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Downstreet Art Ends Season with Halloween-Themed Celebration

10/16/2012

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Over the course of the summer and early fall, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) brought More than 80 artists, 33 exhibitions, three murals, a  bus stand and more to downtown North Adams through DownStreet Art. The College will celebrate the season on Thursday, Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m., with new exhibition openings, special performances, happenings and events for visitors of all ages.

"It's time to celebrate this successful season, a season that has seen the best attendance to date," said Valeria Federici, MCLA's coordinator of the BCRC. "Throughout this DownStreet Art season, MCLA has brought to downtown North Adams a vital, large and multifaceted community of creatives and professionals that once again have embraced and fostered its mission to bring visitors and locals alike to the City."

According to Federici, performances will include two of upstate New York's dynamic performers and visual artists, C. Ryder Cooley and Patrick Porter, local hero musician and MCLA alumni Mike Martin, a play by Nicholas Corbello and presentations by many of MCLA's clubs and musical groups, including the Allegrettos, Dance Company and Harlequin. 

Galleries hosting exhibitions of new work include MCLA Gallery 51, NAACO, the North Adams Transcript Gallery and PRESS Gallery.

At the event, there will be a free "haunted" trolley ride from and to the MCLA campus. Everyone that wishes to attend the event may be picked up from the trolley at the Berkshire Towers, Hoosac Hall, and Flagg Townhouses every 15 minutes, and will be dropped off in front of the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery, located on 49 Main St.

The trolley will feature zombies and scary music throughout the entire night, in celebration of Halloween. In addition, the Downstreet Art Passports still are effective until Halloween Day. Individuals who get their cards stamped six times at any art gallery will receive a free or a discount off of a purchase from any of the participating Downstreet Art sponsors that are listed inside the passport.   

And, the first 100 people to go to Gallery 107 will get a complimentary DownStreet Art trick-or-treat bag, to be filled with goodies given out at galleries and other local businesses.

The three murals realized throughout the summer now are part of North Adams' urban fabric and will remain on view throughout the winter. Visitors also will have the opportunity to create their own mural puzzle on a temporary DownStreet Art wall on Main Street. We accept comments, suggestions, drawings, and all creative ways to express your appreciation for DownStreet Art.

Exhibition openings will include:

MCLA's Gallery 51: "This Blue Marble: The Universe of Josh Simpson,"a solo exhibition that features a series of new and old celestial inspired glass pieces and the Infinity Project from glass artist Josh Simpson, who will be present during the opening reception, along with the Allegrettos who will perform from 6:30-6:45 p.m. This exhibition will be on display until Nov. 23. MCLA President Mary Grant will make a special appearance at 6 p.m. to open the new exhibit and close out this season's final Downstreet Art event.

NAACO Gallery: An opening reception in recognition of the Berkshire-based painter, Bruce MacDonald, who willl be in attendance at the reception.

North Adams Transcript: "Transcope: North Berkshire through the Eyes of Randy Trabold" Trabold picked these photos from the Transcope files, which appeared on the photo page of the same name in the Transcript.

PRESS Gallery: "Fly By: The Bird at PRESS" Viewers that enter the gallery always ask about the significance of the bird. "Fly By" will answer those questions with a display of prints that were created at PRESS by student interns and visiting artists, all showcasing bird imagery.

Galleries and events also will include:

Adams Community Bank Gallery: "Figuratively Speaking, Abstractly," curated by MCLA alumna Kristen Parker, featuring the work from abstract artists Bob Anderson from New York and Berkshire-based painter William Clement. Both of these artists express their emotions through non-representational work.

Gallery X at the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery: "The Afterlife: An Interpretation of the Hereafter," curated by MCLA student Christina Stott. The exhibition further explores each of the artist's views of the afterlife while continuing the conversation with Rockwell and other artists. These local and regional artists featured in the show include Marcus Anderson, Pam Buchanan, Amy Modesti, Kristen Parker, Jason Peabody, Patrick Porter, Christina Stott and Jennifer Wojtowicz. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet Rockwell while enjoying a special performance from the Allegrettos, 6-6:15 p.m.

The Artery Gallery: "Transforming Decadence," a mural exhibition by Pam Buchanan, Kristen Parker and Christina Stott that reflects on the mundane and the challenges of confronting the ideas of death and decay in order to achieve revitalization. Buchanan will be in attendance to speak to guests who will listen to a musical performance from Patrick Porter, 6-6:45 p.m. The evening will conclude with a musical and projection-inspired performance from C. Ryder Cooley, 7-8 p.m.

Gallery 107: Connecticut- based artist Gil Scullion uses repetition and reproduction through the use of stencils and templates to create his pieces within the theme of insomnia and dreams that's portrayed within the largest gallery space designed to look like a bedroom. Trick or treaters that want to collect their candy throughout the night can come to the gallery to collect their candy and bags. The Allegrettos will perform at the gallery, 7-7:15 p.m.

Branch Gallery: "Occupy Wall Street" will feature the works of Emily Breuning and other local and regional artists. The gallery will host the performance, "A Play," by Nicholas Cordello. The piece examines a tense ambivalence to exist according to terms that another may comprehend, with characters that submit to the scrutiny of a video camera, but refuse to speak.

A prominent part in the closing DownStreet Art Thursday celebration will be performances throughout the downtown area, 5-8 p.m. Ukulele player and singer songwriter Mike Martin will perform at Gallery 107, 107 Main St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

At the Artery Gallery, Patrick Porter will do a solo set of his own songs at 6 p.m., and then at 7 p.m., C. Ryder Cooley will perform a duet with her taxidermied sheep, Hazel.

In front of the Berkshire Bank MCLA's Accapella group the Allegrettos will perform, 5:30-6 p.m.  At 6:30 p.m., MCLA's musical theater club will perform, and then at 7 p.m. a fire dancer will perform.

Updates on the various happenings, exhibitions and more are available through Facebook, Twitter and DownStreetArt.org.

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Orbit Visual Graphic Design. The program is made possible through lead sponsorship support provided by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Excelsior, Scarafoni Associates, Waterman Excavation, Berkshire Bank, Transcript, Orbit Visual, The North Adams Transcript, Porches an Inn at MASS MoCA, The Franzoni Family, Public Eat& Drink, Adams Community Bank, The Sushi House, O'Connell Oil Associates, Edward Jones Investments, Berkshire Emporium & Antiques, Hoosac Bank, Persnickety Toys, Jack's Hot Dogs, Desperado's, Lickety Split at MASS MoCA, Luma's Muffin & Mug, Freightyard Pub & Restaurant, I've Got Goodies, Verizon Wireless Zone, Shima's, and The Local.

The initiative was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the City as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA's visibility, but to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .