Aug. 13, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 is pleased to announce that its next show, “SHEL•TER,” will feature a wide range of two- and three-dimensional art, from the traditional to the experimental, as it explores the many ways that shelter is understood and valued. This exhibition will open on Thursday, Aug. 30.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, in MCLA Gallery 51, from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Collectively, the 19 regional and national artists of “SHEL•TER” will present their work as a response to the multitude of conceptual, physical, emotional, political, and social interpretations of shelter.

The exhibiting artists are: William Archer (North Adams), Deborah Bouchette (Portland, Ore.), Douglas Breault (Providence, R.I.), Valerie Carrington (North Adams), Laura Christensen (Williamstown), Michelle Daly (North Adams), Julia Dixon (North Adams), Peter Dudek (New York, N.Y.), Mar Goman (Ridgefield, Wash.), Heidi Kirkpatrick (Portland, Ore.), Melanie Mowinski (Cheshire), Linda O’Brien (North Adams), Opie O’Brien (North Adams), Sara Farell Okamura (North Adams), Thomas Orr (Portland, Ore.), Stacey Piwinski (Waltham), Jackie Sedlock (Pownal, Vt.), Stephanie Serpick (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Max Spitzer (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

 “The work in SHEL•TER will ask the viewer to consider different connections and interpretations to the meaning of shelter. My hope is that the work will promote intellectual and emotional engagement between the viewer and the exhibition,” said Arthur De Bow, MCLA Gallery 51 curator.

“SHEL•TER” will be on view at MCLA Gallery 51 through Sept. 23. MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The gallery is open Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 413-662-5324 or go to

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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