Berkshire Creative Aging Exhibit Goes on Display in Williamstown

(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

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, call 413.236-2190, or email

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