DownStreet Art Thursday!
Thursday, September 26th 5pm on…

Join the Celebration this Thursday with Exhibition Openings, Musical Performances, Pop-Up Galleries, Giant puppets on Main Street and So Much More!

All events are free and family-friendly! All events are rain or shine.

Here’s what’s happening DownStreet!

Exhibition Openings



Gallery 51

Eliza O.Barrios- “Writing Series: (manga) sulat sa pader (writing on the wall)”

51 Main Street
Reception: 5:00pm

Click here for more information

Click here for the Facebook Event

September 26/October 27- ” Writing Series: (manga) sulat sa pader (writing on the wall)

Join Gallery 51 for a solo exhibition by San Francisco based artist Eliza O. Barrios: Writing Series: (manga) sulat sa pader (writing on the wall). The exhibit includes text-based drawings, single channel video projections and photographs from Barrios’ collaborative project, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. This mixed-media installation will draw material from both English and Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. (manga) sulat sa pader translates from Tagalog to English as “Writing on the Wall”. Through a text-based environment of video, ink on paper and graphite on vellum, Barrios illuminates the shift of expression that is occurring around us, the fragility of communication, and the importance of maintaining and utilizing the written word.



PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project

49 Main Street
Reception: 5:00pm

Click here for more information

Click here for the Facebook Page

September 26/October 27- “Markings”

Markings will celebrate and display the hard work and creations of the summer, including a number of reduction cuts by PRESS founder Melanie Mowinski as well as experiments by summer interns, including this piece, Why Owl, Why?

While at PRESS, join Lisa Donovan’s book release signing of “Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas”. The reception is from 6:30-7:15pm, remarks will take place at 6:45pm.


“It’s A Wrap”

107 Main Street
Reception: 5:00pm

September 26- “It’s a Wrap”

“It’s A Wrap” features the accumulated drawings from people who participated in Art About Town festivities over the summer.


Lydia Johnston and Lori St. Pierre-”Scratching the Surface”

33 Main Street
Reception: 5:00-9:00pm

Click here for more information

September 26/November 25- “Scratching the Surface”

Oil Paintings by Lydia Johnston and Ceramics by Lori St. Pierre

One Night Only
Erin Ko
Erin Ko and Alex Chouls

Downtowwn North Adams

Click here for more information

Click here for the Facebook Page

In the alley between Berkshire Bank and the China Buffet, artists Erin Ko and Alex Chouls will present “Image Flow,” an interactive projection. “Image Flow” uses the Google image search API to visualize creative collective consciousness, as people’s thoughts are turned into image clouds and woven together in real time.

ACTIVITY IS183 Art Workshop at PRESS

49 Main Street

Join IS183 as the take over the PRESS classroom with fun art activities for young and old. Come see what fun things you can create!


Branch Gallery

Jamie Franklin and Renee Bouchard-”Alternate Realities”

18 Holden Street
Reception: 5:00pm

September 26th- “Alternate Realities”

Click here for more information

Shackled by the strictures of the academy, these trained artists see a certain “freedom,” “purity” or “authenticity” in the works of these unknowing artists, seemingly untainted by the expectations and definitions of the so-called “art world.” These self-taught creators come from disparate backgrounds; they range from amateur painters, doodlers, and tinkerers, to folk artists working in tradition bound communities (such as calligraphers and rug hookers), as well as patients at institutions devoted to the care of the mentally ill.



The Artery
Jeffrey Kitchen-”Prototype”

26 Holden Street
Reception: 5:00pm

September 26th- “Prototype”

Jeffrey Kitchen’s work is temporal in nature, involving fleeting spacial moments that are captured and reproduced through an unstable medium, physically assembled and brought to a scale of bodily confrontation within the space of exhibition, and so I’m excited by the gesture of a single day exhibition as an opportunity to work with notions of urgent physical production and what it means to make form visible to a public audience.

Last Chance to See !
Gallery 53

Rich Remsberg- “Historyland”

53 Main Street
Reception: 5:00pm

Click here for more information

September 26– “Historyland”

Last chance to see “Historyland.” Curated and collected by award winning photo researcher Rich Remsberg, HISTORYLAND is a show comprised of found images and media footage. This show is comprised of a variety of items collected by the artists through a variety of places and means and features found photographs, video, and sound recordings will be mixed in with postcards, matchbook covers, scrapbooks, dolls, candles, bottles, toilet tank balls, locks, and radios along thematic lines ranging from the solar system and religion to flying saucers and Watergate for an unusual look at the American cultural landscape.



Adams Community Bank
Janet Picard- “Regarding Nature”

31 Eagle Street

Click here for more information

Click here for her Facebook Page

September 26- “Regarding Nature”

Last chance to see Janet Picard’s oil paintings inspired by the Vermont landscape, the dunes of Cape Cod, a fascination with color and the act of painting. Merging actual places with imagined visions we are transported into a fantastical world that is pulsating with energy and mystery.


The Transcript Gallery

Jennifer Huberdeau’s “Working Class”

85 Main Street

Reception 5:00pm

Click here for more information

September 26 – “Working Class”

Jennifer Huberdeau’s “Working Class” is on view at The Transcript Gallery, located within the North Adams Transcript office at 85 Main Street, which will feature the works of three local artists this season, two of which are staff members. Painter and Adams native Jennifer Huberdeau’s recent body of work pays homage to small business owners and service industry workers in the Northern Berkshires.Spring Awakening is a different animal than Wedekind’s play, with completely different takes on characters and situations. Watch MCLA students turn this play into a lighter story with a clearer arc that will capture the audience.

On View
Martha Flood Studio Gallery

38 Eagle Street

Reception: 5:00-8:00pm

Click here for more information.

Martha explores the art of the Floral Pattern Design for Fabrics and Wallpapers. Working space and gallery by local textile artist, Martha Flood. Her designs are often inspired by textures and patterns found in the Berkshire woodland environments. The nontraditional natural images are examples of cutting edge pattern design and advanced digital fabric printing technologies. 2013Yankee MagazineBest of New England, Editor’s Choice Winner

DownStreet Art Performances
PERFORMANCE Mortal Beasts & Deities

“The Flock of Doves”

Downtown North Adams

Click here for the Facebook Page

Larger than Life Puppetry and Splendiferous Stilt Dancers,” led by Mark Alexander of northwestern Connecticut, will visit the downtown North Adams during this event with its signature act – giant stilt puppets “The Flock of Doves and Hawk.”


Vermont Joy Parade

Downtown North Adams

Click here for the Facebook Page

Back by popular demand, Vermont Joy Parade will be wandering the streets of North Adams. Come join this Vermont bank play a fervent and eclectic blend of Americana, indie-rock, old-time, country blues, dixieland, Cajun, jug, and klezmer known as “all-time music” or “suspender fusion”. Their alchemical blend of alternately rambunctious and soulful tunes has been received with enthusiasm by people from all walks of life all over America and Europe.


DownStreet Art Trolley
Mike Wamba

Downtown North Adams to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts


Click here for the Youtube link

Take the DownStreet Art Trolley from campus to downtown and back while enjoying the music of Mike Wamba


Pitcher’s Mound Pub

Andy “The Machine” Racine

218 Ashland Street

Click here for the Facebook Page

September 26- Andy “The Machine” Racine

Let Andy “The Machine” Racine twist your brain and call you names! Prizes awarded! Stick around for the trivia night after party featuring a live DJ!


Gallery 51

Spring Awakening

51 Main Street

Click here for the Facebook Page

Spring Awakening is a different animal than Wedekind’s play, with completely different takes on characters and situations. Watch MCLA students turn this play into a lighter story with a clearer arc that will capture the audience.

James Mcbride PERFORMANCE MCLA Presents !

James McBride

MCLA’s Church Street Center
375 Church Street


Click here for more information

MCLA honorary degree holder James McBride as he shares his music, his thoughts, and his latest book, The Good Lord Bird. For this return engagement, James will be joined by four gospel singers. Together they will capture the audience through talk, music, and laughter. Be sure not to miss this night with this very special artist.

Brought to you by our generous sponsors:

DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

Appelbaum-Kahn Foundation



Adams Community Bank I Public Eat+Drink

Berkshire Emporium & Antiques | Mediterra | The Sushi House | Jack’s Hot Dog

Desperado’s Fresh Mexican Grille | Lickety Split | O’Connell Oil Associates, Inc. | Luma’s Muffin and Mug |

Freight Yard Pub and Restaurant |I Got Goodies | Bark N’ Cat | Shima Boutique |

Bascom Lodge | MASS MoCA | The Hub | brewhaha! | Christo’s Famous Pizza | MountainOne | Eagle St. Music | Shear Madness Salon |

Persnickety Toys | The Party Place

Forward to a Friend | Update your Subscription | SelfUnsubscribe