“Fifth Annual Whimsy”

For four previous holiday seasons, and now a fifth, the Whitney Center for the Arts has presented a whimsical art exhibit for the months of December and January.  This year, in spectacular fashion, “Fifth Annual Whimsy” will open @ the Whit, 42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA with a very special evening beginning on December 1, 5-8PM during the First Fridays Artswalk.

A not to be missed After Party will follow 8-10PM with a live multi-media musical performance by the Dust Bowl Faeries.

This edition of Whimsy will feature an intriguing mix of artwork by Nancy Baumiller, Michael Boroneic, Misa Chappell, Ryder Cooley, Katherine Haig, Don Orcutt, and Marney Schorr.

Nancy Baumiller is a multi-media collage artist based in the mid-west.  This will be her first show @ the Whit, and her creations will be sure to dazzle.

Michael Boroneic is well on his way to making a big impression beyond the regional art scene.  His latest spiral series ceramics work is making an international impression in gallery shows, and major art fairs.

Misa Chappell, as curator of the North Adams-based Common Folk artists collective, is a dynamic arts leader on the rise.  Her artwork shows great command over a multitude of mark-making processes.

Ryder Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and performer.  Cooley is an alumni of the Whimsy shows, and we are very excited to have her back for this edition.  Her and her band mates comprise the Dust Bowl Faeries.

The Faeries are an ethereal gothic folk band with a dark, cabaret twist. Their unique, original songs have roots in gypsy, Klezmer, and vaudeville. Accordion, lap steel, saw, electric-guitar, ukulele, and percussion combine to create an otherwordly sound.

At once winsome and terrifying, charming and bold, the Dust Bowl Faeries are becoming an East Coast phenomenon.  Their show will be an absolute spectacle with sights, sounds, and performance unlike most anything most folks have ever experienced.

Katherine Haig, also an important figure with the Common Folk artists collective, combines great technique with washes and line work to give vehicle to a most definite wry sense of narrative.

Don Orcutt’s work reflects the human condition through symbolism, surrealistic satire, humor, and a bit of the dark side.  “I have always had a fascination with the human psyche, and its relationship to science, deep space, and so on…”

Marney Schorr is a highly prominent arts therapist in the region, and does invaluable work helping clients achieve their healing goals. Her work is an excitingly variable mix of styles and approaches.

In the event you are unable to attend the brilliantly festive opening, “Fifth Annual Whimsy” may be viewed for the balance of December and January during gallery hours 12-4PM on Saturdays, during the Whit’s extensive performance schedule, or by contacting exhibit curator Leo Mazzeo at 413-281-6665 for an appointment.

In a recent edition of The Greylock Glass podcast series, Curator Leo Mazzeo and Artist/Performer Ryder Cooley speak more of the show.  Please feel free to listen HERE.

Thank you Jason Velazquez for your kind and patient attention, and your enthusiasm for “Fifth Annual Whimsy”!