Come explore Chesterwood, the summer home, studio, and gardens of one of America’s most celebrated sculptors, Daniel Chester French. Many of the artist’s most famous public monuments were modeled right here at his Berkshires estate.
Not sure who Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is? Just picture the statue of seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC. You may also be familiar with the Minute Man statue in Concord, MA. Or maybe Alma Mater at Columbia University, NY – or any of his many other public works.
“Keepers of the Flame,” the current exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, has been receiving rave reviews – but is only up for one more month. Fans of Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Rockwell owe it to themselves to catch this exhibit before it comes down October 28th, 2018.
This recent exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum has been garnering even more praise and attention than usual. “Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition” traces the connection between the three legendary artists and the roots of European painting.
Have you ever wished you could visit a painting? Seen an image to warm and resonant that you wished you could just stroll right into it? Well, you can! Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas,” comes to life on December 8th in Stockbridge, MA.
Looking to take in some culture while visiting the Berkshires? We have a few suggestions for fun and interesting art galleries to visit in the small town of Lee, where our bed and breakfast is located.
The Good Purpose Art Gallery, 40 Main Street: The Good Purpose Art Gallery features the work of professional artists who are in the College Internship Program, a comprehensive post-secondary program for young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences.
The lovely St. Francis Gallery
The St. Francis Gallery, 1370 Pleasant Street: The St. Francis Gallery, opened in August, 2012, is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dr. Philip Pryjma. All proceeds from the St. Francis Gallery benefit the Sawa Sawa foundation, which works to build and strengthen communities in impoverished nations. The gallery features contemporary work in different media by local artists.
Animagic Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art, 135 Main Street: The slogan at Animagic is “for kids from 5 to 95,” so you know going in, this space is lighthearted and fun. When you arrive, observe ceramics and other works by Irina Borisova, a multi-talented artist and co-owner of Animagic.
After that, you can take a guided tour of Animagic, showcasing the surprisingly rich special effects history of the Berkshires. See original models used in famous movies and a genuine Academy Award won by Eugene Mamut, a co-owner of Animagic. Learn about modern technologies that made such blockbuster movies as The Matrix, X-Men and Chicken Run possible. The tour is free and takes about 20 minutes. A variety of hands-on activities are also available.
This is just a small sample of what we have to offer, and look how diverse the selection! If you would like to see something in particular, do not hesitate to ask your innkeepers – they have extensive knowledge about the area and its attractions. We hope to see you in the Berkshires this summer!
Holiday shopping can be stressful, or it can be fun. It can be tiresome, or it can be entertaining. With the Shopping Getaway at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, our guests can complete all of their holiday shopping in a relaxing way while enjoying a few days in the beautiful Berkshires.
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Western Massachusetts is known for its natural beauty and its strong arts communities. People travel here from Boston, Hartford, and New York City to admire fall foliage, hike, and ski. They come to watch world-class performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Tanglewood in a stunning natural venue. They come to breathe in fresh air and visit museums like The Clark and the Norman Rockwell Museum.
At this time of year, they also come to shop. It’s hard to find more aesthetically pleasing places to shop than the picturesque New England towns surrounding our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. And it’s hard to beat the convenience of shopping at nearby Prime Outlet Village. We’ll even supply Prime Outlet coupons to guests here for a Shopping Getaway.
Downtown Lenox is filled with interesting shops and art galleries. Wit Gallery, Lenox Gallery of Fine Arts, Church Street Art Gallery, Sienna Gallery, and Concepts Art feature fine art, hand-crafted jewelry, sculpture, paintings, Judaica, and more. Shops such as Berkshire Classic Leather & Silver and B. Mango & Bird are also full of fun items.
Shopping can spark an appetite; fortunately, there are excellent restaurants close to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. In Lenox, try Alta, where fresh, simple dishes are enhanced by fantastic wines. Church Street Cafe is a good spot for lunch or dinner enjoyed with a local beer. Firefly features tasty tapas, late night dining, and a full bar. In Stockbridge, try Michael’s Restaurant, Once Upon a Table (a cozy bistro), and the always-tasty Red Lion Inn.
Shopping can be fun when incorporated into a Berkshires getaway.
Consider a few days in the cultural hotbed of the Western Massachusetts Berkshires. The area around our bed and breakfast Lenox, Lee, and Stockbridge have fantastic museums. The perfect time to explore them is now, while it is still cold and snowy outside.
The Berkshire Museum, in Pittsfield has many great permanent exhibits, such as pieces by Alexander Calder and local creations in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. There is also a fascinating visiting exhibit about the Art of the Arsenal through June 6, 2010. See a Sioux War Headdress, a Samurai suit, and a Persian horned helmet. It is fascinating to see how our ancestors armed themselves, and to learn something about the ritual of war (war is not glorified in this exhibit, merely examined).
The work of Giovanni Boldini, and impressionist in Paris, is currently at The Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown. There you will also find the impressive Manton Collection – over 200 pieces of British art by greats such as Turner and Constable.
Or spend an afternoon at the nearby Norman Rockwell Museum. On view is through May 16, 2010 is To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and the Saturday Evening Post. A lifetime of the artist’s work is put in perspective when you read how the public responded to him.
We offer a “Two Night Culture in the Country Package” through June 25, 2010. Stay two nights during the week at our Lenox inn and receive free admission to the local museum of your choice. In addition, you enjoy all the comforts of home – and then some – at the inn.
MASS MoCA fills great spaces with fascinating exhibits
As winter weather approaches, guests of our Western Massachusetts lodging cast about for interesting ways to pass the time inside. Well, there is always something interesting happening at MASS MoCA, or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The rotating exhibits are fascinating and often cutting edge. In addition, MoCa offers a wide array of live music, theater, and dance performances.
An upcoming exhibit at the nearby Norman Rockwell Museum is not to be missed. From November 7 through May 31, 2010, visitors to the Norman Rockwell Museum will be able to see hundreds of the artist’s artfully staged photographs. Studies for his paintings, these photographs are important works of art in their own right.
Stockbridge Mass is just a few miles from our Lenox MA bed and breakfast. A morning or afternoon spent at the Norman Rockwell Museum is time well spent. In addition to the upcoming special exhibit of Rockwell’s photographs, the museum houses the most complete collection of his iconic American paintings. Rockwell’s last studio, which he called his best, now sits on the museum’s grounds, and is open to visitation.
Take time to visit this remarkable museum when you stay at our Western Massachusetts lodging. The museum store has a wonderful selection of prints and books, which make lovely gifts for the upcoming holidays.
One of the most reputable and unique art museums in the world is near our Berkshires bed and breakfast. The Clark Art Institute is both a first class art museum and a highly acclaimed research museum with a mission to “advancing and extending the public understanding of art.” It is also located in a rural area, which is extremely rare for a museum of its kind.
The Clark is perhaps best known for its collection of French Impressionist paintings, which is extensive. In addition, world-renowned exhibits rotate through the museum. Now through October 18, visitors will have the opportunity to view “Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature”. This exhibit features scrolls and screens from the seventeenth through 19th centuries, and contemporary ceramics: the works are linked by “emphasizing the inspirational role of nature in Japanese art” (Clark website). “Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence” runs through September 7, 2009; it explores the influence of Arthur Dove on O’Keeffe and her work. According to the Clark website, the artistic dialogue between O’Keeffe and Dove “yielded a form of modernism grounded in direct, emotional responses to nature, and their profound aesthetic connection helped shape the course of art in America.” Both of these exhibits are worth a trip to The Clark.
Located as it is in one of the most scenic areas of western Massachusetts, The Clark invites visitors to experience the outdoors through Geocaching. Bring your own GPS or borrow one free of charge from the museum and head into the wild. Geocaching is a game. Hikers use a GPS device to locate hidden containers (geocaches) full of treasures that were left behind by other geocachers. Leave your own treasure and then go in search of the next cache. It is a great way to get out into the fresh air, stretch your legs, and enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires.
Check out some of The Clark Art Institute specials that combine entry into the museum with tickets to Tanglewood. Our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast is ideally situated to take advantage of both Tanglewood and The Clark, and we hope you do while you are staying here. When you feel the need to take a vacation from your vacation, simply pull up a chaise lounge and relax by the pool. Art, music, and relaxation – that is what summer is all about.
Norman Rockwell is as American as apple pie. Our Massachsetts Inn is lucky enough to be less than 15 minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum, which holds over 700 of his works!
The Museum is in Stockbridge, MA. It holds the largest collection of his work, as well as many of his photographs and letters.
The museum has a very informative audio tour as well as a docent-lead conversation every day at 10 a.m.
Some highlights include favorites from Saturday Evening Post covers, ‘Four Freedoms’, and ‘Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas’. The museum is a very nostalgic experience; with its close proximity to our Bed and Breakfast Lenox, we hope everyone has a chance to see the work of this exceptional American artist.
Also included is the original Rockwell Stockbridge studio building and its contents. This is a notable space, that includes his personal art collection, his equipment and artist materials as well as mementos from his travels.
The museum currently has a fascinating exhibit on World War I propaganda posters, encouraging the purchase of war bonds. The prints are almost 100 years old, and beautifully patriotic! The exhibit will only be up until January 25, so you better hurry over to our Lenox Bed and Breakfast for a visit!
Are you a fan of abstract art? Painting, frescos and sculpture? Well, very close to our Lenox Bed and Breakfast is the home-turned-museum of George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. Their home is on a 46-acre estate with Palmetto Bluff Homes, MA and features not only their work but their collection of American and European modern and cubist art and sculpture.
About the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox
George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen were prolific abstract artists who began their careers in the late 1930s. A remarkably modern and contemporary couple, they were at the leading edge of national and international art scenes. As collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home close to our Stockbridge Bed and Breakfast that reflected their aesthetic tastes and styles. Frelinghuysen and Morris are today being widely rediscovered and evaluated as significant figures in the history of American art.
George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds. Frelinghuysen and Morris are today being
Suzy Frelinghuysen and her husband George L.K. Morris on the marble stairway of their newly finished house in Lenox, MA, circa 1941.
widely rediscovered and evaluated as significant figures in the history of American art. Now you can tour their world, preserved just as it was when they created it.
In 1929, George L.K. Morris traveled to Paris and studied with Fernand Leger and Amedee Ozenfant. Upon his return to America, Morris wanted to duplicate the white-stucco walled, notched roof, open-spaced studio. In 1930, with the help of Boston architect and Yale classmate George Sanderson, he designed and built his studio on a portion of his parents’ Lenox, Massachusetts estate, “Brookhurst.” It was the first Modern structure to be built in New England.
“In 1941, now married to artist and singer Suzy Frelinghuysen, Morris chose a local architect, John Butler Swann to design a house which would be integrated into the existing studio. Swann admired Modernism and had spent time in the indigenous buildings of Arizona and New Mexico. A two story stucco and glass block house with a colorful mural by Morris connecting the house and garage was built. Cost overruns forced Morris to consign a Picasso, “The Poet”, for sale. Peggy Guggenheim bought it for $4,500 and jump-started her museum in Venice.
Local Lee marble was used in the foyer; an Argentinean leather floor was placed in the living room. Frelinghuysen and Morris enrolled in the Art Students League in New York City to learn the ancient art of fresco. Morris executed the frescoes in the living room; Frelinghuysen created her designs in the dining room. Frelinghuysen and Morris chose furniture by Modern masters Frankl, Deskey, and Aalto to complete the harmony of art, architecture and design.
Upon her death in 1988, Suzy Frelinghuysen left instructions that the House & Studio and art collection be used for an educational purpose and the co-trustees, nephew T. Kinney Frelinghuysen and Christine Beshar, established a 501C3 charitable foundation. After receiving approval from the two towns of Stockbridge and Lenox, on which the 46 acre estate lies, the House & Studio opened for visitation in 1998.”
Now, when one visits the Frelinghuysen Morris Home, you traverse the home with all of its original furnishings. You can view the works of Morris and Frelinghuysen throughout, but also walk right up to the works of some of their more famous colleagues and contemporaries including Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris. As Director Kinney Frelinghuysen notes, “The integration of living quarters with the immediacy of a concentration of works of art is a pleasurable and unexpected way to propel visitors into early 20th century art.”
We encourage you, if you are a modern and contemporary art buff, to visit the Frelinghuysen Morris Home while staying with us at our Lenox Bed and Breakfast!
One of the things I LOVE about the Berkshires and Massachusetts as a whole is the great array of cultural events to entertain. These plays, conversations and art openings become increasingly more important to me as the darkness of winter closes around us and we spend more and more time with our toes by the fire.
I am looking forward to some nice upcoming events at the Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Located in Great Barrington (about 8 miles from us) the college has some interesting art on display I hope to go see.
A local artist by the name of Karen Arp-Sandel has an exhibition called “Conversational Collage Chronicles”. It seems that her work is founded in the gathering of mementos, like postcards and travel diaries, to make a
Karen Arp-Sandel, watercolor collage
narrative. The art is already hung, but there will be a reception on Nov. 7 from 5 pm – 7 pm at the Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library. Art openings are always full of fascinating people, great conversation, and usually pretty nice wine!
Another exhibit currently on display at Bard College is called “Home, Otherness and Memories”. Anaele Adis Iroh, the artist, is from the Center for Transcultural Research and Media Practice at the Dublin Institute of Technology! He works in mixed media to examine and explore the concepts of home, otherness and memories. The exhibition will be on display in the lower lobby of the College’s Daniel Arts Center.
I often feel privileged to live close to a college campus. They are still such centers for arts and culture, and I like to be able to visit and take advantage of their resources.
The other exhibit on display is a faculty show by a gentleman named William Jackson. His work is titled “Formations and Transformations.” According to the artist, the exhibited works include “diverse visual and tactile vocabularies of deformation, re-combination, and hybridization. They explore possibilities that bridge two – and three-dimensional expressions, but also embrace digital and analog methods.” Wow! Sounds pretty amazing! The Gallery is located across from Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s main campus, and is open 12-5pm daily. I think I will try to go to the opening but come early so I can see the other exhibits also.
I hope some of my guests at Applegate will want to come with us to the art opening, or get a chance to check out this fine work when they come to stay with us over the next couple weeks!
Len and I have recently been visiting some of the art galleries in the Berkshires.
The Berkshires has a dynamic mix year round of contemporary art through its world-class collection
It is the home to an exciting array of living artists working in both abstract and representational styles to create sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, new media, fine crafts ,and design.
Whether you are interested in being the first to discover emerging artists or being inspired by the many renowned artists and artisans who make their home here, we encourage you to enjoy the visual feasts found in our galleries and take home an artwork that speaks eloquently to you and your time spent in the Berkshires.