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DOWNSTREET ART TO CONTINUE THURSDAY, JULY 30

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), continues on Thursday, July 30, with the second DownStreet Art Thursday of the 2015 season, from 4 to 9 p.m. The evening will include permanent and pop-up gallery exhibition openings, temporary installations, performances and community events.

In addition to the new exhibit openings in multiple galleries, this event will feature a temporary installation and performance by Linda Ford, a work-in-progress by Jarvis Rockwell, a continuation of the ReVision Chalkboard Project, music at the Berkshire Bank Stage and more.

Ford, an interdisciplinary artist based out of Providence, R.I., uses video, drawing, installation and performance as part of her artistic practice. She will create a temporary outdoor installation, “SEE of Darkness/Drawing Water,” for this DownStreet Art Thursday.

According to Ford, “I use video, drawing, installation and performance to explore practices that attend to somatic experience. In the last few years I have reacquainted myself with traditional fly-tying and casting techniques that I’d watched my father engaged in when I was a child.”

For the performance, Ford will use traditional casting techniques and “draw” with chalk.

She utilizes the casting line as both mark-making tool and linear element.

“The repetitive casting and the resulting marks evoke a metaphor of the flowing river,” said Michelle Daly, DownStreet Art project coordinator.

Along with the performance, Ford will create an installation of glow-in-the-dark flies created as part of her investigation into the traditional fly-tying techniques. This temporary installation will be unveiled at the opening, and will be on view through Aug. 23.

Drawing on her research and continued artistic practice, Ford said, “Historically, the act of ‘fly dressing’ has gone hand-in-hand with closely observing the natural world and interpreting it visually, via sketches. This series of work is inspired by Darwin’s theories of natural verses sexual selection and excess, and poses questions about attraction, beauty and visual display in the world, as well as in art.”

Ford’s installation and performance will take place in the alley next to Eagle Street Music.

ReVision, a participatory Chalkboard Art Project continues to elicit responses from the community. Encouraging participants to share their vision for a future North Adams through four written prompts on each of the four chalkboards installed on Eagle Street. Responses are documented and shared via Facebook, and a blog created for this project at www.revisionnorthadams.tumblr.com.

DownStreet Art intern Angela Medrano said, “ReVision has given me a fascinating view into the minds of North Adams residents and visitors. People have shared their different aspirations, mini-dialogues and sassy requests. While I am not from North Adams, I have enjoyed reading the handwritten responses, recording them on our Tumblr blog each week, and gaining just a bit more insight into this resilient community.” 

In Gallery 107 at 107 Main St., Rockwell will once again be on hand to show his works-in-progress. Continuing the work he started with DownStreet Art last summer, he created multiple large wall-drawings that investigate his interest into what happens after we die.

The two works, created last year, are also on view in the concourse at 85 Main St.

Rockwell’s abstracted works incorporate paint, graphite, colored pencil, small figurines and other three-dimensional objects, all of which are elements typically found in his work.

According to Daly, “It’s been fascinating to witness Jarvis Rockwell’s creative process. His works are filled with layers and multiple levels of meaning that encourage close inspection. Every time I look at the work, I find new elements.”

Starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, Clarksburg artist William Beattie will show his landscape works at the Mountain One Bank Gallery. An opening reception for Beattie’s works will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Adams Community Bank Gallery will feature the work of Milford-based photographer Chad Joiner with an opening reception from 5 to 6 p.m. According to Joiner, “The images transmit a feeling of remoteness and contain some form of monument that provides the viewer with evidence of its former life.”

Ferrin Contemporary at Independent Art Projects, 1345 MASS MoCA Way, will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. for DownStreet Art Thursday. On view is “Glazed and Diffused,” a survey exhibition focused on a select group of international artists chosen for their use of fired clay and glaze pigment to convey abstract content.

Their sculpture, objects, vessels, tile, and site-specific installations reveal intended, abstract results using fluidity, abstraction and color theory. “Glazed and Diffused” will be on view through Aug. 16.

DownStreet Art continues to operate two large pop-up gallery spaces this summer, “Neck of the Woods Gallery” at 87 Main St., and “C Gallery” at 33 Main St. In addition, DownStreet Art is collaborating this summer with Commonfolk Artists Collective, which operates “Common Place Gallery,” also located at 87 Main St.

Three exhibitions will be on view at C Gallery, 33 Main St.

“Sky Walk” reflects artist Chris Page’s observation of the daytime sky during walks over a defined duration of time.

In a continuation of his exhibition “Sky Walk,” Page conducted a guided meditative walk on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute. He will debut work created out of that collective experience.

Also at C Gallery, Joanna Gabler will open “Our River.” Working in partnership with the Hoosic River Revival (HRR) on the exhibition, Gabler will exhibit her digitally manipulated photographs taken at various points along the Hoosic River.

Along with Gabler’s photos, the Hoosic River Revival will showcase historical and current images along with renderings of a future Hoosic River landscape.

“This intersection of documentation and artistic work will encourage dialogue around the potential of the Hoosic River,” said Jarred Clapp, C Gallery associate gallery manager.

Opening across the hall in the C Gallery Annex is “Finite Infinity,” a collaborative installation by visual artist Richard Harrington, composer Forrest Larsen, and sound artist Phil Van Ouse. 

As a collective, Harrington, Larsen and Van Ouse take inspiration from the isodipole textures designed by neuroscientist Dr. Jonathan Victor. Their installation is a continued experimentation of the unique perspective of and relationship between light and matter. Harrington will exhibit his dramatically lit geometric sculptures with a soundscape provided by Larsen and Van Ouse. 

Inspired by a 1763 mathematics manuscript describing instructions for setting up a sundial, “Latitude,” a exhibition of artwork ranging from books, both traditional reproductions to artist books, pressure prints, letterpress, and fiber arts will be on view at PRESS Gallery, 49 Main St.

“Latitude” includes work by Erin Malkowski, Tara O’Brien, Erin Paulson and Charissa Schulze, all of whom hold an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa.

A two-person exhibition of Margaret Noel’s collages and Rocco Scary’s handmade paper, sound and sculpture pieces will be exhibited at MCLA Gallery 51. Both Noel and Scary work with themes of memory, absence, and what remains.

“Cardboard City,” an installation created by the Teen Summer Residency at MASS MoCA with Artist-in-Residence Kate Carr will open at “Neck of the Woods Gallery,” 87 Main St.

During the three weeks prior to the opening, the teens – with guidance from Carr – will be creatively repurposing discarded cardboard to construct a maze-like environment. The resulting “Cardboard City” installation addresses issues of waste in our society.

 “Clock Punchers,” a group exhibition at Common Place Gallery, also at 87 Main St., features the work of MASS MoCA employees, curated by Commonfolk member Misa Chappell.

“Clock Punchers” features work by Carr, as well as Allison Gageant, Ben Forbes, Brad Bator, Chris Hunt, Doug Dale, Darlene Lapierre, Emma Delaney Sparks, Kenny Rivera, Mary Redstone and Nate Massari.

Other events include a workshop at Maker’s Mill, North Adams new Makerspace, Bang on a Can and the Chalet Sessions at MASS MoCA, and the Berkshire Artist Museum, 159 E. Main St.

At Maker’s Mill, 73 Main St., local, guest artist Valerie Carrigan of Messenger Press will lead a free workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn how to make their own pop-up card holder.

As part of their annual summer residency at MASS MoCA, Bang on a Can will pair the works of contemporary composers with the contemporary visual artists in the galleries. On Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m., Bank on a Can will perform “Sol LeWitt and Saylor/Morris,” featuring classic works by Alven Lucier, including “I am Sitting in a Room.”

Also on Thursday, Eclipse artists Saylor/Morris will be on hand at the Chalet Sessions at MASS MoCA for conversation in the summer beer garden, “the Chalet.”

Continuing at the Berkshire Artist Museum, 159 East Main St., are the exhibitions “That 70s Show,” and “Fresh Paint,” along with works by local artist Eric Rudd.

Two more DownStreet Art Thursdays will be held this summer, on Aug. 27 and Sept. 24.

This year’s DownStreet Art initiative focuses on the theme of community connection, and will bring the work of more than 50 visual artists to pop-up galleries in both solo and group exhibitions.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA and greater creative communities through its cultural programming, including: MCLA Gallery 51, DownStreet Art, Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP), and MCLA Presents! The BCRC promotes, facilitates and encourages a dialogue to foster a sustainable, creative community.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information about DownStreet Art events and the BCRC, go to www.downstreetart.org  and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .

 

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At A Glance:

Event: DownStreet Art Thursday

Location: downtown North Adams, Mass.

Date: Thursday, July 30 (and every last Thursday of the month, through September)

Time: 4 – 9 p.m.

FREE