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River Art Project exhibition focuses on awareness and protection

Panel Discussion: Wednesday, August 15, 6–7:30 p.m.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Artist and gallerist Jim Schantz has organized an art exhibition for this summer that will honor the river. The River Art Project is an exhibition that features recognized painters from the Berkshire region who work with the river as their subject matter, including Bart Elsbach, Michael Filmus, Scott Prior, and Jim Schantz. *

"Fairgrounds on the River," by Scott Prior—part of The River Art Project Exhibition, on view from June 8 to September 2.
“Fairgrounds on the River,” by Scott Prior—part of The River Art Project Exhibition, on view from June 8 to September 2.

The central mission of this exhibition project is to raise awareness of the beauty and importance of the river environment and offer opportunities to educate on how people can protect this valuable resource. Half of the net proceeds of the sale of each painting will be donated to these River organizations that are actively working to protect and preserve the Housatonic and Hudson Rivers.

The River Art Project
June 8–September 2, 2018
Opening Reception Friday, June 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m
Thursday–Sunday 10:30–5:00 or by appointment
Stockbridge Station
2 Depot Road, Stockbridge, Mass.
Contact: 413-298-5163

Organizers note that now is a time when efforts to protect the environment and our rivers is more important than ever and water and air are of prime concern.
The exhibition includes an educational program with environmentalists who can speak about protecting our water and air and offer ways to be proactive in this regard. On Wednesday, August 15th, The River Art Project will host a panel discussion with the directors of each organization to discuss the future of river awareness and protection. The panel discussion will take place from 6-7:30pm. Panelists include: Paul Gallay, President of Hudson Riverkeeper, Tim Gray, Housatonic Riverkeeper/Director of Housatonic River Initiative and Dennis Regan, Housatonic Valley Association’s Berkshire Director.
Go to for more details on upcoming presentations and to listen to The River Art Project’s first River Presentation, Paul Gallay’s “Who Doesn’t Want Clean Water?”

The exhibition runs June 8 through September 2, 2018 at the Stockbridge Station gallery space. The historic station was designed by architect Frank Waller. Built in 1893, it last served as an operating railroad station in 1960. The interior of the station has been slightly renovated to present the works with proper lighting and additional wall space.

* This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.


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