DownStreet Art Events: Sept. 27

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SEPTEMBER 27, 6-9pm
Downtown North Adams


Dualities: The Painting of Ed Carson and Ceramics of Joshua Primmer
NAACO Gallery
33 Main Street

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North Adams painter Ed Carson and Bennington ceramist Joshua Primmer explore the meaning of "rhythm and flow,” and how the trajectory of that motion visually affects their work, resulting in purely contemporary forms.

The Afterlife: Interpretations of the Hereafter
Gallery X (at Jarvis Rockwell Gallery)
49 Main Street

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"The Afterlife: Interpretations of the Hereafter” is a facilitation of further conversation between artist Jarvis Rockwell and the creative minds of both local and regional artists. This unique look into an individual's ideal afterlife is curated by the co-assistant gallery manager of MCLA Gallery 51, Christina Stott. 

DIE FORMMEISTER: The Masters of the Form 
MCLA Gallery 51
51 Main Street

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”DIE FORMMEISTER: The Masters of the Form” is a group show featuring experimental animation, three dimensional work, glass, textile, prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and a site specific installation. It offers a panoramic over different mediums and artistic practices celebrating the form through which idea becomes object. Featured artists include Yura Adams, Karen Arp-Sandel, Michael Vincent Bushy, Janet Cooper, Helen Febbo, Linda Kaye-Moses, Fay O'Meara, Dina Noto, Glenn Shalan and Paula Shalan.

Mostly Photography
Wendy James Studio
22 Holden Street (upstairs)

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At Wendy James Studio on Holden Street visitors can explore "Mostly Photographs” an exhibition of photographs by Howard Itzkowitz and video stills by Wendy James.

Transforming Decadence 
The Artery Gallery
26 Holden Street

"Transforming Decadence" is a mural installation by Christina Stott, Kristen Parker, and Pam Buchanan which reflects upon the mundane and illustrates the challenge of confronting death and decay in order to achieve revitalization. Using the City of North Adams as a backdrop, these three artists combine their skills in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and collage, portraying an eclectic vision of transformation in everyday life and in death itself.

Through a filter brightly by Gillian Jones
The Transcript Gallery
85 Main Street

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This series of photographs by Gillian Jones features ordinary photos of area landmarks that have been altered in Adobe Photoshop to create dramatic colors using the solarize effect option in Photoshop's Stylize Filter menu. The filter allows the user to equalize as well as invert the colors of an image. The Solarize effect is based on the "Sabatier" effect, which shows a photo's light areas as dark, and the reverse.

Getting There is Easy 
curated by Melanie Mowinski

PRESS: Letterpress as Public Art Project
105 Main Street

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"Getting There is Easy" will celebrate the hard work and creations created at PRESS over the duration of the summer. Sandragraphs, pressure prints, linoleum prints, prints with moveable type as well as book art and paste papers will be on display. The show will highlight work from Melanie Mowinski's Experimental Letterpress class, taught at PRESS through MCLA, as well as other works from workshops and individual projects.

Insomnia by Gil Scullion 
Gallery 107
107 Main Street

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Work by Connecticut-based artist Gil Scullion will seal off the summer schedule of the largest pop-up gallery downtown North Adams. Scullion's theme draws from the nature of the process made of reproduction and repetition. Largely interested with stencils and templates as manifestation of manual labor, Scullion always includes a handcrafted component in each piece of his installation, which he conceived around the theme of "insomnia,” and features an oversized bedroom, as well as paradox elements of dream.

Figuratively Speaking, Abstractly 
curated by Kristen Parker

Adams Community Bank
31 Eagle Street
Early Opening 5-6pm

"Figuratively Speaking, Abstractly" displays visual concepts associated with expression and emotion through the use of non-representantional styles. The show is curated by Kristen Parker as part of DownStreet Art's alternative art locations. "I started to look at abstract art and artists in a new light. I felt a personal need to re-explore ideas connected with abstract art.” Says Parker. Anderson's was chosen based of his use of scale and color to create a canvas for numerous possibilities of translation. Clements style and use of subtle form does not stem far from the traditional style one would be apt to categorize as abstract expressionism.

William Oberst Studio  
16 Holden Street (upstairs)

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In description of his work, Oberst said, "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." Visit the studio on DownStreet Art Thursday!

Transcend: art as activism in the Occupy Movement
Branch Gallery
18 Holden Street

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Former MCLA student Emily Breunig is curating an exhibition of art and other forms of creativity which have been actively used as informative and inspiring outreach and activism. This exhibition features works of various mediums created by Occupy Wall Street (OWS) art working groups as well as individual artists. The title of the show is in reference to a Howard Zinn essay 'Artists in Times of War' who made the point that people should utilize their skill and resources to contribute to society and involve oneself in politics.

A Chapel for Humanity by Eric Rudd
82 Summer Street
Wed-Sun 12-5pm

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In a historic church, artist Eric Rudd's massive sculptural epic has been created for both an art experience and private meditation. With over 150 life-size figures, 250 low-relief ceiling figures, and a memorial to September 11th. 
Ralph Brill and Louise LaFond
28 Eagle Street

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A new location downtown, displaying work from Ralph Brill's Gallery at the Eclipse Mill (Studio 109, 243 Union St.) and Louise LaFond who is a world-class print maker planning on teaching classes there in Fall 2012.   

Martha Flood Design
38 Eagle Street

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Working space and gallery by local textile artist, Martha Flood. Her designs are often inspired by textures and patterns found in the Berkshire woodland environments. The non-traditional natural images are examples of cutting edge pattern design and advanced digital fabric printing technologies. 

studio21south @Eagle Street
44 Eagle Street

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studio21south is a home for contemporary realism in the Berkshire. This summer the gallery opened a new location on Eagle Street where it has been featuring work by Frank Curran, Bob Lafond, Eric March, Karen Walter, and Thor Wickstrom. Don't forget to stop by this Fine Art Gallery while strolling downtown.
Mural by muralismo publico
Back of Mohawk Theater

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Marta Gil and Estibaliz Vera from Vitoria, Spain, are part of the cooperative of mural artists that contributed in naming their city the "painted city." With this optimistic mural about change, they have shared their talent with all of us during the month of June and left a remarkable presence of their staying in North Adams through DownStreet Art. 
Mural by Maya Hayuk
Center Street

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The mural by Maya Hayuk is on Center Street between Marshall and Holden Street. Hayuk is an internationally renowned artist from Brooklyn, NY who has worked in fashion design, designed album covers, and has been commissioned to do advertisements for Bacardi. At the core of her practice are her murals, which she describes as "large, colorful, completely improvised, totally optimistic and abstract.” 

Melissa Matsuki Lillie's mural unveiling
Holden Street corner Main Street

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Join us for the official unveiling of "Gneiss" a mural by Melissa Matsuki Lillie. Celebratory remarks by Mayor Alcombright, Meri Jenkins of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MCLA's President Mary Grant. "Gneiss" is inspired by the microscopic and macroscopic formations found in the metamorphic rocks that make up the buildings of North Adams.
Pilars by Art About Town
Marshall Street under the overpass Rt 2

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Celebrate the completion of the Arnold Print Works Doll murals on Marshall Street. This project was a community collaboration that began in March and involved students from Greylock Elementary, art teacher Christina King, artist William Oberst, MCLA student Stephanie VanBramer and area teachers attending a workshop.

Stops at MCLA Gallery 51

DownStreet Art will be providing a free shuttle service from/to MCLA Campus. First 100 MCLA students to board get FREE ice cream at I Got Goodies! Trolley runs from 5:30pm till 9pm.

One Way Out
Mohawk Marquis on Main Street

One Way Out is a trio of talented musicians who like to play classic rock with a blues twist. Expect to hear hits from Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and more.  
Mike Wamba
Berkshire Bank Stage
37 Main Street

Our favorite wandering minstrel is back once again to cheer you up during DownStreet Art! Be on the look-out for him as he will be entertaining art lovers throughout the Main Street area starting at Berkshire Bank Stage. Enjoy!
Berkshire Bank Stage
37 Main Street

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MCLA's Fine and Performing Arts Theatre and Music divisions come together again for their ENCORES series presenting audiences with Kander and Ebb's Tony Award winning, landmark musical, CABARET. Join MCLA music and theatre students at the Kit Kat Klub as singer, Sally Bowles and writer, Cliff Bradshaw pursue the beautiful life in Weimar Berlin, as the world around them begins to crumble, in this salacious milestone of musical theatre. Based on the play "I Am a Camera" by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood.
Patrick Porter
The Artery Gallery
26 Holden Street

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Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and raised in the isolated mountain town of Bailey, Colorado, Porter began playing music at a young age, often acting as a sit-in drummer for his father's biker bar band. Porter is also a poet and a painter.

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