Thursday, October 31, 2013

Claude Carone

Claude Carone

On Thursday November 7th, there will be a solo exhibition by Claude Carone in the Main Galleries.  The Carriage House will be closed for the winter season. The work will be on display through December 1stwith a reception for the artist on Saturday November 9th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.


“My paintings use an unlimited vocabulary of space that tries to articulate a border area linking the unconscious and the dream state. My paintings enact a psychological dialogue between these two states of being.
I use color – each of which has a specific weight -- to organize space and pull the elements of the paintings together. The multiple perspectives and organization of planes creates a sense of depth despite the fact that I fit a world of three dimensions into two.
Depth and surface share a mission: to take the viewer to a new level of perceptive consciousness. Like music, my paintings show both major movements and the elaborations that accompany them. And just as silence serves to shape musical mass and duration, the implied space outside the paintings serves to help define the space within."
--Claude  Carone
Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 10:00 till 5:00 p.m.  For further information about the gallery, the artists and upcoming exhibition, visit
John Davis Gallery
362½ Warren Street
Hudson, New York 12534
or contact John Davis directly at 518.828.5907 or via e-mail:


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mark Fell
Live at Artists Space

Sunday, November 10, 9pm (doors at 8pm)
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Mark Fell is an electronic musician based in Sheffield, UK, and one half of the experimental music duo SND. His work is created from variations on algorithmic and pattern-generating systems, producing non-repetitive structures that are equally influenced by house and techno music of the late 80s and early 90s. Recent albums such as Multistability and UL8 explore a number of timing and tuning systems rooted in non-Western music, with Fell asserting that “music is a technology for constructing an experience of time.” His set at Artists Space marks a rare institutional solo performance for New York City, departing from his recent recorded works and research undertaken during a residency at EMPAC, in Troy, NY. 

Fell received an honorary mention in the digital music category at Prix ARS Electronica, and was shortlisted for the Quartz award for his contributions to research in digital music. Currently a 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy, New York, he has made presentations at various festivals and venues including Trouw, Amsterdam; Cave12, Geneva; Norberg Festival, Sweden; Yale Union, Portland; and Soup, Tokyo. In addition to his creative practice, Fell has been involved in a number of academic research projects ranging from computer science to musicology. 


Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart

PBS and THIRTEEN's American Masters series present a special in memoriam broadcast of the 1998 documentary Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart beginning tomorrow, Thursday, October 31 at 10pm nationwide on PBS (check local listings). The film will air on select PBS stations through November 7, including on the WORLD channel, broadcast in nearly two-thirds of the United States (check for airdates).     

Confirmed airdates at this time include:

*Los Angeles area - Thursday, October 31 at 10 pm on PBS So Cal   

*New York metro area - Monday, November 4 at 9 pm and late night Tuesday, November 5 at 3:25 am on THIRTEEN

*For airdates in other markets, please contact your local PBS station or check local listings.    

Rock icon Lou Reed was born on March 2, 1942, in Brooklyn, NY, and died on October 27, 2013 at his home in Amagansett, NY as a result of liver disease.

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders commented, "Lou Reed music was the backbeat to our lives and his lyrics were our conscience. His death is a blow, not only to New York City, but also to the world."

Lou Reed - photo credit: (c)Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, All rights reserved. 
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Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart, An American Masters Special (1998) Film Synopsis 
For more than 40-years, Reed has been at the forefront of American avant-garde music, beginning with creation of the Velvet Underground in 1965, a band with artistic and political visions far beyond the popular music of the time. Gritty and realistic, the brutal honesty in Reed's lyrics and sound made him a cultural icon of the disenfranchised throughout the '60s and '70s. With songs like Heroin and All Tomorrow's Parties, he tackled harsh urban realities. His Walk on the Wild Side surprisingly made it to the top of the charts and has become a cultural classic about a taboo, hidden lifestyle. Reed worked with other icons of his day -- Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson. From punk rock to grunge, he has had an unparalleled influence on the American music scene. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the late '90s and given the prestigious Hero Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he continues his life-long experimentation as both a writer and performer. Originally broadcast: April 29, 1998. One hour.

For more information on Lou Reed and the American Masters series' Rest in Peace Lou Reed Spotify playlist, featuring 200 of his songs, visit:

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IN BLOOM (Georgia) featured in New Auteurs competition at AFI Fest!

IN BLOOM (Georgia) featured in New Auteurs competition at AFI Fest!
Co-directors Nana Ekvtimshvili and Simon Gross to attend
Also playing Cine-World (Sarasota) and Three Rivers (Pittsburgh) film festivals in November

THE ALMOST MAN (Norway) to play in Denver, Rehoboth Beach and Cine-World film festivals
Silver Q Hugo winner IT'S ALL SO QUIET (Netherlands) and ONCE UPON A TIME VERONICA (Brazil) also featured in Sarasota

After a very busy October during which our films were prominently featured at festivals in the Hamptons, Chicago, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Washington DC, and San Juan PR, November is shaping up to be equally busy for Big World Pictures.

Rehoboth Beach Ind. Film Festival - Nov. 7 & 9

Cine-World Film Festival - Nov. 8 & 10

Starz Denver Film Festival - Nov. 12 & 14

dir. Martin Lund/ Norway/ 75 min.
Best Film, Best Actor – Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival; Official Selection – Hamptons Intl. Film Festival; Official Selection – Cinequest 

Uneasy feelings about becoming a father and an adult cause Henrik to act out in hilariously inappropriate ways in this offbeat comedy. On the one hand, he wants to ignore adulthood and spend time fooling around with his friends. On the other, he must grow up and make his relationship with Tone, the mother of his unborn child, work…The Almost Man comically tells a tale of one man’s long road towards maturity, and how hard it can be for some individuals to face the prospect of growing up.
– Joe Keenan , CINEQUEST catalogue

“A charmingly realistic portrait of the dogged, insistent clamp many of us try to retain on those carefree days of young adulthood…touching…incredibly astute…vibrant…a breath of fresh air.”
– Nicholas Bell,

Cine-World Film Festival - Nov. 4, 6 & 10
dir. Nanouk Leopold/ Netherlands, Germany/ 93 min.
Opening Night Selection – Panorama, Berlinale; Best Feature – Torino GLBT Film Festival; Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film – Outfest; Silver Q Hugo – Chicago International Film Festival; Official Selection – Frameline

Helmer, a single farmer in his fifties, lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, a man of his own age for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination. One day Helmer decides to renovate the house, buying himself a new double bed and moving his father upstairs. His life gains even more momentum, when adolescent farmhand Henk comes to help him out.

“Leopold's careful staging of the scenario contains shades of Carlos Reygadas' similarly lyrical and country-set Silent Light. In both movies, nature takes on definition as a palpable force with greater substance than the precise demons haunting each character. Stillness dominates, from the first shots of cornfields at sunrise to the final one that finds Helmer lying among them. When It's All So Quiet comes full circle, the title is virtually an understatement.”
– Eric Kohn, indiewire

Cine-World Film Festival - Nov. 1, 2 & 9
dir. Marcelo Gomes/ Brazil/ 91 min.
Best Film, Best Actress – Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil; FIPRESCI Award – FICG Guadalajara; Special Mention – San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival

Verônica is fresh out of medical school. It’s a crucial time in her life, a period filled with doubts and important decisions to be made: tough career choices, her intimate bond with her ailing father, and her active but chaotic love life. Verônica must deal with all of them as she tries to cope with the adult life that lies ahead.

Once Upon a Time Verônica is a fairy-tale in reverse. There are no fairy godmothers, no weddings, and no dreams. Verônica’s story reveals itself through adventures, misfortunes, desires and songs.

“A superbly sensual character study of a young woman navigating emotional and professional crossroads…built around a stunning central performance.”
– Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
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Win 1 month of ART RESIDENCE in INDIA

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Submission deadline: November 4th, 2013
Submit your artworks for free and win 1 month of ART RESIDENCE in INDIAESSENCE Contest is open to all art and design categories: photography, painting and drawing, video-art, computer graphics, architecture, performing art, installation and sculpture, product design and fashion design.
All artists, architects and designers are invited to participate FOR FREE!
To take part in the Contest send 1 HD image (of each of your artworks), or videos (with one still image for each video or performance), or 1 A3 panel  for each architecture project; along with work/project’s title, your name/surname, e-mail address and website to Each artist can submit a maximum of 3 artworks.
Submission deadline: November 4th, 2013
International ArtExpo will SELECT artworks received and publish them on its official Facebook on November 6th in order to be voted!
As soon as the artworks are uploaded on International ArtExpo Facebook page, follow these steps to win the Contest:
1. like International ArtExpo Facebook page
2. share your photo (from our Facebook page album) on your profile
3. invite your friends to like International ArtExpo Facebook page and to like your image
The Contest will start only if it reaches a minimum of 30 submissions.
Public vote will close on November 20th, 2013.
The participant with the highest number of likes on his/her image will be the winner of 1 month of ART RESIDENCE in INDIA. The winner has to reach a minimum of 1000 likes on his/her image.
Good luck and make sure you and your fans complete all the steps. We will check if the winner and his/her fans followed all the steps. The organization has the right to moderate and confirm the final public vote score.
For more information write to
International ArtExpo Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33
70122 Bari (Italy)


Border Body mixing cities & identities

International ArtExpo

BorderBody - Spain/Poland
BorderBody - Spain/Poland 2013
Opening: November 10th, 2013
BorderBody - International Art Festival Photography, Video Art, Painting, Installation and Performing Art will be held in Almeria (Spain), at MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico, during the 14th and 28th of November, 2013 (video screening only), and in Wrocław (Poland) at Gallery MD_S (Galeria sztuki Współczesnej MD_S)from the 10th to the 30th of November 2013. Thirty-nine artists, from different countries, have been selected to be part of this project.
BorderBody” is conceived as a diffused and nomadic exhibition in different places of the world. The festival is composed by two sections: “Mixing Cities”, which deals with modern urban changes and their influence on citizens, and “Mixing Identities” focused on the hybridization of social identities in contemporary time. Artworks’ selection is based on the main concept of fluidity, motion, changing networks and cities transformations. In contemporary society boundaries are getting more and more fleeting, and also the identity; what makes every person or place a recognizable entity, turns out fluid, multiple, making the cultural, religious, ethnic borders changeable too. This change, this mutation has allowed to cross the inside of the identities creating new possible crossings, new blends. There is no more limit between an identity and the other one but it is possible to walk, to cross a passage and to find oneself halfway through it, in a non-place, in a non-identity. People, backgrounds, societies, progress and all their inputs creates hybrid identities, modifying each other and being mixed in prospect to shape a better world.
organizer: International ArtExpo
curator: Luca Curci
exhibition & screening placesGallery MD_S (Galeria sztuki Współczesnej MD_S) in Wrocław (Poland)
MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico in Almeria (Spain)
datesGallery MD_S from the 10th to the 30th of November 2013, from Wednesday to Saturday, in the afternoon
MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico during the 14th and 28th of November, from 07.00 PM
openingsNovember 10th, 2013 at MD_S (Galeria sztuki Współczesnej MD_S), at 7.00 PM, Bolesława Chobrego 24, Wrocław Nadodrze, Poland
November 14th and 28th, 2013 at MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico, from 07.00 PM, Calle Gran Capitán 105, Almería, Spain
.video artists
Fred L’Epee
 . Switzerland | Gian Cruz . Philippines | Liliana Farber . Israel | Khalil Charif . Brazil | Kawita Vatanajyankur . Thailand | Faye Mullen . France | Sabina Tupan . UK | Biliana Fouilhoux . France | Claudia Quintieri . Italy | C.Ryder & Ralph Brill . USA | Stéphanie Roland . Belgium |  Maura Jasper . USA | Merve Goulding . Turkey | David Perales Albert . USA | Di Tang . China | Isaac Chong . Germany | Chiara Vitale & Michela Picciano . Italy | Jesús Segura . Spain | AUG Ferdinand . USA | Toni Simò . Spain | Mar Garrido . Spain | Jelena Dejanovska . Serbia | Lucia Flego . Italy | Peter Ainsworth . UK | Kate MacDonald . Canada |Nina Moilanen . Finland | James A Cook . USA | Rodrigo de Toledo . USA
.photo artists
Susan A. Barnett
 . USA | Valérie Reding . Switzerland | Stephanie Ross . USA | Darija Dolanski Majdak . Croatia
Bertram Marstaller
 . Germany | Maija Ylä-Sahra . Finland | Diane Vera . USA | Arash Shirinbab . USA | Laura Ferrarello . USA
.installation artists
Robert Kirov
 . Switzerland | Valkola Jyrki . Finland
International ArtExpo is an International art organization that provides a significant forum for cultural dialogue between all artists from different cultures and countries. We depend on the support of you. ArtExpo is grateful to all of the institutions, corporations, and individuals who support our efforts. We work with a number of national and international galleries as well as publishers, museums, curators and writers from all over the world. We help artists through solo and group exhibitions, gallery representation, magazine reviews and advertisements, press releases, internet promotion, as well as various curatorial projects. 
International ArtExpo Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33
70122 Bari (Italy)


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013


CONTACT:Nicholas Weist


Texas Contemporary

New York, NY October 29, 2013
Miami Project will return to the destination location of the Wynwood Art District from December 3 to 8, 2013. It will again present a selection of historically important and cutting-edge contemporary work side by side, with a unique emphasis on the strength of individual exhibitors’ programs irrespective of their primary focus. Sixty galleries from across the United States will show at the fair.
Galleries that represent prominent estates like those of Larry Rivers and Robert Mapplethorpe will exhibit next to those showing today’s most exciting young artists. Work from the historic avant-garde will inform and contextualize the best examples of contemporary practice. Galleries are curated into Miami Project based on a serious commitment to important living artists; extensive involvement with remarkable estates; and the strength of their program generally.
The fair’s emphasis on presenting quality works in an intimate setting won over its 20,000 visitors last year, and the 2013 edition will again be boutique-scale, allowing for comfortable viewing in a relaxed atmosphere. Miami Project is housed in a deluxe, open-plan tent with soaring cathedral ceilings erected especially for the fair. It will feature roomy aisles and extravagant lounges for a pleasant visitor experience.
Miami Project is presented with support from the Wall Street Journal, Luxe magazine, Perrier, the Midtown Doral, Porcelanosa, New Amsterdam Vodka, and Shellback Rum.
Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco; Carroll and Sons, Boston; Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles; Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland; Cirrus Gallery & Cirrus Editions ltd, Los Angeles; Claudia Stone Gallery, New York; Conduit Gallery, Dallas; David B. Smith Gallery, Denver; David Shelton Gallery, Houston; DC Moore Gallery, New York; DCKT Contemporary, Inc., New York; Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Los Angeles; Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco; Eli Ridgway Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton; Forum Gallery, New York / Beverly Hills; Fouladi Projects, San Francisco; Fredericks & Freiser, New York; Freight + Volume, New York; Garth Greenan Gallery, New York; George Adams Gallery, New York; Greg Kucera, Gallery Seattle; Haines Gallery, San Francisco; Inman Gallery, Houston; jack fischer gallery, San Francisco; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans; Joshua Liner Gallery, New York; Julie Saul Gallery, New York; Klowden Mann, Los Angeles; Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles; Lesley Heller Workspace, New York; Loretta Howard Gallery, New York; Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York; Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City; MORGAN LEHMAN GALLERY, New York; Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York; Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York; PDX Contemporary Art, Portland; Peter Mendenhall Gallery, Los Angeles; Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla; RandallScottProjects, Washington DC; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica; Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque; Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica; Ryan Lee Gallery, New York; Steven Kasher Gallery, New York; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston; SVA Galleries, New York; Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York; Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley; walter maciel gallery, Los Angeles; Wasserman Projects, Detroit; Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis; Western Project, Los Angeles; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; ZieherSmith, New York; and 101/Exhibit, Miami / Los Angeles.
Miami Project is produced by artMRKT Productions, a firm based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and operated by Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause. Working in concert with a talented and passionate network of dealers, curators, and arts professionals, artMRKT Productions is proud to present forward-thinking, progressive, and successful events across the country.
Please email for your press badge.
Miami Project will take place at NE 29th Street and NE 1st Avenue.
Press Preview: Tuesday, Dec 3, 4:30p to 6p
VIP Preview: Tuesday, Dec 3, 4:30p to 10p
Wednesday, Dec 4, 11a to 5:30p
Thursday, Dec 5, 11a to 7p
Friday, Dec 6, 11a to 8p
Saturday, Dec 7, 11a to 7p
Sunday, Dec 8, 11a to 6p
1-day ticket: $25, any single day Wed to Sun
Multi-day ticket: $40, all days, Wed to Sun
Preview ticket: $30, Tues only
Preview + Multi-day ticket: $50, all days Tues to Sun


Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series


Time is running out to make your voice heard.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin and Russell and Danny Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation want to hear who you think deserves to show their work at SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2013.

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Three Free Spirits

Three Free Spirits 

Opening night November 16th, 2-6pm
4th Street Fine Art
2000 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Come see my latest work

After seeing Augustine Kofie's show at White Walls gallery in San Francisco, I thought I would challenge myself to bring my free-flowing angular abstract work into a structured system similar to Kofie's work.  The basic premise is to strengthen the movement of line and how shape interacts.  My work is a bit more chaotic and sharp angular shape while focusing less on the singular focal point.

Currently, I have 12 mini paintings finished in the studio and this 12 x 24 inch painting finished.  As I speak I am painting another large 24 x 48 inch painting for my house, but I may be open to selling it as well.

The show is called "Three Free Spirits" dedicated to three artists at the gallery.  Below is a detail of their work as well.

Kim Bass
She has lived and worked in California all of her life, and graduated from the University of CA East Bay Campus with a degree in Liberal Arts. She is  largely a self taught and experiential artist. She is continually trying to master a complicated process involving resins, oils, acrylics, paper, photography, metals and natural objects that are contained within my art. 

Recently, she has been exploring birds series that she originally painted in Hawaii.

Gera Hasse
She has been painting ceramics for 10+ years and was her  original love in art.  In this show she is exploring themes of Christmas as well as birdlife in the Bay Area. She ran two galleries previously over 20 years in fine arts and limited edition prints.

Hallie Strock
Hallie Strock is a graduate of Mills College, in Oakland, CA, with a BA in studio art. Her work, now focused on water-based media and textile arts, hangs in a number of private collections in the United States, and has won significant awards in local and regional juried exhibitions in California. Hallie is a member of the Oakland Art Association. 

The work in this show will feature quilts and recent acrylic paintings, as well as relief and intaglio prints

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Monday, October 28, 2013

An exhibition of artworks and objects of design, surveying Ten decades of Art Collecting.


"The Collector" 
Josef Albers, 1960-65, Homage to the square, oil on cardboard, cm 29,3x29,3

An exhibition of artworks and objects of design, surveying Ten decades of Art Collecting.

Friday, November 15 - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Opening Reception on November 15th 2013 at 6pm.

215 Bowery (at Rivington St.)
New York, NY 10002

Plaia & Bardi - Art and Design - New York and Il Castello Modern and Contemporary Art - Milan are pleased to announce an exhibition of artworks and historical objects of design, surveying ten decades of art collecting.

Presenting artworks by Josef Albers, Giacomo Balla, Agostino Bonalumi, Victor Brauner, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Tamara De Lempicka, Jean Dubuffet, Alfred Dunhill, Lucio Fontana, Piero Fornasetti, Damien Hirst, Florence Knoll, Rene' Lalique, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ernesto Neto, Walter Nichols, Patek Philippe, Enoc Perez, Rolex, Edmund Spence, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann.

The Collector is a compulsive creature that never rests its quest.
Naturally compassionate toward the complexities of the world, The Collector feeds off curiosities, indiscriminate love and uncompromising passions. Knowledge and acumen complement and enhance a natural talent toward a deep understanding of beauty. The collector has no time for the unknown but a lifetime to unveil wonders through the arts.
The Collector may be chasing a concept, a dream, a mystery, a rush or a victory, but the ultimate prize is always, in a way or the other, the accomplishment of the higher self. In fact, The Collector is indulgent but never mundane; frivolous but never shallow.

No matter how, where, and to whom a passion unveils, here we pay homage and celebrate relentless, unreasonable and sometimes incongruent Art Collecting.

PLAIA & BARDI Art and Design
is a dealership devoted to the Arts of the XX Century.Plaia & Bardi focuses on interdisciplinary proposals of works of art and objects of design, through dedicated exhibitions and projects, in New York and worldwide.

Il Castello - Modern and Contemporary Art - Milan
Galleria Il Castello was founded in 1964 in Milan by Guido Conte.
Since the very beginning, the gallery focused on the avant-garde of the 60s.
At the end of the 80s Adriano and Marcello Conte, the founder's sons, took over the family business and are now Il Castello Modern and Contemporary Art .
In the years to follow the Gallery hosted a series of important monographic exhibitions of great masters like, among others, Piero Dorazio (2003), Joan Miró (2006), Lucio Fontana (2007), Giuseppe Capogrossi (2008 ), Victor Vasarely (2009) , Andy Warhol (2011), Keith Haring (2011) and Damien Hirst (2013).

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Emily Fenderman from FIBROUS at the Whitney Center for the Arts.

Emily Fenderman from FIBROUS at the Whitney Center for the Arts.

From Kenya to Italy to the Berkshires, Explore Art From Around the World and Next Door at the November 1st Artswalk in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District
Press contacts: Mary McGinnis, Artswalk Chair: mmcginnis@bhs1.org413-464-2127Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield: 413-281-7289 mobile;
High resolution photos available upon request: gallery installation photo opportunities also available.
From ceramic theatre masks in honor of Halloween and the Day of the Dead and group show of work made from thread, fabric and more, to a photography show documenting the the work of two Berkshire artists bringing tap dance to Nairobi youth, the November 1st First Fridays Artswalk in downtown Pittsfield is filled with surprises from 5pm to 8pm and beyond.
In addition, November 1st marks the first ever Artswalk Afterparty, which will be held immediately following Artswalk beginning at 8pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, located at 42 Wendell Avenue within the Upstreet Cultural District.
Ghazi Kazmi, Executive Director of the Whitney Center for the Arts, said, "we wanted to provide a relaxed opportunity for all the exhibiting artists, the store owners, and the artloving public to come together after Artswalk to celebrate and discuss the artwork on view throughout Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural Disitrct. All are welcome!”

Local artist John Townes will be making his First Fridays Artswalk debut at Kinderhook Realty inside Crawford Square. His landscape paintings and prints reflect the physical qualities and intangibles of Berkshire County and the Hudson River Valley, as well as  the more universal relationships of land, light and color. He creates his landscape paintings art using a unique combination of traditional and digital media and techniques, starting as hand-drawn sketches. His primary inspirations include the Hudson River School, Luminism, American Impressionists, George Innes, Winslow Homer and contemporary expressive landscape artists.
Gallery 25/Mary's Carrot Cake Cafe at 25 Union Street also features an artist new to Artswalk: Bonnie White, whose folk art paintings tell stories that will transport you back to a simpler time.  Her work has appeared in and on the covers of magazines and catalogs such as The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, Early American Life, Berkshire Green and Bits and Pieces Catalog, and in 2007 Bonnie was chosen to design an ornament for the Blue Room Christmas tree at the White House, where it remains in their permanent collection. Her jigsaw puzzles, calendars, prints and greeting cards are sold worldwide, and these items will also be available during November at the gallery.
A baker's dozen of contemporary fiber artists from as far away as Italy are featured at the Whitney Center for the Arts this month. All but one are making their First Fridays Artswalk debut. They include Ann Harwell, Brian Jewett, Carolyn Halliday, Emily Felderman, Glenda Richardson, Jennifer Davies, Leisa Rich, Leslie Groff, Lori Lupe Pelish, Manuela Toselli, Marlene Glickman, Shari Boraz, and Wendy Rabinowitz.  The show includes mixed media, art quilts, paper, knit wire, embroidery and more.
Also new to Artswalk is painter Robert Logsdon, who practices a colorful and luminous style of painting inspired by Rudolf Steiner called Lazure. His work will be on display in the Brothership Building Window at 141 North Street.     
And a new venue for Artswalk, joining in for the first time this month, also features an artist new to Artswalk. Relish restaurant at 117 Fenn Street hosts an opening reception for a show of work by Chip Schnackenberg, who studied at the Savannah School of Art and Design in Georgia.

In the former TREEHOUSE storefront at 305 North Street, Alchemy Initiative, a local community organizations that promotes sustainability and creativity, presents Alchemy Handmade, a pop-up gallery showcasing and selling the work of New England artisans juried in to Alchemy Initiative's 5th annual Handmade Holiday Festival, to be held December 7 & 8. Check out handmade wares, both traditional and cutting edge, ranging from jewelry, ceramics, and watercolors, to silk-screened apparel, wooden cutting boards, glass ornaments, and more!. Alchemy Homemade will also be open Saturdays in November from 12-4 and by appointment.
Featured artisans include Ben C. Evans Ceramics, Diane Firtell Designs, Elena Mansour, Erin Kaukas Designs, HA Designs, Jess Fitzgerald Studio, JK Custom Furniture & Design, KnitSquid Fiber Arts, Liz Daly Fougere Ceramics, Maplewood Fiberarts, Michael Boroniec, Miss Hall's School Arty Party, Moho Designs, Mountain Ash Design, The Petal Collection, Popko Shop, Shima, Stacie Mincher Designs, Summer Mondays, Toil and Trouble, and Toomey Glass.

The city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Ave, host an opening reception for a show of photographs from They Dance For Rain, a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi, both based in Pittsfield
Since January of 2012,  They Dance For Rain has brought Tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. They also bring hoops to dance with and teach others the skills of making long-lasting dance hoops. They bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and residents through photography and film.
Says They Dance for Rain founder Stefanie Weber, "In this area of the world, tap dance is still quite young and the eagerness to learn it is immense. Through this continuing global exchange of artistic dialogue They Dance For Rain inspires a new generation of tap dancers. These dancers will innovate the form through use of their own culturally distinctive ideas and styles.”

Pittsfield's First Fridays Artswalk is held on the first Friday of the month all year round, featuring art openings and receptions for local and regional artists in galleries, shops and restaurants throughout downtown Pittsfield's vibrant Upstreet Cultural District. Held from 5pm to 8pm and free and open to all, the First Fridays Artswalk is a favorite of visitors and residents alike.  And most of the featured art shows can be enjoyed throughout the month.
Next month's First Fridays Artswalk will have a holiday theme and feature small works and artisanal gifts. It will be held on Friday, December 6th, the same evening as the City of Pittsfield's annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Park Square.
First Fridays Artswalk is the largest year round monthly visual arts event in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The lead sponsors are Berkshire Money Management, Gallery 25, the Berkshire Art Association, The Berkshire Eagle and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Other sponsors include Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Medical Center, Downtown Pittsfield Inc, WJ Blueprint, and the City of Pittsfield. For more details about First Fridays Artswalk call 413-443-6501 or

Photo by Monika Pizzichemi from They Dance for Rain at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.