Albert Bierstadt: Redwoods of California

My Heart Must Share This Everywhere I Can

August 11, 2022

Fifty years ago, I sat at the feet of Bouguereau’s lamb, cross-legged on the cool floor of the Berkshire Museum, as footsteps echoed around me. I could feel that lamb in my arms, and I could feel the ewe, so earnest and trusting, next to me. Once grown, I brought home my first newborn lamb. I was now a shepherdess, just as I had experienced in that painting, and as a fiber artist, my artistry this lifetime has since been expressed under the aura of this painting.

As each of our children turned 5, I brought them to stand at the feet of the Bouguereau. They embraced the vision that inspired our family’s chosen lifestyle. When our fifth child was ready, it was gone. “In storage,” the museum said. That son, now 17, still awaits his turn. And four grandchildren later, it is gone forever.

My life was shaped by the privilege of growing up with access to such art. I weep at the loss to our community and can’t imagine what insanity would part with such world treasures when we have them in our grasp.

~ Regina Selig Mason, Pittfield, MA


A grassroots citizens group established in 2017 with the intent of stopping the sale of the Berkshire Museum’s treasured art collection in order to find an alternate solution to its continued financial shortfall.


The mission of Save the Art is to advocate for and protect the Public Trust — the art and objects belonging to all of us that document humankind’s creative and social history through time.


We thank the Berkshire Eagle for their extensive investigative coverage, the journalists, op-ed writers and our community for their hundreds of letters of concern. In particular, STA applauds Larry Parnass, Investigations Editor, Berkshire Eagle, for his excellent coverage of the Berkshire Museum and achievement of the 2018 Outstanding Journalism award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association.