Heart of the Berkshires

A Visual Arts Experience in Western Massachusetts

JRA – Founders Circle Tour, October 19 – 22, 2017




Curated itinerary focused on studio ceramics and glass.

Every year, cultural tourism attracts visitors from all corners of the globe who come to the Berkshires drawn by the opportunity to experience contemporary art and culture at world-class institutions, including: museums, theaters and galleries.

Director Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary and Project Art, a specialist in contemporary clay 1950, with the help of Mark Leach, Independent Arts Writer, Museum Consultant and Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, will curate a four day/three night tour of Western Massachusetts with a focus on studio ceramics and glass.

Guests will make connections with the key people for behind-the-scenes experiences with curators and artists. They will experience the Berkshire’s slow food movement at a range of fabulous dining experiences. Two special meals sampling local crafted beers, farm produce and presented on locally made tableware will take place in the studios of Josh Simpson and at Project Art with Sergei Isupov and the resident artists.

Studio visits include: Artists-in-Residence at the Studios at MASS MoCA; various artists working in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, including ceramicists Mark Shapiro and Mara Superior; sculptors: Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets; visiting artist Paul Scott; glass artists Josh Simpson and Wesley Fleming.

Generously Donated by FERRIN CONTEMPORARY and MARK LEACH with support from participating artists and galleries: Sienna Patti Contemporary, Schantz Galleries, Josh Simpson Glass and Sohn Fine Art.

PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation from Albany airport to The Porches Inn, Transportation from Clark Institute to Albany airport, Transportation service to all venues (Friday-Sunday), all activities, daily lunch and dinner (except lunch on Sunday).

NOT INCLUDED: Flights to Albany Airport, Hotel Accommodations and Transportation to North Adams (if not flying with group).

LODGING: A block of rooms is being held at The Porches Inn under the name “JRA and Founders’ Circle” until August 15th, Group Reservation # 111130, http://www.porches.com/. Other options can be recommended. Daily tours begin and end at The Porches Inn in North Adams, so if you choose to stay somewhere else you will be responsible for your own transportation to/from The Porches Inn each day.

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Individual Price $750 per person non-refundable. (Includes $100 donation to Founders’ Circle or JRA)
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