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From Joshua Tree National Park to the northern Berkshires: Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography and Robert Lafond show landscapes this winter at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown

From Joshua Tree National Park to the northern Berkshires: Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography and Robert Lafond show landscapes this winter at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown

Bob Lafond paints natural landscapes of the Berkshires, as well as scenes from Brooklyn streets, with a clear sense of season and light.

Bob Lafond paints natural landscapes of the Berkshires, as well as scenes from Brooklyn streets, with a clear sense of season and light.

Photographer Christie Allen and painter Robert Lafond present photographic and painted landscapes this winter at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown, MA. Allen’s photographs of Joshua Tree National Park at night offer vivid perspectives on an iconic place, while Lafond’s paintings of the Berkshires provide a clear sense of time, place and light.

The show runs through early April 2019 and all work is available for in-store purchase.

“I paint both landscapes and cityscapes, mainly of the Berkshires and Brooklyn,” says Lafond. “A painting will start with some experience of a place. I will stop working on a painting when I think it says what I want, but the places keep offering more experiences to paint.”

Lafond attended the Boston Museum School and has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Princeton University, where he studied under painter Esteban Vicente. Lafond then worked at the Princeton University Art Museum for almost twenty years.

Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography seeks out wild landscapes and up-close encounters with wildlife.

Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography seeks out wild landscapes and up-close encounters with wildlife.

Christie Allen is a nature and wildlife photographer, getting up close with some of the most striking landscapes and animals. Allen took courses at the International Center for Photography in New York City and attended seminars and workshops to push herself further and find her niche as a photographer.

“Photography has been an outlet and passion for me since I was a teenager,” says Allen. “Learning from a variety of instructors has given me a unique perspective. Through photography, I have met many creative people who both teach and inspire me.”

Tunnel City Coffee’s winter show runs through early April 2019 and all work is available for purchase. For more information about the winter show or art at Tunnel City Coffee in general, please contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com.

Patterns in black and white and color at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA

Patterns in black and white and color at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA

Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA hosts artists Sarah Sutro and Dorothea Osborn for a winter show of ink drawings and large scale paintings through March 2019. Sutro’s black and white drawings express spirituality, humor, ideas and nature with ink patterns created with handmade and Japanese ink pens. Osborn’s work reflects microscopic biologic fragments in macro-scale brush strokes.

The show runs from January 8, 2019 through the end of March 2019 and all work is available for in-store purchase.

Sarah Sutro uses Japanese ink pens to create highly detailed works of ink on paper. 

Sarah Sutro uses Japanese ink pens to create highly detailed works of ink on paper. 

Sutro works in detail, giving a fluid sense of order to tiny ink points, like flocks of birds swinging in unison. “My current black and white ink drawings express patterns and energies of the human and natural worlds, a symbiotic relationship that is always in a tenuous balance,” says Sutro. She was a finalist for MA artist foundation grants and participated in a residency at the American Academy in Rome, among others.

Sutro’s show at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA aptly represents her clever, highly patterned ink style. “Layers of overlapping ink marks build; sketchy landscape emerges and disappears in a sense of order that is alluded to, then lost.”

Dorothea Osborn works across several media types–netting, tape, feathers and wood provide accent and backdrop to paintings, drawings and sculpture. Osborn’s works can be worlds apart from each other but constant in their employment of captivating color.

Dorothea Osborn works across media to produce works reflecting nature and human relationship to nature. 

Dorothea Osborn works across media to produce works reflecting nature and human relationship to nature. 

“Experiences in and with nature are at the forefront of my artistic practice,” says Osborn. “Everything from color, mark-making, layers, form, are a reflection on nature and our current relationship to it… Through the duality of abstraction and representation, the work creates moments of intimacy and distance.”

Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA’s winter art show runs from January 8, 2019 through the end of March 2019, and all work is available for purchase.

Tunnel City Coffee welcomes spring with surreal art and rural photography

New art can be found this spring at Tunnel City Coffee’s flagship shop in Williamstown, MA, with work by Vermont photographer Seline Skoug and landscape paintings by Marilyn Cavallari. The show runs until the end of June 2018 and combines bright, surreal paintings with color-rich rural photography. 

Seline Skoug displays her photographs taken around the world and in her own home of southern Vermont at Tunnel City Coffee through June 2018. 

Seline Skoug displays her photographs taken around the world and in her own home of southern Vermont at Tunnel City Coffee through June 2018. 

Diversity in style is the goal for Tunnel City Coffee’s art shows, which aim to give skilled local artists the chance to display their work in alternative venues where people gather every day. This season’s show reflects on different ways of looking at the environments in which we find ourselves every day, as interpreted by Skoug’s evocative photography and Cavallari’s surreal landscapes that play with memories of familiar scenes. 

Both artists create a space of serene calm for onlookers hoping to enjoy a peaceful break with a mug of coffee or tea at Tunnel City’s 100 Spring St. shop. “I use true colors that are bright and happy,” says Cavallari. “What I do see is happiness in the deepest sense and share it with all who have an interest.” 

Skoug’s landscape photography similarly awakens deep nostalgia, recalling quiet moments of discovering our relationship with the world. 

Marilyn Cavallari's paintings celebrate color and lyrical landscapes from fall in New England to afternoons in India. 

Marilyn Cavallari's paintings celebrate color and lyrical landscapes from fall in New England to afternoons in India. 

Skoug’s photography and Cavallari’s landscapes are on display and available for purchase at Tunnel City Coffee’s flagship shop in downtown Williamstown until the end of June 2018. For more information about art at Tunnel City Coffee, please contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com. 

Uptown Tunnel hosts poetry night with WordxWord April 20

Uptown Tunnel hosts poetry night with WordxWord April 20

A lot of poetry is born and raised in coffee shops. Join WordXWord and Tunnel City Coffee on April 20 at 6:30pm to celebrate National Poetry Month. What better way to honor the art of words than to surround ourselves with coffee and literature? 

Poets hoping to read at the event should pre-register to guarantee a spot. Those who recite a poem related to the theme of coffee or cafe culture automatically enter into a raffle to win a $50 Tunnel City Coffee gift card.

Baristas will serve samples of Tunnel City’s small-batch specialty coffee roasted at its new Norad Mill facility in North Adams, MA, and a just-launched menu of hot and cold specialty mocktails. Full-sized mocktails like lavender lemonade and Mexican spiced mocha will be available to order at the event, as well as the shop's traditional espresso and tea creations. 

Berkshires-based poet community WordxWord will be featured at this special evening of poetry alongside Tunnel City at Uptown Tunnel Coffee, located at 81 Spring St. in downtown Williamstown, MA.  

Tunnel City Coffee runs three shops in the northern Berkshires, one inside Mass MoCA, another inside the Williams College bookstore and its flagship shop on Spring St. in Williamstown. Tunnel City operates its own roasting facility inside the historic Norad Mill of North Adams. To learn more about Tunnel City Coffee, stop in or contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com/. 

Uptown Tunnel Coffee launches mocktails and Vinyl Night with Toonerville Trolley Records

Uptown Tunnel Coffee launches mocktails and Vinyl Night with Toonerville Trolley Records

Tunnel City Coffee welcomes the public to escape cabin fever with an evening of great coffee and great music at its newest Williamstown cafe, Uptown Tunnel Coffee at 81 Spring St., on February 24 from 6-8pm.   

Uptown will launch its first menu of specialty mocktails during Vinyl Night, which will become part of Uptown’s permanent offerings. Williamstown staple Toonerville Trolley will also sell records from its collection, as owner Hal March works to sell off most of the precious vinyl he’s amassed over the years.

Coffee and vinyl go hand in hand, so it was only a matter of time before they came together at Uptown Tunnel Coffee.

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Folks joining in on Vinyl Night will find punk, free jazz, reggae and industrial noise records for sale. March prides himself on offering music for every kind of listener, from heavy grunge to soft jazz. Like thoughtfully prepared specialty coffee, there is a unique and valuable quality to a vinyl record that other music media cannot match.

“A collector wants a record because it’s unique,” says March. “It’s not just the music. It's the entire package; the cover, the nostalgia—these records are historic.”

With such a deep appreciation for music in the northern Berkshires, as shown by the annual Solid Sound Festival, FreshGrass Festival and the powerful presence of jazz, chamber and world music at Williams College, Uptown Tunnel Coffee looks forward to celebrating our collective history in vinyl with local musicians and music disciples.

“Maybe those who attend will pick up a new record and expand their horizons a little bit,” said Tunnel City Coffee barista and vinyl lover Ian Everhart. “I really like that this is a collaboration of different small businesses in the Berkshires. We’re all small businesses and there’s no reason we can’t all work together to improve our area and create things for people to do.”

For more information visit the Facebook event page