PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Berkshire Museum’s featured summer exhibit, ‘Art of the Hills: Narrative,’ will open on its originally scheduled date, Saturday, June 6, with one major change: instead of s’ Hanging on the plaster walls of the community museum’s galleries, each selected artwork will be displayed on the simulated walls in an immersive, high-resolution 3D rendering.
Visitors to the virtual exhibition will feel as though they are browsing the museum’s galleries using a cutting-edge technique that combines a three-dimensional digital model with crisp, colorful images of the artists’ work and user-friendly navigation.
The online exhibit kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 with a virtual tour of the show presented by jurors Amy Myers and Seung Lee, followed by a live Q&A. The community is encouraged to register online to reserve their space at the free online event.
Once the virtual opening event is over, the innovative digital exhibit will be added to the website so that visitors can ‘walk’ or ‘fly’ through the galleries using their web browser or headset. virtual reality while examining each piece of art in high definition at their own pace as part of the popular Berkshire Museum @ Home online programming. Additional “Art of the Hills: Narrative” events and digital content will be added to the site throughout the virtual show as they are announced.
“We are committed to continuing our mission, keeping our promise to the many talented artists on the show, and most of all: keeping the community and staff safe,” said Jeff Rodgers, executive director of the Berkshire Museum . “Putting this exhibition online does exactly that. I am delighted that we can share the work of Berkshire artists with the public now and look forward to opening it.”
The new exhibit is the second installment of “Art of the Hills,” a jury-paneled exhibit that celebrates the rich and creative culture of our region by showcasing the work of emerging and established artists who live or work within a 60-mile radius. miles from the Berkshire Museum location in downtown Pittsfield. The first “Art of the Hills” exhibition debuted at the Berkshire Museum in 2018.
“Art of the Hills: Narrative” features 78 works by 64 carefully selected artists from a collection of over 530 submitted works. Jurors Seung Lee and Amy Myers adopted the “narrative” theme in similar but unique ways: Lee sought out pieces that “tell a story to the viewer using characteristics such as character, scenes, time, technique and the interpretation of a perceived concept; while Myers examined the works from the point of view of time and wonder, selecting pieces that left him with “a question or a curiosity” rather than a conclusion.
“Art of the Hills: Narrative” is scheduled to open in the physical galleries of the Berkshire Museum with a community celebration on October 10. Guests of the October 10 event will have the opportunity to meet the artists and experience their work up close and personal.
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