(Williamstown, Mass.) Twenty-five photographic and written profiles of vibrant, active Berkshire residents ages 65 and up will be on display at the Milne Public Library in Williamstown January 3-31, 2020. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, January 11 from 1pm to 3pm. Otha Day, one of the Berkshire residents profiled in the series, will lead a drum circle at the reception.
The exhibit, entitled “Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires,” was organized by OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College. The profiles have also been appearing weekly in the Berkshire Eagle on Mondays beginning in October.
The photographs and written profiles were created by OLLI at BCC members for its groundbreaking University Day in August entitled “Living Longer, Living Better: Changing the Culture of Aging” to highlight the diversity and vitality of older adults and to help break stereotypes of growing older. They were exhibited at the Massachusetts State House, in October 2019.
Those profiled in this exhibit include:
Restaurateur Craig Bero
Williams College dance professor Sandra Burton
Biking and outdoor advocate Marjorie Cohan
Drum circle facilitator Otha Day
Grandparents raising grandchildren advocate Ella Deane
Soldier On chaplain Father Peter Gregory
Latino community advocate Don Ramiro Guerrero
African-American heritage advocate Wray Gunn
Artist and fire chief Mark Hanford
Renowned baritone singer Benjamin Luxon
Musician and workforce education advocate Bill Mulholland
LGBTQ advocate Judy Nardacci
Food insecurity activist Janie Pellish
Businessman and innovator Andy Plumer
Berkshire County NAACP President Dennis Powell
Business and college mentor Alan Rubin
Artist-entrepreneur Eric Rudd
Music and community advocates Claudia and Carl Shuster
TV and radio personality Bill Sturgeon
Rock On band camp founder Mary Talmi
Pittsfield school committee member Cindy Taylor
Director and playwright Barbara and Jesse Waldinger, and
Ceramics artist and activist June Wink.
The photographers and writers, all OLLI at BCC members, include Bernadette Brusco, Mary Ellen Czerniak, Susan Geller, Igor Greenwald, Chris Guidette, Lucy Kennedy, Katherine Kidd, Peter Levine, Greta Phinney, Sandra Rubin, Douglass Truth, Megan Whilden, and Kathy Zdeb.
“Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires” was created in concert with Age Friendly Berkshires, a coalition of organizations, municipalities and individuals in the Berkshires dedicated to creating a more livable Berkshire County for people of all ages, with a focus on the needs of an aging population. Age Friendly Berkshires was the first community in Massachusetts to join the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities. For more information visit www.agefriendlyberkshires.com
OLLI at BCC provides over 100 educational opportunities a year designed especially by and for people fifty years old and better. OLLI at BCC offers five semesters a year of classes in history, science, literature, the arts, and more, as well as distinguished speakers, University Days, special events and trips, and more. For more information about OLLI at BCC, please visit www.berkshireolli.org, call 413.236-2190, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.