July 23-August 14, 2016 Mysterious & Unexpected: the Merger of Art and Science

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm

Art and science have much in common from the spark or hypothesis that generates an idea; to the discipline of the process; the risk taking with tools of the trade and the surprise of the result. This exhibit displays the work of six artists who incorporate science to create their art. The processes are unique and the results outstanding and unusual.

Artists from New York and Massachusetts include; Carrie Crane, Kay Hartung, Larry Kagan, Gwenn Mayers, Karen Schoolman and Catherine Wilcox-Titus.

June 25-July 17, 2016 Capturing Color: Contemporary Pastels

Opening reception Saturday, June 25, 4:00-6:00pm
Gallery Hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00-5:00pm

Pastels are the purest form of artist color, made from pure pigment with only enough binder to allow them to be formed into useable sticks. This media allows artists a choice of many subtle color variations. Pastel techniques are challenging since the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface.

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January 30, 2016 Revels Cocktails 5:30pm. Dinners 8:00pm.

The mid-winter moveable feast is one of our oldest and most loved events. The evening begins with festive drinks and hors d’oeurves at the Academy, guests then move on to one of more than a dozen elegant dinners hosted by friends of the Academy.

Click here to make your reservation today.

October 16, 2015 Short Story Contest Winners

“Winners of the second annual Teen Writing Contest were announced at a presentation on September 3rd, kicking off the authors’ presentations sessions at the weekend-long Festival of Books.

The 2016 contest included Short Story and Poetry sections, with cash prizes of $100., $75. or $50. for first, second and third place winners. Story submissions were judged by David Highfill, an Executive Editor at William Morrow, and Daphne Kalotay, prize-winning author of the novels Russian Winter and Sight Reading. Poetry winners were selected by Mark Wunderlich, who also discuss his latest work, The Earth Avails, in a wonderful presentation and reading in our afternoon author’s program.

The winners (click on story or poem names to read):

Short Story
First: Anne Savage, for her story titled Off Duty, about a pair of life guards who share a strange experience. Ann is a Senior at Taconic Hills Central School.
Second: Sebastian Lamond, a Junior at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, who wrote The Cold Boy, and sang and played the ukelele while reading the enchanting song embedded within the story.

First: Kyra Zapf, for her poem There Used to be a Window. Kyra is a Senior at John Dewey Academy.
Second: Maya Woolridge, a Senior at The Darrow School, wrote Technically Difficult.
Third: Pearl Elsbach entered her poem “I Made Our Bed From An Olive Tree Still Rooted To The Ground”, otherwise known as The Odysseus Poem. Pearl is in the 11th Grade at Berkshire Waldorf High School, and also won a prize in last year’s story contest.

Congratulations to these fine young writers, and also to all the students who were brave enough to enter the competition. We are looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.”

Saturday, June 18 Garden Lecture by Adam Wheeler, Broken Arrow Nursery Doors open at 8:30am. Lecture at 9:00am. $15 in advance. $20 at the door.

Start your day with a Continental breakfast of home-baked goodies and more while enjoying an illustrated lecture, sponsored by Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, that explores a garden free from the impact of deer. Adam will discuss the ornamental qualities and essential cultural requirements for a diverse assortment of plants that show strong resistance to deer browse including a healthy diversity of Eastern U.S. native plants as well as some well-behaved exotics. Learn more about the Hidden Gardens event.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016 12th Annual Hidden Garden Tour and Garden Market on the Green

Hidden Gardens celebrates the art of the garden with a full line-up of events designed to inform, inspire and intrigue garden enthusiasts.

The Garden Market on the Green 
is a lovely outdoor marketplace held on the Spencertown village green in conjunction with the Hidden Gardens event. The aim of the market is to offer the rare, and the unexpected at affordable prices.

Learn more about this event.

Friday, June 17, 2016 Twilight in the Garden Party 6:00-9:00pm $80

Friends and neighbors paired with delicious food and libations, all served up in a bucolic setting. Meet new friends and greet the old at this festive kick-off to the summer season while enjoying sparkling beverages and a scrumptious light supper.

This year the party will be held at “Falling Waters” in Spencertown, the historic home of John and Denise Dunne. Order your tickets today.

Friday, June 20th Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party 6:00 – 9:00pm -

Delicious food, festive libations, and good friends served up in a bucolic setting. That’s the recipe for the annual Twilight in the Garden party. This year’s party is at Bezalel Gables (just outside of Chatham), the historic home of Chef David Robinson and Tom Michel. Catering will be provided by the Academy’s Let’s Eat cooking crew and Culinary Command.

Tickets are available for the party only or as a package with the Hidden Gardens tour. Click here to buy tickets