Archive for June, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010


Down Street Art opened to much fanfare last night in North Adams… about a thousand people made their way around the galleries and storefront installations. I walked over from Porches today to check out some of the art on view. MCLA’s Gallery 51 has an amazing show by Sean Riley, who recently renewed his interest in American quilt-making to honor his deceased father’s life by making a quilt (illustrated above) from his father’s clothing – walking up to the quilt, the viewer is enveloped by a collage of fabrics from Riley’s father’s work clothes, Carharts and all. It’s powerful.  MCLA’s Cultural Resource Center teamed up with Art for Change in NYC for a show entitled Haiti: Beyond Mountains There Are Mountains. Rather than focus on the devastation and suffering of Haiti and its people following the recent earthquake, this show explores the political, economic and social landscapes of Haiti post-earthquake. This is the first of several exhibitions and events exploring the compelling art, music and culture of a country that has been shaking things up culturally and politically for over two centuries. A portion of all sales will be donated directly to the relief efforts in Haiti.

I asked MCLA’s Jonathan Secor if he sees a theme running through the shows and he commented that it’s all about community. Down Street Art  brings together a variety of media, styles and cultures, but they all have some kind of commentary on their communities and the artists’ places in it. Here’s a link to a map showing how easy it is to walk Down Street Art – more on this summer-long event soon!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Get Jazzed!

We’re excited to partner with our friends at MASS MoCA on a one-night special: Get Jazzed! Join us on Saturday, June 26th, and experience Jacob Fred Jazz OdysseyWith a magical mix of jam band enthusiasm and jaw-dropping virtuosity, JFJO transcends boundaries with its “intensely improvisatory [sound], which embraces Beatles covers, free jazz and just about everything in between,” according to The Village Voice.  Get Jazzed! includes: deluxe accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, two tickets to Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and two passes to the MASS MoCA galleries for just $250 (plus taxes; based on availability). To reserve, please call us at 413 664 0400 or email us at reservations@porches.com and ask for the “Get Jazzed” package. Call today, space is limited!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Art Has a Block Party

In just a few weeks, North Adams will be bursting with art even more than ever! Down Street Art is a public art project intended to help revitalize our city’s downtown by working with existing arts organizations and events to transform vacant and open spaces into arts destinations. The opening event is Thursday, June 24th – Galleries will open new exhibitions, music and dance will be presented in the streets and inside venues, and our neighboring businesses stay open late and offer special discounts! Kinda like a block party, but with art. Join us!