With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season fast approaching, it’s easy to forget to take a moment for yourself. As an act of self-care, we encourage you to pause to take a moment to look at some of the amazing artwork that can be found in small galleries around the Berkshires. We recommend seven exhibitions to get you started…
‘FROM YOUR HAND’
What: Gallerist Jane Coats Eckert has curated By Her Hand, an exhibition that showcases and honors female artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, both those who have made their mark on the art world and young emerging artists who are ready , to do that .
“As a gallery owner since the 1980s, I have witnessed firsthand the struggle of women in the art world. Since the beginning of my career selling 19th and early 20th century American art, I have seen many talented female painters relegated to still life and portraiture,” Ekert writes in the exhibition notes. “They were encouraged by the male-dominated schools to stay in their lane and not compete with men. In my view, many were far more talented and interesting than their male counterparts.”
The works featured in the exhibition range from Sidney M. Russell’s Toaster, 2022, a large toaster made of painted canvas and sail cord, to the classic prints of Helen Frankenthaler.
Where: Ekhart Fine Art + Consulting, 1315 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams
Who: Tami Bahat, JoAnne Belson, Chakaia Booker, Alice Dalton Brown, Tricia Brown, Elizabeth Catlett, Marina Forstmann Day, Laura Evans, Helen Frank, Helen Frankenthaler, Nancy Graves, Chizuru Morii Kaplan, Diane King, Kathleen Kolb, Diane King, Kathleen Kolb , Camilla Mathlein, Louise Nevelson, Carolyn Plochmann, Faith Ringgold, Sidney Russell, Dee Shapiro, Gin Stone, Tricia Tusa, Kara Walker and Bonnie Whittingham.
To see: Until November 3rd
Opening hours of the gallery: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Monday.
What: Material World features the work of several mixed media artists, including three who use plaster of paris in their creative process. Other materials used by the artists include American black cherry wood and ink and gouache on paper.
Where: Bernay Fine Art, 296 Main Street, Great Barrington
Who: Anthony Chase, Gregory MacAvoy, Hideyo Okamura., Noah Post, Nancy Simonds and Shira Toren.
To see: 29 Oct – 4 Dec panel discussion and reception with the artists, 29 Oct 4pm – 6pm (discussion at 4pm followed by reception)
Opening hours of the gallery: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday; 12pm to 4pm, Sunday.
What: A solo show of new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Suzanne Kiggins, a self-taught artist who works primarily in acrylic and gouache on paper, wood panels and canvas.
Kiggin’s unconventional use of perspective, her bold color palette, and her emphasis on highly impactful emotion rather than realism are reminiscent of the fauvist and naïve art movements, says gallery owner Carrie Chen in a press release.
“Suzanne’s work reveals hidden truths about everyday life that we can all relate to. Each painting is precise and defined. But as a whole, Harmonica combines their amusing, upbeat qualities.”
Where: Carrie Chen Gallery, 281 Main St., Level 3, Great Barrington
Who: Suzanne Kiggins
To see: Nov 12 – Jan 14, 2023
Opening hours of the gallery: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday to Wednesday
What: Berkshire Botanical Garden features artwork by John Thompson.
“The basis of my work is landscapes, where I choose specific moments and small elements as my focus,” said Thompson of Waltham and Harpswell, Maine, in a press release. “These intimate observations are often glimpses of a pond or a garden. I find the immense diversity of what we can observe in nature infinitely fascinating.
“The simple event – the stray stick falling on a background of decaying ferns, or the pattern of leaves in a stream – can lead to a range of prints or paintings. When I work, I start with simple observation, often with a sketch or a small painting. When I take these fleeting images back to my studio, when the memory fades, the imagination takes over and the images begin to change.”
Where: Leonhardt Galleries, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge
Who: John Thompson
To see: Nov 5 – 27 Opening Reception, 4pm – 6pm Nov 11
Opening hours of the gallery: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. By appointment on Monday.
‘OCEANS & ODYSSEES’
What: Award-winning British artist Rachael Talibart is exhibiting photographs of seascapes at Sohn Fine Art alongside the release of her new book.
Talibart’s exhibition explores the turbulence and grace of the sea, featuring calm and curious seascapes, as well as works from her popular Sirens series.
Where: Son Fine Art, 69 Church St., Lenox
Who: Rachel Talibart
To see: Until February 6, 2023
Opening hours of the gallery: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Monday
“UKRAINIANS & THEIR PETS”
What: Ukrainians and Their Pets features watercolor sketches by Debbie Hanson Greene.
Where: Berkshire Food Co-op, 34 Bridge St., Great Barrington
Who: Deborah Hanson Greene
To see: 1st-30th November
What: Michelle Arnot, who has lived in Sandisfield since 1980, is a recognized master of the traditional Japanese arts of shodo (brush writing) and sumi-e (ink painting), working with ink on washi paper.
Where: Knox Gallery, Monterey Library, 425 Main Road, Monterey
Who: Michelle Arnot
To see: Oct 28 – Dec 3 Artist Discussion and Talk Oct 29 11am. Opening reception will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Opening hours of the gallery: Open during library hours.