June 21, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will continue its DownStreet Art (DSA) Thursday events on June 28 with a variety of musical performances, new art exhibitions, a community bike ride, and engaging creative projects for the whole family to explore.

The theme for June is COLOR. DSA literally and figuratively will paint our small city as it invites the public to participate by dressing as bright, loud, and sparkly as their heart desires, according to Michelle Daly, BCRC director. “While DownStreet Art is a festival for everyone, and all are always welcome, we’d like to specifically offer a special welcome to the LGBTQIA+ community in honor of Pride Month,” she said.

Opening celebrations

The Berkshire Art Museum, 159 East Main St., will present an opening celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. with new exhibitions: “Faculty-Artists from New England Colleges,” “The Next Generation: Jeanne Jalandoni,” and “Edwardian Era Fashion: Collection of Greg Lafave.”

MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., will host the opening reception for Betty Vera’s “Urban Textures” from 5 to 8 p.m. This collection of woven textile works will be on view through Saturday, July 21. In MCLA’s Design Lab, 49 Main St., a new window exhibition series will open, featuring the large paintings of local artist Danielle Klebes. In addition, Roam, a new gallery on the third floor of Building 1 at MASS MoCA, will feature wildlife photography by Xtina Parks.

At 66 Main St., “One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball” brings together “Shades of Greatness,” a travelling exhibition curated by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., with artifacts from the Boston Red Sox, as well as local memorabilia. The exhibition celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).

Collaborative projects

“North Adams Truth” will be on display in the windows of 65 Main St. A community engagement project of MASS MoCA in collaboration with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC), the works on display were created this spring at local events.  Opportunities to add to the project, inspired by the works of Jenny Holzer on view in MASS MoCA’s Building 6,  will be available as part of DSA Thursday events all season long.

Common Folk Artist Collective will install a Tiny Busking Station on Eagle Street to encourage local musicians to perform. Common Folk also will facilitate an “open jam” on the Green at 87 Main St. Enjoy the performances, 5-6:30 p.m., or participate, 6:30-8 p.m.

In collaboration with the North Adams Exchange, DownStreet Art commissioned a season-long sound/installation artwork installed in front of the Mohawk Theater. “Durbin and Hilliard: A Duet at the Mohawk” by Brian Trelegan uses the first movie played at the Theater in 1938, “That Certain Age,” as inspiration and source material for his work, which combines North Adams’ past and with its present.

Music and activities for all ages

The evening will feature local and regional musicians with music by Jess Wilson, Cole Blouin, and Slow Pony in front of the Berkshire Bank Stage, 37 Main St. Local artists, community organizations, and businesses, including jewelry maker sequoia oro and Arts in Recovery for Youth, also will be on Main Street.

Holden Street will be closed to with activities that include a photo booth, interactive art activities, and the opportunity to tour the Brodie Mobile Studio, designed and built by B and B micro-manufacturing in North Adams.

Additional exhibitions

Outside Gallery at 10 Ashland Street will feature Anne Roecklein’s “Scapes,” which invites viewers to contemplate their relationship with places, both real and imagined. Nina Rizzo’s “Landscape for Lovers” features paintings that are equally part fact and fiction, on display through Tuesday, July 10, at Gravity Gallery, 44 Eagle St.

“Glitche” on view at INSTALLATION SPACE, 49 Eagle St., is an immersive installation inspired by the idea of a glitch, error, or unexpected malfunction in a system.

Building 13 at 1315 MASS MoCA Way is home to Cynthia-Reeves Gallery, Ferrin Contemporary, the Artist Book Foundation and Studios @MASS MoCA. Cynthia-Reeves presents work by painter Doug Trump. Ferrin Contemporary presents “DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov,” the first exhibition in a series about  artists whose recent work captures a transitional moment in their creative process. On view at the Artist Book Foundation  through Saturday, Sept. 29, is “SWIMMERS: recent works by Carole Feuerman.”

After parties

The Second Annual Movies under the Start summer series at Colegrove Park will begin at dusk with a showing of “The Wizard of Oz.” At the Chalet at MASS MoCA, artist Dean Baldwin’s sculpture-turned-river-side beer garden is open just one night each week. As the season opener DJ Elixer, Iamsam, and fudz will spin tunes well into the evening. Free, bring cash for beer.

DSA Thursday events will continue on the following Thursdays: July 26, Aug. 30, and Sept. 27. For a complete listing of DSA art installations and performances, as well as more information about upcoming events, go to or follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @downstreetart.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.

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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