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Ferrin Contemporary Presents | SERGEI ISUPOV | The Road to Cummington at Project Art

Sergei Isupov | The Road to Cummington

In-person artist talks At Project Art at 54 Main Street during the 2023 Hilltown Open Studio Tour

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30 & SUNDAY OCTOBER 1


CUMMINGTON, MA—

Join Ferrin Contemporary as it sponsors its Open House/ Talk & Tour Event at the Cummington Space:

In 2006, Sergei Isupov moved to Cummington, MA to establish Project Art with Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary. Arriving in the USA in 1994 from Estonia, he lived in Kentucky, Virginia and now, for 17 years in Cummington. Isupov was joined by his wife, Kadri Pärnamets from Estonia in 2008. Their daughter Roosi, now 13, grew up at Project Art and is also creating artwork in the family’s shared studio. Sergei’s family who still live in Kyiv, Ukraine, are also producing artists.

Isupov’s reputation is international, both as a sculptor and teacher. He is highly sought after by students who seek him out from throughout the world to take workshops and participate in his performance-based fire sculptures. Isupov’s works are shown and collected in museums throughout the world. A recent mosaic 10′ high sculpture “Miss Comet” was produced in 2022 with shards donated by the community and is now on view permanently on Main Street in the newly designated Cummington Cultural District, the first awarded to a small, rural community by Mass Cultural Council.

This event is sponsored by Ferrin Contemporary.

For more information about HOST, visit the Hilltown Arts Alliance website.

Isupov’s ceramic sculptures on view in the gallery at Project Art trace his career with works made in studios throughout the world (Estonia, Hungary, and in the USA) and date from 1990 – present. 

Sergei Isupov will give a tour of Project Art and speak about his work each day, September 30 and October 1 at 1 pm

The talk will run for 45 minutes and is limited to 30 people each day at Project Art at 54 Main Street, Cummington.

RSVP for SATURDAY

September 30 Talk/Tour HERE

RSVP for SUNDAY

October 1 Talk/Tour HERE

Project Art Open House


During the Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Part of the Open House at Project Art

during the 2023 Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Ferrin Contemporary will open the doors of its 54 Main Street Showroom to the public.

Beginning September 30th, the long-time residents of Cummington will be open by appointment to interested collectors, arts professionals, ceramic artists, and art fans.

Stop by 54 Main Street in Cummington MA to meet Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets and see their wonderful work.

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Isupov’s ceramic sculptures on view in the gallery at Project Art trace his career with works made in studios throughout the world (Estonia, Hungary, and the USA) and date from 1990 – present.

Sergei Isupov is an Estonian-American sculptor internationally known for his highly detailed, narrative works. Isupov explores painterly figure-ground relationships, creating surreal sculptures with a complex artistic vocabulary that combines two- and three-dimensional narratives and animal/human hybrids. He works in ceramics using traditional hand-building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using colored stains highlighted with clear glaze.
Learn more about Sergei Isupov here.
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ANNOUNCING | Ferrin Contemporary Anchors at Project Art in Cummington, MA

Ferrin Contemporary Anchors at Project Art in 2023


NORTH ADAMS, MA to CUMMINGTON, MA

ARE WE THERE YET? is a celebration of Ferrin Contemporary’s 40+ years as leaders in the field of modern and contemporary ceramics. What began in 1979 as a woman-owned cooperative studio and gallery in Northampton, MA has flourished across the years and the locations to become the international ceramic experts and material champions known as Ferrin Contemporary.

Part of the Open House at Project Art

during the 2023 Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Ferrin Contemporary will open the doors of its 54 Main Street Showroom to the public.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

During the course of four decades, the gallery has championed artists whose primary medium is clay. Beginning with a commitment to providing support for living artists, decades-long relationships grew with artists whose works explore traditions and history, deliver social commentary, experiment with the material, and use the medium to challenge themselves to produce new works.

As part of the exhibition Are We There Yet? that ushered Ferrin Contemporary from North Adams to Cummington, selected classic works will be presented directly from the artists’ archives or offered by private collectors, illustrating career highlights both in the Project Art 54 Main Street Showroom and online.

The exhibition asks us, the artists, and the collectors to reflect on the road we’ve taken and invites the public to join the dialog while we speculate about the future.

WHY HERE? WHY NOW?

With the 2023 designation of Cummington as a cultural district, and the central location of Project Art to the gallery’s lives and growing focuses, the choice to highlight this unique space and follow this momentum on The Road to Cummington, was the right path for Gallery Director Leslie Ferrin, and Associates Isabel Twanmo (pictured left) and Alexandra Jelleberg (right).

Project Art Open House | During the Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Beginning September 30th, the long-time residents of Cummington will be open by appointment to interested collectors, arts professionals, ceramic artists, and art fans.

Stop by 54 Main Street in Cummington MA to meet Sergei Isupov & Kadri Parnamets and see their work, and view the 54 Main Street Showroom at Project Art

Sergei Isupov | The Road to Cummington

Join Ferrin Contemporary as it sponsors its first Open House Event at the Cummington Space:

Sergei Isupov | The Road to Cummington

RSVP for SATURDAY, September 30 Talk/Tour HERE

RSVP for SUNDAY, October 1 Talk/Tour HERE

MORE ON THE MOVE & TIMELY EXHIBITION


A JOURNEY IN CERAMICS

NORTH ADAMS — Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to look back.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is doing just that with “Are We There Yet?” It’s an exhibition that is one-part retrospective, one part celebration. It’s a show about evolution, of transition.

It’s an introspective show, for Ferrin, who after 40-plus years in the ceramics market is pondering the next phase of Ferrin Contemporary.

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ARE WE THERE YET? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

A JOURNEY IN CERAMICS

NORTH ADAMS — Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to look back.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is doing just that with “Are We There Yet?” It’s an exhibition that is one-part retrospective, one part celebration. It’s a show about evolution, of transition.

It’s an introspective show, for Ferrin, who after 40-plus years in the ceramics market is pondering the next phase of Ferrin Contemporary.

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CERAMICS GALLERIST LESLIE FERRIN & “ARE WE THERE YET?” Featured in Rural Intelligence

“Are We There Yet?” opening at Ferrin Contemporary on July 15 is not just another Berkshire summer gallery exhibition. Well, it is and it’s not. Most works, including newly created pieces, are for sale. But some are on loan from private collectors and artist archives, which is odd for a commercial gallery —particularly one of this caliber. Ferrin Contemporary is renowned for its specialization in contemporary ceramics and introduction of living clay artists to a wider population of art appreciators and collectors.

But “Are We There Yet?” is a uniquely introspective exhibition for gallery owner Leslie Ferrin as well as the 20 participating artists and the community at large. You could call it a survey show, but not of a specific artist’s work. It’s a survey show of the gallery itself.”

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OUR AMERICA/WHOSE AMERICA? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Norman Rockwell’s illustrations with their “armies of perfectly imperfect girls” never resonated with artist Niki Johnson, a member of the “Atari 2600” generation, as they peered at her from porcelain commemorative plates that seemed to be everywhere during her youth — the pages of magazines, television screens, the walls of middle America’s homes.

And yet, some 30 years later, she would begin purchasing these commemorative plates, at thrift stores for just a few dollars each, tucking them away for a moment that felt right, for a project yet unrealized. Over a decade, she would amass a collection of a few hundred Rockwell plates, along with dozens of other motifs and designs featuring American landscapes, playing children, churches and historical landmarks, flora and fauna.

CRANK vases, installation view, 2019, Coiled Red Earthenware – Kid Tested Mother Approved, 13 x 13 x 22″

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Sergei Isupov’s Fire Sculpture & TurnPark Summer Event Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“Two clay heads nestle cheek to cheek, hidden inside a tall outdoor wood-fired kiln that has burned since dawn. In the darkness of night, the sides of the kiln are lowered, like petals on a tulip, revealing a glowing red-hot 8-foot sculpture, flames licking at its base and shooting out of perforations in the form. Soon the kiln sides will close again, letting the artwork cool slowly before taking its place among the sculptures of TurnPark Art Space.

“Earth & Sky,” a rare fire sculpture by world-renowned Estonian/Ukrainian American artist Sergei Isupov…”

Sergei Isupov, “Fire Sculpture” Guildagergaard, July 2017. photo courtesy of Pricilla Mouritzen

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Sergei Isupov: PAST & PRESENT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“Sergei Isupov’s newest sculptures are tiny universes filled with never-ending narratives in the round.

There are men and women engaged in intimate conversations, traveling in cars and on foot; a mechanic fixes a car; a cat looms large in the background as a couple lounges on a lawn gazing skyward. In all there is an air of urgency; of waiting for the other shoe to drop; of hope.

The work, he insists, is not in response to the war in Kyiv, Ukraine, where his parents, a brother, live and work.

“I made all of this listening to the stories on the radio and talking to my parents every day about what they are going through…”

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MELTING POINT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“Pale pink ferns drip down the side of a cornucopia, pooling in glass puddles besides the melting statue. Amber Cowan’s “Cornucopia in Shell” is on view as part of “Melting Point” at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams.

Amber Cowan’s “Cornucopia in Shell” melts silently on a shelf in Ferrin Contemporary’s North Adams gallery. In New York City, at the Heller Gallery, her piece, “Fountain in Rosalene,” silently sits, its bright pink ferns and flowers drip and pool in the same manner. Although the pieces are hundreds of miles apart, they are part of the same show, “Melting Point,” a collaboration between Ferrin Contemporary and the Heller Gallery, featuring nearly 100 works by 22 artists in the two locations. …”

Artist Amber Cowan’s American pressed glass installation at Ferrin Contemporary, July 2021. Photo by John Polak.

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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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