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The sixth '100 Hours in the Woodshed' event runs from Thursday, June 22, through Monday, June 26.

Artists Coming Together For '100 Hours in the Woodshed' Event

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will hold the sixth "100 Hours in the Woodshed" event from Thursday, June 22, through Monday, June 26, in the MCLA Design Lab at 49 Main St.

A selection of collage works that result from the efforts of 15 participating artists will be on display in Design Lab beginning on Thursday, June 29, the kickoff to the 2017 DownStreet Art season.

"100 Hours in the Woodshed" brings together collage artists from around the Berkshires and the country to work together in an intensely creative 100-hour period. The original concept was created in 1988 by local artist Danny O and artist, poet and gallery owner Scott Zieher of Wisconsin. During this marathon collage experience, between 15 and 20 invited artists create new work.

Confirmed artists for this event include Lana Z. Caplan from Los Angeles, Calif.; Danny O and Jeff Smith of Boston; Joshua Field, who will work remotely from Boulder, Colo.; and Valerie Carrigan, Lucie Castaldo, Peter Dudek, Amanda Hartlage, Louis Hock, David Lachman, Mark Mulherrin, Rich Remsberg and Monika Sosnowski from the Berkshires.

MCLA's Design Lab will be open to the public to view the artists at work during the following hours: Thursday, June 22, 8 p.m. to midnight; Friday, June 23, 10 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m. to midnight; and Monday, June 26, 10 a.m. to midnight.

In addition to interacting with the artists, the public is invited to contribute to a community collage. Both the community collage and selected work from the marathon will be included in an exhibition at the Design Lab opening on June 29 (DownStreet Art Thursday). An opening reception for this show will take place that evening, from 5 to 8 p.m.

MCLA's Design Lab is at 49 Main St. in North Adams.

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