Thursday, July 19th,1 – 4pm ,North Adams

Curator: Denise Markonish

Covet Artist: Nicholas Kahn of Kahn Selesnick

1: 00 P.M.  iCOVET …. MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams

Join Art Berkshires for an iCOVET conversation with mixed media installation sculptor Ven Voisey about his current show V.S. and how history informs contemporary in his work through sound and image.

2 – 4 P.M. – MEET ME AT….  MASS MoCA, North Adams

Join Art Berkshires and Leslie Ferrin for a behind-the-scenes visit with curator, Denise Markonish and COVET artist Nicholas Kahn for a tour of Oh, Canada  followed by a private tour with artist Michael Oatman of his installation, All Utopias Fell, in the suspended Air Stream trailer.

By invitation and RSVP requested to Leslie Ferrin, Ferrin Gallery 413.442.1622

Free with Museum admission for all others.

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COVET: MEET ME AT Hancock Shaker Village
Throwers and Shakers
Friday, July 20, 10 – 12
Curator: Lesley Herzberg
Covet Artist: Frances Palmer

Join ArtBerkshires in Pittsfield at Hancock Shaker Village for Throwers and Shakers  one of the “Meet Me At … “ programs of Art Berkshires COVET project.  At Hancock Shaker Village Lesley Herzberg will give a curator’s tour of her new exhibition “A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA.” Afterwards, the group will join COVET artist Frances Palmer for a behind-the-scenes tour of several spaces in the historic 1830 Brick Dwelling that inspired her new work. Highlights include the innovative kitchen where the Shaker sisters cooked food for their spiritual family of 100, as well as the Apothecary room where the Shakers prepared herbs that they would package and sell to the outside world.

A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA

As part of the “New Deal” response to the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the federal government established the WPA (Works Progress Administration), show casing Photographer Noel Vicentini. The whole collection of Vicentini’s photographs are housed at the National Gallery of Art inWashington,DC. The vast majority of his work at Shaker sites will be shown atHancockShakerVillagein 2012 and 2013, more than 75 years after he helped to endear the Shaker aesthetic in the minds of American citizens.

American potter Frances Palmer is currently exhibiting at the Ferrin Gallery’s Covet exhibition inPittsfield,MA.  She earned her BA at Barnard and MA atColumbiaUniversity in Art History and has been making ceramics for the past twenty five years. She has designed special collections for the Neue Galerie, Philip Johnson Glass House,AldrichMuseum and the Garden Conservancy.  Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, including Vogue, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living and World of Interiors.

Lesley Herzberg is the Curator of Collections atHancockShakerVillage. Her current exhibition “A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA” will be on view until October 2013 at HSV. Prior to joining the staff atHancockShakerVillage, Herzberg held posts at the Biltmore Estate, the National Gallery of Art, the Jewish Museum of London, and theDecaturHouseMuseum inWashington,DC. Additionally, she has worked on the business side of the art world as assistant curator to the sculptor J. Seward Johnson, and as an appraiser of furniture and decorative arts at aChicago auction house.

Admission will be free all day on July 20th at HancockShakerVillage.

Invitation and RSVP Required. Contact Maribeth Cellana by calling 413-443-0188 ext. 115 or email

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COVET: MEET ME AT Berkshire Museum

Art? Rocks?  The Intersection

Saturday, July 21, 10 – 11am.
Collections Specialst: David Hyde

Covet Artist: Melissa Lillie

Join ArtBerkshires in Pittsfieldat the Berkshire Museum for Art? Rocks? The Intersection one of the “Meet Me At …. “ programs of Art Berkshires COVET project.  At the Berkshire Museum, artist Melissa Lillie mined the Museum’s mineral collection in search of inspiration—the result of which are a series of gemlike paintings that reflect her direct experience with the Berkshire Museum’s specimens. Melissa will share her insights and accomplishments in a conversation paired with the museum’s resident mineral and geologist collections specialist, David Hyde. David is temporarily on staff to catalog the Museum’s mineral collection, and will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of collection storage for up-close viewing of the collection’s highlights.  Bagels, mimosas, and other refreshments will be served.

Melissa Lillie – Artist in COVET: Art + Objects at Ferrin Gallery

David Hyde is a museum geologist specializing in minerals and collections. He is at theBerkshireMuseum on a grant working on the mineral collection and using his expertise is acting as a point of contact for the public. David is a recent graduate, originally fromBirmingham,England.

By invitation and RSVP required to Bill Blaauw at or 413.443.7171 ext 45

Program is free with museum admission.

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COVET: MEET ME AT the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and dinner at MEZZE

Friday, July 27,at 5 – 6:30 pm, 7 – 9:00 pm
Curator: Kathleen Morris

Artists: Joshua Field, Melissa Lille, Maggie Mailer, Michael Rousseau, Mara and Roy Superior.

Join ArtBerkshires in Williamstown for an evening starting at The Clark for behind- the-scenes with Decorative Arts Curator and Exhibitions Director, Kathleen Morris and a discussion of the porcelain collection featured in Clark Remix and the earthenware discoveries that are on show in the Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China.

Start earlier in the day and see the rest of the shows currently overview at The Clark.  Try out your covetousness with uCurate, visit the Stone Hill Center and see historic photographs side by side by contemporary views in Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China and Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China, a presentation of historic photographs from Sterling Clark’s 1908–09 exploration of Northern China, complemented by photographs of the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju 100 years later.

Continue the visit to Williamstown and join ArtBerkshires from 7:00 to 8:00pm for Cultural Cocktails at Mezze for conversation with COVET artist Melissa Lille about her recent paintings on view this summer at Mezze. Followed by dinner.

By invitation and RSVP requested. Program is free with museum admission. Cocktails and dinner additional.

MEET ME AT THECLARK- RSVP to Leslie Ferrin 413.442.1622, Limited to 15

RSVP for dinner to MEZZE – RSVP to 413.458.0123 refer to COVET: Melissa Lille

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COVET: MEET ME AT Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood

How History Informs Contemporary Art Practice

Wednesday, August 1st All Day, Stockbridge.

Artists: Michael Boroniec, Michael Rousseau, Cassandra Sohn,

Curator: Stephanie Plunkett,NormanRockwellMuseum; Anne Cathcart, Chesterwood

Join ArtBerkshires in Stockbridge for a guided day with curators and artists about how history informs contemporary art practice, the theme of COVET programs. Photographer and gallerist, Cassandra Sohn leads the day long series of visits to Norman Rockwell MuseumChesterwood, and galleries in Stockbridge. End the day at the Red Lion Inn with a guided tour of their collections and drinks on the porch.

Schedule for the Day:

10:00 A.M. Coffee and tour of Norman Rockwell Museum with Michael Rousseau and Stephanie Plunkett.

11:30 A.M. Tour of grounds with Anne Cathcart and Michael Boroniec

12:30 P.M. Lunch with Anne Cathcart, Michael Boroniec, Michael Rousseau, Cassandra Sohn, Donna Hassler.

1:30 P.M. Talk in the Woodshed with Cassandra Sohn about her exhibition “A Sea Feeling in the Mountains”.

2:30 P.M. Visit to Sohn Fine Art Gallery.

3:00 P.M. Visit to Schantz Gallery for an introduction to glass masters, Lino Tagliapietra and Dale Chihuly and their historic influences.

3:30 P.M. Drinks on porch at Red Lion Inn and a guided tour of art collection.

By invitation and RSVP requested.

Contact Cassandra Sohn at 413-298-1025 or email

Free with Museum Admissions.  Box lunch will be an additional $20.

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Friday, August 17th:

5 – 6 P.M.  MEET ME AT … the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

Join ArtBerkshires at the BerkshireMuseumin Pittsfieldfor a behind-the-scenes visit with co-curator and director of interpretation, Maria Mingalone, to explore how the voice of contemporary artists has influenced the curatorial approach for the exhibition Rethink! American Indian Art. In organizing  Rethink! six contemporary American Indian artists were brought to the Museum to respond to the museum’s historic Indian Art collection Their responses are incorporated throughout the exhibit—in the graphic panels, on the label text, and as part of the selection of objects—bringing an living Indian ‘voice’ to the historic collection.

Free to Museum members, or with Museum admission.
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