Yesterday’s third Wednesday of the month at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA may not have been as exciting as tonight’s Third Thursday, but it did mark the first meeting of the newly enrolled group of artists in our third round of the Assets for Artists program.
A good chunk of the evening was spent getting to know each other and everyone’s work a bit better. Some people were more outgoing about their work than others, but hopefully over the course of our training sessions together everyone will build greater trust and start to feel more comfortable discussing where their artistic enterprise is headed and the challenges and opportunities they face. In the order which they introduced themselves last night, the group includes:
Donna Rivers — Pittsfield-based potter and bead designer, whose “fired arts studio and bead boutique,” serving artisans at all age and ability levels, has recently grown to some 4,000 sf of space at 141 North Street in Pittsfield
William Wright — Pittsfield-based photographer whose recent work has focused on portrait series of veterans and workers in Berkshire County’s paper industry.
Laurie McLeod — a choreographer turned film-maker living in Stockbridge, MA, who creates highly expressive short films in underwater settings, often presented as works of public art in spaces that are rich in water-related associations.
Diane Sullivan — a resident of the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts in North Adams, MA, she primarily makes figurative ceramic sculptures.
Karylee Doubiago — a fiber artist living in Adams, MA, her work may not be “pretty” by typical quilting standards, but her fiber work is nevertheless complex and beautiful, demonstrating a recent interest in incorporating human and animal x-rays
Jeffrey Brace — a creative/freelance writer living in Pittsfield, MA.
And two of our 12 new artists weren’t able to be in attendance last night: Liz DeMarco — a Pittsfield-based designer, photographer and illustrator whose design firm BookMarc Creative is a partnership with another Assets for Artists participant (from Round 2), Nan Bookless; and singer-songwriter Chris Vecchia, who is aiming to record his first album.
Thanks are owed to program partners — MASS MoCA, the Midas Collaborative, Berkshire Creative, Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development, and MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center — for their roles in the recruitment and enrollment of the new group of artists, and to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the City of Pittsfield‘s Department of Community Development, Berkshire Bank, and Citizens Bank for support to fund the matched savings grants and financial and business training.