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Our friends and neighbors in art

Laura Christensen who was most recently part of Boxed Sets in Kidspace and served as our education coordinator until July of this year is part of Contemporary Berkshires, an exhibition at Kolok Gallery opening October 13th 3-5pm. Also in the show is Laurie McLeod who had Waterhaven #1 at MASS MoCA in summer 2004. Kolok Gallery is presenting this exhibition featuring nine contemporary artists based in the Berkshires in conjunction with the second annual North Adams Open Studios weekend. Exhibition runs through December 22, 2007.

North Adams Open Studios, the highly successful citywide art show that debuted last October, returns this year for the weekend of October 13th and 14th. In addition to the exhibition at Kolok Gallery, more than 85 local artists will be exhibiting their artwork at venues throughout the downtown area and mills. The North Adams trolley will transport visitors from one venue to the next and maps will be available with information about artist locations, special activities, parking and the trolley route.

With an opening reception on Saturday, October 13th, from 3-5pm, Kolok Gallery’s Contemporary Berkshires exhibition gives viewers a multi-faceted perspective into the growing contemporary art scene in Berkshire County. Included in the exhibition are artists Laura Christensen, Joshua Field, Brandon Graving, Melissa Lillie, Laurie McLeod, Debi Pendell, Colleen Quinn, Gregory Scheckler, and Karin Stack.

This final exhibition of the 2007 season brings together a broad range of visual aesthetics, media and techniques, demonstrating the creative diversity to be found in the Berkshires. Laurie McLeod, best known for her underwater videography will display a video projection in the gallery as well as video stills. McLeod exhibited at MASS MoCA in 2004 and was one of 14 artists selected by David Bowie to participate in the May 2007 Highline Festival in New York City.

Brandon Graving, a longtime master printmaker in the area, was recently awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant and will be exhibiting her work in 3 museum exhibits in 2008 as well as a solo show at Kolok Gallery. Karin Stack recently exhibited her surreal photographs of bird carvings existing in natural Berkshire landscapes. Gregory Scheckler, Laura Christensen, and Colleen Quinn each hold teaching positions in the art departments of area colleges. Joshua Field and Melissa Lillie have had their studios in North Adams for several years and have recently been exhibiting their work in New York City and Europe. New work by Debi Pendell is the direct result of a 6 week artist residency in Bulgaria in July.

Kolok Gallery represents and exhibits artwork by emerging and mid-career, nationally and internationally-based artists. It is is located on the first floor of the Windsor Mill Gallery, four blocks east of Mass MoCA and downtown North Adams. Limited parking is available in front of the main Windsor Mill entrance with additional parking available in the rear of the building (use Cliff Street for access).

“Contemporary Berkshires” is scheduled to run October 13 through December 22 at the Kolok Gallery‚Äôs Historic Windsor Mill location, 121 Union Street (Route 2), North Adams, MA.

Posted October 8, 2007 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, North Adams
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