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Exploring
the Beautiful Berkshires

Museums & Galleries
While the Berkshire landscape itself can be perceived as a work of art, the region abounds with opportunities to immerse yourself in the visual arts, either among the impressive collections of a diverse array of museums or by stepping into one of the many Berkshire galleries brimming with work by artists of local and international repute.

Norman Rockwell Musuem

9 Route 183, Stockbridge
five minutes from the Red Lion Inn
Open daily year round

Set on 36 verdant acres, the museum – designed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern – houses the largest and most significant collection of original art by the archetypical American illustrator (and longtime Stockbridge resident), along with the Norman Rockwell Archives and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, a research institute dedicated to American illustration art. Step into Rockwell’s own studio, open May through October. The museum also hosts exhibitions of work by other illustrators (past and contemporary) and accomplished animators.

Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood

Stockbridge, MA
5 minute drive from The Red Lion Inn

Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood (CSC) is a signature event, attracting thousands of visitors each season. Each year, the exhibition has a guest curator & juror who selects a stylistic range of works sited within the landscape designed by French. The Chesterwood staff assists the sculptors in installing their work. Over the years the exhibition has presented the work of many prominent artists, including Leonard Baskin, Glenna Goodacre, George Rickey, and Richard Stankiewicz. Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood (CSC) has provided the opportunity to showcase the work of new and emerging artists. 

Sohn Fine Art

6 Elm Street, Stockbridge
just around the corner from The Red Lion Inn

Contemporary photography with an emphasis on local artists.

Schantz Galleries

Three Elm Street, Stockbridge
just around the corner from The Red Lion Inn

Contemporary glass works by internationally recognized artists.

Art et Industrie

420 Park Street, 2nd Floor
, Housatonic
10 minutes from The Red Lion Inn

Extraordinary furniture hand-crafted by regional artisans from reclaimed and salvaged materials.

Sienna Gallery

80 Main Street, Lenox
15 minutes from The Red Lion Inn

Innovative work by artists who push the boundary between art and jewelry with both traditional and unconventional materials and forms.

Lauren Clark Fine Art

402 Park Street (Route 183), Housatonic
15 minutes from The Red Lion Inn

Fine art and contemporary craft by regional and internationally recognized artists in all media.

Sanford Smith Fine Art

13 Railroad Street, Great Barrington
15 minutes from The Red Lion Inn

Primarily contemporary work by international and regional artists, with a selection of fine jewelry.

Hoadley Gallery

21 Church Street, Lenox
15 minutes from The Red Lion Inn

Contemporary ceramics, , glass, painting, and photography, along with hand-crafted  jewelry, wearables, and home accessories

Berkshire Museum

39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield
20 minutes from the Red Lion Inn
Open daily year round

Founded in 1903 by Zenas Crane, of Crane paper fame, Berkshire Museum is the county’s first public museum. Dedicated to art, history and natural science, the Museum has surprisingly diverse collections ranging from a 143-pound meteorite to an Egyptian mummy to the first-ever commissioned work by Alexander Calder. Children are enchanted by the subterranean aquarium and permanent galleries that explore the local ecosystem, including an extensive display of taxidermy specimens of Berkshire wildlife.

Bidwell House Museum

100 Art School Road, Monterey
20 minutes from the Red Lion Inn
Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Grounds open year round

This Georgian saltbox, originally built in 1750 as a parsonage, has been authentically restored and filled with Colonial-era antiques to create a museum that interprets the early settlement of the Berkshires. The 192-acre property is graced with terraced perennial flowerbeds; a Heritage Vegetable Garden and heirloom herb garden demonstrating Colonial-era plants and techniques; and hiking trails that lead to historical landmarks.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown
50 minutes away from the Red Lion Inn
Open daily July and August
Closed Monday September through June

Sterling and Francine Clark founded the Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive collections, including important artwork by Dutch Masters, Impressionists and key American artists, as well as decorative objets. The Stone Hill Center, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, is itself a masterwork of contemporary design. It houses supplemental galleries and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, and affords magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The 140-acre property boasts meadows, woods, pastures, and walking trails. In the warmer months, the sprawling South Lawn is an ideal site for free concerts and family festivals.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown
50-minute drive from The Red Lion Inn
Open daily July and August; closed Mondays September through June

An important collection including work by Dutch Masters, Impressionists, and key American artists, as well as decorative objects. The Clark screens live-in-HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera as well as periodic thematic film series.

 

The galleries of Hudson, NY

Hudson, NY
55 minutes from The Red Lion Inn

Plentiful galleries along Warren Street in Hudson provide a window on the contemporary art scene.

The Harrison Gallery

39 Spring Street, Williamstown
55 minutes from The Red Lion Inn

Contemporary painting and sculpture, plus fine art jewelry and ceramics.

MCLA Gallery 51

51 Main Street, North Adams
1 hour from The Red Lion Inn

Contemporary work by international and local artists, including students and faculty of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which operates the gallery.

30 Main Street  Stockbridge, MA 01262
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