Painting by Peggy Rivers.

Explore the creative worlds of Berkshire artists at home in their studios in this popular annual course. Each week we’ll visit the studio of a Berkshire artist and learn about their process and their work, and even try our hand at artmaking. LOTTERY. limited Registration – 12. Participants must commit to attending all four sessions. See page 12 for lottery directions.

June 8 • James Casebere, New Marlborough
James Casebere holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Cal Arts in 1979. His pioneering work has established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. For the last thirty years, Casebere has devised increasingly complex models that are subsequently photographed in his studio. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Victoria and Albert and Tate Museums in London, and others. 

June 15 • Peggy Rivers, Pittsfield
Peggy Rivers holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York. She creates series of two dozen or more paintings, with each series evolving from its predecessor. For the past few years, her work has focused on the exploration of color, space, and form in an attempt to create a universe within each of her works. Her paintings have been collected by the Mint Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum and can be found in numerous public and private collections. 

June 22 • Lauren Clark, Great Barrington
Lauren Clark is a local gallery owner and an artist who has created one-of-a-kind Turkish-style marbled papers, or ebru, for over 30 years. Her marbleized paper has been featured in seven books of marbled paper designs published by Dover Publications, and is prized by art supply stores, bookbinders, designers and publishers. She is the owner and director of Lauren Clark Fine Art, a contemporary craft and art gallery in Great Barrington, Mass. Lauren will give us a paper marbling demonstration and talk about the history of this ancient art. 

June 29 • Joel Curran, Pittsfield
Joel Curran, a retired pediatrician with no formal art training, is an accomplished artist who works with paper, often recycled, creating sophisticated geometric, multidimensional patterns through folding and cutting. Joel pursues details of line, form and color without a preconceived notion leading to improvisation as a strong element. His work has been exhibited at Museum Facsimiles and Concepts of Art in the Berkshires, and he is currently represented by the WIT Gallery in Lenox, Mass. We’ll visit his home studio in Pittsfield, where he will give a tour, talk about the history of paper and then lead us in a hands-on “create your own museum quality art work” workshop.

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