MCLA

The Artery to Feature Site-Specific Installation at DownStreet Thursday

09/21/2011

NORTH ADAMS, MA - As part of the Sept. 29 DownStreet Art Thursday event, The Artery will offer a site-specific exhibition of ceramic objects, drawing, paint and video curated by Pittsfield's Ferrin Gallery owner Leslie Ferrin.

Work created by Molly Hatch of Florence, Mass., Giselle Hicks of Philadelphia, Pa., and Sean Capone of New York, N.Y., and presented courtesy of the Ferrin Gallery will be in a temporary storefront setting at 26 Holden St. until Oct. 16.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception, 6-9 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 29, in The Artery. A conversation with the artists will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In "Pattern as a Language," the artists use their primary mediums of ceramics and video to fully envelope the space with imagery based on traditions sourced from decorative art history. Expanding on symbolic iconography of decorative scroll, foliage and floral patterns, they reinterpret history using color, movement, scale and graphic silhouette. 

The exhibition is presented courtesy Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass., and is on view through DownStreet Art, a project of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts's (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, Develop North Adams, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The program is made possible through leading sponsorship support provided by Berkshire Bank, Excelsior Printing, Orbit Visual Graphic Design, Jarvis W Rockwell and Scarafoni Reality. Additional support is provided by: Adams Co-Operative Bank, Hoosac Bank, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA and The Sushi House.

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 also 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