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MCLA Gallery 51: Here

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51 will present "Here." starting September 24. .

"As a result of MASS MoCA being in North Adams for ten years, there is a corresponding growth of a contemporary arts community in the surrounding region. The effect of MASS MoCA and its programming can be measured by both the increasing numbers of artists choosing to live and work here and the audience that supports their work through attendance and purchases. But is there also an intellectual contribution from the exposure to exhibits, installations and site specific commissions in the work that is currently being produced in the region?

During the jurying process we reviewed a variety of media, paintings, photography, collage and video. Clearly the presence of MASS MoCA has had an effect on artists lives, their choice of subject matter and in some cases the institution was the means by which the art was produced as in the case of the videos and photograph series. By bringing the art works together in a group show format, there is a range of viewpoints and presentation of the subject which then offers the viewer a variety of ways to consider 10 years of the MASS MoCA effect."-Leslie Ferrin, curator.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 24, 6-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Here" features the work of local and national artists all of whose work in some way examines present-day North Adams, MASS MoCAs presence in the community for the past 10 years and the effect it has had: Artists include: Scott Barrow, Kay Canavino, Gordon Chandler, Laura Christensen, Joan Diamant, Wendy James, Jaye Fox, Joe Fusaro, Wendy Goldberg, Amanda Hartlage, J.C. Jogerst, Phelan LaVelle, Melanie Mowinski, John Mitchell, David Ricci, Gregory Scheckler, Nicholas Whitman, Thor Wickstrom and Michael Zelehoski. "Here" is on exhibit through October 25.

Thursday, October 8 an artist salon moderated by curator Leslie Ferrin, and including several artists from the exhibition will be held at the gallery at 6:00 p.m.

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