First Fridays Artswalk’s 2016 Season to Kick-off February 5th in Downtown Pittsfield

The February 5th First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District, with venues as far south as the Berkshire Museum and as far North as Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. The February First Fridays Artswalk will kick –off with opening receptions and artists present throughout the “walk” from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, February 5th. Live music featuring John Culpo, Teddies Dipietro and Company will be in the Crawford Square, 137 North Street from 5 to 8 pm. The evening will culminate with an Afterwalk Dance Party from 8 to 10 pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA, free and open to the public. Please check with venues for hours of operation. For more information on First Fridays Artswalk and to view a listing and map of all participating artists and locations, visit www.FirstFridaysArtswalk.com or call 413-443-6501.

  • Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will present a group show of iPhone Photography presented by Sohn Fine Art Gallery, in collaboration with Cultural Pittsfield’s 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. “iMotif” will be on view at Hotel on North February 2nd through March 2nd. There will be a reception during First Fridays Artswalk on February 5th, 5 to 8 pm, and a second reception on February 12th, 5 to 7 pm.
  • The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue, will present “Tangled heART”, with an opening reception during Artswalk from 5 to 8 pm. Appropriately, given the month and a variety of attending circumstances, the show ventures heroically into the myriad facets of the earth, sky, and waters of the love emotion; it brings together a carefully selected supergroup of regional artists to delight and propel the viewer through the exhibit, in a simultaneously harmonal and discordant choral interpretation of the theme.Artists selected include:  Ken Bastard, Michael Vincent Bushy, Lucie Castaldo, Grier Horner, Kas Maroney, Leo Mazzeo, Lisa Merullo, Scott Taylor, Tammara Leminen, and Rosemary Starace.
  • The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, will present IS183 Art School’s Learning Through Arts (LTA) Showcase, an exhibition of artwork from close to 200 K-12th grade regional students who participated in the LTA after-school art program this fall. The show will be on display from February 5th to the 27th, with a soft opening during First Fridays Artswalk, on February 5th from 5 to 8pm. There will be an Opening Reception on February 11th from 5 to 7pm, as part of the 5th Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

New shows from local artists will also be displayed at the following locations as part of First Fridays Artswalk: Unusual Wedding Rings & More, Berkshire Paint and Sip, Shire City Sanctuary, The Marketplace Café, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, and Bagels Too.

First Fridays Artswalk is presented by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Most art exhibits are on display in participating venues throughout the month. Please check with venues for hours of operation. For more information on First Fridays Artswalk and to view a listing and map of all participating artists and locations, visit www.FirstFridaysArtswalk.com or call 413-443-6501.