On view now, in the Center for Shaker Studies Gallery, are three paintings of Hancock Shaker Village (HSV) by Carol Kinzel, created when she was just 22 (circa 1950). They capture a time when HSV was in deep decline, before its transition from Shaker ownership to its current status as a museum.
Carol went on to become Nelson A. Rockefeller’s personal art curator, and met New York art photographer Charles Uht (who became her husband) through this association. A photo album with 1950s images by Mr. Uht was recently discovered in the HSV library.
Carol’s three paintings were on sale at a Pittsfield Art League show in the early 1950s, and have been reunited nearly 66 years later for the exhibition. The striking paintings offer a rare artist’s interpretation of HSV under Shaker ownership.
Living Designs & Shared Values: Highlights from the Jane P. Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection, celebrates the personal quilt collection of the proprietor of the Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains, who bequeathed her personal collection of quilts to HSV. On display in the hallways and bedrooms of the Brick Dwelling, these beautiful quilts celebrate the skill and artistry of the many women (whose identities are unknown to us) who worked in the medium of fabric. On view through October 30. Exhibit included in regular admission.
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market provides a venue for local farmers, food producers, and artisans to bring fresh, locally-grown and produced food and related products to all members of our community.
Don a Shaker hat or bonnet and experience the historic Village the way a Shaker child might have in the mid-1800s. Guided by a museum educator, children engage in work, play and other activities just like Shaker children did more than a century ago. Pick herbs from the Village gardens, bake a treat in the Shaker Kitchen, ring the Dwellling House bell, use a quill pen and meet our barnyard animals! Tour runs from 11 am to 12:30 pm every day from July 5 through August 28. Limit: 10 children per tour. A parent or chaperone must accompany. Tour not available on Friday, August 5.
Chow Time | Saturdays | 12:30 – 1 pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South St | (413) 443-7171 | Included in museum admission
Help prepare enticing feasts for the turtles, fish, chameleon, and even the blue-tongue skink in the Aquarium!
Go behind the barriers in some of the Village’s most significant historic buildings, including the Laundry & Machine Shop and the Brick Dwelling. See highlights from our Collections, learn about Shaker architecture and material culture as you explore rarely seen areas of the Village. FYI: A moderate level of physical fitness is required as the tour involves walking and some stair climbing. No advance reservation required; fee includes general admission for the day. Tour not offered September 24 and 25.