BOSTON – In late April State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announced he was seeking local artists to participate in exhibitions in the State House and his Pittsfield office. A dozen western Mass. artists responded to his call.
On Friday afternoon more than 20 paintings and photographs were hung in the Senate’s 4th Floor East Wing hallway. The exhibit features paintings by three of Downing’s constituents: Suzanne Flach (Stockbridge), Peter Gordon (Pittsfield) and Elna Nugent (Lenox).
The art show is sponsored by Downing and his 4 East neighbors - Senator Joan Lovely (D- Salem), Senator John Keenan (D- Quincy), Senator Barbara L’Italien (D- Andover) and Senator Kenneth Donnelly (D- Arlington). It is scheduled to be displayed for the remainder of calendar year 2015. The five Senators plan to host a reception in July to celebrate the exhibition and the participating artists.
Additionally, this summer Downing’s Pittsfield office is featuring paintings by Billy Cordes, a high school student from Westfield whose family vacations at Otis Reservoir each year.
Thousands of visitors come to the Massachusetts State House each week. The building, which is both the seat of state government and a historic attraction, is known as “the People’s House” and is open to the public Monday through Friday. Free tours are given daily during business hours.
Downing’s Pittsfield office has hosted local artists as a part of his Local Artist Exhibition Program since 2007. All are welcome to visit Monday through Friday during business hours. No appointment is necessary.
Sunflower by Suzanne Flach
Thaw on Laurel Lake by Peter Gordon
Early Morning Mist by Elna Nugent
Sunset on the Otis Reservoir by Billy Cordes