NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), invites all to engage with the creative community at DownStreet Art on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., for the third DownStreet Art Thursday of the season.

The third DownStreet Art Thursday of the season will include the opening of new visual art exhibits, theatrical performances, the return of stilt walkers “Mortal Beasts and Deities,” a night market featuring local food and craft vendors, live podcasting, as well as new works of visual art on display throughout local institutions and in non-traditional spaces.

“Once again, we have an evening packed with entertainment, local art in galleries and non-traditional spaces, and more than 20 local art, craft and food vendors who will participate in our monthly night market,” said Michelle Daly, BCRC manager program.

Connecticut-based Mortal Beasts and Deities stilt dancers, frequent performers in the city over recent years, will bring their unique artistry to the streets of downtown North Adams, from 5 to 8 pm. Also, “Bad Drama Theatre Club,” led by artistic director Joshua Torres of North Adams, will perform an original 15-minute play under the Mohawk Marquee.

In addition, the public is invited to attend an after party with “And The Kids,” an indie-pop band from Western Massachusetts, at the Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 for this all-ages show and may be purchased at

Opening for “And The Kids” will be “Anonymous Animal,” an electronic, indie, dance machine headed by collaborators Joe Aidonidis and Barny Lanman.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Josh Ostraff invites the community to silk screen and color skipjack tuna prints at Thin Walls Studio and Workshop, 87 Main St., for his January 2017 show in MCLA Gallery 51. In addition, Creative Business Incubator Gallery 85 will offer an interactive community art project in the concourse outside of Gallery 85, 85 Main St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to help create a chalk drawing on Holden Street, and DownStreet Art and the Greylock Glass invite all to share their stories in the “DownStreet Voices: pop-up sound studio.”

New exhibitions include“Unbeknown,” a solo exhibition of works by Japanese-born photographer Yoko Naito, opens at Outside gallery, 10 Ashland St. The photos, taken in winter at Coney Island (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Rockaway (Queens, N.Y.) beaches reflect how the presence or absence of human life changes our emotional response to a place.

“To Bless the Space Between Us” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Common Folk Artist Collective, 33 Main St. And, at exPRESS Gallery, 49 Main St., “Polyvalent Spaces,” a two-person exhibition with works by Donna Cleary and Kathline Carr, will hold an opening reception, from 5 to 8 pm.

Mountain One Bank Gallery will host an early reception from 4 to 5 p.m. with artist Kent Mikalsen, whose wet-on-wet watercolor paintings with intricate calligraphic brushwork will be displayed.  Paintings also will be on view at Adams Community Bank, 31 Eagle St., by Ashfield-based painter Robert Markey.

Once again, Holden Street will be closed to traffic. Vendors will include Zenful Moments, Gray Raven Farm, Highland Ledge Farm, jbsmith design, pies from Naomi Chapter #17, FishScale Creations a Thread of Tranquility, and many others.

MASS MoCA will remain open until 7 p.m. and continue will continue to host the Chalet Series every Thursday night throughout the summer. Hours also are extended for Ferrin Contemporary and Cynthia-Reeves, independent art galleries at 1315 MASS MoCA Way.

Continuing exhibitions include “Wayfinding,” a solo exhibition by Melanie Mowinski in MCLA Gallery 51. This show has been extended through Sept. 25. Photographer Ben Mancino’s “Welcome to the Berkshires” also will remain on display at the Holiday Inn through Sept.  25.

The Berkshire Artist Museum, 159 East Main St., will host a “Meet the Exhibiting Artist” event from 6 to 9 p.m. as a part of DownStreet Art Thursday. 

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. 

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