PITTSFIELD – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces that his Local Artist Exhibition Program is now featuring framed pastel drawings by Pittsfield talent Michelle Sylvester.
All are welcome to visit Downing’s District Office, located at 7 North Street, Suite 307 in Pittsfield, Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm to enjoy the exhibit. Ms. Sylvester’s layered pastels of rural scenes and abandoned, rusty trucks will be on display throughout the spring months.
Ms. Sylvester studied Painting and Print Design at the Atlanta College of Art in Georgia. She lived in Santa Barbara, California after college, where she tutored Santa Barbara Community College students in the art of printmaking. Ms. Sylvester is a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association, the Santa Barbara Printmakers and the Dalton Art Guild. Now back in her hometown of Pittsfield, she is employed at Berkshire North WIC.
Often inspired by nature, Ms. Sylvester says "I like color, and I never know where I'm going to go, but I look forward to where it takes me."
Since May 2007, Senator Downing's Local Artist Exhibition Program has offered artists from the 52 communities in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District two venues to display their work: his Pittsfield and State House offices. Local artists interested in participating are invited to contact Liz Connor or Vasundhra Sangar at (413) 442-4008.
Senator Downing's State House office is decorated with the works of Berkshire County artist and sculptor John Stritch. Current and past participants of the Senator’s Local Art Exhibition Program are highlighted on the Senator’s website, SenatorDowning.com.