Downtown North Adams: 5-8pm
Our monthly gallery-walk-meets-street-party is back with new works in the galleries, new community events, and new collaborative ventures.
This month many of our galleries and projects feature the figurative form. In recognition this month’s theme is the everyBODY – and we invite all of you to #getdown with us see figurative and non-figurative works in our galleries and museums, and move your body to music from Melanie Glenn, Jake Klar and Humble Digs.
Featuring: community creations, opening celebrations, music, surprise performances and more.
5-8pm: Holden St. Creativity Zone Featuring:
North Adams Truth Project: What’s your truth?
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.
Dirty Pour Paint Project with Arts in Recovery
Come join Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) at Downstreet Art. Make a “Dirty Pour” painting with our teen artists. Learn about our unique expressive arts program for youth suicide prevention. Donate to the program and receive a t-shirt or mug with original art! Free and open to all ages.
Show us your best side. Bttr Booths will be onsite with all the props needed to make your images sparkle. Look for our trust DSA frame as well.
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.
Performances & Interactive Projects
Come and put a bird on it!
TESSELATIONS – COMMUNITY PAINTED SIDEWALK MURAL
Help us create the next mural on Main Street!
Main Street near Marshall Street
Anthony Merino will layout a pattern of interlocking birds. Then members of the public will have the opportunity to fill one of the sections with whatever design or image they choose.
Come play games, read books, draw pictures, etc. in a LARGE! winding blanket fort at Ashland Street Project Space, 50 Ashland St.
“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.”
Common Folk Art Tag Sale
“We are having a pop up art/tag sale for DownStreet Art!
Art, clothing, household items, instruments, and more!
We received a lot of donations for the Pop Up Shop for Puerto Rico that we didn’t sell yet, so some of the proceeds will be benefiting hurricane relief efforts. And of course, art sales benefit local artists and your favorite artist collective.”
Music on Eagle St. (at the pocket park)
Tiny Busking Station – Stay for some tunes or play some of your own. A tiny busking station will be set up for you on Eagle Street. Enjoy the newly installed parklet, one of the Eagle Street Initiative improvements coming to Eagle Street this summer.
3-8pm River Street Art Project – 102 River Street
The Energy Healing Project – During August and September artist Suran Song will be offering free private energy healing sessions at the River Street Art Project. The Energy Healing Project is an experiential yogic art to create a collection of healing images of positive communal mental states. Each participant’s session and resultant portrait is rooted in wishing health, happiness, and freedom to all beings, without exception. Energy Body Portraits of previous participants are currently displayed at the . The gallery will be open during Downstreet Art in July to view these portraits and to sign up for energy healing sessions with the artist in August and September.
Painted Piano Projects
14 pianos decorated by 14 artists on display around Berkshire County: July 18 – August 25. Panels from each piano will be at live auction August 26 at Berkshire Music School.
Sweet Toon, by Danny-O | Sprach Zarathustra, by Keith Bona
Known to many as the title of the music score to the movie 2001 Space Oddesey, Sprach Zarathustra is dedicated to the late Berkshire 1st District State Rep. Gail Carridi, who passed away in 2017. This piano will be on display at the library until its auction in August. The design includes nine galaxies, the same number of communities she served.
Music on Main St.
IN FRONT OF 37 MAIN STREET (BERKSHIRE BANK)
5pm Melanie Glenn
A singer songwriter that has roamed from Rochester, NY to the Hudson Valley and now lives in a lovely western Mass. town, North Adams. She’s been writing songs for a 7-piece band (Upstate Rubdown) for the past 6 years and has just begun breaking away and reconnecting to her inner singer songwriter. She brings a soft and soothing indie folk sound to your ears while also widening your eyes with raw, soulful moments within her set of originals and a few covers.
6pm Jake Klar
6:30pm Found Sound Nation. – Design Lab, 49 Main St.
In collaboration with Bang on A Can, student musicians create original compositions as create new works in small ensembles that examine performance as creation rather than replication.
7pm Humble Digs
“Humble Digs has captured the electricity and mystery of love, of loving someone who seems to shadow you, who you have no choice but to look up to.” – Digital Wheat Paste
Songwriter Jake Slater flexes his narrative chops with deftly painted vignettes of emotional upheaval, toxic friendships, and post-adolescent self-deprecation. His and George Condon’s guitars bounce and twirl around each other like a pair of dueling hawks, while drummer Henry Condon and bassist Riley Feeney carve twisting canyons with jazz-inflected grooves.
7:30pm Painted Piano performance by Becky Waterhouse
In front of Design Lab, 49 Main St.
Keep the party going, with afterparty celebrations from our friends at MASS MoCA and the City of North Adams!
8pm Take me to the River: The Chalet @MASS MoCA
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.
Its all FREE~ except the beer.
Movies under the stars at Colegrove Park: Beethoven
Movie begins at dusk
Join us in the park for our 2nd Annual Movies Under the Stars summer series in Colegrove Park, North Adams. All movies are free and open to the public. This year’s theme is the “Year of the Dog.” All movies are family-friendly.
Artist Book Foundation – MASS MoCA Building 13, 2nd Floor – 5-7pm
Reception and Book Signing with Carole A. Feuerman
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.
Feuerman’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.
Ferrin Contemporary – MASS MOCA Building 13, 1st Floor – 5-7pm
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.
Cristina Córdova, “Jungla” 2017, photographic polyptych, ceramic, resin, metal, paper, glass, plastic, wood, 78 x 18″. photo: Brian Oglesbee
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.”
MCLA Gallery 51 – 51 Main Street – 5-8pm
Charles Giuliano: Heads and Tales – a retrospective exhibition of photographs from the artist’s four decades as a journalist and arts critic, will open on Thursday, July 26.
In addition, Giuliano will present an artist talk on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., which also is free and open to the public.
“Charles Giuliano: Heads and Tales” focuses on all aspects of the arts – from music to the fine arts and theatre. “By selecting images that engage with the persona of the subject, and that display strong formal qualities, this exhibition makes a case for photojournalism as an art form,” said Arthur De Bow, curator of MCLA Gallery 51.
According to Giuliano, the exhibit revisits decisive moments, and connects the dots of what came to be a singular approach to content and style throughout his career: his ability to get close to and engage the subject during one-on-one interviews and through telephoto concert shots.
Window Exhibition @49 Main – 49 Main Street – 5-8pm
Infinite Quandary, 18×24″ oil and monoprint on paper
Sara Okamura: What Happens in Washington, Happens in North Adams, Recent Additions to the Inflicted Anxiety Project, is an ongoing body of work reflecting on the lunacy of unremitting violence, be it the consequences of organized brute force (war), systematic racism or the brutality of greed. This recent addition to this project is a series of portraits that are metaphors for the enablers who provide the support for these inhumane policies whether they are attacks on the meager healthcare system and housing or children being detained in crates. These constant assaults greatly affect the city of North Adams since its population is composed of elderly, middle and low-income families. Their health benefits, housing, social security and education, are being assaulted transforming their quality of life. What happens in Washington happens in North Adams.
Installation Space, 49 Eagle Street – 5-8pm
Opening Celebration: ESCAPE FACTORY, François-Xavier de Costerd
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.
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.
Gravity Gallery – 44 Eagle St
Landscape for Lovers by Nina Rizzo, on view through July 28, 2018
Rizzo’s paintings are equal part fact and fiction. Using her direct experience with a place, event or object as a catalyst, she abstracts, invents and explores new realities in painted space and form. Rizzo imagines places unseen or hybrid spaces, creating a world that is full of wonder and possibility. Her use of exaggerated color, fluid brush strokes, and spatial ambiguities reveal sensual environments where interiors and exteriors collide and our notion of reality is questioned.
ROOTS Teen Center – 43 Eagle St.
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.
Makers Mill – 73 Main St.
Makers’ Mill is a creative space that builds community and fosters new learning opportunities around a shared passion for making. Featuring artist, Ann Scott with hand-dyed Shibori pieces in our display window on Main St. North Adams.
Mohawk Theater – 111 Main St.
Durbin and Hilliard: A Duet at the Mohawk, by Brian Trelegan uses the first movie played at the Theater in 1938, That Certain Age, as inspiration and source material for his work. Constructed to replicate a shearer sound cabinet, Trelegan has created for DownStreet Art a work which combines North Adams past and present.
The Berkshire Art Museum – 159 East Main St. (5:00-7:00pm)
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
Photo: “Willie Foster and Young Fans” by Kadir Nelson
Art from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, artifacts from the Red Sox and local memorabilia – this exhibit tells us how baseball brings America together.
Burnham Gold Gallery at 33 Main St.
Dots and Pools, by Sarah Sutro
‘Balancing Thoughts’, Acrylic + Indigo on canvas, 20″x16″, 2015
“Dots and Pools”, paintings and drawings by Sara Sutro. “Black dots overlapping pools of acrylic color swirl and cascade through an indeterminate space. Imagined landscapes express energies on the move, where forces collide, overlap and whirl. I began these paintings and drawings at a residency in Montenegro, where the water is a crystal blue, and sunlight illuminates brilliant colors”
Museum of Dog (5:00 – 7:00pm)
55 Union St., $5 adults, $1 children
Photograph by Jesse Freidin
A tribute to dogs everywhere. Current exhibitions include work from the collection fo David York along with the photography of Jesse Freidin, and the Daisy Exhibit.
Eclipse Mill – 243 Union St.
Home to 40 live/work artist studios, the eclipse mill also features River Hill Pottery, Eclipse Mill Gallery, and Brill Gallery.
Cynthia-Reeves, 1315 MASSMoCA Way, (Building 13, 1st floor)
Recent Work, Doug Trump, through July 28
Doug Trump consistently pursues a unique visual language, combining quick, gestural marks with broad swaths of paint, continuously layering and, at times, sanding back into those layers to create an archeological quality to the works. The strength of his composition is derived from an association with architectural and landscape elements, as well as the figure: clear horizontals and verticals, intentionally broken by definitive brushwork. Because the strong frameworks of these compositions are interrupted, there is always a portal through which the viewer can tease out his own narrative – a jazz-like storyline that underpins every painting.
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.