CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Shona Macdonald: Uncanny Valley

Independent Art Projects is pleased to announce CYNTHIA-REEVES’s midwinter exhibition Uncanny Valley, a show of innovative works on paper and paintings by New England-based artist, Shona Macdonald. Opening with a reception from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, the exhibition runs through March 29.

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Shona Macdonald, Sky on Ground, 25 x 37”, Casein on canvas, 2014

Uncanny Valley is a new series developed from 2013-2015 that explores how human intervention interrupts the landscape. Macdonald deciphers those interruptions in illustrative and figural forms: tarps covering over-wintered plants, reflectors resembling eyes, hay bales becoming teeth. Viewing the landscape for its cultural, rather than organic, geography was first explored by American writer, J. B. Jackson, (1909 – 1996), who also coined the phrase “vernacular landscape”. Macdonald seeks to visually depict the cultural geography that Jackson references and, specifically, the place where she resides, New England.

 

The artist comments, “Sometimes the places I depict are melancholic and soulless, other times they are droll. Part of how viewers can identify with these places is a sense of having been there before, or seeing something we have seen before. I want to show them back to the viewer: to represent them as a way to establish a sense of belonging.”

About the artist

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Shona Macdonald received a Masters in Fine Art at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1996, and a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1992. An Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Studio Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Macdonald has been a Visiting Artist at over forty institutions, including Wimbledon College of Art, London, (1998), Georgia State University, Atlanta, (2007), Cornell University (2006), the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, Canada, (2002). A grant recipient from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, (2009), along with fellowships at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, New Mexico, (2010-11), Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain, (2012), and the Cromarty Arts Trust in Scotland, her work has been featured in Art in America, Art News, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and New American Paintings.

For further information on Shona Macdonald, please visit the online gallery at cynthia-reeves.com or contact the gallery at 212 714 0044. Please note that Independent Art Project is open on Saturdays, and by appointment. For more information visit independentartprojects.com.

 

Viewpoints on a Green World

VIEWPOINTSThursday February 26, 5-7pm

MCLA Gallery 51 | 51 Main Street

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Join Gallery Manager, Julia Morgan-Leamon as she leads a    conversation with four panelists as they discuss their perspectives on, and interactions with, plants in their respective professional fields.

Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual art at MCLA, created “The Tree Portraits” and the “Tree Meditation” installation for the “Winter Green” exhibit. They are part of her ongoing work to examine the relationship between walking, nature and creative practice. Through this work, Mowinski gives voice to the tree’s story and how it intertwines with her own. It also reflects her desire to create an inside space that inspires the peace that sitting in nature can provide.

Joan Edwards, a professor of biology at Williams College in Williamstown, is recognized for her discovery of the world’s “fastest plant.” Edwards and her students research pollen and spore dissemination processes that happen too fast for the naked eye to see. Edwards’ photography and video, exhibited in “Winter Green,” showcase the high-speed movement of these plants.

Sharon Wyrrick opened Many Forks Farm in 2012 after spending 25 years growing vegetables and thinking about farming on a larger scale. The farm is situated along the North Branch of the Hoosic River in Clarksburg. Many Forks provides a relationship between a farmer and community members who commit to receiving a share of the farm’s harvest each week of the growing season. The CSA relationship insures the survival of small, local farms and connects community members.

Shannon Toye is a certified traditional herbalist who is fascinated by wildcrafting, plant medicine, traditional folk remedies, holistic health and wellness. She owns and operates a small local business, “Out of the Woods Wildcrafting.”  Toye encourages people to adopt practices of preventative care by nourishing the systems of the body with plant-based products created from traditional wildcrafting methods, through sustainable harvesting, and by native local medicinal plants.

 

PRESS 2015 Calendar Kick-Off and More

 

PRESS celebrates in threes:

with an opening reception, Thursday December 4th 5-8pm

One:

2015 Calendar.

2015 Press Calander

 

Two:

Mad River Press and PRESS collaborate and preview “When at Last I Rise” a new limited edition printed featuring the poetry of Amy Fleury and PRESS Gallery Chief Melanie Mowinski.

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Three:

PRINT as INSTALLATION Students from MCLA’s Art 235 Printmaking class fill the gallery with explorations around how the individual print in multiple becomes an installation. ​

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Gallery 51: Water & Earth Opening Reception

Thursday October 30th 4p-7p

Water & Earth

Water &  Earth

A Call to Protect Fragile Ecosystems

October 30 – November 27, 2014

 

Water & Earth exhibits the artwork of regional, national, and international artists who deal with issues of ecology, the environment, and nature. The show explores the possibility of art reaching deeply into the collective values of culture in order to initiate awareness and agency. Can art suggest ways of healthy engagement with the environment, promote respect for nature, and encourage the use of sustainable materials?  Each of these invited artists provides a personal glimpse of the fragility and uniqueness of the ground on which we live.

 

Featuring work by:

Krisanne Baker

Mary Ellen Beattie

Nancy Cohen

Jaeok Lee

Tania Love

Alka Mathur

Susan Newbold

Katherine Porter

Linda Stillman

Sarah Sutro

HEARD THE NEWS?? DOWNSTREET ART OPEN CALL IS OUT!

ONE: DownStreet Art 2013:: open call::: BEYOND INDUSTRY – Description

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS AND CURATORS ::: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION

DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2013

DownStreet Art’s call for artists and curators returns! Exhibition projects should reflect the theme of “BEYOND INDUSTRY”. DownStreet Art 2013 invites all artists of all mediums and disciplines to submit work that explores the realms beyond industry; the art industry, the industry of the factory town in which DownStreet Art lives, as well as the industrial structures that have formed our time and place. All interpretations of this theme are welcomed and encouraged.

DownStreet Art is a great opportunity to have your work/project showcased in an art-friendly community, to be in touch with artists, curators, and professionals in the art world, and to be part of a larger discourse about contemporary art. Opportunities are many, so please read details carefully and fill the application accordingly to your needs. DownStreet Art welcomes any form of art and any art work collectives. If you are a duo/trio or a group of artists wanting to exhibit together please apply!

DownStreet Art 2013 will run from June 20TH till October 31ST. It will begin with a kick-off celebration on June 20TH – the weekend of WILCO’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA- and will hold five “DownStreet Art Thursdays” (with all galleries hosting opening receptions and downtown performances each last Thursday of the month from June through October [except in June – i.e. third Thursday]: June 20, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31).

Please note that as a public art project, DownStreet Art is dependent on available/empty spaces, sufficient funding and adequate staffing. While we are planning for 2013, the number of available/empty spaces (and thus opportunities) is uncertain at this time. What we do know is that, due to the success of DownStreet Art in attracting permanent tenants for empty storefronts, for 2013 we will be working with fewer stores downtown.

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TWO:  DownStreet Art – THE MURAL PROJECT – Description

OPEN CALL FOR THE MURAL PROJECT ::: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION

DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2013

DownStreet Art is pleased to announce a call for artists for a mural project as part of the 2013 season. This is a great opportunity to make a mark in the history of North Adams. MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will partner with the City of North Adams, MASS MoCA, local real estate and artists to realize a series of murals throughout the City. Please read details carefully and fill the application accordingly. DownStreet Art welcomes individuals or groups. If you are a duo/trio or a group of artists willing to realize a mural together please apply!

DownStreet Art 2013 will run from June 20TH till October 31ST. It will begin with a kick-off celebration on June 20TH and will hold five “DownStreet Art Thursdays” on June 20, July 25, August 29, September 26, and October 31 (with galleries hosting opening receptions, mural unveilings and downtown performances).

Please note that as a public art project, DownStreet Art – The Mural Project is dependent on available spaces, sufficient funding and adequate staffing. While we are planning for 2013, the number of available walls (and thus opportunities) is uncertain at this time. What we do know is that the City of North Adams is an art-friendly environment where locals and institutions support art and artists.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

DOWNSTREET ART 2012 : A HUGE SUCCESS

Thank you to thousands of visitors who walked downtown North Adams this summer to explore our galleries, to shop at NA,MA businesses and to enjoy our city! DownStreet Art V was a great success. North Adams is now a much more colorful city and we look forward to our next season… STAY TUNED for upcoming events, DSA usually shows up, more or less unexpectedly, throughout the year! THANK YOU!

 

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Thank you our SPONSORS, to our supporters, aficionados, friends, volunteers, to the artists, the students and to everyone that makes DSA possible!

DOWNSTREET ART CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL 2012 ON OCTOBER 25

NORTH ADAMS, MASS-  More than 80 artists, 33 exhibitions, 3 murals, 1 bus stand… From June through October, DownStreet Art has brought downtown North Adams a vital, large and multifaceted community of creatives and professionals that once again have embraced and fostered its mission to bring visitors and locals alike to downtown North Adams.  It’s time to celebrate this successful season, a season that has seen the best attendance to date. On Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5-8 p.m. DownStreet Art will host new exhibition openings, special performances, happenings, and events to beat the drums and share the art and fun with visitors of all ages.

 

Performances will include two of upstate New York’s dynamic performers and visual artists, C. Ryder Cooley and Patrick Porter, local hero musician and MCLA alumni Mike Martin, a play by Nicholas Corbello and many of MCLA’s clubs and musical groups including the Allegrettos, Dance Company and Harlequin.  Galleries hosting exhibitions of new work include MCLA’s Gallery 51, NAACO, North Adams Transcript, and PRESS Gallery.

At the event, there will be a free “haunted” trolley ride from/to MCLA campus. Everyone that wish to attend the event can be picked up from the trolley at the Berkshire Towers, Hoosac Hall, and Flagg Townhouses every 15 minutes and will be dropped off in front of the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery, located on 49 Main Street. The trolley will feature zombies and scary music throughout the entire night in celebration of Halloween. Also, the Downstreet Art Passports are still effective until Halloween Day. Individuals that get their cards stamped six times at any art gallery will receive a free or a discount off of a purchase from any of the participating Downstreet Art Sponsors that are listed inside the passport.

Exhibition openings will include:

MCLA’s Gallery 51: “This Blue Marble: The Universe of Josh Simpson”, a solo exhibition that features a series of new and old celestial inspired glass pieces and the Infinity Project from glass artist, Josh Simpson who will be present during the opening reception, along with the Allegrettos who will perform from 6:30-6:45 p.m. This exhibition will be on display until Nov. 23. MCLA President, Mary Grant, will make a special appearance at 6:00pm to give her closing remarks for Simpson and Downstreet Art.

NAACO Gallery: An opening reception in recognition of the Berkshire-based painter, Bruce Mac Donald. Mc Donald will be in attendance at the reception.

North Adams Transcript: “Transcope: North Berkshire through the Eyes of Randy Trabold. Selecting the photos himself, Trabold picked the photos from the Transcope files, the name of the photo page that Trabold put into the Transcript.

PRESS Gallery: “Fly By: The Bird at PRESS”. Viewers that enter the gallery always ask about the significance of the bird. “Fly By” will answer those questions with a display of prints that were created at PRESS by student interns and visiting artists, all showcasing bird imagery.

Visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the following galleries and events:

Adams Community Bank Gallery: “Figuratively Speaking, Abstractly”, curated by MCLA Alumni Kristen Parker, featuring the work from abstract artists, Bob Anderson from New York and Berkshire based printmaker, William Clements. Both of these artists express their emotions through non-representational work.

Gallery X at the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery: “The Afterlife: An Interpretation of the Hereafter”, curated by MCLA student, Christina Stott, the exhibition further explores each of the artist’s views of the afterlife while continuing the conversation with Jarvis Rockwell and the artists. These local and regional artists featured in the show include Marcus Anderson, Pam Buchanan, Amy Modesti, Kristen Parker, Jason Peabody, Patrick Porter, Christina Stott, and Jennifer Wojtowicz. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet Jarvis Rockwell while enjoying a special performance from the Allegrettos from 6-6:15 p.m.

The Artery Gallery: “Transforming Decadence” , a mural exhibition by Pam Buchanan, Kristen Parker, and Christina Stott that reflects on the mundane and the challenges of confronting the ideas of death and decay in order to achieve revitalization. Buchanan will be in attendance to speak to guests who will be able to listen to a musical performance from Patrick Porter from 6-6:45 p.m. and closing up the night with a musical and projection inspired performance from C. Ryder Cooley from 7-8:00p.m.

Gallery 107: Connecticut- based artist, Gil Scullion, uses repetition and reproduction through the use of stencils and templates to create his pieces within the theme of insomnia and dreams that’s portrayed within the largest gallery space designed to look like a bedroom. Trick or treaters that want to collect their candy throughout the night can come to the gallery to collect their candy and bags. The Allegrettos will perform at the gallery from 7-7:15 p.m.

Branch Gallery: “Occupy Wall Street” featuring the works from Emily Breuning and other local and regional artists. The gallery will host the performance “A Play” by Nicholas Corbello. The piece examines a tense ambivalence to exist according to terms that another may comprehend, with characters that submit to the scrutiny of a video camera, but refuse to speak. In this piece, live performance, projected video, and explanatory text interface, but refuse to fully coincide.

There is more for the public to enjoy. The three murals realized throughout the summer are now part of North Adams urban fabric and they will remain on view throughout the gray winter! Visitors should check out muralismo publico’s mural on the back of the Mohawk theatre as well Maya Hayuk’s colorful graffiti like mural on Center Street and “Gneiss”, created by North Adams artist, Melissa Matsuki-Lillie on Holden Street.

Visitors will be also given the opportunity to create their own mural puzzle on a temporary DownStreet Art wall on Main Street. We accept comments, suggestions, drawings, and all creative ways to express your appreciation for DownStreet Art.

A prominent part in the closing DownStreet Art Thursday celebration will be performances throughout the downtown area from 5pm-8pm. Ukele player and singer songwriter Mike Martin will be performing at Gallery 107, 107 Main Street from 5:30pm-7:30pm. At the Artery Gallery there will be performances by two of upstate New York’s dynamic performers. At 6pm Patrick Porter will do a solo set of his own songs, and at 7pm C. Ryder Cooley will be performing a duet with her taxidermied sheep, Hazel.

In front of the Berkshire Bank MCLA’s a capella group the Allegrettos will be performing from 5:30-6p. At 6:30p MCLA’s musical theater club will be performing, and then at 7p there will be a fire dancer performing.

Updates on the various happenings, exhibitions and more are available through Facebook, Twitter and DownStreetArt.org.

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA’s Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Orbit Visual Graphic Design. The program is made possible through lead sponsorship support provided by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Excelsior, Scarafoni Associates, Waterman Excavation, Berkshire Bank, Transcript, Orbit Visual, The North Adams Transcript, Porches an Inn at MASS MoCA, The Franzoni Family, Public Eat& Drink, Adams Community Bank, The Sushi House, O’Connell Oil Associates, Edward Jones Investments, Berkshire Emporium & Antiques, Hoosac Bank, Persnickety Toys, Jack’s Hot Dogs, Desperado’s, Lickety Split at MASS MoCA, Luma’s Muffin & Mug, Freight Yard Pub & Restaurant, I’ve Got Goodies, Verizon Wireless Zone, Shima’s, and The Local.

The initiative was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the City as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA’s visibility, but to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .

CELEBRATE WITH US!

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — The DownStreet Art 2012 season moves into the Fall Season with an arts and culture celebration on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be 10 new exhibition openings, live performances by MCLA’s fine and performing arts students and local bands, a free trolley shuttle bringing MCLA students from campus to Main Street, North Adams , and much, much more.

All events are family friendly, free and open to the public.

So far this season, DownStreet Art has brought more than 9,500 people to downtown North Adams, making attendance the highest ever for the months of June and August since the initiative’s inception.

On Sept. 27, DownStreet Art will start the Thursday celebration at Adams Community Bank Gallery with the 5 p.m. opening of “Figuratively Speaking, Abstractly,” a two-person exhibition featuring New York-based artist Bob Anderson and Berkshire-based artist William Clements.  Curated by MCLA alumna and artist Kristen Parker, “Figuratively Speaking, Abstractly” displays visual concepts associated with expression and emotion through the use of non-representational styles. “I started to look at abstract art and artists in a new light. I felt a personal need to re-explore ideas connected with abstract art,” Parker said.

Returning to this summer’s celebrations will be the unveiling of the newest outdoor, public mural. Entitled “Gneiss” and inspired by microscopic and macroscopic formations found in metamorphic rocks that make up the buildings of North Adams, this 75-foot-long mural will be completed and officially unveiled on Holden Street between Main and Marshall streets. The work is created by North Adams-based artist Melissa Matsuki Lillie, and will be the final installment of the Mural Project. The new mural will be unveiled at 6 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., “Art about Town,” which initiated a community collaborative between North Adams schools, a local artist and MCLA students, and lead to the realization of doll paintings on the columns of the underpass of Route 2, will give out a recognition certificates to each of the students that participated in the project.

Exhibition openings include:

NAACO Gallery: “Dualities: The Painting of Ed Carson and Ceramics of Joshua Primmer.” North Adams painter Ed Carson and Bennington, Vt., ceramist Joshua Primmer explore the meaning of “rhythm and flow,” and how the trajectory of that motion visually affects their work, resulting in purely contemporary forms.

GALLERY X @ Jarvis Rockwell Gallery presents “The Afterlife: Interpretations of the Hereafter,” a facilitation of further conversation between artist Jarvis Rockwell and the creative minds of both local and regional artists. This unique look into an individual’s ideal afterlife was curated by the co-assistant gallery manager of MCLA Gallery 51, Christina Stott.

MCLA Gallery 51: ” DIE FORMMEISTER: The Masters of the Form,” a group show featuring experimental animation, three dimensional work, glass, textile, prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and a site specific installation. It offers a panoramic over different mediums and artistic practices celebrating the form through which idea becomes object. Featured artists include Yura Adams, Karen Arp-Sandel, Michael Vincent Bushy, Janet Cooper, Helen Febbo, Linda Kaye-Moses, Fay O’Meara, Dina Noto, Glenn Shalan and Paula Shalan.
Wendy James Studio on Holden Street: Visitors can explore “Mostly Photographs,” an exhibition of photographs by Howard Itzkowitz and video stills by Wendy James.

The Artery Gallery: A joined effort by Signe Kutzer, Pam Buchanan, Kristen Parker and Christina Stott will create a mural on the inside of the Artery Gallery. The mural will reflect upon the mundane, and illustrates the challenge of confronting death and decay in order to achieve revitalization.

PRESS Gallery: “Getting there is easy,” an exhibit that celebrates the hard work and creations created at PRESS over the duration of the summer. Sandragraphs, pressure prints, linoleum prints, prints with moveable type, as well as book art and paste papers will be on display. The show will highlight work from Melanie Mowinski’s “Experimental Letterpress” class, taught at PRESS through MCLA, as well as other works from workshops and individual projects.

Gallery 107 at the end of Main Street: Work by Connecticut-based artist Gil Scullion will seal off the summer schedule of the largest pop-up gallery downtown North Adams. Scullion’s theme draws from the nature of the process made of reproduction and repetition. Largely interested with stencils and templates as manifestation of manual labor, Scullion always includes a handcrafted component in each piece of his installation, which he conceived around the theme of “insomnia,” and features an oversized bedroom, as well as paradox elements of dream.

Don’t miss out on other destinations such as The Transcript Gallery, studio21south, Martha Flood Studio and Branch Gallery!!

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. visitors will be entertained by the music of One Way Out, to perform under the Mohawk marquee. Local stores will stay open late with specials. At 7 p.m., the MCLA fine and performing art department will perform selections from “Cabaret” at the Berkshire Bank Stage.

Updates on the various happenings, exhibitions and more are available through Facebook, Twitter and DownStreetArt.org.

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA’s Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Orbit Visual Graphic Design.~The program is made possible through lead sponsorship support provided by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Excelsior, Scarafoni Associates, Waterman Excavation, Berkshire Bank, Transcript, Orbit Visual, The North Adams Transcript, Porches an Inn at MASS MoCA, The Franzoni Family, Public Eat and Drink, Adams Community Bank, The Sushi House, O’Connell Oil Associates, Edward Jones Investments, Berkshire Emporium and Antiques, Hoosac Bank, Persnickety Toys, Jack’s Hot Dogs, Desperado’s, Lickety Split at MASS MoCA, Luma’s Muffin and Mug, Freightyard Pub & Restaurant, I’ve Got Goodies, Verizon Wireless Zone, Shima’s, and The Local.

 

DOWNSTREET ART MURAL PROJECT – 3

Have you walked or driven by Holden Street in North Adams in the past few days? If yes, you saw what’s going on, if not hurry up! Artist Melissa Lillie is working on the third and last mural of DownStreet Art 2012.

The completion of the mural will be celebrated on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6pm in conjunction with DownStreet Art Thursday, a celebration of the art in North Adams that happens every last Thursday of the month from June through October.

We are extremely excited for the completion of the mural which will mark the completion of the first run of the successfull DownStreet Art Mural Project started this summer with the mural realized by muralismo publico on the back of the Mohawk Theatre.

Then, in July we celebrated Maya Hayuk’s mural on Center Street. From now on, we will be following the making of the mural on Holden Street daily. STAY TUNED and join us on the celebration on Thurs, Sept 27 at 6pm.
When downtown North Adams do not forget to visit the multiple art destinations throughout the city. 

DOWNSTREET ART 2012 THURSDAY – AUGUST 30 – 6-9pm – NORTH ADAMS, MA

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NORTH ADAMS, MA—DownStreet Art 2012 season continues with an arts and culture celebration on Thursday, August 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. The downtown will fill with pop-up and permanent gallery openings, live performances, viewings of the new murals, happenings, trolley rides and businesses open late with DownStreet Art specials.

All events are family friendly, free and open to the public.

So far this summer there have been two ‘DownStreet Art Thursday!’ events which have both been highly frequented and have received positive feedback from locals and tourists. Local business owner Keith Bona of Berkshire Emporium & Antiques stated that DownStreet Art builds a bridge between MASS MoCA and the downtown by offering complimentary galleries and art exhibits. “The ability to draw visitors of the museum to local retailers and restaurants is essential in making our local creative economy work.” He continued, “DownStreet Art is one of a few elements that clearly can do that by making empty store fronts and bland walls attractive and inviting. When there are more people walking the sidewalks looking at art, there are more people entering our stores, and more sales.”

For the upcoming ‘DownStreet Art Thursday!’ gallery opening receptions include:

Throwing Paint and Composing Pots at North Adams Artists Co-Op—33 Main St.—The North Adams Artists Co-Op, or NAACO, will be exhibiting the work of local artists Katherine Borkowski Byrne and Linda Siska. This show highlights their dynamic processes and emphasizes the physical engagement that art-making requires. On her work, Borkowski comments that she “wishes to prove contemporary paintings can be alive, timeless and universal and can add a changing vista and interest to any environment.” Siska views her pottery as a result of a “dialogue” between her and the clay, as she claims that her medium is “full of possibilities.”

Conversation with Jarvis Rockwell: an Experiment with Inspiration at the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery—49 Main St.—This gallery will continue to exhibit the world renowned toy installation art of Jarvis Rockwell as well as his work in progress collages on the walls of the gallery. In a third gallery space, entitled Gallery X, Associate Gallery Manager and MCLA student Christina Stott has had the unique ability to curate and organize exhibitions. Artists for the upcoming show were encouraged to have a conversation with Jarvis Rockwell and then create work that draws inspirations from the aforementioned conversation. Resulting work will be the product of Jarvis Rockwell’s creatively wild demeanor combined with artists’ own inspirations and interests in varied mediums.

Compendium by Richard Criddle at MCLA Gallery 51—51 Main St.—Richard Criddle is highly regarded for his ingenuity in his daytime role as MASS MoCA’s director of fabrication and installation. Criddle will be exhibiting his sculpture, which he states “demands a high degree of resourcefulness.” According to the artist, he finds “joy in discovering, extracting, blending, articulating, manufacturing, building, sharing, and showing his work.” His work reflects his quick-witted sense of humor. The characters and narratives in his sculpture are created from a wide range of materials including “scrap metal, industrial hardware, old furniture, and found objects.”

Transcend: art as activism in the Occupy Movement at Branch Gallery—18 Holden St.—MCLA student Emily Breunig is curating an exhibition of art and other forms of creativity which have been actively used as informative and inspiring outreach and activism. This exhibit will feature works of various mediums created by Occupy Wall Street (OWS) art working groups as well as individual artists. The title of the show is in reference to a Howard Zinn essay titled ‘Artists in Times of War’ who made the point that people should utilize their skill and resources to contribute to society and involve oneself in politics.

Art into Life, Life into Art: by Matei Bejenaru and curated by Izabel Galliera at The Artery—26 Holden St.—This exhibition will feature several works by the Romanian artist Matei Bejenaru within a post-communist European context. The individual works aim to act as collective critical inquiries into our contemporary everyday precarious conditions by opening discussion, for example, on the social, political and economic marginalization of the worker under the local and global impact of neoliberal capitalism. While the artist’s works presented in the exhibition most often emerged from within the Romanian transitional and post-1989 European contexts, issues raised by Bejenaru’s projects connect in intriguing and provocative ways to the location of the exhibition in North Adams, where economically and politically marginalized populations struggle to survive in a city abandoned by once booming industries and factories. Bejenaru will be in residence during the month of August and as part of the exhibition, he will develop a site project involving the direct participation and collaboration of several residents from North Adams.

Mostly Watercolors at Wendy James Studio—22 Holden St.— This exhibition will show work by North Adams artists Wendy James, Sarah Sutro,and Wilma Rifkin. The works on canvas will demonstrate the artists’ shared interest in exploring the expressive and narrative qualities of abstraction.

Meghan Foley at the Transcript Gallery—85 Main St.—One of the more interesting places for a “pop-up” gallery, The North Adams Transcript Office will be exhibiting the photography of Transcript reporter Meghan Foley. Foley’s photographs delve into the natural topography and personality of the northern Berkshires, examining both landscapes as well as close ups.

Postal Pinacotheca at PRESS Gallery—105 Main St.—In August of 2011, six artists came together to participate in a mail exchange project. These women are print makers, book artists, and, despite very busy lives, continue to make artwork. Artworks were due every two months finishing first in September, then November, January, March, May and July. Each round began with a theme chosen by one of the artists. The themes respectively were: Money, Inside/Outside, Travel, Habitat, Weather, and Animal-Mineral-Vegetable.
This show, Postal Pinacotheca, features the work that was exchanged throughout the course of the yearlong project.

Imagining North Adams at Gallery 107—107 Main St.—According to curator Jennifer Krouse, “this exhibition will be a festival of images, idea and initiatives with a place making mission. Through artwork and participatory events, the festival invites participants to imagine North Adams as a “canvas for our daily lives.”” Over the course of the month there will be three permanent components to the show, “A Model City” installation by James Rojas, “Picturing North Adams” art exhibition organized by guest curator Jaye Fox of studio21south, and the “Project Lodge” which will be a space dedicated to support local place making efforts.

Adams Community Bank—31 Eagle St.—An exhibition curated by MCLA graduate Kristen Parker.

Black and White (more or less) at studio21south—Eagle Street—Usually located within the historic Beaver Mill, studio21south has moved to downtown North Adams for the DownStreet Art season. They will continue to exhibit Black and White (more or less), a mostly-monochrome selection of prints, drawings and paintings by gallery artists. The show will feature a new installation of 150 abstract mixed-media drawings by Karen Walter, charcoal streetscapes by Bob Lafond, and a fantastic selection of prints by master printmaker, Columbia County’s own Frank Curran. Studio21south willalso be highlighting some great vernacular cityscapes by Thor Wickstrom, as well as some great work by gallery favorite Eric March.

Martha Flood Design—38 Eagle St.—Flood is an artist and veteran surface designer for the wall covering, fabric, and laminate industries. Based in North Adams, she provides creative services to individuals, businesses and the interior design trade.

DownStreet Art is excited to continue with its fifth season of various happenings, exhibitions and more in celebration of art as a part of what Secor said will be of the most exciting, and groundbreaking, seasons yet.

Updates on the various happenings, exhibitions and more are available through Facebook and Twitter.

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA’s Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Orbit Visual Graphic Design. The program is made possible through lead sponsorship support provided by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Excelsior, Scarafoni Associates, Waterman Excavation, Berkshire Bank, Transcript, Orbit Visual, The North Adams Transcript, Porches an Inn at MASS MoCA, The Franzoni Family, Public Eat& Drink, Adams Community Bank, The Sushi House, O’Connell Oil Associates, Edward Jones Investments, Berkshire Emporium & Antiques, Hoosac Bank, Persnickety Toys, Jack’s Hot Dogs, Desperado’s, Lickety Split at MASS MoCA, Luma’s Muffin & Mug, Freightyard Pub & Restaurant, I’ve Got Goodies, Verizon Wireless Zone, Shima’s, and The Local.

The initiative was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the City as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA’s visibility, but to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .