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.
Thanks to the donation and generosity of Zenas Crane (of the neighboring Dalton, MA Crane Paper Co - who made all the paper for US currency) this painting greeted me on my first visit as a child and it has held my imagination ever since.
A final report by the Berkshire Museum to Attorney General Maura Healey on proceeds from its recent art sales was required in the successful 2018 petition to the Supreme Judicial Court that ended state opposition and allowed up to $55 million in sales....
The board of trustees of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has announced that two works will be auctioned at Sotheby’s American art auction set to take place in New York on November 16.
We release this statement on the eve of the September 4th Boston Appeals Court hearing on the precedent-setting case regarding the Berkshire Museum’s decision to sell its valuable art collection and disregard its original mission.
SAVE THE ART (STA) 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.