Great Barrington Public Theater Presents PERSIST Summer Art Exhibition

As part of the Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) Summer 2022 season, patrons are invited to view works created by 7 female artists residing in (and near) the Berkshires. Curated by GBPT Associate Artist Elizabeth Nelson, PERSIST explores themes of erosion, trauma, reimagining, investigation, beauty and violence.

“I wanted to bring together women who created in these turbulent times. Creating as a way to process, to maintain purpose, and joy – to persist. What I discovered is that we have all persisted from multiple ways from the beginning, as women and artists,” says Elizabeth Nelson. “I’m curious how experiencing these particular works together in a live theatrical performance will affect the audience – what stories will will reveal? What might the viewer discover about how they persisted and continue to persist?”

Works featured will include photography, drawing, flash/CNF fiction, and sculpture using recycled textiles, found and repurposed objects, and natural materials such as wood, bone, clay, and feathers. Some works will have an interactive component, allowing the viewer to participate in the experience.

Contributing artists include: Parasrevi “Toula” Taliadoros, owner and artist behind Make My Day Design; Deirdre McKenna, writer and performer at the Powder Keg Writing Group for Women; Merudjina Normil, interdisciplinary artist; Ariana Kolins, interdisciplinary artist; Lindsay Neathawk, owner of Neathawk Designs; Natalia Bystrianyk, intuitive painter; and Elizabeth Nelson, writer, multidisciplinary artist and marketing professional.

PERSIST will be presented from June 4 to August 6, 2022 in the Student Gallery outside the Liebowitz Black Box Theater at the Daniel Arts Center on the campus of Bard College in Simon’s Rock. More information will soon be available at

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