THE ARTFUL MIND MAY 2014
Artist NINA LIPKOWITZ
PHOTOGRAPHED BY DOMINICK AVELLINO
Monthly Berkshire Artzine
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museums & galleries
510 Warren Street Gallery hudson, nY • 518-822-0510 “My inner universe”, new paintings by doris Simon, May 2 May 25, Opening Sat. May 3, 3 - 7pm.
Carrie Haddad Gallery 622 Warren Street, hudson, nY • 518-828 1915 / www.carriehaddadgallery.com under the influence (of the new York School)lionel Gilbert, Judith lindbloom, russell deYoung and William Bond Walker thru June 1, 2014 Front Street Gallery front St., housatonic, MA • 413-274-6607 / 413-528-9546, or cell at 413-429-7141 housatonic Gallery for students and artists. featuring watercolors by Kate Knapp (Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment) lauren Clark Fine art 25 railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA • 413-528-0432 / www.laurenClarkfineArt.com; lauren@laurenClarkfineArt.com. Joby Baker will be featured in an exhibit entitled “figures” at the lauren Clark fine Art Gallery May 24 – June 8. A reception for the artist will be held on May 24, 4-7 p.m.
laWrenCe Fine art 37 newtown lane (in the passageway), east hampton, nY www.lawrence-fine-arts.com / firstname.lastname@example.org new at the Gallery: Suzanne lafleur MarGuerite Bride nuarts Studios, Studio #9 311 north St., Pittsfield, MA margebride-paintings.com • 413-841-1659 Original Watercolors, house portraits, commissions, lessons
no. Six depot roaStery and CaFé 6 depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA Sirarpi heghinian Walzer, exhibit will run May 16 -June 30. An artists’ reception will be held on June 13, 5 -6:30pm norMan roCkWell MuSeuM rte 183, Stockbridge, MA .8 413-298-4100 highlights from "norman rockwell: Behind the Camera" Thru May 31; Baseball, rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman Thru June 15; Wendell Minor's America; Thru May 26; norman rockwell's 323 "Saturday evening Post" Covers.Open year-round.
SCHantz GallerieS 3 elm St, Stockbridge, MA • 413-298-3044 www.schantzgalleries.com A destination for those seeking premier artists working in glass. (11 - 5 daily)
SoHn Fine art Gallery & GiClee printinG 6 elm Street, Stockbridge, MA • 413-298-1025 email@example.com / www.sohnfineart.com 3rd Annual Juried exhibition Thru May 19, 2013 Public reception Saturday, May 17, 4:00 - 7:00. Winners will be announced during the reception! Public can vote for "People's Choice Award" at Sohn fine Art Gallery. SpenCertoWn aCadeMy artS Center 790 route 203 in Spencertown, n.Y 518-392-3693 / www.spencertownacademy.org Kris Gali, one woman show: dreams and digressions, June 28 - Aug 10; reception Sat June 28, 4-7pm.
SprinGField MuSeuM 21 edwards Street, Springfield, MA • 413-263-6800 evocative watercolors by artist Josie Vargas. The exhibit, titled fiesta: flora and fauna from Puerto rico, will be on display at the Michele and donald d’Amour Museum of fine Arts from September 10 through May 11
HelSinki CaFe 405 Columbia Street, hudson, new York 12534 518.828.4800 / firstname.lastname@example.org The Mountain Goats with erin McKeown; May 19 The Voodoo Orchestra north
tHe Gallery oF tHe kinderHook Group 15 Main St. Salisbury, CT robert Blank: Photojournalist exhibit May 1 - May 30, Cocktail reception May 3, 2014 5-7PM daily, except Thursday, from 11-3 or by appointment
MuSiC on Main SerieS Saturday May 10 in Stockbridge, MA Music on Main presents the fourth and final concert in the season with an A Cappella extravaganza at the first Congregational Church Stockbridge at 3PM on Saturday May 10. Strike a Chord and Tapestry will share the concert presenting a cappella music from two distinct traditions.
St. FranCiS Gallery rt 102, South lee just 2 miles east from the red lion inn reception for the artists on Saturday May 17th from 3-6pm, with light fare wine and music open from 11am to 5pm friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
tHe oxBoW Gallery 273 Pleasant St., northampton, MA • 413-586-6300 hrs: Thurs-Sun, 12-5 front room: ‘Town & Country’ painters Cyndy Sperry and Katherine Weinstein, May 1-May 25.
tHe aMiSH proJeCt Berkshire South Community Center 15 Crissey rd, Gt. Barrington, MA • email@example.com / 860-435- nWCT (6928) May 16 & 17, 7pm: tHe aMiSH proJeCtis a play inspired by the killing of five girls in a hostage-taking at an Amish school in lancaster County, Pa., in October 2006, and the path of tolerance and compassion produced in its wake as it investigates a divided community’s attempts to reconcile devastating loss and profound faith despite a tide of cultural disparities. Yet beyond a few facts drawn from the incident, the characters are imagined by Ms. dickey.Aglet’s production features deann halper, one of the tri-state’s most accomplished actresses; she is directed by Aglet’s artistic di aSton MaGna MuSiC FeStiVal A Season of romance, War and other human follies Aston Magna Music festival announces its 2014 season of familiar and rarely-heard early music from the 16th-19th centuries, on five Saturdays in Great Barrington, June 21-July 19. The programs are also presented Thursdays at Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis university, and friday nights at Bard College, Annandale-on-hudsonSaturdays at 6 p.m. in Great Barrington at the daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s rock, and on July 12 at 8 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
BarrinGton StaGe Co. Box Office: 58 union Street, Pittsfield :• 413-236-8888 / barringtonstageco.org The Other Place by Sharr White, directed by Christopher innvar May 21 – June 14. Performances: Tues-Sat 7:30pm; Sat 4pm (excluding May 24); Sun 3pm; Additional matinee Thurs, June 12 at 4pm St. Germain Stage, Sydelle and lee Blatt Performing Arts Center 36 linden Street, Pittsfield, MA CloSe enCounterS WitH MuSiC Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center www.cewm.org • 800-843-0778 Beethoven and the dawn of romanticism, May 17 Sunday, June 15 2 PM at Ozawa hall, Tanglewood The Many faces of Antonin dvorak: Bohemian idyll A program devoted to dvorak, whose music almost by definition glows with lyricism and melodiousness. With Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; itamar Zorman and david McCarroll, violin; Ara Gregorian, viola; Yehuda hanani, cello; roman rabinovich, piano
MaSS MoCa 87 Marshall Street, north Adams, MA To order tickets: 413.662.2111 or www.massmoca.org; May 9: Theater: Andrew dawson: The russian doctor; BeCK in concert, Tuesday, June 24. Tickets available at 413.662.2111 x1 or massmoca.org/Beck
WHitney Center For tHe artS Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA • 413-442-0289 2nd Opera notte, titled, "deception and desire" We are proud to bring back live Opera-Music to the Berkshires, our 2nd event "deception and desire" May 9th, and May16th @ 7:30 PM
paradiSe City artS FeStiVal May 24, 25 & 26 at the Three County fairgrounds in northampton, MA. One of America’s top-ranked shows of fine crafts, paintings and sculpture, Paradise City features 260 outstanding artists in four buildings, sensational cuisine, live music, creative activities, demonstrations and an outdoor sculpture garden. www.paradisecityarts.com or 800-511-9725.
art oMi 1405 County rte 22, Ghent, nY You Can do A Graphic novel: Saturdays, May 17 - June 14 10 AM - 12 PM, ages 11-15
Heroine’S Journey: CreatinG your BraVe, neW World www.amberchand.com / firstname.lastname@example.org A workshop series for women seeking to step into their future with clarity and confidence. date: Tuesday, April 8-May 13, 2014, 7-9:00 pm, lenox. hosted By: The Center for human emergence north east. Cost: $325 To register call 413-8220551
SaBine VollMer Von Falken PhOTOGrAPhiC WOrKShOPS • 413-298-4933 www.sabinephotoart.com, email@example.com
SpenCertoWn aCadeMy artS Center 790 route 203 in Spencertown, n.Y 518-392-3693 / www.spencertownacademy.org Presents life Skills Workshop Series. The special workshops, “leading Your life: essential Tools for Professional Success and Personal Growth”, will be led by former disney Broadway producer Michele Steckler on May 21 and June 25 at the Academy Send in your calendar submissions by 10th of the month prior to publication for the next issue of the artful Mind artzine! tHe artFul Mind May 2014 •3
“The Painter’s Dream, Oil on canvas, 36x36
Dreams & Digressions New Paintings by Kris Galli
Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY June 28 - August 10 Opening Reception June 28, 4-7 p.m.
FRONT STREET GALLERY
Painting Classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings 10 - 1pm at the Studio and Thursday mornings 10am - 1pm out in the field.
Open to all.
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413-274-6607 413-429-7141 (cell) 413-528-9546 Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-5 or by appointment FRONT STREET, downtown HOUSATONIC, MA The ArTful Mind
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in the era of superstores, internet and catalog shopping, an old fashioned, boutique-style music store nonetheless nestles in the heart of the Berkshires. located at the end of Great Barrington, Massachusetts’ railroad Street, The Music Store welcomes the delights of making music in the SPrinG! Specializing in fine handmade guitars and one of the widest selections of ukuleles in the northeast, The Music Store offers fine, folk, orchestral and unusual instruments, both new and used, along with a wide array of music motif gifts and musical accessories including possibly the widest range of professional level strings, and reeds in the Berkshires. A large assortment of traditional and international percussion, including African djembes, is available. And unusual instruments including locally made walking stick bamboo flutes and dr. easy’s Sonic Boxes (extraordinary acoustic electric Cigar Box Guitars), the amazing and almost inde-
structible Composite Acoustic Cargo Guitars (made entirely from Carbon Graphite), Catania Cat’s Paws and Kalimbas, Serenity Bamboo and high Spirit hardwood flutes, and the new Steel Singing drums nestle happily next to their more traditional cousins. Student violins from $179 to $2800 share the stage with guitars for all ages and abilities including locally and internationally luthier handmade guitars. Best of all, The Music Store also offers lifetime service - set-ups, adjustment, stringing and maintenance on all new stringed instruments we sell! in addition, our workshop provides expert set-up, maintenance, repair and restoration on Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos and much, much more. While many of our prices meet or beat Musician’s friend or Guitar Center and our other super-seller competitors, the personal service, expertise, kindness and availability of our fine family of staff offers priceless service to the already magical musical experience waiting for everyone at The Music Store. for musicians and music lovers seeking gift ideas, our array of clothing, housewares, stationary, jewelry, mouse pads, clocks, key chains and knick-knacks will interest and amuse, as will a full line of harmonicas, tuners, stands, sticks and even an odd Washboard Tie!. Visit our wickedly wonderful ClOSeOuT COrner for the best bargains. experience our 2 for $5.00 guitar strings and name brand guitars. Add some sheet music and the marvelous, magical, musical experience of The Music Store awaits. The Music Store, 87 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-2460. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
ann Marie SCott Ann MArie SCOTT, rOMe #1, Oil On PAPer, 8 x 10”
plein air paintinG CourSeS
Ann Scott has a passion for nature…she grew up surrounded by wolves and bears in Campbellford Ontario, Canada and later moved to new York while in grammar school. Scott has lived up and down the east Coast, and has traveled extensively in the uS and europe. Besides painting she has been in TV pilots and by happy accident got a role in a movie called “everybody Wants to be an italian”. Scott also had an “extremely brief” career as a Sea Shanty singer/street performer where she learned what stage fright really meant, hence running right back to her studio; she has stuck to painting and singing only in the shower ever since. Scott has exhibited widely over the uS and in Canada. She has been a recipient of grants from the rochester Arts Council, new York State Council on the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council, enjoyed artist-in-residencies at the American Academy in rome, Pouch Cove, newfoundland and in the dune Shacks at the Cape Cod national Seashore. She is represented by the lyman-eyer Gallery in Provincetown, MA and an exhibiting member of the Provincetown Art Association Museum and Salmagundi Club in new York City. Scott will be offering one and two day plein air painting and drawing workshops starting May 1 running into autumn. These workshops are for everyone beginner and advanced alike. Contact the artist for more information and/or to sign up. Ann Marie Scott - www.annscottpainting.com / email@example.com
dreAMS And diGreSSiOnS
With only a few breaks now and then to reassess her life, Kris Galli has been painting since she was a teenager. “it was my way of making sense of the world,” she says. “for years i would wonder what to do with my life, and then i’d go paint for a while, then get back to wondering what to do with my life. it took years for me to figure out i was already doing it!” now a woman fully committed to her vocation, Kris paints all day, nearly every day. her work has sold to collectors across the country and as far off as london, Australia and Panama. And if you’re ever having dinner at Alta restaurant in lenox, you’ll find yourself surrounded by her quirky paintings of women - women balancing watermelons on their fingertips, women holding onto their pigtails in what looks to be a dreamlike trance. her work consists largely of these women, but there are also landscapes and still lifes, all with that same slightly off-beat feel of her figures. In June, Kris will open her one-woman show, Dreams and Digressions, at Spencertown Academy in Spencertown, NY. The show will be up from June 28 through August 10th, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 28 from 4-7 p.m. There will wine and snacks, and chocolate provided by Chocolate Springs of Lenox - worth coming just for that alone! It promises to be a wonderful show! Kris Galli – krisgallifineart.com
9th annual BerkSHire international FilM FeStiVal
The 9th Annual Berkshire international film festival (Biff) will host a packed weekend line-up of films marked by robust international programming and continuing dedication to programming the best in documentary film. The festival, which takes place from May 29 – June 1 in Great Barrington and May 31 – June 1 in Pittsfield, MA, brings films, filmmakers, industry professionals and film fans together for a four-day festival celebrating independent film. Countries represented this year include Jordan, Afghanistan, Philippines, india, Chile, Brazil, Germany, italy, iceland, Morocco, iceland, israel and france, with a record 41 filmmakers in attendance with their films. The program features the latest from Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Bill Pullman, Juliette Binoche, Jesse eisenberg, Toni Collette, Mathieu Amalric and roman Polanski. included also are Q&A’s with directors, producers, and actors and a great lineup of festivities. Biff has become the festival of choice for filmmakers and film lovers who are seeking a unique Berkshire experience and a place to indulge their passion for film. BIFF - Check http://www.biffma.org/ for dates and screening times of all films. For more information, to join as a sponsor, volunteers, become a REEL Friend or make a contribution to BIFF, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors…..abstract and representational…..landscapes, still lifes and portraits….a unique variety of painting technique and styles….you will be transported to another world and see things in a way you never have before…. join us and experience something different. Painting classes continue on Monday and Wednesday mornings 10-1:30pm at the studio and Thursday mornings out in the field. These classes are open to all...come to one or come again if it works for you. All levels and materials welcome. Classes at front Street are for those wishing to learn, those who just want to be involved in the pure enjoyment of art, and/or those who have some experience under their belt. A teacher for many years, Kate Knapp has a keen sense of each student’s artistic needs to take a step beyond. Perfect setting for setting up still lifes; lighting and space are excellent. Kate Knapp’s paintings are also on display at 510 Warren St. Gallery in hudson, nY. Please stop by to see all the many works of art by exceptional artists. Front Street Gallery – Front Street, Housatonic, MA. Gallery open by appointment or chance. 413-528-9546 or 413-429-7141 (cell).
no. Six depot Gallery
SirArPi heGhiniAn WAlZer
May 16 – June 30
Sirarpi heghinian Walzer’s work is in many collections nationally and internationally and has received awards and exhibited in galleries throughout europe and the uS. She attended the Academy for fine Arts “die etage” and hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Germany and has worked with artists Andrej Woron, Timothy harney and Ati Gropius. “My poetic abstractions spring from meditations on nature and from memories that are distilled into single dramatic moments. The energetic surfaces imply an ongoing tension between freedom and containment, edging the viewer closer to that place where chaos can erupt into clarity.” Siri Smedvig is an award-winning professional violinist and fine artist. Graduating from harvard university, Siri won the McCord Prize for Artistic excellence and “Artist of the Year” by the Cambridge Art Association this year. As a violinist, Siri has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet Orchestra, harvard Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (nYC) and many more. “i love the magical world created by the abstracted form of music. My inner source found a new means of expression by making pictures with paint and collage. When i work giving form to the formless and visibility to the invisible i feel an alchemist’s joy.” The exhibit will run May 16 through June 30. An artists’ reception will be held on June 13, 5 -6:30pm @ Join us for an artists’ reception. No. Six Depot Gallery is located in historic train station in West Stockbridge, adjoining No. Six Depot Roastery & Café, serving house-roasted coffee, breakfast, lunch and Friday dinners. www.sixdepot.com
CloSe enCounterS WitH MuSiC JeffreY SWAn, PiAniST
The May 17 Close encounters concert follows Beethoven, perhaps the most lionized of Western artists, in his pathway from disciple of haydn, from whom he inherited his audacity and humor, to prophet and hero of the romantic Movement. his music stands as a glorious bridge between two eras—Classical and romantic—and the selected works cover a good distance of this journey. Starting as a young artist working within the forms of his day, Beethoven’s transitional moment comes with the rarely heard String quintet Opus 29 (poking fun at rossini, among other antics) as it points the way to his middle period. The sonata for piano and violin, known as the Kreutzer, Opus 47, further breaks with convention in a powerful duet of torrid emotion. The piece was dedicated to violin virtuoso rudolphe Kreutzer who deemed it unplayable and in fact never performed it. The Archduke Trio, Opus 97 represents the pinnacle of his writing in that genre, perhaps in this late period. distinguished performers for this program—which reveals Beethoven as both bridge and boundary breaker—are Yehonatan Berick and Joana Genova, violin; Amadi Azikiwe and Ariel rudiakov, viola; Yehuda hanani, cello; and Jeffrey Swann, piano. Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Close encounters With Music concerts are broadcast on WMhT and on www.wmht.org and weekly segments of “Classical Music According to Yehuda” are broadcast on WAMC northeast radio and at www.wamc.org each friday morning. Ticket information for “Beethoven and the dawn of romanticism”: $45 (Orchestra and Mezzanine) and $25 (Balcony) are available at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office, 413-528-0100; or through Close encounters With Music. Close Encounters with Music - For more information about tickets and the current concert schedule, visit www.cewm.org or call 800-843-0778.
A most wonderful place to meet, eat and drink!
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RTE 20, NEW LEBANON, NEW YORK
Photo: Jane Feldman
Front Street Gallery KATe KnAPP
DAHLKE - CuNNINGHAM, A FLY CABIN
BERMAN, PATTERNED RINGS
PARADISE CITY ARTS FESTIVAL May 24-26, Northampton
Northampton is a splendid day trip from the Berkshires, with its city pleasures and country charm. There’s no better time to visit than Memorial Day Weekend, for the spring Paradise City Arts Festival. It’s a world-class arts festival right in the cultural heart of New England. A carefully selected collection of 260 artists and fine craft makers descend upon four buildings and the grounds of the historic Three County Fairgrounds for three days of astounding visual arts, scrumptious food, fabulous live music and great fun. Stroll through flowering sculpture gardens filled with artful delights, enjoy special exhibits, demonstrations and activities... all compelling reasons to come on down to Paradise City for the long holiday weekend. “A truly inspired festival showing innovative art, craft and design, Paradise City is known for introducing new, frequently offbeat artists,” wrote AmericanStyle Magazine upon announcing the Northampton show the #1 arts fair in America. “The food soars beyond expectations,” writes Boston Magazine. The Festival Dining Tent is a microcosm of Northampton’s vibrant restaurant scene, with recipes that span the globe. Expect lots of tasty surprises from the region’s restaurants at this spring’s show, using locally grown foods straight from the Valley’s farms. Restaurants include Local Burger, Sierra Grille, Spoleto, Amber Waves, India House, Pizzeria Paradiso, Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream, Mama
Iguana’s and the Great Wall. While dining, enjoy the Art Steele Blues Band on Saturday; The Valley jazz Divas on Sunday; and Viva Quetzal on Memorial Day. Fine and functional art are usually taken quite seriously. Why are Paradise City’s artists up to some serious funny business this spring? “Laughing Matters!”, the special exhibit in the Arena Building, explores the visual lexicon of all that makes us smile. From visual puns and exaggeration to satire and whimsy, this year’s exhibitors prove that a little levity can go a very long way. Laughter is the best medicine, and the Cancer Connection helps cancer patients and their families cope with a variety of tools, including humor. This wonderful organization is the beneficiary of Paradise City’s Silent Art Auction. Hundreds of beautiful works have been donated by the exhibiting artists, and 100% of the proceeds benefit Cancer Connection. At Northampton’s 3 County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road off Rt. 9. From the Mass Pike, take exit 4 to I-91 North to Exit 19. For complete show and travel information, and discount admission coupons, visit www.paradisecityarts.com or call 800-511-9725.
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MarGuerite Bride MArGueriTe Bride, COAST GuArd hOuSe
Marguerite Bride is getting ready for summer shows, stretching her scope of subjects and venturing from her comfort zone a bit. Mostly known for house portraits and scenes with multiple structures, Bride has also been painting nature scenes, swamps and wetlands, and seascapes. These new paintings will be “officially” displayed at summer shows and galleries in lenox, Wickford ri, Marblehead, MA and Pomfret CT, but you can always catch a sneak preview in her studio. locally, a new assortment of fine art reproductions of some of her newer paintings can now be purchased at Phdesigns at 141 north Street in Pittsfield, and lenox Print and Merchantile, 11 housatonic Street in lenox, plus the red lion inn Gift Shop and always directly from the artist. A series of new paintings were recently delivered to Celebrations Gallery in Pomfret, Connecticut for their spring exhibit. included are sunlit country lanes, old grist mills, some downtown village scenes and some musical subjects. Bride is always happy to consider commission work. A subject she particularly enjoys is painting house portraits, and has now done nearly 150 homes locally, nationally and some in europe. Commissioning a piece is much easier than most people imagine. Check out Bride’s website for more information, or contact the artist directly. Bride invites visitors to her studio during “open studios” on each first friday of the month, held in conjunction with Pittsfield’s first fridays Artswalk from 5-8 pm. At the nu Arts Studios you will see up to 18 different artists who welcome the public to see their working spaces and meet with the artists. Marguerite Bride, Nuarts Studios, 311 North Street, Pittsfield, Studio #5, by appointment only. Call 413-442-7718, or 413841-1659 (cell); website: margebride-paintings.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Marguerite Bride Watercolors
St. FranCiS Gallery BOB SOlOVAY
The 2014 season commenced with a joyful and spirited show full of creative energy generated by a wonderful group of artists from the Becket Arts Center along with more new works from local talent. May promises to continue with a bold selection of works from what appears to be a never ending supply of area artists. There seems to be rich soil that both grows and attracts talented work. Breaking free from the expected and explosive in ideas and color, this new collection will intrigue the viewer. As always the creative projects supported by the gallery in Kenya revitalize and energize each year. This year the gallery has an African shop dedicated to the work of several women cooperatives from poor areas in Kenya. There is a dazzling display of jewelry and fabrics for sale to support these ventures and continuing the gallery mission of giving back to others in need. new and old gallery artists will join in presenting their exciting and varied works. intriguing creations by Bob rosegarten, the firework displays of color in Paul Solovay’s photos, and Susan Powers unique oils are just a few of the new additions. Continued new works from Jurek, Sharon Vidal , Beverly Bourassa, linda Baker Cimini, rick Costello and robert houghton along with other selected works will be on display as well. from realism to abstraction this new display of art will continue to challenge reality as we experience it. As collective works they deconstruct and enrich our ability to see more. You are invited to this rich experience. Support local artists where you live and visit and see what is alive in the Berkshires. There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday May 17th from 3-6pm, with light fare wine and music. St. Francis Gallery - Rt 102, South Lee just 2 miles east from the Red Lion Inn, open from 11am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
CollinS/editionS formerly BerkSHire diGital
After seven years of working for artists and photographers as Berkshire digital, we have changed our name to collins|editions. We are a fine art reproduction service that offers the highest quality digital photography & reproduction of paintings as well as Giclée printing on archival papers and canvas with sizes up to 42” x 90”. Artists & photographers use us to create limited editions of their images. Private collectors and galleries use us to document their collections. Whether the reproduction needs are for archiving, printing, books, magazines, postcards or internet use, Bd adheres to very strict color controls along with delivering stunning detail by using either a large format camera with a Better light™ digital scanning back for making giclee prints as well as the best dSlr cameras for publication & internet uses. in addition to the photography and printing services, collins|editions also offers graphic design, enabling clients to create show announcements, post cards and brochures. The website, www.Collinseditions.com has a complete overview, lots of information and pricing. The owner, fred Collins, has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years having had studios in Boston and Stamford. he offers 20 years of experience with Photoshop™ enabling retouching, restoration and enhancement. The studio is located in Mt Washington but dropoff and Pu can be arranged at other locations. Collins|editions studio, 220 East St, Mt Washington, Massachusetts; 413-644-9663, www.Collinseditions.com
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin 10 • MAY 2014
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JoBy Baker JOBY BAKer, TO JuST Be
lauren Clark Fine art
Joby Baker will be featured in an exhibit entitled “figures” at the lauren Clark fine Art Gallery May 24 – June 8. A reception for the artist will be held on May 24, 4-7 p.m. i first met Joby Baker at Tokonoma Gallery close to 20 years ago. he and his late wife, dory Previn, visited on several occasions to look around and just chat. On one occasion Joby came with two copies, one for me, one for my business partner at the time, robin Schmitt, of a book SalanderO’reilly Galleries had published of his latest work. Joby doesn’t even remember this event but i never forgot it. even though it is a small book, printed in black and white but for the frontispiece, for me, it was love at first sight. When Joby visited me recently it was in the early days of my tenure in my new location at 25 railroad Street. he entered the grand new space and declared “i love this place! i want to have a show here!” how could i resist? This exhibit of figures bears some small resemblance to those figures from long ago-minus the fools caps and chairs. included are paintings, mono prints based on words by dory, and a smattering of giclee prints-all in the dark, lovely and ethereal style that is Joby Baker. dory once wrote of his work, “paintings are sometimes capable of expressing the inexpressible. Joby Baker’s work reaches and digs for that which words are unable to say…he works in that chartless region of the mute soul.” The art historian and writer hellmut Wohl said once that Baker has an “infallible sense of the right tone and color…he is the master of the eloquent brushstroke that simultaneously registers form and complex feelings.” Wohl went on to note that “the figures in Joby’s paintings and prints are depicted in situations of anguish, disfigurement or isolation. Joby is a Canadian-born actor and painter, sculptor, and jewelry artisan. Lauren Clark Fine Art - 25 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts; 413-528-0432; www.laurenClarkfineArt.com / lauren@laurenClarkfineArt.com
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~Pablo Picasso
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Aston Magna Music festival announces its 2014 season of familiar and rarely-heard early music from the 16th-19th centuries, on five Saturdays in Great Barrington, June 21-July 19. The programs are also presented Thursdays at Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis university, and friday nights at Bard College, Annandale-on-hudson. The festival, now in its 42nd season, is celebrated for its performances of early music on period instruments, presented by some of the world’s most gifted musicians on baroque strings, winds, and instruments such as the lute and theorbo, bass recorder and gamba. in a departure, the festival will present the world premiere of a new work - “Aston Magna” - by the acclaimed young composer nico Muhly, commissioned by lee elman, a founder of the Aston Magna foundation. Artistic director and renowned violinist daniel Stepner again leads the nation’s longest running music festival dedicated exclusively to early music. This year he presents early greats such as Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi, Purcell and Blow, plus early Brahms and Mendelssohn wind masterpieces, among others. Aston Magna performs Saturdays at 6 p.m. in Great Barrington at the daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s rock, and on July 12 at 8 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. This year, Aston Magna is reaching out to younger patrons with the new ArT/SMArT ticket price of $15 for patrons under age 30. “This is the year for younger audiences to discover us, and we they will be captivated by Aston Magna’s dynamic young musicians such as violinist Joan Plana and baritone Jesse Blumberg,” said Susan Obel, executive director of the Aston Magna Music festival. “The extreme talent of dan Stepner and the Aston Magna ensemble will thrill all of our guests who are enchanted by early music.” Aston Magna - Tickets and information: astonmagna.org
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uscript had taken. Vivaldi composed an oratorio rather than on opera. An oratorio was more appropriate to his resources than an opera. it was a short work consisting of a solo by iphigenia, Agamemnon’s daughter in which she pleads for her life. The solo was followed by a chorus of the girls of the town singing in unison. After that came a quartet of mothers, reproaching Agamemnon for his plan to sacrifice his daughter in order to make possible his war on Troy. Antonio had to restrict himself to simple passages, and he had to stay within the narrow vocal range of the girls. The work he produced is in many ways very similar to that prelude Marie Antoinette was trying to learn by Bach in that even though it was basically simple, it was relentless in its pathos. it was, as you know, baroque music, and so its pathos was logical, it was the logical pathos of the baroque period. My father told me that he copied this work out in parts for the girls but Vivaldi said it would not be necessary to prepare it for the engravers. he did not consider it a thing of any importance. for this reason no copy of the work exists, and if my father had not told me about what happened concerning this work, this entire episode in Vivaldi’s life would be unknown. Vivaldi presented the work for the first time to his girl students PArT 2 and they sang it in their usual way, with no interest or emotion, mumbling the words, looking at the floor, fidgeting, anxious for the lesson to end so they could leave to do something else. it was Richard Britell a typical choir lesson. The ideas in Vivaldi’s oratorio acted on the girls in the choir he was all day in the music library but he could find no trace exactly the same way as yeast in bread dough; it was an unconof it of Monteverdi’s opera. he remembered a solo by iphigenia, scious sort of fermentation. They were not really aware of it. in the daughter of Agamemnon, in which she pleads for her life, and their usual way, late at night they performed parts of the work begs not to be sacrificed. This solo was followed by a chorus of again for each other. Since they were alone they sang with gusto, young girls of the town reproaching the king for his plan to sacrisubjecting the various lines to their usual ridicule. fice his daughter to the gods. The ideas Vivaldi implanted in their heads with this piece of music After the chorus of young girls reproaching Agamemnon, took root, bore fruit, and they sang the piece with interest. he Agamemnon’s wife, in a solo, calls all the women of Argos to witasked them to go through it again, and they sang it with passion, ness the crime Agamemnon is about to commit with the words, then a third time in anger and desperation. Vivaldi was able to stop “We mothers of Argos, we recoil in horror, your plan we abhor, conducting, the work took over, and the girls sang it without any your war should not destroy the child we adore.” But search as he help from him. in the performance there was not a hint of mockery. might, he could find not a single page of this piece by Monteverdi, When they were done in some girls’ eyes tears glistened, but in and even today music scholars only know of it because it was menothers he saw that angry proud look of injured innocence. tioned in a letter that Pope Clement xi sent to Cardinal rivera in Vivaldi realized he had stumbled on to a masterpiece; it was a Spain asking about a certain sort of grapes. combination of perfect material, circumstance, and ability. he was Vivaldi gave up the search but he did not give up on the idea of so impressed with what he heard that he thought he should give a a work for young girls in which the girls plead for the life of one presentation of the work to a larger audience. it was not his habit of their own. for some reason he felt that such a subject would to involve his work at the orphanage in the larger work in his proappeal emotionally to the girls. What he hoped to do was to mine fessional career, but this was an exception. But before he could their deep feeling of resentment since they were orphans, added proceed he needed to get permission of the father Superior and to the fact they were all aware of the social standing of their unthe elders of the orphanage. known parents. But the girls, and especially netochka and Simmona, did not reVivaldi was a very prolific composer, and after many hours in alize how important the performance was to Vivaldi. They continthe music library trying to find the composition by Monteverdi, it ued to make fun of him and the oratorio, even though at the same struck him that he could compose a work himself on the same time, they were moved by the work when they were singing it. theme, and it would take him less time than his search for the manThere is only one word to describe the feelings of the girls in the choir, and that word was ambivalent. 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involving the quartet of the mothers, Simona and netochka began to sing slightly out of tune. Simmona sang slightly sharp, and netochka sang a little flat. They did this very skillfully so that at first it seemed accidental, but in the slower sections it became more pronounced. it is very easy to describe what Simmona and netochka sounded like in the quartet. have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night by cats confronting each other and preparing for a fight? if you have heard that sound then you know exactly their sound. Poor Vivaldi. he knew he was being made a fool of by the girls, but what could he do? he was accustomed to sitting back and letting the girls direct themselves because they had been doing the piece with such inspiration, so when the caterwauling began he was not even paying attention to what was going on. But things were even worse than that. The orphanage fathers believed that it was all intentional, and that what they had heard is what Vivaldi had intended for them to hear, and they were livid. Poor Vivaldi. if the orphanage fathers had not been in the choir room he would have found the caterwauling of the girls just as funny as the girls did even if he would have pretended to be angry, but under the circumstances he had to demand their punishment. As usually happens in these situations it was decided to punish the ringleaders, that is netochka, and Simmona. even though all the girls had joined in, it was those two who were singled out for punishment. The girls were beaten with a leather strap, a punishment administered by a nun and witnessed by a committee of six of the elder nuns. i know you are expecting to hear terrible details of a severe punishment but that was not the case. The fact was many of the nuns of the orphanage had been inmates of the same institution when they were young. The old leather strap about to be used on netochka and Simmona was the same strap that had been used on them when they were children. Over the years an elaborate scheme had been worked out between the elder nuns and the young girls about how to deal with these punishments. The girls to be punished first had to be locked up in a small room where they were to pray for forgiveness for a full hour on their knees. in the room, the girls found several pairs of cotton tights as well as gauze pads to be placed in vulnerable places. Once the layers of stockings and padding were in place the girls were taken one at a time to be whipped. They felt nothing but knew they were supposed to scream bloody murder. The leather strap was wielded with terrible cruelty, but did no harm. everyone was happy with the outcome except for Vivaldi, who, completely taken in by the charade, suffered terrible pangs of guilt. Many months went by before netochka and Simmona were allowed returned to choir practice again. When they returned they seemed to Vivaldi to have completely grown up, their voices had matured, especially netochka, and Vivaldi was able to give her difficult solo parts which she executed with confidence. during this time Vivaldi had also changed. he no longer felt that the teaching of the orphan girls was a waste of his time. The memory of their rendering of his little oratorio about Agamemnon remained in his mind, and he began to compose vocal works of great majesty, especially for the girls’ choir. he was especially motivated to create works featuring netochka. What was netochka’s voice like? Sometimes one hears a huge choir singing in some concert hall and among those voices in the crowd of singers one detects one individual voice that has strangeness about it, perhaps it is a reedy quality, or an inexplicable darkness. One’s eye searches the faces to combine the sound with the features amidst the crowd. finally the eye and the ear make the connection, and the face somehow explains everything. After the music is over, many people will search out that singer and ask for an autograph, but they really just want a closer look, because they are recognizing a future prima donna. Such was netochka’s voice, and she did go on to become a prima donna. When she was older, her performances were in demand all over europe, and even after she married and raised five children, still she continued her successful singing career. The nuns of the orphanage were not surprised about netochka’s success as they suspected it would happen. it was not just all the attention Vivaldi lavished on the girl; they suspected something else. it was her flaming red hair and her freckles, which were exactly, like Vivaldi’s. They were quite certain that netochka was Vivaldi’s daughter. ~richard Britell
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This is a time of the great unraveling. A time of profound uncertainty as each of us navigates the uncharted waters of our lives. This is a terrifying time as we are each called to release an old, weary story based on limitation, scarcity and lack. it is also a liberating time when we are called to show up fully to our lives, to sow the seeds of possibility, and to envision a world that offers a new, compelling story based on sustenance, abundance and authenticity. To step into our futures from a place of enlivened possibility requires fearless imagination, a deep commitment to embracing uncertainty and courageous intention to fully show up for ourselves and our world. This is the call of this evolutionary time. My Visionary Coaching Programs are designed to support you on this journey, whether you are in a time of deep transition and seeking clarity around your envisioned future, whether you are ready to take the next bold steps in your purpose-driven business, or whether you simply need a boost to clarify your unfolding mission and work in the world. “At a crossroads in my life and career, I turned to Amber for coaching. I did not anticipate the depth and richness of the journey or the profound impact it would have on me. I have come away with a strong sense of inner purpose and a joyful vision for my future life and work. I am most grateful to have connected with this wise woman” Karen C, RN, CN. Amber is currently performing her one woman show, “The heroine’s Journey: Tales of love, despair, faith and forgiveness” and working on her book, The heroine’s Journey: Creating Your Brave, new Story. She brings a unique and powerful perspective to her work as a global entrepreneur, transformational coach and mentor, and visionary storyteller. Amber is leading a special guided journey for women to the foothills of the himalayas in india October, 12-25, 2014 entitled “Marigolds, Mystics, and Mountains”. Amber Chand - Visionary Life/Business Coach, Performing Artist, Global Entrepreneur, 413-822-0551; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit amberchand.com
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Sharon True, a certified Pilates and Pfilates™ (Pelvic floor Pilates) instructor and owner of WholePerson Movement in Great Barrington, is now offering personal and group training in pelvic floor muscle conditioning called floor of the Core Pilates. The pelvic floor muscles are among the core muscles that support the spine and are key to good posture, body ease, and confident movement. While pelvic floor muscles are typically recruited naturally when doing regular Pilates workouts, when there has been trauma to the pelvic floor due to pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, or other sources, studies have shown that training the pelvic floor muscles in a targeted way is even more beneficial. The pelvic floor is actually shaped more like a bowl or a hammock than a flat floor. The muscles connect the tailbone, pubic bone and the two “sitbones,” and they provide support for the pelvic organs. Pelvic floor muscles have a big impact on quality of life. When they are functioning well, life is good! When they are damaged, weak, or not well-coordinated there can be embarrassing problems with incontinence, unsatisfying sex, and a feeling that one’s insides are falling out (organ prolapse). These in turn negatively impact important aspects of life such as work, travel, intimate relationships, the ability to lead an active lifestyle – and creating art! Sharon True’s floor of the Core Pilates can help to get deconditioned pelvic floor muscles back on track. Based on Pfilates™ (pronounced fih-lah-tees), an approach to pelvic floor muscle conditioning developed by a urogynocologist in conjunction with Pilates, yoga, and fitness professionals, her floor of the Core Pilates is a three-part program. first, she offers an introductory workshop that provides an orientation to the pelvic floor and the Pfilates™ exercises. This is followed by home practice with internet support along with a few private sessions to discover an individual’s “best three” exercises. finally, there is another workshop on strategies for incorporating pelvic floor exercise into daily life. The entire program can be learned privately if preferred. Sharon True - for a free consultation via email, contact at email@example.com or phone 413-5282465, 9am-9 pm.
A wedding is one of the most sacred and important days of anyone’s life. The ceremony is the heart of the wedding, and when well crafted, holds the potential to truly reflect a couple’s distinctive personality and love. rev. Mary Campbell takes special delight in helping couples celebrate their unique love as they create a wedding ceremony that honors the people and things that are most important to them and their families. Mary is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister and couples counselor. She has lived in the Berkshires for over 20 years, leading transformational workshops for women and creating ceremonies celebrating love and connection. As a couple explores the myriad choices involved in crafting a truly beautiful and meaningful wedding ceremony, whether traditional or more contemporary, Mary is able to offer passages and rituals from ceremonies practiced in a wealth of traditions as well as share her extensive collection of poetry and prose. And as couples naturally deepen their commitment to one another during the planning of their wedding, they often look toward the future and are enriched by guidance. Mary’s compassion and skill, shared through her exceptional Marriage Mentoring counseling, can provide them with a strengthened foundation upon which to build a life of joy and ever-deepening intimacy. Create the wedding of your dreams and the love that can last a lifetime. Rev. Mary Campbell – 413-528-6633; Mary@diviningBeauty.com / diviningWeddings.com
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arieS (March 20-April 19)
in every area of your life, especially relationships, proceed with caution. Caution does not mean fear; it means awareness and proceeding with a commitment to having accurate information. Because you must direct your own life based on your feelings, you are the most significant source of intelligence. Your primary mission in life is to define who you are on your own terms, meaning it’s crucial that you actually listen to yourself. Others will give you vital feedback about what they want and what they intend to do, though you may need to ask directly and boldly. Observe whether your environment is supporting you or not. What are the complexities and wrinkles? Who else is involved or is influencing events? Where are you, and do you feel like you belong there? The more sincere your inquiries, the more sincere the answers will be.
tauruS (April 19-May 20) in order to think outside a container, it’s necessary to know its shape and its dimensions. Then it will be clear when you’re within a previously defined boundary, and when you’re outside. Once you’re in a larger space, you have the challenge of defining something that is essentially infinite. At that point, you don’t need constraints; you need workable definitions and approaches to living, including flexibility – starting with your imagination. You are accustomed to working with limits on what you think you’re capable of and what you’re willing to believe. if you start with the premise that anything is possible, you will go light years toward accessing your deeper talent and sense of purpose. The intelligence source you are tapping into might feel like something ‘other than yourself’. That’s not really true, but if you have that feeling, you’re accessing a source of vital information you can trust.
GeMini (May 20-June 21) You currently have the ability to see around corners and deep into yourself; look in all directions. Travel home by a different route. Make conscious decisions to alter your routines and to keep your perspective moving. if you can, go to a high place like a hilltop or a tall building and look down on your community. extraordinary astrology is encouraging you to reevaluate your goals in a radical way. it’s easy to consider what you want based on what you think is the right thing, or what you planned on doing in the past. now you can take the chance of considering what you really want to accomplish. That involves a risk of some kind, engaging with the unknown and unpredictable. When you see the potential to fail as well as to succeed, you know you’re in the right place. CanCer (June 21-July 22)
So many factors now are working in your favor, it’s difficult to list them all, but they include abundant creativity, passion and curiosity. Yet you need to keep a handle on your emotions, because your feelings may deceive you. Your first priority is sidestepping conflict: recognizing what does not matter, and removing all emphasis from it. if others try to engage you on that level, move on. recognize what matters to you now, not past attachments, and prioritize on that basis. Your own preference and immediate significance are vital to you now. They always were, but one fact of civilization involves all the efforts at conning people out of their true needs and desires. Also, focus on quality work. in this world, you can do just about anything you want, as long as you do it well.
leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
You seem to be facing the ongoing challenge of mental clarity and organizing what may feel like an overwhelming workload. The key to simplifying is systems design: simpler, more effi14 • MAY 2014 The ArTful Mind
cient, more effective ways to do things. The methods you used when you were less successful (or had more modest plans) need rethinking and revision. Begin with a blank template; make an inventory of all you want to get done, all that’s demanded of you, and your resources — including assets you don’t have available yet. flexibility and the prerogative of creating options are crucial. if a system is to be flexible, it has to be designed as such from the beginning. Perceived limits need to be accounted for, and addressed directly as variables — not as mandates. it’s time to bring everyone and everything else up to the same standard of flexibility you embody.
VirGo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
The question, “What next?” is second only in importance to “What now?” You get to the next place from where you are now. So start by evaluating your exact location and status at this moment. Then figure out how you got here. use a chronology, lists of prior and current goals, and who you are trying to please. Analyze your financial assets and liabilities, where your money comes from and where it goes. What could you or would you do if you had more money or less debt? When people say to me, “i would go to therapy but i can’t afford it,” i suggest they go to the first session and say they want to work on why they don’t have enough money for what they need. if this moment in your life comes with one turning point, it’s about taking a no-bullshit approach to your finances.
liBra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Confidence is the issue. Ask what you would do, if only you had the confidence. notice when you are reacting, when you’re responding and when you’re provoking. The difference may be subtle; for example, you may be reacting to someone a certain way in order to provoke a response. You may resort to manipulation. You have to know what you’re doing. You must understand the politics of any situation, including the most intimate, and proceed appropriately. That will involve being real and choosing your words carefully, which will compel you to know your own mind, and to practice stating your desires and your intentions to others. You have to stop bullshitting people about who you are and what you want. Withholding your true feelings is not getting you anywhere, and you know how many setbacks it’s been responsible for. it’s time to be real and only real.
SCorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You may feel lost or powerless when the exact opposite is true — a perfect example of the distinction between perception and reality. if you feel lost, you’re likely to act that way, and that will be real to you. The main challenge you face is twofold. You have an overwhelming sense of responsibility, to someone or something; direct it toward yourself. The other is denial. it’s easy for you to pretend that what is, is not. Over the next 10 days, a number of orientation points will emerge that will help you determine where you stand with yourself, some in moments of conflict or feeling triggered. You will be able to see clearly what your opinion about anyone or anything really is. That is the thing you want to navigate by. All emotions, negative, positive and seemingly neutral, will be useful — and must go to productive use.
SaGittariuS (nov. 22-dec. 22) This is not the time to make or break contracts — you’re under too much pressure, there are variables you don’t know about, and it’s essential that you figure out what you want before you commit to anything new. hold to your current course as the
grand cross and solar eclipse do their work. if you encounter something interesting to do, do it, just don’t sign away more than a future evening or weekend. You must see your options beyond the trivial. This is a time of authentic, deep decisions for you, meaning you need some idea of what is available. You like to jump into things headlong without considering what might develop. But your current astrology says you need to be a clear thinker, an analyst and a visionary to make the most of options you’re not yet aware of.
CapriCorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) You know who you are and where you’re going — but don’t tell anyone else. rather, begin to slip into the life you’re embarking on like a hand gently wiggling into a well-fitted glove. Your astrology seems to be pushing you into making radical decisions, particularly where your career or business is concerned. i suggest you make subtle decisions, smaller than you may think matter, involving people and how you relate to them. everything you do in your business life now comes down to intricate human contacts, and the conscious cultivation of trust. Appearances are involved, yet you must be careful about using appearance to deceive. rather, use the magic and power of presentation to convey the underlying truth of who you are. Present your real talents elegantly, right from your soul. Most success is not built on this — yours will be. aquariuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
You can feel everything that’s happening, and it’s essential that you do. Others may have no idea the extent of your sensitivity or how tuned in you are to your personal world or the world around you. information is entering your awareness for a reason. don’t unnecessarily leap into the center of the action or involve yourself in anything that is only peripheral to your life; avoid distractions. What you’re observing and learning involves a deeper, ongoing project in leadership training. One key to leadership is knowing when to get involved in a situation and when to back off. You’re in a grooming process for a very specific purpose, which calls on you to have solid knowledge and many contacts. it will make itself known when the time is right. Pay attention because the timing will be significant.
piSCeS (Feb. 19-March 20) if i had to tell you one thing, i would say: Chiron is in your sign. embody the healer. Be the place of sanctuary, the mind that is open to wisdom; participate in the eternal chain of knowledge passed from teacher to student. Tune your mind to the interconnectedness of all things, and have patience with those who don’t see the connections, or who seem committed to not noticing. You have not chosen the path of sacrifice; if you renounce certain circumstances and things, it’s for the purpose of being open and available to that which is exponentially better. remember to seek within for what you need — be it knowledge, resources, strength or awareness. You are not the source, but at this time a deep connection within you is opening up to the source. Ask sincerely and be willing to receive. ~Read Eric Francis daily at planetwaves.net
Happy Spring art lovers!
by Sasha Seymour
i absolutely love researching new recipes for The Artful Mind, because when i come across a beauty of a dish like this one, i am able to share it with all of you! This recipe was the winner for the month of May. Olive oil was the oil of choice in the original list of ingredients, but i wanted to use coconut oil instead (it’s my new theme). if the sauce is thicker than ypu’d like, slowly add more coconut milk until the correct consistency is reached. This can be a main course or a side dish. it’s up to you! Peace & love to you!
Curry That Chick Pea! ~ 2 Tbsp coconut oil ~ 1 medium onion, diced ~ 3 garlic cloves, minced ~ 1 25oz can organic chick peas ~ 2 Tbsp red curry paste ~ 1 can light coconut milk ~ Pinch of salt ~ 1 tsp fish sauce Large handful of fresh basil, chopped
1. Cook onion and garlic in oil for about 10 minutes 2. Add curry paste and coconut milk, whisking them together 3. Bring sauce to a simmer 4. Add chick peas, salt, fish sauce and half of the basil 5. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes 6. Pour over jasmine rice and top with remaining basil
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Photo: roland Pabst
Interview with Artist Nina Lipkowitz harryet Candee
welcome back to the Berkshires ! i understand you were painting in paris? please do tell! i so love the photograph of you by the pont alexandre iii. John and i just returned. We were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary. Paris is such a romantic city…. in the photo we’re waiting at an outdoor café on the Seine to meet up with a friend and i had time to take out my watercolor kit. John snapped the picture of my drawing and then me painting with the bridge in the background. it’s a gorgeous bridge, named after the father of the last Tsar of russia.
Photograph on cover dominick Avellino
explore and see the world; different countries, wildlife, culture, people.. We’ve been to all 7 continents and in 1998 we found ourselves drawn to the magical light, ice and animals found in the polar climes. We’ve been several times to both the arctic (polar bears) and Antarctica (penguins).. John takes pictures and i keep a watercolor sketchbook whenever i have the time and i’m inspired. i actually can’t tell you how we do it but we really do share this passion. We’ve made it a priority throughout our marriage. We even spent parts of 6 summers doing archaeology and paleontology digs in Montana. One of the reasons we moved out of the City was so we could afford to continue to travel.
nina, how do you and your husband find ways to travel to such exciting places, like – where was this penguin shot taken? it must have something to do with What do you think you would be doing if you had not an easier lifestyle you have created since moved out of the city? moving out of new york City. Can At the time i was a tour-guide you tell us briefly how this all at the American Mutook shape? seum of natural isn’t that a crazy pichistory and practure? it’s my favorite ticing a lot of family photo. That’s yoga and i our son daniel and would probhis wife Amy, ably still be John and me being doing those greeted by a wadthings. i dle of King Penhad just guins on the begun to Sub-Antarctic island of study painting South Georgia. John and with a friend of i have always traveled. When mine. John was pracwe were younger and didn’t have ticing law, self-employed much time or money we tent-camped. We and considering consolidating his liPKOWiTZ fAMilY And started coming to the Berkshires together in 1970 or work expenses by moving his office into our PenGuin fAMilY 71. John and i had both spent summers at camp in the area apartment. We had been talking for a while about downso we were familiar with it. We would drive from Mansizing into a smaller place but being squeezed into a hattan early on a Saturday morning and set up at the smaller place would not have worked for us. We would campgrounds at October Mountain State forest and go have been making do but we would not have been thrivwandering, ending up at Tanglewood for Saturday ing. One day i found myself standing in front of a real esand Sunday concerts and then drive back to nYC. Sometate agency on Columbus Ave looking at the price of times we camped up on Mt. Greylock…We both love to smaller apartments and i had an epiphany. i realized that
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we needed to leave nYC but where could we go? My next thought was the Berkshires. This is really how suddenly it happened. i called John on my cell phone and he said “what?????” it took three days for us to begin to come up with a workable plan. We could sell our apartment. he would retire and we would move out of the city. We found out later that we had friends who were taking bets on how long it would take us to turn around and move back… .Hah!
do you ever visit the city? do you have family there? i’m in the City at least once a month. i need my fix. i take the train from Wassaic. i visit friends and stay over (in their apartments), go to museums, eat sushi, go to theater and walk in Central Park. John doesn’t come in as often. he doesn’t seem to need it. We both still have some family there.
nina, you have traveled quiet a bit… What do you think the Berkshires offers that no other place you’ve been to has? is that possible? i don’t think that there is any other place that has what we have available here. it’s three hours from nYC, three hours from Boston, breathtakingly beautiful, filled with smart, creative, spiritually connected people. it offers small family owned organic farms and gourmet food stores, restaurants, entrepreneurs and culture; art galleries, museums, theater, music, colleges, adult education classes, community centers and gyms, organic food, yoga, healers, and good medical care…and we are only an hour and a half from our son and daughter-in-law in Connecticut. it’s also important for us that there is a thriving Jewish community. The Berkshires has an amazing spirit. i think that it’s always been a place that has drawn people with deep spiritual connections. Mountains and lakes are an unbeatable combination for drawing spiritual energy. painting is obviously such a joy for you and you just recently started painting about seven, eight years ago, right?. Can you tell us briefly what happened that got you to take painting seriously at this point in your life? i’ve been an artist most of my adult life but i shied away from painting. it’s a long story but it just didn’t feel solid enough for me. i have a degree in Art history with a minor in Sculpture.
Nina Lipkowitz: Watercolor, pen and ink, Eye - Rooster
iPad painting, Summer Sushi, Nina Lipkowitz
Pont Alexandre III, watercolor, pen and ink, Nina Lipkowitz
for many years i carved stone and then later became a potter. in 1990 i totally burned out (anyone who has ever worked as a full time potter will understand this) and i took a ten-year break. during that time John and i began to travel more seriously and he discovered his passion for photography. On one of our trips i met a woman who kept a watercolor travel journal. Seeing what she was doing inspired me to try it. Of course it never dawned on me that it might be a handicap that i had never painted with watercolors or drawn outside from nature.
But being an artist also took shape when you were very young, yes? i painted my first painting in oils when i was fifteen and sold it to the father of a friend and then didn’t paint again for many years...i majored in Art history and minored in sculpture, studied at the national Academy and the Art Students league. i carved stone until my son was born in 1975 and when he was three John and i took a pottery class together, just for fun, at the West Side YMCA. You know, we’d get a baby sitter every Monday night and have a date night. The next thing i knew i was teaching in exchange for free studio space and when the director left i took over as the head of the children’s pottery program, teaching kids from 3-13. i found myself out growing the space at the Y and the next logical step was moving into my own studio. it was on Mott St on the edge of
Kalahari Warrior photo of Nina by John Lipkowitz
SOhO and little italy which in those days was still a bit of the Wild West. it was a lot of fun being down there. As my inventory increased i began participating in indoor and outdoor craft shows which lead to me applying to juried wholesale and retail shows in West Springfield and Baltimore, sponsored by American Crafts Council. My very first wholesale customer was Stephanie hoadley who bought my work for her new gallery in lenox. i also exhibited at Art expo at the Javits Center in nY and became a member of a crafts cooperative in upper West Side called A Show of hands. i saw my pots as canvases for my mostly abstract “paintings”. They were definitely a precursor of my recent iPad paintings.
i know that for some years now you’ve been painting and that you are a founding member of an artist owned gallery in Hudson ny. did all this magically unfold for you, or were there some serious trials and tribulations you had to face to get to where you are now? How did this come to pass? tell us about studying with kate knapp. nothing in my life has magically unfolded. i’ve struggled and had trials and tribulations just like every one else….although sometimes i think that my life in the Berkshires is rather magical because it’s such a surprise but my relationship with my art is always evolving often in amazing ways. At the beginning of 2006 around the time we moved here i met Kate Knapp. She invited me to join
her classes at front Street Gallery and i painted in oil for several years there. her classes are very special. it’s more of an atelier then a regular school. At the end of each class we sit together and critique and discus our work over lunch. having worked all alone in my pottery studio for years i really appreciate being in relationship with other artists. Kate suggested that i might want to switch from oil to work in larger pen, ink and watercolor. until then i had only used them for my travel journals. She was right and the medium was a much better fit. i began exhibiting my paintings in the annual student shows at front Street Gallery and at the housatonic Valley Art league. in the autumn of 2010 Kate became aware that a gallery in hudson was available and had the audacity to think of organizing it as an artist owned gallery.
tell us about the Gallery. The gallery was founded in 2010 by about a dozen of us. it’s at 510 Warren St, right across the street from Baba louies and the fire station in hudson. We named it 510 Warren St since thats it’s address. The group shares the expenses and employs a gallery manager who is there during business hours, fridays & Saturdays, 12-6 and Sundays, 12-5. each month we change the exhibits and one artist is featured for that month with an opening reception and show. ...CONTINUED on next page.... The ArTful Mind MAY 2014 • 17
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ment is just before you begin to create something from nothing.
“……when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face……You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You
can’t do a thing’…….. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the
blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can’t once and for all.” (leTTer TO hiS BrOTher TheO VAn GOGh, OCTOBer 1884)
When i am working on my iPad i like the immediacy of fingerpainting. The marks and strokes i make are an extension of my body. no matter how art is formed it must come from the heart and by using my finger instead of a stylus or a paintbrush it flows out directly. i’ve often thought that it’s a bit like eT’s magical glowing index finger.
Nina’s Pottery, Three paintings on Porcelain
photo: Domonick Avellino
510 Gallery is a really great place to have your art on display. you are lucky! now, wondering.....your husband is a super good photographer. i have seen his work and enjoy it very much. do you work together? How do you find ways to support each other’s creative endeavors and undertakings? We almost always travel together and John has printed most of my iPad paintings. We are both members of 510 Warren St Gallery and have always been really supportive of each other’s creative work. he has been especially supportive of my work although there have been times when we both wished i had a better earning capacity. i don’t think that i mentioned that he almost quit the law to become a potter…We had a couple of difficult years when he was handbuilding in wet clay at our dining room table every night. The wet gloppy clay and the clay dust was pretty hard to live with, but he had fallen in love with the medium, too. We briefly considered moving to Santa fe and opening a gallery. now that would have taken our lives in a completely different direction!
it is interesting to me that you were not the typical student during your school days, and that your way of absorbing information was different than other students. Can you explain? is there a chance that it was actually more of a positive thing, then a negative thing now that you look back? i had learning issues in school. i was a different kind of learner. i’m very visual (as you can imagine) and not very linear. i was often quite lost in school. i flunked english in high school and was pretty demoralized. i ended up going to summer school which is also when i took my first real art class.. That was an eye opening experience. i had a wonderful, encouraging and inspirational teacher. So flunking english turned out to move my life in a direction i could not have imagined. Growing up i thought that artists were romantic and magical people. My home was filled with art books, conversations about art and beautiful art made by young, mostly unknown artists collected by my parents. My dad collected artist’s letters, degas, Pissarro, renoir, Matisse, Picasso, derain, Bonnard, Cezanne, leger, Gauguin and more. he and i would go together to buy post cards of their work that he would frame with the letters. i grew up seeing these letters and signatures with the prints in the hallway outside my bedroom. he couldn’t afford their art but wanted to own something that represented them. i understood how special and precious these artist’s were. he set the stakes pretty high so, no, i didn’t think that i could or would become an artist…but that also proved to be both a negative and ultimately and ultimately a first hand lesson in art history.
about your watercolors…. describe your style to me. What makes it unique? Painting is a deeply spiritual act. if i don’t fall in love at some point while i’m working it’s evident in the finished piece. it just never comes fully alive. My watercolors are worked with a delicate line and then flooded with layers of intense, luscious color. i 18 • MAY 2014 The ArTful Mind
often leave the background clean, crisp and white so that the paint glows and jumps off the paper.
Growing flowers around your home must make this a double invested and very enjoyable art for you. is there a two-fold art, you think? living in nYC i never had a chance to have a garden. Planning and growing a garden has been a completely unexpected gift which fills my heart. it’s also a dream for someone with A.d.d.. i can do a little work here and a little work there. There is not way to finish it. it’s all a process. Many of my favorite still lives are painted either in my garden or from cut flowers that grow there. i can’t make that claim for my poultry. My chickens and roosters are all painted from photographs. i’d love to have my own but we just travel too much to take care of them.
i had a try-out with working on the ipad at your studio and i’m curious to know when you realized that you were taking this to a higher level of art? Several years ago i learned that david hockney was using his iPhone and iPad to paint. i bought an iPad because i was intrigued. i use the same app that he uses (although as an aside for your readers, Brushes ii is no longer available). i then send the images to my computer (on a program that is also no longer available) and upsize them and then give the ones i want to print to my wonderful, supportive, husband. The first time i saw one come out of the printer i began to weep. i couldn’t believe how beautiful they were. Painted in light, printed in pigment. now that’s pretty magical, isn’t it?*
nina, i am wondering what you can share about your personal artistic challenges… is it with technique, selling, venue, you know, what things drive you crazy that you are still seeing as an ever continuing challenge? Challenges? it’s a good news, bad news answer. The good news is that travel is a wonderful exciting, life affirming experience and at the same time i often find myself either coming or going, packing or unpacking not to mention getting over jet-lag. i often feel like my body flies home while my soul swims. it takes a while for all the parts to come back together. When i’m here in the Berk-
Several years ago you began painting on your ipad. What name have you given to this medium of making art? (there is a photo of your ipad art a page back, by the way.) i call them iPaintings but Paintings in light would probably be a more accurate description of them.
Can you explain the contrast between painting on paper and painting on the touch screen of an ipad? i know that one is with an actual brush and pen and the other is with your index finger. They are very similar in some ways and very different in others. either way i begin with a blank piece of paper or a blank iPad screen. The main difference is that the touch screen of an iPad is back lit and can be used in the dark. it’s great for painting sunrises. i start from the blank paper or screen with little or no idea of where i am going to end up. in both mediums there is a natural dance that occurs but there is also that moment of hesitation. You’re an artist and an actress harryet, i’m sure that you know how terrifying that mo-
Nina and John’s recent trip to France
Photo: John Lipkowitz
shires i paint large watercolors, usually indoors and i can work for many hours or even days on one painting. When i travel i work outdoors in small sketchbooks and my work is more spontaneous and made more challenging by the time constraints of travel. My single biggest challenge is just settling down and painting. On my best day i find a hundred things to distract me.
tell me, how does yoga fit into your creative life style? Yoga fits in exactly right here now. first of all John and i wouldn’t be living here if it weren’t for yoga and i probably wouldn’t be painting. About a year before we moved i was at a yoga workshop at Kripalu and writing in my journal. i got a really clear message that the way we were living needed to change. We loved living in new York but we were beginning to feel squeezed by the ever increasing and out of control costs. We had never seriously considered living any place else. We were both born in nYC and planned on being there forever. But you remember the message i got standing on Columbus Ave that we needed to move? That message originated when i wrote in my journal after practicing yoga that day at Kripalu. Shortly after we moved i took the Kripalu 200 hour teacher training. i was 59. i took it for my own practice. i never planned on teaching. By the time i finished i had a vision that i wanted to teach people who were older. People who might not be comfortable taking most regular yoga classes and with rabbi debbie Zecher’s encouragement i began teaching a gentle, contemplative yoga class at hevreh in Great Barrington. i later graduated from the 500 hour training. Yoga means yoking or union, connecting mind, spirit and body. it helps quiet the mind noise and open up the channels to a clear mind. like so many talented and brilliant artists i know i have A.d.d.. Yoga helps me settle down and gives me a chance tune into to the the messages, whether they says “move” or “paint” or “teach yoga” or even “take a pottery class” with your husband. What makes the Berkshires special for you, and would you dare live anywhere else? if so, where might that be and why. The only other place we have considered living is Santa fe (hasn’t everyone?).
do you find the galleries are good to you here? What is your take on selling art in the Berkshires, and please, be frank, how has the art world in the Berkshires changed over the years since you starting getting acquainted with how it all works. John and i have both been fortunate to have the opportunity to exhibit our work in various venues and galleries in the Berkshires. i see my work from a completely different perspective when it’s framed and hanging on a wall. i think that it’s a very important part of being a working artist. There are many people here who work really hard to support the arts and help artists show their work. There are all sorts art spaces available. But i know from my experiences when i was a fine arts potter and now as a painter
John and Nina in Africa
it’s not easy to sell art anywhere. it actually has very little to do with how good it is. The last year that i studied pottery i was asked to make a five-year plan. Mine plan included showing my work in ACC, juried, wholesale/retail shows and sell and show my work in galleries and private collections all over the country and if possible all over the world. everything on the list happened in six years..which isn’t bad…but i forgot to add “make money” to my list and you can figure out what happened… i’ve never figured out that part. i think that those of us who make art don’t have a choice. We have to make art. if we get to share our work with others that’s great but trying to figure out the business end of this business can make an artist really crazy. every time i see you at Front Street, painting in kate knapp’s class, you always look so content and happy… i am just wondering when you paint, what kind of dialogue goes through your mind? i think you have an open channel in there that lets you just paint and “Be”. What if you were to paint something disturbing like a stormy plein aire scene. How would that change for you? i’m not always content or happy when i’m painting so you must have come in when things were going well. i’ve never really thought about what i am thinking about. i think that i talk to the paint. i coax it to move where i want and to make the color i’m looking for. i don’t really do disturbing do i? i’ve worked really hard to find serenity in a world that often doesn’t seem very
serene. i have painted in cemeteries, i’ve painted stormy scenes but i don’t see that them as disturbing.
What famous artist have you always loved and followed? Can you share with us a quote by this artists? it’s hard to limit it to one. i remember the first time i saw elsworth Kelly’s exquisite line drawings of flowers and fruits in a show at the Whitney in the 1970s i was surprised and really moved by the work….until then i only knew his color field abstracts and here were these lyrical sensuous line drawings in black and white, a total surprise. Although i wasn’t painting then i kept his work in the back of my mind and when i did begin to paint i think that i felt his influence. Of course Matisse and Picasso definitely inspired me to draw freely. Miro, Calder, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, the impressionists and the fauves, the wild animals of the 20th C are always an inspiration. i think that this quote from the dancer and choreographer Martha Graham pretty much says a lot about the process of being an artist and the courage it takes to create. “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU. Keep the channel open... No artist is pleased... There is no satisfaction whatever at anytime. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes “us” MORE alive than the others.”
Martha Graham ( - a letter to Agnes De Mille-)
Thank you Nina for sharing this time with us! Enjoy all that you do and send in a postcard the next time you are travelling somewhere exotic on this amazing planet.
Watercolor, pen and ink, Here’s Looking At you, Nina Lipkowitz
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