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Beautiful Poestenkill: Deborah Bayly’s new work at Clement Art Gallery.

Art Beat

IN THE BERKSHIRES The big news this weekend is the grand opening of the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. Check out the Museums & Galleries box in this week’s calendar for details; check out next week’s Metroland for a big-old, in-depth arts feature about the “new” Berkshire Museum by Kathryn Lange. Anyway—this is the transition, pay attention—one of the “innovators” honored in the new Hall of Innovations is Great Barrington-born author-journalist-intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois. Tonight (Thursday, March 27), at 7 PM in the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, author-scholar (and MacArthur fellowship winner) John Edgar Wideman will deliver the 13th annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture. Wideman, professor of Africana Studies and English at Brown University, is the only person to have won the International Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction twice. The lecture is free, and a reception will follow. For more info, call (413) 528-7395.

 

CALL FOR FILMS—BY TEENAGERS The 8th annual Reel Teens Festival will be held “at the movie theater” in Hunter on the weekend of June 6-8. There is still time to submit an entry; the deadline is April 15. (Just like taxes! Yay!) The film/video should be made by a teenager, be no more than 30 minutes in length and be postmarked by April 15 (address to follow). The nine categories are: fiction, short fiction (10 minutes or less), documentary/news magazine, short documentary/news magazine (10 minutes or less), animation, claymation, visual arts, music video, and public service announcement. The address to send your flick is Reel Teens, PO Box 1246, Woodstock NY, 12498. But you should probably visit www.reelteens.org for an entry form and complete info. And if you need to chat with a human, call (845) 246-1598.

 

ART NIGHT Finally, let’s not forget that it’s that time of the month again: Troy Night Out. Everyone has their partisan choice among the various art nights; I will not take sides. They all have something wonderful to offer. So, tomorrow (Friday, March 28) go to beautiful downtown Troy and check out the numerous opening shows at the numerous galleries—including Deborah Bayly’s landscape and still-life paintings at the Clement Art Gallery at 201 Broadway. And if, having seen the art, you decide to have a libation or two in one of Troy’s fine establishments, be sure to say howdy to Metroland News Editor Chet Hardin—he’s always out and about.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

 

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