An art exhibit by Joseph Katz, will be on display from Saturday, Dec. 1 through Thursday, Jan. 3 at Berkshire Community College's (BCC) gallery at the Intermodal Transportation Center on the corner of North St. and Columbus Ave. in downtown Pittsfield. A public reception will take place Friday, Dec 7, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Katz states "As a sculptor and artist, the wood I use relates directly to our Berkshire and New England heritage of living in one of the world's most beautiful forests - the Appalachian Mountains; home to the largest hardwood belt in the world. My work weaves local Appalachian hard woods such as cherry, oak, maple, ash, hickory, & birch with metal, that relates to our New England industrial, entrepreneurial heritage. It is the process of creating new work that inspires me".
His sculptures have been selected for Gallery Shows for Pittsfield's Storefront Artist Project, Berkshire Community College & Westfield State University Student Art Shows. He has exhibited in a two person show at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Mass. This is his one person show.
Katz has a degree in Industrial Arts Education with a major in metalworking and a degree in Art from Westfield State University. He graduated in July 2011 and was awarded the Outstanding Merit and Dedication to the Arts Award for the 2010 - 2011 academic year. His first art classes were taken at Berkshire County Community College. That first experience was very powerful for him in that it gave him a tremendous amount of confidence to continue on the path of thinking about and struggling with this crazy idea of making art.
Katz served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1974 - 1976 and re-joined again twenty years later in 1994, with his wife Margaret. They served in the Marshall Islands in Micronesia, where Katz taught drafting & woodworking to high school students. He created and owned a successful fine cabinetry, hardwood lumber & woodworking business for ten years, and also taught grade school, middle & high school Technology Education & woodworking in Massachusetts and at Waldorf & Steiner Schools in Vancouver, Canada, Wellington, New Zealand, and Kimberton, Pennsylvania to students ages nine to nineteen. He currently teaches shop and woodworking at Berkshire Country Day School.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.