New! MURAL: Alaa Awad
Route 2 Overpass, Center Street between Marshall & Holden Streets
“Justice” : Alaa Awad is an Egyptian painter and muralist who engages ancient Egyptian motifs to describe contemporary political and social realities. His work is colorful, readable and often tells a story. While of Egyptian origin, Awad’s characters tell very human stories about the struggle for social injustice, accountability and balance.
New! MURAL: Corwin Levi
Route 2 Overpass, St. Anthony’s Parking Lot, facing MASS MoCA
“Circumnavigate Through” : “The void is a personal space to each of us where our creativity and power exists and from which we can see, in moment, the wonders of which we are capable.”
An award winning muralist currently in residency at Willapa Bay in Oysterville, WA, Corwin Levi is a multi-media artist working in video, sculpture and painting.
New! INSTALLATION: Jarvis Rockwell
CONcourse Gallery at 85 Main Street
UNVEILING: August 28th
Jarvis Rockwell is the son of famed illustrator Norman Rockwell and is a local North Adams resident. He began collecting action figures in 1979 and since then his collection has grown by hundreds- and sometimes thousands- of pieces per year. After a decade of collecting, Rockwell began to create small groupings, articulating the relationships he saw between figures and arranging his tableaux in Plexiglas boxes.
Rockwell wil be creating two “Wall Drawings” that includes miniature toy figures as well as hand drawn illustrations. Rockwell uses miniature figurines as “smaller distortions” of human beings. He juxtaposes three-dimensional sculptures with two-dimensional drawings to create a realm that is in-between reality and fantasy – his interpretation of a transitional between life and death.
He explained, “Death is the sloughing off of the three dimensional.” Rockwell hopes to provoke his viewers to question the place where our souls go after death.
New! INSTALLATION: Michael Chapman
109 Main Street
UNVEILING: August 28th
Michael Chapman will create a window installation including clowns, a victrola and other oddities.
“A vignette wherein Crocheter Le Clown returns from his travels to his beloved home The Freemans Grove Benevolent Society… there he finds a coup has ensued! Dear Deer has discovered the evils of the bar and Rock & Roll. Macrame Goat has taken up residence… but his real problems have yet to begin as his slithering Nemesis has found his way in…
New! WINDOW INSTALLATION: Berkshire Eagle Gallery
85 Main Street Windows
UNVEILING August 28:
What’s old is new again.
In her latest exhibition at the Berkshire Eagle Window Gallery. artist Jennifer Huberdeau brings new works to life from previous works.
“Phoenix Rising,” a series of new paintings, will debut int the windows of the Berkshire Eagle’s North County office, 85 Main Street, on Thursday, Aug. 28, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
“It isn’t unusual for an artist to reuse the materials at hand; creating new works on top of old ones,” Huberdeau said. “When I set out to create a body of work for DownStreet Art, I had no idea what it was going to look like. When I reuse canvases, I typically just white them out. This time I decided to strip the old paint from them. What I found during this process was inspirational. In some cases, dozens of layers of paint were scraped and reconfigured.”
Once the deconstruction of each canvas was complete, she set out to rebuild each one into a new painting.
MURAL: Maya Huyak
Side of Juvenile Court on Center Street (facing Route 2)
Large, colorful, completely improvised, totally optimistic abstract mural.
MURAL: Muralismo Publico
Back of Mohawk Theater
Marta Gil and Estibaliz Vera from Vitoria, Spain are part of a cooperative of mural artists that contributed in naming their city the “painted city”. With this optimistic mural about change, they have shared their talent with all of us during the month of June.
Across from MASS MoCA
On view 24 hours
MASS MoCA commissioned work by artist Don Gummer in the plaza outside the T. William Lewis Building on Marshall St. The work, entitled Primary Separation, was first designed by Gummer in 1969, and existed only in maquette form until the installation: this is its first full-scale realization.
ART ABOUT TOWN: Pillars
Underpass Route 2 on Marshall Street
Art About Town is an artist- and citizen-based organization that builds community through public art projects. The mural project is located on the pillars under the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Marshall Street.
Art teacher Christina King along with 9 students from Greylock Elementary School who participated in CAMP -”community art mural project” an after school program brought this project to life.
Interested in the history of North Adams and it’s creative past, images were chosen from the cut and stitch cloth dolls that were printed by Arnold Printworks in the late 1890’s through 1910. Arnold Printworks (1862-1945) was located on the present day site of MASS MoCA and by 1905 was one of the leading producers of printed textiles.
The students learned to replicate, enlarge and transfer the doll images to the columns. Painting is being done with the help of their art teacher Christina King, William Oberst local realist painter and MCLA student, Stephanie Vanbramer. All of the dolls are scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2012.
MURAL: Matt McWhirt
Eagle St. Alley Way between Desperados and The Party Place
A Scenic interpretation of the Berkshire landscape.
Permanent Installation on Main Street by Victoria Palermo, which combines the functional with the aesthetic. According to a BRTA patron: “commuters are truly blessed to enjoy such beauty. Thanks to all who made this artful bus stop a reality”. The installation is made possible thanks to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA.