Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show; PNJ chosen by the Big Y bag program; WAM receives a grant; The Rockwell Museum will host the Jan Brett exhibition


The mixed media work of artist Thom Cassotta, pictured above, will be included in the 2021 Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show. Image courtesy of Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce

The annual Stockbridge Arts and Crafts Show will return August 21-22

STOCK BRIDGE – The Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show, now in its 29th year, will take place Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August on the grounds of the City and Bidwell Park offices, located at 50 Main Street. The show is free and open to the public. More than 75 artists and artisans selected by the jury will present their work, which ranges from paintings, sculptures and photographs to ceramics, fibers and jewelry. The hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the returning artisans will be local painter Barbara Doncaster; Conway’s Sue McFarland fire pit; self-taught carpenter Frank Dobai of Moodus, Connecticut; silversmiths Margie and Bill Lombard of Port Orange, Florida; James Takaki and Marie Walker of Brattleboro, Vermont, creators of custom sculpture, lighting, garden art and metalwork; batik master Ahmi Goldfarb of Livingston, New Jersey; potter Rachel Brown of New Paltz, New York; and wire sculptor Ron Stattner of Red Hook, New York.

This annual event is organized by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact the Stockbridge House by phone at 413-298-5200; by mail to PO Box 224, Stockbridge, MA 01262; or by email at [email protected]


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Berkshires nonprofit chosen as August beneficiary of Big Y bag program

GREATER BARRINGTON – The Berkshires Nonprofit Center (NPC) has been selected to be part of the Big Y Community Bag program, designed to make it easy for guests to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of August, when you purchase a $ 2.50 reusable community bag at the Big Y located at 700 Main Street in Great Barrington, $ 1 is donated to the Berkshires Nonprofit Center, unless otherwise specified by the customer via the donation tag attached to the bag. Community bags are located on displays in the store and at the checkout.


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WAM Theater receives grant from Women’s Fund of Western Mass

LENOX – The WAM Theater announces that it is one of 20 nonprofits to receive a Community Investments for Greater Change grant from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM).

WFWM has distributed grants through this initiative to organizations working with women and girls whose work aligns with one or more of these strategic pillars: economic security; freedom from gender-based violence, harassment and prejudice; and parity in leadership, representation and power.

In fulfilling WAM’s philanthropic mission, the organization donates a portion of the proceeds from their Mainstage productions to carefully selected beneficiaries. Since the founding of WAM in 2010, it has donated more than $ 80,000 to 22 local and global organizations working for gender equality in areas such as girls’ education, prevention of teenage pregnancy. , awareness of sex trafficking, training of midwives, etc.

“The funds distributed through these three grant programs allow us to continue to address the issues in our community that were identified in our 2019 Status of Women and Girls in Western Massachusetts report,” said Nicole Young, responsible for community investments for the Women’s Fund.

This report highlighted the challenges facing women and girls of color, many of whom live in poverty and struggle with depression and teenage pregnancies at higher rates than white women. It also showed that women in general are less represented than their male counterparts in politics, health care and higher education. In an effort to promote racial equality, numerous grants have been awarded to organizations run by women and blacks, Indigenous people and people of color.

In line with this work, WAM will conclude its 2021 season, October 7-24, with the fall Mainstage production of Kim Senklip Harvey’s “Kamloopa”. The story follows two young urban Indigenous sisters and their encounter with a spirited shapeshifter on their way to the West Coast’s largest powwow. For tickets and more information, please visit the WAM Theater website.


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Norman Rockwell Museum to host Jan Brett’s winter exhibition

Jan Brett, “Hedgie”, watercolor on paper. Collection of the artist, courtesy of NRM

STOCK BRIDGE – The Norman Rockwell Museum (NRM) announces the next winter exhibition, “Jan Brett: Stories Near and Far”, to be held November 13, 2021 to March 6, 2022. Showcasing over 100 original illustrations, sketches and personal artifacts, this family-friendly exhibit explores the range of Brett’s art and the travel experiences that inspired his books and characters. Spanning 25 years, “Stories Near and Far” is the most comprehensive exhibition to date on Brett’s picture book art. Brett is one of the nation’s most widely read children’s authors / illustrators, with over 42 million books in print.

“Jan Brett, our neighbor from Berkshire, is loved near and far,” said Laurie Norton Moffat, Director and CEO of NRM. “Like Norman Rockwell, Jan’s work inspires happiness and joy in people of all ages. She takes us on adventures through villages to faraway places, creating intimate and enchanting scenes to engage every reader and viewer and has inspired millions of children and parents around the world.

Author / illustrator Jan Brett. Photo courtesy of NRM

Brett’s global perspective was inspired by her travels, which took her from the Swedish Arctic to Namibia and from Costa Rica to China. The traditions and cultures of the countries she visits and her own menagerie of animals serve as the starting point for her stories, and the artist’s house is filled with objects and artifacts she has collected in the process. route, including a selection that will be shared publicly. in this exhibition for the first time.

One of Brett’s favorite books, “Berlioz the Bear,” takes place at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in Stockbridge, near NRM. Berlioz is a character inspired by her husband, musician Joe Hearne, BSO bassist for 59 years, and other characters were inspired by his fellow orchestra members.



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