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'EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU: SECRETS TOO BEAUTIFUL TO KEEP' EXHIBIT UP NEXT IN MCLA GALLERY 51

09/20/16

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep,” a collaborative exhibition by artists Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly. This show will feature artworks that map the trajectory of their friendship, along with their individual and collective artistic practices.

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as a second reception to take place Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition, which will remain on display through Nov. 20, will explore the intersections common to the artistic practices throughout Chamberlin and Daly’s more than 15-year friendship.

In “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep,” Chamberlin and Daly explore themes of vulnerability, intimacy, relationships, nostalgia, memory, disruption, determination, absurdist humor and hope. The exhibition will include installations, drawings, paintings, printmaking, mixed media and interdisciplinary works.

Chamberlin is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media, from printmaking and film to performance installation. She is interested in exploring relationships and the ways in which people build and contextualize meaning.

Her work has been included in a variety of film and print media, including NBC’s “Grimm,” The Grove Review, and album covers for The Speechwriters and Velvet Mishka. Her work can be found at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery, and is included in Regional Arts and Culture Council's Visual Chronicle of Portland Collection. She teaches drawing, printmaking and mixed media at Portland Community College and the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Ore.

After earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Ore., Chamberlin ran the studio art program at the Portland Art Museum. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.

Daly, who holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Marylhurst University, is an artist and the program manager at the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC). Her work has been exhibited in juried, group and solo exhibitions. She is interested in exploring the tension found where spaces overlap, and in creating work that displays the labor of its making.

Her work has been featured in group and travelling exhibitions throughout the country, and is held in private collections around the world. Daly has had solo exhibitions in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, Calif., and Brooklyn, N.Y.

MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC). The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. DownStreet Art, a cultural and economic development program, is organized by the team at MCLA Gallery 51 and the BCRC.

For more information about “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep,” (413) 662-5320, or go to www.mcla.edu/Gallery51. For more information about DownStreet Art events and the BCRC, go to http://www.downstreetart.org/ and www.mcla.edu/bcrc.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) 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, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.