"Winter," an exhibit of water colors by Marguerite Bride, is on display now through January 10 at Berkshire Community College's (BCC) gallery at the Intermodal Transportation Center on the corner of North St. and Columbus Ave. in Pittsfield.
Since leaving the Boston area and moving to the Berkshires in 1995, Marguerite Bride has been able to focus her time and energy upon pursuing her childhood dream to become a painter. Bride's formal art training began in 1992 with a course of study at the Worcester Art Museum, accompanied by private art lessons and hours of practice. After moving to Lenox in 1995, she attended the Interlaken School of Art, and enrolled in the Visual Arts program at Berkshire Community College. In 1999, Ms. Bride joined Berkshire Dreams Gallery in Great Barrington. Her work hangs in homes and public spaces throughout the United States, in Europe and Japan.
In addition to gallery exhibits, Ms. Bride also accepts private commissions, with an emphasis on house portraits and has now painted more than 100 private homes in the US and Europe. Most of Marguerite Bride's subjects can be found locally and regionally. She has spent many years capturing the beauty and serenity of all seasons of New England in her paintings. Bride's "Local Color" series of watercolors of the Berkshires now numbering more than 125, have received wide spread acclaim and has appeared on magazine covers.
One of her recent series of paintings, which started in the fall of 2009, revolve around music theme, specifically Jazz, in celebration of the 5th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, something both she and husband Ed are involved in. Her painting "The Master's Hands", an authorized painting of Dave Brubeck's hands on the piano, was signed by Mr. Brubeck himself and auctioned at the Colonial Theatre Fund Raiser in November 2009
Her painting, Christmas on Park Square 1912, painted in 2009, was selected to be on the 250th Pittsfield Anniversary holiday globe. It also will appear on popular Berkshire vocalist Mary Verdi's Christmas CD, being released in December 2011.
Besides creating her own art and commissioned pieces, Ms. Bride also provides publicity/marketing consultation and technical assistance to other artists and art groups interested in promoting their own art and art in their communities. She is a member of the "Art on NO" community of artists with a studio at 311 North Street, Pittsfield where she paints and gives private lessons in watercolor technique.
For more information about the artist, lessons and/or to view her on line portfolio, visit her website at www.margebride.com.