Join us as we kick off DownStreet Art 2018 on Thursday, June 28 from 5-8pm.
DownStreet Art returns for our 11th Season of bringing art and culture to the streets of North Adams. The theme for June is COLOR and we’ll be literally and figuratively painting our small city and invite you to join us.
*Dress as bright, loud, and sparkly as your heart desires!*
Join us as we kick off the summer with opening receptions, music, art-making, community and a few surprises.
While DownStreet Art is a festival for everyone and all are always welcome with open arms, we’d like to specifically offer a special welcome to the LGBTQIA+ community in honor of Pride Month. Please join us as we celebrate an open and inclusive North Adams!
How will you #getdown?
Holden St. – Creativity Zone
Holden Street will be closed to traffic between Main and Center street and turned into a hub of creative exploration for all.
Tiny House Tour
A tour inside “The Brodie” mobile office/studio designed and bulit right here in North Adams by B&B Micro Manufacturing Tiny Houses
image courtesy of B&B Micro Manufacturing Tiny Houses
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.
Amanda Tobin, K-12 Education Manager at MASS MoCA says, “the project invites community members to investigate various narratives about their hometown, who constructs these narratives, and ways in which to expand and/or deconstruct this narrative authority, in essence flipping the narratives from deficit-based descriptions of North Adams as a struggling community in need to asset-based stories of triumph and more honest acknowledgments of complexity.”
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 games and art-making
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.
Heard on Main St.
Head “downstreet” to hears some great tunes by local and local-ish musicians. Also, check out our newly commissioned public artwork under the Mohawk Marquee.
Under the Mohawk Marquee
In collaboration with the North Adams Exchange, DownStreet Art has commissioned a season-long sound/installation artwork installed in front of the Mohawk Theater. “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.
By incorporating the history of North Adams through his use of both contemporary and period technology Trelegan draw our attention to the social and industrial significance of North Adams past, while simultaneously reflecting, transforming and re-contextualizing this history. As a sound work and installation it also expands the public knowledge of what public art is.
In front of the Berkshire Bank, 37 Main St.
6:15 – 6:45pm Cole Bouin – is a composer, songwriter, and improvisor whose music wanders in the wilderness between folk, singer/songwriter, improvised, and contemporary classical musics.
7:00 – 8:00pm Slow Pony – is an Accordion and Tenor Banjo duo that performs music from many far (some no-longer-existing) corners of the globe. They feel passionate about studying and playing musics that are at risk of being forgotten, hoping the audience might remember the lost dances. Whether simple, complex, subdued or feverish, It is their mission to preserve the use of music as a language capable of giving voice to the trials and joys of the human experience
In front of the Design Lab, 49 Main St.
Painted Piano Project – 16 pianos, each decorated by an artist to celebrate their home community, go on display at various locations throughout the Berkshires on July 16. Get a preview at DownStreet Art.
Playing “Sweet Toon” painted for us by Danny-O.
5:00 – 5:30 – The Motta Family will show us how it’s done. Then take your turn throughout DSA and all summer long on this interactive art project sponsored by DownStreet Art in collaboration with the Berkshire Music School and Artscape.
Inside the Green, 87 Main St.
Common Folk Open Jam – folks are encouraged to watch from 5:00-6:30 or are welcome to participate in from 6:30-8pm. They will also feature artwork at the Green from current members of the 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.
The Berkshire Art Museum 159 East Main St. (6-9pm) presents their season opening with new exhibitions.
MEET the ARTISTS and CELEBRATE BERKSHIRE ART MUSEUM’S 5TH SEASON
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.
Tony Apesos, College of Art and Design, Lesley University; Juan Barboza-Gubo, Rhode Island College; Ann Bartges, University of Maine; Laura Blacklow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University; Douglas Bosch, Rhode Island College; Kevin Bubriski, Green Mountain College; Valerie Carrigan, Green Mountain College; Allana Clarke, Williams College; Jon Gitleson, Keene State College; Julie Graham, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University; Frances Hamilton, Simmons College and Mass College of Art; Elizabeth Marran, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Jennifer Moses, University of New Hampshire; Melanie Mowinski, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Andrew Mroczek, The College of Art & Design at Lesley; Maggie Nowinski, Westfield State University, Manchester Community College, Vermont College of Fine Arts; Yuan Pan, Keene State College; Jim Peters, Rhode Island School of Design; Jesse Potts, University of Maine; Katrazyna Randall, University of Maine; John Roberts, Keene State College; Greg Scheckler, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Susan Schmidt, Holy Cross in Worcester; Ben Sloat, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; Kathy Soles, Emmanuel College; Craig Stockwell, New Hampshire Institute of Art; Karen Swyler, Green Mountain College; Debra Weisberg, Boston College; Richard Whitten, Rhode Island College.
image from The Next Generation: Jeanne Jalondoni, courtesy of 6/67 Gallery
“The Next Generation: Jeanne Jalandoni,” and “Edwardian Era Fashion: Collection of Greg Lafave.”
Betty Vera, “Urban Textures”
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
Process and materials play an important role in Vera’s work.
According to Arthur De Bow, MCLA Gallery 51 curator, “Betty is fascinated by functional surfaces such as walls, floors, pavements on which human beings have left their marks – either intentionally or unwittingly. She has an amazing ability to use threads and color to render textures that may bend or tilt our perspectives, have a strong aesthetic component and are simply beautiful.”
“Fabricating my Jacquard tapestries on computerized industrial machinery has provided a wonderfully precise way to render surface detail and visual texture,” Vera said. “Weaving provides a way to ‘paint’ with dots of color that combine to render an image, as in a pointillist painting. The difference here is that the color is not applied to a surface. It is the surface. In this sense, a tapestry is both image and object.”
Danielle Klebes, Window Gallery @49 Main St.
Debuting at MCLA’s Design Lab, 49 Main Street is a new window exhibition series. This month featuring large paintings by Danielle Klebes. Klebes, a recent transplant to North Adams says of her work, “The main subjects for my artwork are people who are in a state of flux. The figures in my paintings, captured in moments of uncertainty and isolation, are close in proximity but emotionally distant.”
ROAM Gallery 230 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.
Also On View
Anne Roecklein, Scapes – on view through July 7
Seaweedscape with sand grains, 2016. Screenprint and collage on paper, 15 1/2 x 26 in.
Anne Roecklein’s Scapes invite us to contemplate our relationships with places—real, imaginary, and somewhere in between. By cutting, layering, and reconstituting discarded publications, Roecklein reanimates paper ephemera. Common vistas, facades, and content imbue her works with a sense of familiarity, but the abstracted perspectives and variations in scale belie one coherent narrative. Simultaneously everywhere and nowhere, these scapes offer a generous opportunity to consider possibilities—through imagination, desire, and reflection.
Gravity Gallery, 44 Eagle St.
Nina Rizzo, Landscape for Lovers – on view through July 10
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.
Sam Okerstrom-Lang, GLITCHE – on view through July 15
”Glitche” is an immersive installation inspired by the idea of a glitch, error, or unexpected malfunction in a system. It may be a positive new discovery or a disastrous ending. This interaction is delicate, mysterious, and exciting, and is the force that drives the linear journey of “Glitche”. Using volumetric sculpture, video projection, and sound, Samo invites the viewer to submerge their senses into this experience.
Image: Sam Okerstrom-Lang (SAMO)’s Glitche
MASS MoCA Campus
Sergei Isupov, DIRECTIONS
On view through July 22
Ferrin Contemporary presents DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov, the first exhibition in a series in which the gallery will shine focus on artists whose recent work captures a transitional moment in their creative process. The DIRECTIONS series shows results from technical experimentation and explores the development of new installation concepts.
Image: Sergei Isupov, “Sailor and Beauty,” “Partners,” “Old Story,” “Do Not Press,” “Swiftness,” “Aperitif,” “Take Breath,” and “Who Will Win” 2018, porcelain, slip, varied sizes ≈ 8 x 3.5 x 2″.
Doug Trump, Recent Work, on view 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.
Image: art by Doug Trump
The Artist Book Foundation
1327 MASS MoCA Way | Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturdays by appointment
The Artist Book Foundation is dedicated to documenting and celebrating the lives and work of artists through the richest visual presentations and most informed narratives. Preserving and sharing this artistic heritage enriches our communities and provides inspiration for current and future generations.
The Artist Book Foundation publishes, shares, and preserves artist books offering the richest visual presentations and most informed narratives of artists’ lives and work.
The Artist Book Foundation is also home to an exhibition space as part of their offices on the MassMoCA campus. Currently featured in the Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery is an exhibition of paintings by the renowned Photorealist Tom Blackwell, including his latest, “Rhinebeck Red, East Market Street,” which is on view for the first time, complementing the publication “Tom Blackwell: The Complete Works, 1970-2014”.
SHADES OF GREATNESS: Art Inspired by Negro Leagues Baseball
Image: Larry Moore, affiliated with Baseball in the Berkshires, whom assisted in the curation of this display
1040 MASS MoCA Way | Wednesday through Monday, 11am-5pm; closed Tuesday
“MASS MoCA seeks to catalyze and support the creation of new art, expose our visitors to bold visual and performing art in all stages of production, and re-invigorate the life of a region in socioeconomic need.” MASS MoCA exhibits works by many of the most important artists of today–both well known, and emerging–with a focus on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums.
Admission: Adults $20, Seniors / Veterans $18, Students with ID $12, Kids (6–16) $8, EBT / WIC Cardholders $2, Kids 5 and younger free, Museum members free
Admission to Kidspace, our child-centered gallery, is always free. For additional information, call 413-662-2111 or visit www.massmoca.org.
The Lure of the Dark Installation View Sam McKinniss Northern Lights, 2017 Oil and acrylic on canvas 96 x 84 inches Collection of Vito Schabel Cy Gavin Untitled (Bash Bish Falls), 2018 Oil and acrylic on canvas 161 x 131 inches Courtesy of the artist
Museum of Dog
55 Union St. | Monday through Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm
A tribute to dogs everywhere. Nestled in the Berkshires, just a few blocks away from one of the country’s largest contemporary art museums, MASS MoCA. The historic Quinn’s Wallpaper and Paint Store is a perfect home for the dogs and the endearing stories they have to tell. The imperfections, of the quirky building, reflect the character of the dogs who’ve found their way here. The M.O.D. family is finally together, and full of wagging tails, awaiting to share our home with you.
Photograph by Jesse Freidin
North Adams Museum of History and Science
State Park, 115 State Street, Building 5A | Open Thursday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm
The North Adams Museum of History and Science is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting North Adams’ colorful past. Exhibitions primarily focus on local history. The museum also features opportunities to engage with science, such as an interactive model of the solar system. Admission is free.
Local History, Anasazi Indian Artifacts, Architecture, Ballooning, Business and Industry, Coury’s Drive-In, Discovery Room, Downtown THEN and NOW, Early Farm Life, Everyday Life, Fire and Police, the Gift Shop, Grandma’s Attic, Immigration, Jumpers, Medical, Military, Moderne Studio, Natural Science Center, Parade of Personalities, Politics, Railroad History and Layout, Religion, Temporary Exhibit Gallery, and School Days.
Image: North Adams Museum of History and Science interior
The Chalet – Dj Elixer, Iamsam, + fudz
Image: The Chalet at MASS MoCA
Movies in the Park, 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.
The Wizard of Oz