Here’s a list of what you can expect to see at the first DownStreet art Thursday of the season! Check back monthly for information on whats up next!
Highlights from Dawn Nelson’s “365 Sweet Nothings” series will be on display at non-traditional spaces throughout downtown North Adams. Nelson invites viewers to walk through her exhibition with stops at express at 49 Main St., in the Holiday Inn Gallery at 40 Main St., in the Mountain One Bank Gallery at 93 Main St., and the Adams Community Bank Gallery at 31 Eagle St.
On view at Ferrin Contemporary is “EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes,” an exhibition of figural ceramic sculpture from 1970 to the present, which features masterworks from estates and private collections, alongside recent work direct from artist studios. The Cynthia-Reeves gallery will feature a solo exhibition of sculptural works in wood and metal by South Korean Artist Jaehyo Lee.
On the MASS MoCA campus, Bright Ideas Brewery at 111 MASS MoCA Way will host local artist Paul Chojnowski’s “Infrastructure Series,” which features drawings made by burning, scorching and sanding plywood.
Also on June 30, the Berkshire Artist Museum, 159 East Main St., will open three new exhibitions: “Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artist Center, 1990-1999”; “Art of Architecture,” which includes sketches by Howard Itzkowitz, models by William Sweet and computer drawings of Keith Bona, with the installation by Peter Dudek; and “The Art of Sarah Sutro” in the Fresh Color Gallery.
Creative Business Incubator spaces “Butterfly Effect” gallery (85 Main St), “Outside Gallery” (10 Ashland St), “Common Folk Artist Collective” (33 Main St), as well as the “Thin Walls Studio and Workshop” (87 Main St), each will host grand opening receptions as part of this first DownStreet Art Thursday.
The Crossing Guard Parade Brigade will make an appearance at the June 30 celebration to help kick off DownStreet Art Thursdays. They are a playful group that aims to make every mini-journey into a memorable and unexpected experience and will be turning Main Street into a parade with bright colors, accordions and megaphones.
Using Alaa Awad’s “Justice” mural as a backdrop, that was commissioned by DownStreet Art in 2014, the ladies of Marafanyi African Drumming invite inter-generational community members of all abilities to interact with the mural through music, dance, song and the spoken word.
“Bad Drama Theatre Club,” lead by Artistic Director Joshua Torres of North Adams, will perform their original production of “The Curse of the Old Coot on Coca-Cola Ridge” under the Mohawk marquee. This will be the first installment in a series of interconnected 15-minute plays that will be performed over the course of DownStreet Art Thursdays. The goal of the Club is to highlight the urban legends that are encompassed in North Adams history, and to provide opportunities for local community members to be involved with theatre productions about their town.
DownStreet Art and the Greylock Glass also invite the public to share their stories in a pop-up sound booth as part of a podcast. Podcasts will be live streamed as well as archived. Prompts will be given, but the story is all you. We want to hear your voice!
In addition to performances and gallery openings, the evening will feature the debut of the DownStreet Art Monthly Night Market on Holden Street. This new night market is another way we aim to provide as many local artists, artisans and other various makers of interesting items as many chances as possible to sell their wares.