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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Hosts New Art Exhibition: Pittsfield's Susan Himmel's Mixed-Media Artwork on Display through June
May 09, 2009

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is pleased to showcase the artistic talent of Pittsfield resident, Susan Hartley Himmel as she displays 16 beautifully matted and framed watercolor and mixed-media images in his district office, located at 20 Bank Row in Pittsfield. 


“Himmel’s artwork beautifully interprets nature’s essence,” said Downing.  “I encourage everyone to stop by my office and view these remarkable paintings.”


Inspired by her natural environment, Himmel captures nature’s beauty through vibrant colors and an artistic play on light.  While only recently turning her attention to watercolor and mixed-media, her artwork reflects a creative mind and trained hand.  Himmel has taken art classes at the IS183 Art School of the Berkshires in Stockbridge, MA; her recent exhibitions include the Welles Galley in Lenox (2008), the Becket Arts Center (2008), the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield (2008 ArtCircus), and the Housatonic Valley Art League Members Show in Sheffield (2007).


For more information on Susan Hartley Himmel, or to find out how to purchase a print, visit her website 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’s current and past participants are also highlighted on the Senator’s website:  




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