July 27, 2017

Join us for the next DownStreet Art Thursday of 2017 (our 10th Season!) from 5-8pm.


DSA Thursday Performances + Activities:

Featured Activity: Like Riding A Bike

Design Lab | 49 Main St. | 5-7pm
Community Bike Ride (weather permitting) | 7-8pm
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Project includes:
  • Interactive Gallery installation at MCLA Design Lab July 24-28
  • Bike-Mobile Radio/Audio Interview Station
  • Bike-Mobile Zine Workshop
  • Community Bike Tour (and mobile radio broadcast) Thursday, July 27th
Katie Hargrave + Brett Hunter will host a community bike ride of downtown North Adams and the immediate area. Over the course of the ride, we will tow the bike-mobile radio station, broadcasting the voices of North Adams residents. Riders will be presented with artist-made bicycle safety flags that proclaim “I am Public Art. I am _______.” which participants will use to safely navigate the route but more importantly to challenge participants to see themselves in new ways and to make a statement about who we are.

Featured Performer: Thread Ensemble

Thread Ensemble surprises and delights listeners by involving them directly in the creative process.

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Through its annual series of varied interactive events, Thread Ensemble adapts to each unique audience and environment with original music created in the moment. Thread Ensemble curates the connection between listeners’ lived experiences and improvised music.

Thread Ensemble is the convergence of three unique voices: Abigale Reisman and Rachel Panitch on violins, and Andria Nicodemou on vibraphone and percussion. Thread formed via an Ensemble Fellowship at New England Conservatory’s Community Performances & Partnerships Department in 2012 where they performed at community centers and schools around Greater Boston.


Music Under the Mohawk Marquee:

Programmed by BOOM – the Berkshire Organization for Original Music.

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5 – 6pm – Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold is an acoustic emo project by Devan Gardner and wife Brittany Gardner of Pittsfield, Massachusetts and started in 2010 at Mass. College of Liberal Arts. After taking a few years off to get married and have two children, Devan revived the project in the spring of 2015 with a 2 song E.P. “Porch Session.” In the summer of 2015 H.O.G was signed to Western Mass DIY label, Sounds and Tones Records and the winter of that same year saw the release of “A Profound Sense of Slipping”, Their first solo full length record/digital release.

Influences include; City and Colour, Into It. Over It., Andy Shauf, Grey Gordon, Koji, Turnover, Title Fight, Daylight/Superheaven, Austin Parish, Chase Huglin, Julien Baker, Pinegrove, Elvis Depressedly etc.

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6 – 8pm – The Matchstick Architects

The Matchstick Architects are a New England based indie rock band coming together from the various sectors of the Northeast. The band puts forth a soulful blend of country, blues, folk, jazz, and Americana, influenced from an eclectic mix of artists ranging from songstresses such as Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann to purveyors of the American indie scene such as The Decemberists.
The band is fronted by Dar Maloney (Pleasant Valley, NY) on guitar and lead vocals.
Her hard driving vocal style is often compared to that of Melissa Etheridge and although she clearly has her own style, it’s something she takes as a true compliment.
The band also features Tom Conklin (Pittsfield, MA) on lead guitar. His tasteful guitar playing dances harmoniously with Dar’s soulful and powerful voice. DiDi Davis (Barkhamsted, CT) brings the boom as she cleverly works her way up and down the neck of her six string Bubinga forged bass – often switching it out for a five string fretless instrument. The band is rounded out by the well-oiled and waxed tempo captain, Dave Willey (Becket, MA) on the drums.

Pop-up + Interactive Activities:

5 – 7pm – Bring your bike! Sponsored by Bike North Berkshire

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In connection with the Like Riding a Bicycle project, there will be bike mechanics from Berkshire Outfitters and The Spoke offering a free flat tire workshop from 5:00-5:30 and a free bike tune up workshop from 5:30-6:15. There will also be the opportunity to decorate your bikes!  This will be followed by a community and family friendly ride around the heart of North Adams, in connection with DownTown Bike Around!
Bring your bikes and Join Us!

6:30p – Seth Brown

will once again create freestyle rap performances for DownStreet Art Thursday.

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These raps will be created spontaneously and originally, based largely on suggestions from the people inhabiting the public space of the performance at the time of said performances. This will help foment engagement on multiple levels, through rhyme, through freestyle, and through direct interaction.

“It’s the news of the streets, your views over beats, //

Philosophy that’s audibly imbued with some heat, //

And dudes may compete to get sold in the stores, //

But hip-hop has ideas as its soul and its core.”

–Ham-STAR (Seth Brown)


Exhibition Openings:

three second stories, guest curated by Corwin Levi | MCLA Gallery 51 |5-8pm

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Flipbook artist Tom Olson weaves tales of love, loss, and other investigations into the human psyche and the absurd by spending countless hours drawing hundreds of pages to arrive at a profound three seconds. Olson created his flipbooks in a bygone era of New York, before launching a successful career as a Washington, DC attorney. These recently discovered pieces, however, still feel just as fresh as they must have decades ago. This is the first showing of these small treasures and will include video and print presentations of the flipbooks as well as a display of the original pieces.


In the Galleries

VOLUME |  Berkshire Art Museum | 5-7pm

DownStreet Art Reception for the 2017 Exhibitions:  

“VOLUME” – ESCULTURAS GRANDESESCULTURAS DE MESA, VESSELS

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BAM stays open late on Thursday to celebrate DownStreet Art openings.  Come and check us out from 5 to 7 PM.  Refreshments. Free Admission.

Separate Bedrooms Jason Green and Stephanie McMahon | Gravity Gallery | 5-8pm

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July 29 – August 26
Opening Reception, Saturday July 29th 5-7pm

DownStreet Art Reception, Thursday July 27, 5-8pm

Pieces from Pictures ELIZABETH CORKERY|Outside|10 Ashland St.

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Outside is excited to present an installation of new work by Australian artist Elizabeth CorkeryPieces from Pictures generates a symbiotic relationship between cinematic sequence and sculptural ensemble, using the gallery as a mechanism for installation to present ideas of duration and simultaneity. The piece builds on Corkery’s collective body of work that has explored the traditional boundaries between prints/architecture, surface/depth, image/matter, while making more explicit the relation between spatial perception, bodily motion and perceived passages of time.

Using the 1936 film The Great Ziegfeld as her point of visual reference, Corkery has created a new sequence of sculptures, photographs, fabricated pedestal structures and panoramic wall covering. The Great Ziegfeld is a compelling example of how early motion pictures presented the (emerging) film image in (established) theatrical terms. The site, history and even performers of the theatre world were adopted as content and character for many early films. Cinema was directly adapted from live stage shows, using the environment of the theatre as a site for narrative-driven action.


On the Campus of MASS MoCA, Building 13

Selected Works | Ferrin Contemporary

RAYMON ELOZUA  sculptural work made of steel, glass, and ceramic from Hubris and R&D series

BOUKE de VRIES recent sculpture using re-constructed ceramic objects

SERGEI ISUPOV selected works from Erie Art Museum’s “Hidden Messages” solo exhibition

KURT WEISER new linoleum cut prints and china painted porcelain

MABEL POBLET: BUOYANCY With Composer Andres LevinCynthia-Reeves 

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MABEL POBLET, an award-winning artist from Cuba who is currently representing her native country at the 2017 Venice Biennale, comes to North Adams with an exhibition of site-based works at CYNTHIA-REEVES

CYNTHIA-REEVES has initiated a new program emphasizing art-making and an open dialog between the artist and viewers, inviting artists to work on site and engage visitors in their artistic process. Mabel worked on premise with her sound collaborator, Andres Levin from July 10th through the 15th.

Mary Sipp Green |  Artist Book Foundation

18920642_1540223499323292_467985621561692150_nBased in the bucolic Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, American painter Mary Sipp Green has a superlative ability to engage the viewer in the emotive atmosphere of her landscapes and seascapes. She achieves an ethereal, nuanced quality in her paintings that imparts a refined, inimitable serenity.


Also on View:

Sarah Sutro | Mountain One Bank |open bank hours

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Sarah is a North Adams painter who has focused recently on ink drawings and watermedia. She is an internationally known painter and writer whose work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. She has been a recipient and finalist for many grants and fellowships.

Bloom Town: Misa Chapell & Kathline Carr | Adams Community Bank |bank hours

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A play on the phase Boom Town, an exhibition about hope, growth, beauty, and a reference to the physical and metaphysical blooming of North Adams.

Martha Flood Studio & Gallery will be open to show its collection of hand-crafted fabrics and designs.

Be Sure to Also Visit:

Makers’ Mill has something for everybody interested in hand-crafting just about anything.

Game On – Fun for all ages in this free, analog arcade / recreation center. Kiddie corner, darts, corn hole, a stage with performances, board games, table tennis, foosball and MORE!

87 Pop – local shopping with a sweet vibe. Offering vintage clothing and publications by Storey Publishing, as well as stationery by Crane & Company, as well as books by local independent publisher Tupelo Press.


New Public Art (Always On Display):

click here for a complete list of public art in North Adams.

Klaas Hübner and Andrew Schrok present Corrugarou, a sound installation on the MoCA campus that invites participants to try their hand at making their own sound through the use of the machine.

LUFTWERK, Cloudland City Steeples & Clock Tower | dusk to midnight, All Summer

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This summer, downtown lights up from dusk to midnight. MASS MoCA’s Clocktower and four church steeples that define North Adams’ skyline will be joined in a dramatically synchronized work of light art inspired by the newly re-illuminated light tower atop Mt. Greylock, with an installation by the Chicago-based collective Luftwerk. From dusk to midnight the steeples and Clocktower will broadcast — using Morse Code beacons activated in unison — the Henry David Thoreau verse Cloudland, which the poet wrote after hiking up and spending the night at the mountain summit, the highest peak in Massachusetts. “As the light increased, / I discovered around me an ocean of mist” – as though he had been shipwrecked, and was adrift in “cloudland.” Luftwerk’s new installation imagines North Adams’ steeples as lighthouses on Greylock’s shores