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GET DOWN ONE LAST TIME WITH DOWNSTREET ART


Sept. 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) invites the public to celebrate the last DownStreet Art of the season with us on Thursday, Sept.28, from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
“As the culminating event for our 10th season, DownStreet Art once again is pulling out all the stops, with a wide array of participatory projects that celebrate community partnerships, artworks and performances” said Michelle Daly, BCRC director.
 
Featured projects this month include a Halloween–themed magic lantern show; a home-nature museum; a community performance inspired by Alaa Awad’s Mural “Justice.” Musical performances under the Mohawk Marquee will include those by House Sparrow, Chad Tarves and 8 Foot River; and some freestyle rap by Seth Brown.
 
The American Magic-Lantern Theatre brings an authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen. The show features live performance, animated comedy and songs, all dramatized on a screen, along with a live showman and singer/pianist.
 
National Public Radio has called the performance “an incredible experience….a living national treasure!”
 
Pennie Taylor will bring her ongoing project, “Home Nature Museum,” to the Design Lab at 49 Main St. She describes the project as, “Home Nature Museum,” and draws from Vinson Brown’s 1954 book, “How to Make a Home Nature Museum,” which encourages an exploration of nature and the creation of thoughtful displays that tell stories about the world and its life.
 
For the second year, Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song, along with members of the community, have created a collaborative music/dance/spoken work interpretation of Alaa Awad’s Mural “Justice,” created for DSA in 2014. The performance will take place in front of the mural on Center Street.
 
Additional happenings include the PRESS pop-up sale, eco-loom weaving with Makers Mill, treats for sale from Serenitea Café and original artworks created by the Common Folk Artist Collective.
 
The PRESS Pop-up Sale, featuring works from the PRESS Archive and will be sold at one-day only at reduced prices from $1-$10. Local entrepreneurs Serenitea will be selling treats and drinks, and Common Folk will have an array of locally produced wares for also on Main Street.
 
Opening in MCLA Gallery 51 is Setsuko Winchester’s “Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project.”  This exhibition on view through Nov. 19 brings attention to the 120,000 Japanese-Americans assigned to internments camps during World War II.
 
New exhibitions also will be on view at Outside Gallery and Ferrin Contemporary.
 
“Angle, Pitch” at Outside Gallery, 10 Ashland St., is a group exhibition of recent work by Victoria Haven, Graham McDougal and Piotr Chizinski. Curated by Amie Cunat, the show focuses on three distinct approaches on how the artists present the intangible through their work.
 
The featured artist this month at Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, is Robin Best, whose work merges internationally-sourced materials, traditional techniques, and historic imagery with contemporary themes of natural preservation and environmentalism.
 
Also on view are exhibitions at Cynthia-Reeves, MASS MoCA, Berkshire Artist Museum, Gravity Gallery, along with works by local artists at Adams Community Bank and Mountain One Bank.
 
Artists Kathline Carr and Jim Peters will be on hand again at their eco-loom parklet on Main Street, demonstrating and teaching the community weaving that has transformed their parklet over its time on Main Street.
 
 DownStreet Art, a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, exists to build economic and social capital and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art does this by enlivening downtown North Adams using art and cultural activities to increase visitorship and enhance resident participation.
 
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 .
 
For photos please visit:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcrc/albums/72157689299720495 .