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A Family Matter, Alas

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The art committee of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon has sponsored good and sometimes not-so-good exhibitions since early in 2010. Now the committee has latched onto what must have seemed like a clever idea: Show the work of artists from the Hotchkiss family that gave both money and name to the institution.
So comes “Hotchkiss at Hotchkiss,” a mishmash of styles and quality, though little of the latter.

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Art in Cornwall

Hendon Chubb’s unicorn and other fanciful creatures are among the works by artists opening their studios to the public on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the names of participating artists and instructions on driving to their studios, go to www.cornwallct.org and click on “Cornwall Artists.”

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Old Books And New Tales

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John Frederick Walker is an author of note: His “Ivory’s Ghosts,” a passionate history of ivory and the slaughter of elephant herds over the centuries, was a best seller. Walker is also a visual artist, and an exhibition combining both of his interests opens June 5 at Ober Gallery in Kent.

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Art That’s Strange And Strangely Beautiful

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Lakeville Art Night on Memorial Day weekend used to be a big deal: Streams of people meandered from one gallery to the next looking at new works, visiting with friends and enjoying wine and cheese.
But then Morgan Lehman Gallery closed its doors, and Art Night went the way of the dodo.
Or almost.
This year both Argazzi Art and The White Gallery/Lakeville have scheduled opening receptions, one commencing as the other winds up, on May 28. You’ll have to time your visits carefully to enjoy even a semblance of the former festive ambiance.

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Lots of Celebrities And an Artist’s Eye

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At 35 and 82, Marilyn Monroe and Carl Sandburg seem an odd pairing. Yet there they are, only eight months before Monroe’s death, chatting and even dancing in four of the remarkable photographs by Arnold Newman now on view at Joie de Livres Gallery @ Salisbury Wines.

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A Chance To Look at Some Youthful Art At Youthful Art

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This weekend’s “Blue and Gold at the White” show, at The White Gallery in Lakeville, features the work of 45 students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Sixty works will be on view in acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and including mixed media, photography, printmaking, monoprints, animation and sculpture.
Dropping by teacher Warren Prindle’s advanced painting class the other day, I was struck by the seriousness in the room.

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Drawn Into Another World

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Jane Eckert’s new gallery in Millerton, NY, is much like its owner: sophisticated, warm, eclectic.
When Will Little (who is chairman of The Lakeville Journal Company in full disclosure) and Andrew Gates invited her to relocate from Kent and take over half the building at 34 Main St., just vacated by The Gilded Moon, they told her she would have a congenial neighbor — their own Little Gates Wine Merchants — in the other half.
“I jumped at the chance to join in Millerton’s vibrancy and be closer to many clients and my own house in Millbrook,” she told me.

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A Second White Gallery Opens

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A second White Gallery, the first being smack in the middle of Lakeville, is opening Friday, on Route 7 in Great Barrington.
The clapboard building, with white walls, bared beams and an old brick oven, was once a home. Now it’s a place to show art.
The featured painter for this first show is one of gallery directors Susan and Tino Galluzzo’s favorites, David Dunlop.
“He’s a good friend and a phenomenal artist and educator,” Tino Galluzzo told me during a tour of the new showplace.

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Excursion: Cézanne at the Met

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Paul Cézanne was the bridge between impressionism and the bold, new way of seeing that began with cubism.
Working in isolation and exhibiting little after his early years in Paris, he probed the structure of his subjects: Fruit and trees and even tables pulse on the edge of becoming essential spheres, cylinders, rectangles.

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Franco’s People: Mostly Poor, Always Singular

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During my early days in Greenwich Village, spring warmth was heralded by a man and his albino ball python: The snake, large enough to mesmerize the eye, coiled itself around the branches of a newly budded tree, sunning and only occasionally moving. Its owner, heavily tattooed before skin art was so ubiquitous, answered questions from fascinated — if terrified — spectators.

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