artists, including Stanley Bielen, Susan Read Cronin, Gracia Dayton, Diane Firtell, Joe Gitterman, Mary Sipp Green, Curt Hanson, Tracy Helgeson, Hale Johnson, John MacDonald, Teri Malo, Leslie Peck, Robin Remick, Ben Shattuck, Bill Shattuck, John Traynor and George Van Hook. Greylock Gallery’s hours of operation are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 to 5:30 pm and Sundays 11 to 4 pm. Greylock Gallery is located at 71 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA 01267. For more information, contact Rachele L. Dario, Director, at 413 884-6926, and


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Jonathan Croy in Shakespeare & Company’s production of Macbeth, July 3 – August 5,

Corinna May in Shakespeare & Company’s production of Morning after Grace by Carey Crim, May 24 – July 15

Shakespeare & Company Announces 2018 Summer Performance Season Shakespeare & Company announces its 2018 Summer Season. Exploring themes of Delight, Deceit, and Desire, the season includes three Shakespeare plays: Macbeth, As You Like It, and Love's Labor's Lost; plus the New England Premiere of Morning After Grace by Carey Crim; Creditors by August Strindberg, adapted by David Greig; Heisenberg by Laurence Olivier Award-winner, Simon Stephens; Mothers and Sons by Tony Award-winning playwright, Terrence McNally; and HIR by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Taylor Mac. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with our lineup for the 2018 Season," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "From stirring stories to sublime surprises, from gut punches to tender kisses, from raging battles to quiet moments, we’ve an array of programming that is sure to delight and deliver!" The Roman Garden Theatre, inaugurated in 2017 for Shakespeare & Company's production of The Tempest, will be re-configured for the production of As You Like It. Located adjacent to the Tina Packer Playhouse, the Roman Gar-

den Theatre is an intimate outdoor performance space with comfortable bench and chair seating. All other performances take place in the Tina Packer Playhouse and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre; and at The Dell at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. Morning After Grace By Carey Crim, Directed by Regge Life May 24 – July 15 , Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre Featuring Corinna May * New England Premiere In the New England premiere of this touching comedy, playwright Carey Crim shows us with a deft hand that we are never too old to suddenly know ourselves through chance intersection with former strangers in unlikely circumstances. Angus, Abigail, and Ollie are resigned to having it all figured out, until they aren't, leaving hope for us all as they turn the past on its ear. Regge Life returns to the Company after directing last season's hit show, God of Carnage. Macbeth By William Shakespeare, Directed by Melia Bensussen July 3 – August 5, Tina Packer Playhouse Featuring Jonathan Croy and Tod Randolph A gripping tale of blind ambition and nefarious plotting by two of Shakespeare's most notorious anti- heroes, Macbeth is a deliciously shadowy thrill ride. When yearning and imagination collide in the darkest recesses of a passionate mind, there may be blood. If victims fall in the consumption of power, the conscience can devour itself from within. Peace and sleep do not come without a reckoning. Such is the eternal and towering reminder of this stunning classic directed by Obie Award winner, Melia Bensussen. Creditors By August Strindberg, Adapted by David Greig, Directed by Nicole Ricciardi July 19 – August 12, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre Featuring Jonathan Epstein and Kristin Wold Inhabiting another's mind proves to be the psychological chess match August Strindberg once again masters in this stunning translation by John Whiting Award recipient, David Greig. Strindberg called Creditors his most mature work, and in this riveting version, the emotional landscape is littered with debt. The cost of love runs deep for these three characters, and if everyone owes something to someone, who can really call themselves a creditor? Nicole Ric-

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Jonathan Epstein in Shakespeare & Company’s production of Creditors by August Strindberg, July 19 – August 12,

ciardi rejoins the Company for another season after directing last season's critically acclaimed, 4000 Miles. Love’s Labor’s Lost By William Shakespeare, Directed by Kelly Galvin July 10 – August 18 , The Dell at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home (Outdoors) Family-Friendly A spoof of those who try to shun love and life, Love’s Labor’s Lost is full of witty wordplay, hilarious mishaps, and riotous comedy. The Dell is the perfect setting for this sweet coming-of-age story, with its host of delightful characters and sparkling depiction of young love. As You Like It By William Shakespeare, Directed by Allyn Burrows August 9 – September 2 Roman Garden Theatre (Outdoors) Cast: Thomas Brazzle, MaConnia Chesser, Nigel Gore, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Ella Loudon, and Mark Zeisler Like the Roaring Twenties did for this country, the Forest of Arden represented a world of possibilities for young Rosalind. Our brilliant adventuress escapes a threatening world of suppression, even death, and her exile represents a dramatic break between past and future as she traverses the forest and the prospect of new horizons. Menace gives way to hope, re-invention, poetry, and love, cooked up with a big dose of hilarious comedy! Join us at sunset in the Roman Garden Theatre for this madcap romantic comedy that is sure to

Kristin Wold in Shakespeare & Company’s production of Creditors by August Strindberg, July 19 – August 12,

steal your heart and lift your spirits. Heisenberg By Simon Stephens , Directed by Tina Packer August 11 – September 2 Tina Packer Playhouse Featuring Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram Alex and Georgie are the very improbable couple at the center of this exploration of love against odds and reason. When they stumble into each others’ lives on a bench in London, real questions are raised that defy physics and simple explanation. Tony-Award winning playwright, Simon Stephens, who penned the Broadway-hit, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presents a refreshing look into just how unpredictable life can be, especially when examined closely! Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer directs this contemporary comedy in her namesake theatre. Mothers and Sons By Terrence McNally, Directed by James Warwick August 16 – September 9 Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre Featuring Annette Miller “A wonderful Hamlet on his way to becoming a great one” is how Cal describes his deceased lover, Andre, when Katherine, Andre's mother, shows up

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David Rasche as Jimmy Van Heusen in Berkshire Theatre Group’s Coming Back Like a Song! June 28th-July 21st at Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge, MA

Judy Jerome as Sara Whitmore in Berkshire Theatre Group’s Church & State June 14th – June 30th at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, MA

unexpectedly on his doorstep. In this funny and moving piece,Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally's sharp dialogue illustrates how reconciling loss and transgression can reveal the enduring nature of love. HIR By Taylor Mac , Directed by Alice Reagan September 13 – October 7 Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre Featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Martin Jason Asprey Taylor Mac attempts to figure out what he's ignoring in the world and tell that story. In HIR, a darkly uproarious comedy that tells the story of a son returning from the military to find his family turned completely upside down. In this wildly refreshing tale of progressive responsibility, Mac directly confronts social expectations: when it comes to family, sometimes you just have to figure it out. Tickets FLEX passes, offering 35% off regular ticket prices, ability to book shows and seats one week earlier than the general public, and a waiver of the exchange fees, are on sale now. Single tickets for the 2018 performance season went on sale to members and groups on February 21st, to FLEXpass holders on February 28th, and to the general public on March 7. Shakespeare & Company will once again offer a 40% discount to fulltime, year-round Berkshire County residents (excludes Saturday nights, opening nights, and previews). The Tina Packer Playhouse, Roman Garden Theatre, and

the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre are wheelchair accessible. For more information on our summer performance season, or our year-round programming, call the Box Office at 41) 637-3353 or visit Gala The 2018 Gala will be held Saturday, June 30th.The evening will honor Trustee, Michael A. Miller, and his twenty-five years of dedication to Shakespeare & Company. The evening will include a festive cocktail reception, followed by special performances from musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble and Shakespeare & Company artists. After the performance, guests will be escorted to the tented courtyard for an elegant dinner, and a night of dancing with DJ BFG. About Shakespeare & Company Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 30,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to Shakespeare & Company’s internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and nationally renowned and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at

Berkshire Theatre Group and Kate Maguire Announce Berkshire Theatre’s 90th Anniversary Season Church & State by Jason Odell Williams, directed by Charlotte Cohn June 14 at 7 pm through Saturday, June 30 at 8 pm at The Unicorn Theatre, The Larry Vaber Stage, BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street Casting: Judy Jerome as Sara Whitmore, Keira Naughton as Alex Klein, Graham Rowat as Senator Charles, and Andy Talen as Tom/Marshall/Reporter/Security Guy Hailed as “crackling, resonant, humorous” by NPR and written by Emmy Award-nominated Jason Odell Williams (Brain Games).

Coming Back Like a Song! by Lee Kalcheim, directed by Gregg Edelman, music direction by Daniel Mollet Previews: Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm through Saturday, July 21 at 8 pm at

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Phillip Hoffman as Harold Arlen in Berkshire Theatre Group’s Coming Back Like a Song! June 28th-July 21st at Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge, MA

The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street Casting: David Garrison as Irving Berlin, Philip Hoffman as Harold Arlen, David Rasche as Jimmy Van Heusen It’s 1956, and three of America’s great songwriters, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen, are at a crossroads in their lives.

Hair Books and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, Music by Galt MacDermott Directed by Daisy Walker, Music direction by Eric Svejcar, Choreography by Lisa Shriver Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm through Saturday, August 11 at 8 pm at The Unicorn Theatre, The Larry Vaber Stage, BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street Casting: Katie Birenboim as Crissy, Ariel Blackwood as Tribe, Shayna Blass as Tribe, Chance Brayman as Tribe, Andrew Cekala as Claude, Latoya Edwards as Dionne, Kayla Foster as Sheila, Kristopher Saint Louis as Tribe, Livvy Marcus as Jeanie, Mason Alexander Park as Tribe, Sarah Sun Park as Tribe, Michael Viruet as Berger, Eric Williams as Hud About: This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Parental Advisory: this production contains nudity. The Petrified Forest by Robert E. Sherwood, directed by David Auburn Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm through Saturday, August 25 at 8 pm at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street Casting: David Adkins as Alan Squier, Rebecca Brooksher as Gabby Maple, Joey Collins as Ruby, Sean Cullen as Jason Maple, Jeremy Davidson as Duke Mantee, Shawn Fagan as Boze Hertzlinger, Jonathan Hogan as Gramp Maple, Walter Hudson as Mr. Chisholm, This yearning tale, written in 1934, is directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn (Proof). Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang, directed by Matthew Penn Thursday, August 16 at 7 pm through Friday, August 31 at 8 pm at The Unicorn Theatre, The Larry Vaber Stage, BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street Casting: Harriet Harris as Sister Mary Ignatius/Sarah Siddons, Jenn Harris as Dame Ellen Terry/Philomena Rostovitch, Tom Story as Gary Sullavan/Henry Irving, Matthew Sullivan as Aloysius Busiccio/George Spelvin Written by Obie Award-winner, Christopher Durang, the comedic double feature, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The

David Garrison as Irving Berlin in Berkshire Theatre Group’s Coming Back Like a Song! June 28th-July 21st at Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge, MA

Actor’s Nightmare is an absurdly hilarious evening of theatre.

Naked Luigi Pirandello A new version by Nicholas Wright, Directed by Eric Hill Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm through Sunday, October 28 at 2 pm at The Unicorn Theatre, The Larry Vaber Stage, BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street Casting: David Adkins as Alfredo Cantavalle, James Barry as Franco Laspiga, Tara Franklin as Ersilia Drei, Barbara Sims as Signora Onoria, Rocco Sisto as Ludovico Nota Naked follows the story of a woman, in the midst of questioning her existence, as the men around her impose their view of her into the world.


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