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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Welcomes Back Pittsfield’s Barbara A. Arpante to His Local Artist Exhibition Program
December 18, 2008

Pittsfield-  State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is pleased to welcome back the artistic talent of local artist Barbara A. Arpante as she exhibits photographs for a second time in his district office, located at 20 Bank Row in Pittsfield.


“I’m glad to welcome back Barbara Arpante and her winter-inspired photo display.” said Downing. “I encourage all to stop by my office to view and enjoy Barbara’s talent.”


A talented photographer and Pittsfield resident, Arpante has been honing her skill though education and execution.  She received her Bachelor Degree in Art Studio from Barat College in Illinois.  She gained experience locally at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival as a costume designer and also was a participant in the Green Mountain Arts Festival in Johnson, VT.  She has received many awards and recognitions for her work including Best In Show and Grumbacher Award from the Pittsfield Art League and Best In Show from the Becket Art League. 


During December and January, Arpante will be displaying several pieces in Downing’s office.  Arpante’s work may be purchased: prices range from $225 for prints to $475 for framed prints. For more information contact Arpante at


Downing’s district office is open during normal business hours Monday through Friday.  Local artists interested in exhibiting their work through the Senator’s Local Artist Exhibition Program should contact Allison Johnson Krol at (413) 442-4008.  The program and past participants are also highlighted on the Senator’s website:




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