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Downing Announces Lenox Resident Sophie Breton as Spring and Summer Featured Artist
May 04, 2010

Pittsfield - State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) is hosting an art exhibition by Sophie Breton, a resident of Lenox in his district office. As the newest participant of Downing’s Local Artist Exhibition Program, Breton will serve as the Senator’s featured artist this spring and summer, during the months of May through August.
Ten of Breton’s oil paintings are currently on display in the Senator’s district office, located at 7 North Street, Suite 307 in Pittsfield. The office is open Monday - Friday during normal business hours; all are welcome to visit to enjoy the exhibition. No appointment is necessary.
Breton’s oil paintings are inspired by the people in her life and Mother Nature. She finds the visual arts to be uplifting and inspirational and believes that one’s spirits can be lifted simply by gazing upon a work of art. Breton enjoys using many styles of painting and communicating feelings and idea through her paintings.
Breton, who loves to paint, says her “desire has always been to create something beautiful to look upon. And, of course, to have fun doing so.”  More information about Breton and her portfolio is available at
Since May 2007, Senator Downing's Local Artist Exhibition Program has offered artists from the 48 communities in the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District two additional venues to display their work:  his Pittsfield and State House offices. The Senator’s State House office is decorated with the works of Berkshire County artist and sculptor John Stritch. 
Artists with a tie to the Senator’s district interested in his Artist Exhibition Program should contact Allison Johnson Krol at (413) 442-4008. Current and past participants are highlighted on the Senator’s website,


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