February events to look forward to in the Berkshires

Here are a few fun events coming up in the Berkshires to help you fill those dreary, snowy days of February:

View an art marathon

For this annual exhibit, it really is a marathon, not a sprint.

The exciting wintertime collage marathon, '100 Hours in the Woodshed' is back again this year for its fifth installation.

Founded by Danny O, the collage will take place beginning tonight through 10 p.m., Jan. 30. at the Eclipse Mill Gallery and the Makers' Mill, both in downtown North Adams. Over 20 local and regional artists will work side by side over 100 hours to create collaged artworks in a variety of media.

Pop your head in the gallery and makerspace throughout the marathon and join us at the Eclipse Mill Gallery for the opening reception of the collage exhibition from 6-8 p.m. tonight. The event is free and open to the public.

Participating artists include William Archer, Suzi Banks Baum, Gwendolyn Bird, Kathline Carr, Valerie Carrigan, Lucie Castaldo, Misa Chappell, Michelle Daly, Arthur De Bow, Peter Dudek, EkkaLyra, Lilianna Espanola, Lynn Gall, Laurie Goddard, Victoria Jefferies, Zan Klain, David Lachman, Michael McKinley, Melanie Mowinski, Mark Mulherrin, Danny O, Jim Peters, Rich Remsberg, Anne Roecklein, and Ann Scott.

The exhibit is on view Feb. 2-26.

Buy some jewelry

The Clark Art Institute will hold a trunk show featuring the jewelry of the Danish company Monies, founded by Gerda and Nikolai Monies, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.18. The event will be held in the Museum Store, located in the Clark Center.

The trunk show will feature Monies's newest line of elegant, avant-garde pieces. Monies jewelry, produced in a workshop overlooking Copenhagen's harbor, incorporates bold natural materials such as petrified wood, fossils, precious stones, shells, amber, and coral cowhorn. With stores in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Milan, Paris, Rome, and Zurich, Monies is increasing in popularity with U.S. retailers.

Clark members receive ten percent off Monies jewelry and all Museum Store purchases.

Get intimate with Bach

Here's your chance to get cozy with the famous composer during a fireside concert with the Close Encounters with Music series.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, enjoy the mid-winter concert with Yehuda Hanani on cello and Kivie Cahn-Lipman on Baroque cello.

The wonders of Bach are inexhaustible, and after decades of intimate dialogue with the suites, artistic director Hanani is "still awed by his mastery, his architectural strength and harmonic daring, the human truth reflected in his balancing tension and release." Three of the sublime unaccompanied suites that have taken dances from the courts of Europe and lifted them to the most spiritual realm will be presented in contrasting modern and historical approaches on modern cello and its earlier cousin the Baroque cello. These are works that were conceived under uneven non-electric light, predating the metronome, paved roads, and assembly lines, with no two performances or performers alike—an unending realm of possibilities. CEWM is delighted to return to the legendary acoustics of the newly "converted" Saint James Place, its earliest home.

Tickets are $35. For more information, visit www.cewm.org.

Celebrate the Oscars

Enjoy an evening of Oscar-winning songs from movies, past and present, with favorite Berkshire duo Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the American Legion in Pittsfield.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., test your knowledge in the category of "best original song" as the duo sings winners from 1934 to 2015. The pair will be joined by Eileen Markland on violin and Michael Gillespie on woodwinds and special young guest, Hayden Hoffman.

Tickets are $20 and a cash bar will be available for the evening. Reservations can be made by calling 413-212-4459 or emailing info@samandron.com.


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