NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), invites the public to attend the final DownStreet Art of the season on Thursday, Sept. 29, 5 - 8 p.m.

This event, which celebrates local art and community, is free and open to the public.

According to Mj Shannon, DownStreet Art intern, “We’re looking forward to one last DownStreet Art Thursday of the year, with new exhibition openings, music on Main Street, participatory art projects, the Holden Street Night Market, and of course seeing the streets filled with students and locals alike.”

New exhibitions to open on Sept. 29 include artwork by Beth Galston, Brooke and Justin Rothshank, Community Access for the Arts (CATA), Keith Emerling, Rik Kent, Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly, as well as MCLA students.

Opening at MountainOne Community Bank, 93 Main St., with reception from 4 to 5 p.m., is “Wildflowers: selections from CATA.” At Adams Community Bank, 30 Eagle St., Keith Emerling will exhibit his oil paintings of flowers. And, at the Holiday Inn Gallery, 40 Main St., Rik Kent will display photo-realistic drawings.

Cynthia-Reeves and Ferrin Contemporary, both at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, will extend their hours once again for DownStreet Art, with new exhibitions in both spaces.

At Cynthia-Reeves, Beth Galston, a conceptual artist based in Boston, will exhibit site-based installations and original works on paper. The exhibition will remain on view through Nov. 13.

Ferrin Contemporary will present “KNOW Justice,” a two-person show by Justin and Brooke Rothshank that focuses on American politics, the Supreme Court and presidential history.

At exPRESS Gallery, 49 Main St., DownStreet Art will continue this years’ “Meet Your Neighbors” theme with an exhibition of MCLA student-created artwork.

“This exhibition not only provides a valuable opportunity for participating students to display their work, but introduces these budding artists to the larger creative culture of our small city,” said Jennifer Crowell, BCRC director.

Opening at MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., will be “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep,” a two-person exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Shelley Chamberlin of Portland, Ore., and Michelle Daly, BCRC’s program manager.

Outside Gallery, 10 Ashland St., will offer a new exhibition of paintings by Joyce Zavorskas.

In addition, DownStreet Art once again will fill the streets with music, participatory art projects and the Holden Street Night Market. This month’s offerings include a social media scavenger hunt, an international art collective and live podcasting.

DownStreet Art and Common Folk Artist Collective also invite the public to participate in an open mic - bring an instrument, share a story or perform a poem, at the Berkshire Bank Stage, 33 Main St., 5-8 p.m.

Participants should check in at the DownStreet Art table on Holden Street to pick up scavenger hunt clues, Instagram their progress, and to be entered to win a prize at the end of the evening.

Williams College Museum of Art will bring Ghana ThinkTank – an international collective that “develops the first world” by flipping conventional power dynamics – to the streets of North Adams as part of their year-long investigation into climate change. For more information and to follow the project, go to

Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song, along with members of the community, created a collaborative music/dance/spoken work interpretation of Alaa Awad’s Mural “Justice,” made for DSA in 2014. The performance will take place in front of the Center Street mural.

DownStreet Art and Common Folk Artist Collective also invite the public to participate in an open mic with whatever musical instrument they may play, at the Berkshire Bank Stage, 33 Main St., 5-8 p.m.

Common Folk will host an after party, starting at 8 p.m., at exPRESS Gallery, 49 Main St. Tickets for this special concert with folk music by The Coteries, and by a performance by singer-songwriter Luke Tobin, an MCLA student, are available at the door for $5.

Also, creative business incubators Butterfly Effect and Thin Walls Studio once will again host a community art project. “Zentangle” will take place in the concourse at Butterfly Effect, 85 Main St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Joshua Ostraff invites the public to contribute to “Ofa Atu” a collaborative silk-screening project at 87 Main St. The public is invited to silkscreen their own tuna or decorate a previously printed tuna, which will become part of his upcoming exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51 in 2017.

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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At A Glance:

Event: DownStreet Art Thursday

Location: Downtown North Adams

Date: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.