Clark and BVB Award Prizes in "Berkshire Impressions" Photo Contest

For Immediate Release

December 07, 2001

More than 250 people attended a reception celebrating the opening of the photography show "Berkshire Impressions" on Friday, December 7. The special show, on view at the Clark Art Institute through January 6, features over 350 entries in the photography contest presented by the Clark and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Prizes were awarded on Friday. First prize in the adult category went to Keith Emerling of Pittsfield, whose photograph "Pontoosuc Lake Fall Mist" won him dinner for two in the Library at Wheatleigh in Lenox and one "flex pass" to Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington. Brianne Swanson, age 16, of Adams won first prize in the youth category for her photograph "The Ambers of Autumn." Swanson received a one-day pass for two for cross-country skiing at Cranwell Resort & Golf Club in Lenox.

"I want to congratulate the winners and thank the many talented photographers who entered," said Clark director Michael Conforti. "We at the Clark are so pleased with the response, both the numbers of people who took part and the quality and variety of the photographs we see here."

"These photographs represent the very best of the Berkshires," said William R. Wilson, Jr., president and CEO of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. "This show is a wonderful collection of images, which depict Berkshire County's incredible diversity, richness, and beauty, from awe-inspiring vistas to recreational and cultural attractions, historic buildings, and the wonderful people who call our region home."

Second prize in the adult category-brunch for two at the Williams Inn and one  "ten-pass" to Images Cinema in Williamstown, went to James Selva of Housatonic for the photograph "Bridge over the Housatonic River." Third prize was awarded to "Golden Mantle" by Ruth Abele of Richmond, who will enjoy a "cultural adventure" package including a four-person pass to MASS MoCA, a family membership at Hancock Shaker Village, and two passes to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Second prize in the youth category went to 14-year-old Anya Rothstein of New York, N.Y., for "The Glance".  She won a one-week membership at Berkshire Community College's Aviation ACE Program. Third prize, a "cultural adventure" includes passes to MASS MoCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum and gifts from Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum, went to Ali Berman, age 15, of Boca Raton, Fla., for the photograph "Taking a Break."

Honorable mentions were awarded to Robert Colantuono of North Adams for "Hancock Shaker Village," Curt Miller of Pittsfield for "Housatonic River," David Risch of North Adams for "Eastern Sunrise," and Alexandra Warshaw of Pittsfield for "Circus Camp at Berkshire Community College." 

All prizes were donated by the participating organizations. The six winning entries will be published in the 2002 Berkshire Visitors Bureau Official Guide. Entries were judged based upon success in capturing the spirit and personality of the Berkshires, technical excellence (sharpness, lighting, composition, and exposure), artistic excellence, and suitability for publication in the Berkshire Visitors Bureau's Visitors' Guide. Judges for the contest were Lesley Beck of the Berkshire Eagle, James A. Ganz of the Clark, Gillian Jones of the North Adams Transcript, photographer Lincoln Russell, Corydon Thurston of Berkshire Broadcasting, and William R. Wilson, Jr. of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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