Martha Flood Design Studio Open for DSA Thursday!

Martha Flood Design Studio

38 Eagle Street
On DownStreet Art Thursday 8/28, Martha Flood will open her private studio to the public. She will debut “King Alfred’s Cake”, her newest Woodland fabric. The abstract arrangement of Moss, Lichen, Bark, Snow and “King Alfred’s Cakes” Fungi, has just been printed. It’s now the 17th fabric of “The Woodlands Collection”! Martha’s New England inspired textures and patterns are digitally printed upholstery-weight fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles.


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Jarvis Rockwell “Wall Drawings” debuting at CONcourse Gallery

Jarvis Rockwell

Wall Drawings

CONcourse Gallery

Opening August 28


Jarvis Rockwell is the eldest son of famed illustrator Norman Rockwell. He is an artist as well as a collector of toys, knick knacks, googley eyes and other intricate objects. Known for his large-scale toy installations and wall drawings, Rockwell will be creating two 3-dimensional wall drawings that will debut as part of DownStreet Art Thursday 8/28 outside CONcourse Gallery at 85 Main Street.

His installations include hand drawn illustrations and miniature toy figures. His work is an exploration of life after death, “What happens to our soul? Where does it go and what does it do,” asks Rockwell. He believes that the human body is simply a shell that holds our inner spirit. His wall drawings are his interpretation of a place between earth and heaven when we die – a transitional space where our souls are floating up to a grander reality.

Rockwell uses miniature figurines as “smaller distortions” of human beings. He juxtaposes three dimensional sculptures with two dimensional drawings to present a realm that is in-between reality and fantasy. Rockwell explains, “Death is the sloughing off of the three dimensional.” By doing so, he hopes to provoke his viewer to question themselves about the place their souls will go after they depart.

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Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan at CONcourse Gallery

Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan

Worms Under My Skin

CONcourse Gallery

On view August 28 – September 25


“I began working on “Worms Under My Skin” in January of 2014. I began by making forms that reference the body and anxieties, phobias and joys that surround it. Such anxieties could relate to age, weight, athletic ability, beauty or lack thereof, etc. The kinds of joys I think about when making my work relate to animal tendencies and even subversive feelings and behaviors.

The work is part of my continued exploration of “jouissance” as it is used by Julia Kristeva in The Powers of Horror: an Essay on Abjection. My understanding is that Kristeva sees “jouissance” as a delightful and horrifying effect of abjection. I experience seemingly contradictory feelings related to my body on a daily basis. I have historically crippling food anxiety, but I delight in how I feel when I eat. I hate that my body often dictates my actions because of how it feels, yet I love to feel like an impulsive animal in my body. I suspect that my experiences and not rare, but are, rather, culturally shared.

While exploring forms that speak to such a “jouissance”, I thought of a storefront space as ideal for exhibiting the work. Storefront spaces are public, and I’m grappling with culturally shared anxieties and joys having to do with being in a body. I also like that a storefront space is like a three-dimensional canvas, and my installations are more like immersive paintings or drawings than they are like sculptures.

I feel that now is an especially good time to acknowledge the body’s weaknesses as we as a culture confront obesity, eating disorders and the looming fear of cancer. Now is also a good time to delight in my body, with all of its weaknesses, because every time is good for that.

The work consists of small cut paper figures, drawn with black ink, and black fabric figures. Some paper figures are as small as one inch in their longest dimension, while others are twelve inches in their longest. Soft sculptures play with the cut paper figures. I arrange the figures, paper and fabric, in a way that speaks to the surroundings. I want the affect of my work to be uncomfortable and a little overwhelming.”

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Art About Town at DownStreet Art 8/28!

Art About Town

Crosswalk About Project


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Although the Crosswalk About Project was rained out last DSA Thursday, Art About Town will be back in full swing for DSA Thursday 8/28!

Led by artist Phil Sellars and organized by artists and community members, the Crosswalkabout Project is a public art initiative that encourages community engagement through art. The project invites all participants to help repaint the crosswalks of North Adams into bright, colorful artworks! On DSA Thursday, we will be repainting half of either two crosswalks on Main Street.

Sellars said, “It takes a community to paint a crosswalk. It takes a community to make it happen. We will need people to help with various tasks. So please save the date and help make this a memorable night. Look for our tents and check in to see how you can help.”

Materials will be provided and all are welcome to pick up paint and a paint brush and participate!

And even if we have a rainy day, Art About Town will be providing chalk to to create “chalk walks”.

Dress down and get down with us from 4-9PM August 28th!


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John Michael Byrd at CONcourse Gallery

John Michael Byrd


CONcourse Gallery

On view August 28 – September 25


There will be an opening reception at CONcourse Gallery August 28 from 6-9PM and a closing reception on september 25 from 6-9PM. 

“Painting and drawing are tools with extraordinary revelatory power, picking up where words often fall short. They help to tackle the past and divine the future. My aim, as a painter, is to act as an archivist; merging the spheres of internal desire and external demands.

Growing up: my childhood in South Louisiana was an amalgamation of bad TV, Bible verses and strong Southern women – a gulf between decadence and repression. I eventually left that milieu, stronger, more aware, and with a lifetime of characters and experiences in tow. But somehow, it has never left me. And though my childhood doesn’t define me, it and the residual emotional stains certainly inform my life as an artist.

In practice, I avoid live models. I select imagery for my drawings from an archive I have amassed that enables me to categorize my sources. I then work to deconstruct the imagery in a manner that fosters new content. I begin to draw, connecting threads, fragment to fragment. And, through this collapsing of original context, I create new dialog and a more clarified reality.

By working from pre-existing images, I find the resultant paintings suggest a more compounded, complex narrative without being shackled to the original framing of the subject. My mode of re-contextualization empowers the viewer to interpret them more symbolically and metaphorically. This allows for greater charity within deviations of initial context and more variety of visual representation of the painted figure.The often charged nature of my source material hints at our innate need and capacity for catharsis. I use this dissolution of boundaries, as a conceptual tool, to remind my viewers that in order to restore humanity, we must first acknowledge and define objectification within the body/mind dichotomy.

My current paintings are an attempt to resolve the confrontation of the artificial and the real. And, I do this with the anticipation of mitigating some of the damage inflicted by learned shame and hindered exposure to a genuine, self-derived identity.”


John Michael holds a MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is also an alumnus of Louisiana State University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. He is primarily a painter, but also has worked in drawing, video, objects, performance and printmaking. John Michael’s work has been featured in numerous regional and national exhibitions and competitions. Also, he has been awarded several grants and scholarships including the J. Kenneth Edmiston Memorial Scholarship and the Carl M. Thorp Memorial Art Scholarship. John Michael is currently an Adjunct Instructor at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

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Programming for DownStreet Art Thursday July 31, 2014 from 6-9 PM

Gallery Exhibitions, Pop-Up Performances and Community Events!

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Mural Unveiling 6:15 PM 
Veterans’ Memorial Bridge (Route 2 Overpass)
St. Anthony’s Drive
“Circumnavigate Through” by Corwin Levi

Art About Town presents their Crosswalkabout Project 4-9 PM

Led by Phil Sellars, Art About Town invites the North Adams community to help transform the crosswalks of Main Street into bright, colorful art works. There will be two different set up stations, paint and paint brushes will be provided.

Artist Talk with Nava Atlas 5:30 PM
Join the artist in an intimate open discussion about artwork and process.
Questions by audience welcomed.

DownStreet Art Trolley 6-9 PM
Our trolley will run on an art loop starting at MASS MoCA in front of Independent Art Projects, and stopping at Gallery 51, the Rudd Art Museum, Corwin Levi’s mural and past DownStreet Art Murals.

Jarvis Rockwell: Work in Progress 6-9 PM
Stop by CONcourse Gallery at 85 Main Street to see Jarvis Rockwell working on his new wall drawing, debuting next DownStreet Art Thursday August 25th.

Alex Torres and the Latin Jazz Sextet

An original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.
in front of Berkshire Bank
37 Main Street

Mark Alexander and his Mortal Beasts & Deities 
A special blend of Controlled Mayhem and Earnest Frivolity with a trio of Splendiferous Stilt Dancers!

Kimono Dragons
Prepare yourselves for the Kimono Dragons approach. Built4BBQ’s newest supergroup… features folks you know and love from Charmboy, The Pistolwhips, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Alta Mira and the Rattling Baddlies, combining forces into a furious, four-headed surf-rock monster. Knees will tremble and faces will melt in their wake.

Leap the Dips
An all-original indie/alternative band from the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.

And the Kids
Playing what they call accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music, their fierce infectious harmonies, tight and unique grooves and songwriting will surely catch your attention.

Open Studios

William Oberst Studio
16 Holden Street

Martha Flood Design Studio
38 Eagle Street
Martha Flood Design debuts Factory Fresh “Harlow Eco-Totes” and announces a new collaboration with Dream Green USA in the production of Artists Collection Eco-Fabric decorative pillows, wall décor and bags.


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Early Receptions
Adams Community Bank Gallery
31 Eagle Street
Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM, Sat 10AM-12PM
Hinterland by Chelsea Neveau
*Reception July 31st from 2-5 PM

MountainOne Bank Gallery
Elements by Ian Grey
93 Main Street
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30-4PM, Thurs 8:30-5PM, Sat 8:30-12PM
*Reception July 31st from 5-6 PM

Exhibition Openings

*All Receptions 6-9 PM

Grand Opening!
Independent Art Projects
Tanya Marcuse, Christopher Russell, and Shuli Sade
1315 MASS MoCA Way
Open daily 12-7PM

NAACO Gallery
33 Main Street
Mon-Sat 11-6PM, Sun 11-4PM

PRESS Gallery: Letterpress as Public Art Project
Nature as Medicine, Nature as Companion by Jaoek Lee and Erika Radich
49 Main Street
Open daily 10-6PM

MCLA Gallery 51
Split / Level by Julia Morgan-Leamon
51 Main Street
Open daily 10-6PM

CONcourse Gallery
Illusions by Julia Forrest
85 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6PM, Sat 10-6PM, Sun 10-4PM

DIScourse Gallery A
Read Me: Artist’s Books, Altered Books, and Related Installations by Nava Atlas
85 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6PM, Sat 10-6PM, Sun 10-4PM

DIScourse Gallery B
A Desire to Memorialize by Monica Chulewicz
85 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6PM, Sat 10-6PM, Sun 10-4PM

Gallery 107
The Vital Flux, a group exhibition showcasing the work of six different artists
Curated by Angela McQuillan
107 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6PM, Sat 10-6PM, Sun 10-4PM

Berkshire Eagle Window Installation
85 Main Street
Exhibiting the work of Andrew Amelinckx

Rudd Art Museum
159 E. Main Street
Thurs-Sun 12-5PM
On view until September 15: Figuring In
Opening 7/31: Viola Moriarty (1958-2013)


July DownStreet Art Thursday

Don’t forget every last Thursday of the month is a DownStreet Art Thursday! Mark your calendars for July 31st from 6-9PM and come DownStreet for art openings, mural unveilings and performances!

July features new gallery exhibitions including

Independent Art Projects: Works by Tanya Marcuse, Christopher Russell, Shuli Sade, and Steve Lee Young

PRESS Gallery: Nature as Medicine, Nature as Companion by Jaoek Lee and Erika Radich

Gallery 51: Split / Level by Julia Morgan-Leamon

CONcourse Gallery: Illusion by Julia Forrest

DIScourse Gallery A: Read Me: Artists’ Books, Altered Books and Related Installations by Nava Atlas

DIScourse Gallery B: A Desire to Memorialize by Monica Chulewicz

Gallery 107: The Vital Flux curated by Angela McQuillan

MountainONE Bank Gallery: Welcome to North Adams by Ian Grey

Berkshire Bank Gallery: The work of Jen Huberdeau


We will also be unveiling the work of Corwin Levi. He will be creating a large-scale mural on Veterans’ Memorial Bridge (Route 2 Overpass) on St. Anthony’s Drive.