DownStreet Art 2014 – Call for Artists!
February 24th, 2014.

Come one come all! It’s the DownStreet Art open call!

DownStreet Art Summer 2014


DownStreet Art’s call for artists and curators returns!


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 team. If you are a duo/trio or a group of artists willing to show together please apply!

DownStreet Art 2014 will run from June 26 till September 25. It will begin with a kick-off celebration on June 26th and will hold four “DownStreet Art Thursdays” (with all galleries hosting opening receptions and downtown performances each last Thursday of the month from June through August).


Application deadline April 1, 2014. Download application HERE. 


DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) a non-profit organization that provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world. It is a public art project designed to revitalize downtown North Adams.

A post-industrial city in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, North Adams first began its cultural revitalization with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in 1999.  More than ten years later, the city is in its second wave of economic development through the arts and other creative economy business.

By harnessing existing arts organizations and events and transforming vacant and open spaces into arts destinations, DownStreet Art defines North Adams as a cultural haven, driving tourists and community members’ downtown in a four month celebration of the arts.  Since its inception in 2008, over 100,000 visitors came downtown and through the doors of DownStreet Art’s galleries and exhibits. For DownStreet Art 2014 our goal is to build on what we have accomplished to date while deepening the   dialogue between our community and the arts.  DownStreet Art gives artists and curators competitive opportunities to exhibit their work and to be promoted on a national and international level.

In the meantime, scroll down to check out all past events from last year’s season of DownStreet Art!


DownStreet Art FRIGHT NIGHT!
October 22nd, 2013.

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, but don’t let that stop you from attending the last DownStreet Art of the season on Halloween night!

For the month of October, DownStreet Art falls on Thursday the 31st and presents to you Fright Night! An evening filled with amazing gallery openings, spooktacular musical performances, and ghoulish activities people of all ages can enjoy from 5-8pm.

Hearkening the end to a phenomenal season, Ryder Cooley opens her show REWILDERMENT : Passing Through the Veil Between Worlds at MCLA Gallery 51. A show of collaborative and solo works by not only Cooley, but also Sarah Falkner, and Shannon Taggart. This mixed-media exhibition explores themes of ritual, witchcraft and mediumistic practices. Viewers will be presented with a collection of evocative two and three-dimensional work including  photography, video, altars and artifacts from the wunderkammers of the artists. Falkner will exhibit a selection of healing-power objects. Cooley will install a series of drawings and curios, and Taggart will exhibit excerpts from her Spirit Photography series.

Right next door, PRESS Gallery opens the exhibition for Datum Chronicle by distinguished book artist, Tara O’Brien. An accomplished book artist, her installation pieces and artist books range from contemporary structural explorations to traditional leather bound volumes. Using thread to embroider, stitch, crochet, and knit the surface of the paper, O’Brien believes that a narrative within a book can be something other than text and images. The exhibit will challenge your ideas of books, diaries, memories, and recollections, and will cause you to ask “which is more beautiful, the documentation of an event or the event itself?”

A little further down Main Street, the Transcript Gallery is hosting Gillian Jones’ Spires of North Adams : Steeple Study. ” Complimenting the Berkshire Hills, the steeples of downtown North Adams rise out of the valley reaching into the skies. These steeples are a staple in many New England towns and certainly a trademark in the City of North Adams. These church towers have witnessed history, announced historic moments, and stood the test of time.
As many of the churches they stand above are now vacant, as their initial purpose has changed, the question of their preservation, as well as the buildings that supports them, now stands in question.”

Gallery 107 joins in the festivities as well by hosting art from artists involved with this year’s North Adams Open Studios.

At the Adams Community Bank on Eagle Street, Julia Morgan-Leamon opens her show, Swimming to the Other Side. “Moving between past and future we find ourselves poised at an elusive present. The new slips away as soon as it is reached. But how remarkable is this human tendency to leave the familiar for the unknown. These paintings are about the inbetween-ness of human gesture, and the vulnerability inherent in that precarious but typically human experience.”

In addition to all of these great gallery openings, you can also count on some fantastic activities as we close down Holden Street such as Day of the Dead face painting, a haunted photobooth and candy at 18 Holden Street, a Haunted Trolley from MCLA campus to downtown from 5-8pm, a Zombie Pub Crawl that leaves from Gallery 51 at 6PM, and so much more!

Plus don’t forget MCLA Presents! fifth show, the incredible performances of Ryder and her Dustbowl Faeries at Branch Gallery at 18 Holden Street, alongside dream-pop duo Shana Falana starting at 8pm.

The night kicks off at 5PM and goes on till 8PM. So come on and get down with DownStreet Art one last time this year!

What’s coming up for the September edition of DownStreet Art Thursday!
September 25th, 2013.

Come on and get down for the Fourth Installment of this year’s season of DownStreet Art!

For the month of September we’re starting things off with a slew of new exhibitions, including one-day pop-ups and an extended run of Rich Remsberg’s “Historyland”!

Swing on down to MCLA Gallery 51 for the opening of Eliza O. Barrios’ “Writing Series: (manga) sulat sa pader” show. The exhibit includes text-based drawings, single channel video projections and photographs from Barrios’ collaborative project, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. This mixed-media installation will draw material from both English and Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. (manga) sulat sa pader translates from Tagalog to English as “Writing on the Wall”. Through a text-based environment of video, ink on paper and graphite on vellum, Barrios illuminates the shift of expression that is occurring around us, the fragility of communication, and the importance of maintaining and utilizing the written word.

Just next door Emmy award-winning filmmaker Rich Remsberg’s “Historyland” goes on for an extended run at Gallery 53.

On the other side of G51, Press Gallery will be holding an exhibit called “Markings”. Featuring letterpress prints and artist books by former PRESS interns and volunteers Adriana Alexatos, Hayley Parker, Antoine Scalbert, and Leeya Jackson as well as PRESS founder Melanie Mowinski. Inspiration for this exhibit stems from a quote by Theodore Roethke, “time marks us while we are marking time.” Each artwork created reflects time spent in the studio, at the press or the typecase, considering text and image. Each mark on the page, is a mark in time, whether a day in the life of an intern, or months or work towards an end goal.

At the Branch Gallery, Jamie Franklin & Renee Bouchard are hosting their one-day pop-up show, “Alternate Realities”. Featuring an eclectic collection of works by folk/outsider artist Renee, and pieces from their personal art collection, this show will be sure to capture the interest of attendees.

Newcomer artist Jeffrey Kitchen will be hosting his exhibit, “Prototype” at the Artery Gallery. A junior at Bennington College, Kitchen will be showcasing pieces made up of individual 8″ x 11″ pieces of paper and assembled together to create his photographic, large-scale works that sprawl and take over the space.

All the way down Main St. Gallery 107 will be showcasing a summer of sketches by walk-in artists of all ages. In honor of the Fall season, they’ll yet again be covering the sidewalk in colorful autumn leaves in an array of chalk.

In addition, the Adams Community Bank will be having an extended run of Janet Picard’s “Regarding Nature”, while the Transcript will continue hosting Jennifer Smith Huberdeaus’s “Working Class” show. At NAACO, Lydia Johnston & Lori St. Pierre will have their joint show, “Scratching the Surface”.

But that’s not all! There will be performances by James McBride at Church Street Center, wandering puppets from Mortal Beasts & Deities, an interactive video installation by Erin Ko & Alex Chouls, as well as a FREE trolley running from 4:45PM till 8:30PM (last trolley at 8:15PM).

Don’t miss out!




What to Expect for the Upcoming DownStreet Art Thursday!
August 20th, 2013.

Come and get down! Festivities will include 7 new exhibition openings, as well as a one-day gallery installation, and musical performance by Vermont Joy Parade, a seven piece ensemble playing an eclectic blend of Americana, indie-rock, old-time, and country blues.

Experience the free trolley ride to the three hour, site-specific dance performance by Kerri Countryman, “Inhabit (artifact)” at the “CARAVAN PLUS” exhibition. Also, Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin will present a blend of performance art, video, sculpture, drawing, and sound for their “A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia),” exhibition in Gallery 51. All events are free and open to the public.

North Adams Got Down at July DownStreet Art Thursday
July 27th, 2013.

This past DownStreet Art Thursday saw hundreds of visitors in downtown North Adams!


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