FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2013

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Berkshire Creative
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Pittsfield, MA – Individuals from all facets of the Berkshire creative economy will convene at Red Lion Inn’s dynamically designed Maple Glen for Berkshire Creative’s first SPARK! of the new year on February 26, 2013. Three “Sparkplug” presenters will kick off the event, continuing the speed-speaker series launched last summer, and break-out networking sessions will take place throughout Maple Glen’s 17 restored rooms. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The event is free with advance RSVP sign-up recommended.

When: Tuesday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Maple Glen at the Red Lion Inn, 30 Main Street, Stockbridge Mass.
Cost: FREE; RSVP at berkshirecreative.org/spark-maple-glen-at-the-red-lion-inn

Daniel Bellow, Michelle Gillett, and Ken Green, three successful Berkshire creative solopreneurs, will headline the event’s “Sparkplug” series. Daniel Bellow is an artist potter who lives with his family in Great Barrington. His ten-year-old studio pottery business, Daniel Bellow Pottery, has been expanding into larger home goods markets such as Anthropologie and his work is shown in galleries throughout Berkshire County and from coast-to-coast.

Michelle Gillett has published three books of poetry and won numerous poetry awards. She teaches writing workshops, writes a regular op ed column for The Berkshire Eagle, and is co-partner with Nina Ryan of g + r, an editing, writing, and book development company. Gillett is a contributor to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and Berkshire Wordfest at the Mount.

Museum Facsimiles, a fine framing and printing house owned by photographer Ken Green and his wife Laurie, has been a staple of the Berkshire arts and business community since its founding in 1992. The company has won 7 Louie awards from the Greeting Card Association for their letterpress and silkscreen card designs, and sells its products to retailers and museums nationwide. After maintaining an outlet store on upper North Street in Pittsfield for six years, it recently relocated to Park Square.

Maple Glen’s “Colonial charm meets an eclectic-vintage-bohemian aesthetic,” a new interior design concept conceived by Nancy Fitzpatrick, will provide the perfect backdrop for this gathering of Berkshire creatives. Fitzpatrick decorated and outfitted each room in the guest house individually and utilized local and regional artisans, designers, and manufacturers including Pine Cone Hill, Country Curtains, Paul Rich & Sons, architect Pamela Sandler, and artists Peter Thorne and William Carl Marshall to create the overall signature style.

SPARK!, a mid-week after-work networking series has been connecting and engaging Berkshire creatives and sparking innovative ideas and collaborations since its launch in 2007. SPARK! events are held on a quarterly basis at different locations throughout Berkshire County. 17 host venues and over 50 creative individuals and businesses have been featured throughout the series.

About Berkshire Creative
Berkshire Creative exists at the intersection of art, innovation, design and creation. The mission of Berkshire Creative is to stimulate new job growth and economic opportunity in the region by sparking innovative collaborations between artists, designers, cultural institutions and businesses.  Berkshire Creative, a division of 1Berkshire economic development and marketing collaboration, serves creative economy businesses throughout Berkshire County- from individual artists and small business owners to larger corporations and cultural institutions. Visit berkshirecreative.org for more information.