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Norman Rockwell Museum Receives Donation from Chubb Following Return of a Stolen Painting
11:07AM / Monday, April 24, 2017
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum received a contribution earlier this month from an unexpected source: Chubb Insurance presented the museum with a $15,000 check that was the returned claims payment resulting from the discovery and return of a stolen Norman Rockwell painting.

Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company with operations in 54 countries.

The painting, "Boy Asleep with Hoe," had been stolen from a family home in Cherry Hill, N.J., in 1976. It was one of Rockwell's earliest Saturday Evening Post cover paintings, completed in 1919. At the time of the theft, the family submitted a claim to Chubb, and

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New Gallery Drawn by North Adams' Air of Contemporary Art
by John Seven, iBerkshires Contributor
05:58AM / Saturday, April 22, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new art gallery in downtown North Adams is the result of the city's unique relationship with contemporary art as a lure to artists from other places.

Gravity Gallery co-owners Lynn Richardson and Paul McMullan first became acquainted with the city in 2012 when both artists displayed work in Downstreet Art.

  Richardson's installation, "Arctic Garden," addressed climate change in context of Richardson's hometown, Winnipeg. McMullen's work was also featured in a pop-up gallery from Gallery 107, ceramic work that functioned as the "guardians of the gallery."   Richardson and McMullan are art professors at

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'Gifted': The Long and Short of It
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:03PM / Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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"Saw 'Gifted.' Little girl genius. Enjoyed it. Intellectual and emotional ... homage to brainpower. Good acting. Won't play the hinterlands."   Thus read my text to Hesh, my longtime movie sidekick who, absent from my viewing of director Marc Webb's touching but predictable tale about the trials and tribulations of a 7-year-old math genius, asked what I had seen. Succinct if not eloquent, I suggest it illustrates I'm able to pen a discourse on films considerably short of my usual 835 words. It should also prove a boon to those enduring, charitable readers who, while wishing to be apprised of the film in question, would just as soon not slog through my

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Bidwell House Museum Taps New Executive Director
12:41PM / Friday, April 14, 2017
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MONTEREY, Mass. — Heather Kowalski has been named the new executive director of the Bidwell House Museum, a 1760s historic house and gardens in Monterey.

Effective May 1, Kowalski will take over the director position from Barbara Palmer, who has served the museum as executive director for the past seven and a half years.

"I am excited to welcome Heather Kowalski to this leadership role. Heather has served as the assistant to the executive director for the past one and half years," said Rob Hoogs, president of the Bidwell House Museum. "She brings excellent leadership, passion for education about historic houses, and terrific museum expertise to this

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'Going in Style': Bank Heist Steals Your Heart
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
11:59PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
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  My first inclination when hearing that Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman would star in director Zach Braff's remake of 1979's "Going in Style," which featured George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, was to scream "Sacrilege!" But I was at a funeral and, fearing the outburst might be inappropriate, contained myself.    Later, my calmed head prevailing, I got philosophical about it. While the older set of oldsters was terrific in this seriocomic bank heist film, one good turn should deserve another, especially if it showcases such national treasures.   Besides, pity is, the economic situation that stirred the original gang to

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'Ghost in the Shell': Machine Politics
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:42PM / Friday, April 07, 2017
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Viewing director Rupert Sanders' highly imaginative "Ghost in the Shell," based on Shirow Masamune's Japanese comic series, it occurred to me: How do I know I'm not a cyborg, installed by some great Machiavellian organization to surreptitiously spread their deceptions through my film criticisms? It can't be .. I'm just a nice liberal guy, trying to make sure folks spend their movie money wisely. Or is that simply what I've been programmed to think?

Although still not sure, as sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick asked, if androids dream of electric sheep, I now must move on to wondering if Ancestry.Com might help a disillusioned cyborg learn his identity. All of

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Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program Names New Program Manager
12:24PM / Friday, April 07, 2017
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that Valerie Balint will join the organization as the new program manager of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS) program, based at Chesterwood in Stockbridge.

Balint's mission is to enhance the relevance and reputation of HAHS member sites in their communities so as to contribute to a national conversation on the arts in American public life.

"With Valerie's strong curatorial expertise and interest in working in artists' homes and studios, she will be a great asset to the HAHS program and its membership," said Donna Hassler, executive director of Chesterwood and

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Berkshire, Bennington Cultural Institutions Create 'Art Country'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Joseph Thompson's been talking for years about creating a destination in North County that will keep tourists longer than a day.

The director of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is convinced that trading up day-trippers for overnights, weekends or longer will cause a seismic shift in not only the way Northern Berkshire is perceived but exponentially increase the cultural economic impact on the region.

On Wednesday morning, Thompson was joined by the directors of four other major cultural institutions in launching ArtCountry.org, a collaborative designed to go beyond a simple "cultural corridor" and to think regionally.

"Our goal

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Given to Choreographer
01:20PM / Friday, March 31, 2017
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BECKET, Mass. — The 2017 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, a prestigious honor that carries a $25,000 cash prize, will be presented to choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker Liz Lerman in acknowledgement of her vision and outstanding contributions to the dance field.  

Long ago dubbed the "Democrat of Dance" by Alan M. Kriegsman of The Washington Post, Lerman's extraordinary career of the past four decades includes a wide range of groundbreaking work. Established in 2007, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award's previous recipients include the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham; MacArthur Fellows Michelle Dorrance and Kyle Abraham; and

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'Life': No Bowl of Cherries
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, March 30, 2017
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I'm tempted to give away the ending of director Daniel Espinosa's "Life," an extremely tense but run-of-the-mill outer space adventure that was heading for an only so-so rating even before its curiously misanthropic finish. I'd be doing you a favor.

Sure to be shocked, the viewer is left wondering why Espinosa, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, would paint such a depressing conclusion. You mean that's it? That's where we're headed? Well then, let me kill myself now. Even Schopenhauer, the granddaddy of pessimism, would be depressed.

Unable to recall another film that imploded so devastatingly in the last two minutes, canceling out

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