Artists Get DownStreet in North Adams
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Posted on: Sunday, July 01, 2012
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Carrie Saldo reports from North Adams.
DownStreet Art kicked off its fifth season of cultural happenings and coordinated openings in pop-up galleries throughout downtown North Adams on Thursday, June 28, with music, receptions, and the unveiling of several public artworks, including the first of four major murals and Bus Stand, a functional installation that provides shelter to BRTA riders while nodding at the Sol LeWitt show at MASS MoCA. Designed to bring foot traffic to Main Street businesses while fostering the city’s artist community, DownStreet Art has now grown to 31 galleries and expanded outdoors and into alternative spaces as vacant storefronts have become occupied by new businesses. DownStreet Art, which is organized by MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center’s Valeria Federici, (at center in photo above, flanked by Muralismo Publico artists Estibaliz Vera, left, and Marta Gil) takes place on the final Thursday of each month through October.
Laura Thompson, director of exhibitions and education at MASS MoCa’s Kidspace, with North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright, Bus Stand artist Victoria Palermo, and MCLA’s director of special programs, Jonathan Secor; Muralismo Publico contributing artist and Jarvis Rockwell Gallery associate manager Christina Stott with art enthusiast Julie Eisgruber.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center executive director Beryl Jolly with her husband, Mahaiwe production manager and lighting designer Matthew Adelson; studio potter Phil Sellers with Rikki Rudd, 99, and her son, artist Eric Rudd.
B-Hip Interns Jacqui Proctor, Lo Sottile, and Katherine DiPierro; MASS MoCA’s director of marketing Katherine Myers, with one of the bikes from the museum’s rental fleet, and gallerista Leslie Ferrin, a member of the DownStreet Art Curitorial Committee.
Stuart Chase, owner/consultant of S.A. Chase & Associates, with Beth Sapery, Barrington Stage Company board member Rosita Sarnoff, and Julie Chase, director of special projects at The Clark Art Institute; North Adams City Council vice president Lisa Blackmer at Studio 21 South with gallery co-manager Jaye Fox.
The Mohawk Mural, the first of four to be unveiled this summer, executed by Muralismo Publico on the back of the historic Mohawk Theater to catch the eyes of those traveling routes 2 or 8.