DownStreet Art Closes Season on Spooky Note02:57PM / Monday, October 28, 2013
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The final DownStreet Art Thursday evening event for the season falls on the perfect day: Oct. 31.
The date means the monthly gallery celebration of gallery openings and performances, dubbed "DownStreet Art Fright Night," will include Halloween-themed activities, including the Great Community Pumpkin Carve, from 5 to 8.
Holden Street will be closed the Jack O'Lantern fest sponsored by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with its Crafts Club, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Tables full of pumpkins will be set up for people to whittle, sculpt and shape into whatever their heart's desire.
The Great Community Pumpkin Carve will take place from 5 to 8, followed by lighting of the carved pumpkins. Pumpkins and tools will be provided; the event is free and open to the public.
"Having this day fall on Halloween was just too much fun to ignore," said Jonathan Secor, director of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. "In addition to art and music, there will be haunted trolley rides, adult
trick-or-treating, the largest pumpkin carving event the City has seen, a costumed pub crawl, haunted photo booths, face painting, puppets roaming the streets and firewalkers."
The Halloween Pub Crawl, organized by the NAMA Prom Committee that has been branching out from its original prom event for adults, begins at 6 p.m. at Gallery 51 and hits some of the local pouring establishments around the downtown.
Costumes are encouraged and donations to help defray the costs of other NAMA events will be appreciated.
Exhibition openings include "Re-Wilderment: Passing Through the Veil between the Worlds," featuring the work of Sarah Falkner, Ryder Cooley and Shannon Taggart. This mixed-media show explores themes of ritual, witchcraft and mediumistic practices.
Also opening that evening will be "Datum Chronicle" at Press Gallery, which will feature the work of Tara O'Brian; a new solo exhibition at the Adams Community Bank of the work of Julia Morgan-Leamon; the North Adams Open Studio Show at Gallery 107 showcasing the work of more than a dozen artists; and a new exhibition at the Transcript Gallery featuring the work of Gillian Jones.
A multimedia event, "Halloween Concert: Music Macabre," to feature music, projections, costumes, taxidermy and more begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Branch Gallery at 18 Holden St. The show also will include performances by C. Ryder Cooley and her band, the Dust Bowl Faeries, as well as Shana Falana, an experimental "dream-pop" band.
The event will include trick-or-treats, prizes for macabre costumes and ticket discounts for those who dress up, as well as a haunted photo and face-painting station. Tickets are $10 for general admission; those wearing macabre costumes get in for $5. Doors open at 8 p.m.