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MCLA Gallery 51: Past Shows: 2014 

Persistence of Spirit

January 30 - February 23, 2014
Reception: Thursday, January 30 , 5-7 p.m.

MCLA Gallery 51 invites you to soak in the culture of Haiti and experience the rich paintings of Philippe Dodard, Gontran Durocher and Ronald Mevs of Port au Prince. This exhibition provides viewers with a glimpse of strength, resilience, and vitality of the Haitian people in face of significant economic and social challenges.

All three artists live and work in Haiti. Philippe Dodard's visually commanding work is well-known in the international arts community. Dodard and Durocher live and work in Petionville, Haiti while Mevs is from Jacmel. Curator Guy Michel Telemaque, Visual Arts Faculty and Gordon Gallery Director, for the Boston Arts Academy, says that because artists Dodard, Durocher and Mevs, "were linked in stories of the past, he decided to (in a sense) reunite them through this exhibition of their powerfully moving work. Their forays into contemporary ideas, while maintaining a keen connection with tradition, make for an engag¬ing, multifaceted show.

MCLA Professor of Art Melanie Mowinski, who met and spent with Philippe Dodard along with eight MCLA students when they traveled to Haiti sees "(Dodard's work) pulses back and forth between graphic black and white pattern-like images that conjure up faces, bodies, movement and ones with broad strokes and splashes of the spectacular color and light of the Caribbean--yet also references a history of influences both European and African. I'm looking forward to our students experiencing his and the other artists' works."

This exhibition expands our cultural knowledge of Haiti as well as our understanding.

We hope to see you there.

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. and is located at 51 Main St.  North Adams, MA.   For more information, please call (413) 664 8718

Inside the Outside: Reconsidering our Views about Art

Opening Reception: February 27, 5-7

February 27 - March 23, 2014

Artist talk: March 18th and 29th, 5pmWith a mix of images from artists who are either self-taught or create art under unusual circumstances, the exhibition asks: how does one identify and describe art that lies outside the traditional spectrum of art making? This show is organized by students from MCLA's Museum Studies class under the direction of Professor Emeritus Tony Gengarelly.


March 27 - April 20, 2014
Reception: March 27, 5-7 p.m.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Gallery 51 presents EXCHANGE, an exhibition organized by MCLA Advanced Museum Studies students. EXCHANGE aims to expose positive and/or negative feelings that arise from the use of digital technology. The class developed this theme after brainstorming the meaning of the word "exchange" as it is relevant and prevalent in today's social media / technology-laden society.  The exhibit features artwork that may have been completed with the help of technology, or that reflects a broad span of feelings connected to its use as an art or social tool.




Julia Mandle and Gayle Wells Mandle 


May 29 - June 22, 2014
Reception: Thursday, May 29, 6-8 p.m.


Artists Panel with Professors: Friday, May 30, 5-6:30

MCLA Gallery 51 opens its first summer show  with the work of internationally renowned artists, Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle. In a dynamic collaboration, the mother/daughter team installs a stunning exhibition that examines socio-economic issues through multiple mediums that include large-scaled photography, painting, drawing, embroidery and sculpture. The Tang Museum at Skidmore in Saratoga Springs will be showing work by the artists concurrently.

 MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 51 Main St. North Adams, MA. For more information, please call (413) 664 8718