June 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center announces it will hold the sixth “100 Hours in the Woodshed” event from Thursday, June 22, through Monday, June 26, in the MCLA Design Lab at 49 Main St.
A selection of collage works that result from the efforts of 15 participating artists will be on display in Design Lab beginning on Thursday, June 29, the kickoff to the 2017 DownStreet Art season. “100 Hours in the Woodshed” brings together collage artists from around the Berkshires and the country to work together in an intensely creative 100-hour period.
The original concept for “100 hours in the Woodshed” was created in 1988 by local artist Danny O and artist, poet and gallery owner Scott Zieher of Wisconsin. During this marathon collage experience, between 15 and 20 invited artists create new work.
Confirmed artists for this event include Lana Z. Caplan from Los Angeles, Calif.; Danny O and Jeff Smith of Boston; Joshua Field, who will work remotely from Boulder, Colo.; and Valerie Carrigan, Lucie Castaldo, Peter Dudek, Amanda Hartlage, Louis Hock, David Lachman, Mark Mulherrin, Rich Remsberg and Monika Sosnowski from the Berkshires.
MCLA’s Design Lab will be open to the public to view the artists at work during the following hours:
Thursday, June 22 – 8 p.m. to midnight
Friday, June 23 – 10 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, June 24 – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, June 25 – 10 a.m. to midnight
Monday, June 26 – 10 a.m. to midnight
In addition to interacting with the artists, the public is invited to contribute to a community collage. Both the community collage and selected work from the marathon will be included in an exhibition at the Design Lab opening on June 29 (DownStreet Art Thursday). An opening reception for this show will take place that evening, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Past versions of “100 Hours in the Woodshed” were held at MCLA Gallery 51 between 2007-2013, and in January 2017 at Eclipse Mill Gallery and Makers Mill (jointly).
MCLA’s Design Lab is at 49 Main St. in North Adams. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
For more information about “100 Hours in the Woodshed,” call (413) 662-5253. For more information about DownStreet Art events and the BCRC, go to and
DownStreet Art (DSA) is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center that provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community.  Rooted in a philosophy that art creates vibrant community, DSA brings together local and non-local residents and makers for a wide-ranging exploration of creativity, filling storefronts and sidewalks with visual art, music, and performance every summer between June and September.
Located next to MCLA Gallery 51 on Main Street in downtown North Adams, Design Lab is intended to serve as a space for innovation, as well as a multi-purpose venue for the College and local community. Outfitted with five separate workstations, each equipped with interactive short-throw projectors and ample whiteboard space, MCLA’s Design Lab is uniquely suited for collaborative problem-solving, while its open, flexible floor plan lends itself to such events as receptions, concerts, lectures and community forums.
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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