Letters to the Editor

September 24, 2018
Museum sales foes down to ‘Last Arrow’
Barry Lobovits, M.D., Pittsfield

View More | August 2018

August 20, 2018
Die already cast on art sale appeal
Florence Mason, Stephentown, NY

August 1, 2018
Shields’ replacement is here in Berkshires
Eric Rudd, North Adams
The writer is an artist and founder of the
Berkshire Art Museum in North Adams

View More | July 2018
July 18, 2018
Donating to PA museum that saved Church art
Stan Nikkel, Hinsdale
Proposed museum lobby unsuitable for art display
Katherine Montgomery, North Adams
Close your checkbooks while leaving museum
Timothy J. Sullivan, Jr., Pittsfield

July 13, 2018
Transparency = trust for Berkshire Museum
Hope Davis, Carol Diehl, Margaret Heilbrun, Linda Kaye-Moses, Arlene Murdock, Rosemary Starace,
The writers are members of Save the Art

July 12, 2018
Questions of conflict at Berkshire Museum
Linda Lykkebak, Orlando, FL
The writer was born and grew up in the Berkshires.

July 9, 2018
Museum board must go
Robert Toth, Pittsfield

July 6, 2018
Questions persist about Berkshire Museum
Sally White, Williamstown

July 3, 2018
Shields sells and runs
Jane McWhorter, Great Barrington
‘Berkshire Museums,’ as such, no longer exists
Morris Bennett and Anne Roland, Pittsfield

View More | June 2018
June 29, 2018
Board should follow Shields out the door
William Vogt, Stockbridge

June 28, 2018
Despair at the sale of Albert Bierstadt painting
George Wislocki, Pittsfield
The writer is founding president of the
Berkshire Natural Resources Council

June 27, 2018
Unforgivable assault on art and memories
James M. Lamme III, Great Barrington

June 17, 2018
Berkshire Museum must schedule public forums
Martha Lenz, Pittsfield

June 9, 2018
Critical museum stories just aren’t newsworthy
Peter Gordon, Richmond
Husband of Wendy Gordon who sits on the
Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees

June 7, 2018
Museum’s PR spin won’t help it move on
Peter Dudek, Windsor

June 7, 2018
Eagle keeps inflaming anti-museum emotions
Marcia Feuer, Richmond
Going forward, museum must be transparent
Sally White, Williamstown

June 5, 2018
Museum board still isn’t being open
Roger Mandle, South Dartmouth
The writer is former president, Rhode Island School of Design; former deputy director and chief curator, National Gallery of Art; former member, National Council on the Arts and Ohio Arts Council; president of the board, Newport Restoration Foundation; member, Williams College Museum of Art Visiting Committee; member, Alliance of American Museums; and member, New England Museums Association.

Museum’s open letter raises more questions
Karen Ketcham, Adams

June 1, 2018
An entire new set of spritzed up Rockwells
Wayne Burkhart, Monterey

View More | May 2018

May 31, 2018
Museum leaders have assured robust future
Michael Zaccaro, Pittsfield

May 29, 2018
Lucas should acknowledge painting’s Berkshire link
Morris Bennett and Anne Roland, Pittsfield

May 28, 2018
Shields, museum board should step down ASAP
John DiTomasso, Peru

May 24, 2018
Museum leadership deserves to be scorned
Amy Renak, Pittsfield

May 22, 2018
Questioning museum critic’s haughty decrees
Franklin Fisher, Pittsfield

May 21, 2018
Cheerleaders for ‘New Vision’ that will be anything but
Charles Giuliano, North Adams
The writer is publisher/editor of Berkshire Fine Arts

May 13, 2018
Sad museum spectacle is blow to Berkshires
Steve Dew, Williamstown

May 13, 2018
Museum clearly violated intentions of Zenas Crane
Linda Lykkebak, Orlando, FL
The writer was born and raised in Pittsfield

May 10, 2018
Heartbreaking loss of Hudson River paintings
Bill Foster, Annapolis, MD

May 3, 2018
Waiting for answers from AG on art sale
Robert Gorden, Becket, MA

View More | April 2018

April 23, 2018
Museum trustees, city will lose this war
Sally White, Williamstown

April 19, 2018
Enough already with the bashing of museum
Isabelle Kaplan, Pittsfield
Art sale a Pyrrhic victory
Patricia Ryan, Great Barrington
Museum devolving into a community center
Peter Dudek, Windsor, MA
The writer teaches sculpture at the School of Visual Arts
and Hunter College in New York City

April 17, 2018
Legal system has spoken in favor of museum plan
Barbara Crochiere Roberts, Pittsfield
Museum disgrace must lead to resignations
Michael Paul Richard and Peggy Richard, New Marlborough

April 16, 2018
Loss of museum’s art conflicts with cultural goals
E. J. Johnson, Adams
The writer is the Amos Lawrence Professor of Art,
emeritus, at Williams College

April 13, 2018
Kaye-Moses column says it all on art sale
Judith Leach, Pittsfield
Bouguereau’s inspirational vision is evidently lost.
Regina Mason, Pittsfield
Museum decision frees barbarians to pillage
Jonas Dovydenas, Lenox
Damage to museum, city will not be easily repaired
Margaret Heilbrun, Grier Horner, Martha Lenz, John Townes
and a list of others signed this letter

April 12, 2018
Supporter of Museum is offended and heartsick
R.H. Rice, Pittsfield

April 11, 2018
Bringing back the art offers new opportunities
Carol Diehl, Housatonic

April 10, 2018
Local history lost through art sale
Alice Nathan, Irving Marks, Lee
Museum supporter betrayed by sale
Ann G. Spadafora, Becket

April 8, 2018
Museum board should have appealed to public
Celia deG Kittredge, Tyringham

April 6, 2018
Museum’s ‘victory’ may be short-lived
Patricia Spaniol, Stephentown

April 4, 2018
Lessons from St. Petersburg about the Berkshire Museum
Leslie Ferrin, Cummington, the Berkshire Edge

View More | March 2018
March 26, 2018
Expert provides voice for museum donors
Margaret M. Roussin, Hinsdale

March 19, 2018
Crane should continue to live on in museum

March 13, 2018
Crane gifts to museum would be painful loss
David Peter Moser, Panama City, Florida
The author is a former resident of Pittsfield.

March 10, 2018
Museum’s ‘New Vision’ not what youth need

March 8, 2018
Why are trustees insistent on shufflin
off Rockwells?

March 5, 2018
Community must demand end to museum art sale
Linda Lykkebak, Orlando, Florida
The writer was born and grew up in Pittsfield.

View More | February 2018

February 28, 2018
Sale would devastate potential cultural corridor
Sharon Gregory, Great Barrington, Save the Art member

February 16, 2018 – OPINION
I Publius: ‘Compromise’ on art dispute fails the smell test

View More | December 2017

December 28, 2017
Letter: Museum is priority, not the pictures

December 18, 2017
Letter: A prescription for the Berkshire Museum

December 12, 2017
Letter: Museum must back up claim of dire finances

December 11, 2017
Letter: Protect our common property at museum
Letter: How to succeed at a regional museum
Hope Davis, Great Barrington

December 8, 2017
Letter: Museum should have transparent discussion
Letter: Selling art is a betrayal
Letter: Museum might need an independent monitor
Carolyn Kay Brancato, Richmond, the writer founded The Conference Board’s Global Corporate Governance Center and Directors’ Institute and has trained boards of directors in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Letter: Don’t tear heart out of Berkshire Museum
Letter: Museum’s purpose was never about artwork

December 7, 2017
Letter: Museum board should accept Hinds’ overture
Letter: Eagle is right to pursue facts on museum plan

December 6, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum still won’t provide transparency

December 5, 2017
Letter: Eagle conflict of interest on Berkshire Museum
Dr. Lydia S Rosner, Becket, the writer is a member of the Berkshire Museum’s Board of Trustees. She is also a professor emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and author: “The Soviet Way of Crime,” “The Russian Writer’s Daughter,” “Building Becket: A Love Story.”

View More | November 2017

November 27, 2017
Letter: All parties must unite for museum end game
Philip Deely, Stockbridge

November 21, 2017
Letter: Lawmakers must revisit stance on museum Roberta Russell

November 9, 2017
Letter: Loss of great art makes museum poor, not rich
Barbara Nessim, New York, N.Y., Savoy, the writer is a well-known American artist, illustrator, digital art pioneer and educator.
Letter: Museum is throwing art under the bus

November 6, 2017
Letter: Save museum artwork for future generations

November 5, 2017
Letter: Sale of art heritage sets bad precedent
Letter: No rivaling Smithsonian
Stephanie Stebich, Washington, D.C., the writer is the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum

November 1, 2017
Letter: Museum’s proud history extends into present
Letter: ‘Bold step forward’ has got it backwards
Letter: Youthful museum visitors shouldn’t be sold short

View More | September 2017

September 30, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum stuck on autopilot

September 25, 2017
Letter: Auction house terms a mystery, and a concern

September 22, 2017
Letter: Mishandled art sale compounds damage
Leslie Ferrin, North Adams, proprietor of Ferrin Contemporary. Also signed by the following, all of whom are associated with Save The Art, Save The Museum: Linda Gunderson, Eric Drury, Grier Horner, Martha Lenz, Florian Ptak, Arlene Murcoch and Phil Deely

View More | August 2017

August 30, 2017
Letter: Museum chooses future, owes nothing to past

August 29, 2017
Letter: Museum losing baby, keeping bathwater

August 26, 2017
Letter: Museum isn’t acting in community interest
Letter: Son of the Berkshires supports museum
Letter: Museum should focus on science, education

August 24, 2017
Letter: Museum alienating art lovers and donors

August 23, 2017
Legality of museum’s plan to sell Rockwell paintings is questionable,
Boston Globe, Daniel Perry, The writer is an attorney
Letter: Support new vision for Berkshire Museum
Letter: Questions for those who spew hatred at museum

August 22, 2017
Letter: Honesty a victim in museum consultation
Peter Filkins, Cheshire, One of the 400 community members asked by Director Van Shields to participate in a focus group on the museum’s future

August 21, 2017
Letter: Museum board must find a better solution
Letter: Trashing of museum is well underway
Letter: Support the desired museum changes

August 19, 2017
Letter: Issue is implementing museum board’s plan
Letter: Museum must change to survive and grow
Letter: Explore other options to finance museum
Letter: Museum sale only postpones inevitable
Letter: Museum risks losing support of community

August 18, 2017
Letter: Harness outpouring of passion for museum
Letter: Satisfied by museum’s explanation for sales

August 16, 2017
Letter: Template established for museum’s rebirth

August 15, 2017
Letter: Praise for museum’s new, expanded mission
Letter: Paintings should not be spirited away, hidden

August 14, 2017
Letter: Speak with checkbooks on future of museum
Dave Leja, Williamstown
Letter: We should all support our Berkshire Museum
Deborah Balmuth, Windsor
Letter: Perhaps wealthy buyers could phase-in solution
Robert Rendo, North Adams, Berkshire Eagle
Letter: Let the naysayers raise funds, buy art
Kathleen Nicklaw Murphy, Pittsfield, Berkshire Eagle

August 13, 2017
Letter: Museum shouldn’t risk getting pariah status
Dan Monroe, Salem, former president of the American Alliance of Museums and of the Association of Art Museum Directors. He is director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum which stands among the largest art museums in New England and among the top 18 art museums in the nation
Letter: Museum should pause, explore other options
Lori Fogarty and Laura L. Lott, Lori Fogarty is director and CEO, Oakland Museum of California, AAMD President. Laura L. Lott is president and CEO, American Alliance of Museums. New York, N.Y.
Letter: Criticism of museum descends into shaming
Judith Monachina, Stockbridge, MA

August 11, 2017
Letter: Financial history of museum needed
Letter: Late-arriving critics should end the insults
Letter: Missed opportunity for two county museums
Rachel Branch, North Adams, The writer is a mayoral candidate

August 10, 2017
Letter: Museum wasn’t up front about financial problems
Letter: Museum shouldn’t sell Berkshire treasures
Letter: All parties were misled by Berkshire Museum

August 9, 2017
Letter: A suggestion for the Berkshire Museum
Letter: Support our wonderful Berkshire Museum
Letter: Rockwell gift dishonored
Letter: Is museum’s mission statement flexible?

August 8, 2017
Letter: Don’t sell museum’s soul
Letter: Williams College could take over Berkshire Museum

August 4, 2017
Letter: New museum mission serves wider audience
Letter: Museum should consider evolving by degree
Steve Levin, Williamstown, the writer is a professor emeritus of art at Williams College.
Letter: Proposed collaboration between two museums
Letter: Museum’s art itself is the best investment
Letter: High-tech exhibits are of doubtful value
Letter: Museum scapegoats community in code
Letter: Debate prompted visit to impressive museum
Letter: Together, let’s save our Berkshire Museum
Letter: Arrogant statement
Letter: Museum must avoid an irremediable error
Letter: Museum is pursuing responsible pathway
Letter: Unanswered questions about museum’s sales

August 3, 2017
Berkshire Museum controversy warrants more reflection,
Barbara Bonner, Berkshire Edge
Letter: Public must know full story on art sale
Martin Kaplan, Lenox, the writer is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and former trustee of charitable foundations and trusts.
Letter: Rockwell family urges museum to keep artwork
Jarvis, Thomas, Peter, Barnaby, Geoffrey and John Rockwell
Letter: Stop personal attacks on museum officials
Letter: Museum plan would add to the glory of learning
Jayme Kurland, Becket, wife of Ethan Klepetar, VP of Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees

August 2, 2017
Letter: Art collection should be at center of new plan

August 1, 2017
Letter: Collection a monument to the Gilded Age
Lynn Villency Cohen, Stockbridge, Art Appraisal/Writer and Speaker
Letter: Museum should remain “window to the world”
Letter: Plan enables museum to continue evolution
Letter: Preserve art for future generations
Letter: Thompson clarifies what is at stake

View More | July 2017

July 30, 2017
Appalled by Berkshire Museum’s sale of artwork,

July 29, 2017
Letter: Keep art, reach out to arts community
Artists and members of the cultural economy of the Berkshires
Letter: Museum doesn’t merit art upon its walls

July 28, 2017
Letter: New Rockwells needed
Letter: Missed opportunity for science center
Letter: Destroying past won’t assure museum’s future
Letter: Important questions to ask
Letter: Museums can’t become places of amusement
Letter: Museum eliminates risk of mummification
Letter: Courageous decision to keep museum vital
Jason McCandless, Pittsfield superintendent of schools
Letter: Sell off the reptiles

July 27, 2017
Letter: Why not sell art by the yard?
Letter: Berkshire Museum made difficult, wise decision
Letter: Pittsfield doesn’t need another huge blow
Letter: Consider museum art’s other uses
Letter: Berkshire Museum must cancel sale
Letter: Display museum works to be sold
Letter: Berkshire Museum betrays public trust by sale of art collection

July 26, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum must not sell our heritage
Letter: Museum sell-off plan violates its mission
Letter: Problems are real, solution is wrong
Letter: Rockwell would have satirized museum
Letter: Museum plan assures walls to hang art upon
Letter: Bold change assures future of museum
Letter: Museum must keep its three key ingredients
John R. Stomberg, the Virginia Rice Kelsey
1961’s director, Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College

Letter: Museum must not violate ethical code
Letter: Museum board should reconsider art selloff
Letter: Masterpieces belong in Berkshire County

July 25, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum has violated public trust
Letter: Museum’s crown jewels glitter in many ways
Kinney Frelinghuysen, director, Frelinghuysen
Morris House & Studio

July 24, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum art auction an affront
Letter: Positive change for Berkshire Museum
Marita O’Dea Glodt, wife of Berkshire Museum
board of trustee David Glodt

July 21, 2017
Letter: Museum must teach culture and history

July 19, 2017
Letter: Museum shouldn’t drop its role in fine arts
Charles Giuliano, The writer is publisher/editor Berkshire Fine Arts
Letter: Bravo to museum for long-term plan

July 18, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum plan violates ethical code
Letter: Plan assures museum of solid county future
Elizabeth McGraw, President of Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees

July 16, 2017
Letter: Museum contributes to city’s bright future

July 14, 2017
Letter: Museum will link past, present, future