September 6th – Open Studios at NUarts! Come visit our cooperative of 20 artist studios on the second floor of the Greylock building at 311 North…meet our painters, mixed media and collage artists, sculptors, art therapists and more…plus refreshments!
This month NUarts hosts two special events – a special exhibit of young emerging outsider artist, Aidan Spaniol, and a violin performance by the Vivace String Ensemble!
The ensemble, under the direction of Bing Lu, includes: Joan Devoe, Bridget Halpin, Megan Timler, Alba Passerini and our very own Carolina Perrone in Studio 19!
“War Heroes” – Aidan Spaniol
Aidan Spaniol is a fifteen year old self taught comics and graphic artist from Pittsfield, MA. This is his first exhibition. His work may be interpreted as Outsider Art, art that is outside the mainstream and created purely as the raw, personal expression of the artist.
The exhibition, “War Heroes” features a vast collection of hundreds of original comic drawings on paper, created over a several year period beginning in the artist’s childhood. Each story involves a group of characters fighting a common enemy to protect what they love.
The drawings are inspired by franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, D.C., Dragon Ball, Black Clover and One Piece. Additionally the artist has chosen to display a few original Lego sculptures, which were created as blueprints for the “War Heroes” comics.
This year, the artist began adding color and expanding the size of his graphic characters. He is exploring acrylic painting to convey scenes or worlds where his stories take place. In the paintings, he uses thick brush strokes, palette knife and a palette of dark and vivid colors akin to Van Gogh. Some of his paintings are currently on display in a group show entitled ‘Elemental’ at Commonfolk Gallery in North Adams.
For more information about the artist or to purchase works please contact curator, Marney Schorr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vivace String Ensemble is a group of working and retired women from Berkshire County and Troy, NY, who are passionate about studying and playing music for the fun of it. This ensemble includes: Joan Devoe, Bridget Halpin, Carolina Perrone, Megan Timler , and Alba Passerini. The ensemble is under the direction of Bing Liu.
Bing Liu – A graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, Bing began her musical career in China, winning prestigious violin competitions at the age of 14. She attended the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and Boston University. She performed with the first China Youth Symphony Orchestra which visited over 15 European cities during the 1980 tour (first time in Chinese history). She worked at the Central Opera Theatre Symphony Orchestra for ten years. Bing teaches at Miss Halls, at the Suzuki Music School of Troy and as a private Suzuki instructor at Bing’s Strings Studio. She is the co-founder of the Berkshire Trio and plays in the Berkshire Symphony.
Come check out the fun from 5-8 pm. For more info about NUarts, visit us at: www.nuartsgallery.com and follow us at: instagram.com/nuartspittsfield.