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Could A Deal Be In The Works?

January 30, 2018

Berkshire Museum

Yesterday, January 29, was the deadline for the AG’s investigation into the Berkshire Museum’s decision to sell 40 important works of art.  According to an article in The Berkshire Eagle by Larry Parnass …

In a one-page motion to a justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the state Attorney General’s Office on Monday asked that an injunction barring art sales be extended for one week, to Feb. 5, and that it have that added time to report on the status of its investigation into the museum’s conduct.

The article goes on to say that …

While the Attorney General’s Office did not specify that talks are underway to resolve the dispute, a statement Monday suggested it is taking a new tack. 

“We are hopeful that a brief extension will allow us to fully analyze the information we have received in our investigation,” said Emily Snyder, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Maura Healey, “in the hope of finding a way forward to secure the future of the Museum and ensure it is able to thrive in the years to come.” 

In its reference to the museum’s long-term well-being, the AG’s statement echoes one issued this weekend by the museum.

Spokeswoman Carol Bosco Baumann said Sunday the nonprofit “is eager to resolve these issues to secure the museum’s long term future.”

Baumann added Monday that the museum agreed to accept the request for what she termed “a brief postponement.”

She reiterated that the institution wants to resolve the dispute “to secure the future of the Berkshire Museum for all it provides its visitors, young and old, in art, history, and science.”

Because the museum does not oppose the request for an extension of the injunction, it is expected to be approved.

I guess we will have to wait another week or so, but people are now hopeful that there will be an amicable resolution.

Source: Court filing suggests talks underway to resolve Berkshire Museum art sale