BITS & BYTES: The Art of Lino Tagliapietra; Welcome Summer Festival; Music at Southfield Church; ‘PERSIST’ art exhibition; One World Celebration

Schantz Galleries presents works by Maestro Lino Tagliapietra

STOCKBRIDGE — Lino Tagliapietra is considered by many to be the greatest glassblower in history. His influence on a generation of artists was profound: he was a mentor, a motivator, an innovator and an agent of change. Now in his 80s, he is still pushing the limits to see what material and man can do.

Lino Tagliapietra at the Schantz Galleries, May 21, 2022, with his blown glass sculpture, “Angel Tear” from 2015. Image courtesy of the gallery

The first exhibition of the summer at the Schantz Galleries, “LEGENDARY”, celebrates maestro Lino Tagliapietra and his art. Guests will discover a collection of works incorporating both classic pieces as well as recent leaded glass panels the artist has created during the pandemic, on view through June 19. Lino said that “an exhibition is a long process made up of life experiences. Each object represents something that I would like to be – like a tree that has many branches.

Lino Tagliapietra was born in 1934 in Murano, Italy and became an apprentice glassmaker at the age of 11. He showed immense dexterity for glass and was awarded the title of “Maestro” – an honor reserved only for the best glassblowers – when he was only 21 years old. In 1979 he visited Seattle for the first time and introduced students to the Pilchuck Glass School. to the long tradition of Venetian glassblowing. This cross-cultural collaboration helped shape the identity of American glassblowing and offered Tagliapiertra the opportunity to broaden its horizons internationally. His work is held in permanent and private collections around the world, and he has taught in the United States and abroad.

—AK

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Berkshire South will host the Welcome Summer Festival this Saturday

Photo courtesy of Berkshire South Regional Community Center

GREAT BARRINGTON – The 2nd Annual Berkshire South Regional Community Center Welcome Summer Festival will be held at the Community Center on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The outdoor event (indoors, weather permitting) is free and suitable for the whole family. Additional activities will be available for a nominal fee, and all revenue earned will support Berkshire South’s community programming.

Daytime events include a bouncy castle, petting zoo, dunk tank, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, food truck, photo booth, and more. There will be familiar faces from the South Berkshire community in the dunk tank and live music throughout the day provided by Jaane Doe, The Midnight Anthem and David Reed.

—AK

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Music at Southfield Church opens the season with Jon Suters

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Music at the Southfield Church will open its 6th season with guitarist Jon Suters, who will present an hour-long program of guitar masterpieces, featuring works by JS Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, H Villa Lobos and Augustin Barrios.

The opening concert will take place Saturday June 4 at 7 p.m. at Southfield Church, 234 Norfolk Rd, in the village of Southfield in New Marlborough. For more information, a full season schedule, and updated COVID protocols, visit the church’s website. Free entry; a collection will be made at the door to support the artists. A lawn reception follows each concert (weather permitting).

Jon Suters studied classical guitar with Richard Provost at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and began performing throughout the region with several bands. He had the opportunity to tour the United States, Canada and Germany early in his career and eventually rose through the ranks to perform with artists such as James Taylor, Charles Neville, Paul Halley, Dr. John , Jimmy Buffett and Sarah McLaughlin. Suters has taught at Berkshire Country Day School, Simon’s Rock, Austen Riggs Center and the Flying Cloud Institute, and currently teaches at Berkshire Music School and in private lessons.

—AK

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Great Barrington Public Theater to host ‘PERSIST’ art exhibition

GREAT BARRINGTON – As part of the Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) summer 2022 season and in conjunction with its Solo Fest (June 3 – July 10), the art exhibition “PERSIST” will feature works created by seven female artists of the Berkshires. Curated and curated by GBPT Associate Artist Elizabeth Nelson, the exhibition explores themes of erosion, trauma, reimagining, investigation, beauty and violence. The exhibition will be visible June 4–August 6, outside the Liebowitz Black Box Theater at the Daniel Arts Center in Simon’s Rock, GBPT’s summer home. A vernissage and a reception with the artists will take place Friday, June 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.., to coincide with the 7:30 p.m. opening of Robin Gerber’s new play, “The Shot,” starring actress Sharon Lawrence as Katharine Graham, the famed Washington Post editor.

Gallery works will include photography, drawing, flash/CNF fiction, and sculpture using recycled textiles, found and repurposed objects, and natural materials such as wood, bone, clay, and clay. feathers. Artists include: Parasrevi “Toula” Taliadoros, owner-artist of Make My Day Design; Deirdre McKenna, writer and performer at the Powder Keg Writing Group; Lindsay Neathawk, owner of Neathawk Designs; the intuitive painter Natalia Bystriany; interdisciplinary artists Merudjina Normil and Ariana Kolins; and multidisciplinary artist Elizabeth Nelson.

—AK

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Berkshire Immigrant Center turns 25 with One World Celebration

Alex Torres and his Latin orchestra. Photo courtesy of the artist’s website

PITTSFIELD – The Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) will mark 25 years of service to the local immigrant community with its 3rd annual One World celebration, Sunday June 12 at 5 p.m. at Shakespeare & Company. Tickets for the benefit event are $100.

June also marks the Centre’s annual celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. In addition to marking its 25th anniversary, the Center is also announcing that it became an independent, not-for-profit organization in October 2021. The BIC was founded in 1997 by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires as part of a resettlement project Russian refugees, and it continued as a tax project. other organizations.

“After 25 years as the area’s only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the thousands of immigrants who live and work here, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is delighted to declare its independence,” said Michelle Lopez, Executive Director of the BIC. “We would not have grown – or thrived during a global pandemic – without the generous support of our Berkshire community and the immigrants who make our country better every day.”

Honduran-born violinist Jorge Ávila will open One World Celebration this year, accompanied by guitarist Oren Fader. A part-time resident of Berkshire, Ávila has performed internationally, including at Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and Broadway. Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra will headline this year’s event with a dance-friendly mix of Afro-Caribbean beats. James Warwick, award-winning actor and director, originally from the UK and resident of Berkshire, will act as emcee, and state representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli will serve as auctioneer.

The One World Celebration is BIC’s annual benefit to fund its free and low-cost services. The Centre’s three accredited social workers see more than 750 clients a year, helping them apply for green cards, DACA renewals and citizenship applications. The Center offers free English lessons for beginners, as well as free lessons and tutoring to help residents prepare for the rigorous test required to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Since March 2020, the Center has raised and disbursed over $600,000 from its COVID-19 relief fund, helping over 200 immigrant families pay for their basic needs.

Berkshire’s Centro de Inmigrantes is celebrating 25 years of service to the local immigrant community with the third annual One World Celebration. Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra encabezan this event of this year with an original mezcla and many Afro Caribbean rhythms such as salsa, merengue, chachachá and Latin jazz. Las entradas include bebidas and aperitivos.

O Berkshire Immigrant Center will mark 25 years of service to the local immigrant community on a third edition of One World Celebration. Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra encabeçam o evento deste ano com a mistura original de alta energia dansante de ritmos afro-caribenhos, como a Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha e Jazz Latino. Os ingressos incluem bebidas e aperitivos.

—AK

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