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
UNVEILING July 31st
Corwin Levi: “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 will be creating a large scale mural in downtown North Adams this summer.
New! MURAL: Jarvis Rockwell
Hallway of 85 Main Street Concourse
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.
Jarvis will be creating a wall drawing just outside the doors of the CONcourse Gallery.
New! WINDOW INSTALLATION: Brandon Graving
Window installation titled “Blood Lines” on American Legion Drive.
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.