September 28, 2017

Last chance to #getdown with DSA

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 5-8pm

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 #namzing summer. We look forward to celebrating with you all of our #namazing community achievements, and can’t wait to #getdown on September 28.

From the opening of Building 6 at MASS MoCA, citywide celebrations, new initiatives like NAX and even a visit from noted architect Frank Gehry –  North Adams is putting the Berkshires on the map in new and innovative ways – to the designation as a cultural district to a trendsetter award to being named one of ten charming towns that aren’t famous yet (but will be), we’re excited for the future of North Adams and our evolving place as part of the culture nexus of North Adams and the Berkshires.

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.

We’re incredibly proud of the work we’ve done and the recognition North Adams is receiving. We hope to see you at the last DSA Thursday of 2017, our 10th Anniversary Season. We’ve once again pulled out all the stops to deliver a wide-range of arts experiences to downtown North Adams.

Check out the great line-up:

Featured Performance:

Halloween Magic-Lantern Show


Game On | 66 Main Street|5 – 7 pm

Victorian halloween Magic-Lantern Show! America’s only 1890’s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen – the kind of boisterous show that led to the movies! Spooktacular stories like The Raven, animated comedy, and songs – all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. NPR calls it, “An incredible experience…a living national treasure!” For adults and children 6+

Official Mural Unveiling: Imaginarium


Center Street | 6:00 pm

The evening will also feature the official unveiling celebration of North Adams’ newest mural, “Imaginarium.” Special ribbon-cutting will feature the following speakers: Dick Alcombright – Mayor of North Adams, Dr. Jamie Birge – President MCLA and Michelle Daly – Director Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

“Imaginarium,” created in late August by artist Yu-Baba, is a dynamic mural has and visually added a delightful pizzazz on Center Street diagonally across from Awad’s work. “Imaginarium” depicts a young woman and a fox intertwined together among a lush cornucopia of colorful foliage.  Yu-Baba (Yulia Puhach), a native of Balarus, is a Brooklyn based muralist whose expressive and colorful work can be found across Europe and throughout the United States.

Culminating Share:

Marafanyi Meets the Mural


Center Street|7:00 pm

Center Street will be closed to traffic for “Marafanyi Meets the Mural” a special performance by Marafanyi, a pioneering drum, dance and song group founded by international musicians and teaching artists, Lara Gonzalez and Yael Shacham, with Lisa Gonzalez-Howell. For a second year, “The Ladies of Marafanyi” have been collaborating with inter-generational community members of all abilities to compose, choreograph and arrange a unique interpretation of Alla Awad’s “Justice” mural using music, dance and spoken word. Join them in front of the mural at 7:00 pm for a transporting performance.


Music under the Mohawk Marquee

Organized by BOOM – the Berkshire Organization for Original Music.


Chad Tarves | 5:00 pm

Chad Tarves, a Dalton, MA native is a new upcoming singer/songwriter. Currently working as a solo artist, Tarves plays acoustic guitar and sings heartfelt ballads. He has performed at many open mics across New England, and New York while hosting several of his own concerts.


House Sparrow | 6:00 pm

House Sparrow is a North Adams singer-songwriter, Francesca Shanks, whose primary instrument is baritone ukulele. Her band mate, Joe Adonis, plays keys, drums and sleigh bells. Shanks’ aim is to use songwriting to explore the gray areas integral to our humanity. Her songs are direct and conversational, circling around themes of nature, god, waiting, death and time: Birds swoop through words about love and divination, muddy water carries away lost innocence and the claws of a cat are ridden into the night sky.


8 Foot River | 7:00 pm

An alternative indie rock group, 8 Foot River, mixes acoustic and electric instrumentation spanning an eclectic range of hard-hitting rock and sweetly melodic indie pop songs that make up the band’s output. The richly textured instrumentation and complex compositions reveal the vulnerability, angst and emotion of the human experience. 8 Foot River is composed of songwriters Glenn Geiger (voice and guitars) and Steve Dietemann (bass), Al Bauman on drums, Steve Elling on guitar, and Ed Stein on piano and organ.

Opening Reception | Gallery 51

Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project by Setsuko Winchester


51 Main Street | 5 – 8 pm

MCLA Gallery 51 will host an opening reception for its new show “Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project” by artist Setsuko Winchester. The exhibit documents the artist’s journey to ten World War II Japanese internment camps where she created installations of traditional yellow tea bowls. According to Winchester, “My project may throw light on a discomfiting part of American history. I hope not to condemn or blame, but to help gauge where we are in this ever-evolving experiment we call ‘America.’ “

Performances & Activities

PRESS Pop-Up Sale


49 Main Street | 5 – 8 pm

Featuring works from the PRESS Archive at a one-day only reduced prices $1 – $10. Not to be missed!

Pennie Taylor | Home Nature Museum

MCLA Design Lab | 5 – 8 pm

Next door in MCLA’s Design Lab will feature “The Home Nature Museum: North Adams.” Designed by Pennie Taylor, a museum educator since 2007, this small museum pop-up full of natural history resources, is an interpretive commentary on knowledge creation and collecting. The project encourages and reflects on an urban naturalist’s artistic exploration of the city of North Adams. This exciting and informative installation will be activated and expanded by community participation.

Additional Hours: September 29 + 30

Seth Brown | Improvisational Rap


Center Street | 6:30 pm

Local humorist and writer, Seth Brown returns to perform his witty freestyle rap. Savoring the public space and motivated by audience feedback, Brown creates on the spot rap narratives to suggestions from people. The resulting humorous and rhythmic stories a are true delight.

Eco Loom Parkelet Weaving Demo Makers’ Mill


Corner of Main St. + Ashland St. | 5 – 8 pm

Maker’ Mill will host a weaving demo in their eco-loom parklet on Main Street, across form the Mohawk Theatre. Bring some fabric or greenery to weave into one of our freestanding looms that make up the enclosure of the mini park. Materials will be available onsite as well. No experience necessary, just bring your enthusiasm to the participatory community project!

The Makers’ Mill Eco-Loom parklet was created by local artists Kathline Carr and Jim Peters. The parklet invites anyone to drop in and weave a few welts into the parquet using a variety of available materials including paper, cloth and greenery.

This fun all-ages participatory art project requires no prior experience just a little curiosity and willingness to try something new. The parklet will continuously  transform throughout the summer as people weave into the earth loom structure.


Bring your bike! Sponsored by Bike North Berkshire


5 – 6:15pm
Bike decorating table will be back with the helpful bike mechanics offering free tune ups at DownStreet Art until about 6:15 pm.

The biggest (and last) ride of the season! The Downtown Bike Around meets and leaves form the St. Anthony’s parking lot at 6:30 pm and rides down Main Street and rides throughout downtown several times along the ride.

In the Galleries

Angle, Pitch  | Outside Gallery


Outside | 10 Ashland Avenue

On view at Outside Gallery, “Angle, Pitch,” a group exhibition – curated by Amie Cunat – of recent work by Victoria Haven, Graham McDougal, and Piotr Chizinski. The show focuses on three distinct approaches on how the artists present the intangible through their work. Meticulously crafted, they also offer a sense of the contemplative within their respective processes.


Robin Best: Selected Work  | Ferrin Contemporary


Ferrin Contemporary  |  1315 MASS MoCA Way

open 5 – 6 pm for DSA Thursday

At Ferrin Contemporary the focus this month is on artist Robin Best, born in Perth, Australia and currently based in Jingdezhen, China. On view are Best’s latest hand-thrown translucent vases painted by the artist with colored on-glaze xin can painting. In this work, she researched the imagery of Ulisse Aldrovandi, a 167th century Italian naturalist and regarded by many (including Comte de Buffon and Carl Linnaeus) as father of the science of natural history and was instrumental in the establishment of the Bologna Gardens.

Thomas Jackson: Emergent Behavior  |  Cynthia Reeves Gallery


Cynthia Reeves  | 1315 MASS MoCA Way

open 5 – 6 pm for DSA Thursday

CYNTHIA-REEVES presents an exhibition of prints and a site-specific installation by artist Thomas Jackson. The hovering installations featured in his ongoing series of photographs are inspired by self-organizing, “emergent” systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling sh and ocking birds. The images attempt to tap the mixture of fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the installations from unexpected materials and placing them where they seem least to belong, Jackson aims to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.

Mary Sipp Green Artist Book Foundation


Artist Book Foundation  |  1315 MASS MoCA Way

open 5 – 6 pm for DSA Thursday

On view at the Artist Book Foundation’s Loius and Susan Meisel Gallery, the work of landscape artist Mary Sipp-Green featuring recent giclee prints and giclee prints with pastels.

The Artist Book Foundation publishes, shares, and preserves artist books offering the richest visual presentations and most informed narratives of artists’ lives and work.

Also on View: DSA in Non-Traditional Spaces

Sarah Sutra | Mountain One Bank

Composite Landscapes in studio

on view during bank hours

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 Carr | Adams Community Bank


on view during bank hours

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.

Additional Activities and Partners

SereniTea – Local Cafe


Main Street  | 5 – 8 pm

SereniTea will be serving drinks and pastries on Main St.


Common Folk


Main Street  |  5 – 8 pm

Common Folk  Artist Collective is a team of artists that is working to revitalize the creative economy of North Adams, MA by exploring ways to address community needs.

Common Folk goal is to provide artists of all mediums the resources, knowledge, education, tools, support, and space to grow within their art. Members believe art is not just a form of entertainment, but can also be a catalyst for change.




Main Street  |  5 – 8 pm

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