Berkshire Museum Rethink! Object in Detail

Rethink! Hands-on Workshops

In conjunction with Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum, the Museum will hold family-friendly activities as part of the Rethink! Stuff education program on Saturdays, then hands-on workshops with participating artists on the following Sunday.

David Holland, Quill Shoulder Bag detail, photograph by Jason Dowdle

Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m.: Rethink! Stuff
Self-taught quill worker David Holland will demonstrate quill work in the gallery. The workshop is free with Museum admission; tickets will be available at the front desk beginning at 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 6, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Rethink! Stuff
Special guest artist Jeremy Frey will demonstrate traditional Passamaquoddy basket-making techniques. The workshops are free with Museum admission; tickets will be available at the front desk beginning at 10 a.m.

Jeremy Frey, Green Urchin Basket, 2008, Courtesy of Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Photo by Jennibeth Gomez

Sunday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rethink! Hands on Workshops with Jeremy Frey
Working with contemporary Passamaquoddy artist Jeremy Frey, participants will have an introduction to basic weaving techniques using natural materials hand-prepared by the artist for this workshop. Students will be able to create a simple open-top 4” wide basket. The artist will discuss traditional Passamaquoddy basketry. The class is suitable for beginners. Advanced registration required. Workshop Fee $95 per person; plus $10 material fee per basket.

Jeremy Frey works with organic materials of ash and sweetgrass that he gathers and processes in the same manner as his ancestors did for thousands of years to create award-winning Passamaquoddy baskets. Frey balances Passamaquoddy shapes and patterns with contemporary colors resulting in innovative new baskets. His talent and precision provide him with the skill to stay true to his Passamaquoddy culture while he pushes his art to be “cutting-edge traditional.” In 2011, Frey was the Santa Fe Indian Market Best of Show Winner and took the Best of Show prize at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market as well.

Teri Greeves, My Family’s Tennis Shoes Series, 2003, Collection of School for Advanced Research, Photo by Addison Doty

Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Rethink! Stuff
Special guest artist Teri Greeves will lead a children’s hands-on beaded medallion workshop at 10 a.m.; a beaded medallion workshop for all ages at 11:30 a.m.; and a gallery talk and beadwork demonstration at 2 p.m. The workshops are free with Museum admission; tickets will be available at the front desk beginning at 10 a.m.

Sunday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rethink! Hands on Workshop with Teri Greeves
Learn to make a pair of traditional Southern Plains baby moccasins with guest artist Teri Greeves. Students will receive a pattern, instruction on lane stitch beadwork design, and learn welt stitch to properly attach soles to make baby moccasins. All materials will be provided. Sewing and/or beading experience is required. The little shoes you will create will fit a 6-12 month old baby…the age they start to walk. They are perfect for taking their first steps in. Workshop Fee $95 per person; plus $20 material fee per pair of moccasins.

Teri Greeves is of Kiowa heritage and was raised on the Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Surrounded by Indian beadwork in her mother’s trading post, Greeves learned beadwork at the age of eight. She earned a BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Greeves follows the Kiowa tradition of beadwork, telling stories with a contemporary twist. She has won many awards for her beadwork, including Best of Show at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market in 1999. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the British Museum in London, the National Museum of the American Indian, and many others. To see her work, go to

Niio Perkins, Sexy Boot, 2007, Private collection

Sunday, December 2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Rethink! Hands on Workshop with Niio Perkins
Lavishly beaded whimsies were popular Victorian souvenirs sold in the Niagara Falls area and elsewhere. Contemporary artist Niio Perkins will teach participants to make a small bird or high-heeled boot whimsy – two popular whimsy motifs. Perkins will demonstrate and teach participants the raised beadwork technique which is distinctive for its three-dimensional look. This version of the lane stitch will be taught to create three dimensional flowers, and smaller beads will be used for accents and other detail work.
Participant must have previous experience sewing and/or beading. Workshop Fee $95 per person; plus $20 material fee.

Niioieren “Niio” Perkins is a Mohawk Bear Clan artist from Akwesasne, New York. Niioieren means “look what she did” and from a very early age, her creativity and precocious personality have attracted much deserved attention. Niio’s artistic gifts were cultivated by working for her mother, who sews traditional Mohawk ribbon shirts and dresses. Niio attributes much of her success to her family of accomplished artists who all continue to keep Native Mohawk art on the forefront of America’s art scene.
Niio’s adept knowledge of her art and culture gives her designs an authenticity that cannot be duplicated. Niio captures not only the colors of the world in her work, but so much feeling, sentiment and character, all of which make her pieces meticulously crafted and truly unique.

Advance registration is required for all Sunday workshops: 413-443-7171 ext 10
Please register at least one week in advance of the workshop.
For more information, call Maria Mingalone at 413-443-7171 ext 14

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