NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), invite the public to the second DownStreet Art Festival of the season, on Thursday, July 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown North Adams.

This event, which will celebrate local art and the community, is free and open to the public.

This second DSA Thursday of 2016 will include works of visual art on display in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces, the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

The theme of the season, “Meet Your Neighbors,” highlights artists who live and work within 20 miles of North Adams at exhibitions throughout the downtown, and encourages area residents to create art at a variety of community events.

“This year’s ‘Meet Your Neighbors’ theme spotlights not only the amazing institutional resources available to us, but also the talented artists living and working alongside us here in North Adams and the surrounding community,” said Jennifer Crowell, BCRC director.

New Market Night

In addition to performances and gallery openings, the evening also will feature the DSA monthly night market, to be located on Holden Street.

“This new night market is another way we aim to provide as many local artists, artisans and other various makers of interesting items as many chances to sell their wares as possible,” said DownStreet Art Program Manager Michelle Daly.

The MASS MoCA campus will remain open until 7 p.m. Hours also will be extended for Ferrin Contemporary and Cynthia-Reeves, independent art galleries located on the campus.

In addition to continuing to host the Chalet Series, John Luther Adams will perform a free, outdoor performance of “Ten Thousand Birds.” Bang on A Can also will offer a recital that evening as part of their month-long residency at MASS MoCA.

On view at Ferrin Contemporary is “EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes,” an exhibition of figural ceramic sculpture from 1970 to the present. This show features masterworks from estates and private collections alongside recent work direct from artist studios.

The Cynthia-Reeves gallery is host to a solo exhibition that focuses on the transformative artwork of Jaehyo Lee, a Korean sculptor known throughout the world for his innovative use of wood and other natural materials to create immersive environments and compelling sculpture.

Ferrin Contemporary and Cynthia-Reeves also will host a “Meet the Curators” event, 7-8 p.m., as part of DSA Thursday. Leslie Ferrin and Cynthia Reeves will each give a 15-minute tour of their spaces, to be followed by a brief presentation on their work. Light refreshments will be served.

Live Music

From 5 to 8 p.m., music will fill the street with two performances by Dysfunkcrew, and a surprise guest artist.

“Bad Drama Theatre Club,” led by artistic director Joshua Torres of North Adams, will perform an original production under the Mohawk marquee. This performance will be the second installment in a series of interconnected 15-minute plays about the city of North Adams to be performed over the course of DownStreet Art Thursdays.

The goal of the Club is to highlight the urban legends that are encompassed in North Adams’ history, and to provide local community members with opportunities to be involved with theatre productions about their town.

In addition, Common Folk will present live music from Magic Island and Anonymous Animal, at 8 p.m.

Community Art Projects

Thin Walls Studio and Workshop, 87 Main St., will display works in progress by Creative Business participant and artist Josh Ostraff and Artist-in-Residence Michelle Daly.

On Thursday, July 28, Thin Walls Studio and Workshop invites the public to join Ostraff to screen-print skipjack tuna for his show “OFA ATU,” which will be on view in January 2017, at MCLA Gallery 51.

DownStreet Art and the Greylock Glass also invite the public to share their stories in a pop-up sound booth. Jason Velázquez, editor of Greylock Glass, describes the project as “an artistic experiment” that “pushes the boundaries of public expression.”

“Anything that pushes the boundaries of public expression out significantly should. That’s how you know you’re on to something.” Jason Velasquez, editor of Greylock Glass.

“Much like this season-long celebration itself, live-streaming the impressions of participants is meant to be hugely inclusive,” Velázquez said. “The installation of this pop-up sound studio during DownStreet Art symbolizes exactly what 100 years of communications evolution was meant to achieve—instantaneous public participation in a creative narrative that’s unfiltered by some centralized arbiter of merit.”

Multiple Gallery Openings

Opening at MCLA Gallery 51 will be “Wayfinding” by artist Melanie Mowinski. Inspired by her seven-month journey to various locales around the world, this exhibit will focus on the trust and understanding of the many paths that can lead one to the same destination – literally and figuratively.

Mowinski, who describes this exhibit as “cultivating a wilderness state of mind,” uses various symbols in her work to give meaning to everyday habits and rituals.

Dots represent tasks and thoughts. Dotted lines represent pathways, most of which she has walked herself. Circles represent places, with the size dependant on how much time she spent in there. Penciled lines represent latitude and longitude, and birds represent the phenomena of human existence.

The Berkshire Artist Museum, 159 East Main St., will hold a “Meet the Exhibiting Artist” event, 6-9 p.m. On display is “Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artist Center, 1990-1999,” which features the works of artists Dale Bradley, Christopher Gillooly, Brandon Graving, Robert Henriquez, Henry Klein, Barbara May, Robert Schechter, Maria Siskind and David Zaig. Each of these nine artists has had a close association with the Contemporary Artists Center, and to the Berkshires.

Also on display at Berkshire Artist Museum will be the color works of Sarah Sutro, and the art and architecture of Keith Bona, Peter Dudek, Howard Itzkowitz and William Sweet.

Assets for Artists, a local initiative that helps artists to build their creative practices, will open an exhibition in exPRESS Gallery, 49 Main St. Each year, a group of applicants is selected to be part of their art community-building efforts. The exhibition, curated by Kate Carr, will feature the works of Max Spitzer, Joshua Harriman, Sarah Pike, Michelle Daly, Jim Peters and Kathline Carr.

Bright Ideas Brewery will continue to host to local artist Paul Chojnowski’s “Infrastructure Series,” which features drawings that created by burning, scorching and sanding plywood.

Creative Business Incubator spaces Common Folk, Outside Gallery, Thin Walls Studio and Workshop, and Butterfly Effect all will be open and on view during DownStreet Art Thursday.

On display at Common Folk’s new location at 33 Main St. is “Brick and Mortar, Flesh and Blood: Building the Components of Creative Identity.” The gallery will feature art by Troy Segala, Misa Chappell, Nate Massari, Katherine Haig, Gregg Eastman, Samwise Fox, Jessica Sweeney, and Ann K.

Chapell, the exhibition’s curator of the exhibition, said, “The things we create and the things we construct, both literally and metaphorically, reflect who we are as people and artists.” The gallery will be open 5-7 p.m.

Outside Gallery, 10 Ashland St., will host “Allure,”a solo exhibition of new paintings, poetry and video by Nicole Reber, which will open on Saturday, July 23.

Reber is a New York-based artist who works with sculpture, painting, collage and language. Recent exhibitions of her work have taken place at HAP Gallery (Ore.), Black and White Project Space (N.Y.), Knockdown Center (N.Y.), and Kimberly-Klark (N.Y.).

Reber has spoken at NADA, MoMA PS1, and Printed Matter. She is a co-editor of Packet, a biweekly arts publication that has published more than 80 issues in the past three years. The complete Packet archive recently was acquired by the MoMA Library. The show will run through Aug. 22.

Butterfly Effect, 85 Main St., will feature art from Julianne Jocks’ new selfie series, and display the work from an open workshop held there last month.

Opening at the Holiday Inn, award-winning photographer Ben Mancino’s “Welcome to the Berkshires” series will provide viewers with an insight into the most beautiful locations the Berkshires has to offer. Mancino’s vision of photography is portrayed through the exclusive use of natural lighting and regional landscapes.

MountainOne Bank, 93 Main St., will host an early opening, 4-5 p.m., with the works of Gwendolyn Bird, an artist who creates work through the use of negative space.

“In almost all of my pieces, I create images by removing substance, cutting away layers to reveal the colors underneath,” Bird said. “The pieces are composed of one to 10 layers, and every part of each layer is connected, if tenuously, creating the challenge of designing the piece so it won't fall apart.”

Adams Community Bank, 31 Eagle St., will host the work of Don Orcutt and Pamela Acosta. Each artist will be represented by four to five pieces of work. Both Orcutt and Acosta use their work to explore the theme of wonder, and the mystery surrounding the human psych.

When describing the inspiration behind her work, Acosta said, “The idea of quests is something that has become a very important element for my work lately. I create visual narratives about a myriad of beings searching for the missing elements of their existence or simply their purpose.

“This community of curious seekers and wanderers represents different aspects of my own life voyage but they also act as a bridge to the viewer and others who also find themselves in an enveloped in a quest of their own,” Acosta added.

Orcutt, a Berkshire native, also uses his work to explore the theme of wonder. He mostly works with painting and sculpture, and exhibits his artwork in various areas of the Berkshires, as well as some venues in St. Petersburg, Fla.

DownStreet Art Thursdays will continue throughout the summer on Aug. 25 and Sept.

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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