PRESS GALLERY’S FINAL DOWNSTREET ART CELEBRATION


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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) has announced PRESS Gallery’s transition celebration will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24, as part of this year’s DownStreet Art summer season, in the PRESS: Letterpress as a Public Art Project Gallery, 49 Main St.

PRESS Gallery’s final exhibition, “Printmaking @ PRESS,” will remain on view in the gallery space. This show explores the wide variety of work that has been created in the space using the Gallery’s Vandercook or Poco press. Participating artists include PRESS founder Melanie Mowinski, Jonas McCaffery, Karen Arp-Sandel, Diane Sullivan, as well as a number of current and past MCLA students.

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The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, 6-9 p.m., in the PRESS Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The September celebration will focus on PRESS’s upcoming transition to “exPRESS,” a collaborative storefront space, home to Williamstown Film Festival’s Wind-Up Fest, IS183 Art Education Space, MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, and the latest PRESS initiative, “PRESS on the MOVE.”

The event will feature representatives from each of the exPRESS collaborators, who will be illustrating their initiatives through activities, artwork, and discussion throughout the evening.

Attendees will be asked to submit answers to the question, “What should BCRC do for you?” The public is invited to contribute their thoughts about how they would like this new space to enhance the creative community through an anonymous suggestion box.

Wind-Up Fest, Williamstown Film Festival 2.0,  which will take place from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 18, will shift the focus to world-class documentary films and their makers, while re-envisioning the festival as a celebration of nonfiction in all of its forms in a truly northern Berkshires experience.

“As part of the exPRESS partnership, Wind-Up has a presence in both Williamstown and North Adams, broadening our reach into both communities,” according to the Film Festival’s managing director, Sandra Thomas. “Having a presence on Main Street and being one of the exPRESS partners has afforded us deeper connections with MCLA staff and students, along with the greater community.”

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will offer courses at the exPRESS location, giving residents of the Northern Berkshires and beyond opportunities to engage in a sustained, hands-on experience in the visual arts.

Upcoming in October at exPRESS are after-school classes for youth ages 5 to 10, starting Friday, Oct. 2.  A weekend workshop introduction class, “Paper Collage Primer,” will take place on Oct. 3 and 4, taught by North Adams resident Anne Roecklein. Visit IS183.org for more information.

PRESS on the Move is a mobile printmaking program that spreads awareness of the traditional letterpress medium in the form of a small platen printing press, mounted on a wheeled cart. It will be unveiled at the Sept. 24 DownStreet Art celebration.

The BCRC will begin a new initiative as it collects information from and becomes a resource for local artists and arts managers. While it continues to run its multiple programs, BCRC aims to build a database of area artists and to facilitate the needs of our local artist community.

PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project is located at 49 Main Street, in North Adams, MA.  We are a hybrid public art space as a gallery, studio and teaching lab. PRESS is open most days from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Learn more about the project atwww.letterpressasapublicartproject.wordpress.com,or follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/letterPRESSaspublicartproject. E-mail us at letterpress105@gmail.comto schedule a visit, find out more information or learn when our next workshop will be.

An initiative of MCLA’s BCRC, DownStreet Art (DSA) is a public art project designed to revitalize North Adams. By harnessing existing art organizations and events and transforming vacant and open spaces into art destinations, DownStreet Art defines North Adams as a cultural haven, driving tourists and community members.

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