NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 is pleased to announce that it will present the collaborative exhibition “Biotope: Friends, Life Forms, Landscapes,” beginning on Thursday, Feb. 23. This show features the artwork of accomplished artists from several regions across the United States.

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at MCLA Gallery 51.  The exhibition will remain on display until Sunday, April 9.

 “Biotope: Friends, Life Forms, Landscapes” showcases the creative output of over a dozen artists.  The exhibition, which is being organized by Richard Harrington, a visual artist from North Adams, features works from a wide range of artistic mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. 

All of the work exhibited as part of “Biotope: Friends, Life Forms, Landscapes” in some way engages with a particular living environment.  These regions of the earth, or biotopes, have a recognizable uniqueness which has inspired each individual artist to depict or capture the spirit of these places. 

While planning the exhibition, Harrington said he immediately thought of several friends who have been in involved in very different endeavors. However, each of them was involved with living things and places.

According to Harrington, “Biotope isn’t an exhibition about abstraction. It also isn’t specifically a show about painting, photography or the other disciplines of my exhibitor friends.” 

Instead, Harrington envisioned an exhibition that maintained “a balance where no approach would dominate, but where some threads of continuity would be recognizable.”

In addition to Harrington, participating artists include Larry Alice of North Adams; Peter Boudreau of North Adams; John Cooley of Chatham, N.Y.; Joanna Gabler of North Adams; Rick Harlow of North Adams;  Jennifer Maestre of Maynard; Kevin McLatchy of New Wilmington, Pa.; Michael Miller of North Adams and New York, N.Y.; Ron Morris of Louisville, Ky.; Steve Quinn of South Shore; Rachel Cheetham Richard of Philadelphia, Pa.; Dan Rose of Philadelphia, Pa.; Martha Rose of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Greg Scheckler of Williamstown. 

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 413-662-5320 or visit

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, 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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