DownStreet Art 2014 Summer Season

June 26th – September 25th

Join us for the DownStreet Art Season Kickoff Celebration on June 26th, 2014 and mark your calendars for the last Thursday of every month as DSA Thursdays will continue all summer long into September 25th with exhibitions and art happenings!


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

2. 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

On View June 14, 2014 – May 25, 2014

3. 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.

4. Independent Art Projects

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

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.

5. 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.


July 31st – Split / Level by Julia Morgan-Leamon

In a solo show, Julia Morgan-Leamon utilizes found and altered objects, assemblage, paint, sculpture and video to explore rifts (and connections) in experience: personal vs other, memory versus perception, loss versus serendipity. Split/Level investigates the spatial, emotional, and conceptual experience of being neither here nor there, neither upstairs nor down, but poised in between. The exhibition is built around two personal narratives of loss and a feather-light poem that connects them.

Also Exhibiting:

August 28th–October 26th – Sara Farrell Okamura & Hideyo Okamura, Things You See

6. PRESS Gallery

ericka radich
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.

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July 31st- Nature as Medicine, Nature as Companion by Jae Ok Lee and Erika Radich

Nature as Medicine, Nature as Companion, featuring the work of Jae Ok Lee and Erika Radich. Through their work, these two artists examine the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Over the course of one year, while fighting illness, Jae Ok created thousands of small clay objects inspired by her garden. Jae Ok states, “The simple act of pinching the forms has been a healing experience that gave me enormous hope for my recovery.” Erika’s monotypes mounted on wood explore color interactions, layers, and variations in depth and space. Erika explains, “The natural world in relationship with humans, and their coevolution as a moving, breathing entity inspires these prints. There is strength in quiet and infinite endurance.”

Also Exhibiting:

August 28th – Double Bubble Print Portfolio
Organized by Sarah Pike & Denise Saint-Onge. Featuring works by Valerie Carrigan & Melanie Mowinski.

September 25th – Paper Dresses
Featuring works by Melanie Mowinski, Diane Sullivan, Karen Arp Sandel, Adrienne Gale & Suzi Banks Baum

7. New! CONcourse Gallery

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


July 31st- Illusions by Julia Forrest

A woman presents herself within the landscape. She turns a mirror towards the viewer, breaking up the solid environment. She interacts with the landscape she wanders in, blending into the background, changing with scale, or holding a part of the landscape itself. The whole image becomes a pictorial  illusion and as the photographer, I am in complete control of the composition.

In reference to greek mythological stories of goddesses, these women look gentle and fragile, yet posses a strong power. Without seeing their faces the identity becomes unimportant, the focus being on their performance. The variety of mirrors I use help them blend into their surroundings, the mirror serving as an illusion to show off their power by changing the landscape at will.

Also Exhibiting:

August 28th – Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan & John Michael Byrd

8. New! DIScourse Gallery A

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

June 26th–August 24th: Read Me: Artist’s Books, Altered Books, and Related Installations by Nava Atlas

“Incorporating elements of my own writing as well as appropriated text with found images and materials, my artist’s book and altered books explore social justice issues, and how language and media are used to perpetuate unsustainable cultural norms and negative streotypes. On the flip side, my explorations of the inner world and emotional self — especially those aspects that are universal and which tie in with gender role and expectations — often emerge with a liberal dose of humor and irony. The resulting work is always text-driven and takes the form of altered books, small installations, limited edition or unique artist’s books, and other readable objects.”

9. New! DIScourse Gallery B

monica 1

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

July 31st- A Desire to Memorialize by Monica Chulewicz

“My collages are a collection of memories from a past that is unknown to me. I overlay vintage photographs I have collected to create a dialogue between history, memory, and time that addresses themes of existence, fragility, and mortality. In addition, my main focus with my creations is the theme of loss of life and memory. This simultaneously depicts the replacement of new life.

Through the process of creating settings that cannot possibly exist, I express the way I think – existence and death are surreal experiences. I suffer from a progressive disease which has forced me to deal with my own mortality head on. Memories are often erased from my mind, and people disappear from my memory to later return. My collages express the rhythms of my own recollections, often elements recede from the foreground while others push quietly to center stage.”

10. New! Gallery 107

Growth and Decay Exhibit - McQuillan
107 Main St.
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

July 31st – Growth and Decay curated by Angela McQuillan

In August 2013 at Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia, six artists working in diverse mediums presented work in an exhibition entitled Growth and Decay.  This show was focused on biomorphic art, or art that refers to or evokes living forms.  Growth and Decay explored the dialog between the structured organization and order of systems in a state of development and growth, contrasted with the chaotic nature of decomposition and the breaking down of components during their inevitable decline and decay.

One year later in North Adams Massachusetts, these artists come together again in another biomorphic art exhibition entitled The Vital Flux.  The concept behind this second exhibition is the importance of change.  In the span of one year our artistic practice has grown, changed, and introduced new concepts while recycling old ones.  Change is vital to the continuation of life.  Living organisms are constantly evolving and adapting to new circumstances.  This artwork is a continuation of where we left off, and an indication of the many different directions we are heading.   Each artist has their own unique visual language and creative interpretation of the living world, providing a unique viewing experience that combines elements of biology with a delicate mix of surrealism and abstraction.  The Vital Flux will be featuring work by artists Emily Barletta, Alana Bograd, Jackie Brown, Marguerita Hagan, Angela McQuillan and Samantha Jones.  The show is curated by Angela McQuillan.

Also Exhibiting:

August 28th – Vermont College of Fine Arts Summer 2014 Graduating Group

11. William Oberst Studio

Oberst 05
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.

William Oberst will be working on a large, narrative oil painting titled “The Good Captain.”

12. New! MountainONE Gallery

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

July 31st- Elements by Ian Grey

13. Adams Community Bank Gallery

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

Featuring local and regional artists.

July 31st- Hinterland by Chelsea Neveau

14. 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.

15. New! Rudd Art Museum

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

Rudd Art Museum’s permanent collection preserves and examines five decades of artwork by Eric Rudd. The summer group show “Figuring In” presents 14 artists from across the Berkshires, who depict the human form in various media and styles; the exhibit runs until September 15. A memorial show for Bennington artist Viola Moriarty runs from July 31 to September 15. Regular hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-5:00 pm. Free Admission.

“Figuring In”
Rudd Art Museum
159 East Main Street
June 28 – September 15
Thursday – Sunday 12-5:00 PM
Free Admission

Rudd Art Museum, celebrating Berkshires artists, is the newest reason to come to North Adams.
The summer show “Figuring In” presents 14 artists from across the county, who depict the human form in various media and styles.
“Viola Moriarty (1958-2013)”
Rudd Art Museum
159 East Main Street
July 31 – September 15
Thursday – Sunday 12-5:00 PM
Free Admission

Come celebrate the life of Bennington artist Viola Moriarty in this memorial exhibit of her paintings.

16. 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.

July 31st- Martha Flood Design debuts Factory Fresh “Harlow Eco-Totes” and announces a new collaboration with Dream Green USA in the production of Artists Collection Eco-Fabric decorative pillows, wall décor and bags.

15. 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.

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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.