Branch Gallery to Present Student/Alumni Exhibition


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The Branch Gallery, in cooperation with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will showcase the artwork of MCLA students and alumni in the upcoming 2013 Student/Alumni Exhibition, beginning on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the 18 Holden St. gallery.

The public is invited to attend a free, opening reception, to take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

During this annual show, MCLA's students and alumni will present work in a wide variety of mediums - from the tradition to more contemporary and sometimes unusual. For example, while artist Ben Mancino specializes in nature, macro- and abstract photography, artist Nicholas Fahey specializes in surreal sculptural representations of a mythical creature, the Sasquatch.

The Student/Alumni Exhibition also will feature the work of many familiar faces, including local artists Jason Peabody, Shanti Sponder and Christina Stott.

According to BCRC Executive Intern Janette Santos, "Providing such an opportunity for MCLA students and alumni alike to showcase their art is so important in helping to deepen and enrich the overall local cultural climate of the city."

The show will open in conjunction with MCLA's  annual holiday show, "99 and NINE: We are Mused," where all artwork will be priced to sell from 99 cents to $99.99.

Also opening that night right next door is PRESS Gallery's newest exhibition called, "Fresh," which will feature collaborative works from classes and interns from this fall semester. "Fresh" is part of the weekly "Hometown for the Holiday" celebrations that occur every Thursday during the month of December.

The Student/Alumni Show will open on Thursday, Dec. 5, and remain on display through Sunday, Dec. 8.

MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center 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.

BCRC is a collaborative project of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the City of North Adams.

Branch Gallery is at 18 Holden St. in North Adams, and is open Friday,10-6; Saturday, 10-6; and Sunday,10-4. For more information, go to

For more information about the Student/Alumni Show, call the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, (413) 664-8718.