DownStreet Art

Thursday June 30, 5-8 PM

Join us as we celebrate DownStreet Art 2016 with a kick off celebration spanning from the top of Main St. to the MASS MoCA campus.



Creative Business Incubator Grand Openings:

Common Folk Artist Collective – 33 Main St.

Butterfly Effect – 85 Main St.

Thin Walls Studio & Gallery – 87 Main St.

Outside – 10 Ashland St.

In the Galleries:

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 2.15.40 PMMCLA Gallery 51 – Waiting: A cameraphone exhibition – tag your photos #WaitingG51 and join the exhibition.  As participants take images and use the hashtag #WaitingG51, a live, rolling digital feed will be displayed in the window of MCLA Gallery 51. This initiative is another opportunity to engage the community members of Berkshire County, and capture additional moments of waiting.

MCLA Gallery 51 also will host a community sewing bee from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants will be asked to write down “intentions” or things and events they are waiting for, on quilt squares.

The quilt squares will be sewn together to make a series of 84 hand-sewn quilts. Once completed, the quilts will be displayed outdoors for an all-night performance slated for 2017. This event will be filled with dance, storytelling and stargazing with Williams College Artists-in-Residence Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance.


FerrinCordova35695DeMiIslaSalvajeFerrin Contemporary – EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes
group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1970–present

This group of noted American and British sculptors explores themes that range from social realism to otherworldly surrealism to abstraction of form. The overview illustrates how early practitioners in California’s Bay Area during in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Stephen De Staebler, continue to inspire artists today. Known for their use of clay in combination with painted glaze surfaces, these artists challenge presumptions and their work defies easy categorization as sculpture, decorative arts, or studio craft.

Tour the exhibit with Leslie Ferrin, gallery director and curator of the exhibition at 7:00 PM

jaehyoleeCynthia-Reeves – Jaehyo Lee

June 11 – July 24

Working with wood and metal, Jaehyo Lee produces immaculately formed, intricate sculptures that reveal a mastery of his materials and a winking, sophisticated wit.

Jaehyo Lee has been rethinking and re-envisioning use of quotidian materials for several decades. Rather than dismantling each sculptural component and creating a hybrid aesthetic, Lee’s works emphasize his materials’ essential nature. The trajectory of his remarkable impact. In his current solo exhibition, Walking With Nature, at the Seognam Art Center in South Korea, he has been able to exercise the full scope of his vision, with massive works of suspended stone, works of scale rendered in feather-light leaves, and


BAM exterior photoBerkshire Art Gallery Opening their 2016 Exhibitions


This exhibition showcases the work of nine artists who had a close association with the Contemporary Artists Center and to the Berkshires – exhibition on Three Floors

Dale Bradley, Christopher Gillooly, Brandon Graving, Robert Henriquez,   Henry Klein, Barbara May, Robert Schechter, Maria Siskind, David Zaig.

COLORS  – Sarah Sutro

ART AND ARCHITECTURE: Keith Bona, Peter Dukek, Howard Itzkowitz, William Sweet



DownStreet Art Exhibitions in non-traditional Spaces:

Paul Chojnowski – Infrastructure Series at Bright Ideas Brewery

Using architectural sketches and photos he makes as a point of departure, he then scorches, re-burns, sands and scratches the surface of the paper or wood to create the desired image.

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 5.15.08 PMDawn Nelson

Selections from 365 Sweet Nothings

The 365 individual canvases that depict ‘365 Sweet Nothings’ over these four locations invite the viewer to take a literal, as well as a metaphorical, journey with the artist. View the exhibition across four locations. Opening Reception at exPRESS, 49 Main St.

Holiday Inn; exPRESS; Mountain One Bank; Adams Community Bank



DownStreet Art Thursday Events:


5-8PM – Holden St. Night Market

Marafanyi Meets the Mural – Join Marafanyi to learn about our new project – “Marafanyi Meets the Mural” – and sign up to collaborate and create a music & movement expression of this great art work over the course of the summer

DownStreet Voices – contribute your story as we live stream the impressions of participants. 

Jason Velázquez, editor of Greylock Glass, describes the project as an artistic experiment that makes him a little nervous. “Anything that pushes the boundaries of public expression out significantly should make one nervous. That’s how you know you’re on to something,” he said.

Shop a variety of local makers at the debut of DownStreet Art’s nightmarket including:

Mountain Girl Farm, FishScale Creations, A Thread of Tranquility, Jamie Williams, Naomi Chapter #17, Spiral Glass, Highland Ledge Farm, rags to stitches, Janea Brachfeld


5:30 – 7:30 PM –  Crossing Guard Brigade

Join Crossing Guard Parade Brigade as they turn an everyday experience into a memorable and playful mini-journey.


5:30 – 6:15 & 6:45 – 7:30 Bad Drama Theatre Club

– under the Mohawk Marquee

Bad Drama Theatre Club will perform their original production of “The Curse of the Old Coot on Coca-Cola Ridge” under the Mohawk marquee.

This will be the first installment in a series of interconnected 15-minute plays that will be performed over the course of DownStreet Art Thursdays. The goal of the Club is to highlight the urban legends that are encompassed in North Adams history, and to provide opportunities for local community members to be involved with theatre productions about their town.


Berkshire Bank Stage:

5PM – Kickoff remarks from Mayor Alcombright & MCLA President Birge

5:15 – Levitt Amp North Adams lineup reveal




Triple Toe @ 5:30 – 6:15

Heart of Gold @ 6:20 – 7:05

Izzy Heltai & Secret Creature @ 7:15 – 8:00



After Party:

Cactus Attack at Common Folk

Cactus Attack
Running hard since 2008, Cactus Attack has taken New England by force and has spread their music around the country with ambitious tours and sheer perseverance. Marked by their high energy shows and dedication to their fans, here is a band that is sure to make you want to Van Damme the bathroom doors at the club and do a buck twenty down the highway after you leave. Ryan Jackson (Rhythm guitarist and vocalist) and Taylor Brennan (Lead guitarist and vocalist) both share a raw writing style that tells the stories of the abandoned and the broken in a way that we can all relate to. Backed up by Derek Pearson (Banjo and vocalist), Mike Walker (Upright bass), and Chris Hickman (Drummer), the music takes shape and guides us to where words fail and raw emotion begins.

Tickets are limited. Get ’em while you can!

Common Jam
Bring your instruments and jam with friends after the show.



Also not to be missed:

starting at 5:30 PM The Chalet at MASS MoCA with music by GRNDMS

Raise a glass at The Chalet, artist Dean Baldwin’s riverside beer garden. Enjoy balmy Berkshire nights with lively music, captivating conversation, and deliciously refreshing brews.