Wednesday, June 15, 2011

See Art More Often – Next Week: DownStreet Art is back!

The Fourth Annual DownStreet Art initiative – organized by MCLA’s the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC)– will feature more than 100 exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from around the world.

The Thursday June 23 celebration – a massive block party to include gallery exhibition openings, street musicians and specials at local businesses – will run from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This season’s opening event coincides with the kick-off of the Solid Sound Festival, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). “This year’s DownStreet Art will hold more exhibition openings than ever before”, according to Jonathan Secor, Director of Special Programs at MCLA.
Here are a some of what you’ll see during the opening weekend:
NAACO Gallery
33 Main Street
Mon-Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 10 am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
The North Adams Artists’ Co-Operative Gallery, otherwise known as the NAACO Gallery, is an independently member-run organization of over 35 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and craft.
- June 23 / July 25, “Unconscious Convergence”
Works of Debi Pendell. Abstract landscape-type space and imagery paintings.
9 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2pm
Pyramid of toys, wall drawings, and assemblage reveal the imaginative world of Jarvis Rockwell.
MAYA IV is a voluntary indulgence in obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mirror reflecting ourselves and the story of our lives. Jarvis Rockwell started buying action figures in 1978 and over time his collection grew. In 2001 the artist partially found a home for the collection at MASS MoCA. Now at its forth stage, MAYA IV is the essence of the way that everything goes through continuous change. (Check out pictures on the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center’s Flickr page from MAYA IV!)
MCLA Gallery 51
51 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2pm
MCLA Gallery 51, run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2005, presents work from a wide range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.
- June 23 / July 25, “The Grass is Green” by Karin Stack
Through an examination of the simulated sublime, artist Karin Stack find herself caught between cynic and romantic. She creates images, which are simultaneously parodying and embodying obsessive control and perfection of environment.
William Oberst Studio
16 Holden Street
Visit by appointment. Please call (631) 398-4011
The working studio of realist painter of people and landscapes.
“We all have a shared humanity. Should any of my pictures survive for the next three hundred years, I would hope that people in that distant future see, in my art, how we felt about each other in the twenty-first century, and how we felt about being alive. I would also hope that those future viewers recognize something of themselves in my work.” B. Oberst.
18 Holden Street
Wed-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2 pm
XMALIA by C. Ryder Cooley, a mythological installation & performance series about extinction and human-animal relations, with sound, video, drawings, taxidermy and live music, plus special guests Christine Shields (June 23, music), Jasmine Dreame Wagner (August 25, music) and others T.B.A.
XMALIA is an extinction mythology that conjures surreal visions of vanished creatures and their stories. Much of the video was shot at the Natural History Museum, where animals are stuffed, objectified, “preserved” and re-presented as living – dead simulations.
Martha Flood Design
38 Eagle Street
Wed-Sat 11:30 am – 6:30 pm, Sun-Tue by appointment
Martha Flood presents original fabrics, The Woodlands Collection, for sale in the Eagle Street Studio and Gallery. The designs are inspired by textures and patterns found Berkshire woodland environments. The nontraditional natural images are examples of cutting edge pattern design and advanced digital fabric printing technologies.
River Hill Pottery
Eclipse Mill, Studio 104, 243 Union Street
Open daily 10 am – 5 pm
Pottery gallery and working studio of Gail and Phil Sellers.
“At River Hill Pottery we have combined our creativity and experience to bring to you some of the most beautiful baskets in clay. Each piece is handmade with care and craftsmanship for you to enjoy. It is our desire for you to have a piece of pottery that will give you a lifetime of joy. The uncommon basket for an extraordinary life.” Phil and Gail Sellers.
Click here to check out the rest of the 35 visual art destinations! Porches is proud to be one of the sponsors of DownStreet Art!
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