Last month, the marketing department along with the Porches Inn’s new Innkeeper Mel (who will be featured on our blog soon!) visited this summer’s Downstreet Art galleries to see what kind of exhibits we can tell our guests about. This month, MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Director Jonathon Secor took us to two former mills that were transformed into artist live work spaces. It was exciting to see the difference between these spaces and a traditional brick-and-mortar retail gallery space.
Our first stop was the Historic Beaver Mill which is home to over twenty artist work and/or live spaces and several galleries. The first studio we visited was Leibman Studios were Rebecca Leibman gave us a tour of her live/work space as well as the show 4 Concepts of North South East West by 4 artist. Rebecca also gave us a tour studio21south as the gallery managers Jaye and Thor were out of town. In addition to these two galleries, the Beaver Mill is also home to the Frog Lotus Yoga Studio and many other artist spaces.
The next stop in the artist mill tour was the Eclipse Mill which is home to a community of artists, living and working in a former textile mill. Our first stop was the Brill Gallery, where Ralph Brill showed us around the his current show featuring photography from the Powder Ridge Rock Festival. Gail Sellars from River Hill Pottery gave us a mini tour of the shop and of their studio, as well as a tour (with Ralph Brill) of the Eclipse Mill Gallery and the “Reflections on Melville” exhibit which features photographs by Kay Canavino and abstract paintings by Arthur Yanoff telling the story of Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Monument Mountain.
We also stopped by Grover Askin’s book store: G.J. Askins Bookseller where he shared some of his favorite ways to find books (estate sales, auctions, thrift stores, etc…)
Check out our Facebook page for pictures from our visit and here is the info for each gallery:
Historic Beaver Mill
189 Beaver Street
North Adams, MA
Historic Beaver Mill: Liebman Studios
Natural Bridge State Park
McCauley Road off Route 8
(877)904-2362 (call for hours)
Saturday, 10-5; Sunday 10-1; and by appointment in the summer.
243 Union Street, #102
North Adams, MA
Loft 109 (first floor)
Hours: Friday-Sunday 12-6 and by appointment
River Hill Pottery
Loft 104 (first floor)
Open Daily 10-5 and by appointment
Eclipse Mill Gallery
Weekends or by chance