For the month of October, DownStreet Art falls on Thursday the 31st and presents to you Fright Night! An evening filled with amazing gallery openings, spooktacular musical performances, and ghoulish activities people of all ages can enjoy from 5-8pm.
Hearkening the end to a phenomenal season, Ryder Cooley opens her show REWILDERMENT : Passing Through the Veil Between Worlds at MCLA Gallery 51. A show of collaborative and solo works by not only Cooley, but also Sarah Falkner, and Shannon Taggart. This mixed-media exhibition explores themes of ritual, witchcraft and mediumistic practices. Viewers will be presented with a collection of evocative two and three-dimensional work including photography, video, altars and artifacts from the wunderkammers of the artists. Falkner will exhibit a selection of healing-power objects. Cooley will install a series of drawings and curios, and Taggart will exhibit excerpts from her Spirit Photography series.
Right next door, PRESS Gallery opens the exhibition for Datum Chronicle by distinguished book artist, Tara O’Brien. An accomplished book artist, her installation pieces and artist books range from contemporary structural explorations to traditional leather bound volumes. Using thread to embroider, stitch, crochet, and knit the surface of the paper, O’Brien believes that a narrative within a book can be something other than text and images. The exhibit will challenge your ideas of books, diaries, memories, and recollections, and will cause you to ask “which is more beautiful, the documentation of an event or the event itself?”
A little further down Main Street, the Transcript Gallery is hosting Gillian Jones’ Spires of North Adams : Steeple Study. ” Complimenting the Berkshire Hills, the steeples of downtown North Adams rise out of the valley reaching into the skies. These steeples are a staple in many New England towns and certainly a trademark in the City of North Adams. These church towers have witnessed history, announced historic moments, and stood the test of time.
As many of the churches they stand above are now vacant, as their initial purpose has changed, the question of their preservation, as well as the buildings that supports them, now stands in question.”
Gallery 107 joins in the festivities as well by hosting art from artists involved with this year’s North Adams Open Studios.
At the Adams Community Bank on Eagle Street, Julia Morgan-Leamon opens her show, Swimming to the Other Side. “Moving between past and future we find ourselves poised at an elusive present. The new slips away as soon as it is reached. But how remarkable is this human tendency to leave the familiar for the unknown. These paintings are about the inbetween-ness of human gesture, and the vulnerability inherent in that precarious but typically human experience.”
In addition to all of these great gallery openings, you can also count on some fantastic activities as we close down Holden Street such as Day of the Dead face painting, a haunted photobooth and candy at 18 Holden Street, a Haunted Trolley from MCLA campus to downtown from 5-8pm, a Zombie Pub Crawl that leaves from Gallery 51 at 6PM, and so much more!
Plus don’t forget MCLA Presents! fifth show, the incredible performances of Ryder and her Dustbowl Faeries at Branch Gallery at 18 Holden Street, alongside dream-pop duo Shana Falana starting at 8pm.