Summer art exhibit displays three local artists' work

Summer art exhibit displays three local artists' work

WILLIAMSTOWN — July 3, 2017 — In continuing its support of local art, Tunnel City Coffee, 100 Spring St., will welcome Northern Berkshire artists and friends, Ghetta Hirsch, Ed Carson and Sharon Carson, for a group show exhibiting July through September.

Their collective works include monoprints, oils on canvas, and digital art among others. The show can been seen during regular daily business hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the art is available for purchase.

About the artists

 Ghetta Hirsch is an oil painter who uses vibrant colors, shapes and textures to convey what she sees in her visual and artistic exploration. Her creative process is directly inspired by meditative and reflective moments in front of a landscape.Her work reflects New England locales, from Pontoosuc Lake, to purple fields of loosestrife, to the many mountain ranges of Massachusetts.

 “When I paint I tune into the visual flow before me, reducing it to an arrangement of color waves,” Hirsch writes in her artist statement. “My eyes see continuous pathways and I follow them with my brushes.”

 While Hirsch’s flowing landscapes are captured by eyes in galleries all over the Berkshires, she said she’s looking forward to showcasing her art in her hometown coffee shop — “a bustling meetinghouse.”

 “Tunnel City is one of those places where students, professors, parents, Berkshires tourists meet and relax,” she said. “It encourages artists and I am honored to show my art in such an important social environment as I love Williamstown and consider that Tunnel City and the "place" for all to meet. It is so alive at all times!”

Ed Carson will feature a digitally enhanced series of his original acrylic paintings related to a popular children’s game, tic-tac-toe. Experimenting only with color variations, pattern and space, Carson limits the elements to x’s, o’s and lines.

 “I’ve been doing a lot of digital work the last couple of years, primarily cartooning,” he said. “As a result I’ve gained some familiarity with digital drawing. So when I came across my box of acrylic tic-tac-toe paintings I thought I might improve them with the digital process. What I like most about the digital medium is the ability to experiment, to change your mind, explore other ways of solving a problem. In this respect it’s more efficient than beating a painting to death.”

 Ed Carson said his exposure to art came from his wife.

 Sharon Carson, a previous Tunnel City artist, has crafted landscapes with oil paint for 35 years. Now, she returns to the shop to show her latest exploration in producing monoprints. A few years ago one of Sharon Carson’s artist friends introduced her to making monoprints using a gelatin plate, she said.

 “I had always liked the look of monoprints and I loved the simplicity of a gelatin plate rather than using a printing press,” she said. “I played around using acrylic paints on paper and made up my own process for making monoprints. I liked it so much that last year I put away all of my oil painting gear and now I’m only doing monoprints.I may return to oil painting at some time in the future, but for now I’m happy doing monoprints.”

 With a focus in themes of nature, Sharon Carson said she has a very intuitive process to creating her art work — it involves “lots of layering and adjusting until a vibrant design emerges.” She’d rather label her monoprints “Color Constructions” instead of specific titles because she feels it accurately describes her focus on building upon the print until she’s happy with the design.

 She said that the collective works between Hirsch, Ed Carson and herself will display well together. The three artists have shown work in the past separately at local venues such as: North Adams Open Studios and North Adams Artists Co-op; Terra Gallery in Williamstown and First Fridays Artswalk events in Pittsfield.

 “[We] all like color and design, we just express it in different ways — and we’re friends,” Sharon Carson said.

 About Tunnel City Coffee: Tunnel City Coffee is a coffee roasting company located in the northern Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Its flagship store on Spring Street in Williamstown features a full-service espresso bar, whole bean coffee, loose tea and pastry. Since its establishment in 1992, its operations have grown to include a coffee bar on the Mass MoCA campus and an expanded coffee roasting facility in North Adams. Coming this August, Tunnel City Coffee will be celebrating its 25th anniversary coinciding with the opening of a late night coffee bar inside the newly constructed Williams College bookstore located on Spring Street in Williamstown.

To purchase products and learn more about wholesale opportunities and community partnerships, visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call (413) 458-5010.

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CATA Coffee limited roast to raise money for organization

CATA Coffee limited roast to raise money for organization

Tunnel City’s “CATA Coffee” blend to raise money for organization

Art exhibit sparks new limited release coffee

 WILLIAMSTOWN — June 12, 2017 — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) has a mission to allow people with disabilities  to express themselves freely and creatively through mixed medium. To support that initiative, Tunnel City Coffee created a “CATA Coffee” blend — $5 from each pound sold will be donated to CATA.

 With the integration of a temporary art exhibit, Tunnel City used three paintings to label CATA Coffee bags. The medium roast blend will be available online and in store until the exhibit at 100 Spring Street is dismantled — June 29.

 Inside the coffee shop, nearly 30 lambent paintings created with assistive technology and artist drawings are on view, created with media such as acrylic, tempera, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, charcoal, and mixed media. All pieces are for sale, professionally matted and framed, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists.

 The CATA “Art on Tour” exhibit will be on view during regular Tunnel City Coffee hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

 For more information, visit http://cataarts.org/events

About Community Access to the Arts:

CATA workshops take place all across the Berkshires and in Columbia County, and are led by talented faculty who are also artists themselves; Jeff Gagnon, Pat Hogan, Marlene Marshall, Janice Shields, Kara Smith, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

Funds to support the exhibit are made possible by Irene and James Hunter Charitable Fund at Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, October Mountain Financial Advisors and other advocates.

CATA also brought art to The Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, New Marlborough Meeting House in New Marlborough, and the MountainOne Gallery as part of Downstreet Art in North Adams.   

 

About Tunnel City Coffee:

Tunnel City Coffee (TCC) has been pulling espresso shots in Williamstown since 1992. Along with making top quality espresso drinks, TCC is known for roasting its own coffee in North Adams and being a purveyor of pastries made daily in its scratch bakery.

Over the past 25 years, the company has grown in sales, location and employee base. With the addition of a cafe on the MASS MoCA campus, TCC will begin serving beverages out of the new Spring Street Bookstore in the fall.

For more information and to learn more about retail and wholesale opportunities, visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call (413) 458-5010.

Tunnel City: Now Serving Sweetwood Retirement Community

Tunnel City: Now Serving Sweetwood Retirement Community

Tunnel City Coffee: Now Serving Sweetwood Retirement Community

Local partnership evolves out of residents’ regular trips to coffee shop

WILLIAMSTOWN — May 22, 2017 — One way to make residents feel at home at Sweetwood of Williamstown Retirement Living Community is for them to get their favorite coffee without having to drive to get to it. That’s why Tunnel City Coffee now serves residents coffee and pastries in their Sweetwood Café.

On the first floor of Sweetwood, directly across from the front entrance, a variety of homemade pastries and different blends of Tunnel City Coffee will be offered on a daily basis. The coffee will also be available during select events hosted by the community.

The demand was apparent when administrators noticed how many residents and how often they get together at the Spring Street coffee shop. While the staff enjoys seeing the same round table occupied by six to eight gentlemen enjoying a cup of specialty coffee every morning at 11 a.m., the group now has the opportunity do so in their own living quarters.

About Sweetwood Retirement Living Community:

Sweetwood of Williamstown, located in Williamstown Massachusetts, is situated in a quaint and renowned arts and education community in the spectacular Berkshires. It is an assisted living facility that offers one and two bedroom apartments with full kitchens, large bedrooms and walk-in closets with a flagstone patio, a greenhouse and a 24-hour on-site health center. Sweetwood is more than a retirement community — it is home. Sweetwood is located at 1611 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown. For more information call (413) 458-8371 or visit sweetwoodliving.com.

About Tunnel City Coffee:

Tunnel City Coffee has been pulling espresso shots in the small college town of Williamstown since 1992. Along with making top quality espresso drinks, Tunnel City is known for roasting specialty sustainable green coffee in the Berkshires with trails, streams and timeless vistas as a backdrop. Beans are purchased from various developing regions and grown by small farmer owned cooperatives and selected for its above average quality — sold by the pound or brewed in the energy and vibrancy of Spring Street. The company is also a purveyor of pastries made daily in its scratch bakery.

Over the past 25 years, the company has grown in sales, location and employee base. With the addition of a cafe on the MASS MoCA campus, Tunnel City Coffee will begin serving beverages out of the new Spring Street Bookstore in the fall.

For more information and to learn more about retail and wholesale opportunities, visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call (413) 458-5010.

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CATA pop-up gallery comes to Tunnel City Coffee

CATA pop-up gallery comes to Tunnel City Coffee

“Meet the Artists” reception on May 25

WILLIAMSTOWN — April 18, 2017 — For their next “Art on Tour” stop, Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents to the Northern Berkshires a lively exhibit of diverse work by 25 artists with disabilities. The pieces will remain on display at Tunnel City Coffee now until June 29.

To celebrate the new installation, community members are invited to meet the artists and learn about their work on Thursday, May 25, from noon to 2 p.m., under the awnings at 100 Spring St., in Williamstown. Light fare will be served and cafe items will be available for purchase.

Inside the coffee shop, nearly 30 lambent paintings created with assistive technology and artist drawings are on view, created with media such as acrylic, tempera, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, charcoal, and mixed media. All pieces are for sale, professionally matted and framed, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists.

In addition, Tunnel City staff will select an artist’s image to be reproduced on a limited edition run of custom coffee bags.

The CATA “Art on Tour” exhibit will be on view during regular Tunnel City Coffee hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

For more information, visit http://cataarts.org/events

About Community Access to the Arts:

CATA workshops take place all across the Berkshires and in Columbia County, and are led by talented faculty who are also artists themselves; Jeff Gagnon, Pat Hogan, Marlene Marshall, Janice Shields, Kara Smith, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

Funds to support the exhibit are made possible by Irene and James Hunter Charitable Fund at Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, October Mountain Financial Advisors and other advocates.

CATA also brought art to The Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, New Marlborough Meeting House in New Marlborough, and the MountainOne Gallery as part of Downstreet Art in North Adams.   

About Tunnel City Coffee:

Tunnel City Coffee has been pulling espresso shots in the small college town of Williamstown since 1992. Along with making top quality espresso drinks, Tunnel City is known for roasting specialty sustainable green coffee in the Berkshires with trails, streams and timeless vistas as a backdrop. The company is also a purveyor of pastries made daily in its scratch bakery. Over the past 25 years, the company has grown in sales, locations and employee base. With the addition of a cafe on the MASS MoCA campus in the edgy, artistic town of nearby North Adams, Tunnel City will begin serving beverages out of the new Spring Street Bookstore in fall 2017.

For more information and to learn more about retail and wholesale opportunities, visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call (413) 458-5010.

Coffee + Canines at Tunnel City

Coffee + Canines at Tunnel City

Tunnel City Coffee will hold a Coffee and Canines event on Saturday, November 28 from 11-1pm at their 100 Spring Street location in Williamstown. The event is free and all are encouraged to enjoy the event with their dogs!

Participants will have the opportunity to meet local Pet Photographer Amanda Jones, whose work is currently on display at Tunnel City. Homemade dog treats from Bark N’ Cat will be for sale as well as Jones’ new book, “Dog Years."

A pet photo shoot with Jones will be raffled off for $5.00 per ticket. All proceeds will benefit the Berkshire Humane Society.

This is a rain or shine event. All well-behaved dogs are welcome, however, they will only be allowed to participate outside. 

For more information, contact Beth Kie-Burdick at bkieburdick@gmail.com