NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — On Thursday, June 30, DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will celebrate the official opening of “Infrastructure Series,” an exhibition of work by local artist Paul Chojnowski, at Bright Ideas Brewery, 111 MASS MoCA Way.

Chojnowski, a resident of Cheshire, creates his works by burning wood and paper with a propane torch, using a method he describes as “drawing with fire,” a process he has refined and perfected over the past two decades.

This new body of work represents a departure for Chojnowski from the illusionistic light, realism and firm control present in much of his past work. Using architectural sketches and photos he makes as a point of departure, he then scorches, re-burns, sands and scratches the surface of the paper or wood to create the desired image.

With this new dialogue with his materials, Chojnowski said he is responding more to the possibilities, and is less concerned that a recognizable image results. This makes his newest works the most abstract drawings he has created, thus far.

In addition, Chojnowski introduced color to his works on paper, and chose to substitute physical light for illusionistic light by illuminating them from behind. The paper drawings are suspended in handmade, custom mahogany boxes, and are lit from behind by LED lights to create an effect suggestive of stained glass.

All of these works will be available for purchase by visiting during the exhibit at Bright Ideas Brewery, which will run through Sept. 25.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA and greater creative communities through its cultural programming, including: MCLA Gallery 51, DownStreet Art, Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP), and MCLA Presents! The BCRC promotes, facilitates and encourages a dialogue to foster a sustainable, creative community.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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