“A Daffodil Is A Daffodil Is A Daffodil” And Open Studios

Art On No‘s second offering for the new “First Fridays Artswalk” program in Upstreet Pittsfield, along with open studios of the artists, featured the debut of a new and exciting featured artist exhibit series. Each month for the “Artswalk”, the artists’ collaborative will show the work of one of its members in a dedicated gallery space on the second floor of 311 North Street; the Art On No Gallery. Below are some photos taken during the evening’s proceedings:

"A Daffodil Is A Daffodil Is A Daffodil"

"A Daffodil Is A Daffodil Is A Daffodil"

"A Daffodil is a Daffodil is a Daffodil"

Open Studios

Open Studios

Open Studios

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“A Daffodil Is A Daffodil Is A Daffodil”

As the featured artist at the Art on No Gallery in June, Ellen Joffe-Halpern will show a retrospective of floral themed paintings, “A Daffodil is a Daffodil is a Daffodil”. The opening reception will coincide with the “First Fridays Artswalk”, June 1, 2012, 5-8PM at the Art On No Gallery, upstairs at Art On No, 311 North St., Pittsfield, MA.

Joffe-Halpern, painting under the name Joffe, will present depictions of common garden flowers. These are works on paper and mostly mixed media with a varied combination of acrylic, oil, pastel, ink, watercolor, and pencil. These works have been completed over the last ten years. The subject matter remains the same, however. The artist’s aesthetics, perceptions, and use of media have evolved over time. Through this exhibit of floral work, one can see how Joffe-Halpern tackles the same subject matter over and over, coming up with fresh approaches while retaining the recurring thread of her approach to the creative process.

Joffe-Halpern describes her approach to these works: “There is a long tradition of still-life painting. I don’t know how to slow life down so that it is still. I can paint each season’s fresh blossoms in the moment and hold them that way. I transform what I see and experience into color, shape, pattern, and line. The flowers bloom anew each season, fresh and glorious. In the meantime, I have changed, the realities around me have changed, and I see my world through this veil of time passing.”

Joffe-Halpern was one of the original members of the Art On No artists group and works out of Studio #11. She has worked for over thirty-five years in Berkshire and Bennington Counties as an artist, expressive art therapist, and teacher.

"Season's Play"

“Season’s Play”, mixed-media, 14″x16″. (c)Ellen Joffe-Halpern.

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Art On No’s “5th Annual Spring Opening” Joins The Inaugural “First Fridays Artswalk”

Upstreet Pittsfield came alive for the inaugural “First Fridays Artswalk” and Art On No was in the thick of it. A steady stream of friends, family, long-time supporters, and first-timers came upstairs to see the newly refurbished “Art On Gallery”. The space, freshened with paint, track-lighting, and new work on the walls, firmly set it’s best foot forward to the delight of those that packed the spiffied halls.

"5th Annual Spring Show"

Bob Stone poses with the new sign he put together for the group for use on our Union Street entrance in addition to the one he created for our main North Street entrance. Bob artfully creates custom signage for a multitude of Upstreet businesses and is available to create for a variety of “First Fridays Artswalk” projects as well, including custom window lettering for artists and sandwich boards for venues."5th Annual Spring Show"

Robert Stone

5th Annual Spring Show

Mayor Dan Bianchi, seen on the far left next to Art On No artist Ellen Joffe-Halpern, studio 11, enjoyed spending time upstairs with the artists.
"5th Annual Spring Opening"

"5th Annual Spring Opening"

"5th Annual Spring Opening"

"5th Annual Spring Opening"

"5th Annual Spring Opening"

"5th Annual Spring Opening"

"5th Annual Spring Opening"

"5th Annual Spring Opening"

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Art On No Is Celebrating Spring!

Time again for Art On No’s popular Spring Opening! This year’s 5th annual sparkling event will take place on Friday, May 4, 5-8PM as a featured event in downtown Pittsfield’s inaugural “First Fridays Artswalk”. The newly refurbished “Art On No Gallery”, located on the second floor at 311 North Street, will be the scene of the festivities. The event is free and open to the public.

The 19 amazing artists of Art On No, short for “Art On North Street”, invite you to join them in celebrating their fifth year of creating in their current space. Tour the “Art On No Gallery” and artists’ studios, enjoy delicious food and beverages, music, great company, and meet the fabulous artists! The collaborative, founded by Annie Laurie, with the support and endorsement of Greylock Building owner Irving Cohen, is the home of one of the most astounding, creative realms to be found under one roof in all of Berkshire County.

Current artists include: Marguerite Bride, Daniel Brody, Deborah Rufo Burrato, Joan Palano Ciolfi, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Kathy Gideon, Annie Laurie, Sophia Lee, Leo Mazzeo, Dawn Meltzer, Lisa Merullo, Sam Ponder, Philip Pryjma, Dee Randolph, Harrison Searles, Eric Shuman, Claudia Shuster, Nathan John Strother, and Scott Taylor. More information may be found by visiting the collaborative’s blog: artonno.com or calling Annie Laurie, 413-281-1230.

Art On No
5th Annual Spring Opening

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Holiday Show, 2011!

This first annual Holiday Art Show at Art On No was a feel good success for all that came and partook. A festively turned out assembly enjoyed the eclectic mix of freshly minted affordable work amid dear and familiar favorites while the super cool Blue Light Trio set down a stone-cold solid groove that shaped the day and early evening.

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

Holiday Show, 2011

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Pounding The Pavement

In this high-tech age of instant gratification, it still pays enormously to put on comfortable footware and take it to the streets for in person interaction, especially for an art show. Art On No will be having it’s first ever Holiday Show on Saturday, December 10, 3-6PM, 311 North Street and two of the collaborative’s artists, Lisa Merullo and Leo Mazzeo, pounded the pavement recently to visit many of the fine businesses on North Street during a flyer run.

Proprietor Jeff Winslow of Wild Sage enthusiastically posed in his eclectic store.
Wild Sage

It was only fitting that this portrait of Scott Kirchner in Mad Macs was taken using a new iPhone 4S.
Mad Macs

Lisa Merullo playing it cool outside of Dottie’s Coffee Lounge.
Dottie's Coffee Lounge

Shawn looking spiffy in the shop/gallery. Art on No‘s Scott Taylor has a show up there now along with Michael Cohen.
Shawn's Barbershop

Colin Toomey poses in front of a fine selection of works included in the current Walk On Walls exhibit at the Lichtenstein.
Lichtenstein Center For The Arts

Every 15 seconds…
Onota Building

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Scott Taylor And Michael Cohen Open “Two Friends” At Shawn’s Barber Shop

On Friday, November 25, yes “Black Friday“, ironically enough, Art On No‘s Scott Taylor opened a colorful show with Michael Cohen at Shawn’s Barber Shop, another great example of the mixed-use venues proliferating in downtown Pittsfield. An enthusiastic crowd gathered for the event, which featured Taylor’s boldly painted acrylics and Michael Cohen’s engaging watercolors. Here’s a look:

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"

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