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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Downstreet Art Opening this Thursday!

Get Down! Hit the streets of North Adams on July 28, from 6 – 9.

New exibition openings, performance, live music and murals.
Restaurants, shops and bars open late.

DownStreetArt returns this Thursday with six new exhibitions including the work of renowned photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems, live performances on the street by Mark Steward, Paul Simon’s Guitarist and Bang On A Can All Stars member and his orchestra of homemade instruments and live aerial song cycles by artist C. Ryder Cooley.   Now in it’s fourth year DownStreet Art celebrates the arts community of North Adams.  ”It is great on the last Thursday night of every month to see hundreds of people in downtown North Adams, just like back in the day when payday was the night to go out”, says Jonathan Secor, MCLA’s Director of Special Programs. “And to have contemporary art and performance as the catalyst for those hundreds recognizes a new beginning for the City”. Read more about this Thursday’s schedule of openings, click here.

-SGW

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pic of the Week: Porches Visit to Eagle Street & Beaver Artist Mills!

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
Route 8
North Adams, MA

Leibman Studios
Historic Beaver Mill: Liebman Studios
Natural Bridge State Park
McCauley Road off Route 8
(877)904-2362 (call for hours)

studio21south
Saturday, 10-5; Sunday 10-1; and by appointment in the summer.
http://www.studio21south.blogspot.com
413/652-2141

Eclipse Mill
243 Union Street, #102
North Adams, MA

Brill Gallery
Loft 109 (first floor)
Hours: Friday-Sunday 12-6 and by appointment
http://www.brillgallery109.com
800 294-2811

River Hill Pottery
Loft 104 (first floor)
Open Daily 10-5 and by appointment
http://www.riverhillpottery.com
413-664-0197

Eclipse Mill Gallery
Loft 102
Saturday-Sunday, 12-5.
www.eclipsemillgallery.com

G.J.Askins Bookseller
Loft 108
Weekends or by chance
or appointment
413-664-6493

Friday, July 15, 2011

Porches Pic of the Week: Have enough plates?

We thought it’d be fun every Friday to do a “Pic of the Week” feature where we share an image from The Porches Inn whether it’s from of our extensive, eclectic art collection or our resident feline Sabine! This week’s pic is one of our many vintage plate collages that adorn the Porches hallways.

We love all things vintage at Porches, where do you find your flea-market finds?
Have a great weekend! -SGW

Friday, June 24, 2011

Keeping it Local: Eagle Street Market during Solid Sound Festival

Eagle Street Market during Solid Sound Festival
Stop by the Eagle Street Market in downtown North Adams on Saturday, June 25th, for a once a year market of unique, quality handmade wares, curiosities, pretty things and delicious local edibles! Browse dozens of area artisans, entrepreneurs, local shops & farmers and meet creative folk with a shared love of a beautiful place, nice people, local talent and good music.
Here is some info about the shops on Eagle Street (from the Market Facebook page) – “Historic Eagle Street is home to some really cool local businesses. Jack’s Hot Dog Stand has been around since 1917! You can also grab a bite to eat and sit on the patio at Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant,or grab a slice from Supreme Pizza or Village PizzaPersnickety Toys is one of the best toy stores in New England and a must if you have little ones. If your little ones are of the furry variety the Bark’N Cat should be on your list of places to visit this weekend, too.
Papyri Books offers used & rare books. The Warp Gallery is new with a collection of unusual offerings. There’s also Martha Flood Studio, Clarksburg Collectibles, Mia’s Exchange (for the thrift store junky), the Party Place (great party supplies, silliness & $1 noise makers that the kids will love), Kim’s Cut’s & the Klipper Kingz…. AND Eagle Street Music!”
According to event organizer and shop owner Suzy Helme, “We have 31 vendors coming this Saturday! There will hand knits, silk-screened clothing and houseware, ceramic tableware, funky pottery, felted wool coolness, vintage game piece jewelry, beaded & porcelain jewelry, quilts, totes, re-purposed unique house decor, blown glass, candles,hand knit toys, photography, original paintings, copper & leather accessories, gourmet cookies, locally raised meats, jams, plants and maple products. PLUS, the wonderful shops on Eagle Street will be open so you can browse all of their unique goods, too!
Check out the event’s Facebook page for more info!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

See Art More Often: Unconscious Convergence at North Adams Coop Gallery

“Unconscious Convergence: The Work of Debi Pendell”
June 23 – July 25

NAACO Gallery presents a series of new, layered, acrylic collages evolving from a spontaneous and unconscious convergence of several earlier experimental directions the artist had taken. This series is based on the artist’s intrigue with how we humans “read” various symbol systems, and how we use our imaginations to add and/or subtract in order to make sense of what we see.

An artist’s reception will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, 6-9 pm, held in conjunction with the DownStreet Art grand opening celebration.

NAACO Gallery (North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery), 33 Main Street (corner of Main and Marshall Streets) in downtown North Adams. Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri, 11-6; Sat 10-6; Sun 10-4

More about artist Debi Pendell:
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Inside/Out at studio21 South

studio21south in North Adams  current show: Inside/Out, now-July 10, featuring the paintings of a Northampton-based couple, Katy Schneider and David Gloman.

Schneider paints the interior of the family home, sometimes capturing it in its anarchic natural state, other times displaying its artifacts in still life compositions and energetic florals.  Gloman turns his attention outdoors.  Working on site, he by turns captures the feral, evanescent qualities of the natural environment or plucks order from chaos, resulting in plain-spoken cityscapes and landscapes. Have you ever been inspired by something you saw that you wanted to paint it right then and there? Why not have a portable studio like David Gloman? Continue below to read more about Katy Schneider and David Gloman.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Elevated Events

Our friends at Bascom Lodge on top of Mount Greylock have some fun stuff planned… The lodge is just a short, but bea-U-tiful drive from Porches – you’ll be at an altitude of of 3,491 feet with views 60 to 90 miles around. Bascom Lodge offers music (Rakish Paddy, anyone?), art (collagist Karen Arp-Sandel is the Creative Resident for June), and intellectual pursuits in general. Not to mention, they offer a pretty spiffy dining experience! Follow this link for the schedule…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Summer Lovin’

Yeah, it’s cold, but our bulbs are busting out of the ground so we know that Spring is here and, with that, Summer isn’t too far behind! Check out our summer packages – Museum Mania and Geocaching are now a part of the regular mix. We’ll be adding more fun ideas to our packages page in the coming weeks, but keep an eye out for specials too! We keep those kind of last-minute, for you spontaneous types! See you soon…

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Monday, October 11, 2010

In the News

Porches was featured in yesterday’s Sunday Boston Globe in an article entitled ”Fussy? No Way.”  We were among nine other amazing properties that are “sleek and sophisticated” with “modern sensibilities.”  We’re proud of our Victorian heritage but pleased that writer Necee Regis recognizes our playful sense of irony!  Woo-hoo!

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Gravity, I Reckon

Architecture, science fiction, art… All wrapped up in one crazy piece at MASS MoCA: Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s project Gravity Is a Force to be Reckoned With. Gravity exists as both a physical force and a feeling of solemnity. In Manglano-Ovalle’s project, the physics and emotion of it collide, resulting in an upheaval that turns both upside down. Come see this amazing work before it closes at the end of next month!
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