The Dog Days of DSA

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Dog Days of DSA!

Special thanks to our four-legged friends and to our Fall Foliage co-Grand Marshall’s Seymour and Curby for making last Thursday’s DSA one for the record books.


photos by Jack Criddle

As summer moves to fall, we have one last opportunity to #getdown on September 27. Events will include: Music under the Mohawk with Pinedrop, B13 (and B1) openings and open studios with Ferrin Contemporary, Cynthia-Reeves, the Artist Book Foundation, Studios at MASS MoCA and ROAM.  The opening celebration for SPECTRUM at MCLA Gallery 51, a blacksmithing demo with Benjamin Westbrook, the return of Marafanyi meets the Mural and so much more. We love celebrating the creative, collaborative and richly diverse culture that makes our small city the #namazing place it is.


Thanks for #gettingdown


For celebrating our 10th season of DownStreet Art. 

It’s been an incredibly busy summer in North Adams and as we transition to fall with nature’s vibrant color and cool autumn nights we can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic after this #namazing summer.

For the past 10 years DownStreet Art has worked tirelessly to support the creative economy, giving opportunities to thousands of artists to exhibit, perform and sell their work. We’ve transformed the landscape downtown with colorful murals and temporary art projects. We’ve occupied storefronts, trained the next generation of arts managers and worked with artists at all stages of their careers from emerging artists displaying work for the first time to well-established artists nurturing projects, community collaborations and participatory art experiences.

Art space partners: Outside Gallery, Gravity Gallery, Berkshire Art Museum, Ferrin Contemporary, Cynthia-Reeves, Eclipse Mill Gallery, Artist Book Foundation, Studios at MASS MoCA, and MASS MoCA

Highlights this summer include:

PLUS: North Adams bike-arounds with Bike North Berkshire, Williams College Museum of Art’s Reading Room: People’s Library, Serenitea, Common Folk, PRESS pop-up sale, improvised rap by Seth Brown, 4 months of music under the Mohawk Marquee programmed by BOOM!

Good Time at Yesterday’s DSA Thursday!

Yesterday’s DownStreet Art Thursday was a joyful, late summer evening celebrating the vibrant creativity happening in the Berkshires. With music performances, visual art, new mural, community weaving and mini-flipbook making there many opportunities to #getdown on Main Street, North Adams!

Please take a look at a few sweet moments captured by Monika Sosnowski, DSA Project Assistant:

For more images please visit our Flickr page.  Enjoy!


Call for Artists

Call for Artists of Color in North-Eastern U.S.

Participate in an expanded re-performance of

Safety Pin Removal (2016) by Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sanchez

commissioned as a part of TRUST & DownStreet Art (Information below)


TRUST is looking for artists of color to join commissioned artist, Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sanchez, in re-performing Safety Pin Removal, a performance in response to the Post-Brexit, Post-Trump Election gesture of wearing a safety pin to indicate allyship with immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized people. (Read more here and hereSafety Pin Removal uses the body of the performer(s) as a site to test the limits of allyship with the public.

During the original action, Lundberg Torres Sanchez revealed to the audience a safety pin that was piercing the skin near his collar bone. He described the piercing process, and observed the audience’s winces and grimaces. After naming and rejecting their empathetic responses, Lundberg Torres Sanchez then asked them to collaborate in removing the safety pin from his skin — an act that requires collaboration, risk, trust, intimacy, and bodily contact.

The action ends when the safety pin is removed.

This remounted and expanded version, will experiment with taking the action into public space (as opposed to the theater or the gallery), research how different bodies experience performing the same action for an audience, and examine allyship between the performers themselves.



  • Must be a person of color.
  • Must be available September 9-10 to perform in North Adams, MA.
  • Must be comfortable receiving a temporary piercing through a layers of superficial skin.

(See performance documentation: 

Please e-mail with a bio, CV/resume, and short statement of interest (100 words or less.)


Looking back at July’s DSA Thursday fun!

At last week’s DownStreet Art Thursday (the second one of the 2017 season), was delightfully entertaining for all! The evening’s program showcased many interactive projects from the multi-talented Thread Ensemble creating original music in the moment with listeners’ participation to “Like Riding a Bicycle”  – an art collective – encouraging people to share their skills, tell stories and explore downtown North Adams together as a community bike ride, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Take a look at handful of fun moments captured by photographer and DSA Program Assistant Monika Sosnowski:
DSA_July_20170728_0013.jpg“I AM a Cheetah” and “I AM a Tiger”  –  two young participants in “Like Riding a Bicycle” interactive public art project using artist-made bicycle safety flags. Intended for  participants to make a positive statement about who they are, these kids added a true element of wonder in proclaiming their animal inspired alter egos.

DSA_July_20170728_0039.jpgCurrent Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Director, Michelle Daly next to founding director Jonathan Secor and Doug Rice.

DSA_July_20170728_0088Mayor Richard Alcombright with granddaughter celebrate DSA Thursday.

DSA_July_20170728_0104The multi-talented Thread Ensemble delighted listeners with original music created in the moment involving them in the creative process. (Pictured left to right: Rachel Panitch  on violin, Andria Nicodemou on vibraphone and Abigale Reisman on violin)

DSA_July_20170728_0049.jpgThread Ensemble’s interactive tools used by participating audience in making on the spot musical compositions.

DSA_July_20170728_0060.jpgArtist Kathleen Carr (right) assembling her parklet project  “Earth Loom” – temporary parks that exist in parking spaces.

DSA_July_20170728_0019The husband and wife Heart of Gold duo performing at Game On.

DSA_July_20170728_0042At Gallery 51 the opening reception for flip book artist Tom Olson. Guest curated by Corwin Levy the exhibition displayed many of Olson’s original flip books, copies to be handled, as well as short movies.

DSA_July_20170728_0089.jpgCommunity bike ride fun!

For many more images check out our Flickr page! Enjoy!

I’ll Drink to That

Opening Reception Aug. 4, 6 PM – 8 PM

on view: Aug 5 – 27


Image: mugs by Molly Cantor (left) and Dara Hartman (right)

Join the Eclipse Mill Gallery for the opening reception of ‘I’ll Drink to That‘, the latest exhibition at the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts! This group exhibition showcases unique drinking vessels by studio potters in the Berkshires and throughout the country.

Curated by Gail Sellers, Phil Sellers, and Arthur De Bow, the exhibition will feature works by more than 20 ceramic artists from Oregon and Arizona to North Adams.

‘I’ll Drink to That’ underscores the aesthetic and technical diversity of contemporary American ceramic artists that create high-end functional yet exquisite objects. The ceremonial tea bowls, wine cups, whisky glasses, steins, chowder mugs and other vessels on display will demonstrate a variety of clays, glazes, and firing processes.

The opening reception on Friday, August 4 from 6-8pm is free and open to the public. ‘I’ll Drink to That’ will be on view at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in downtown North Adams from August 5-27, 2017. The gallery will be open Thursday-Sunday from 10am-5pm and by appointment.

Celebrating 10 years of DownStreet Art 2017 Season Kickoff

Thank you North Adams and all the wonderful folks who joined us for our season kickoff! On Thursday, June 29th, downtown North Adams was abuzz with creative energy. With four art gallery openings, a variety of performances and special DSA events there was something for everyone to enjoy! Here’s a sample photo mosaic of just a few of the featured fun activities. Nimble Arts Circus’ talented ensemble riveted audiences with beautifully rendered acrobatics and amusing slapstick comedy. Pots on Wheels offered hands-on demonstrations in cup making, decorating and the joy in trading cups made by others. Artist and musician Seth Brown entertained with his on-the-spot interactive rap.

All photos © Monika Sosnowski

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the next DSA Thursday on July 27th. We are working on another exciting schedule of events!

For more photos check out our page.

DownStreet Art 2017 Announcement

Join us on June 15 at the MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St. at 10am as we announce the selected projects for DSA 2017.  We’re excited to share the many amazing projects coming to North Adams this summer. Including a new mural, pop-up parks, a high-flying circus, improvised music and many more opportunities to engage with the creative process along the way – we hope to see you this summer in North Adams.




’tis the season for Affordable Art

December 1 – 30, 2016

Opening Reception: December 1, 5-7pm

The “99 Cents Affordable Art Show” celebrates the artwork of local and previously featured artists at MCLA Gallery 51 and includes sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, postcards, collages, photography, printmaking, handmade books and stationary, and more! You’ll see several past DownStreet Art artists in the mix as well.
All artwork can be taken from the gallery when it is purchased and is priced between $1.99 and $99.99.  This year’s participants include Derick Belford, Stephanie Boyd, Kathline Carr, Valerie Carrigan, Paul Chojnowski, Carrie Converse, Arthur De Bow, Zoe Doucette, Peter Dudek, John Estes, Richard Harrington, Sarah Haze, Jennifer Huberdeau, Ellen Joffe-Halpren, Amrita Lash, Corwin Levi, Larry Lorusso, Petrea Mannello, Jonas McCaffery, Julia Morgan, Melanie Mowinski, Josh Ostraff, Wilma Rifkin and Mollie Trova.

We’re celebrating another holiday tradition with the 3rd Annual Unsilent Night North Adams. Organized by MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and Frog Pond Creative, Phil Kline will be joining us to kick off the 25th Anniversary season of Unsilent Night performances.
For the North Adams, MA edition, participants will gather in the MASS MoCA parking lot beginning at 5:15pm for distribution of a limited number of boomboxes and cassette tapes, as well as technical assistance as necessary. At 5:30pm, Phil Kline will lead the group chorus of boomboxes and other devices on a 40 minute walk, ending at MCLA Gallery 51 for the opening of the 99cent show.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own boomboxes or other sound-making devices (the louder the better!) and to prepare a cassette tape, CD, or download the mp3 or Unsilent Night app before arriving. Tracks can be downloaded or streamed at