CATA & Mass Audubon: “FORCES OF NATURE” art on tour @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 5-7pm, Oct 3 opening!

CATA & Mass Audubon present “Forces of Nature”, an exhibit of paintings and drawings by CATA artists with disabilities inspired by the wildlife & natural landscape of the Berkshires on view Oct 3-31.

The exhibit opens October 3 with a free, public reception from 5-7pm in the historic barn at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. RSVPs are requested for the opening reception. Please email or call CATA at 413-528-5485.

The exhibit is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between CATA and Mass Audubon, where CATA artists worked with naturalists from Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore connections between art and nature. Through their collaboration, CATA artists have created a stunning collection of artwork inspired by our native wildlife and beautiful Berkshire landscape.

RECEPTION: Thursday, October 3 from 5-7pm (FREE)

WHERE: The historic barn at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA)

RSVPs requested for the free, opening reception. Please email or call CATA at 413-528-5485 to register.

EXHIBIT: October 3 – 31, 2019 · FREE
*visitors may check in at the Sanctuary office
Gallery Hours: Open daily from 9am-4pm (between October 3-14) and 10am-4pm (between October 15-31)

Zen Master Jok Um to lecture on Koans, Mon, Sept. 30, 7pm at Williams College

Zen Master Jok Um will lecture on the use of kong-ans, or koans, in the Kwan Um School of Zen. A koan is a paradox to be meditated upon that is used to train Zen Buddhist monks to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to force them into gaining sudden intuitive enlightenment.

The lecture, which is FREE & open to the public, will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3.

Zen Master Jok Um received transmission in April 2017. He began studying with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1975. He is a Licensed clinical social worker and a psychotherapist, working with children and families in foster care, substance abuse, outpatient and inpatient mental health and therapeutic preschool settings, as well as in private practice. He specializes in infant and early childhood mental health. He is a guiding teacher for the New Haven Zen Center, Hwa Um Sa-Orlando Zen Center, and Florida’s Gateless Gate Zen Center and Cypress Tree Zen Group. He also teaches at the Chogye International Zen Center of New York, as well as at other Zen Centers and affiliates.

NBCC Cultural Grant deadline is October 15!

The Northern Berkshire Cultural Council offers grant funds to support cultural activities in the community. The deadline is October 15th for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs, organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants to support cultural activities within the Northern Berkshire region.  Proposals are due by or postmarked by that date.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council, contact Staff Administrator, Maureen Riley Moriarty at 413 652-2982. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

“Intro to Medical Cannabis for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis” on Wed, Oct 23, 5:30-8:30pm @ Sweetwood.

MS Support Foundation invites all to a FREE educational program. Speakers Cecilia Bernhard & Callie Farmer address Medical Cannabis for the Treatment of MS. Pre-register before October 16: 844-280-7292.

WAM presents: “Pipeline” by Dominique Morisseau, Oct 24-Nov 9, 2019

Pipeline is Dominique Morisseau’s beautiful and deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future without turning her back on the community that made him who he is. A powerful and thought-provoking examination of race, class, and the American education system

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher is committed to her students, and desperate to give her only son opportunities they’ll never have.  When a controversial incident in his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent.  For more info: WAM

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