Young Emerging Artists program

As part of the Young Emerging Artists (YEA) program under the direction of Teaching Artist Marney Schorr, First Fridays Artswalk in downtown Pittsfield features the debut art shows of Youth Artists at the gallery at Unitarian Universalist Church.


On April 5, 2019, First Fridays Artswalk featured the debut art exhibition of 16 year old artist and illustrator, Rachael Bentz. The opening reception for ‘Myth and Nature’ was held from 5-8 pm, and the show is on view through May 30. Myth and Nature features 18 figurative works on paper in alcohol-based marker, colored pencil and watercolor, as well as original digital art. Each piece embodies a narrative myth about the feminine power of the natural world, inspired by emotions and nature expressed in the female form.

Rachael Bentz is a self taught artist and performing musician from Pittsfield. Her art and song were recently featured at the “Love Yourself” event at the Colonial Theatre in February. While this is her first exhibition, drawing and painting have always been her passion, as she plans to attend art school and pursue art as a career. See:



On March 1, 2019 First Fridays Artswalk and Unitarian Universalist Church featured the debut art show of 16 year old artist, Breanna Lytle. ‘Birdie’ featured brand new abstract works on paper and canvas.

The artist described her spontaneous pour method as “putting my emotions and colors into a cup”, in the Feb 10 premiere of the documentary ‘Messages of Hope’ at the Colonial Theatre, where all of Breanna’s works on view have been sold. Proceeds of art sales support the artist in her aspirations with youth leadership in the arts. See: