November First Fridays Artswalk, Downtown Pittsfield, MA

The November 3rd First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a dozen art shows featuring over a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District. Venues will reach as far south as the Berkshire Museum and as far North as Berkshire Medical Center. The November First Fridays Artswalk will kick –off with opening receptions and artists present throughout the “walk” from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. There will be a free guided walking tour lead by Artswalk co-founder Mary McGinnis beginning at 5 pm on November 3rd at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

 

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, will present artworks by the Soldier On’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative for the month of November. Soldier On’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative (VCAI) in Berkshire and Hampshire counties engages homeless veterans in the arts and cultural activities to promote healing and expand veterans’ social personal networks of support. Mediums in the November show include oil paint, acrylic paint, pencil, ink, pastels, and mixed media.

 

The exhibit will open during First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, November 3rd, 5 to 8 pm, and will close on November 25th.
Michael King will be showing a collection of his artwork entitled “Mixed Vision” at Steven Valenti’s Clothing, 157 North Street, from October 30th to November 28th.

 

Michael King retired from the US Army in 2015 after 21 years of active federal service at the rank of Sergeant Major. As an enlisted member of the Military Police Corps, he successfully deployed to Iraq twice as both a Platoon Sergeant and a First Sergeant. He is a professional artist currently in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

“I create art in leather, mixed media, and sculpture to capture complex issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addiction. These themes can be found in the images I create that look below the surface of daily life, both figuratively and literally”, says Michael. “I have a tendency to work with materials that are difficult to manipulate and are unforgiving. Leather, for example, leaves no room for error. This forces me to be precise and be a problem solver.”

 

There will be a reception with the artist during First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, November 3rd, 5 to 8 pm.

 

New shows from local artists will also be displayed at the following locations as part of First Fridays Artswalk: RJ Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, the Brothership Building Window, Berkshire Medical Center, The Marketplace Café, Berkshire Paint and Sip, The Kinderhook Group Real Estate, Hotel on North, the Whitney Center for the Arts, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, and The Funky Phoenix.

 

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.

 

Contact contributor Kimberly Cortes-Gritman at intern2@downtownpittsfield.com

Kimberly is a Downtown Coordinator and Lead Coordinator of First Fridays Artswalk.

 

Images: (left to right) KC Pearson, Susan Sabino, Soldier On’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative