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The windows at 107 Main St. in North Adams show work by Galen Cheney and Debi Pendell

Main Street in North Adams Filled With Art in the New Year

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Jon Verney's 'Sightseer' is featured at 105 Main St.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Downtown North Adams is glammed up for the new year, thanks to an artistic collaboration among the city of North Adams and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and Fine and Performing Arts Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

New work from local artists, one Mass MoCA artist in residence, two MCLA alumni and eight MCLA students has been placed in storefront windows along Main Street. Visitors who wish to read more about the artists and obtain a walking map can isit MCLA Gallery 51 at 51 Main St. in North Adams.

"We wanted to ignite Main Street in a way that reflects the rich and eclectic arts community that works here, studies here, and comes here to experience all that North Adams has to offer," BCRC Director Erica Wall said.


With help from Installation Space Gallery and the North Adams Cultural District, art by by Tara Sabharwal, a December 2019 artist in residence at Mass MoCA, is now featured in the window of MCLA's Design Lab at 49 Main St. MCLA seniors Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman and Macie Turrell have work displayed in the space's opposite window; this group of visual arts majors will also have a traditional senior art show at MCLA Gallery 51 in April.

Jon Verney's "Sightseer" is featured at 105 Main St. The windows at 107 Main St. show work by Galen Cheney and Debi Pendell. Work by MCLA 2016 alum Nate Massari is featured across the street at 68 Main St., and work by MCLA 2018 alum Halie Smith is displayed in the windows of 70 Main St.

"MCLA's downtown presence and programs through the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, the Design Lab, and other initiatives enlivens and enriches both the college and the city," North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard said. "This new collaboration builds on our strong partnership to highlight the vibrancy and variety of our cultural district, to showcase the incredible talent of professional and student artists, and to activate downtown storefronts as platforms for community engagement."


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