June 29, 2017

Join us as we kick off DownStreet Art 2017 (our 10th Season!) on Thursday June 29 from 5-8pm.


DSA Thursday Performances + Activities:

Featured Performer: Nimble Circus Arts

Holden St. | Performances at 5:30 & 7:00pm

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Flipping, Flying and Fun with 
Nimble Arts’ Ruckus Circus
The magic begins when the world goes upside down and up in the air!  Juggling, aerials and acrobatics and clowning transform the stage into a playground where you can wonder, dream and be dazzled!

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Music Under the Mohawk Marquee:

Programmed by BOOM – the Berkshire Organization for Original Music.

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5 – 5:45pm – Chad Tarves, up and coming singer/songwriter from Dalton, MA

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6 – 6:45pm – Solo performance by Dane Christopher (of The Chain Letter) is a musician based in Pittsfield, MA. Guitarist and lead voice of two-piece indie/emo band The Chain Letter, signed to Sounds and Tones records.

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7 – 7:45pm – Sandy McKnight – Acoustic, melodic, energetic, eclectic original music from one of the top songwriters around.


Pop-up + Interactive Activities on Main St:

19400466_771181759729805_5032703051986503874_o5-8pm – Pots on Wheels (P.O.W!) will bring their free “make a cup take a cup” project to Main Street. POW! started the “make a cup take a cup” project in 2014, since that time they have given away thousands of cups made at venues all over the country. Make, decorate, and trade a cup for another with the POW team.

Making and using pottery is a kind of magic, exciting, thrilling, joyful and ANYONE can do it! Please give yourself permission to join the fun, please give yourself permission to join the POW family. – Sam Taylor, Founding Member 

5 – 6:15pm – Bring your bike! Bike Decorating sponsored by Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

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6:30pm – DownStreet Art Bike Around. Explore art by bike! RPface big

6:30p – Seth Brown will create freestyle rap performances at each DownStreet Art Thursday. These raps will be created spontaneously and originally, based largely on suggestions from the people inhabiting the public space of the performance at the time of said performances. This will help foment engagement on multiple levels, through rhyme, through freestyle, and through direct interaction.

“It’s the news of the streets, your views over beats, //

Philosophy that’s audibly imbued with some heat, //

And dudes may compete to get sold in the stores, //

But hip-hop has ideas as its soul and its core.”  

–Ham-STAR (Seth Brown)

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7pm The Berkshire Hills Chorus – inside the Berkshire Art Museum

The Berkshire Hills Chorus brings together women of all ages to share their very unique chord-ringing style of a cappella barbershop choral music. They perform challenging and fun music throughout the communities of Berkshire County. The members of the Berkshire Hills Chorus share a unique sisterhood and friendships that span all different ages and backgrounds.


Exhibition Openings:

Cloud Headed, guest curated by Corwin Levi | MCLA Gallery 51 | 5-8pm

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Stephanie Williams,   PETITIONARY PRAYERS (for absent grace)
Artists: Michelle Aldredge, Mark Mulherrin, Heidi Pollard, Jarvis Rockwell, Stephanie Williams, Sam Trioli, and Anna Von Mertens plus work from the collection of Jamie Franklin.

Artists offer their own mixed media visions of the view beyond our planet and how we look towards that destination. Whether people in prayer, depictions of heaven, constellations and astronomical imagery, or a more singular vision, these artist are examining both experiences beyond our daily comprehension and what investigating those experiences looks like. On view through July 19.

100 Hours in the WoodshedMCLA’s Design Lab | 5-8pm

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Fifteen Artists from across the country gather for an intense 100 hours of making. This exhibition highlights their work.

VOLUME |  Berkshire Art Museum | 6-9pm

Video Still, David Lachman ‘Kaleidopaintingcolorvideoscope Prototype’

“VOLUME” – ESCULTURAS GRANDESESCULTURAS DE MESA,VESSELSVOLUME IN MINIATURE

Two-dozen artists exhibiting – from large indoor and outdoor sculptures to sculptures on pedestals to pottery and architectural models.

Better Days Paul McMullan + Sarah Fagan | Gravity Gallery | 7-9pm


On the Campus of MASS MoCA, Building 13

Mary Sipp Green |  Artist Book Foundation

18920642_1540223499323292_467985621561692150_nBased in the bucolic Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, American painter Mary Sipp Green has a superlative ability to engage the viewer in the emotive atmosphere of her landscapes and seascapes. She achieves an ethereal, nuanced quality in her paintings that imparts a refined, inimitable serenity.

Selected Works | Ferrin Contemporary

RAYMON ELOZUA  sculptural work made of steel, glass, and ceramic from Hubris and R&D series

BOUKE de VRIES recent sculpture using re-constructed ceramic objects

SERGEI ISUPOV selected works from Erie Art Museum’s “Hidden Messages” solo exhibition

KURT WEISER new linoleum cut prints and china painted porcelain

Yechel Gagnon | Cynthia-Reeves 

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Her most recent works take her process to the next level: Gagnon uses the plywood bas-relief as a beginning point for free-form drawing directly onto the walls, elaborating the lines suggested in the sculptural work and extending them beyond the confines of the material. All at once, the wall-based objects become a nodal point of tremendous activity in the midst of fluid, gestural drawing.

Also on View:

Sarah Sutro | Mountain One Bank |

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Sarah is a North Adams painter who has focused recently on ink drawings and watermedia. She is an internationally known painter and writer whose work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. She has been a recipient and finalist for many grants and fellowships.

Bloom Town: Misa Chapell & Kathline CarrAdams Community Bank |

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A play on the phase Boom Town, an exhibition about hope, growth, beauty, and a reference to the physical and metaphysical blooming of North Adams.

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Willie Binnie / Roberta Bonisson / Panharith Ean / Kim Faler / Other Means / Lizzie Scott / Danyson Tavares

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On March 16th, the Federal Executive Branch released a budget blueprint that proposed the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

This exhibition will present responses from artists and designers within various creative fields. There are no specific requirements to each response; work on view will serve as artifacts to focus our discourse. The exhibition is not intended as a solution to the social, cultural and political problems at hand, but aims to participate in a broader conversation about the value of the arts.

Martha Flood Studio & Gallery will be open to show its collection of hand-crafted fabrics and designs.

Be Sure to Also Visit:

Makers’ Mill has something for everybody interested in hand-crafting just about anything.

Game On – Fun for all ages in this free, analog arcade / recreation center. Kiddie corner, darts, corn hole, a stage with performances, board games, table tennis, foosball and MORE!

87 Pop – local shopping with a sweet vibe. Offering vintage clothing and publications by Storey Publishing, as well as stationery by Crane & Company, as well as books by local independent publisher Tupelo Press.


New Public Art (Always On Display):

click here for a complete list of public art in North Adams.

Klaas Hübner and Andrew Schrok present Corrugarou, a sound installation on the MoCA campus that invites participants to try their hand at making their own sound through the use of the machine.

LUFTWERK, Cloudland City Steeples & Clock Tower | dusk to midnight, All Summer

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This summer, downtown lights up from dusk to midnight. MASS MoCA’s Clocktower and four church steeples that define North Adams’ skyline will be joined in a dramatically synchronized work of light art inspired by the newly re-illuminated light tower atop Mt. Greylock, with an installation by the Chicago-based collective Luftwerk. From dusk to midnight the steeples and Clocktower will broadcast — using Morse Code beacons activated in unison — the Henry David Thoreau verse Cloudland, which the poet wrote after hiking up and spending the night at the mountain summit, the highest peak in Massachusetts. “As the light increased, / I discovered around me an ocean of mist” – as though he had been shipwrecked, and was adrift in “cloudland.” Luftwerk’s new installation imagines North Adams’ steeples as lighthouses on Greylock’s shores