Art Shows

Each month, the Library displays works by local artists in the main lobby.  A biography of the artist and a list of the works, many of which are for sale, can be found at the circulation desk.  Thanks to board member Terry Wise for curating this revolving art gallery.  See the calendar for future artist showings.


Art show guidelines:

  1. Local artists are invited to submit images of their work to art curator Terry Wise at wises[at]
  2. Shows run for one calendar month.
  3. Artist is responsible for hanging and taking down artwork, with help from the art curator.
  4. If artist desires an opening reception s/he will be responsible for all related costs and set up. Receptions may be held on Tuesday or Friday evenings from 5-7:00 p.m.
  5. Library will post notice of the show on its website, Facebook, and enewsletter. All other promotion is the responsibility of the artist.
  6. Sales are to be handled by the artist. A 20 percent donation to the Stockbridge Library is expected on any sales generated by the show.
  7. Questions may be directed to art curator Terry Wise at wises[at]


For a printable set of these guidelines, please click HERE.


Tuesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm

Artist of the Month: Mark Chester

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape
Photographs of New Americans

Clemens Kalischer, Photographer, Germany

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape–Photographs of New Americans will be on view in the Library’s lobby gallery throughout the month of November. A reception with photographer Mark Chester will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

This exhibit of inspirational portraits, presented by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester, offers a moving display of more than 400 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who hail from over 190 of the 196 countries and territories around the globe and are now residents of the Commonwealth.

Artist’s statement: “In youth my penchant to discover places and people began, National Geographic, my
guide; for 40 years with wanderlust and curiosity I covered the continents photographing cultural landscapes.  I’ve come full circle—traveling the world not leaving the state.  The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, supporting MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee Advocacy Coalition) is a collection of informal, environmental portraits of ethnic diversity in Massachusetts.  400-plus photographs that represent over 180 countries are touring the state; a companion book for donation to schools and libraries will bring awareness to our cultural diversity: subjects of various stations, foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens residing in the Commonwealth.  Prompted by the 2010 Census, the seed was planted earlier on assignment at Ellis Island for a 1978 essay by mentor Charles Kuralt.  Unlike my candid street photography, this is a straightforward approach: individuals looking into the camera, telling stories through expression, place and pose.”

About the artist: Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. He was director of photography and staff photographer at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, in New York City.  His photographs are in the permanent collections of the museums in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Cape Cod, Denver, Portland (Maine), San Francisco and Washington, DC, among other communities across the country.

Chester created, produced and photographed the book, No In America (Taylor, 1986), a tongue-in-cheek collection of photographs of “No” signs.  Previously, he photographed Charles Kuralt’s book, Dateline America (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979). His most recent book, the award-winning Twosomes (Un-Gyve Press), was released in 2011, and the touring exhibits of photographs from the book continue to travel the globe.

Friday, December 8 at 5:00 pm

Artists of the Month: Berkshire Waldorf High School

This month, the Library is pleased to feature artwork by Berkshire Waldforf High School students.

Entitled Self Portrait Mandalas, this project is comprised of a series of 3′ x 4.5′ flags as well as some preliminary drawings on paper and canvas.  23 Waldorf High School students participated in the Mandala Self-Portrait project in Ms. Brossard’s art class.

Mandala is a sanskrit word meaning “circle.” But it is more than a shape.The mandala appears in most cultures, across all continents and epochs. The mandala represents wholeness and is considered by many to represent the basic structure of life — from our cells, to our world, to the cosmos itself.

Using a variety of techniques and mediums, students designed mandalas with the intention to represent themselves. They studied the international history and usage of the mandala, as well as contemporary public art, and concepts of symbolism in order to contextualize and visualize their own project. The result is a series of large beautiful self portraits, meant to be exhibited in a public space in order to celebrate creativity and connection in our community.

This exhibit will be on display on the Library’s mezzanine and in the lobby art gallery throughout the month of December.  A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.