I just finished installing the second exhibit at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men for the May First Fridays Artswalk (FFA)! This is the second year I have been arranging the monthly exhibits for Valenti’s; thankfully we have only been participating from April to December instead of the full year schedule the FFA has evolved to. I contact artists and help them arrange materials for and set up the show each month. Although this is an entirely new thing for the store it has been an amazing success and has given me the opportunity to meet and collaborate, curatorially, with artist in the Berkshire area. Last year we had: Ali Herrmann, Franco Pellegrino, Morris Bennett, Allen Seppa, Barbara Schmick, and of course me. Today concluded a great photography show by Charlie Jacobs and installed the next show by Joanie Ciolfi. I have decided to include the releases for each exhibit going forward. So here we go:
Joanie Ciolfi shows “Dance Card” at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men
[Pittsfield, MA] Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men is excited to present “Dance Card”, a collection of contemporary oil paintings by Berkshire County artist Joanie Ciolfi as part of May’s First Fridays Artswalk. Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men is located at 157 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. The work will be on view from May 1 to May 27; with a reception held during “First Fridays Artswalk” on May 3rd from 5-8PM.
Joanie Ciolfi finds inspiration and discreet beauty in the least suspecting of subjects. Calling on emotional and tactile memories from vintage garments, she has created a body of dress portraits that she hopes each viewer will personally connect with.
A painter for most of her life, Joanie was trained in graphics and worked as a textile and wall covering designer. Her studio is currently at 311 North Street (at the corner of North and Union) with the newly reorganized group of artists called NUarts. To see more of Joanie’s work visit her website at www.joanpalanociolfi.com or call (413) 441-2626 for studio hours.
Founded in June of 1983, Steven and Carolyn Valenti had a vision to establish an up-beat, contemporary men’s clothing store. They wanted to surround handsome, hand-picked menswear with antiques, brick, and warm carpeting, while offering folks outrageous, one-on-one customer service. After 30 years, Steven Valenti’s has not wavered from its original mission statement one bit!
Steven Valenti’s stands for many things: its attention to detail, its always fun and entertaining windows, its colorful clothing (especially the variety of neckwear you’ll find), its talk of the town “true story” radio commercials, and its community involvement. Most importantly however, Steven Valenti’s stands for award-winning customer service. Many area businesses strive to reach the bar set by the Steven Valenti attitude toward customer service.
Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men is located at 157 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. Open Monday through Wednesday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM; Thursday 9:30AM -8:00PM; and Saturday 9:30AM – 5:00PM. “Dance Card” will be on display from May 1st to May 27th, 2013.