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DownStreet Art Thursday, July 28 2016

DownStreet Art

Thursday July 28, 5-8 PM

Shop a variety of local makers at DownStreet Art’s monthly night market:

A little something for everyone from farm-fresh baked good,s to handmade creations, to works of art.

DownStreet Voices – contribute your story as we live stream the impressions of participants. 

Jason Velázquez, editor of Greylock Glass, describes the project as an artistic experiment that makes him a little nervous. “Anything that pushes the boundaries of public expression out significantly should make one nervous. That’s how you know you’re on to something.”

Visit local organizations including:
MASS CreativeMASS MoCA, MCLA Admissions and Hoosic River Revival

Berkshire Bank Stage

DysFUNKcrew 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Formed in February of 2013, and featuring eight MCLA Alumni, dysFUNKcrew commits to a variety of dance styles including Hip-Hop, Modern, Ballet, Bellydancing, and Step. Their focus is to give back to the Berkshire community that they love by showcasing both their skills and talents.

 Lita Williams 5:00 PM

Lita Williams, now a resident of Berkshire county, is not your average musician. Her Hawaiian roots mixed with her Nashville training have created a very unique sound and a show with something for everyone. She continues to reach new milestones in her career and has laid a heavy focus on using her gift to help others. Hers is a show worth catching!

Ray Gifford 6:30PM


Ray Gifford is a Performing Songwriter with an eclectic taste in music and wide variety of influences. A strong and clear unique vocal style paired with solid guitar work make for enjoyable listening and relatable music.




under the Mohawk Marquee

Bad Drama Theatre Club | 5:30-6:15PM & 6:45-7:30PM

Bad Drama Theatre Club will perform their original production of the second 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.

In the Galleries

Melanie Mowinski, Wayfinding
MCLA Gallery 51 – 51 Main St.
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Join Melanie Mowinski in celebrating the opening of her solo exhibition of new works. In her words: Wayfinding is about trusting the way and understanding the many paths to get to the same destination literally and figuratively. Some are direct others are tranquil. Some avoid obstacles. And others are just variety and keep your mind alert for new things. I define this as cultivating a wilderness state of mind.

Max_image1Assets for Artists, a local initiative that helps artists to build their creative practices, will open an exhibition in exPRESS Gallery, 49 Main St. Each year, a group of applicants is selected to be part of their art community-building efforts. The exhibition, Local Colors: curated by Kathline Carr, includes work by 2015 North Adams Project Participants: Max Spitzer, Joshua Harriman, Sarah Pike, Michelle Daly, Megan Tamas, Jim Peters and Kathline Carr.


Exposed: Heads, Busts, and Nudes

Group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters from 1970–present
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way
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Tour the exhibit with Leslie Ferrin, gallery director and curator of the exhibition at 7:00 PM

This group of noted American and British sculptors explores themes that range from social realism to otherworldly surrealism to abstraction of form. The overview illustrates how early practitioners in California’s Bay Area during in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Stephen De Staebler, continue to inspire artists today. Known for their use of clay in combination with painted glaze surfaces, these artists challenge presumptions and their work defies easy categorization as sculpture, decorative arts, or studio craft.
Lionel Smit
1315 MASS MoCA Way
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Tour the exhibit with Cynthia Reeves, gallery director at 7:00 PM

Smit’s interest in the themes of duality arose organically. He writes: “I wanted to merge the idea of the abstract and the naturalistic form. I love Rorschach images, and so I started doing drawings that incorporated two faces, identical but with different attitudes. It seemed to capture the whole idea of peering into the psyche, of seeing in a different way who we are. My work is very involved with identity and, in the past few years, I predominantly started working with the faces of the Cape Malayan woman, a culture of people that evolved through Colonialism. The image of the double head also has a relationship to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, that of looking into the future while simultaneously looking into the past.”
Berkshire Art Museum
159 E. Main St.
This exhibition showcases the work of nine artists who had a close association with the Contemporary Artists Center and to the Berkshires –exhibition on Three Floors

Dale Bradley, Christopher Gillooly, Brandon Graving, Robert Henriquez,   Henry Klein, Barbara May, Robert Schechter, Maria Siskind, David Zaig.

COLORS  – Sarah Sutro

ART AND ARCHITECTURE: Keith Bona, Peter Dukek, Howard Itzkowitz, William Sweet

Creative Business Incubators

The Creative Incubator spaces are a new DownStreet Art initiative aimed to give artist entrepreneurs, a place to grow their creative businesses in a supported and inviting way. With the help of DownStreet Art, Creative Incubator spaces have been implemented in four formerly empty storefronts in downtown North Adams. Spaces range from working studios to gallery and performance venues.
Reber_Fix_outsideOutside – 10 Ashland StDirected by Mandy Johnson and James Jarzyniecki

Dedicated to solo exhibitions by emerging artists, Outside includs a small shop of art and design publications.

Current Exhibition: Allure a solo exhibition of new poetry, paintings and video Nicole Reber


gosh you look so great
as a living
beauty awards 2016
rewards careful
we prosecute
shoplifters to the fullest
extent of the law
of attraction
based on body first
mind second
home business
usual routine
makeup for ever
makeup for ever
I do this because it makes me feel beautiful.

Nicole Reber (b. 1989) is a New York based artist working within sculpture, painting, collage and language. Recent exhibitions of her work have taken place at HAP Gallery (OR), Black and White Project Space (NY), Knockdown Center (NY), and Kimberly-Klark (NY). She has spoken at NADA, MoMA PS1, and Printed Matter. She is a co-editor of Packet, a biweekly arts publication that has published over 80 issues in the past 3 years. The complete Packet archive was recently acquired by the MoMA Library.
Thin Walls Studio & Gallery –  87 Main StThis studio and workshop features the artwork of artist and visiting MCLA professor Joshua Ostraff who is working on a series of paintings and prints that examine what it means to be selfless, and to share with those around you. For DownStreet Art Thursday, Thin Walls Studio & Workshop invites the public to join artist Josh Ostraff to screen-print tuna which will be incorporated into an exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51 in January, 2017.

Butterfly Effect- 85 Main StCollaborated on by three Elementary teachers – Christina KingCheryl Wildermuth, and Julianne Jock – the hope is that their paintings would become artistic responses to visitors, and neighbors alike that come in contact with the gallery space. It is through this project that we hope to become more deeply immersed in the beauty of the Butterfly Effect, both witnessed and experience though the various roles these artists have had in this truly amazing community.

Common Folk– 33 Main St
Together we, inspire creativity, strengthen our artistry, and encourage each other to positively contribute to our community.


Opening Exhibition: ArtDoors

ArtDoors is a program coordinated by UNiTY Youth Development at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. This teen summer program explores cultural organizations and local hiking spots for 5 weeks. The program includes introductory art workshops. The work that the participants have been creating through the program will be shown during the month of August.

What to expect?
A participatory art project! The group worked with local artist, Max Spitzer, to create a tree sculpture. Be a part of the piece and help us paint it the night of the opening.

DownStreet Art Exhibitions in non-traditional Spaces

Gwen Bird, Paper Cuts
MountainOne Bank Gallery – 93 Main St.

Early Reception 4 – 5 PM

Bird creates images by removing substance, cutting away layers to reveal the colors underneath. The pieces are composed of one to ten layers, and every part of each layer is connected, if tenuously, creating the challenge of designing the piece so it won’t fall apart. Sometimes this is accomplished by making the pieces like stencils, with the bottom layer becoming the shape and the top layer working as the background. Other times, shapes are layered on each other.

Ben Mancino, Welcome to the Berkshires
Holiday Inn, 40 Main St.

Join the Artist for a reception at the Holiday Inn

An exhibition of photos by award winning photographer Ben Mancino. “Welcome to the Berkshires” series gives viewers an insight into the most beautiful locations the Berkshires has to offer. Mancino’s unparalleled vision of photography is portrayed through the exclusive use of natural lighting and regional landscapes.

Don Orcutt and Pamela Acosta
Adams Community Bank Gallery – 31 Eagle St.

See the exhibition during normal banking hours

Both Orcutt and Acosta use their work to explore the theme of wonder, and the mystery surrounding the human psych.

IMG_6203When describing the inspiration behind her work, Acosta says “The idea of quests is something that has become a very important element for my work lately. I create visual narratives about a myriad of beings searching for the missing elements of their existence or simply their purpose. This community of curious seekers and wanderers represent different aspects of my own life voyage but they also act as a bridge to the viewer and others who also find themselves in a enveloped in a quest of their own.”

Don Orcutt, a Berkshire native, also uses his work to explore the theme of wonder. He mainly works with painting and sculpture and has had his work exhibited in various venues around the Berkshires as well as in St Petersburg, Florida.
Paul Chojnowski, Infrastructure Series 
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way

Stop in for a beer and see more art.

The newly opened Bright Ideas Brewing on the MASS MoCA campus will be host to Paul Chojnowski’s Infrastructure Series for the entirety of the DownStreet Art season.

Berkshire artist Paul Chojnowski creates drawings in a non-traditional way. He “draws” by scorching, sanding, and torching large pieces of plywood to create realistic works of art. Also on display are newer works in the series, which are smaller and created by manipulating water colored paper instead of wood, then suspending that paper from custom made mahogany boxes which are illuminated from behind by LED lights creating an image suggestive of stained glass.


Not to be missed…

Makers Mill – 73 Main St.

Join Makers Mill for an Open Studio. We will be opening our doors for Downstreet Art 2016! Stop in for a tour of the space, to see what our members are creating, and to learn more about our growing Makers’ Mill community!

After Parties!

Stay late and #getdown with Magic Island & Anonymous Animal
Common folk – 33 Main St
$5 – 10 tickets online or at the door
for more informationMagic Island is a 4-piece catchy, groovy, indie rock band from Leominster, Massachusetts. Since their formation in early 2013, they’ve played countless shows throughout New England and the East Coast supporting their 3 releases. Catch their hip-swaying, head-bobbing, dance-inducing live show as their island expands throughout the planet.

Hailing from many parts of Massachusetts, Anonymous Animal is electronic, indie, dance machine headed by collaborators Joe Aidonidis & Barny Lanman. With a constantly revolving line-up, it’s safe to say that no one has every seen the same Anonymous Animal set twice. Their music changes from venue to venue as well as the instruments they play.
After hours at the Chalet
MASS MoCA Chalet, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
Free, bring money for beer
for more informationSpontaneous music with Bang on a Can fellows and faculty in our summer beer garden, which careens wildly from bluegrass to jazz to salsa to avant-ballads.

DownStreet Art (monthly) Night Market

Calling all awesome local creative types!

DownStreet Art 2016 is all about keeping it local, which includes giving as many local artists, artisans, purveyors of interesting items, and makers of all sorts a chance to sell their wares as we can. To this end we’re planning a monthly night market to take place on DownStreet Art Thursdays.

We’ll be closing down Holden Street to traffic and setting up shop so to speak and we hope you’ll consider joining us.

Please feel free to share this email with others you think might be interested.

The monthly night market will take place on each DownStreet Art Thursdays (June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29) from 5-8pm.

Market will be held rain or shine and there are no booth or vendor fees to participate. Our space is limited, but we’d love to get a large range of folks. Preference will be given to those who can commit to the whole season. All the details and rules can be found at the link below.

If you’re interested, please complete the vendor form found here: by June 10th.

DSA Office Hours

DownStreet Art Program Manager Michelle Daly will hold open office hours from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14, at MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., to answer questions, provide feedback or assist with proposals.

Interested individuals also may contact Daly to schedule a time to meet outside of these hours by calling (413) 662-5253 or e-mailing her at

“This is the perfect opportunity to talk through an idea, get feedback on a proposal or get individual assistance with the application,” Daly said.

This year, there are three opportunities for artists; DownStreet Art Projects, Creative Business Incubator and Call for Exhibitions.

DownStreet Art Thursdays will be held on June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.

Artists can apply for one or all three of these DownStreet Art 2016 opportunities. This year applications will be accepted online through

DownStreet Art Info Sessions

#getdown with DownStreet Art – Applications due April 15

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Here’s your chance to network, ask questions and learn about opportunities for artists and creative entreprenueurs or to sign up to vounteer.

We’ll be holding two Info Sessions:

Monday March 28, 6-8pm at MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main Street, North Adams

Wednesday March 30, 5-7pm at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield


Apply for DownStreet Art 2016!

DSA is back

Read the full press release.

The Ninth Annual DownStreet Art will feature four DownStreet Art Thursdays, participatory projects at city events between July and October, and also will debut a new creative business incubator program with the goal of supporting local artists beyond exhibition and performing opportunities.

“We’re excited to bring these opportunities to the artists of North Adams,” said BCRC Program Manager Michelle Daly. “We believe these changes will enliven downtown North Adams in a sustainable way, creating new opportunities for artists, downtown businesses and the community.”

DownStreet Art Thursdays will continue to be a signature element of DownStreet Art. This year, they will take place on June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 23.

The theme for DownStreet Art 2016 is Meet Your Neighbors, and in an effort to highlight the amazing talent of local artists, we are limiting proposals to artists living or working within 20 miles of North Adams, MA.

New initiatives

Building on the success of DSA and in addition to DownStreet Art Thursday events, MCLA’s BCRC announces two new artist-focused opportunities that will be available to the growing creative sector through the DSA program this season.

The first new initiative is DownStreet Art (DSA) Projects. These sponsored, participatory art projects will be part of city and community events held between July and October.

The second new initiative is the launch of the Creative Business Incubator Program, for which MCLA’s BCRC will invite proposals from local artists and creative workers who are interested in activating available spaces in the downtown, using available storefronts as pop-up galleries.

Through the Creative Business Incubator Program, the BCRC staff will work closely with selected artists to encourage their sustained presence in downtown North Adams.

As part of this inaugural initiative, DSA will provide each artist with an intern, who will work with one or two artists to create business and marketing plans. The artists also will enjoy support from a range of local experts who will serve as mentors.


This year, applications for DSA Projects, the Creative Business Incubator Program and the call for exhibitions will be accepted online through

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