Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Feb. 16 to 22


Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171,

Through April 30: "The Science of Color" explores how we perceive color, unique and surprising sources of pigment, ways in which color affects mood and psychology, luminescence, the interaction of light and color, and the structure of the rainbow.

Through April 30: "Tell Me More." A trio if exhibitions using objects from the museum's permanent collection to illustrate fascinating narratives about exploits and accomplishments with special links to the Berkshires. "Tell Me More Time and Travel" explores the rise of tourism, here and abroad. "Tell Me More Extreme Exploration" recounts the adventures of Admiral Peary and his associate Matthew Henson as they reached the North Pole. "Tell Me More Art of the Armament" draws on the museum's fine collection of weapons, highlighting the magnificent craftsmanship that was used to embellish these artifacts.

Bennington Museum

75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.; 802-447-1571,

Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors and students over 18; free, children and students under age 18. Wheelchair-accessible. Group tours offered for 10 or more individuals.

On view year-round: Grandma Moses Gallery. Largest public collection of paintings by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961) in the world.

Mass MoCA

1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.

413-662-2111 or

Galleries are open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesdays). Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round.

"Alex Da Corte: Free Roses," on view now. Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, in his first museum survey Alex Da Corte's neon-bright, exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from shampoo to soda to tchotchkes and household cleaning supplies.

"Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun" on view now. The works of Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Uribe, whose magical, colorful sculptural menagerie of animals — crafted out of leather bags, bullets, shoelaces and color pencils — can raise one's spirits, even though some of the imagery is fierce.

"Nick Cave: Kaleidoscopic Playground" on view now. Cave converts the Kidspace ArtBar into a veritable Kaleidoscopic Playground — a participatory art-making lab that invites visitors to explore their senses, emotions, and self.

"Sol Lewitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective," on view now. LeWitt — who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution — is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings.

"Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic," on view now. In Tree Logic, the art of the piece is not found in its condition at any single point in time, but in the change of the trees over time. When inverted, the six trees in this experiment still grow away from the earth and towards the sun.

"Don Gummer: Primary Separation," on view now. The sculpture consists of a massive granite boulder, 12 feet long by 6 feet tall, sawed in half.

"Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines," on view through Nov. 27. Starting with the inherent resonance of the pipes and metal drums in the Mass MoCA Boiler House, Vitiello composed a layered sound installation that can be explored throughout the building.

"Christina Kubisch: Clocktower Project," on view now. The bells and beautiful brass clockworks share the tower with solar panels, electronic sound system, and a computer with Kubisch's unique program on its flash disc.

" Julieanne Swartz: In Harmonicity, The Tonal Walkway." On view now.

"Until": Nick Cave's massive Building 5 exhibition, on view now. The exhibit consists of thousands of found objects, millions of beads, and crystal clouds, effectively turning the space into a dense, dazzling and provocative sculptural field.

MCLA Gallery 51

51 Main St., North Adams, Mass.

Through Feb. 19: "OFA ATU: A Fisherman's Tale of Two Communities," an exhibition by artist Josh Ostraff, a visiting professor at MCLA.

Museum of Lenox History

65 Main St., Lenox, Mass.


Lenox Historical Society is open year-round, Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Through April 15: Exhibit, "Lenox: The First 100 Years." Lenox Historical Society's kicks off Lenox's 250th birthday celebration. The exhibit features artifacts, documents and ephemera from the 1750s to 1840s depicting life in Lenox. A collection of early coopers tools, as well as carpentry and farming tools give one a sense of the ingenuity of the first inhabitants of the Berkshires, who farmed their own land and manufactured tools necessary for everyday life.

Omi International Arts Center

1405 County Route 22, Ghent N.Y.

Through March 12: Architecture Omi, "5x5: Participatory Provocations," Benenson Visitors Center.

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission: Members, free; Adults, $18; Seniors (65 and up) $17; Veterans, $16; College students with ID, $10; Children/teens 6 — 18, $6; Children 5 and under, free.

Through March 4: 31st Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show. Celebrate the creative talent on display from Berkshire County high schools, and meet the artists; original works in all media — from painting and drawing to photography, ceramics, three-dimensional assemblage, and digital art.

Through May 29, 2017: "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning." Look at the development of classic cartoon characters and stories created by the animation studio that dominated Saturday morning television.

On view: Norman Rockwell's 323 "Saturday Evening Post" Covers. Revisit all 323 "Saturday Evening Post" covers created by Norman Rockwell, who considered the magazine to be the "greatest show window in America."

Friday, Feb. 10: "Norman Rockwell in Detail," 1:30 p.m. Celebrate Norman Rockwell's unique brand of humor during this engaging, enlightening series exploring the artist's adventures in illustration, with Curator of Education Tom Daly. Included with museum admission.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Saturday Morning Cartoons, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy classic animated cartoons from Hanna-Barbera studios. A continental breakfast will be served. Free with museum admission; cartoon programs only, $5.

- Student Portfolio Review Day, 1 to 4 p.m. Learn how to prepare for a career in art with our panel of noted art professionals and educators. Reservations are suggested; $20, includes museum admission.

- "Cartoon Conversations: Hanna-Barbera and the Golden Age of Television Animation," 2 p.m. Explore how television sitcoms inspired classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, with Curator of Exhibition Jesse Kowalski. Included with museum admission; program only, $10.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: "Norman Rockwell's Odes to Love," 2 p.m. Enjoy a Valentine's Day tea and talk with Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett, who will explore Rockwell's romantic images. Included with museum admission.

Sandisfield Arts Center

5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100,

On view: "In the Gallery: Michelle Arnot: Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing: Japanese Calligraphy.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Corridor Gallery

100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vt.

Through April 12: Exhibit by Michael Horowitz of Pownal, Vt. , featuring his children's illustrations, many of which appeared originally with "Children's Choice," a weekly newspaper column for kids published in the Williamstown Advocate, 1985 - 91 and was syndicated in as many as 30 New England weeklies. The pieces in this exhibit are for sale; proceeds benefit the artist and the SVHC Auxiliary. Exhibit is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.

On exhibit

Through Feb. 12: "Being the measure: David Zink Yi," his first museum exhibition in the U.S. brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video and marks his foray into collaborative live performance. Performed with four musicians, Zink Yi's original work at WCMA fuses Minimalist sculptural, Afro-Cuban spiritual music, and spoken word structures.

Through Feb 19: "Shaping Space." On view for the first time since it joined the museum's collection in 1991, "Ritual Series" by Michael Singer is the centerpiece of the exhibit. Additional works from WCMA's collection share many formal and material concerns-natural and industrial, interior and exterior, movement and stasis. Together these works in various media create an environment for the consideration of space with a focus on their physical and conceptual presence.


Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation

403 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.


Friday, Feb. 17: Dances of Universal Peace, 7 to 9 p.m. The dances are participatory simple circle dances and songs drawn from diverse sacred traditions. Each dance is taught by certified dance leaders of the Hudson Dance Circle. No experience needed; all ages welcome. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing recommended. By donation. Offered the second Friday of each month.


Berkshire Carousel

Corner of South Church and Center streets, Pittsfield, Mass.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special musical, and theatrical programing every first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays: On site education art workshops 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12.50 per class.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171,

Ongoing programs

Tuesdays: WeeMuse Littlest Learners, 10:30 a.m., play and learn every week in this fun, interactive new program for children ages 6-18 months, with stories, songs, sign language, and exercise. Caregivers share stories and information from collective parenting experiences. Included with regular museum admission.

Fridays: WeeMuse Adventures, 11 a.m., children 18 months to 3 years old explore the aquarium and other galleries, included with regular museum admission.

Saturdays: Chow Time in the Aquarium, 12:30 p.m., lend a hand in the preparation of meals for the creatures that live in the aquarium, included with regular museum admission.

Crane Museum and Center for the Paper Arts

Off West Housatonic Street, Dalton, Mass.


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1-5 p.m., 1-5 p.m.

Trace the history of Crane from its Liberty Paper Mill in 1770 to becoming today's technological leader in banknote security technology.

Tours several times each afternoon. Papermaking demonstrations daily. Free.

Richmond/West Stockbridge Artists Gulid

Friday, Feb. 10: Annual pasta dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m. $10 ($11 gluten-free) per person, includes salad bar, bread, dessert and beverage. Proceeds benefit West Stockbridge Historical Society. West Stockbridge Congregational Church, 45 Main St., West Stockbridge, Mass. Artists' work may be view before dinner at 4 p.m. in the social hall, as well as Sundays, beginning Feb.12, 11 to 11:45 a.m.

The Mount

2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or

Edith Wharton's historic estate. Tour the house and gardens, enjoy lunch on the terrace, shop in the book store, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Admission valid for 7 days, kids free every day

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.

(413) 637-3206,

A Gilded Age mansion, built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan, the sister of J.P. Morgan. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion is open to the public year round. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours: On the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays.


Berkshire Theatre Group


Thursday, Feb. 9: Rev Tor's 6th Annual Dead Of Winter Jam featuring Rev Tor Band & Friends, celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance; $15 at the door. The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Saturday, Feb. 11: The Berkshire Musicians Tribute to John Lennon concert, 7:30 p.m. Performers include David Grover, Rev Tor, Gina Coleman, Rob Sanzone, legendary Northampton troubadour Ray Mason, Jack Waldheim, Tom Filliault, Danny Hamilton, Jeanne Laurin, Ed Moran, Diane Wieland, Pete Adams and more. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Hubbard Hall

25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.


Saturday, Feb. 11: Bob Warren, his band, and special guests are back with "Songs & Singers 2," featuring Jeanne O'Connor, Mallory Donnelly, Ron Comstock and Kim Britton, (Take 2), Mary Nell Morgan Brown, Joy MacKenzie, and a surprise guest or two. 7 p.m. $20 general admission; $10 students.


Berkshire Botanical Garden

413-298-3926; info@berkshirebotanical

Saturday, Feb. 11: Landscape architect Thomas Woltz for an illustrated lecture, "Earthly Delights: Landscape Pleasures for the Mind and Body." Woltz will share his design philosophy and sense of plantsmanship in a presentation filled with ideas for professionals and home gardeners alike. 2 p.m., Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington, Mass. Snow date: Sunday, Feb. 12. To register: Cocktail party with Mr. Woltz, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Lenox Club, Lenox, Mass. Limited tickets still available; reserve online or call 413-320-4794

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Church Street, North Adams, Mass.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Green Living Series, "Science and Management of Invasive Species." — "Current Forest Health Conditions in Massachusetts" by Ken Gooch, Forest Health program director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 7 p.m., Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121, Blackinton Street, North Adams, Mass.


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