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Visit us in the heart of the Berkshires

Visit us in the heart of the Berkshires

VISIT

Visit Ferrin Contemporary in the heart of the Berkshires.

soaringslide978x300pxFERRIN CONTEMPORARY, located on the campus of MASS MoCA, is in the heart of the Berkshires, about a three-hour drive from New York and Boston. Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, The Clark, galleries, and many great restaurants make the Berkshires the perfect art vacation destination along with the amazing natural beauty of the mountains themselves.

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“Since the turn of the 20th century, urban creatives have flocked to the Berkshires—a quiet, mountainous region in Massachusetts—as a fresh air summer retreat. Over the years, these fair-weather tourists have left their mark on the area, establishing a rich assortment of arts institutions and seasonal programs highlighting every conceivable discipline, from theater to sculpture.” — Artsy

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Ferrin Contemporary  1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

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MUSEUMS

The Clark

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A 15-minute drive west of Ferrin Contemporary and MASS MoCA, is the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute—recently renovated by Tadao Ando. The permanent collection features European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. The collection is especially rich in French Impressionist and Academic paintings, British oil sketches, drawings, and silver, and the work of American artists Winslow Homer, George Inness, and John Singer Sargent. Click for more.

Williams College Museum of Art

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Only a short drive from The Clark, the college town of Williamstown is unexpectedly buzzing each summer thanks to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. These intimate seasonal performances are matched by the school’s impressive art museum. The museum’s mission, “to advance learning through lively and innovative approaches to art for the students of Williams College and communities beyond the campus” means visitors from outside the college are met with a warm welcome. And, there is no admission fee. Click for more.

MASS MoCA

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MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Click for more.
“A Wall Drawing Retrospective” by Sol Lewitt is worth the trip alone. Click for more. The long-term installation of sculpture and paintings by Anselm Kiefer is housed in a specially repurposed, 10,000 square-foot building at MASS MoCA. Click for more.

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MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

Jacobs Pillow Dance

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times). “The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival. Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit to experience The Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events. Click for more.

Williamstown Theater Festival

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Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. Click for more.

Tanglewood

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Further south, Lenox, Massachusetts, thrives during the summer thanks in part to the legendary Tanglewood Music Festival, which brings acclaimed contemporary classical acts to the rural bandshell. Tanglewood has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Pack a picnic and head to Tanglewood for a starlit night of world-class music. Click for more.


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For a detailed listing of current exhibits, performances, events, and other local offerings, click here to visit Destination Williamstown.

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Ferrin Contemporary

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Housed in an airy building on MASS MoCA’s 16-acre campus, this contemporary art gallery is only a short walk from the museums’s front door. A joint venture between Ferrin Contemporary and Cynthia Reeves Gallery, the shared space serves as a flexible platform for both galleries to stage large-scale exhibitions and programming. Our gallery features contemporary ceramic work in themed exhibitions and solo shows.

“Don’t expect local kitsch—the outpost boasts a rotating program of internationally acclaimed talents like Ron Nagle and Betty Woodman.” Kat Herriman, Artsy Editorial

Ferrin Contemporary’s Art Concierge Services

Let us help plan your visit with a curated itinerary.  We can help you arrange studio visits, navigate various museum exhibitions and performance offerings, as well as recommend trails and outdoor adventures. Click here to contact us by e-mail. Or give us a call.

Click here to view a sample itinerary for a group of 10 visiting the Berkshires. The tour is filled with art in museums, galleries, and artists’ studios along with live entertainment and good food.

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Book Your Stay Today

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Don’t leave your booking until too late. Make your reservations and get the special treatment at PORCHES INN — use the code ARTNA when booking best available rates.

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Posted by REBECCA WEINMAN in Visit
Ceramics Monthly: Cristina Córdova

Ceramics Monthly: Cristina Córdova

Kathleen Whitney, in her article “Cristina Córdova: Involuntary Dialogs” in Ceramics Monthly, February 2016 issue, writes, “For centuries, both painting and sculpture were synonymous with the representation of figures; the earliest images we know are figurative. The foundation of Cristina Córdova’s work lies squarely within this global tradition.”

Click here to read full article.
Click here to see work by Cristina Cordova.

Posted by REBECCA WEINMAN in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
American Craft Magazine: Peter Pincus

American Craft Magazine: Peter Pincus

“Multifaceted” by Sebby Wilson Jacobson, September 2015, American Craft Magazine

Jacobson explores Peter Pincus’s elaborate process, his path to clay, and his motivationto create.
Peter’s work grabs your attention and makes you think, “How the hell did he do that?” But it just sits there and says, “You don’t have to know. Just look at me.” — ceramic sculptor Anne Currier

Click here to read full article.

Jacobson expanded on Pincus’s detailed and painstaking process of creating vessels with a second article,  “Pincus’s 12 -Step Process.”

Click here to read full article.

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Ceramics: Art and Perception “Family Affair”

Ceramics: Art and Perception “Family Affair”

“It is inevitable. As we watch an artist’s work change over time, we also watch the artist’s life unfold.”
In his review, “Family Affair: Isupov and Pärnamets,” Anthony Stellacio brings insight into the work and life of this complex family of accomplished artists.
Ceramics: Art and Perception No. 103 2016
Click here to view full article.

The exhibit, “FAMILY AFFAIR: Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, Roosie Isupov,” was presented by Ferrin Contemporary in its gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA, in the spring of 2015.
Click here to view works in the show.

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The Charlotte Observer: Ready, sculpt, FIRE!

The Charlotte Observer: Ready, sculpt, FIRE!

FireFest, now in its fourth year, is celebrated at STARworks in Star, NC. Each year, it focuses on clay, glass, and metal as they are transformed by intense heat and the hand of the artist. Ferrin Contemporary’s Sergei Isupov is a key player in this year’s festival of fire.

“If all goes according to plan on April 2, a massive, specially designed kiln in this little town 90 minutes east of Charlotte will open like a flower, revealing a 7-foot-tall ceramic sculpture still wreathed in flames.” — Mark Leach, correspondent

Click here to read full article, enjoy a short video, and see more images from FireFest.

April 1 & 2, 2016
FireFest at STARworks
Star, NC

Posted by REBECCA WEINMAN in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
EXPOSED — opening reception

EXPOSED — opening reception

SATURDAY JUNE 18  |  OPENING RECEPTION of  EXPOSED: HEADS, BUSTS, AND NUDES

Join us at Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
on Saturday, June 18 from 4 to 6pm for the opening reception for

EXPOSED: HEADS, BUSTS, AND NUDES

a group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1950–present 
June 18–August 7, 2016

Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Jeanclos George, Gerit Grimm, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Mara Superior, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Jason Walker, Patti Warashina, Beatrice Wood

Click here for more about EXPOSED.

Save the date: DISH + DINE  July 10, 3–9

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The New York Times video: Bouke de Vries

The New York Times video: Bouke de Vries

Video from The New York Times, Art and Design, October 2014.
Dutch artist Bouke de Vries discusses the inspiration behind his work at his West London home and studio.
Click here to view.

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By London Sessions Productions

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RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld

RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld

RE—REANIMATE, REPAIR, MEND AND MELD

co-curated by Paul Scott and Andrew Baseman
a group show of work by contemporary ceramic artists explores the issues of conservation, restoration, over-consumption, reuse, and recycling

Stephen Bowers, Bouke de Vries, Ruan Hoffmann, Noelle Horsfield, Sergei Isupov, Garth Johnson, Adam Lefebvre, Frances Palmer, Paul Scott, Caroline Slotte, Mara Superior, Ai Weiwei

February 13–April 17, 2016

Click here to view or download press release.

Posted by REBECCA WEINMAN in News, Press Releases