On view May 17 – November 11

Painter Barbara Ernst Prey has an affinity for light; specifically, capturing the fleeting luminosity within built and natural environments. Borrowed Light presents a new body of watercolors depicting scenes from the village. Taking its title from the Shaker principle of “borrowed light,” or the incorporation of windows and skylights into interior walls as a way to refract light from the outside in, Prey’s exhibition is inspired by visits across three seasons where she immersed herself in the buildings, historic artifacts, and landscape of this site. Her voice brings new consideration to the visual and haptic experience of this site, historically and today.

About the artist

Barbara Ernst Prey is a distinguished watercolorist with works in numerous collections including: the National Gallery of Art; the White House; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art. With roots in the Berkshires, Prey is a graduate of Williams College, where she’s currently an adjunct faculty member, and she has a home in Williamstown The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog.


Opening reception Sunday, May 26, 5-7pm; FREE TO MEMBERS/$10 NOT-YET MEMBERS; RSVP HERE

Artist talk Friday, July 12, 6pm; FREE TO MEMBERS/$10 NOT-YET MEMBERS; RSVP HERE

Sponsored by Herbert Allen, Duncan & Susan Brown, Paul Neely, and Balance Rock Investment Group