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DownStreet Art kicks off its 12th season with storefront art, gallery openings and music on Thursday.

DownStreet Art Kicks Off 12th Summer of Art on Thursday

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its 12th season of gallery openings, exhibits and performances this Thursday. 
 
The annual summer event is a prelude this year to the Solid Sound Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art that opens on Friday. But while Wilco and the gang have the weekend, DownStreet Art continues with monthly events through the summer. 
 
Local and regional artists have decked out Main Street storefronts for the occasion, and three locations will host simultaneous gallery openings downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center coordinates the summer art festival. 
 
The kickoff features live music from Kids 4 Harmony and DJ BFG, a beer garden in Eagle Street's pocket park, live silkscreening demonstrations by Common Folk and a four-mile community bike tour of the city's murals.
 
Gallery openings include the Berkshire Art Museum's sixth year with the group show "Not Just Another Pretty Picture," "Dark Matter" and "Death of a Loved One," 1890s fashion from the collection of Greg Lafave, along with ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collection. Opening reception is from 6 to 9 with refreshments and appetizers from Meng's Pan-Asian. 
 
MCLA Gallery 51 exhibits Jon Verney's "Burning at the Center of Things" through Aug. 24. Verney uses framed photographs, altered polaroids, light-boxes and video projection to embody his experimentation and embracing of chance. 
 
Installation Space at 49 Eagle St. offers "Time-Link Present," an immersive and experiential installation by Studio HHH on view through Aug. 18. 
 
And it's a last chance to see "Fused" at Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 Mass MoCA Way. The solo exhibit of "dimensional paintings" using clay by Philadelphia-based artist Lauren Mabry closes on June 30. 
 
Two new galleries have also been added to the downtown scene: Gallery 28 on Holden Street and Robert Giardini on Wednesday was waiting for final approval to open at 70 Main St. Both pop-up galleries are exhibiting a range of artistic offerings and price points.
 
Browsers can also view the storefront art projects along Main Street: Gloria Calderon-Saenz' "North Adams with Strings Attached" and Eric Reinemann "Intersections" at 49 Main; Benjamin Lamb's "Torn to Pieces" at 68 Main; Sarah DeFusco and Megan Karlen's "Stratos-Fear" at 101 Main; Emilee Yawn's "Fake Nature" at 105 Main; and Hideyo Okamura's "Abstract" and Sara Farrell Okamura's "Fact vs. Fiction" at 107 Main.
 
Musical performances will be under the Mohawk Theater marquee with Berkshire Children & Family's Kids 4 Harmony at 5 p.m. and DJ BFG (aka Gabby Squailia), special events DJ for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, spinning from 6 to 8 p.m. 
 
Adults can relax at the Eagle Street Beverage Garden in the pocket park with beer from Bright Ideas Brewing or get a margarita at Desperados.
 
Bike to the Murals is a four-mile ride through downtown North Adams, coordinated by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. Meet at St. Anthony's Municipal Parking lot at 6 p.m. and see the murals by bike.
 
Common Folk Presents will be offering live silkscreen printing demonstrations and an artist showcase and Frog Lotus Yoga will be on the lawn at BAM.
 
Food vendors will include The VinylDonut and Bounti Fare.
 
North Adams residents can also learn about woonerfs and the proposal to make Eagle Street a shared vehicle  and pedestrian way. The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will have information downtown and be taking feedback on the idea. 
 
Downstreet Art events are held on the last Thursday of every month from June through September and are free and open to the public. In addition to the Thursday, June 27, DSA Thursdays will continue throughout the season on July 25, Aug. 29, and Sept. 26.
 
DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, which provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County run by MCLA. Since its inception in 2008, more than 150,000 visitors have come downtown and through the doors of DownStreet Art's galleries and exhibits.

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CDC Releases Guidance for Trick-or-Treating

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Local governments will be taking up the question of Halloween activities in the coming weeks but it looks like traditional trick-or-treating is out this year. And don't think that plastic costume mask is a substitute for the cloth one you're wearing now. 
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released its guidance for the candy-flavored holiday with activity levels of low, moderate and high for transmission of the novel coronavirus that has infected nearly 7 million in the United States and killed more than 200,000.
 
Not surprisingly, going door to door to have treats handed out is among the riskier activities. The same goes for handing out candy from cars lined up in parking lots. Both mean interacting with or getting close to people who may not be in your "pod" -- those individuals with whom you have been isolating with over the past six months. 
 
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