Date: July 13, 2015
The Berkshire Art Association (BAA) and Comic and Cartoon Art are pleased to present “Reimagined! An International Show of Comic and Cartoon Art” from August 1–29, 2015 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts gallery (28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA). Superheroes, artists, and friends are invited to join us at the opening party on August 1 from 4-7 pm. This family-friendly event, sponsored by Berkshire Gas, will feature music by High Adventure!, face painting, and comic art making by Michael Vincent Bushy and Joe Staton. Festive comic-inspired attire and costumes are encouraged but not required.
The show is curated by BAA Board member and Pittsfield resident Lawrence Klein, founder of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York, NY. It includes work that premiered in 2014 when Klein was asked to curate a show for the Amadora BD, an international comic festival in Lisbon, Portugal. “I had an idea to ask many different artists to do recreations of their favorite Batman covers,” said Klein. “Who would be better to do recreations than the top Portuguese artists like Ricardo [Drummond]…and the other artists at the Lisbon studio? Happily, they agreed to participate, along with Juan Cavia, Santiago Villa, Joe Staton, Henrik Rehr, and a few others. They took on the challenge of recreating those covers by the greats.”
For the BAA show, Klein invited local Berkshire artists, including photographer Eric Korenman, graphic novelist and multimedia artist Tammara Leminen, and painter Scott Taylor to create cartoon and comic-inspired work to join the international artists on the walls of the Lichtenstein. “Through these artists’ creations, viewers will see familiar heroes and heroines like Batman, Superman, and my favorite, Wonder Woman, in new and creative ways,” says BAA incoming president Danielle Steinmann. “Lawrence is bringing together an impressive group of international and local artists and the result is great fun.”
The show will be part of Pittsfield’s August 7 First Fridays Artswalk from 5-8 pm. In addition, the Berkshire Bank Foundation will be sponsoring a Superhero Art Tent at the August 20 3rd Thursday on North Street in Pittsfield (in front of the Berkshire Bank building). Artists featured in the show, including Joe Staton, will be creating custom art for sale to benefit the BAA and doing free hands-on art making activities. The show will also be open during regular gallery hours at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Wednesday-Saturday 11 am – 4 pm.
The show and its programs are made possible by the generous support of sponsors, including Bags Unlimited, The Berkshire Bank Foundation, Berkshire Gas, Canson, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All proceeds from the sale of art created for and during the show will benefit the Berkshire Art Association’s programs for art students across Berkshire County, including our high school field trip program and college art student fellowships. For over 60 years, the Berkshire Art Association has supported artists at all levels of their careers and connected the public with visual art and artists in the Berkshires.
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