DownStreet Art 2014 Summer Season

June 26th – September 25th



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.

MASS MoCA’s galleries are open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays. In July and August, MASS MoCA’s galleries are open 10am to 6pm every day. Gallery admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for children 6–16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round. For additional information, call 413-662-2111 or visit

Kidspace @ MASS MoCA


87 Marshall Street
Open daily 11am-6pm

It’s Only Human examines the human figure from the inside, an unexpected and often unfamiliar perspective apart from the medical and scientific world. Presenting the works of two internationally-acclaimed British artists—Nick Veasey and Marilene Oliver, who both use state-of-the-art medical imaging technology to reveal what’s going on underneath our skin—the exhibition confronts issues that children (as well as adults) grapple with in everyday life. By exposing the commonalities of our human core, the exhibition and accompanying education programming for local students will prompt discussion not only about the artistic process of employing medical equipment but also the deeper meaning of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Featuring: Nick Veasey & Marilene Oliver

NAACO Gallery


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

Independent Art Projects

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Independent Art Projects 
1315 MASS MoCA Way
Open 7 days a week 12-7pm

Independent Art Projects presents solo and group exhibitions by pioneering, emerging and established artists presented by galleries from NYC and New England. Presenting contemporary art of all medium, the space operates as a project room, providing galleries, artists, curators and collectors a forum to show current projects, new works and offer special events.

MCLA Gallery 51

51 Main Street
Open daily 10am-6pm

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.

August 28–September 25: Things You See by Sara Farrell Okamura & Hideyo Okamura

MCLA Gallery 51 will feature works by Sara Farrell Okamura and Hideyo Okamura in “Things You See.” Sara Farrell Okamura’s hybrid drawings and Hideyo Okamura’s paintings and video work span the possibilities of what you see, but not always what you recognize.

Hideyo Okamura’s work represents a here and now. It is not a depiction of anything other than what it is; line, paint, color, texture, and time.  In contrast, Sara Farrell Okamura’s figurative drawings, sometimes simple and to the point and other times maniacal and exaggerated focuses on realities, both mundane and extraordinary, not acknowledged.


PRESS Gallery

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.

August 28–September 25: Double Bubble Print Portfolio 

“Double Bubble Print Portfolio,” an exhibition featuring prints by 18 artists within a 40-mile radius of Troy, N.Y., and a 40-mile radius of Bennington, Vt. The work is the artist’s interpretation of the theme, “Double Bubble.”

Curators Denise Saint-Onge and Sarah Pike explained, “As printmakers living in the upper portion of the Northeast, social media offer opportunities to connect with people around the world but can, paradoxically, intensify our awareness of physical remoteness. One of the goals of this portfolio is to use the physical nature of printmaking and the connectivity of technology to bridge relationships between printmakers.”

Also Exhibiting:

September 25th:  Paper Dresses
Featuring works by Melanie Mowinski, Diane Sullivan, Karen Arp Sandel, Adrienne Gale, Suzi Banks Baum, Yudelka Tavera & Thamar Jean-Fedestin

New! Gallery 107

Mermaid Three

107 Main St.
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

August 28–September 25: A Mermaid and Three Heads of Cabbage by 2014 MFA graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, curated by Julia Dixon

The exhibit will showcase the works of Douglas Brull, Lisa Crafts, Dixon, Ruth Dudley-Carr, Joseph Keenan, Robert McCann, Kimberly Marshall, Naomi Elena Ramirez, Mark Read, Lorraine Reynolds, Aaron Rose, Kristin Serafini, Andrea Taylor, Mary Telfer and Margery Theroux.

The work will focus conceptually on four key themes: identity and sexuality, nature and environmental impact, objects and their changing narratives, and public engagement and social practice.

New! CONcourse Gallery


85 Main St.
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

August 28–September 25: Moments by John Michael Byrd & Worms Under My Skin by Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan

John Michael Byrd and Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan will come together for the first time in a joint exhibition at CONcourse Gallery. Although the artists will be sharing a space, they will be creating two separate artworks with separate exhibition titles to provoke visitors to create their own interpretations of the separate and shared distinctions between artworks.

Moments: by Byrd will showcase paintings and drawings composed in “an attempt to resolve the confrontation of the artificial and the real.” He uses pre existing images and deconstructs the imagery to create new content.

“I find the resultant paintings suggest a more compounded, complex narrative without being shackled to the original framing of the subject. My mode of re-contextualization empowers the viewer to interpret them more symbolically and metaphorically,” Byrd said.

Worms Under My Skin: by O’Ryan is a paper and soft sculpture installation by O’Ryan. Her small cut paper figures and black fabric figures are arranged in an awkward and unsettling composition to provoke ideas of self-consciousness. Her work is meant to overwhelm viewers by exploring feelings of anxiety, phobia and weakness in reference to the body.

New! DIScourse Galleries A & B


85 Main St.
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

August 28–September 25: Canvas and Study: Oil Paintings and Gouaches by William Oberst

DIScourse Gallery will exhibit the work of local artist William Oberst. Canvas and Study: Oil Paintings and Gouaches will include large-scale oil paintings filling both DIScourse Galleries, A and B.

Focusing mainly on portraits of people, his work functions as a time capsule, portraying and encapsulating the moments of the 21st century for viewers in the distant future.

“We all have a shared humanity,” states Oberst, “I would hope that those future viewers recognize something of themselves in my work.”

The exhibition brings together four oil paintings and eight gouache studies of people. Although radically different in scale and degree of finish, Oberst explores both mediums in his nearly life-sized images. All of the portraits Oberst will be gathering for this exhibition will be in different stages of finish, but share the commonality of being enlarged to nearly life-size images. Through his hopes of providing the future with accurate depictions of daily life. Oberst hones in on themes of labor, the parent-child bond, the relationships between men and women, as well as a general representation of the challenges we face as a society in this time period.

New! Adams Community Bank Gallery


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

Featuring local and regional artists.

August 28–September 25: Cultural Currency by Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen, born in Dublin, Ireland, lives in Massachusetts where he works in a studio in the cow stall of a nineteenth-century barn. He has developed his own distinctive approach to art making, utilizing walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images. Painting largely with his hands, Karl creates primitive, poetic figures that float on fields of color. The imagery in his paintings is born out of Irish mythology, family and dreams. This show will feature some of his latest figurative work.

Karl’s ground of choice is artist-stock Arches paper, old book pages, sheet music, photographs and other ephemera that glow with the passage of time. Recently he has been experimenting with non-traditional materials such as wine, tea, salt, shoe polish, Indian spices, spit and ash, applied with bottles, knives and other kitchen utensils to give a draftsman quality to his work.

His work is shown annually at The New York Outsider Art Fair, The Intuit Show Chicago, Folk Fest Atlanta and at many galleries nationally
and in Europe. Mullen’s paintings reside in many private collections in the U.S. and Europe and in the permanent holdings of The Polk Museum, The Hurn Museum and Robert Morris College. They were also showcased in the PBS syndicated TV series Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations and are included frequently in art/design magazines such as Home Accents and Elle Decor.

New! MountainONE Gallery

93 Main St.
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

August 28–September 25: Exhibiting the work of photographer and digital artist, Dale Levitz.

William Oberst Studio

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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.”

Martha Flood Design Studio & Fabric Gallery


38 Eagle Street
Wed-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. 2013 Yankee Magazine Best of New England, Editor’s Choice Winner.

September 25: “Path of the Hearth Fire” Martha embraces the Fall Equinox with new work that connects with the radiance of fire and which speaks to our need for light and warmth as the earth spins towards the Winter Solstice. Studio open Noon to 8 PM.


New! Rudd Art Museum


82 Summer Street
Wed-Sun 12-5
(413) 664-9550

Grand Opening of the Lower Galleries!

Rudd Art Museum proudly opens its Lower Galleries with a retrospective of Eric Rudd’s artwork from 1966 to 1980. These abstract paintings and sculptures encapsulate the energy and aesthetics of that critical era in American art. The exhibit anticipates the museum’s 2015 season, which will highlight the early work of other Berkshire artists.

In the Upper Galleries

Currently on view until September 14: “Figuring In;” “Viola Moriarty (1958-2013);” “Works by Wilma Rifkin;” and an installation by Paul Chojnowski.

For more information visit

 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.

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.

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.

Now exhibiting: Hiding in Plain Sight

Brill Gallery

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

Museum quality paintings, photography, and sculpture.

Now exhibiting: Hudson River Maidens

Visitor Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park

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

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