It’s time- the kick-off of DownStreet Art is finally here!

Downtown North Adams

15 exhibition openings, 5 performances, 2 ribbon cuttings, specials at local businesses… and more! 

5:30pm: Bus Stand by Victoria Palermo
Main Street

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Join Mayor Alcombright and Kidspace’s Director Laura Thompson celebrating the permanent installation on Main Street by Victoria Palermo. According to a BRTA patron: “commuters are truly blessed to enjoy such beauty. Thanks to all who made this artful bus stop a reality”. The installation is made possible thanks to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA.


6pm: Mural by muralismo publico and official DownStreet Art 2012 Kick Off!
Back of the Mohawk Theater
Center Stage Parking Lot between Eagle and Holden

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Just to keep you on your toes, right after the ribbon cutting on Main Street we will unveil the first public mural of DownStreet Art 2012. Marta Gil and Estibaliz Vera from Vitoria, Spain are part of a cooperative of mural artists that contributed in naming their city the “painted city”. With this mural about change they have been sharing their talent with all of us for the past month. Join Mayor Alcombright, the artists and the sponsors that have made this mural and DownStreet Art 2012 possible for a special toast!


Shards by Virginia Vergara  

Marshall St. Space
24 Marshall Street


“Shards” began in 2010 when Virginia Vergara started assembling torn fragments of old illustrations of world art and photographing them. She constantly adds to and re-arranges these fragments, which she thinks of as shards. About the process she says: “My eye remains on photography in relation to perception. We tend to view the intact illustrations of, say, paintings, as “paintings” before acknowledging them as photographs. In “Shards” one means through which I shatter that perception is by drawing attention to the ragged edges of the ripped illustrations. I am emotionally as well as aesthetically drawn to the original works of art. “Shards” will be on view through July 22. 
People I know: Figurative Painting and Sculpture by Julia Dixon and Phyllis Miller Lee
NAACO Gallery
33 Main Street

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The North Adams Artists’ Co-Operative Gallery, otherwise known as the NAACO Gallery, is an independently member-run organization of over 35 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and craft. For the first run of DownStreet Art exhibit the gallery will feature work of Julia Dixon and Phyllis Miller Lee.
Recent and past work by Jarvis Rockwell
Jarvis Rockwell Gallery
49 Main Street

Click here for more information.Pyramid of toys, wall drawings, and assemblage reveal the imaginative world of Jarvis Rockwell. Regarding his work Jarvis Rockwell recently said: “The pyramid shape seemed like an appropriate structure to support the toys, the representations, or material gods and goddesses, of our society,” and continued: “My current drawings express my views of the on-going process of life and death, where it leads us and what happens. The most recent drawing/assemblages incorporate found objects along with glittery rhinestones and fake jewels which represent us”.
Vs. by Ven Voisey 
MCLA Gallery 51
51 Main Street

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MCLA Gallery 51 is extremely pleased to present a solo exhibition of Ven Voisey’s work. Entitled “VS.” the artwork presented in this show, while ranging in a wide variety of mediums from drawing, sculpture and photography (both found and original), to sound, video and installation, all find their roots and inspiration in the realm of argument, opposing forces and contrarian behavior. Archetypal struggles such as human vs. wilderness, man vs. himself, and sacred vs. profane, weave their way into the fabric of this exhibition.
William Oberst Studio
16 Holden Street
Click here for more information.“We all have a shared humanity. Should any of my pictures survive for the next three hundred years, I would hope that people in that distant future see, in my art, how we felt about each other in the twenty-first century, and how we felt about being alive. I would also hope that those future viewers recognize something of themselves in my work.” B. Oberst.
The Phylogeny Project
Branch Gallery
18 Holden Street

The term phylogeny is most often used in biology to explain evolutionary relationships between species, tracing backward in time to identify moments where two distinct organisms were so alike as to be considered one and the same. Phylogeny Projects proposes to employ this same methodology, viewed through the lens of art and inspiration. Exhibition include works by Derek Parker, Anne Roecklein, Adam Welch, Stephanie Armbruster, John Berry, Tyson Skross, Brent Fogt, Aaron Henderson, and Linda Bernal. Curated by Derek Parker and Anne Roecklein.
Beyond The Far Blue Mountains by Molly Davies
The Artery Gallery
26 Holden Street
Click here for more information.Beyond The Far Blue Mountains is a film by Molly Davies. It begins with a black and white documentary on the center screen about the everyday life of Illya Maxwell. Illya is 10 years old. She lives in Stuttgart, her mother is Greek, her father, American no longer lives with them. Like all children she is seeking an identity. This is particularly hard in her case, race, language and poverty make her an outsider in a foreign land. Illya begins to translate the difficulties of her real life into a marvelous adventure. The piece was screend at the Venice Film Festival, Centre Pompidou and Walker Art Center among other venues. Music by Lou Harrison.
Work by Gillian Jones
The Transcript Gallery
85 Main Street
5pm-6pm early reception
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Office of the North Adams Transcript, exhibiting the work of local photojournalist Gillian Jones.
Ink in the Blood: Printed Works on Paper curated by Melanie Mowinski
PRESS: Letterpress as Public Art Project
105 Main Street

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PRESS kicks off the 2012 season of Downstreet Art with Ink in the Blood: Printed Works on Paper featuring the work of artists Julio Granda and Barry Sternlieb, two creative forces in the Berkshires that have joined together for three decades of collaboration. This exhibit shows the marriage of their specialties. Barry prints and Julio designs and together they create remarkable broadsides.
Arctic Garden by Lynn Richardson
Gallery 107
107 Main Street

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With renewed debates over rights to waterways and Arctic shipping routes, Richardson believes a new era of colonization will soon begin. By using British colonialism as a metaphor for the potential exploitation of the Arctic, Richardson uses sound, motion, light, and the physicality of the assembled pieces aided in her concept to engage the viewer. Although her work is intended to be playful, even humorous in order to soften the hard reality of the underlying message, it presents a critical examination of the “dichotomy between nature and our industry-driven culture and the devastating long-term effects our current courses of action will have on the environment.”
FLOW by Erin Ko and Alex Chouls
Window @111
111 Main Street
On view 24 hours

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Erin Ko and Alex Chouls’ latest collaborative work uses SMS technology to visualize the collective consciousness exposed by communications technology. In FLOW, pieces of reflective fabric will be layered and projected on. People walking by the installation will be supplied with a short code they can text to. The projection is a series of flowing words that the installation receives via peoples’ text messages. Newer words are larger and more populous, they become smaller and scarcer over time.
Chapel for Humanity
82 Summer Street

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In a historic church, artist Eric Rudd’s massive sculptural epic has been created for both an art experience and private meditation. Over 150 life-size figures, 250 low-relief ceiling figures, plus a memorial to September 11.
Friends of Freiheit by Craig Leonard
24 Eagle Street

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Craig Leonard’s work is currently on view at MASS MoCA as part of the Oh, Canada exhibit. Leonard is also doing a short residency in North Adams during which he curates events and shows at 24 Eagle Street. Friends of Freiheit includes Angel Abreu, Laura Acosta, Matthew Beatties, Patricia Beatties, Juan Capistran, Jay Dort, Michael Fernandes, Hope Ginsburg and many others.
Work by Kay Canavino
Adams Community Bank
31 Eagle Street
5pm-6pm early reception

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For the past year, MCLA alumnae Kristen Parker has been curating the exhibition space at the Adams Community Bank. First exhibition of the summer displays the work of local professional photographer, Kay Canavino. Kay’s fine art photography is mostly organic: still-lifes of plants and animals, hand-colored photographs of natural subjects, and night landscapes and portraits using light-painting techniques.
Martha Flood Design
38 Eagle Street

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Working space and gallery by local textile artist Martha Flood. Her designs are often inspired by textures and patterns found Berkshire woodland environments. The nontraditional natural images are examples of cutting edge pattern design and advanced digital fabric printing technologies.
studio21south @ Eagle Street
44 Eagle  Street

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After two great seasons in the Beaver Mill, fine art gallery studio21south is now open in downtown North Adams, in a classic storefront on historic Eagle Street. The kick-off for Summer 2012 will introduce a wider audience to the gallery’s highlights, including some classic Americana-style paintings of downtown North Adams by Thor Wickstrom, fantastic life-size pastel figures by acclaimed artist Sam Goodsell, Brooklyn cityscapes, and more. Other gallery artists include Eric March, Bob Lafond, and Frank Curran.

Live Music: The Burdens
Playing in front of Berkshire Bank
37 Main Street



Richard Scullin and Karin Stack are The Burdens- a drum and guitar indie rock duo from Massachusetts. 
Live Music: One Way Out
Playing in front of Eagle Street Music Store
81 Main Street


Representing Eagle Street Music, One Way Out is a local band that combines blues, classic rock, jazz, and southern rock into their own musical style.
Performance: “For You I Feel Lucky” by Jessica Gath
Verizon Wireless Storefront
43 Main Street
7:30pm and 8:30pm
To reserve a seat, e-mail Carolyn Larson at or call 413-663-5253.
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Boston Painter and Performance Artist, Jessica Gath, will be performing her show “For You I Feel Lucky” at 7:30pm and at 8:30pm. Seating is limited. All performances are participatory and suitable for all ages. Jessica describes “For You I Feel Lucky” as “a celebration of and for you and everyone else in the room on the night of the performance.” The performance is not about the artist but rather about the attendees of it. It will remind participants of the important role they play in nurturing a strong community and making the world a better place.
Live Music: The Sugar Shack Boys
Playing under the Mohawk Theater marquee
109 Main Street


The Sugar Shack Boys share live and work space on the top of Mount Greylock at Bascom Lodge and, for the first time as part of DownStreet Art, they will share their musical talents. Made up of two MCLA alumni, Jason Peabody on guitar and Mike Martin on ukulele, and their two new best friends from Ghana, they will be performing a melange of western and african music and sounds. 
Afterparty at the PUBLIC with Jungle Work!
PUBLIC Eat + Drink
34 Holden Street

Five piece Rock And Roll band Jungle Work is back at PUBLIC Eat + Drink to celebrate the Kickoff of this years’ DownStreet Art Season! So after you check out the art, check out the music with Jungle Work. No Cover! Jungle Work are Pat Maguire- Guitar/Vocals, Derek Merker- Bass Guitar, Jack Deming- Drums/Vocals, Noah Bogoff- Drums/vocals and Nate Rodgers- Guitar.

DownStreet Art Information Booth
Next to Verizon Wireless Store
43 Main Street
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Thursday is going to be a busy night! If you find yourself looking for information about DownStreet Art not knowing where to go next, stop by the DSA information booth and we will be there to help with any questions or concerns. In alternative stop by just to get free stickers and a map!  
COTY Fundraiser Table
In front of Computer Bug
91 Main Street

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The COTY Youth Center of North Adams is having a fundraiser Thursday evening, in conjunction with the kick-off of DownStreet Art. Stop by their information booth in front of the Computer Bug to pick up a flyer for Papa Gino’s (36 American Legion Dr.). Thursday night only, Papa Gino’s will be giving twenty percent of all sales (excluding delivery orders) to the COTY center to help support future programming for youth. 


Alchemy Initiative
In front of Hoosac Bank
93 Main Street

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We are so happy to have our friends from Alchemy Initiative joining us on Thursday night! Alchemy Initiative builds community by providing a forum for food and farming, art and music, health and healing and sustainable living. They aspire to educate and engage our community to communicate, collaborate and create. Check out their seed bombing act at DownStreet Art!


Parklet Info Center
In front of Atef
101 Main Street

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Imagining North Adams is a festival of images, ideas, and initiatives with a placemaking mission. Through artwork and participatory events, the festival invites participants to imagine cities in general — and this city in particular — as a canvas for our daily lives. Make sure to check them out and get involved!


Get your passport at any of the DownStreet Art galleries, collect the stars, and claim the specials at businesses in Downtown North Adams through October 31,2012!

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