August 30, 2018

 The Dog Days of DSA

Featuring: community creations, opening celebrations, music, and performances.

This month’s theme, “Dog Days of DSA,” will include dog-friendly and dog-themed events throughout the evening. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend with their humans.


“From the opening of the Museum of Dog, to this year’s dog-themed Fall Foliage Parade, it seems like North Adams is truly embracing all things dog. This month, DownStreet Art is joining in with special dog-themed activities,” said Michelle Daly, BCRC director.

Community Creations

5-8pm: Holden St. Creativity Zone


North Adams Truth Project: What’s your truth?

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Opportunities to add to the project, inspired by the works of Jenny Holzer on view in MASS MoCA’s Building 6  will be available as part of DSA Thursday events all season.

“North Adams Truth” will be on display in the windows of 65 Main St. Aa a community engagement project of MASS MoCA in collaboration with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC), the works on display were created at community events this spring.

Project ‘Dogsign’ – a dog fashion challenge and runway event.

See how community designers and their dogs ‘make it work’ in this not to be missed event


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but is it pawssible to design dognified apparal? Well we have the opportunity for you and your pooch! Participants will get 1 hour to design and create a pawsh outfit for their pup.  Following the dogsign process, humans will show off their outfits in a fashion show judged by community members. The amount of appaws will influence judging, but not be the sole determining factor for winners.

Interactive activities for the young and the young-at-heart

Get those creative juices flowing! We’ll have community and volunteer led activities for you to create (or relax on) some unique works of art.

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Downstreet Art Magic Box – Ashland Street Project Space, 50 Ashland St.


explore the magic of a dark room with very little light… you should see it.

Ashland Street Project Space is a semi-private office for soft-boiled, which is a small, independent publisher, as all as a studio for a visual artist and creative placemaker, Ashley Strazzinski. It will also serve as a community flex-space. A place where people can come together, hang out, have conversations, and get inspired.

Painted Piano Project – in front of MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St.


Sweet Toon, by Danny-O 

The county-wide painted piano project may have come to a close – but we’re still creating music on Main St. Come on down and play a sweet tune on our sweet toon. This month we’ll have a set from local musician Jacob Fennell.


5pm                          HILL HAINTS

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Hill Haints formed in the fall of 2014, when E.S. Cormac returned from his second tour in Afghanistan, and met local musicians Katlyn Celentano from Adams, MA, and North Adams own Caleb Miner.  After Cormac moved back to Albany, NY the trio gained Pittsfield native Jon Hanson, and switched in Skip Piper on drums when Miner left.

This four-piece blends proto-punk, post-punk, and noise rock sounds into an unrelenting swell of driving beats, fuzz bass, and interwoven guitars running through melodies that push boundaries of genre.

The lyrics to their songs recall the desperation of ‘Rust Belt’ living, and give voice to, or lament murdered transgender sex workers, refugees, and those living in conflict areas.

Hill Haints perform blistering nonstop sets, which move seamlessly between songs.

The band currently is playing out and touring in support of their new E.P. Carcinogen, available from Banshee Records.

6pm               Daniel O’Connell 

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With a background in music, I combine notes and rhythm to make songs happen with instruments. My voice sounds like someone talking loudly, but with melody too. From NY, I have two sisters, my favorite emotion is confusion, my favorite fruit is the tangerine. Peace, love, and tangerines.


7pm                         Tyra Nurmi


Tyra is a alternative R&B singer/ songwriter with an influence of soul. She hopes to inspire others by conveying a positive message.

Opening Celebrations

Bark ‘n Cat – 28 Holden St.

namazing pets – a collection of our community’s pets


See our Gallery of your pets in the shop! Bring your dog and yourselves for refreshments and to be part of our Down Street Art project!

MCLA Gallery 51 – 51 Main Street 

“The work in SHEL•TER will ask the viewer to consider different connections and interpretations to the meaning of shelter. My hope is that the work will promote intellectual and emotional engagement between the viewer and the exhibition”

– Arthur De Bow, MCLA Gallery 51 curator.

A_New_Fall_17_StephanieCollectively, the 19 regional and national artists of SHEL•TER present their work as a response to the multitude of conceptual, physical, emotional, political, and social interpretations of shelter.
Exhibiting Artists: William Archer, Deborah Bouchette, Doug Breault, Valerie Carrigan, Laura Christensen, Michelle Daly , Julia Dixon, Peter Dudek, Mar Goman, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Melanie Mowinski, Linda and Opie O’Brien, Sara Farrell Okamura, Thomas Orr, Stacey Piwinski, Jackie Sedlock, Stephanie Serpick, and Max Spitzer

Window Exhibition @49 Main – 49 Main Street 

Fall Foliage Parade, 18×24″

Richard Haskins is a self taught Artist born in Tacoma Washington and currently residing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Grandson to the late primitive painter Herman Haskins of North Adams who achieved international fame during the 1970s, His detailed Acrylic paintings depict everyday life as seen through his minds eye. Whether a childhood memory or an current event his paintings are unique yet familiar to the viewer.

Gravity Gallery – 44 Eagle St

Craig Stowell, Love Songs – 08.11.2018 – 09.08.2018

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Craig Stockwell has shown his drawings and paintings extensively in New England and nationally including the Nielsen Gallery in Boston, The Fitchburg Museum, The Painting Center in NY, Spheris Gallery and several other venues. His work is in many permanent private and public collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 2013-14 he was awarded a Residency Fellowship at the Sharpe-Walentas Space Program in Brooklyn.

In 2015 he was awarded a Residency at Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

In 2016 he was in the Biennial exhibition at the DeCordova Museum and was published in New American Paintings 2016. His work is also currently hanging for the summer at the Berkshire Art Museum.

Also on View

Outside Gallery- 10 Ashland St.

Flat Earth by Cody Hoyt 

“The works in this show are artifacts of improvisation and abstraction based on traditional geometric structures of color and shape. Geometry is a way we can play at labeling fundamental constants in reality. Pattern is a way we can visualize the infinite. Folding pattern delineates the infinite and creates boundaries in physical space, while leaving it flat creates tension around the edges.” – Cody Hoyt

Cody Hoyt’s studio practice involves ceramic multiples, textiles, and work on paper. He has exhibited in the US and abroad, including galleries such as Patrick Parrish, R and Company, UNTITLED Art fair and Design Miami. His work has been featured in Elle Decor, Interview Magazine, Architectural Digest, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Installation Space, 49 Eagle Street 

ESCAPE FACTORY, François-Xavier de Costerd

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ESCAPE FACTORY is an installation of three video works:

For de Costerd, the questions of the human condition and the place of the artist in a capitalist society are at the heart of his practice. This body of work results from a reflection on the societal pressure of profit over human experience. The conceptual premise for this installation centers around the need for an escape from the confines of our daily existence, and the “factory” as Warhol conceived of it: a place where art workers could mass-produce images the way corporations mass-produce consumer goods.

ROOTS Teen Center – 43 Eagle St.

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ROOTS is a place where young people can explore new ideas, new forms of expression, and new experiences.

Galen Cheney Projects – 46 Eagle St.

Studio for artist Galen Cheney. Her work reflects the energy, vibrancy, and controlled chaos of the urban environment. She seeks to make muscular, uncompromising paintings that know who they are.

Artist Book Foundation – MASS MoCA Building 13, 2nd Floor

Feuerman is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture. Come celebrate her life and work in our Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery.

Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 6.07.23 PMFeuerman’s hyperrealistic human-figure sculptures express a refreshing perspective on the mundane but intensely personal activities of modern life. Her powers of observation and versatility find unique expression through various materials that include marble, bronze, and painted resins, while she incorporates both ancient and contemporary methods in the creation of her works. These sculptures offer the viewer a gorgeous and shimmering glimpse at transitory, contemplative moments in time, often captured in a veil of clear resin that replicates tumbling water droplets.

The Berkshire Art Museum – 159 East Main St.

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FACULTY-ARTISTS FROM NEW ENGLAND COLLEGES – Art departments are very important, and BAM wants to demonstrate the quality of artists who are also involved in helping the next generation. Also on view: “The Next Generation: Jeanne Jalandoni,” “Edwardian Era Fashion: Collection of Greg Lafave,” and selections from the permanent collection.

One Country One Game: A Celebration of Baseball

66 Main St – $5 admission if 16 or older


Art from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, artifacts from the Red Sox and local memorabilia – this exhibit tells us how baseball brings America together.

Museum of Dog 

55 Union St., $5 adults, $1 children

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A tribute to dogs everywhere. Current exhibitions include work from the collection of David York along with the photography of Jesse Freidin, and the Daisy Exhibit.

Eclipse Mill – 243 Union St.

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Artists: Wayne Hopkins and Cathy Wysoki

Painting and sculpture that push figuration into strange territories.

August 1- September 3, 2018

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10 AM -5 PM

Ferrin Contemporary – MASS MOCA Building 13, 1st Floor

Del balcón is a solo exhibition of new work by Cristina Córdova, featuring large and small figurative sculptures exploring the relationship between the human and geographic connections within her native Puerto Rican landscape.



Working directly from the human form, Córdova’s hand builds often life-size ceramic figures that gaze at, or through the viewer, asking them to consider what’s behind the eyes. A reference to landscape, both large and small, is introduced, creating tropical tableaux for the figure to reside within. Del balcón, comes on the heals of a large solo exhibition at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum in Alfred, N.Y., in early 2018 where director Wayne Higby notes, “Cristina’s figurative work has established her as one of the preeminent ceramic artists of her generation. Her work renders the figure as a mysterious, sensual force of compelling urgency. Her masterful use of the ceramic medium empowers her work with a mesmerizing, at times uncanny presence.”

Cynthia-Reeves, 1315 MASSMoCA Way, (Building 13, 1st floor)


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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents a two-person photography show entitled Liminal featuring the work of German photographer Georg Küttinger and Vancouver-based artist David Burdeny.  Both have gone to remote parts of the world to document interstitial visual moments:  seashore to land, waterfall to pool, roadbed to mountainside, harbor waters to cityscape. In each there is a sense of time suspended, awaiting a luff of wind to riffle the water’s still surface, the thunderous cascades of water tumbling into the river below.

ROAM Gallery, 1230 MASS MoCA Way (Building 1, 3rd Floor)


ROAM: A XTINA PARKS GALLERY brings the world of wildlife, nature, adventure, and ongoing conservation efforts to New England. Located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains, on the campus of MASS MoCA, the gallery will increase awareness of the global efforts being made by nature and wildlife photographers, and organizations that work to protect habitats and endangered wildlife.

Founded by wildlife photographer and emerging conservationist Chrystina (Xtina) Geagan Parks, a portion of all gallery sales will be donated to two organizations we believe make a huge difference in helping protect wildlife around the world: WildAid and the African Wildlife Foundation.


Drag Night with Weekend Warriors Entertainment

8pm – ?

MASS MoCA’s summer fun spot promises frothy beverages, riverside regulars, and friendly new faces when we fire up The Chalet, Oh, Canada artist Dean Baldwin’s sculpture-turned-river-side-beer-garden for just one night each week. Summer’s most precious memories happen here — in the midst of the museum, to the hum of local music, under the Berkshire stars. The bar opens at 5:30pm; events begin around 8pm.

Get your dollars bills out honey! Fresh off their summer drag race across the Berkshires, these queens are fierce, glamourous, and are down to get serious on our dance floor. We can’t think of a better sashay away to summer!

The Secret Life of Pets
At Dusk

Join us in the park for our 2nd Annual Movies Under the Stars summer series in Colegrove Park, North Adams. This monthly movie series coincides with the Downstreet Art nights on the LAST Thursday of the month from June through September.

All movies are free and open to the public. This year’s theme is the “Year of the Dog.” All movies are family-friendly.