At the Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery, housed in the Pittsfield bus station, painter Don Orcutt presents recent works that he likes to describe as “surrealism with a John Cleese attitude.” Inspired by artists Max Ernst and Salvador Dalí, many of Orcutt’s oils have a whimsical side, like “The Emperor’s New Head,” where a large head is afloat in a medieval-like parade.
Photographer Drew Finn, whose crisp images can be found at The Marketplace Cafe, takes inspiration from Italy, such as the enchanting alleyways and cemeteries of Milan. Closer to home, morning sunlight pours onto a dense forest in Dalton, in a wondrous photo called “Wonderland,” illuminating the verdant backdrop of ferns, trees, and a rushing creek.
Landscape artist Marion Grant, whose works can be seen at the Kinderhook Real Estate office in Crawford Square, uses her Richmond farm as a muse for her oil paintings. The velvety green fields of grass and rolled hay easily seduce.
With Artswalk having made a huge impact on the local economy in less than a year, it’s not surprising that other communities are taking a good look at McGinnis’s prototype. She is hard at work on a business model that cities can emulate. She is also quick to point out that it took far more effort than her own to ensure that First Fridays Artwalk would not only come to fruition but also succeed.
“An idea is just an idea until it’s put into action. Once born, it can only flourish under the watchful eye of many,” says McGinnis.
Dining on tapas and listening to live jazz at Mission Bar and Tapas after my night of seeing art, I wanted to thank McGinnis for her artful activism and a fun night out in Pittsfield.
Stephen Jermanok can be reached at www.activetravels.com.