Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

(Emily Thurlow) Cassandra Sohn, owner of Sohn Fine Art and chairperson of Artweek Lenox.

LENOX—A week-long, statewide festival centered around arts and creativity has returned to Berkshire County.

What started as a Boston-based event, produced by the Boch Center as a way to strengthen the creative economy in 2013 has expanded across the commonwealth with hundreds of events taking place over the course of a week.

This year, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism have become partners with the statewide initiative, which is taking place from April 26 through May 5.

The event, presented by the Highland Street Foundation, announced that this year is the largest lineup yet with nearly 600 events in 125 neighborhoods with a number of artistic enterprises participating and providing interactive activities in Berkshire County.

In Lenox, more than 20 businesses are participating in the festival, including art galleries, cultural organizations and merchants as well as open studio tours, a gallery art walk that includes intimate discussions with artists and directors, as well as artist demonstrations and conversations with writers at The Mount.

In the county, Lenox has the most galleries in a .02 square-mile radius, said Cassandra Sohn, owner of Sohn Fine Art and chairperson of Artweek Lenox.

“We are so excited to have so many events in the Berkshires, and in Lenox in particular,” she said. “Artweek Lenox is excited to be collaborating with Visit Lenox (the town’s chamber of commerce group) on this event to really bring an awareness of the incredible visual arts community here in Lenox.”

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