DownStreet Art October 2014
87 Marshall Street
Open daily 11am-5pm
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. Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $12 for students, $8 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 www.massmoca.org.
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
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
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.
September 25: Works by Shen Chen and Lauren Mabry
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–October 26: 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.
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.
September 25th: Paper Dresses
Featuring works by Melanie Mowinski, Diane Sullivan, Karen Arp Sandel, Adrienne Gale, Suzi Banks Baum, Yudelka Tavera & Thamar Jean-Fedestin
Throughout the summer, the twelve “Paper Dresses” artists have been experimenting and creating work at PRESS that explores the tension between freedom and confinement within the dress form. Each artist made an edition of origami paper dresses that reflect elements of a larger wearable paper dress made specifically for this exhibit and/or a two-dimensional work.
PRESS Gallery Chief Melanie Mowinski initiated this collaboration. She was inspired by Nicholas D. Kristof’s upcoming visit to MCLA and his book, “Half the Sky,” co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn. “Half the Sky” chronicles Kristof and WuDunn’s encounters with extraordinary women all over the world and their struggles with the many injustices that women endure in the modern world.
31 Eagle Street
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Sat 10am-12pm
Featuring local and regional artists.
September 25: This Year’s Nature by Andrew Davis
“These paintings are natural landscapes that I have created in the past year. For the most part I work directly from observation, usually in one, two or three sessions. Moving from California to the Berkshires has had a tremendous effect on my artwork. I am including a few paintings from 2008, the year I moved here, so the viewing public can see the changes themselves.”
September 25: Art in the Water by Thomas Mikelson
During a trip to Venice in 2009, photographer Thomas Mikelson became captivated by the images reflecting from the surface of water in the canals. Thomas Mikelson says of his work “The surface of canals become like canvasses of dancing art. Once it caught my attention, I looked everywhere for it, never knowing just what I was expecting and then being surprised by it, often faster than I could get my camera ready.” The resulting images formed the series “Art in the Water,” which will be exhibited at Mountain One Bank Gallery.
An early reception will be held from 3-5pm.
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.”
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.
82 Summer Street
In addition to selections from their permanent collection in the lower galleries, our new show “A Blueprint for Preservation” opens. Come see these amazing blueprints the architectural firm Woodbury & Stuart of Boston produced when designing this repurposed 1929 church. These are linear essays on labor and love. Also, RAM is privileged to host an architectonic installation by Peter Dudek. Finally, in keeping with the theme of architecture and historical preservation, come view Bill Sweet’s phenomenal models of Beaver Mill and MASS MoCA.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Building 5A
115 State Street
Thurs-Sat 10-4pm, Sun 1-4pm
Celebrate the rich history of North Adams.
Eclipse Mill, Studio 102 243 Union Street
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, Studio 102
243 Union Street
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: To Each Her Own
Eclipse Mill, Studio 109
243 Union Street
Thurs-Sun 12-6 and by appointment
Museum quality paintings, photography, and sculpture.
Now exhibiting: The Botanical Mind
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.