BITS & BYTES: Summer Art Exhibition; Beach Island Day; Bidwell House Museum events; Dorset Theater shows Scarecrow; Performances by young artists from BUTI; Clark Institute Events

Sonya Sklaroff, Red Roses in Church, oil on canvas, 30 x 24

Bernay Fine Art presents Summertime art show

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bernay Fine Art, an art gallery in Great Barrington, presents the fourth annual Summertime exhibition which opens on July 15thwith a reception for artists on Saturday July 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sonya Sklaroff is the featured artist in the exhibition with new works from her visit to the Berkshires. Also included are works from the artist’s Pandemic, Cityscape and Tuscany series.

Sklaroff’s paintings are his personal point of view, but viewers are drawn to them because they see the feeling of the place more than the detail. The paintings are snapshots of neighborhoods and landscapes that could be found on any street corner.

The other artists in the exhibition are Olive Ahyens, JoAnne Carson, Warner Friedman, Huguette Martel, Linda Pochesci and Janet Rickus.

Summertime will be on display until August 14. For more information, visit:


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Celebrate the Stockbridge Bowl at Stockbridge Town Beach

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Stockbridge Town Beach Island Day is July 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a rain date of July 23. The morning will begin with family fun and children’s music hosted by a DJ. Decorate a boat then join a parade of boats from Stockbridge Town beach to the island. On the island, join Terry ala Berry for a drumming circle. All are welcome free of charge. Pontoon rides will be offered, but feel free to bring your own kayak, canoe, or paddle board.

Please note that if you are bringing a boat or paddle board that has been in a different body of water, please proceed to the public boat launch first for inspection and lay-out. zebra mussel water.


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Join the Bidwell House Museum for a garden tour and history discussion

MONTEREY, Mass. – On Saturday July 16 at 10 a.m. take a guided tour of Bidwell Gardens with Pat Parkins at the Bidwell House Museum Outdoors. Learn about plants, pollinators, and historically correct plant, vegetable, herb, and dye gardens from colonial times.

This guided tour will last approximately 60 minutes. The pace will be slow, but there is rough terrain around the gardens, so wear appropriate footwear. Please also bring insect repellent and water. If the walk has to be postponed due to rain, participants will be notified 2-3 days in advance.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. This program is limited to 25 people and participants must pre-register on the Museum’s website at: -gardens-with-pat-parkins/

At 11 p.m., attend the Underwriting the United States history talk with Hannah Farber which explains the role of insurance companies in nation building. Farber is an assistant professor of history at Columbia University.

This conference will be held at the Tyringham Union Church at 128 Main Rd in Tyringham. It will be an in-person conference, with the option to also watch a live stream via Zoom. All Zoom participants will receive a link to access the conference a few days in advance.

You can buy tickets on the website in advance or in person at the door. Tickets range from free to $15.


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Heidi Armbruster’s ‘Scarecrow’: Coming to terms with life in 33 days on a farm

The 45th season of the Dorset Theater Festival presents Scarecrow

DORSET, Vermont. — Attend the premiere of Scarecrow on July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dorset Theatre. A touching comedy written and performed by Heidi Armbruster and directed by Dina Janis. This mostly autobiographical piece began to develop during the pandemic in the Festival’s Women Artists Writing Group, and was the subject of a workshop as part of the Pipeline 2021 series of new pieces. Tickets are available for $45 here:

Next up at the Dorset Theater is Back Together Again: The Music of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, starring Christina Acosta Robinson and Ken Robinson, from July 27 to August 7.


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Performances by young BUTI artists scheduled for July and August

Orchestra of young artists in rehearsal with
Ken David Masur. Credit Stratton McCrady.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute announces its concert schedule for summer 2022 beginning with the Young Artists Orchestra under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen on July 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Seiji Ozawa Hall, a concert hall in Stockbridge, Mass. The ensemble will perform Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances”; “Masquerade” by Clyne; Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3; and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis. Tickets are $15, available here:

The Young Artists Wind Ensemble performs on July 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Seiji Ozawa Hall under the direction of David Martins. The program includes the premiere of Peter Martin’s arrangement of Mark Adamo’s “Overture to Lysistrata”; “Roma” by Valerie Coleman; “American Overture” by Joseph Jenkins for orchestra; Robert Smith’s “Divine Comedy”; and “Folk Suite” by William Grant Still.

The showcase of young artists BUTI is underway July 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Seiji Ozawa Hall and pays tribute to Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and director of the BUTI Young Artists Harp Program. The showcase features the world premiere of “Ashe” by Valerie Coleman, commissioned by BUTI and directed by Joseph Conyers.

Young Artist Vocal Program
choir performance. Credit Stratton McCrady.

The concerts of the Orchestra of Young Artists continue July 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Seiji Ozawa Hall.

The Young Artists Wind Ensemble will be led by H. Roberts Reynolds and Mallory Thompson on July 31 at 1:30 p.m. at Seiji Ozawa Hall.

The BUTI Young Artists will participate in the Tanglewood on Parade on August 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

The vocal program of young artists performs on August 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Seiji Ozawa Hall.

The last performance of the Young Artists Orchestra is underway August 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Seiji Ozawa Hall.

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The Clark Art Institute presents a selection of events this coming weekend

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. join the Clark Art Institute for Art For All: Community Day. Admission is free and open to the public rain or shine on the opening day of two art exhibits, Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander, and José Guadalupe Posada: Symbols, Skeletons, and Satire. Enjoy free artistic creation of miniature sculptures and calaveras, watch acrobatic performances by Nimble Arts, and listen to live music by Veronica Robles Mariachi. Snacks, refreshments and some activities will be available for purchase.

José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) Calavera Catrina ca. 1890-1913 Relief print
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas 1978.384.11

The Clark Art Institute inaugurates its new contemporary exhibition entitled Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander on July 16. Present in parallel galleries at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on Clark’s upper campus, the exhibition presents two distinct but complementary artistic practices united by the idea of ​​the meander, a line that avoids each other, both motif and method. The exhibition continues until October 16, 2022.

José Guadalupe Posada: symbols, skeletons and satire opens at the Clark Art Institute on July 16. José Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican cartoonist of caricatures and satirical images. The exhibition features a diverse selection of the artist’s works, drawn from the extensive collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, presents Mexico’s dynamic visual culture in its pre-revolutionary years, and studies the Posada’s influential role in informing and shaping popular opinion. The exhibition is visible at the Clark until October 10, 2022.

The Clark Institute presents a concert by continuo group Ruckus in Fly the Coop! Bach/Sonatas and Preludes, with flautist Emi Ferguson and violinist Keir Gogwilt on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. outdoors at the Clark Art Institute. The performance is described as one of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works, reimagined and made for 21st-century fans of 18th-century performance practice. The concert is free; no registration is required. Bring a picnic and your own seat. In the event of rain, the event moves to Clark’s Auditorium, with seating allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit

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