2018 calendar of events

Chesterwood is open to the public from Saturday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend) to Monday, October 8 (Columbus Day), 2018. The site is open daily from 10am-5pm, with both guided and open tours available. 

JUNE

June 1st – 30th: Artists-in-Residence Rick and Laura Brown at Chesterwood

June 16th, June 17th, June 23rd, June 24th: Artists-in-Residence Open Studio Days, 2 to 4pm

June 24th: Artists-in-Residence Lecture and Conversation, 4pm

Sundays, June 3rd to July 1st (no class June 17): IS183 offers Sunday Drawing with Wednesday Nelena Sorokin

June 7th: Lecture by Dr. Karen Zukowski: City and Country Studios: French, Frelinghuysen, Morris, Judd and Other American Artists

Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th: IS183 offers Painting Early Summer Blooms: A Weekend Workshop with Wednesday Nelena Sorokin

Thursdays, June 21st to July 19th (no class July 12th): IS183 offers Summer Plein-Air Painting at Chesterwood with Bob Lafond (Session I), 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 21st: Nejaime’s wine seminar on the Studio Piazza

Friday, June 29th: Opening Preview Reception and Gala Dinner of “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood: 40 Years”

Saturday, June 30th to Monday, Oct. 8th: “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood: 40 Years”

JULY

July 7th: IS183 offers “Play with Clay” drop-in art activity

July 21st: IS183 offers “Drawing About” drop-in art activity

Thursdays, July 19th to August 16th: IS183 offers Summer Plein-air Painting with Bob Lafond (Session II)

July 13th: Free Fun Friday!

July 19th: Nejaime’s wine seminar on the Studio Piazza

Fridays, July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th: Highlight tours of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2018, 2pm

AUGUST

Aug. 4th: IS183 offers “Play with Clay” drop-in art activity

Aug. 8th: “A Lincoln Family Album” with Lincoln scholar and author, Harold Holzer, and local actors reading from personal letters between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln

Aug. 9th: Nejaime’s wine seminar on the Studio Piazza

Fridays, Aug. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st: Highlight tours of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2018.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 6th: Nejaime’s wine seminar on the Studio Piazza

Sept. 15th: IS183 offers "Drawing About" drop-in art activity

OCTOBER

Sunday, Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th: IS183 offers Sunday Drawing Classes in French's Studio

Oct. 8th: “Fall into Chesterwood” Fun Family Event

Oct. 11: “To Witness Creativity: Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios in the United States” at The National Arts Club

After Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8th, Chesterwood is open on Saturdays and Sundays, October 13/14; 20/21; 27/28

DECEMBER

Dec. 8th: 50th Anniversary Celebration of Chesterwood as a National Trust Historic Site


JUNE

Artists-in-Residence: Rick Brown and Laura Brown have been invited to live and work at Chesterwood for the month of June. Open studio days with the artists will be held on June 16, 17, 23, and 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. A lecture and conversation with the artists will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m., followed by a reception.

Rick Brown is a professor of sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and co-founder and president of Handshouse Studio Inc. In 2015, he was awarded the distinguished teaching of art award from the College Art Association. Laura Brown is on the faculty in the sculpture department of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is also co-founder and director of Handshouse Studio Inc. The artists have collaborated and exhibited their large-scale, site-specific sculpture in wood in several sculpture shows at Chesterwood as well as other venues and have received numerous awards in their field.

Sundays, June 3 to July 1 (no class June 17): Sunday Drawing with Wednesday Nelena Sorokin in conjunction with IS183 Art School. Held in the studio of famed sculptor Daniel Chester French, these drawing exercises and lessons will focus on a different subject inspired by the setting each week, such as plaster casts, gardens, or architectural views. Rendering an object in 2D form will be covered through demonstrations, exercises, and close observation. Using graphite pencils and charcoal, participants will explore how to convey form, light and surface through shading and compositions. IS183/Chesterwood Member Tuition: $105; Not Yet Member Tuition: $140, plus Chesterwood site fee $18. Drop-in fee per class: $40 plus Chesterwood site fee $18 (to be paid by check at Chesterwood or online via IS183.org). Contact IS183.org or 413.298.5252 x100 for more information and registration. 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17: Painting Early Summer Blooms: A Weekend Workshop with Wednesday Nelena Sorokin, in conjunction with IS183 Art School. In this workshop for painters of all levels, participants will paint on site in Chesterwood’s beautiful gardens designed by Daniel Chester French. The focus will be on using color and shading to capture the essence of flowers through light, shapes, and texture, using both representational and abstract approaches. No experience necessary, though participants are encouraged to select only one medium with which to work – acrylic, watercolor, or oil. IS183/Chesterwood Member tuition: $160; Not Yet Member Tuition: $205 plus Chesterwood Site fee $18. Contact IS183.org or 413.298.5252 x100 for more information and registration. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 7: Lecture by Dr. Karen Zukowski: City and Country Studios: French, Frelinghuysen, Morris, Judd and Other American Artists, Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. Sponsored, in part, by the Lenox Library, Chesterwood and the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio and Connoisseur Fine Art Magazine. A reception follows the lecture. Free. Seating is limited; preregistration recommended by contacting Valerie Balint at vbalint@savingplaces.org. 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Thursdays, June 21 to July 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (four meetings, no class July 12): Summer Plein-Air Painting at Chesterwood with Bob Lafond (Session I) in conjunction with IS183 Art School. With the breathtaking grounds of Chesterwood as muse, participants will explore painting in an ever-changing environment. Special attention will be paid to developing approaches to work with spontaneity and maintaining first insights. Students will be supported in whatever style and paint medium they select, with techniques introduced as needed. IS183/Chesterwood Member Tuition: $160; Not Yet Member: $205 plus Chesterwood Site fee $18. Contact IS183.org or 413.298.5252 x100 for more information and registration. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 21: Nejaime’s wine seminar, Studio Piazza at Chesterwood. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required through Nejaime’s Wine Cellar, located in Stockbridge and Lenox. 413.298.3454 and 413-637-2221. nejaimeswine.com. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, June 29: Preview and opening reception of the “40th Anniversary of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2018”. Kinetic work by George Rickey and other notable American artists will be featured in this outdoor exhibition. Reception with cash bar followed by a farm-to-table fundraising event catered by Peter Platt, Old Inn on the Green, in the Studio Garden. $200 for Chesterwood members; $225 for non-members. For dinner ticket information, contact Margaret Cherin at mcherin@savingplaces.org. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 30, to Monday, Oct. 8: “40th Anniversary of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2018”. Since 1978, Chesterwood has hosted an outdoor sculpture show. Kinetic artist George Rickey was one of the most notable sculptors to participate in the first exhibition. Rickey's work and that of other distinguished American sculptors will be featured in this year's show. Guest curators are Maxwell Davidson III and Charles Davidson of the Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York. The exhibition is sponsored by the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation. Highlight tours of the exhibition will be offered with museum admission on Fridays in July and August at 2 p.m.

JULY

Saturday, July 7: “Play with Clay” drop-in art activity, in conjunction with IS183 Art School. An IS183 Art School faculty artist will introduce the tools and basic techniques of sculpting with natural clay. Held on the Woodshed deck at Chesterwood. Materials provided. Free with museum admission. 1 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, July 21: “Drawing About” drop-in art activity, in conjunction with IS183 Art School. Drop-in and draw some of the surroundings at Chesterwood, using various basic 2D materials. This is a great chance to get a taste of drawing through quick demos, simple projects, and guidance from an IS183 Art School faculty artist on site. Woodshed deck. Materials provided. Free with museum admission. 1 to 5 p.m.

Thursdays, July 19 to August 16 (four meetings): Summer Plein-air Painting with Bob Lafond (Session II), in conjunction with IS183 Art School. With the breathtaking grounds of Chesterwood as muse, participants will explore painting in an ever-changing environment. Special attention will be paid to developing approaches to work with spontaneity and maintaining first insights. Students will be supported in whatever style and paint medium they select, with techniques introduced as needed. IS183/Chesterwood Member Tuition: $160; Not Yet Member: $205 plus Chesterwood Site fee $18. Contact IS183.org or 413.298.5252 x100 for more information and registration. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, July 13: Free Fun Friday! with art activities for adults and families. Four free tours of French's Studio and Residence will be offered beginning at 11 a.m. Registration is suggested for tours by calling 413.298.3579 x 2023. Each tour is limited to 25 people. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. Free admission all day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Thursday, July 19: Nejaime’s wine seminar, Studio Piazza at Chesterwood. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required through Nejaime’s Wine Cellar, located in Stockbridge and Lenox. 413.298.3454 and 413.637.2221. nejaimeswine.com. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fridays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27: Highlight tours of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2018. Free with admission. 2 p.m.

AUGUST

Saturday, Aug. 4: “Play with Clay” drop-in art activity, in conjunction with IS183 Art School. An IS183 Art School faculty artist will introduce the tools and basic techniques of sculpting with natural clay. Held on the Woodshed deck at Chesterwood. Materials provided. Free with museum admission. 1 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 8: “A Lincoln Family Album” with Lincoln scholar and author, Harold Holzer, and local actors reading from personal letters between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln in the Studio at Chesterwood, followed by a reception on the Studio Piazza. $40 members; $50 non-members. Seated is limited. For information and registration contact Margaret Cherin at mcherin@savingplaces.org. 5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 9: Nejaime’s wine seminar, Studio Piazza at Chesterwood. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required through Nejaime’s Wine Cellar, located in Stockbridge and Lenox. 413.298.3454 and 413.637.2221. nejaimeswine.com. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fridays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31: Highlight tours of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2018. Free with museum admission. 2 p.m.

SEPTEMBER

Thursday, Sept. 6, Nejaime’s wine seminar, Studio Piazza at Chesterwood. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required through Nejaime’s Wine Cellar, located in Stockbridge and Lenox. 413.298.3454 and 413.637.2221. nejaimeswine.com. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15, "Drawing About" drop-in art activity, in conjunction with IS 183 Art School. Drop-in and draw some of the surroundings at Chesterwood, using various basic 2D materials. This is a great chance to get a taste of drawing through quick demos, simple projects, and guidance from an IS183 Art School faculty artist on site. Woodshed deck. Materials provided. Free with museum admission. 1 to 5 p.m.

OCTOBER

Sunday, Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28: Sunday Drawing Classes in French's Studio, in conjunction with IS183 Art School. IS183/Chesterwood Member Tuition: $105; Not Yet Member Tuition: $140 plus, Chesterwood site fee $18. Drop-in fee per class: $40, plus Chesterwood site fee $18 (to be paid by check at Chesterwood or online via IS183.org). Contact IS183.org or 413.298.5252 x100 for more information and registration. 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 8: “Fall into Chesterwood” Fun Family Event. Live music, art activities, guided hikes, and pumpkin carving with museum admission. 1 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11: “To Witness Creativity: Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios in the United States” at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC. Illustrated lecture by Valerie Balint, Program Manager, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program, who will discuss the breadth and depth of artists’ homes and studios open to the public throughout the country. Each of these homes is itself a singular expression of the artist(s) who lived there and are often artworks in and of themselves. Free with suggested registration by emailing vbalint@savingplaces.org. Time TBD.

After Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8, Chesterwood is open on Saturdays and Sundays, October 13-14; 20-21; 27-28, with tours and hikes scheduled in collaboration with other organizations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tours continue through Oct. 31.

DECEMBER

Saturday, Dec. 8: 50th Anniversary Celebration of Chesterwood as a National Trust Historic Site. Themed 1960s cocktail party in the French Family Residence in honor of Margaret French Cresson and Chesterwood Council Emeritus patron Jeannene T. Booher, with Harold Holzer, Lincoln author and scholar, who will sign advance copies of his biography on Daniel Chester French. Books available for sale at the event. Fee charged. For more information contact Margaret Cherin at mcherin@savingplaces.org. 4 to 6:30 p.m.