Shop Local, Buy Local: 99 and Up Art Show


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present its annual exhibit "99 Cents and Up," beginning on Thursday, Nov. 29, as part of North Adams Hometown Holidays, 5-8 p.m. All artwork will remain on exhibit, for sale through Dec. 31.  

"99 Cents and Up" features the work of artists that work and reside within the Berkshires. The annual show is unique in the sense that it allows MCLA Gallery 51 to expose the high level of creativity that comes from all corners of the place in which we all call home. Customers may buy the work of artists who normally might be out of their price range.

All artwork is affordably priced between 99 cents and $99.99.

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Thursday Nov. 29, 5-8 p.m. at MCLA Gallery 51 as part of the City's annual kick-off to the Hometown Holiday celebration.

According to MCLA Gallery 51 Coordinator Kristen Parker, the exhibit offers  something for everyone. It benefits the artists who create high-quality artwork, as well as local art lovers, by making art available at affordable prices.

Like past years, the art can be taken from the gallery when it is purchased, and MCLA Gallery 51 staff will be available for gift-wrapping. 

"The fast-paced energy of this show closely relates to the annual tradition of Black Friday," Parker said. "Like many retail stores that pack their shelves with consumer goods at sale prices, MCLA Gallery 51 does the same. The only difference being the unique art we make available to the public. If you are looking for that perfect, one-of-a-kind holiday gift at an affordable price, the '99 Cents and Up' show has something for you."

Featured artists include: Yura Adams, John Breiner, Pam Buchannan, Danielle Christensen, Laura Christensen, Andrew Davis, Claire Fox, Forrest Graham, Wayne Hopkins, Jen Huberdeau, Henry Klein, Wendy James, Julia Morgan, Melanie Mowinski, Mark Mulherrin, Dina Noto, Kristen Parker, Marianne Petite, Sean Riley, Ben Ripley, Gail and Phil Sellars, Josh Simpson, Karin Stack, Christina Stott, Sandra Thomas, Ven Voisey, Colleen Williams and Cathy Wysocki.

MCLA Gallery 51's "99 Cents and Up" exhibit is presented as part of North Adams Hometown Holidays, a joint venture between the North Adams Office of Tourism and Community Events and Develop North Adams. It aims to encourage people to shop local and buy local with special shopping bargains and family events.

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. It is at 51 Main St., and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (413) 664-8718, or go to Gallery51.