Explorations: Evening Lectures at the Becket Arts Center

All programs are free and will be held in the air-conditioned Philip Barber Gallery (upstairs gallery) at the Becket Arts Center.  Programs begin at 7:30 PM and generally end by 9:00 PM.  Home-made cookies and lemonade are available.  We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance from the local cultural councils of Becket, Chester, Hinsdale-Peru, Lee, Otis, and Washington.

Our 2019 Explorations plans will be released soon - watch here and on Facebook for the lecture & performance schedule! For now, to get an idea of the wide ranging topics we explore, our 2018 lecture information can be read below.


Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 1
Panel Discussion: The Spark Ignites - How, When and Where?

Moderator: David Edgecomb, Photographer
Tuesday, July 10, 7:30pm

Join us as we explore the defining moment when an artist is set in motion or a piece of work defines itself as art. What predicates those moments, or are they self-defining?


  • Ariana Brawley, Associate Producer of Jacob’s Pillow

  • Daniel Kramer, Producing Artistic Director, Chester Theatre Company

  • Lewis Warsh, Poet, Novelist, Teacher

  • Joy Cameron, Sculptor


Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 2
Culture: Performance of Hip Hop

Artist: JB!! aka Dirty Moses
Tuesday, July 17, 7:30pm

Where were you when Hip Hop took over?  We will  explore the “first spark” origins all the way to the present of this cultural phenomenon.


Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 3
Culture: When Strings Sing

Artist: Elizabeth Morse, Harpist
Tuesday, July 24, 7:30pm

Immerse yourself with us as we explore the creation and sounds of the ancient and modern harp.


Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 4
Presentation: Animagic - Hollywood in the Berkshires

Presenter: Eugene Mamut, Irina Borisova
Tuesday, July 31, 7:30pm

AniMagic – “Hollywood in the Berkshires”  (A multimedia presentation all about Animation and Special Effects)

  • Eugene Mamut, Director of Animagic

  • Irina Borisova, Animator

Come and explore how and when art transforms into motion to tell its story.  Berkshire talent made these movies possible:  Matrix, Predator, 2001 Space Odyssey, Chicken Run, Lord of the Rings.


Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 5
Food: All About Cheese

Cheese Monger: Lisa Martin
Tuesday, August 14, 7:30pm

Join Lisa Martin, Cheese Monger (Spirited Wines, Pittsfield) as we explore the fine art of cheese making and what it is like to create art that will be consumed.


Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 6
Ephemeral Art: Creating Impermanent Art

Artist: Dave Rothstein
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30pm

Join Dave Rothstein - Sculptor, Photographer and Printmaker - as we dive into the driving force to create art from materials that degrade quickly and vanish.  Dave's works with snow, ice, sand and food leave a lasting impression. However, they do not stick around long.