Screen printing on North Street!

09.08.15.Third Thursday Public Print Stay on top of all things Shire City Sanctuary related with your very own, beautiful, screen printed calendar! On the 3rd Thursday of each month, we host our Public Print—during the months that 3rd Thursday happens in downtown, we do it on North Street! Catch us down by Dottie’s as we screen print calendars with all of our upcoming events so you don’t have to miss a thing. From concerts to gallery openings to technology meetings, we have what you want!

What’s Happening: Aug 26!

Achievements in August!
August has been such a busy month, but we’ve loved every second of it! From another successful Shire City Sessions concert to a fun 3rd Thursday, and everything in between, it’s been great to have people in and around our space!

Fun at 3rd Thursday!
We spent some time out on North Street this past Thursday hanging out and screen printing calendars for the month of September with all of our events on it! We have some left over, so stop by and snag one for yourself!

Follow us on Twitter!
We just recently launched a Twitter account, and we will be starting to use it more frequently! We hope that you join us in keeping up with what we are doing!

Concert was a wild time!

Wild Adriatic and B.A. Dario brought a rockin’ time to Melville Street last Monday when they took the stage to bring another free concert, brought to you by Shire City Sessions! With upbeat energy and a great crowd, we all had a fantastic time!

There are still more concerts coming!

Come to First Friday!
We are so excited for September’s First Friday, when we will be welcoming botanical artist Susan Pettee to our BINGO! Gallery. We will also be joined by Matt Lamb of Berkshire Earth Regenerators at 4:30 to give a garden tour of our new permaculture garden, and at 7, we are joined by Bazaar Productions to bring Fringe Music: a new monthly concert. This month features Eleonore Oppenheim, a double bassist! Come to our opening reception at Shire City Sanctuary: 9/4, 5-8 pm.

Rent our space!
Did you know that you can rent out our space, whether it be our makerspace, the church nave, the kitchen, or the gallery? We’d love to help you host your next event! Visit our space descriptions on and search Shire City Sanctuary!

Susan Pettee will be our September Artist

Pittsfield, Mass. (August 21, 2015) – Shire City Sanctuary is pleased to announce that Susan Pettee of Great Barrington has been chosen as their featured artist for Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk in September. Her work will be displayed in the BINGO! Gallery for the month of September.

Susan Pettee has created watercolor illustrations depicting different botanical subjects. She has lived in Paris, Munich, and Washington, D.C. She studied at Radcliffe College, Corcoran School of Art, the Washington College of Law, and with the Society of Botanical Artists in England. “I think botanical art is appealing to a wide audience because the subjects themselves are often beautiful and always fascinating and more intricate than they seem at first glance,” Pettee stated in an interview for her work in the 15th Annual International American Society of Botanical Artists in 2012. “Compared to, say, performance art or conceptual art, botanical art is approachable and yet appeals to our sense of wonder. You do not have to be any particular sort of person to appreciate or to make botanical art, nor does an artist have to feel he or she has a profound vision to disrupt how others perceive the world, as many contemporary artists feel it is their mission to do. Plants are intriguing enough by themselves.”

In addition to the opening reception, Shire City Sanctuary has other events occurring during the First Fridays Artswalk. At 4:30 PM, Matt Lamb of Berkshire Earth Regenerators will be leading garden tours through the new permaculture garden at the former Notre Dame church’s rectory. At 7:00 PM, Bazaar Productions will be premiering Fringe Music: a new monthly free music series. This month will feature Eleonore Oppenheim, who has new works for the double bass that were commissioned from some of today’s brightest young composers. Fringe Music will be a monthly free concert happening during the First Fridays Artswalk, and seeks to promote the cross-pollination of visual arts, music, and different kinds of audiences.

Shire City Sanctuary will host an opening reception and Meet the Artist session at the BINGO! Gallery on September 4, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00. Refreshments will be served.

What’s Happening: Aug. 18!

There are so many fun and FREE events coming up here at Shire City Sanctuary. We hope to see you there!!
Shire City Sessions!
WOW! What an incredible night last night for our second Shire City Sessions! The night started off with Pittsfield’s own B.A. Dario, who got everyone pumped up and excited! Wild Adriatic then took the stage and kept the party going!
If you missed this one, don’t fret! The next Shire City Sessions is on Monday, September 14th from 5-9 PM, featuring Whiskey Treaty Roadshow with special guests The Novel Ideas!Visit Shire City Session’s website!
Kids Heading Back to School? Give the Gift of a Day Pass
If you know a creative stay-at-home parent who has some free time now that the kids are heading back to school, give them a gift of a day pass! This day pass will allow them a one-day membership to the space, which allows them to have time to create on their own terms! Purchase them here or give us a call at 413-236-9600.
Public Print
We will be continuing our efforts to bring you our public print! This is a chance for you to experience how screen printing works. Our Public Print will happen every 3rd Thursday of each month; while the city’s 3rd Thursdays are happening, you’ll find us out on North Street! Stop on by to grab a fabulous calendar printed right on the street for this upcoming 3rd Thursday!
Botanicals and Bass
Our First Fridays next month will be a ROCKIN’ time! Susan Pettee, a botanical artist from Great Barrington, will be showing off her beautiful illustrations, while Bazaar Productions will be premiering Fringe Music: a new monthly free music series hosted at Shire City Sanctuary! The September musician will be Eleonore Oppenheim, a double bassist who specializes in new works for the double bass! Come on down: Friday, Sept. 4 from 5-8 pm!
Become a Member
If you’re a maker, artist, or creative soul and you’re looking for a place to make your work, you’ve found it! Our memberships grant access to our commercial kitchen, our sewing studio, our screen-printing studio, and our common space. We also have studio spaces available, and storage! Explore the possibilities here!

Shire City Holiday Shindy application is LIVE!

We are now accepting applications for our 2015 Holiday Shindy and we are so excited! The Holiday Shindy consists of artists, creators, and makers alike who show off and sell their work!

Applications are $20 each, and are due by Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Shindy is a juried process; we will be choosing our booths by August 15, 2015. The chosen participants will then be required to pay a $200 booth fee.

The 2015 Holiday Shindy is December 11 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 12 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and December 13 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Apply today!

Introducing…Shire City Sessions!

Shire City Sessions, a collaborative music concert series, will feature food trucks and craft beer! The series, which is in its first year, features three different concerts on one Monday night a month in July through September! Sponsored by CompuWorks and hosted at Shire City Sanctuary, we are excited to promote original, live music in The Berkshires!

In July, we are joined by US Elevator, featuring Johnny Orion with Ian O’Neil & Dennis Ryan of Deer Tick! They will be joined by The Lucky 5 as an opening act. In August, we will welcome Wild Adriatic with opening act BA Dario, and in September, we are excited to have the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow with the opening act, The Novel Ideas.

Where: Shire City Sanctuary

When: Monday, July 20 from 5-9 pm

Monday, August 17 from 5-9 pm
Monday, September 14 from 5-9 pm

Other Information: It’s free!

Find more information and updates on our website and our Facebook!

Weekly Sewing Circle!

Do you love to sew? Looking for ways to get involved with sewing, by hand or by machine? Join us for our weekly sewing circle! Every Tuesday evening, Shire City Sanctuary hosts a sewing circle for hand and/or machine sewers. Bring a project to work on; there are hand tools and basic notions available.

Tuesday nights in June from 4-6 pm in the Makerspace! Use the door on the parking lot side of the building toward the back, under the fire escape. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Suggested donation $10.


June 1st Friday is Upon Us

“My work is about creating amalgams of the past, present and future. I’m interested in the tension between what we’ve inherited and what we’re going to leave behind, and in the plasticity of the interpretations of both.” – Luke Egan

On Friday, June 5, 2015, Shire City Sanctuary will be participating in Pittsfield’s First Friday Artswalk, featuring work of Pittsfield native Luke Egan! Luke, who has a studio in Easthampton, creates work focused in the concept of Anthropocene–the idea that humans are creating a new era in geological time through our use of nuclear weapons and other items that impact our ecosystems. He also explores space exploration and how it relates to colonialism. Luke received his BFA from UMASS Amherst and loves to travel. Learn more about his work by visiting our Facebook event and checking out his artist statement!

What: First Fridays Artswalk

Where: Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield MA 01201

When: Friday, June 5, 2015 from 5-7

For more information visit, call 413.236.9600 OR


March 1st Friday – 10x10x10 print of the Shire City Sanctuary

From February 12th – 21st, 2015, in collaboration with Pittsfield’s 10×10 Festival, Shire City Sanctuary is printing a 10 day, 10 stencil, 10 colors screen printing demonstration. The culmination is a first ever, 10 color, 18×24 print of the Shire City Sanctuary. Local artists and operators of Shire City Sanctuary, Cate Crowley & Crispina ffrench, are creating the print. A limited edition of 50 prints are in process and will be unveiled, and for sale on March 6th, 2015 from 5:00-8:00PM with a short conversation with the makers.

we’ve only got 50 – RESERVE YOURS TODAY! email

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