BITS & BYTES: “Shimmer” exhibition at the BBG; BerkShares exchange rate now 1:1; Seminar on poetry, mental illness and mental health; spring break art camp


Berkshire Botanical Garden’s ‘Shimmer’ exhibit to open April 1

STOCKBRIDGEBerkshire Botanical Garden will present a new exhibition,shimmer,” a collective exhibition curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll. Representing 38 artists from across the country, the exhibition takes place April 1–May 1, in the Anna and Frederick Henry Leonhardt galleries of the Garden. A opening reception will take place Friday, April 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures, each created against the backdrop of dark times but which “inspire hope and transcendence, reminding us of our common humanity”, Muskat said. .

“Move the Needle” by Karin Shaefer, 2022, archival pigment print. Image courtesy BBG

JoAnne Carson created “Sunny” (acrylic on museum panel), which depicts “invented worlds, portals reflecting the instability of life. They also reflect the belief that, despite the frightening decline of our environment, life goes on, and often with exuberance. At Amanda Mason’s “Crow With Heart” (metal print on aluminum) is inspired by paying attention to the present and looking at objects, watching them come to life with light.

Ann Wolf’s “The Whole Magic Universe Is Dying” (gouache on paper) immerses the viewer in the high prairies and deep wooded ravines of his enchanted homeland west of the Hudson River. by Ashley Garrett “Weaver” (oil on canvas) is an intimate opening to the nuance of changing light. “For her, nature is a conduit through which her paintings can shape spaces that open up to spiritual experience.”

In At Caleb Weintraub’s “Secret Sap” (gouache and acrylic on paper), “blinding sunlight turns solids into stains and makes knowledge absurd. The light can get so bright that twigs turn into torches and flowers are fireworks. by Karin Shaefer “Move the Needle” (archival pigment print) provides lucid testimony to the effects of climate change. Depicting a Berkshire stream in winter, Shaefer captures the formation of needle ice, a freezing process that occurs during extreme temperature changes.

Jim Butler painted on behavior, the way we position ourselves, prepare and flaunt our confidence. He revels in the posture and preening of squirrels rearing their horns in sunny backyards in “South Paw” (acrylic on panel).

Additional artists include: Stephanie Anderson, Leslie Carmin, Mary Chatham, Katherine Dykman, Art Evans, Michael Glier, Guzman, Daniel Herwitt, Jennifer Hunold, Lisa Kernan, Sabrina Marques, Donna Moylan, Laini Nemett, Kathy Osborn, Ellen Letcher, Katia Santibanez, Michael St. John, Tara Tucker, Ricky, Caitlin MacBride, Noah Post, Kay Rosen, Jo Ann Secor, Cary Smith, Audrey Stone, Austin Thomas, Julie Torres, Thomas Whitridge, Eric Wolf, Geoffrey Young and Chris Zitelli.


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BerkShares Local Currency Exchange Rate Change

Image courtesy of BerkShares

GREAT BARRINGTON – From this week BerkShares can be exchanged 1:1 for federal dollars. The BerkShares Board of Directors believes this change will allow a broader range of businesses to participate in the local BerkShares economy. Greater participation will mean Berkshire citizens will have more places to spend BerkShares. Greater participation will also mean that companies accepting BerkShares (B$) will have more places to put them back into circulation.

If companies need to convert the excess billions back into dollars, a 1.5% fee will be charged, instead of the previous 5%. This exchange rate is the same as that of the new mobile payment application.

For example, at branches of participating banks, you can now:

  • Acquire B$100 in exchange for US$100
  • Exchange B$100 for US$98.50

The successful operation of the BerkShares program is largely down to the participating local banks: Lee Bank, Pittsfield Co-op Bank and Salisbury Bank and Trust. These banks have made a remarkable commitment to the idea of ​​a local economy. Please be patient with their cashiers while the new exchange rate takes effect. Credit also goes to the 400 local businesses that accept BerkShares. Their support and creativity have been essential in getting BerkShares out into our community.

More than 10 million BerkShares have been distributed since the program’s inception in 2006. People increasingly see BerkShares as a model of a stable, localized, value-added economy and an alternative to a declining national economy. The BerkShares board and staff are committed to growing the project at a reasonable pace and giving viewers even more things to talk about.


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Interfacing: poetry, mental illness and mental health

Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives. Photo courtesy of Stockbridge Library Association

STOCKBRIDGE – The Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives and the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center will present Interfacing: poetry, mental illness and mental health, Saturday April 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Four poets from Berkshire County, all linked to the mental health professions, will discuss ideas about the powerful relationship between poetry, mental illness and mental health, and read selected works.

Owen Lewis of Stockbridge, a practicing psychiatrist, author of three books of poetry and professor of narrative medicine, will chair the seminar. He will be joined by Richard Berlin of Richmond, a practicing psychiatrist and author of four books of poetry, as well as the collection of essays “Poets on Prozac”; Hannah Fries of Sandisfield, author of a volume of poetry and ‘Forest Bathing Retreat’, which explores mindfulness and nature; and Patty Crane of Windsor, former nurse and translator of Nobel Prize-winning poet-psychologist Tomas Transtromer. The seminar will be moderated by Kate Daniels, author of six collections of poetry and most recently, “Slow Fuse of the Possible, A Memoir of Poetry and Psychoanalysis”.

This program is free and open to the public. The discussion will take place in person at the Stockbridge Library. For more information, email [email protected]


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Spencertown Academy Offers Spring Break Art Camp With Jacqueline Rogers

Illustrator Jacqueline Rogers. Photo courtesy of Spencertown Academy

SPENCERTOWN, NYSpencertown Academy Arts Center will present Kaboom character spring break art camp with children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Rogers, the April 19 to 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The workshop is aimed at young people aged 10 to 15. Tuition is $100 and scholarships are available. To inquire about financial support, email [email protected] and To register click here.

Illustrator of New York Times bestselling children’s books, Rogers will host three days of character creation and story building. Campers will draw and paint their own characters and settings, resulting in a large final project ready for display. All art supplies will be provided, along with snacks and bottled water.

Jacqueline Rogers has been writing and illustrating picture books for over 35 years. In 2012, she illustrated Beverly Cleary’s beloved Ramona series, as well as “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” and the books of Henry Huggins. His other works include illustrations for the New York Times bestsellers “Our Great Big Backyard” written by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (2016) and “Little Ree” written by Ree Drummond (2017). In 2019, HarperCollins released “Goblin Moon,” a Halloween poem that Rogers both wrote and illustrated.



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