In just a few days it will be time for the take-in for the first of 4 shows, in what promises to be oneof our most exciting and busiest summer show seasons ever. All 4 shows will take place, from the end of June through late September, at the Mason- ic Temple, in downtown Great Barrington.

The July Juried Show is all set to welcome the crowds. Phil Knoll and Geoff Young will be the judges. Phil is an artist, living in the Berkshires and Geoff is owner of the Geoffrey Young Gallery, on Railroad St., in Great Barrington. (See below for more information) Take-in is Sunday, June 24th from 3-5 p.m. It officially opens on Thursday, June 28 and the reception is Friday, June 29, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Keith Emmerling is our new Hospitality Chair and is looking for volunteers to bring some goodies to the receptions. You can contact Keith at or at 413 442- 2483. A special thanks goes to Eddie Domaney, of Domaney Wine & Spirts, on Main St., In G.B.,who generously donated wine for our receptions.

If anyone needs rot contact the gallery directly for anything during the shows this summer, the phone number is: 413 528-3680.

The Midsummer Members Show follows the Juried Show, with the take-in on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Judge for  this Show will be Jim Shantz. Jim is also from our area and works in oils and pastels. The Members Show opens on July 26 with the reception held on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

After several years absence, the August Artist’s Choice Show is back, where participating artists “rent” one, two or three panel facings and hang as much art as will fit on space. It’s like having your own show within a show and there is no commis- sion taken out on sales. This is a show where we need to plan as much in advance as possible, so if you plan to participate follow the link on the email invite from or contact Harvey. The take-in is on Sunday, August 12, with the opening on August 16.


2018 HVAL Juried Show

Attached below, you will find a pdf file for the Prospectus for the HVAL Juried Show that will take place from June 28 through July 22, at the Masonic Temple, 232 Main Street, Great Barrington. It’s the set back building between the post office and Berkshire Bank. The entrance is in the rear of the building, opposite Main St. There is limited parking available in the bank parking lot, in front of the entrance door.
The last page (page 3) of the prospectus 2018 JuriedProspectus_email has your Entry Forms. If you plan to participate, you’ll just need to print that page out, fill out a 4-part form for each artwork you will be submitting.  Cut the 3 entry forms, leaving each 4-part form intact and attach it with tape to the top, back left-hand corner of your framed artwork.
If anyone would like to donate an artwork for the raffle that benefits art programs in our area, please contact me by email or phone at 413 229-5951.

More information on the 2018 Show judges:

Jim Schantz received his Master’s Degree in Painting at University of California, Davis and his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Syracuse University. He also studied at The Hornsey School of Art, London and at the Skowhegan School in Maine. His works are in numerous public collections, including: The Center for Spiritual Life at Emerson College; Lowe Art Museum, Syracuse University; The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA; Nelson Museum, U.C. Davis; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; Skidmore College; Simon’s Rock of Bard College, and University of Massachusetts. Jim has had six solo exhibitions at Pucker Gallery in Boston and recently had a solo exhibition at Harrison Gallery in Williamstown. His work has also been featured in exhibitions at the Berkshire Museum, The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, The Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, The Albany Institute of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. He currently resides in Glendale, MA.

More information on artists Phil Knoll and Sue Knoll can be found on their websites: and Here are a few samples of their work: