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2011–2012 Fall, Winter & Spring


STUDENT EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Dear Friends and Neighbors, The grand opening of the Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center (BVPAC), a project of the Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF) went off without a hitch on July 2, 2011. Our first show, featuring the Charcoal Drawings and Oil Paintings of Kayla Corby premiered at the Good Purpose Gallery along with an amazing array of entertainment in July and August at the Spectrum Playhouse (in the former St. George’s church). We were delighted to experience the success that hard work, vision, and dreams becoming a reality can bring.

Our mission is to provide:

With that being said… we are anticipating an exciting fall/winter/spring line up for the rest of 2011 and well into 2012 of art, music, and some truly wonderful children’s entertainment. As the Berkshire’s go into what some might consider the “quiet season” we are gearing up to invite Lee, MA residents, visitors, and families from the surrounding Berkshire communities to view the work of many fine artists at the Good Purpose Gallery and stay busy during the shorter nights and days by experiencing all our Spectrum Playhouse has to offer.

➥ tuition assistance for students with Learning Differences ➥ professional seminars for educators and parents

We have an array of gallery openings, art walks, book signings, poetry and salon nights, as well as collaborative events with Art of Autism and the Steiner School on tap. Be sure to come and see our latest gallery show (they change every 6 to 8 weeks) and attend the musical brunches in the Starving Artist Café as tables and chairs spill out into the gallery space and the musicians surround themselves with the beauty of the art – every Sunday from 10 AM to 1PM. This weekly event is not to be missed as we all settle down in to a slower, more leisurely pace of space and time.

➥ visual and performing arts opportunities for those on the spectrum

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For more information contact Francine Britton, SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director at 413.394.5045 or fbritton@sedfund.org. a 501(c) 3 not for profit foundation

Moreover, the best part of all that we are doing with BVPAC - is that a portion of all proceeds from the sales of artwork and staging playhouse events directly benefits our young adults aged 18-26 who have Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Differences. Please know that the Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF) a 501 (c) 3 is grateful for your attendance and your support as we bring awareness and community inclusion to our patrons. Sincerely, Francine Britton National Coordinator Student Educational Development Fund

Good Purpose Gallery

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BVPAC is a project of the Student Educational Development Fund • SEDF is a 501(c) 3 not for profit foundation


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Good Purpose Art Gallery

The Good Purpose Art Gallery (located in the restored Baird and Benton Building at 40 Main Street in Lee, MA) features the work of professional artists who are supportive and embrace the mission of the not-for-profit Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF). The Gallery also displays the work of College Internship Program (CIP) student artists diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Differences and offers originals and reproductions of their work for sale. A portion of all income generated from professional and student art sales will benefit our 501 (c) 3 foundation. All Good Purpose Gallery sales qualify for a 50% federal charitable tax deduction.

The Spectrum Playhouse—Grand Opening July 2012

Over the next year, the former St. George’s Church at 20 Franklin Street in Lee, MA will be transformed into the Spectrum Playhouse, Community Center and Joyous Studios. • The Playhouse will be a multi-purpose performance space hosting performing artists, theatre productions, concerts, lectures and more. • The Community Center will be available for continuing education seminars, health and wellness classes, and more. • Joyous Studios will be an artist in residence studio/mentor program. The Spectrum Playhouse is a project of the 501 (c) 3 Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF) and will develop the performing and visual arts talents of young adults who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Differences. Join us at this new year-round venue for a variety of “soft opening” events throughout the fall, winter and spring as we work towards our Grand Opening next summer. A portion of all income generated from the Spectrum Playhouse will benefit the not-for-profit Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF). Good Purpose Gallery (413) 394-5045

Spectrum Playhouse (413) 394-5023

BVPAC is a project of the Student Educational Development Fund • SEDF is a 501(c) 3 not for profit foundation


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Esther has shown and sold her work in several upscale venues throughout New York City, but this is her first show that includes her entire collection of art, painted over the last twenty years. These original works and giclee prints are on display through November 6, 2011.

2011–2012 Exhibition Schedule

Esther is the being honored on September 23rd (the opening weekend of her show at the GPG) in Vancouver, Canada at the 2011 2nd annual International Naturally Autistic® People Awards and Convention as she accepts their 2011 Visual Artist Award.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 to Sunday, November 6, 2011

Esther continues to live and work in Preston, CT, enjoying life as a professional artist with her family and four dogs. The Good Purpose Gallery is delighted to have the work of Esther Brokaw displayed with the many and varied creative efforts of our young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Differences. As we start the fall semester at CIP – our gallery is filled to the brim with hope, color, and amazing talent!

Esther Brokaw is an untrained but a richly talented artist. Esther did not start painting until 1990, at the age of thirty. Born in Westville, NJ, Esther suffered from many health problems. This, coupled with fear and fed by skepticism and discouragement, greeted her burgeoning talent and made it difficult for her to attempt much artwork. Instead, she delved into the world of music. She moved to Plano, Texas at age fifteen, and later attended North Texas State University in Denton. A new chapter in her life, however—the pregnancy of her first child and the creation of a family—brought her to a new creative outlet: painting. In this arena, stunning talent instantly appeared. She showed aptitude, style, and an extreme focus to detail that was unprecedented in one so new to painting. Her fascination and skill for equity charts and trading, alongside her art, led to the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome with Savant Syndrome. The qualities that helped Esther excel in the stock market define her paintings. What makes them extraordinary is a tremendous faithfulness to the most miniscule of details, and a profound understanding of patterns and shapes, coupled with an instinctive pairing of color.

And, as always, proceeds from sales of art at our gallery benefit the not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF) and our young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Differences. Exhibit: “The Photography

of Charlie Jacobs”

We are pleased to present eight beautiful photographs by the enormously talented photographer Charlie Jacobs. Charlie Jacobs is an up and coming photographer from New York City, specializing in fashion photography, and still life. His previous exhibitions in Dutchess County, the Berkshires, and Long Island have received much acclaim. Charlie’s work is also part of the permanent art collection of JNK Securities in New York City. Charlie attended the Maplebrook School and the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. He has studied with the renowned photographers Michael Lavin Flower and Rodney Smith. Charlie is an outstanding and talented 23-year-old young man with a wonderful gift. We are delighted that his work is a central and integral part of our student art show at the Good Purpose Gallery.

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more information, contact: Gallery For Hours: Francine Britton, and Good Purpose Gallery Director OpenSEDF DailyNational 9 am to 5Coordinator pm CLOSED TUESDAYS fbritton@sedfund.org • phone 413-394-5045

Artist: Charlie Jacobs

Our first show at the Good Purpose Gallery—as we ease into the fall season—will feature the work of renowned artist Esther Brokaw and a selection of art and photography from CIP students.

Artist: Esther Brokaw

Artist: Esther Brokaw and CIP Student Artists Exhibit: “Visions on the Spectrum”


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 to Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Friday, November 4, 2011 to Saturday, November 5, 2011

Director

Artist: Scott Harrington Exhibit: “Pause”

Exhibit: “ART of AUTISM”

The ART of AUTISM. It’s not just an event. It’s a movement.

I am delighted to announce that the Good Purpose Gallery Annex show running until January 3, features the work of the talented Lenox based artist Scott Harrington.

For two days the Good Purpose Gallery, the Spectrum Playhouse, and The Art of Autism will celebrate the talents of individuals with autism spectrum disorders through fine art, film, dance, music, drama, painting, comedy and oratory skills. Enjoy the talents of those on the autism spectrum – and embrace those who love and support them.

Scott Harrington

(Good Purpose Gallery Annex Show – located in the Starving Artist Café)

The process of transforming paint and other materials into images continues to compel and challenge Scott Harrington. Over the years this process has led Scott to create ceramics, photography, drawing and painting, and most recently to pursue experimental processes on paper. Painting fills Scott with a sense of serenity and integrity, and has proven a most reliable vehicle for translating his inner vision to his outer reality. Scott’s abstract paintings explore the wonders of nature and beauty in our world. The symbols that have emerged through Scott’s painting process include; the Turtle (wisdom/grace), the Dragonfly (metamorphosis/change) and the Tree (steadfastness/beauty). Scott uses a variety of different paints/media (oil pastel, ink, acrylic, latex, gouache, and wood). Enjoy Scott’s work as you warm up your winter morning, day, or evening with Crepe’s and all the delightful Starving Artist Café has to offer.

SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director

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Israeli Artist: Yom Tov Blumenthal

This dual fundraiser is lovingly sponsored by the Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF) and The Art of Autism. It is a fundraiser for both of our organizations with all proceeds benefitting the artists and our two foundations!

November 4, 2011 – 5 to 9 pm November 5, 2011 – 5 to 7 pm Many of the artists featured will be on hand to sign copies the book ARTISM – the Art of Autism: Shattering Myths about People Living “on the spectrum,” and to talk about their contributions to it. Please come out and support us as we bring awareness, inclusion, and acknowledgement to our surrounding communities! Debra Hosseini who conceptualized and created the book will also be on site talking about the book to one and all.

Friday, November 4 at 6 PM Spray Paint Artist Trevor Aycox at the Good Purpose Gallery! Proce eds benefit the

ional Student Educat nd Fu nt me lop Deve (SED F).

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 PM Art of Autism Concert at the Spectrum Playhouse! Tickets: $20 For more information, contact: Francine Britton, SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director fbritton@sedfund.org • phone 413-394-5045


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Artist: Terry Wise and Hoogs and Crawford

Nathan quickly learned the craft through production. The studio he worked for offered its employees time to create their own pieces. Nathan enjoyed the challenge of designing and creating his own work. Eventually, he became aware of other studios in the area and took a part time position at Fellerman Raabe Glass in Sheffield, MA. This is where he met his wife and glassblowing partner, Elizabeth Crawford.

Exhibit: “Reflection on Color/

Throughout the 15 plus years that Terry Wise has been painting, and previously via other media, she has consistently been drawn to still life imagery. Her training as an artist was first in textile design, later in painting. Patterned surfaces are often part of her subject matter; they may be painted in, block printed on, or even be the stretched surface of the painting. Terry is currently working more with figures as subject matter and is experimenting with various supports and techniques in oil painting. Consistent, though, is her commitment to exploring composition - a sense of place and emotional content through a realism that makes the ordinary vibrant with color, texture, pattern, or the occasional odd viewpoint. Terry believes that, among the many messages of the art world, there is a place for the sheer energy and celebration found in beautiful images. Terry has shown her work extensively at fine art galleries nationwide and her work is in private and corporate collections in Belgium, Austria, Holland, and the United States. One of the things that sets Hoogs and Crawford Glass apart from the rest is that Nathan Hoogs and Elizabeth Crawford are both glass artists. Their work represents each person’s individual aesthetic with the highest attention paid to detail and technical skill. Their collaborations are fluid and their ability to work together is captivating. After working together for twelve years, they have created and sold thousands of unique and distinctive pieces.

Artist:Terry Wise

Color upon Reflection: The Paintings of Terry Wise with Glass Sculpture by Hoogs and Crawford.”

As a child, Elizabeth Crawford was always fascinated by glass. She started a glass bottle collection at age 10 and she frequented craft shows with her parents looking to meet people working with glass. At age fifteen, she saw glassblowing for the first time in Kent, CT and became enthralled. The studio offered workshops and she took her first lesson there. After that, she knew that glassblowing was her passion. Elizabeth attended Massachusetts College of Art to study Glassblowing. She relocated from Boston to the Berkshires to work as head assistant for Fellerman Raabe Glass. Elizabeth quickly became fluent in running a glassblowing business. During the two years she worked there, she met and began working with Nathan Hoogs. They became fast friends and worked together at both studios whenever they had the chance to make their own work. They both dreamed of having their own studio some day. Nathan and Elizabeth worked together for five years creating and developing work, and in 2004 were married. Their son Aiden was born the following year and they began building a studio and gallery on their home property soon there after. In 2008, the studio was finished and once again, their journey in glass began. The Good Purpose Gallery is delighted to have Terry’s work grace all of the walls in the gallery for this show and is excited to be showing the impressive glass sculpture of Nathan Hoogs and Elizabeth Crawford as it shines through our front window and warms up our floor space.

SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director Good Purpose Gallery 40 Main Street, Lee, MA

(413) 394-5045 www.sedfund.org/bvpac

For moreGallery information, Hours: contact: Francine Britton, SEDF National Coordinator Purpose Gallery Director Open Daily 9 am and to 5 Good pm CLOSED TUESDAYS fbritton@sedfund.org • phone 413-394-5045

Artist: Hoogs and Crawford

Nathan Hoogs began working in glass at the age of twenty, shortly after returning home from college. His introduction to the craft began with an apprenticeship at a glass shop in the Berkshires. It was a unique opportunity, and he felt that he had found his true path.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 to Monday, January 2, 2012


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Thursday, January 5, 2012 to Monday, March 5, 2012 Artist: Kayla Corby Exhibit: “Expressionistic

Landscape: The Light of Nature”

Artist Statement: “My art represents the

beauty of nature, with its mystery of light, shapes, and depth.” The Good Purpose Gallery is delighted to welcome Kayla Corby back to our gallery for her 2nd show as we enter a brand new calendar year. Kayla had a successful first show with us last summer with strong sales that included Hollyhocks V going to the Head Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum for her own private collection and piece to an art collector from Dallas, Texas. Kayla Corby is an accomplished artist. Born in Fall River, MA she moved to the Berkshires at the age of two. Attending Lenox Schools, Kayla always showed an interest in fine arts, and was offered a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, an honor given to a handful of students based on their academic records and art portfolios. While at Mass Art, Kayla studied painting, sculpture, and pottery, ultimately focusing her talents on charcoal drawing and painting. She graduated with distinction. Kayla has also studied under artist Mark Milhoff, and in Denmark. She has exhibited her work at a variety of shows and galleries in New York City, Mystic, CT, New Haven, CT, and Cambridge, MA. The Vault Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, the Lenox Gallery of Fine Arts, and the Berkshire Museum have hosted recent exhibits of her work. Kayla continues to live and work in Lenox, MA. This is her second one-person show at the Good Purpose Gallery! I know that Kayla’s amazing landscape show will delight one and all.

SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director Fifty percent of all purchases from the Good Purpose Gallery qualify as a charitable federal tax deduction (documentation provided at time of sale).

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Friday, March 9, 2012 to Monday, April 30, 2012 Artist: Alumni of the Great Barrington Steiner School Exhibit: The 2012 Juried Rudolf Steiner School “1st

Annual Alumni Art Show”

Join us as we bring together Alumni of the Great Barrington Steiner School who have gone on to achieve success, reputation, and recognition as fine artists, craftsmen, and sculptors. This “Juried Show” will bring together a gallery full of wonderful artwork in joint collaboration with SEDF and the Steiner School! Proceeds from all sales benefit both organizations as we collaborate on bringing this great spring show to the Berkshires!

Friday, May 4, 2012 to Monday, June 11, 2012 Exhibit: From the Collector’s Study:

A Show of Previously Owned Artworks on Paper – Early to Mid 20th Century

It is truly a once in a lifetime chance for the Good Purpose Gallery to recreate the study of the collector offering this amazing array of works on paper collected during the past 50 years to the public for show and sale. The collection is a labor of love, research, travel, and being at the right place and time as he encountered various artists and their work. The collector’s studio portrayed in the photo will be recreated in the Good Purpose Gallery space -offering the public a chance to see into the heart and soul of the collector as he worked day in and day out among these many fine examples of early to mid-century paper artworks. And…as always the Good Purpose Gallery will be donating proceeds from the sale of artwork to our SEDF foundation to benefit young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Differences.

SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director For more information, contact: Francine Britton, SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director fbritton@sedfund.org • phone 413-394-5045


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Good Purpose Gallery Exhibits

Friday, June 14, 2012 to Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wednesday, August 3, 2012 to Saturday, Monday 17, 2012

Artist: Kayla Corby Exhibit: “Fabulous Realities in Charcoal”

The Good Purpose Gallery is delighted to present the “asked for,” “suggested”, and “requested” Kayla Corby “ALL CHARCOAL” show. This is Kayla’s third one-person show in our gallery and follows upon the tremendous success of selling several of charcoal works in our gallery last summer. Our gallery visitors clearly wanted more and many made the suggestion and request for this show! Kayla Corby is an accomplished artist. Born in Fall River, MA she moved to the Berkshires at the age of two. Attending Lenox Schools, Kayla always showed an interest in fine arts, and was offered a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, an honor given to a handful of students based on their academic records and art portfolios. While at Mass Art, Kayla studied painting, sculpture, and pottery, ultimately focusing her talents on charcoal drawing and painting. She graduated with distinction. Kayla has also studied under artist Mark Milhoff, and in Denmark. She has exhibited her work at a variety of shows and galleries in New York City, Mystic, CT, New Haven, CT, and Cambridge, MA. The Vault Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, the Lenox Gallery of Fine Arts, and the Berkshire Museum have hosted recent exhibits of her work. Kayla continues to live and work in Lenox, MA. Kayla’s success at her July 2011 show included her piece entitled Hollyhocks V going to the Head Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston for her own private collection and one piece being shipped to visiting art collectors from Houston, Texas. Lenox collectors weighed in too and snapped up Kayla’s work as well! Join us for this exciting show featuring many new works created especially for the Good Purpose Gallery in charcoal, charcoal with pastel, and charcoal with watercolor!”

When I visited my friends Bob and Silvia Schechter at their Lenox home last summer, I was greeted not only with the greatest hospitality imaginable but treated to one of the highlights of my entire summer: viewing Bob’s wonderful and newly created artworks that appear on these pages. Bob happily and eagerly agreed to exhibit these and many other fine examples of his artwork in a one-man show at the Good Purpose Gallery. He then came up with the title American Fauve to honor the gallery, the work we do through the Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF) with our young adults who have Asperger’s Syndrome and Learning Differences, as well as coming up with a fitting and wonderful title for his summer show! As I viewed these works in various stages of completion that day, I just kept smiling. It was a joy to select the following works of art and others that day with our terrific gallery space in mind. Robert Schechter has nearly 75 works on permanent display throughout New York City. His works have been shown in solo and group shows in numerous galleries in New York City and in the Berkshires. Bob’s work is on display or owned by many fine art museums and his work graces the walls of various private collections. Robert Schechter has created paintings, sculptures, watercolors, collages, drawings, monochromes, and digital art throughout his illustrious career. Swirls of vibrant oranges and pinks, mixed with washes of light blues and purples will dominate our walls during this summer show with an explosion of color. Join us, and join us often, as we welcome and embrace the work of artist Robert Schechter.

SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery Director

SEDF National Coordinator and Good Purpose Gallery

Good Purpose Gallery 40 Main Street, Lee, MA

Artist: Kayla Corby

mystery of light, shapes, and depth.”

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Gallery Hours: Open Daily 9 am to 5 pm CLOSED TUESDAYS

Artist: Robert Schechter

Artist: Robert Schechter Exhibit: “AMERICAN FAUVE ”

Artist Statement: “My art represents the beauty of nature, with its


November 4 – 5

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Artist: Neri Avraham

The Good Purpose Gallery participates in the 20 gallery, county-wide First Friday Gallery Walk Night! Galleries in Lee, Lenox, Housatonic, and Great Barrington stay open from 6 PM to 8 PM every first friday of the month! Join us for good food, good art, and a good time. Come meet and greet our artists!

October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 2 ... and continuing every first Friday—April to December 2012!

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November 4–5, 2011 at the Good Purpose Gallery

PLEASE VISIT THE GPG

OFTEN!

Artist: Grant Marnier

Friday, November 4 at 6 pm Trevor Aycox spray paint artist live demo Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm Concert at the Spectrum Playhouse!

Artist: “Luna”

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I admire fluent speakers, who possess the same fears and foibles as anyone else, but are capable of the art of audient expression. Speaking IS an art. Communication connects, soothes, reaches multitudes, teaches, moves, inspires, and more. I have selective mutism and aspergers. Anxiety is a cruel slayer of spoken word, of expression, of communication. It is at the root of selective mutism. Not having words makes you so vulnerable. Through the arts of writing and painting, I find expression easiest of all. I’ve written the book: Communication Breakdown (Living, Loving, Loss and Aspergers/ Selective Mutism) which is my best attempt at self expression in the written form thus far. I also ghostwrite books for clients. I am a paralegal student, a mother, a person who has tried to turn my natural strengths (writing, painting, researching) into sustaining and rewarding activities. Through the arts the uninterrupted flow of expression is a means to say simply, ‘Here I am. I exist.’ Kimberly Gerry-Tucker’s artist statement is a brilliant expression of the hardship shared by many of her peers on the spectrum. Art—in all of its forms—can be a powerful tool of self expression. SEDF is proud to co-host the Art of Autism exhibit in our Good Purpose Gallery the first weekend of November. The artists featured have selected pieces from their collections that will stir your emotions, challenge your perception of the world and help you rediscover the power of Art.

Join us for this two day celebration of Art, Artists and Autism.

Artist: Dr. McMamon

Artist: K.Hosseini

Some selections to look forward to: “Sunflowers” by Kevin Hosseini winner of the 2011 ANCA Prize for best Visual Artist under the age of 18. “Exotic Plant #10” by Justin Canha, an accomplished artist who recently had a one-man show at Ricco/Maresco Art Gallery, NYC (Chelsea Art District). “Yellow Butterfly” by Eco Artist Grant Marnier created from recycled calendars, wall paper, food wrappers, books, and papers. “Dunes” by Michael McManmon, Founder of College Internship Program (CIP) “Lilypads at Amos Lake” by Esther Brokaw, winner of the 2011 ANCA Prize for best Visual Artist and “#1 Aspie” by Esther’s daughter Isabel Brokaw. The Photography of French Artist “Luna”

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BE A PART OF THIS NOT TO BE MISSED EVENT

Artist: E. Brokaw

I am Kimberly Gerry-Tucker and I’ve been painting for 20 years.

Artist: Kimberly Gerry-Tucker

November 4 – 5

Artist: Justin Canha

Artist: Trevor Aycox

November 4 – 5


November 4 – 5

Art of Autism Concert

THE ART OF AUTISM Concert comes to the Spectrum Playhouse on Saturday, November 5th at 7:30 PM.

This concert celebrates the performing arts talent of individuals on the autism spectrum. In addition to live performances, The ART of AUTISM Concert will also feature a short screening of the film, ARTS, created by The ART of AUTISM Concert producer Keri Bowers. ARTS features Temple Grandin, Stephen Shore, Donna Williams, Stephen Wiltshire, Jerry Newport, Geri Jewell, and a bevy of other luminaries in the autism and disabilities global communities.

These Art of Autism shows provide individuals with a platform to showcase their talent and live into their dreams of performance and fine arts. A live audience experience, through the Art of Autism Concert, creates a particular magic and energy that leaves people asking for more—and for a tissue to dry their eyes.

Keri Bowers, Producer

Tickets: $20.00 advance. $25.00 at the door upon availability. Visit www.itsmyseat.com/ArtOfAutism for tickets.

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“The Photography of Charlie Jacobs”

September 21 – November 6


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SEPTEMBER 23–25 Friday, September 23

8:00 pm • Spectrum Playhouse Lee Idol-First Round The SEDF and the Lee Cultural Council are presenting the first ever “Lee Idol”, a contest of singers/musicians of all ages who live or work in Lee. The winning act will receive a $100 cash prize, donated by an anonymous donor. Come be part of this inaugural event!

Saturday, September 24

3:00 pm • Spectrum Playhouse ‘Peter Pan’ Presented by the College Internship Program (CIP) Puppet Theatre Class For over ten years students from CIP have been working with tutor Margaret Markham to produce puppet shows for children in Lee and other Berkshire towns as a way of giving back to the community. This past Spring they put on several performances of their rendition of Peter Pan at local preschools. The children really seemed to enjoy our show. We hope you will enjoy it as well. 3:30 pm • Playhouse Community Center ‘Tango Free’ Drop in session with Megan Reisel. Enjoy the chance to release your inner Tango child with Megan Reisel, owner of Kinesphere Studio in Lee.

4:00 pm • Spectrum Playhouse Pieces of a Dream Pieces of a Dream is an hour long romp through Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Main Street Stage’s acting company has transformed this classic into an abridged version for the whole family. Lovers, fighting, potions, fools and braying…yes braying. Don’t miss this new take on on this timeless tale. Featuring local actors Kelli Neby, Justina Trova, Jack Sleigh, Mollie Remillard and Alexia Trainor. Sponsored by Lee Chamber of Commerce. 5:00 pm • Spectrum Playhouse College Internship Program Drama Class Presentation The CIP Drama Class, led by Kyle Bruens Goldman, present a selection of family friendly monologues and scenes ranging from old classics to modern works. 5:30 pm • Playhouse Community Center Steven Sariego plays acoustic music Come listen to Steven play some acoustic old time favorites from the pop and folk repertoire. 8:00 pm Lee Idol Finale Concert • Spectrum Playhouse

Sunday, September 25

All Events Fre e with sug gested $5 donation

1:00 pm • Spectrum Playhouse Eagles Band Concert In their annual Founder’s Day Weekend concert, the Eagles Band will entertain you with highlights from their past 75 years.


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

The Spectrum Playhouse 2011–2012 Soft Opening Schedule

Grand Opening July 2012!

Please note that some events may need to be cancelled or rescheduled due to renovations in preparation for our July 2012 Grand Opening. See our website: www.sedfund.org/bvpac for latest updates and thank you for your patience as we work towards our Grand Opening. Most events are free with suggested donation. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF). All events take place at the Spectrum Playhouse or the Playhouse Community Center, both located at 20 Franklin Street, Lee, MA (the former St. George’s Episcopal Church). Note the various icons: We are delighted to present our ‘Family First Saturday at the Spectrum’ Series. The First Saturday of each month brings family friendly music or theatre to the playhouse. For a suggested donation of $5, families can attend the show, receive a discount voucher for lunch at the Starving Artist Cafe and even join in a Make and Take visual art activity after lunch at the Good Purpose Gallery! In keeping with SEDF’s mission to provide opportunities for students on the spectrum, we aim to make our Family First Series ‘Sensory-Friendly’. This means that accommodations will be made by the performers and to the space so that people with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences feel welcome to attend. Notice the other ‘sensory-friendly’ events on the schedule as well and join us as we build this inaugural sensory-friendly program in the Berkshires!

BECKET ARTS CENTER

We are delighted that the Becket Arts Center will be in residence at the Playhouse over the next few months. Look for the BAC Icon and register for the wonderful classes they are offering at the Playhouse. Please join us for the various Holiday themed events in December.

For more information contact Kristen van Ginhoven, Spectrum Playhouse Coordinator, at 413-394-5023 x12.

September 23-25, 2011 Founder’s Day Weekend at the Playhouse!

Friday starting at 8 PM Saturday starting at 3 PM Sunday starting at 1 PM

SEDF has a weekend full of creative events at the Spectrum Playhouse for you to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you there! For the full schedule of events visit www.leefoundersweekend.com.

Saturday, October 1, 2011 Family First Saturdays at the Spectrum Series

Terry A La Berry

11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Come sing, dance, hop, and bop with Terry A La Berry and Friends for a fast-paced hour of highly interactive musical fun. Terry A La Berry has been singing for and with kids for the past 20 years. He has appeared several times at the White House and at museums, schools and family festivals all across the country. When not performing with Terry A La Berry and Friends he is the drummer for folksinger Arlo Guthrie and continues touring the World. www.terryalaberry.com.

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Spectrum Playhouse Events

Saturday, October 1, 2011 A Visionary Woman and her Legacy: Wanda Landowska

Christine Gevert

11 AM • Playhouse Community Center Suggested Donation: $10

Wanda Landowska was not only a legendary harpsichordist, but also a woman at the forefront of the cultural and political elite of her times, who dared to follow her own vision. At the beginning of the 20th century, she brought the harpsichord back from oblivion by reviving the instrument and the long forgotten repertoire. But, she did not stop there: she related to contemporary musicians such as Francis Poulenc and Manuel de Falla, who wrote large-scale pieces for “her” instrument. This worldwide renowned concert and recording artist, feminist figure and writer relocated to New England (Lakeville, CT) after losing everything during World War II. The talk presents her story, her music, and her thoughts on music, culture, society, and human relationships. For more information: 860-318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.

Saturday, October 1 The Dialog of Birds

Tricia van Oers and Christine Gevert 5 PM Suggested donation: $15

“The Dialog of Birds” Recorder Soloist Tricia van Oers and Christine Gevert, Harpsichord and Organ (on St. George’s Historic Johnson Pipe Organ). For more information: 860-318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.

Saturday October 1, 8 & 15, 2011 ‘Freeing your Art’ Drawing Class

Wednesday Nelena Sorokin 1:30-4:30 $90

BECKET ARTS CENTER

Becket Arts Center in Residence at Spectrum Playhouse. The desire to be inspired is the only prerequisite for this class. Using a variety of techniques designed to free yourself from your inner critic, access and express your own limitless well of creativity. The workshop will also help students strengthen all of their artwork by learning and incorporating principles of design. And most importantly, the class provides an opportunity for students to learn to trust their intuition and open themselves to inspiration. Great for the novice as well as the accomplished. To register for a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@ becketartscenter.org. Material list available upon registration.

Saturday, October 8, 2011 How Does it Work? —The Organ

Christine Gevert

11 AM Suggested Donation: $10

The Organ – How Does it Work?* at the historic Johnson Organ of the Spectrum Playhouse. How does it work Sessions? Musical Instruments explained. Soloists show their own instruments by giving a clear and concise description of their origins, their mechanics and particularities about the way that they produce the sound. Recorded and played sound examples bring the concepts alive and show the historical context and repertoire typical for the instruments. A “hands on” session in which participants get to come close to the instruments, touch, hear and understand them. Visually this is also supported by a projection of detailed images of the interior and exterior of the instruments. For more information: 860-318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Spectrum Playhouse Events

Sunday, October 9, 2011 Transcriptions and Improvisations for Organ, EWI and Saxophone

Spectrum Playhouse Events

Sunday, October 23, 2011 Amor con Fortuna

Les Inegales

5 PM Suggested Donation: $15

Works by Satie, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Alain and Tchaikovsky with Rodrigo Tarraza and Christine Gevert. For more information: 860-318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.

Wednesdays, October 12, 26 and March 24, 2011 Nina Evans ‘The Joy of Watercolor’

10 AM–1 PM $35 for one session. BECKET ARTS CENTER $65 for two sessions; includes materials.

Becket Arts Center in Residence at Spectrum Playhouse. Please bring spray bottles and water holders as well as any of your favorite watercolor paints, inks, brushes and/or papers to use in addition to those provided. An exploration of the wonderful intersection of conscious intention and happy accident. After a demonstration of a host of wet-in-wet techniques (spraying, tilting, spattering, pouring, blotting) neophytes and experienced painters alike can experience the delight of creating evocative and beautiful watercolors that virtually paint themselves. To register for a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@becketartscenter.org.

Saturdays, October 22, 29 & November 5, 2011 Wednesday Nelena Sorokin ‘Freeing your Art’ 1:30– 4:30 PM Color $90

BECKET ARTS CENTER

Becket Arts Center in Residence at Spectrum Playhouse. The desire to be inspired is the only prerequisite for this class. Using a variety of techniques designed to free yourself from your inner critic, access and express your own limitless well of creativity. The workshop will also help students strengthen all of their artwork by learning and incorporating principles of design. And most importantly, the class provides an opportunity for students to learn to trust their intuition and open themselves to inspiration. Great for the novice as well as the accomplished. To register for a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@ becketartscenter.org. Material list available upon registration.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 Striving for Tone

Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer 8 PM Suggested Donation: $10

This dynamic duo plays tunes ranging from Cole Porter and earlier to Nora Jones and Nellie McKay, with stops along the way including The Beatles, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patsy Cline and others. Jeanne’s voice and John’s piano and voice deliver a rich harmonic blend. For more information call 413-637-1357.

Long & Away

3 PM Suggested Donation: $15

Love Songs of Spain and Italy, presented by Long & Away, a consort of viols. Karen Burciaga, treble & tenor viola da gamba, Anne Legêne, bass viola da gamba, Elizabeth Weinfield, tenor viola da gamba, Zoe Weiss, bass viola da gamba with guests Emily Lau, mezzo-soprano, William Good, theorbo & baroque guitar and Daniel Meyers, percussion. For more information call 412-528-5311 or email alegene@simons-rock.edu.

Saturday, October 29, 2011 The Beatles: their songs in context of the 1960s – A cultural awakening?

Rodrigo Tarraza

11 AM Suggested Donation: $10

The Music of the 1960s was characteristic of the revolution that was going on during the decade. It was a time of rebellion and counter-culture in which the younger people were questioning everything, including authority, corporations, the government, and other aspects of everyday life. Every typical Beatles’ song has at least one rather unconventional chord progression. In each song there is a tight relation between the chords and the semantics of the lyrics. The talk will explore this correlation between words and chords, explaining how they create emotional meaning. For more information: 860-318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 30, 2011 Baroque and contemporary music and a tribute to Michael Brecker

Les Inégales

5 PM Suggested Donation: $15

Works by Bach, Quantz, Brecker, Farías, Jara. Les Inégales with Alturas Duo as The Nexaw Project with Carlos Boltes, Viola and Charango and Scott Hill, Guitar. For more information: 860318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Family First Saturdays at the Spectrum Series

Nutshell Playhouse

11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Nutshell Playhouse Presents “PIRATES!” A swashbuckling hour long adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. The performances feature Berkshire area actors Alexia Trainor, Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon and Matt Coviello. Live musical accompaniment is provided by Catherine Schane-Lydon and Don Jordan. Together they bring you a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation. Written and directed by Don Jordan-www.nutshellplayhouse.org.


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Saturday, November 5, 2011 ‘Paint, Light and Transparency’

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Spectrum Playhouse Events

Spectrum Playhouse Events

Nina Evans

10 AM–1 PM $35 includes materials

BECKET ARTS CENTER

Becket Arts Center in Residence at Spectrum Playhouse. Explore the fascinating technique of glass painting and glass-on-glass collage. Participants will create their own light and color-filled transparent single or multi-layered painting. Bring your curiosity and love of color. To register for

a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@becketartscenter. org. Material list available upon registration. Limited to 8.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 The Art of Autism Concert

Keri Bowers

8 PM Tickets: $20.00 advance. $25.00 at the door upon availability.

Part of the Art of Autism Exhibit at the Good Purpose Gallery. Produced by filmmaker, advocate, and artist, Keri Bowers, recently debuted in Vancouver, BC, Hollywood, California, and Orlando, Florida to rave reviews. Keri, who created the hit films, Normal People Scare Me, The Sandwich Kid, and ARTS, with her son, Taylor Cross, now 22 and on the autism spectrum, has created live events since 2004, in conjunction with her work in film, and global disabilities education and advocacy. Keri’s formula in creating live theatrical events is to cull talent from local communities to showcase and bring about what she calls “possibilities, disabilities and the arts” through the variety of inspirational performances she produces on stage. Visit www. itsmyseat.com/ArtOfAutism for tickets. Tickets will also be available for sale at the November 4: 5-9pm and Nov 5: 5-7pm Art of Autism Exhibit times at the Good Purpose Gallery.

Sunday, November 13, 2011 Baroque Chamber Music Concert

Priscilla Gilman

Reading 5–6 PM • Spectrum Playhouse Book Signing and Reception 6–7 PM • Good Purpose Gallery Tickets: $10

Priscilla Gilman had the greatest expectations for the birth of her first child. But her romantic vision would not be fulfilled in the ways she dreamed. Though Benjamin was an extraordinary child, the signs of his remarkable precocity were also manifestations of a developmental disorder called hyperlexia that would require intensive therapies and special schooling, and would dramatically alter the course Priscilla had imagined for her family. SEDF is delighted to welcome Ms. Gilman for this Book Reading at the Spectrum Playhouse with a Book Signing/ Reception to follow at the Good Purpose Gallery. Main Street Books will have book for purchase in the Gallery during the Book Signing. A former professor of English at Yale and Vassar, with a background in the performing arts, Gilman is a captivating speaker whose warmth, dynamism, and accessibility make her highly sought-after by diverse audiences. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 413-394-5023 x 12 or purchased at the door upon availability.

Friday, December 2, 2011 The Eagles Band’s Brass Ensemble in Concert

The Eagles Brass Ensemble 7 PM Suggested Donation: $10

The Eagles Brass Ensemble, featuring the Eagles Band’s outstanding brass section, is proud to present an evening of traditional brass ensemble fare peppered with some swing and, of course, holiday favorites. All proceeds going to Eagles Band and SEDF. For more information visit them at www.eaglesband.org or contact Dick Paul at 413-499-2071.

Eva Legêne, Anne Legêne and Larry Wallach 3 PM Suggested Donation: $15

Renowned Dutch recorder virtuosa Eva Legêne plays a program of early and high baroque music with Anne Legêne, viola da gamba and Larry Wallach, harpsichord. Music by Frescobaldi, Schop, Couperin, Telemann and others. For more information call 412-528-5311 or email alegene@simons-rock.edu.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 Fun Family Trivia Time

Saturday, November 19, 2011 The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy Reading and Book Signing

Phil Smith

2:00–3:30 PM Suggested Donation: $5 per family or team

Match wits with your friends and neighbors in a fun family trivia game. Let’s see how observant you are, as all questions will be based on things that are in plain sight in Lee and the surrounding towns. Rack your brain as you attempt to answer questions about everyday objects you have seen hundreds of times. Come with the children, play as a team and have a chance at some prizes! Presented by Phil Smith, editor and publisher of Love the Berkshires Quiz Game. Preregistration is required. For more information and to register call Phil at 413-243-1060.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 Family First Saturdays at the Spectrum Series

Cameron Collins

11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Cameron Collins replication of acoustic Americana music is sure to lively your morning as you are invited to listen, watch, and tap along as he will take you on a hour-long sonic soundscape! Playing music of “the people” listeners could hear a remake of a Civil War era song all the way to an Irish immigrant’s lament of the homeland. Born and raised in the heart of the Berkshires-Pittsfield, MA; Cameron Collins is a local education 5th grade teacher, receiving a B.A. in Elementary Education from Saint Michael’s College and a M.Ed at Cambridge College. Cameron performs for children and adults! Traveling to such far away places as Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, and Ireland Cam continues to broaden his musical influences. When Cameron is not performing solo on acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals he can be found playing lead guitar for Berkshire County band B.O.B.


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Spectrum Playhouse Events

Saturday, December 3, 2011 Voices & Guitars, Berkshire Favorites in Concert

Robin O’Herin, Dianne Steele and Lance Gallup 8 PM Suggested Donation: $10

Three prolific singer-songwriters join forces, voices & guitars for an evening of holiday favorites and original music. Their sound is a fusion of early blues, classic folk/rock, contemporary Christian and Appalachian roots music. Come help us usher in the holiday spirit with joyous song. For more information visit www.robinoherin.com or call 413-243-2271.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 Baroque Holiday Concert

Les Inégales and Period Instruments 5 PM Suggested Donation: $15

Famous Baroque Concerti. Works by Bach, Pergolesi, Stamitz, Vivaldi, Telemann. For more information: 860-318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 It’s a Wonderful Life Holiday Movie Night at the Spectrum

Cutting Edge Video Movie Series 7:30 PM Dinner and a Movie $20 Movie only $7.50

The Classics are back! Enjoy this great holiday classic movie in downtown Lee once again. Delight in the Dinner and A Movie package for $20.00 per person with any one of our participating restaurants. Co-presented by SEDF and Cutting Edge Video. A great way to start the holidays! Go to www.sedfund.bvpac for more information including a list of restaurants.

Sunday, December 18, 2011 Holiday Concert with Terry A La Berry and Friends

Terry A La Berry and Friends 2 PM Suggested Donation: $5

A concert of seasonal songs and familiar favorites. Terry A La Berry and friends invite families and anyone who wants to feel like a kid again to bring their best singing voices and their dancing shoes and come on down to the Spectrum Playhouse for this special holiday concert! Terry A La Berry has been singing for and with kids for the past 20 years. He has appeared several times at the White House and at museums, schools and family festivals all across the country. www.terryalaberry.com

Sunday, January 1, 2012 Italian and Spanish Renaissance Motets

Christine Gevert

5 PM Suggested Donation: $15

Works by Guerrero, Morales, Lasso, Monteverdi. Vocal Ensemble conducted by Christine Gevert. For more information: 860-318-1812 or lesinegales@yahoo.com.

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Spectrum Playhouse Events

Saturday, January 7, 2012 Family First Saturdays at the Spectrum Series

Marmalade Productions 11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Marmalade Productions presents ‘Dr. Marmalade.’ Dr. Marmalade, played by Meredyth Babcock, has traveled the world helping animals in distress. Her gentle, empowering methods leave everyone with a sense of well-being and adventure. She introduces the children to many puppet friends: a gorilla with a belly ache, a singing dinosaur, a snake that wants to be a kitty, a giraffe, crow, rabbit and many others. All the animals come to Marmalade for help. The children become her assistants giving hugs, words of encouragement, and even translating for a lost puppy. A beautiful map is the backdrop for Dr. Marmalade’s world. Her traveling “Emerge-AndSee” Wagon will surprise and delight. www.marmaladeproductions.com

Friday, January 20, 2012 Improv at the Playhouse!

RBIT

7:30 PM $12

Improv at the Playhouse! at the Playhouse! The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT), the funniest thing in the Berkshires, is a comedy improv group that has been delighting audiences with its own brand of non-scripted comedic mayhem since June of 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT’s mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation. www.berkshireimprov.com Call Kristen at 413-394-5023 x 12 for reservations. 12+

Saturday, January 21, 2012 Blues & Gospel Revue Benefit Concert for Raising The Blues, Ltd.

Wang Dang Doodles

7–9 PM Doors open at 6:30 PM BECKET ARTS CENTER Tickets $19 (online) $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free.

Join Wang Dang Doodles: Vikki True, Robin O’Herin, Joel Schick, Richard Downs and Pete Schneider, as they perform an eclectic mix of blues, country, roots and original music. They will be performing to raise money for Raising the Blues, Ltd, a MA-based 501(c)3 non-profit charitable and educational organization that provides interactive music and instruments to children in hospitals and children with special needs. This all-volunteer organization serves children, families, special-needs programs and hospitals across the Northeast. They provide local programs in Western MA to help emotionally, educationally or physically challenged students learn to play guitar, build instruments and perform music. Tickets: Call 1-800- 838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com/events/195626. To learn more, visit www.RaisingTheBlues.org or call 413-243-2271.


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Spectrum Playhouse Events

Saturday, February 4, 2012 FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS AT THE SPECTRUM SERIES

11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Save the Date for another fun event.

Thursday, February 16, 2012 Titanic Movie Night at the Spectrum

Cutting Edge Video Movie Series 7:30 PM Dinner and a Movie $20 Movie only $7.50

The Classics are back! Enjoy this great classic movie in downtown Lee once again. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Dinner and A Movie package for $20.00 per person with any one of our participating restaurants. Co-presented by SEDF and Cutting Edge Video. Go to www.sedfund.bvpac for more information and a list of restaurants.

Friday, February 17, 2012 Improv at the Playhouse!

RBIT

7:30 PM $12

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT), the funniest thing in the Berkshires, is a comedy improv group that has been delighting audiences with its own brand of non-scripted comedic mayhem since June of 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT’s mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation. www. berkshireimprov.com. Call Kristen at 413-394-5023 x 12 for reservations. 12+

Saturday, March 3, 2012 FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS AT THE SPECTRUM SERIES

11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Save the Date for another fun event.

Saturday, March 3, 2012 Old-time Americana music with Moonshine Holler

Moonshine Holler

7:30 PM Suggested Donation: $10

Featuring spine-tingling vocal harmonies, spirited banjo/fiddle breakdowns, hillbilly blues, jugband stompers and ballads, with some flatfoot dancing to boot, the husband/wife duet Moonshine Holler (Paula Bradley & Bill Dillof) captures the essence of American southern roots music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele. For more information go to http://www.reverbnation.com/moonshineholler.

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Spectrum Playhouse Events

Tuesdays, March 6, 13 & 20, 2012 ’Color and Composition’

Wednesday Nelena Sorokin 1:30–4:30 PM 3 sessions $90

BECKET ARTS CENTER

Becket Arts Center in Residence at Spectrum Playhouse. Delight in unlocking the keys to color and composition. How do artists use color to create atmosphere, mood, and depth? How can one start with three colors and end up with an infinite number? How can a color look one way over here and another way over there? This class will include examinations of color relationships and how colors affect the viewer and the viewer’s perception of the colors themselves. Using any medium, students will learn how to choose colors, mix colors, choose colors and mix colors to represent to represent light, shadow and space, and to convey emotions. Looking at works by master as well as their own works, students will learn how to organize the surface of their own picture plane. This class will help students use color and composition effectively to enhance the visual impact of their work. To register for a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@becketartscenter.org. Material list available upon registration.

Saturdays, March 10 & 17, 2012 ’Rug Hooking for Beginners – Paint with Wool’

Gail Garland

10 AM–2 PM $60 for both sessions, $35 Materials.

BECKET ARTS CENTER

Becket Arts Center in Residence at Spectrum Playhouse. Create a small hand-hooked rug that can be made into a pillow top while learning everything you need to know to make larger rugs using patterns or your own design. Starting with hand-dyed wools, wool fabrics and recycled wools cut into strips, you will begin to master the techniques of rug hooking on rug warp while beginning to understand color and texture. Bring your enthusiasm to learn this great heritage artisan craft. To register for a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@becketartscenter.org. Material list available upon registration.

Friday, March 16, 2012 Improv at the Playhouse!

RBIT

7:30 PM $12

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT), the funniest thing in the Berkshires, is a comedy improv group that has been delighting audiences with its own brand of non-scripted comedic mayhem since June of 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT’s mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation. www. berkshireimprov.com. Call Kristen at 413-394-5023 x 12 for reservations. 12+


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Spectrum Playhouse Events

Wednesday, March 24, 2012 ‘The Joy of Watercolor’

Spectrum Playhouse Events

Nina Evans

10 AM–1 PM $35 includes materials

BECKET ARTS CENTER

Becket Arts Center in Residence at Spectrum Playhouse. Please bring spray bottles and water holders as well as any of your favorite watercolor paints, inks, brushes and/or papers to use in addition to those provided. An exploration of the wonderful intersection of conscious intention and happy accident. After a demonstration of a host of wet-in-wet techniques (spraying, tilting, spattering, pouring, blotting) neophytes and experienced painters alike can experience the delight of creating evocative and beautiful watercolors that virtually paint themselves. To register for a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@ becketartscenter.org.

April is Autism Awareness Month Please go to our website for our April Sensory-Friendly events

Saturday, April 7, 2012 FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS AT THE SPECTRUM SERIES

Nutshell Productions 11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Nutshell Productions presents “Dance with a Clown.” Clowns, puppets, music and more! Nemone, Mambo and Bowtie visit some pesky puppets, including The Encyclopoodle (the dog who knows everything), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language), and Taco Caramba, the most ferocious pirate parrot to fly the seven seas! Join them as they struggle to find out what a compromise is, brave the Big Dark Scary Cave and Dance With a Clown!

Friday, April 20, 2012 Improv at the Playhouse!

RBIT

7:30 PM $12

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT), the funniest thing in the Berkshires, is a comedy improv group that has been delighting audiences with its own brand of non-scripted comedic mayhem since June of 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT’s mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation. www. berkshireimprov.com. Call Kristen at 413-394-5023 x 12 for reservations. 12+

Saturday, May 5, 2012 FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS AT THE SPECTRUM SERIES

Janet McKinstry and Doug Schmolze 11 AM • First Congrational Church Suggested Donation: $5

The First Congrational Church presents “Puppets, Folktales, and Sing-a-longs!” Join Chattie the Rat and all of her puppet friends for this engaging performance of folktales and sing-a-longs with guitarist and vocalist Doug Schmolze. In this unique performance children will see and engage with all kinds of puppets hand made by local artist Janet McKinstry including shadow puppets, hand puppets, and marionettes. Doug Schmolze studied guitar and composition at the Berklee School of Music. His repertoire includes art songs as diverse as those from the Brazilian Portuguese to German Lieder to yes, of course, folk songs!! Janet McKinstry is the pastor at the Tyringham Union Church and artist in residence at the Lee Congregational Church. Janet has been making puppets for over 15 years and recently began an internship program for local youth to learn the art and craft of puppetry. dougschmolze@scmolze.com janetmckinstry.com The Playhouse will likely be undergoing renovations in May. We thank our neighbours at the First Congrational Church for hosting our May ‘First Saturday at the Spectrum’ Series event.

Friday, May 18, 2012 Improv at the Playhouse!

RBIT

7:30 PM $12

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT), the funniest thing in the Berkshires, is a comedy improv group that has been delighting audiences with its own brand of non-scripted comedic mayhem since June of 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT’s mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation. www. berkshireimprov.com. Call Kristen at 413-394-5023 x 12 for reservations. 12+

Saturday, June 2, 2012 FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS AT THE SPECTRUM SERIES

Marmalade Productions 11 AM Suggested Donation: $5

Marmalade Productions presents Michael’s Surprise Show. Michael’s Surprise Show is an unpredictable and inspiring journey into the world of Puppets. The walls of Michael’s workshop are full of surprises and all things are possible, shoes speak, tennis balls demand their right, even his broom has an attitude. A basket full of discarded junk is a treasure chest in the hands of Michael Wolski. The most inanimate object transforms into something rare and wonderful before your eyes. Throughout Michael’s Surprise show he shares his secrets of creation with his audience, inviting them to explore the world around them with the eyes and hands of a puppeteer.


SEDF Presents Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center Spectrum Playhouse Events

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October 1 Terry A La Berry 20 Franklin Street, Lee Suggested $5 Donation November 5 “Pirates!” December 3 Cameron Collins January 7 Dr. Marmalade February 4 Save the Date for another fun event March 3 Save the Date for another fun event April 7 Dance with a Clown May 5 Puppets, Folktales, And Sing-a-Longs! June 2 Michael’s Surprise Show st

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Make a day of it! Have lunch at the Starving Artist Cafe and Creperie with a discount voucher then visit the Good Purpose Gallery for a Make-and-Take Activity.

To learn more about Family First Saturdays at the Spectrum call 413-394-5023 x12.


Becket Arts Center

in Residence at The Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee

BECKET ARTS CENTER

Excellent instruction in the visual arts at the lowest prices possible. The Becket Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with the purpose of promoting and supporting the arts through exhibits, performance, programs and instruction, encouraging imagination and creativity in the communities we serve. Join us for these exciting workshops as we bring the Becket Arts Center, the heart of the arts in western Massachusetts, to Lee.

Instructor Wednesday Nelena Sorokin is a professional painter and teacher of more than 30 years. With a BA from Smith College and an MFA from James Madison University, she is one of the artists who initiated and completed the mural “The History of Women in Northampton, MA from 1680-1980.” She takes great pleasure in sharing her knowledge of and love for art, and incorporates student feedback in an ongoing process. Instructor Nina Evans has been painting in watercolors since the late 1990’s, with multiple solo shows in Westchester and Berkshire counties including the Becket Arts Center in 2010/2011. Her fascination with transparency and light led her to explore the virtually unknown medium of painted glass collage. Instructor Gail Garland is a veteran rug-hooking enthusiast and loves painting with wool. She has studied with Liz Marino, a Certified McGown teacher, for over ten years.

Freeing Your Art (Drawing • Color) Wednesday Nelena Sorokin

Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15 (Drawing) Saturdays, October 22, 29 & Nov. 5 (Color)

1:30 PM to 4:30 PM Fee: $90 either series. Material list available upon registration.

The desire to be inspired is the only prerequisite for this class. Using a variety of techniques designed to free yourself from your inner critic, access and express your own limitless well of creativity. The workshop will also help students strengthen all of their artwork by learning and incorporating principles of design. And most importantly, the class provides an opportunity for students to learn to trust their intuition and open themselves to inspiration. Great for the novice as well as the accomplished.

Painting – Color and Composition Wednesday Nelena Sorokin Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20

1:30 PM to 4:30 PM Fee: 3 sessions $90 Material list available upon registration.

Delight in unlocking the keys to color and composition. How do artists use color to create atmosphere, mood, and depth? How can one start with three colors and end up with an infinite number? How can a color look one way over here and another way over there? This class will include examinations of color relationships and how colors affect the viewer and the viewer’s perception of the colors themselves. Using any medium, students will learn how to choose colors, mix colors, and use color to represent light, shadow and space, and to convey emotions. Looking at works by masters as well as their own, students will learn how to organize the surface of their own picture plane. This class will help students use color and composition effectively to enhance the visual impact of their work.

The Joy of Watercolor 10 AM to 1 PM Fee: $35 for one session, $65 for two sessions; includes materials.

Nina Evans

Wednesdays, October 12 & 26 Saturday, March 24

An exploration of the wonderful intersection of conscious intention and happy accident. After a demonstration of a host of wet-in-wet techniques (spraying, tilting, spattering, pouring, blotting) neophytes and experienced painters alike can experience the delight of creating evocative and beautiful watercolors that virtually paint themselves. Please bring spray bottles and water holders as well as any of your favorite watercolor paints, inks, brushes and/or papers to use in addition to those provided.

Paint, Light and Transparency 10 AM to 1 PM Fee: $35 includes materials.

Nina Evans

Saturday, November 5

Explore the fascinating technique of glass painting and glass-on-glass collage. Participants will create their own light and color-filled transparent single or multi-layered painting. Bring your curiosity and love of color. Limited to 8.

Rug Hooking for Beginners – Paint with Wool 10 AM–2 PM Fee: $60 for both sessions. $35 Materials. Saturdays, March 10 and 17 Create a small hand-hooked rug that can be made into a pillow top while learning everything you need to know to make larger rugs using patterns or your own design. Starting with hand-dyed wools, wool fabrics and recycled wools cut into strips, you will begin to master the techniques of rug hooking on rug warp while beginning to understand color and texture. Bring your enthusiasm to learn this great heritage artisan craft.

Gail Garland

Registration: To register for a Becket Art Center Workshop, please call 413.623.6635 or email your request to office@becketartscenter.org. Payment accepted by check, visa and mastercard. All levels of experience are encouraged and preregistration is required no later than 5 days before the workshop date. Workshops may be cancelled when minimum registration is not reached.

Becket Arts Center 7 Brooker Hill Road Becket, MA 01223 (413) 623-6635 office@becketartscenter.org www.becketartscenter.org

Refunds/Cancellations: Students who cancel registration two weeks in advance of first workshop will receive a full re-fund. Students who cancel 7 to 13 days before first workshop will receive 50% tuition credit. There are no refunds or credits for cancellations made 6 days or less before a course begins. If you are unable to attend, you may contact the office for a letter enabling you to claim your tuition as a tax-deductible gift. If the Becket Arts Center must cancel your full tuition will be reimbursed.

BECKET ARTS CENTER

IN RESIDENCE AT BVPAC Spectrum Playhouse Community Center 20 Franklin Street Lee, MA 01238


Name a Pew

Reading and Book Signing with Priscilla Gilman

THE ANTI-ROMANTIC CHILD:

in support of the Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

A Story of Unexpected Joy

$1,000 Donation

Copper Plaque on Full Pew

Saturday, November 19, 5 pm – 7 pm

at the Spectrum Playhouse and the Good Purpose Gallery

$500 Donation

Pewter Plaque on a Half Pew

Priscilla Gilman had the greatest expectations for the birth of her first child. Growing up in New York among writers and artists, Gilman experienced childhood as a whirlwind of imagination and creative play. Later, as a student and scholar of Wordsworth, she embraced the poet’s romantic view of children—and eagerly anticipated her son’s birth, certain that he, too, would come “trailing clouds of glory.” But her romantic vision would not be fulfilled in the ways she dreamed. Though Benjamin was an extraordinary child, the signs of his remarkable precocity were also manifestations of a developmental disorder called hyperlexia that would require intensive therapies and special schooling, and would dramatically alter the course Priscilla had imagined for her family.

$250 Donation

Brass Plaque on a Quarter Pew

The Spectrum Playhouse (located in the former St. George's Church)

Proceeds benefit the Student Educational Development Fund Name Address

A former professor of English at Yale and Vassar, with a background in the performing arts, Gilman is a captivating speaker whose warmth, dynamism, and accessibility make her highly sought-after by diverse audiences. She speaks at schools and organizations all over the country, and has just joined the Huffington Post as a featured blogger on its new Huff Post Parents page. She lives in New York City with her family. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 413-394-5023 x 12. Tickets can also be

I am proud to support the BVPAC by naming a pew in the new Spectrum Playhouse. Please personalize my ❑ $1,000 Copper Plaque ❑ $500 Pewter Plaque ❑ $250 Brass Plaque to say: Maximum of 18 characters per line • Maxium of 3 lines (line 1) (line 2)

purchased at the door upon availability.

Thanks to Main Street Books The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy will be available for sale at the Good Purpose Gallery during the signing portion of this event.

5–6 PM • Reading Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee 6–7 PM • Book Signing Good Purpose Gallery 40 Main Street, Lee

(line 3) Please make checks payable to SEDF and send to mailing address below. SEDF is a 501 (c) 3 • Mailing Address: PO Box 160, Lee, MA, 01238 Telephone: 413.394 5045 Email: fbritton@sedfund.org


egational Church assachusetts

Donate a Brick

First Congregational Church Lee, Massachusetts

ay Fair Holiday Fair

y, December 3 m to 3 pm

in support of the Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Saturday, December 3 10 am to 3 pm

rafted Items Handcrafted Items & Items, Pet ToysChristmas & Treats Ornaments & Items, Pet Toys & Treats eaths, Plants & Berry Bowls Raffle, Wreaths, Plants & Berry Bowls Woodcrafts, Candy, Meals-to-Go Baked Goods & Candy, Meals-to-Go Shop and more! Childrens Shop and more!

stmas Trees [afternoon]

the Perfect Gifts for Lunch!

lace • Lee, MA

3 www.ucc-lee.org

$200 Donation

8” x 8” Personalized Brick

$100 Donation

4” x 8” Personalized Brick

Help us build our artist’s sculpture g arden one brick at a time!

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees [afternoon] Come Find the Perfect Gifts Stay for Lunch! 25 Park Place • Lee, MA

413.243.1033 www.ucc-lee.org

Fancypants

Fancypants

Our Store is Eco Chic

Our Store is Eco Chic

We specialize in Women’s and Men’s Designer Clothing • Handbags • Shoes Beautiful Home Accents Vintage Clothing • Jewelry • Jeans

We specialize in Women’s and Men’s Designer Clothing • Handbags • Shoes Beautiful Home Accents Vintage Clothing • Jewelry • Jeans

Address

Gucci • Prada • Coach • Jimmy Choo • Chanel

Gucci • Prada • Coach • Jimmy Choo • Chanel

(line 1)

28 Park Street, Lee, MA

28 Park Street, Lee, MA

fancypantsshop@aol.com Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-6 Sunday 10–3; Closed Wednesday

fancypantsshop@aol.com Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-6 Sunday 10–3; Closed Wednesday

Consignors don’t forget to make your appointment today! Contact Lauren or Tammy Heeren

Consignors don’t forget to make your appointment today! Contact Lauren or Tammy Heeren

Consignment

413-243-0011

Consignment

413-243-0011

Proceeds benefit the Student Educational Development Fund Name

I am proud to support the BVPAC by donating a ❑ $200 ❑ $100 brick. Please personalize my brick to say: Maximum of 18 characters per line • Maxium of 3 lines

(line 2) (line 3) Please make checks payable to SEDF and send to mailing address below. SEDF is a 501 (c) 3 • Mailing Address: PO Box 160, Lee, MA, 01238 Telephone: 413.394 5045 Email: fbritton@sedfund.org


kinesphere studio

invites you to discover

Gyrotonic® exercise to

• release your tensions • wipe away your stress • erase your pains

66 Main St. in Lee 413 329-8219

visit gyrotonic.com

Owner/instructor Megan Reisel, considered a ‘master’ teacher with over 30 years experience. She will help you to safely reach your goals.

Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center


Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center

Spectrum Playhouse Grand Opening — July 2012!

Good Purpose Gallery 40 Main Street, Lee 413 394-5045

Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee 413 394-5023 x12

www.sedfund.org/bvpac BVPAC is a project of the Student Educational Development Fund PO Box 160 • Lee, MA 01238 (413) 394-5045 • www.sedf.org Francine Britton, National Coordinator Student Educational Development Fund fbritton@sedfund.org

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