DownStreet Art VI edition ends on October 31st, 2013

Here below a listing of current destinations in NA,MA including MURALS along with recent exhibitions.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW

1. MASS MoCA

87 Marshall Street
Open daily 11am-5pm
Closed Tuesdays

MASS MoCA seeks to catalyze and support the creation of new art, exposure our visitors and bold visual an performing art in all stages of production, and re-invigorate the life of a region in socioeconomic need. MASS MoCA exhibits works by many of the most important artists of today -both well known, and emerging- focusing on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums.

Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With an annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art.

2. Kidspace @ MASS MoCA

87 Marshall Street
Open daily 11am-4pm
Closed Tuesdays

Kidspace is a contemporary art gallery, studio and educational  space that promotes the understanding and teaching of contemporary arts through experiential learning opportunities designed for elementary and middle school students, teachers, and families.

3. NAACO Gallery

33 Main Street
Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10 am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

The North Adams Artists’ Co-Operative Gallery, otherwise known as the NAACO Gallery, is an independently member-run organization of over 35 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and craft.

 

23.  ART ABOUT TOWN: Pillars

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Underpass RT2 on Marshall Street

Art About Town is an artist-and citizen-based organization that builds community through public art projects.  The mural project is located on the pillars under the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Marshall Street.

Art teacher Christina King along with 9 students from Greylock Elementary School who participated in CAMP -”community art mural project” an after school program brought this project to life.

Interested in the history of North Adams and it’s creative past, images were chosen from the cut and stitch cloth dolls that were printed by Arnold Printworks in the late 1890’s through 1910. Arnold Printworks (1862-1945) was located on the present day site of MASS MoCA and by 1905 was one of the leading producers of printed textiles.

The students learned to replicate, enlarge and transfer the doll images to the columns. Painting is being done with the help of their art teacher Christina King, William Oberst local realist painter and MCLA student, Stephanie Vanbramer. All of the dolls are scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2012.

5.  MCLA Gallery 51


This upcoming October 31st, MCLA G51 will host an exhibit by Ryder Cooley called REWILDERMENT: passing through the veil between worlds”, on view from October 31st to December 1st.

Hearkening the end to a phenomenal season, Ryder Cooley presents a show of collaborative and solo works by not only herself, but also Sarah Falkner, and Shanon 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.

19. Community Art Program at North Adams Regional Hospital

71 Hospital Avenue
Always open

200 works of art by area artists displayed on four floors, curated by Sharon Carson.

8. William Oberst Studio

16 Holden Street
Visit by appointment. Please call (631) 398-4011

The working studio of realist painter of people and landscapes.

We all have a shared humanity. Should any of my pictures survive for the next three hundred years, I would hope that people in that distant future see, in my art, how we felt about each other in the twenty-first century, and how we felt about being alive. I would also hope that those future viewers recognize something of themselves in my work.” B. Oberst.

26. Bus Stand

Main Street

Permanent Installation on Main Street by Victoria Palermo, which combines the functional with the aesthetic. According to a BRTA patron: “commuters are truly blessed to enjoy such beauty. Thanks to all who made this artful bus stop a reality”. The installation is made possible thanks to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA.

 

4. PRESS 

49 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Letterpress as a Public Art Project.

Melanie Mowinski, assistant professor of visual art at MCLA and proprietress of PRESS, will be operating the Vandercook Universal III. The space is a gallery and a workshop in downtown North Adams.

“Datum Chronicles” 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?”

21. Visitor Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park

Western Gateway Heritage State Park
115 State St
Open Daily 10am-5pm

Imaginative exhibits designed to reveal the impact of the railroad industry and the Hoosac Tunnel project.

 

13. Adams Community Bank Gallery

 

31 Eagle Street
Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm, Sat 10am-12pm

For the past year, MCLA alumnae Christina Stott has been curating the exhibition space at the Adams Community Bank.

-October 31st: “Swimming to the Other Side”, by Julia Morgan-Leamon. “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.”

14. Martha Flood Design

38 Eagle Street
Fri 12-6:30pm, Sat 12-5pm or later

Working space and gallery by local textile artist, Martha Flood. Her designs are often inspired by textures and patterns found in the Berkshire woodland environments. The nontraditional natural images are examples of cutting edge pattern design and advanced digital fabric printing technologies.

20. North Adams Museum of History and Science

Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Building 5A
115 State Street
Thurs-Sat 10-4pm, Sun 1-4pm

Celebrate the rich history of North Adams.

16. River Hill Pottery

Eclipse Mill, Studio 102
243 Union Street
Sat-Sun 12-5pm

Pottery gallery and working studio of Gail and Phil Sellers.

At River Hill Pottery we have combined our creativity and experience to bring to you some of the most beautiful baskets in clay. Each piece is handmade with care and craftsmanship for you to enjoy. It is our desire for you to have a piece of pottery that will give you a lifetime of joy. The uncommon basket for an extraordinary life.” ~ Phil and Gail Sellers.

17. Eclipse Mill Gallery

Eclipse Mill, Studio 102
243 Union Street
Sat-Sun 12-5pm

This artist-run Eclipse Mill Gallery is located on the first floor of the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts, one half mile east of MASS MoCA on Route 2. Exhibitions feature artworks by Eclipse Mill resident artists, as well as other artists based in the area.

 

9. Transcript Gallery 


Office of the North Adams Transcript, will be showing the work of Gillian Jones on October 31st in her upcoming exhibit, “Steeples of North Adams : Spires of Hope”

18. Brill Gallery

Eclipse Mill, Studio 109
243 Union Street
Fri-Sun 12-6 and by appointment

Museum quality paintings, photography, and sculpture.

 

MURALS: ALWAYS ON VIEW

24.  MURAL: Maya Hayuk

 

Side of Juvenile Court (facing Rt. 2)

Large, colorful, completely improvised, totally optimistic abstract mural.

25. MURAL: Melissa Matsuki Lillie

Holden Street corner and Main Street

An abstract colorful interpretation of the geologic makeup of Main Street and its buildings.

29. MURAL: muralismo publico

Back of Mohawk Theater

Marta Gil and Estibaliz Vera from Vitoria, Spain are part of a cooperative of mural artists that contributed in naming their city the “painted city”. With this optimistic mural about change, they have shared their talent with all of us during the month of June.

  31. MURAL: Peter Dudek

 


An ongoing series of architectural cartoons in which different forms of housing represent a world where buildings not only have a consciousness but also the desire and ability to perpetuate.

PAST EXHIBITIONS: these are all past exhibitions, some of the spaces are closed, some are still open.

5. MCLA Gallery 51

 


51 Main Street
Open daily 10 am-6 pm

MCLA Gallery 51, run by the Massachusetts College of            Liberal Arts since 2005, presents work from a wide range of       emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.

Rotating exhibitions:

July 25/ August 25 - Ibrahim Quraishi

An artist who works with different mediums like photography, photo painting, video, film, installation, performance, dance and theatre. His primary interest is the exploration of understanding visual performativity and its relationship to the broader cultural perspectives and their schisms. His approach to the world is that of a traveler.

August 29/ September 22 - A Marriage: 1(Suburbia) 

With installations that incorporate sculpture, performance art, video, theater, and drawing, artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin utilize their own marriage, “tropes of masculinity, images of utopic suburbia and the model of the nuclear family to explore our deep ambivalence towards the traditionally heteronormative set of aspirations that make up the American Dream.”

September 26/ October 27 - Eliza Barrios      

Eliza’s work explores and questions the various tangible and intangible elements that ‘make up’ a person – their subjectivity, their motivations – their ‘internal belief system.’ Her pieces act as a catalyst for self reflection, both metaphorically and literally. Through the use of various visual devices she orchestrates subtle environments/encounters that subliminally navigate the viewer to question their own perceptions of beliefs with regard to cultural histories, personal relations and the temporal notion of time and location.

October 31 - REWILDERMENT: passing through the veil between worlds.

 Artists Sarah Falkner, Shannon Taggart & C. Ryder Cooley will rewild MCLA Gallery 51 for an All Hallows Eve exhibition of collaborative and solo work. Exploring themes of ritual, witchcraft and mediumistic practices, the show will include spirit photography, performance residue, video, drawing and artifacts from the mysterious worlds ofthree inter-disciplinary artists. Shannon Taggart is a photographer from Brooklyn NY, Sarah Falkner is a writer, artist and healer from Hudson NY, Ryder Cooley is an artist,musician and performer based in N. Adams, MA.

 32. The Artery Gallery

The Artery Gallery is now CLOSED.
Thank you to all who visited it!

This past season hosted a pop-up one day exhibition of “Prototype” by Jeffrey Kitchen. A newcomer to the art scene, Jeffrey Kitchen is drawn toward engaging with audiences through the method of working with large scale, low-grade color photograph’s to respond to specific exhibition locations. Temporal in nature, Kitchen’s work involves fleeting spacial moments that are captured and reproduced through an unstable medium, physically assembled and brought to a scale of bodily confrontation within the space of exhibition, working with notions of urgent physical production and what it means to make form visible to a public audience.

The Artery Gallery is now closed.
Thank you to all who visited it!

7. Branch Gallery

 
Branch Gallery is now CLOSED.
Thank you to all who visited it!

Past exhibitions include the one day pop-up exhibit “Alternate Realities,” by Jamie Franklin and Renee Bouchard, and “Both, And: Recent Paintings” by Matt Smith and curated by John Stomberg, “Spot Pond” by Michelle Lauriat, and “False Apex” by Geoffrey Booras & David Kaufmann.

Branch Gallery is now closed.
Thank you to all who visited it!

4. PRESS 

49 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Letterpress as a Public Art Project.

Melanie Mowinski, assistant professor of visual art at MCLA and proprietress of PRESS, will be operating the Vandercook Universal III. The space is a gallery and a workshop in downtown North Adams.

“Datum Chronicle” is 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?”
 

6. Gallery 53

 

Gallery 53 is now CLOSED.
Thank you to all who visited it!

The last DownStreet Art saw Gallery 53 hosting Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Rich Remsberg’s exhibtion “Historyland”.

This show represents a modern-day sort of hunting and gathering, rummaging through flea markets, yard sales, and eBay, for these broken shards of culture. In their selection, assembly, and consideration, they invite the same sort of response as constructed art.

These shop sweepings tell a different story of who we are as a people. It’s here you can begin to map the dreamscape. It’s here you’ll find the real gems among the pot shards.

 

15. Caravan69

Caravan69 will run till October 20th.

On July 26th, the location of 69 Union Street North Adams, MA became the newest “pop-up” gallery to join the DownStreet Art festivities for summer 2013. The former Gateway Chevrolet Car Dealership provided a truly unique atmosphere and space, both of which were necessary for this exhibition, which features large scale installations, archival footage, costumes and sets from internationally renowned artists/choreographers, Eiko & Koma.

“CARAVAN PLUS” will include a breadth of Eiko & Koma’s visual work including videos, photography, hand-made sets and costumes, as well as the caravan, a large trailer transformed into an art object/performance platfor from their performance piece The Caravan Project, which had been performed by Koma on Holden Street during the entire length of DownStreet Art’s opening night, Thursday July 25th.