What happens when you invite artists from all over the country to move to a city like North Adams, MA? An exciting exhibition that celebrates the convergence of new and established artists in the local creative community. Join MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists and DownStreet Art for this month-long exhibition of sculpture, painting, crafts, and performance that features fourteen Assets for Artists creatives, six of whom are recent transplants to North Adams.
The opening reception takes place this Thursday, June 25, 6PM – 9PM as part of DownStreet Art’s Kick Off Celebration, which will include a live performance by Marafanyi Drum and Dance. The artworks will span a range of methods and materials: installation, wood, metal, glass, painting, textiles, and mixed media.
A post-industrial city nestled at the feet of Mount Greylock, North Adams began its cultural revitalization with the opening of MASS MoCA in 1999. Since 2008, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program has given vital support services to 250+ artist-entrepreneurs, including a growing number of artists in North Adams. Assets for Artists’ 2014 North Adams Project supported six creatives in relocating to North Adams; their work is featured in Convergence.
For this exhibition, Assets for Artists is pleased to team up with DownStreet Art to celebrate the exciting growth of North Adams’ creative economy!
CONVERGENCE features the following local A4A artists:
May Beattie, Installation | maybeattie.com
Kay Canavino, Photography | kaycanavino.com
Karylee Doubiago, Fiber
Lara Gonzalez, West African Drum, Dance and Music | marafanyi.com
Joanna Gabler, Visual Art | joannagabler.com
Ben Mancino, Photography | benmancino.com
Samantha Pasapane, Sculpture | samanthapasapane.com
Kristal Romano, Jewelry and Metalsmithing | kristalromano.com
John Ryan, Puppetry
Yael Shacham, West African Drum, Dance and Music | marafanyi.com
Diane Sullivan, Ceramics | dianesullivanceramics.com
Sarah Tortora, Sculpture | sarahtortora.com
Natalie Tyler, Glass and Metalwork | natalietylerart.com
Tim Walker, Sculpture | timwalkersculpture.com
DownStreet Art is a public art project designed to revitalize downtown North Adams. By harnessing existing art organizations and events and transforming vacant and open spaces into art destinations, DownStreet Art defines North Adams as a cultural haven, driving tourists and community members.
Visit downstreetart.org for more information.