Bayside, New York
September 20, 2001
Route 7 and 183 are the main arteries in this area and should lead you to all worthwhile visiting points. Should you want to make a detour and go off the beaten path, take Route 41 to Hoffman Pottery . Their ad claims that the works dance with energy, and they are not kidding. Call first to ensure that they are open at 413-232-4646. This gallery will take every ounce of discipline you have not to purchase every item in the store. Quite unordinary are the garden sculptures which are not the run-of-the-mill clay and stone statuaries: splashes of color reveal a porcelain frog! There are also some surrealistic figures where the artist has taken qutie a bit of license. Flowers need not adorn any of the vases as they are a spectacle all to themselves.
Stockbridge is replete with all sorts of galleries, and any directory will list the ones that cater to your taste. I am particularly fond of blown glass, pottery, copper and stone fountains, tiles and far eastern sculpted objects.
Heading South on Route 7, you'll come upon the most magnificent emporium of art objects from Indonesia.It's called Asian antiques located at 199 Stockbridge Rd in Great Barrington: telephone # is 413-528-5091 We went in there primarily so we could lament and reminisce about our trip to Bali . The site is a huge warehouse, with more storage and inventory in the back. You'll find full size furniture to miniature sculpture. There were 2 shelves in the rear with sale items for $5.00 each. Not terribly worthwhile. Prices in general were quite reasonable considering we had shopped in Bali and had an idea of the cost of materials.
From journal A Berkshires Jewel: Lenox, MA