Visions from the Edge: 
The Artists of Pure Vision
Jan. 26-Feb. 19 
Opening Reception:
Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m.

Visions from the Edgeconfronts a world of art that thrives beyond the confines of reality, comfort and expectation.  Showcasing talent and vision, artists with developmental disabilities challenge the community to connect with a world of order and sense unique to them.  This show is organized by students from MCLA's Advanced Museum Studies class in partnership with the artists of Pure Vision Arts, New York City.  Click [here] for the class' blog on creating the show. 








Branching Together
Feb. 23-Mar. 25 Opening Reception: 
Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m.

A mixed-media exhibition of works by artists whose work is rooted in wilderness. Featuring Helen Hiebert's Mother Tree, a larger-than-life handmade paper dress with yards and yards of crocheted roots that cascade down and around the base of the dress and into the gallery, branching towards the work of Sun Young Kang and Michelle Wilson. Curated by Melanie Mowinski. 









Strange Soup - Wayne Hopkins & Cathy Wysocki
Mar. 29-Apr. 22
Opening Reception: 
Mar. 29, 5-7 p.m.

Visually striking, politically charged paintings and sculptures by North Adams-based artists Wayne Hopkins & Cathy Wysocki.  Image: Wayne Hopkins, Fence #1  







Coming Up Next:
MCLA Senior Art Show
Apr. 26-May 27
Opening Reception: 
Apr. 26, 5-7 p.m.

MCLA graduates its largest class of art majors in 2012. Join Gallery 51 as we celebrate those coming up next, MCLA's emerging artists: Jessica Atanas, Pam Buchanan, Joanna Gillis, Kristen Parker, Gordon Polglase, Greg Sacchetti, Fiona Slattery, Kira Smith, and Shanti Sponder.  Image info: Pam Buchanan Tormented Bloom 









Gillian Jones

Twenty Years of Photojournalism in the Berkshires

May 31-Jun. 24
Opening Reception: 
May 31, 5-7 p.m.

A survey of photographs by Gillian Jones from her 20 years as a photojournalist for the North Adams Transcript.  Image: Photograph by Gillian Jones. 








Ven Voisey - VS.
Jun. 28 - Jul. 22
Opening Reception: 
June 28 6-9 p.m.

An environment of images, objects, and sounds derrived from conflicting forces, ideologies, and logic systems. 


Sean Riley - Gallery 51







Sean Riley
Meet Me in the Middle of the Air
July 26 - Aug. 26
Opening Reception: 
July 26, 6-9 p.m.

Riley's work derives from a project he embarked on in response to the 2008 loss of his father in which he created a quilt from his father's clothes. This cathartic process has informed a body of work including paintings and sculptures that make reference to quilt patterns and piecing techniques.









Richard Criddle
Aug 30 - Sept. 23
Opening Reception: 
Aug 30, 6-9 p.m.

Richard Criddle's work is inextricably linked to the idea of "work ethic." As such, the body of work included in this exhibition serves to celebrate the individual's ability to affect a difference through craft, planning, design, skill, and application. His near-obsession with the discovery and magic of the sculptural process through the use of tools, machines, and materials, underpins his creative process. He describes the monumental as being "made possible by directed effort." 









DIE FORMMEISTER: The Masters of the Form
Sept. 27-Oct. 21
Opening Reception:
Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m.

An idea becomes object through the form. 

Master of the form, in German "Formmeister" was the title of an art teacher at the Bauhaus, the famous art school in Germany active between 1919 and 1933 where the masters of the form taught print, glass painting, metal, woodwork, weaving, photography, mural painting, scene design, bookbinding, pottery, architecture, exhibition design, and ornamental design. 








This Blue Marble: The Universe of Josh Simpson
Oct. 25 - Nov. 25
Opening Reception:
Oct. 25, 5 - 8 p.m.

This exhibition will feature new and old celestial-inspired pieces, as well as look into the artist's process and his Infinity Project. Inspired by natural landscapes and the demanding traits of his medium, Simpsons work is complex and intricate. Utilizing balance and light, his work evokes the wonder of the universe into glass. 








99cents And Up
Nov. 29- Dec. 31
Opening Reception:
Nov. 29 5-8 p.m.

"99 Cents and Up" features the work of artists that work and reside within the Berkshires. The annual show is unique in the sense that it allows MCLA Gallery 51 to expose the high level of creativity that comes from all corners of the place in which we all call home. Customers may buy the work of artists who normally might be out of their price range. All artwork is affordably priced between 99 cents and $99.99.