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A New Gallery for Grandma Moses
Thanks to the major infusion of funds from the winter Gala , Bennington Museum has begun a significant renovation project in a signature gallery , devoted to the work , life , and legacy of Anna Mary “ Robertson ” Moses . From January through March , the Museum is traditionally closed to the public for a winter break . They are taking that opportunity to update , expand , and fully reinstall the Moses Gallery , with old favorites and new . There will be a premiere celebration on March 28 just before the Museum reopens to the public .
At the core of the reinstallation will be 5 masterpieces by Moses that have been newly acquired from the Kallir Research Institute . These new works , alongside other highlights from the Museum ’ s Moses collection constitute the largest public collection of her work in the world , and will capture the full breadth and depth of her work as a painter .
“ New lighting is being installed , new security , new wi-fi , new HVAC , flooring – the whole nine yards ,” says Jamie Franklin , Museum Chief Curator .“ In total , we should be able to have up to ten more Moses pieces on view than what we previously had room for ,” Franklin adds , “ It will be a fluid viewing and listening experience , and will allow us to tell a complete story of this iconic woman and her legacy .”
In addition to the gallery expansion and renovations , the Museum will also renovate the connector between the new hallway gallery and the Grandma Moses Schoolhouse . “ The corridor will be widened , and one wall will have a full window inserted to bring light into the space and to emphasize the moment of arrival at the active , touchable , family room ,” explains executive director , Martin Mahoney . “ We will also install an automatic glass door between the Schoolhouse and the Moses Gallery to limit noise infiltration if we have school groups , meetings , or workshops in session while the Museum is open .”
The Moses acquisitions are made possible by a $ 25,000 gift from Lyman Orton , and a $ 25,000 grant from the Webster Family Foundation served as the seed funding that enabled the Museum to reinvigorate the space . Visit benningtonmuseum . org to RSVP to the Moses preview celebration on March 28 at 5pm . Members : $ 5 / Not-Yet-Members : $ 10 . Enjoy passed aps , drinks , and explore the new gallery .
Berkshire Student Film Festival Submissions
Images Cinema will present its inaugural regional student film festival over the first weekend in May . “ This open call offers a felicitous opportunity for young creators of the Berkshires to see their short films on the big screen ,” says Images intern and Williams College student Minnie Lerner . The festival is seeking submissions from high school and college students at schools within a 25 mile radius of Images Cinema , including Williamstown , North Adams , Pittsfield , and Bennington , VT . Submissions are now open until March 17 and can be made upon accessing the Images website ( imagescinema . org ). Up to two primary creators may be credited per project , up to three works may be submitted per primary creator , and each primary creator must be a currently enrolled secondary school or college student . Films must run within 10 minutes ’ time and will be evaluated on the day of the festival by a robust panel of local industry professionals and film scholars .
Submitted films will be reviewed by a committee that will consist of students and Images Cinema staff . Jury prizes will be awarded by a jury of filmmaking and film curating professionals . Email comments @ imagescinema . org with any questions . Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street in Williamstown , MA .
14 Vermont News Guide February 26 , 2024