Monday, December 21, 2009

Bascom Lodge 2010

Bascom Lodge is planning events for the 2010 season and would like to hear from area performers, writers and other interested artists.

The Lodge is also looking for practitioners to host workshops (yoga, writing, nature programs, etc).

Interested parties please contact Peter at: or 917-568-3712.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Annual 12x12!

An exhibit of 12" x 12" art works will be on view from November 21-December 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 21, from 6-8pm.

The drawing of tickets will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 124 Fenn Street from 7-9pm.

Tickets will be sold for $25 each.

Each ticket purchased guarantees an artwork.


Tickets can be purchased during the exhibition, or the night of the drawing, or at the Storefront Project during regular hours (open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5pm).

All proceeds go to funding the Storefront’s Mentor Program.

In 2007 the Storefront Project initiated the Artist Mentor Program in which High School students work with a professional artist over the course of a semester to produce a body of work. This coming February the Storefront will host an exhibition of work produced during the 2009 program.
This program is partly funded by Greylock Federal.

Storefront Artist Project
124 Fenn Street, Pittsfield
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12-5pm.

And on the same evening!

In Addition: a Chance to Win an Art Work by Douglass Truth!

Yes, a separate drawing of tickets will also be held on December 12 for a large painted fan by Douglass Truth.
Tickets for that drawing are just $10!

Yes, outrageous but true! A chance to win an original Douglass Truth art work for $10.

The 12x12 and the Douglass Truth events are part of the Storefront Artist Project's goal to place original works of art in every house in the Berkshires!


And Don't Forget the Artist Salon at the Ferrin Gallery!

ARTIST SALON: Wednesday, December 9

Local Does Matter:
Building Sustainability in the Arts Community
Storefront Artist Salon
A moderated conversation among artists, cultural leaders and the public.
Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Following in the tradition of Ferrin Gallery's annual Storefront Artist Salon examining a subject of topical interest related to the Small Works exhibit, this year's topic is "Local Does Matter: Building Sustainability in the Arts Community". This year, as Berkshire county continues to focus on the issues of consumer choice and green living, the gallery explores how "Buy Local - By Local" relates to the visual arts. Cultural leaders with roles in the creative economy will participate in a moderated conversation about
how the "Buy Local" concept can create sustainability
for artists, galleries and nonprofit organizations.

Salon participants include:
Stuart Chase, Executive Director, Berkshire Museum
Eugenie Sills, Founder, Women's Times
Laurie Norton Moffatt, Executive Director, Norman Rockwell Musuem
Jonathan Secor, Director of Special Programs, MCLA
Billie Best, Crazy Wife Farm
Ellen Spear, Executive Director, Hancock Shaker Village
Helena Fruscio, Executive Director, Berkshire Creative
Nancy Fitzpatrick, Owner, Red Lion Inn

All welcome to join in discussion.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Talk & Dine at Bascom Lodge

September 23 @ 6:00 (note new time):

The North Adams Garden Club presents a talk about Native Plants by Project Native and the importance and use of native plant species in home gardens and in restoring damaged habitats.
Free and open to the public!

Talk is followed by dinner ($22.95).
Call 413-743-1591 for dinner reservations.

Butternut Squash Soup

Salad of roasted autumn vegetables

Veal braised in red wine with caramelized onions and mushrooms

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bascom Lodge Movie Night with Rich Remsberg.

September 9 at 7pm:

Remsberg, a filmmaker, will present several short films from his collection of found home movies, instructional films and other oddities.
Not to be missed!
Free and open to the public.
Prix Fixe Dinner to follow.
Reservations needed for dinner.

Bascom Lodge
Mount Greylock

Monday, August 31, 2009

Acoustic music live in Bascom Lodge with dinner to follow.

September 2:

"Live Music: American folk and Roots style music" by Fran Mandeville and Lisa Burnstine.
Free and open to the public.
Acoustic music live in Lodge with dinner to follow.
Check out Fran and Lisa's music at:
Chicken Mole
dinner to follow.
Call for dinner reservations, $21.
Cash or Check.

Dudek Exhibition: Almost Never. Sometimes. Maybe.

Kolok Gallery
121 Union Street, Suite 1E
North Adams, MA 01247

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 22, 5pm-7:30pm

On exhibit through October 18th, Dudek's assemblagist sculptural installation is composed of objects, photographs, drawings, and prints which have been found, made, or modified. Although frequent references to formalism are made, Dudek approaches his work with an underlying sense of humor and play. As the artist adds and moves individual pieces throughout the duration of the exhibit, the work evolves and expands. This is the type of exhibition you'll want to see more than once. Sculptures made in New York. Photographs taken in Poland. Drawings from Massachusetts. A travel diary. An open sketchbook. Past and present.

Kurt Kolok
(413) 664-7381

Monday, April 6, 2009

Bascom Lodge

Bascom Lodge is a rustic stone and wood Lodge that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's to provide accommodations for hikers, vacationers, and nature enthusiasts. It has private and group rooms available for overnight stay.
The large dining room with high ceilings and hand-cut oak beams
provides an ideal atmosphere for dining. An enclosed porch with with wraparound windows overlooks the finest views in the Berkshires. And the stone fireplaces create a relaxing setting after a day hike.

The Lodge can host various functions, including weddings, conferences and other social events.
For information and reservations email:

The History:
In 1898, the state Legislature established Mt. Greylock as the Commonwealth’s first State Reservation.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) designed the lodge with its low profile, integration of the building into the summit’s contours, and the use of native materials, all of which typified the CCC's design theory used throughout the country’s national and state park systems.
Bascom Lodge has served day and overnight visitors to Mt. Greylock for 70 years, including through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

More History:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Amazing and Unpredictable Storefront Artist Project by Peter Dudek

Pittsfield has always been active in supporting the development of local artists. From the legendary days of Bob Boland and Julio Granda at Berkshire Community College to the fresh emergence of a new wave of artists and activists now filling downtown storefronts, a history of producing and attracting area artists is elemental to Pittsfield. Throughout the years many of these artists have taken on the roles of cultural developers and community builders. At the heart of this present day and edifying refinement is the Storefront Artist Project.

Thanks to the Storefront we are finding that empty, raw, commercial spaces, spaces with funky carpeting, worn linoleum, stray pigeons and florescent lighting have taken on an enriching and civilizing patina. Installations, paintings, sculptures, works in progress and an assortment of inscrutable bits and pieces inhabit and flourish in these environs. Temporary and transitory studio/exhibition spaces spring up, show themselves to the public and disappear. Each replaced by another artist, gallery, event or enterprise. Change is the constant. Local and indigenous writers, filmmakers, musicians and visual artists have come together with folks hailing from the outer territories, artists themselves who have been drawn to this inventive mix, resulting in an unprecedented and savory mélange. Here we find the wispy off-shaped canvases of Gail Downey, the elevated sounds of Hector on Stilts, the skillful paper and wood geometries of Eric Drury, the scrap heap accretions of Phylene Amuso, the self-taught figuration of Paul Graubard and the tap dancing dervish Stephanie Weber.

All this and more in Pittsfield, Pittsfield the city located at the geographical midpoint of the Berkshires. Pittsfield, the city that holds claim to and lights up the nighttime sky of the Berkshires. Pittsfield, the city that (according to Douglass Truth) in a bold and stunning move asked the General Electric Company to leave in order to make room for and position itself in the new economy of the 21st Century, an economy that has a multi-faceted artistic/cultural compendium as its cornerstone.

Theatre and cinema are reestablishing themselves along North Street bringing with them other businesses and a wider audience. The Storefront, initially focused on North Street, has spread throughout the arteries of downtown Pittsfield into new neighborhoods and buildings. The ground floor of 124 Fenn Street now accommodates its home base, providing an office area and project space. Invariably at the core of the Storefront is Maggie Mailer, artist, founder, guiding spirit and lightning rod. Possessing the necessary character and chutzpah required to envision and realize this project Maggie has been able to negotiate the codependent relationship of artists and real estate. Through the Storefront she has fashioned a mutually beneficial, symbiotic arrangement in which artists, property owners and the public reap benefits. Art is made, space is used, the downtown more active.

Because of all this the Storefront is positioned to take its place in the “cultural corridor” that is forming between New York City and Bennington, Vermont. The Storefront, matchless in its use of inner city space and publicly accessible art can now be added to a roster that includes Storm King, Dia Beacon, Art Omi, Berkshire Museum, MassMoca, Williams College Museum, Clark Art Institute; along with the Berkshire Artisans and galleries elsewhere, all having played an instinctive role in lengthening, widening and establishing this north/south passageway of the culture trade.