Colour and Form: Beauty in Abstraction

on view: Jan. 24 - Mar. 17, 2019

Opening reception Thursday Jan. 24, 5pm - 7pm

Featured artists: Kathline Carr, Dawn Nelson, Sarah Sutro

The show explores the beauty, complexities and depth of abstract art and our continuing interest in it and how it inspires our curiosity about the reaches of our imagination.

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art.



Apply by Feb. 22

on view: March 28 - April 21, 2019

Opening reception Thursday March 28, 5pm - 7pm

MCLA Gallery 51 is pleased to announce an opportunity for alumni to exhibit their work in a group exhibition highlighting their creative pursuits since graduation. It is a unique chance for the college to present the work of our alumni in our downtown gallery, highlighting the impact of an innovative liberal arts education and our Alumni's contribution to vibrant creative communities in North Adams and beyond.


on view: April 25 – May 26, 2019

Opening reception Thursday April 25, 5pm – 7pm

This exhibition serves as the annual culminating event that provides graduating artists with the tools they will need to further their careers as they learn how to display and install their art and more.


on view: May 30 - June 22, 2019

Opening reception Thursday May 30, 5pm - 7pm

After several years of working in graphic design, Bahamian-born Anina Major returned to school as a fine arts major (MFA '17 RISD) eager to inspire others with what she has discovered through the act of making. Technically speaking, her current work combines weaving with the creation of clay objects, but the ceramist is still motivated by the same desire to communicate that drew her to graphic design.

Jon Verney

on view: June 27 - Aug 24, 2019

Opening reception Thursday June 27, 5pm - 8pm

The exhibition will be comprised of framed photographs, altered polaroids, light-boxes and video projection. Approaching photographs as objects that can be pulled apart, dissected and dissolved, Jon presents a series of works embodying his experimentation and embracing of chance. 


on view: Aug. 29 - Sept. 21, 2019

Opening reception Thursday Aug. 29, 5pm - 8pm

Mark making describes the different lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. it can be loose and gestural or controlled and neat. It can apply to any material used on any surface: paint on canvas, ink or pencil on paper, a scratched mark on plaster, clay or metal, a digital paint tool on a screen, the pattern in a weaving, even a sound can be a form of mark making. Artists use gesture to express their feelings and emotions in response to something seen or something felt - or gestural qualities can be used to create a purely abstract composition