Transcript Gallery's Jennifer Huberdeau to Honor the 'Working Class' of Past & Present North Adams


NORTH ADAMS - DownStreet Art's Transcript Gallery will feature "Working Class," a series of new paintings by local artist Jennifer Huberdeau, beginning Aug. 29. An opening reception at the gallery, located within the North Adams Transcript offices at 85 Main St., will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29. Refreshments will be served.

"Working Class" features vignettes that pay homage to the small-business owners and service industry workers of the area. "When the opportunity arose to be part of DownStreet Art once again, I wanted to create a body of work based around this year's theme of 'Beyond Industry.' It was around that time I found an old Polaroid photograph of my grandfather at his bar, Bill's Tavern, and the idea of paying homage to the working class of North Adams and greater Northern Berkshire was born," Huberdeau said. "After the mills left, the hardworking people of this area had to find new ways to support themselves and their families. For those who stayed in the area, it meant working in the service industry or striking out on their own -opening businesses and restaurants."

She added, "This show is also a way for me to honor my family - many of whom worked in the mills of North Adams at some point, whether it was at Arnold Print Works, Sprague Electric, Hunter Outdoors Products or Modern Anodizing."

"We here at the Transcript are happy to have Jennifer's work adorning our walls again this year," said Transcript Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Foster. "The Transcript has embraced the opportunity to be a part of DownStreet Art since our move to Main Street in 2011, and we're especially pleased that this partnership allows us to showcase the work and cultural insights of our staff."

Huberdeau, who is the digital specialist and senior reporter at the Transcript, has had her artwork featured in several solo exhibitions at local coffee houses, the North Adams Public Library and at the Adams Town Hall Gallery. Her work also has appeared in several local

group shows, including the Berkshire Salon at the Eclipse Mill Gallery and La Mesa at the NAACO Gallery, as well as in the 2012 "99 Cents and Up" show and the MySpace Friends Show at MCLA Gallery 51.

In 2009, she was commissioned by the state Dept. of Conservation and Recreation to design and paint an Iron Ranger on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. In 2010, she was one of five artists chosen to participate in the Berkshire Arts Festival's Outsiders Art Show. She has participated in DownStreet Art as a member of the Berkshire Artists Colony in 2010 and was a featured artist of the Transcript Gallery in 2012.

Huberdeau, an award-winning journalist, is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She holds a bachelor's in English/Communications with a concentration in journalism and a minor in art. She resides in Adams with her husband, Robert, and their children, Michaela and Isaac.

"Working Class" will be on display at the Transcript Gallery through Oct. 28. All works on display are for sale through MCLA Gallery 51.

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