James Renwick Alliance
Heart of the Berkshires Tour
October 19 – 22, 2017


A Curated Itinerary of Visual & Performing Arts in the Beautiful Berkshire Mountains!

A very limited number of slots for this Spring Craft Weekend Auction Adventure are being offered for early registration on a first come/first serve basis. The remaining spots will be offered at the April 1 at the Spring Craft Weekend Gala. 

Every year, cultural tourism attracts visitors from all corners of the globe who come to the Berkshires drawn by the opportunity to experience contemporary art and culture at world-class institutions, including: museums, theaters, and our galleries. Director Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary and Project Art, a specialist in contemporary clay 1950- will curate a four day/three night tour of Western Massachusetts with a focus on studio ceramics and glass.

Guests will make connections with the key people for behind-the-scenes experiences with curators and artists. They will experience the Berkshire’s slow food movement at a range of fabulous dining experiences. Two special meals sampling local crafted beers, farm produce and presented on locally made tableware will take place in the studios of Josh Simpson and at Project Art with Sergei Isupov and the resident artists.

Studio visits include: Artists-in-Residence at the Studios at MASS MoCA; various artists working in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, including ceramicists Mark Shapiro and Mara Superior; sculptors: Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets; visiting artist Paul Scott; glass artists Josh Simpson and Wesley Fleming.

Cost: $1350 Members | $1500 Non-Members

Price Includes: Transportation to/from the airport, shuttle service to all venues, all activities, daily lunch and dinner (except lunch on Sunday), a $500 tax-deductible, non-refundable contribution to the James Renwick Alliance
Not included: Transportation to/from Albany, NY and hotel accommodations



Sign up early so as not to miss this wonderful opportunity. 

Generously Donated by: Ferrin Contemporary  |  Project Art  

Schedule Subject to Change

Thursday, October 19

MASS MoCA Campus & North Adams

8:00-10:00am | Flights to Albany, NY

10:30-11:45am | Shuttle from Albany to Porches Inn, North Adams, MA | Check-In at Porches Inn

12:15pm | Meet at Ferrin Contemporary on the campus of MASS MoCA | Lunch - Location TBD

2:00pm | Tour of Mass MoCA with docent followed free time to explore 

4:30pm | Return to Ferrin Contemporary for guided tour of Building 13, The Artist Book Foundation and Studios at MASS MoCA, Cynthia Reeves Gallery 

6:00pm | Return to Porches Inn, free time until Dinner

7:30pm | Welcome Dinner at Grazie with Leslie Ferrin and artists


Friday, October 20

Galleries and Museums in Lenox & Stockbridge MA

7:00-9:00am | European-Style Breakfast at Porches Inn

10:00am | Docent Tour of Norman Rockwell Museum | Stockbridge, MA-  Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol

12:00pm | Schantz Gallery | Jim/Kim Schantz- Contemporary Glass, exhibiting works by 50+ internationally renowned glass artists and covering a remarkable range of styles and subjects.

2:30pm | Sohn Fine Art Gallery | Photography Viewing with Cassandra Sohn - Dedicated to the development, promotion and exhibition of innovative contemporary photography and artworks by international and local artists.

Free Time in Lenox, MA

4:15pm | Sienna Gallery | Presentation with Artist & refreshments with Sienna Patti at Sienna Gallery, representing emerging and established studio artists who bridge the worlds of art jewelry, craft, and contemporary design with innovative use of materials and mediums.

5:00pm | Return to North Adams

6:30pm | Beer Tasting at Bright Ideas Brewery - optional

7:30pm | Dinner at Grammercy Bistro

Return to PORCHES

Saturday October 21

Artists Studios in the Hilltowns, Lunch at Project Art, Dinner in the studio with Josh Simpson

7:00-9:00am | European-Style Breakfast at Porches Inn

9:30am | Mark Shapiro | Studio tour in South Worthington of woodfired stoneware pottery

11:00am | Mara Superior | Williamsburg - tour of artist built house/studio of Roy & Mara Superior – wood sculpture of Roy Superior, porcelain by Mara Superior

12:15-2:30pm | Project Art | Cummington - lunch and your of Project Art & Studios of artists and sculptors Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets, Paul Scott, Alex Jelleberg and Jess Detweiler, special exhibition of selected works from Ferrin Contemporary current projects

3:00pm | Wesley Flemming | Conway – lampwork glass demo and studio tour

4:00pm | Shelburne Falls | Explore the small town and walk the Bridge of Flowers

5:00pm | Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom | Reception 

6:00pm | Josh Simpson | Shelburne Falls, Dinner in the studio and demo of hot glass


Sunday October 16

The Clark, Williamstown, & Departure

7:00-9:30am | European-Style Breakfast at Porches Inn 

10:00am | The Clark Museum | Docent Lead Tour of Permanent Collection 

12:30pm | Shuttle for Transport to Albany International Airport

1:30pm | Arrive Albany International Airport for Flights Home



Sign up early so as not to miss this wonderful opportunity. 


Photograph of glass artist Josh Simpson and ceramic artist Sergei Isupov