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Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and with the shorter days, the holiday decorations emerging, the fallen snow (and freezing rain, and slush, and more snow in the forecast), it’s already feeling like that time of year. #winterseason #Stockbridge

When you go out on foot, on your own, into the forest, out in a field, on a trail, up a hillside, through a valley, it sometimes feels as though you’re the only one out there. Except in the winter, when the animals reveal themselves with their tracks in the snow. You’ve always known you’re really not alone, but this makes it even more real, that you share this beauty, this wilderness, with so many others. #intheberkshires

Good morning. Here is the a capella group MCLA Allegrettos, on hand at the Festival of Trees preview party. So great. @mcla_edu @berkshiremuseum #festivaloftrees #acapella

“Royal White Tiger,” photograph by Tim Flach. “Please Come Home for Christmas,” tree by Juniper Home Staging & Design, Evergreen Buyer Brokers. Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees Preview Party. Always a good time. @berkshiremuseum @timflachphotography #nationalgeographic #whitetiger #festivaloftrees #holiday #museum 📷: @anastasiastanmeyer

Fresh snowfall and sunshine. 💙

And just like that, the landscape changes. Morning drive to school in the Berkshires. #snowy 📷: @anastasiastanmeyer

So, the theme for Berkshire Museum’s Festival of Trees this year is “Often Heard,” i.e., favorite songs. But, really, it should be called “Songs That You Can’t Get Out of Your Head No Matter How Hard You Try.” Here’s one, our tree for tomorrow’s preview party: “Monster Mash.” For those who need a little memory jog, the refrain goes like this: “He did the mash, he did the monster mash / The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash / He did the mash, it caught on in a flash / He did the mash, he did the monster mash.” And there are more than 100 other trees just waiting to fill your head full of tunes. Can’t wait. The event is a significant fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs. @berkshiremuseum #monstermash #festivaloftrees 📷: @caraboo66

Honoring those who served. #veteransday #veterans

In its entirety. “The Good Samaritan,” 1861, lithograph on paper. Rodolphe Bresdin, French, 1822–1885. Acquired by the Clark, 1967.8. On exhibit, in “Extreme Nature!” @clarkart #thegoodsamaritan #art

Incredible how detailed these are, when they may be just the size of a palm, some even a finger, if that big. These are just a few segments in a piece of art that maybe was exhibited once before at the Clark, where it has resided since 1967. But it has re-emerged as part of the “Extreme Nature!” exhibition that just opened there. “The Good Samaritan,” Rodolphe Bresdin, French, 1861, lithograph on paper. Description: “Rodolphe Bresdin transports the parable of the Good Samaritan from the desert near Jerusalem to a lush tropical forest, where, unlike other characters in the tale, the Samaritan helps an injured traveler. Bresdin’s original title, Abd el-Kader helping a Christian, compared Algerian leader Emir Abdelkader (1808–1883) to the Samaritan for his decision to save Christian lives in colonial conflict. An artistic bohemian with a passion for distant lands, Bresdin copied the tropical birds and monkeys from illustrations published in an 1841 edition of The Swiss Family Robinson. Religion, politics, science, and literature meld together, reinvigorating the parable for the nineteenth-century imagination.” @clarkart @williamscollege #art #extreme #nature

Another from the just-unveiled “Extreme Nature!” exhibition at the Clark. This one’s subject is near and dear to our hearts: “Monument Mountain,” Aaron Draper Shattuck, c. 1862.
Description: “The jagged, rocky cliffs of Monument Mountain in southern Berkshire County cascade down the left side of this graphite sketch. Annotations by artist Aaron Draper Shattuck at the lower left describe “bright golden green” sweet ferns and moldy “russet and bright brown” growths on the rocks. His notes on color—helpful if later using this drawing to create a painting—aligned with prominent art critic John Ruskin’s conviction that artists should capture nature’s forms with excruciating scientific detail. To stay informed on the latest discoveries, Shattuck subscribed to Scientific American.” That is just so amazing: How artists not only were responding to the various disciplines within the field of science as they became more defined, they were absorbing and bringing forward, interpreting, the information to the public through their works. @clarkart @thetrustees #art #science #extreme #nature

Mesmerizing. Taryn Simon’s “A Cold Hole” at MASS MoCA. #tarynsimon @massmoca @berkathenaeum #witness

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