There are people you think must secretly be twins or triplets living as one person because they seem to accomplish too much and appear in too many places for a single human being. Great Barrington-based artist Gabrielle Senza (who joined Assets for Artists in 2009) is such a person.
Gabrielle has created a renowned body of work as a painter and installation artist, with her pieces exhibited and collected around the world.
She promotes and continues to expand the “Walk Unafraid” collaborative public art project to address child abuse, intimate partner violence and bullying. This has been the main subject of her business planning through Assets for Artists.
She operates the amazing non-profit Berkshire Art Kitchen from her home in Great Barrington, offering shared workspace, a retail operation for contemporary art and artist’s books, and an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and performances.
And she manages to support her fellow artists in the Berkshires not just by presenting their work at BAK but also by attending exhibition openings and other cultural events throughout the region and by generously sharing information about local cultural happenings through her active social networks (@gsenza on Twitter, and in the blogosphere at www.berkshireartkitchen.com, where you are also encouraged to sign up for an email newsletter).
All this, and yet she’s incredibly humble about her work, so I feel obligated to give her the kind of shout-out she deserves.