Aug. 13, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will continue its free DownStreet Art (DSA) Thursday events on Aug. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m., with a variety of musical performances, new art exhibitions, and hands-on creative projects.

This month’s theme, “Dog Days of DSA,” will include dog-friendly and dog-themed events throughout the evening, and in many of the participating galleries. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend with their humans.

“From the opening of the Museum of Dog, to this year’s dog-themed Fall Foliage Parade, it seems like North Adams is truly embracing all things dog. This month, DownStreet Art is joining in with special dog-themed activities,” said Michelle Daly, BCRC director.

Daly invites the public to two special dog-themed events, which will take place on Holden Street; a live judging to select the Dog Grand Marshall for the 63rd Annual Fall Foliage parade in honor of this year’s parade theme, “Year of the Dog,” and a live dog fashion challenge and runway show.

For this fashion challenge and runway show, 10 community fashionistas and their pets will receive one hour to design and create a “pawsh” outfit for their pup. Designs should be inspired by the humans’ (or their dog’s) favorite artist. Following the “dogsign” process, dogs will strut their stuff on the runway in a fashion show to be judged by community members. Sign up to participate at

Additional activities include music by Jacob Fennell, Hill Haints, Dan O’Connell of Quincy, and Tyra Numi. A kids’ dance party will be held at Colegrove Park, and art-making activities for the young and the young at heart will be offered throughout the downtown.

Opening at MCLA Gallery 51, is “SHEL•TER,” a group exhibition of 19 regional and national artists who present their work as a response to the multitude of conceptual, physical, emotional, political, and social interpretations of shelter.

In addition, self-taught painter, Richard Haskins will exhibit paintings in the window at 49 Main St. Also on view are “Lynn Richardson” at Gravity Gallery 44 Eagle St., “ESCAPE FACTORY” at Installation Space, 49 Eagle St., “One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball,” at 66 Main St.,  and “Flat Earth,” a solo exhibition by Cody Hoyt at Outside Gallery, 10 Ashland St.

Continuing at the Berkshire Art Museum, 159 E. Main St., are season exhibitions "Faculty-Artists from New England Colleges," "The Next Generation--Jeanne Jalandoni," "Edwardian Era Fashion--Collection of Greg Lafave," along with exhibits from the permanent collection.

Currently on view at The Museum of Dog, 55 Union St., is the photography of Jesse Freidin and the Daisy Exhibit.

The Second Annual Movies Under the Stars series at Colegrove Park begins at dusk with a showing of “The Secret Life of Pets.” And, at 8 p.m., the party continues for adults at the Chalet at MASS MoCA with a Drag Night hosted by the Weekend Warriors.

The final DSA Thursday of 2018 will be Sept. 27. For a complete listing of DSA art installations, exhibitions and performances, as well as more information about upcoming events, go to  or follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @downstreetart.

DownStreet art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center which delivers cultural experiences that embrace a wide range of aesthetic and conceptual points of view to support a diverse and vibrant North Adams.

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 .