Hanging Out In North Adams, July 25, 2009

Not only home to MASS MoCA, North Adams is also the location of a burgeoning arts scene, as witnessed by DownStreet Art, a summer-long cooperative initiative intended to revitalize the city by making it an arts destination in its own right. Now in its second year, it has grown to 27 exhibition spaces and includes some boffo, world-class art.

Check the DownstreetArt website for a map and the events calendar, which includes performance and new exhibitions opening on the last Thursday of each month – hey, the next one is this Thursday, July 30 – as well as open studios, concerts, art talks and a recurring farmer’s market.

Here’s a sampling of what we saw on a recent stroll through downtown:

Thor Wickstrom painting out on the sidewalk:

Katie Richardson’s steel and glass sculpture Cocoon 2 at the North Adams Artist Coop:

Also at the North Adams Artist Coop, Jennifer Smith’s Squiggles, in pen and ink:

Karylee Doubiago’s Red Skull quilt at MCLA Gallery 51:KaryleeDoubiago

Jarvis Rockwell’s Maya III at 73 Main Street:

Tattoo Battoo by Joey Mars at Widgitz:

Beth Ann Shannon’s painted figures at Berkshire Artist Colony gallery space:

Melissa Matsuki Lillie’s painting, Supper of Salt at Kolok Gallery:

Also at Kolok Gallery, Joshua Field untitled sculpture:

Ian George’s collage, Cavalcade of Breasts, at Avalon Seafood Gallery in a show sponsored by Davis Art Services

Also at Avalon Seafood Gallery, Bryan Heggie’s Study For A Metaphysical Painting” (Bryan Heggie will be the featured artist at Avalon Seafood Gallery starting on July 30th.)

An image from Works And Days, a 3-part series of exhibitions by Mark Mulherrin at 28 Holden Street:

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