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Events 10/08/2021

10/08/2021 (Friday)

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective

After nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team of some sixty-five artists and art students, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective is fully installed. The historic exhibition opens to the public at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), in North Adams, Massachusetts, on November 16, 2008, and will remain on view for twenty-five years. Conceived by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, in collaboration with the artist before his death in April 2007, the project has been undertaken by the Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. The 27,000-square-foot structure, known as Building #7, has been fully restored for the exhibition by Bruner/Cott & Associates architects, which has closely integrated the building into the museum’s main circulation plan through a series of elevated walkways, a dramatic new vertical lightwell, and new stairways.

The works in the exhibition are on loan from numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Yale University Art Gallery, to which LeWitt designated the gift of a major representation of his wall drawings, as well as his wall-drawing archive.

Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, states, “Watching this grand installation of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings progress over the past six months has been nothing short of thrilling. In addition to providing an enduring exhibition of great beauty, this retrospective will enable visitors to behold for the first time the full trajectory of a major aspect of Sol’s artistic career. Until today, the only way to view multiple LeWitt wall drawings has been to travel far and wide, pursuing them individually in situ or in temporary museum exhibitions. Now, visitors will be able to return to MASS MoCA again and again to experience this visual feast of Sol’s wall drawings in a single location, doing so at their leisure over the next twenty-five years.”

LeWitt—who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution—is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings. His experiments with the latter commenced in 1968 and were considered radical, in part because this new form of drawing was purposely temporal and often executed not just by LeWitt but also by other artists and students whom he invited to assist him in the installation of his artworks.

Each wall drawing begins as a set of instructions or simple diagram to be followed in executing the work. As the exhibition makes clear, these straightforward instructions yield an astonishing—and stunningly beautiful—variety of work that is at once simple and highly complex, rigorous and sensual. The drawings in the exhibition range from layers of straight lines meticulously drawn in black graphite pencil lead, to rows of delicately rendered wavy lines in colored pencil; from bold black-and-white geometric forms, to bright planes in acrylic paint arranged like the panels of a folding screen; from sensuous drawings created by dozens of layers of transparent washes, to a tangle of vibratory orange lines on a green wall, and much more. Forms may appear to be flat, to recede in space, or to project into the viewer’s space, while others meld to the structure of the wall itself.

MASS MoCA Director Joseph C. Thompson comments, “With this exhibition, Sol LeWitt has left an amazing gift for us all. Great art draws upon previous artists, but also contradicts and contravenes. And the most essential art argues for new ways of seeing, even as it is almost immediately absorbed into the work that surrounds and supersedes it. As I believe will be evident in this landmark exhibition, LeWitt’s wall drawings rise to those highest of standards. We look forward to having this amazing collection of works on long-term view as a sort of proton at the center of our museum around which our program of changing exhibitions and performances will orbit with even more energy.”

Project History

The impetus for Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective was a 2004 conversation between Reynolds and LeWitt. This evolved and resulted in a commitment by the artist to give a substantial number of his wall drawings and his entire wall-drawing archive to the Yale University Art Gallery, which already owned an extensive array of LeWitt’s art in multiple mediums. Realizing that the Gallery did not have enough space to install and maintain a large number of the artist’s wall drawings at any one time, Reynolds suggested to LeWitt that MASS MoCA, with its historic mill complex, growing audience, and history of realizing ambitious new works of art, might be able to accommodate an extended retrospective of the works.

Reynolds and LeWitt then met with Thompson, who introduced the artist to Building #7. The structure, situated at the center of MASS MoCA’s multi-building complex and featuring large banks of windows that open onto two flanking courtyards, appealed to LeWitt as an ideal site for a multi-floor installation of his work. In addition to the new interior walls, which he designed in consultation with Bruner/Cott & Associates, his specifications for the space included a plan that would leave nearly all of the existing exterior masonry walls and large windows intact, providing direct side lighting and offering beautiful views to surrounding courtyards and the Berkshire Hills beyond. Bruner/Cott integrated the galleries with MASS MoCA’s existing plan by re-activating existing elevated connector-bridges and adding new ones, and by creating a new three-story lightwell. The design thus links the building to MASS MoCA’s signature Building #5 and provides vertical circulation and handicapped access.

Retrospective Installation and Education Opportunities

“Detailed,” “painstaking,” and “strangely liberating” are terms that have been used to describe the experience of creating Sol LeWitt’s monumental wall drawings. The drawings at MASS MoCA were executed over a six-month period by a team comprising twenty-two of the senior and experienced assistants who worked with the artist over many years; thirty-three student interns from Yale University, Williams College, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and fourteen other colleges and universities; and thirteen local artists and recent graduates and post-graduates from many of the nation’s leading studio-art programs. MASS MoCA’s North Adams location, just five miles from Williams College, offers a unique educational opportunity for Williams’s undergraduates and those enrolled in its graduate art-history program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute to participate in this special exhibition. Like Yale, Williams is among the primary training grounds for professionals in the field of art history, and the LeWitt collaboration, to be accompanied by a variety of educational programs, will offer students many opportunities to study the work of this important artist.

In conjunction with the project, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is creating a series of programs and shorter-term companion “teaching exhibitions” in a space at the entrance of Building #7 and at the WCMA. The first of these, The ABCDs of Sol LeWitt, opens at WCMA on November 14, 2008. It includes important works from LeWitt’s private collection that help elucidate the underlying grammar of the artist’s work and ideas.

WCMA Director Lisa Corrin says, “Our goal is to have Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective serve as an extension of the Williams campus—a classroom of sorts for our students and those from other colleges and universities. LeWitt’s art offers challenging teaching opportunities for faculty from across academic disciplines. The WCMA staff will help professors craft curricula related to the exhibition. All three of the museums partnering in the retrospective play a major role in the training and support of many of the artworld’s future leaders, and this adventurous collaboration will offer a new generation of students unprecedented firsthand exposure to the work of a major artist of our time.”

Exhibition Publication

On the occasion of Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, MASS MoCA and Yale University Press are producing Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, a hardcover book with 100 new essays. Contributors are drawn from a wide array of expertise and fields of specialization. Authors include critics and scholars Lynne Cooke, Chrissie Iles, Lucy Lippard, Saul Ostrow, Ingrid Sischy, and Robert Storr, and visual and performing artists John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Lucinda Childs, Chuck Close, Steve Reich, Matthew Ritchie, and Dorothea Rockburne, among many others. The publication, which includes 150 color plates, may be ordered through Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store.

Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonné

In 2010, the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale University Press will co-publish Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonné. The basic design for this three-volume scholarly resource, a project of the Gallery, was created by the artist during his lifetime. The book will contain descriptive texts, diagrams, installation photographs, and more for all of the 1,261 wall drawings that LeWitt realized from 1968 to 2007. A DVD illustrating both the proper uses of materials and drawing techniques to be employed in realizing LeWitt’s basic “families” of wall drawings will also be included, providing a helpful guide to their proper future installation, as well as to the drawings’ long-term care and conservation.

Conserving the Legacy of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings

To additionally preserve the artistic legacy of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings in perpetuity, the Yale University Art Gallery has endowed a position for a drawing conservator through the generosity of Yale alumnus Theodore P. Shen, b.a. 1966, and his wife, Mary Jo Shen. In time, this conservator will oversee the LeWitt wall-drawing archive and other works on paper at Yale and will train new assistants to install the artist’s wall-drawing collection at Yale as well as those owned by individuals and public institutions worldwide.

James Turrell- Into The Light

In James Turrell’s hands, light is more than simply a source of illumination: it is a discrete, physical object. His sculptures and architectural interventions elevate our experience and perception of light and space. Squares of sky seem to float, suspended, in ceilings or walls; architecture disintegrates; and brilliant geometric shapes levitate in midair. Turrell began using light as a sculptural medium in 1966, painting the windows of his studio in Santa Monica to seal off the natural light and experimenting with projections. His practice has been shaped by the ongoing manipulation of architecture, framing and altering the way viewers engage with the environment. A pioneer in the Southern California Light and Space movement, MASS MoCA will present a multi-decade retrospective of Turrell’s work in Building 6 — with galleries designed and constructed specially to best accentuate his installations. This exhibition will feature a major work from each decade of the artist’s career.

Gamaliel Rodrigues: La Travesia / Le Voyage

Gamaliel Rodríguez’s large-scale works on paper imagine landscapes inspired by the two-fold character of his native Puerto Rico, which the artist recently described as a mix of “beauty and chaos.” Merging industrial and natural environments, Rodríguez depicts abandoned structures surrounded by verdant greenery — which he often renders as an aerial view. Devoid of a human presence, the overgrown buildings have a dystopic yet familiar feel, prompting mis-recognitions by viewers reminded of locations in their own hometowns. Though the artist’s subjects are fictitious, they are inspired by the accumulation of manufacturing projects in Puerto Rico established and ultimately abandoned by US companies lured by tax breaks and cheap labor in the mid-20th century.

Rodríguez is currently working on a new 60-foot work on paper for MASS MoCA’s Hunter Hallway. Inspired by his experience of North Adams and its post-industrial landscape during his time in the museum’s studio residency program, Rodríguez’s drawing conflates the repurposed architecture of MASS MoCA’s large, former-factory complex with architecture of Puerto Rico and other locations from around the globe.

Using felt, acrylic, colored pencil, and ballpoint pen, Rodríguez skillfully renders his hyper-realistic landscapes in rich blues and purples that are simultaneously seductive and unsettling. Mari Rodríguez Binnie, art historian and art professor at Williams College, connected the blue ballpoint pen so prevalent in the artist’s work to its role as the quintessential bureaucractic tool. It is indeed an overwhelmed bureaucracy (and mountains of certificates and forms) often blamed for blocking local entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico, which is overly dependent on outside investment. The pen became ubiquitous in the same period during and after WWII that witnessed “Operation Bootstrap,” the government’s efforts to diversify its sugar-based economy and bring modern industry to the island.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It's Time for Dinner

Fridays October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

Saturday October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th 

9:30am – 4:00 pm

 

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It's Time for Dinner

Visit with our open-hearth cooks as they prepare dishes inspired by the faux food exhibits at the Williams House and the Sheldon House. The cooks will use period recipes to prepare dishes like pork and beans, forced cabbage, or carrot pudding.

Shelburne Falls Farmers' Market (

Time: (2:00pm - 6:00pm)

Drop by for some fresh, local vegetables from our wonderful growers. Purchase fresh, home-made bread and other treats. Pick up your local, pasture raised eggs and meat.  Find hand-spun wools and other hand-made gifts.Every week we will have musicians playing on the green, you are invited to come dance, play, eat or just relax and enjoy your Friday evening with us.

One Friday each month is dedicated to a special market day:

Summer Solstice Celebration – June 18th 
Children’s Day – July 23rd 
Barbeque Day- August 20th 
Customer Appreciation Day – September 24th 
Cider Day – October 8th

Please visit our Facebook page for more updates on the market, our vendors, and our special days!

Westminster Farmers Market

The Westminster Farmers' Market is committed to enhancing their local economy by bringing together local food producers and making their products easily available to the public.

Grass-fed beef, Pastured Pork, Goat Cheese, Cheddars and Goudas, Milk, Artisan Breads, fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, seedlings,eggs, artisan soaps, handcrafted cutting boards, bird houses, jewelry, alpaca wool, household items and crafts, fudge, wood-fired pizza, pesto, salsa, ice cream

www.westminstermafarmersmarket.com

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Every Friday afternoon we have local musicians creating an upbeat atmosphere that keeps the market hoping. Entertainment At The Gazebo 2021Schedule - (subject to change without notice due to artist cancellations and/or weather- related issues)

May 7th              Nate Grigos

May 14th           Shear Brothers
May 21st           Bob Jordan
May 28th           Chris Baum
June 4th             Ward Bowne 
June 11th           Joe Reidy

 

June 18th           Evan Foisy
June 25th           Sean Fullerton
July 2nd              The Dales
July 9th              Jeff Mendoza
July 16th            Hip Swayers
July 23rd            David Malouin
July 30th            Big River Jazz Band (Mike Meehan)
August 6th        Ward Bowne
August 13th      Bob Jordan
August 20th      Evan Foisy
August 27th      John Sullivan
September 3rd               Joe Reidy
September 10th            David Malouin
September 17th            John Sullivan
September 24th            Hip Swayers
October 1st       Nate Grigos
October 8th      Shear Brothers
October15th     Chris Baum
October 22nd   Jeff Mendoza
October 29th    Sean Fullerton

 

Entertainment at the Gazebo in Westminster

Every Friday afternoon we have local musicians creating an upbeat atmosphere that keeps the market hoping.

Entertainment At The Gazebo 2021 Schedule - (subject to change without notice due to artist cancellations and/or weather- related issues)

May 7thNate Grigos
May 14th Shear Brothers
May 21st  Bob Jordan
May 28th  Chris Baum
June 4th Ward Bowne
June 11th Joe Reidy

June 18th Evan Foisy
June 25th [ Sean Fullerton
July 2nd              The Dales
July 9th               Jeff Mendoza
July 16th             Hip Swayers
July 23rd             David Malouin
July 30th             Big River Jazz Band (Mike Meehan)
August 6th         Ward Bowne
August 13th       Bob Jordan
August 20th       Evan Foisy
August 27th       John Sullivan
September 3rd                Joe Reidy
September 10th              David Malouin
September 17th            John Sullivan
September 24th              Hip Swayers
October 1st        Nate Grigos
October 8th       Shear Brothers
October15th      Chris Baum
October 22nd    Jeff Mendoza
October 29th     Sean Fullerton

 

 

About the Entertainers

CHRISTOPHER BAUM: Christopher is a 12 year old competitive solo piper throughout the northeast and is one of the top pipers in the eastern US for under the age of 18. He is a member of the NH Pipes & Drums and has played in several parades in New Hampshire, Massachusetts & Rhode Island. In addition to competing as a solo piper with NH Pipes & Drums, Christopher performs at area farmers markets, performs with local bands,/musicians,  pipes at funerals, retirement events, weddings, and other gatherings. He studies the art of the bagpipes at the New England Scottish Arts Centre in NH.

 

WARD BROWNE: I play mostly soft and regular rock, as a rhythm guitarist, such as some Beatles, some Eagles, some Pink Floyd, some Tom Petty etc., mostly playing acoustic 6 and 12 sting guitars. Most of the songs I play are without vocals. Steve Nickerson will be assisting with some of the songs, with playing and vocals.

 

BIG RIVER JAZZ BAND: Three generations of musicians playing keyboard, percussion, sax, trumpet and trombone treat the audience to swing, old school jazz and big band classics. "Mack the Knife", "Ain't She Sweet", "I Ain't Got Nobody", and "Baby Face" are some of the tunes included in their repetoire. This is a great show you won't want to miss!

MARY AND DICK DALE: Mary and Dick Dale are an acoustic guitar duo who bring their amazing vocals to various venues around Central Massachusetts.   They play a mix of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Neil Young, Adele and Brandi Carlile.   Mary has a special knack for finding artists & songs that can truly speak to your soul. Find more online at https://maryanddickdale.com/

 

SEAN FULLERTON: Sean Fullerton specializes in acoustic blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Fingerstyle Guitar using 6 String, 12 String and Dobro guitars and Harmonica. He has been a successful singer/songwriter, recording engineer and producer since 1995. Find more info on www.seanfullertonmusic.net or www.facebook.com/sean.fullerton.37

NATE GRIGOS: Nate blends folky improvisational jams on the bouzouki style mandolin. He also plays covers on guitar from artists like The Doors and Lou Reed.  Find more on https://www.facebook.com/kellyandtribe

THE HIP SWAYERS: Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers combine hot picking, syncopated rhythms and soulful harmonies in an eclectic mix of catchy originals and old-time twangy country that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying.  They have just released their second CD of original hip tunes and enduring classics titled Swayfully Yours. webpage: http://www.hipswayers.com/  ; facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HipSwayers/; youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcRHxHxuup

 

MICHAEL NEWTON:  I am 16 years old and have been playing classical violin since the age of seven. In more recent years I have added fiddle tunes and movie tunes to my repertoire. I’ve been a member of the North County Music Youth String Orchestra for the past 6 years. I was homeschooled throughout elementary and middle school, and am currently a sophomore at Monty Tech studying CAD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design.) I am also working towards my Eagle Scout, and I’m a Lance Corporal in the JROTC program at school.

 

JEFF MENDOZA: From the Dust Bowl to Detroit, Dylan to Davies, drawing selections from Sandberg's Songbag, Jeff Mendoza teaches us where we've come from and forecasts where we may be headed in his American collection of folksongs, legends and tall tales.

JOE REIDY:  Joe Reidy is an active touring musician/singer/songwriter in New England.  His Farmer’s Market appearances focus on his original compositions and his unique arrangements of well known popular songs from the 1960’s to today, guaranteed to get you tapping your foot, dancing and singing along.  Joe also appears regularly with Sue and Steve Nickerson at The Farmer’s Market where they perform bluegrass, traditional and Celtic favorites.  The Wachusett Jazz website is:  www.wachusettjazz.com. His Myspace website is:  www.myspace.com/joereidymusic ​

KATHRYN SWANTEE:  Kathryn Swantee is a local artist and musician.  She has been playing her 12 string guitar and singing since the age of 16.  Her repertoire consists of songs from the 70's & 80's with some country mixed in. 



Petersham Farmer Market (

Time: (10:00am - 1:00pm)

At the Petersham Friday Market, more than a dozen local farm families and crafters offer organic produce, fresh corn and other produce, locally raised meat, chicken, local eggs, local honey, baked goods, home-baked dog cookies, herbal remedies, handmade soaps and other craft items. The menu of choices changes with the seasons.
Also promotes programs offered by Petersham Grange 95 and by local healthcare and social service accessible place from which those groups can deliver information to the public.
The Friday Market offers its program of free music each Friday

Friday Market Music Schedule: * tentative

June 4 - Barrett Anderson Band

June 11- Nate Martel

June 18 -Evan Goodrow

June 25 - Hip Swayers

July 2 - Drew Paton

July 9 - The Equalites

July 16 - Stillwater String Band

July 23 - Chuck and Mud

July 30 - The Big Chief

August 6 - Bob Jordan

August 13 - Stone Line Band

August 20 – Spinelli*
August 27 - Erin Harpe - Delta Blues
September 3 – Rebel Alliance

September 10 - Oak and Elm *

September 17 –  Lunar Carnival

September 24 – Joel Cage

October 1 - Ken Leyva

October 8 - Muddy Ruckus *

October 15 – L&M Rythm Kings

October 22 - TBD