Saturday and Sunday were occasion for two separate and pleasurable sorties into southern Berkshire for arts events. Sortie, in the sense that time allowed only for quick jaunts, but indeed nicely worthy and time well spent. Saturday’s foray found me visiting the GB Arts Market and the grand re-opening of the recently relocated Isha Nelson Gallery, while Sunday I found my way to Laurie Donovan Designs for an opening event introducing Scott Taylor’s artwork to the high-end specialty jewelry venue.
While parking is relatively ample in downtown Great Barrington, it speaks well of the town’s multitudinous vibrancy when it is cause for a minor celebration when one finds a space, even if some distance from one’s goal. And there was little or no consternation on my part because I was glad to be there amongst gentle and holiday-spirited folk.
Bustling to my first destination, I found path through an artistically surfaced edifice that I was vaguely aware of, but had not yet made a direct acquaintance of; a pedestrian tunnel that brings one in approach to the Great Barrington Train Station. Definitely a tone setting passageway for an arts indie zip to an event.
Once arrived, a new space I haven’t been to to stroll the eyes about; visualities above, below, and all about in full and “Delightful & Delectable” array with vendors representative of some of the best of the Berkshires’ artists and makers showing fine handmade giftables and deliciously festive treats.
Those on hand with their products and good cheer included: Artemesia Handmade, Ben C Evans Pottery, Boho Designs, Dan Bellows Porcelain, Denise B Chandler Fine Art Photography, Dancing Bare Soaps, Green River Woodcraft, Hosta Hill, JK Cabinets, Jess Fitzgerald Jewelry, KathrynBee Designs, Laurie Coyle Designs, Liz Olney Functional Art, Lucky Duck Press, Moho Designs/Petit Pilou, The Petal Collection, That Scarf, Toomey Glass, Tortured Orchard, and Wake Robin Botanticals.
Next up, via a short walk and slightly roundabout route, and upstairs as a matter of fact, was a visit to the grand re-opening event of the Isha Nelson Gallery. The gallery, previously located a few doors down the hill on Railroad Street, now occupies a beautiful second floor space at #47 at the top and on the curve of the Street.
This gorgeous and magnificent space consists of a main/receiving/office/gallery area, an airy and inviting open-faced brick infused hallway, and a very large and comfortably couched exhibition area that Nelson uses with high style to do solo shows for her featured artists. Currently on view in this space during my visit was the restfully connective work of Kathleen Jacobs. In this mostly large works installation, Jacobs brings the viewer in on a tour for close appreciation of tree bark and the course of events that passes by it, through it, and around it via the land, water, and air. Nelson will be doing a very intense and ambitious schedule for 2014 in this space, so some really fantastic things to look forward to here.
In addition to Jacobs’ work, Nelson currently has on view in the shared space and hallway some of her own fabulous “magic on glass” pieces, porcelain work by Christina Painter, photography by Dan Peterson, and mixed media by Carolee Rainey.
Sunday brought a second pass to the south for arts indie. This one for a visit to Church Street in Lenox to join in with the celebration as Laurie Donovan Designs begins displaying paintings on their wall space starting with a fine and select showing of some premium work by Scott Taylor.
Donovan, a Spectrum Award winning goldsmith, has had her work featured in numerous publications and in many fine jewelry featuring galleries nationwide. By introducing Taylor to the space, she beautifully adds to a trend that pairs high design with fine art in a single synergistic space. Best wishes to Donovan and her first artist on this great new collaboration!
So to the end of the page once again it is, but I hope this has been found to be enlightening. I’m not sure if there’ll be another 2013 entry, but what a year and ride it’s been! I hope for the most part it’s been enjoyable in all ways possible and 2014 becomes bright and exciting for everyone. Before I close, though, one last share of the special year-end offer I’m doing on the web design aspect of arts indie. If you are thinking of setting something in motion to pull your artwork or small business into the limelight with a tight, cohesive, and affordable solution, well…this just might be the time. Please click HERE.
Thanks again all for reading and best wishes for joy and success in the coming year!