NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 is pleased to announce it will host a reception and artist talk featuring Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly, held in conjunction with their collaborative exhibition, “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep.”  

The public is invited to attend this free event, which will be held in MCLA Gallery 51 on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., when Chamberlin and Daly will discuss their individual creative processes, as well as their shared moments of artistic exploration and dialog.  

In “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep,” which will remain on display through Nov. 20, Chamberlin and Daly explore themes of vulnerability, intimacy, relationality, nostalgia, memory, disruption, determination, absurdist humor and hope. 

The exhibition includes installations, drawings, paintings, printmaking and mixed media that highlight the intersections between the duo’s artistic trajectories throughout their more than 15-year friendship.

Chamberlin is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media, from printmaking to film to performative installation. She is interested in exploring relationality and the ways in which we build and contextualize meaning.

Her work has been included in a variety of film and print media, including NBC’s “Grimm,” “The Grove Review,” and album covers for The Speechwriters and Velvet Mishka.  Her work can be found at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery and is included in the collections of Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, Southern Graphics Council International, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council's Visual Chronicle of Portland Collection.

Chamberlin teaches drawing, printmaking, and mixed media at Portland Community College and the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Ore.

After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Ore., Chamberlin ran the studio art program at the Portland Art Museum.  She received her Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.

Daly, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marylhurst University, is an artist and the program manager at the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).  

According to Daly, her work is an exploration into the ways identity is formed and changed by the convergence of new technologies, the natural environment and interpersonal relationships. She also is fascinated by the tension found at the point where two (or more) convergent things exist.

Her work has been featured in group and traveling exhibitions throughout the country and is held in private collections around the world.  Daly has had solo exhibitions in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, Calif., and Brooklyn, N.Y.

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MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).  The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  MCLA Gallery 51 is located at 51 Main Street in North Adams.  

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) 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, which includes 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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