“Unsilent Night” Returns to North Adams on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

November 30th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 is planning a fun “Spectacle 99: The Affordable Art Show,” which opens on Thursday (December 3). Just in time for the holiday season, all art will be priced between 99 cents and $99.99, and can be taken to go to be given as gifts.

The main event, open to all, is the free opening reception on Thursday from 5-8pm in the 51 Main St. gallery.

But there is another element to the fun, as MCLA’s Gallery 51 partners with Frog Pond Creative to bring Unsilent Night, a “mobile sound sculpture,” to the streets of North Adams. Unsilent Night composer and creator Phil Kline – who has taken his unique sound sculpture around the United States – will lead an expansive chorus of boomboxes. According to Kline, the project came about from his “love of experimental electronic music and memories of caroling as a kid.”

The public is invited to participate in the Unsilent Night procession, which will start at 5:15pm at MASS MoCA’s courtyard in front of “tree logic,” the upside-down maple trees installation, and ends with hot chocolate at the opening of Gallery 51’s “Spectacle 99.”

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Double-Barrelled Beckett

February 25th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
Waiting For Godot (photo by Michael Zirkle)

(photo by Michael Zirkle)

While Proctors in Schenectady is caught up in the opening weekend of the Broadway blockbuster, “The Lion King,” the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is offering something considerably more intimate with a Samuel Beckett mini-fest this weekend.

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ArtBeat: “When Comics Went Underground” @ MCLA Gallery

October 27th, 2010, 3:30 pm by Greg

When Comics Went Underground @ MCLA Gallery 51“When Comics Went Underground,” an exhibition of original vintage art from the underground comix of the late ’60s and ’70s counter-culture, opens on Thursday (October 28).

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Gallery in North Adams is hosting the exhibition, which features 50 works of art by such acclaimed comix creators as R. Crumb, Bill Griffith, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, S. Clay Wilson and others.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery will host an hour-long panel discussion at 5pm on Thursday with three of the exhibiting artists – Howard Cruse (Gay Comix, Wendel), Gary Hallgren (Air Pirates, National Lampoon) and Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press). Artist and MCLA art professor Gregory Schekler will also participate in the discussion, which will be moderated by writer John Seven.

Immediately following the discussion, the gallery will host an opening reception from 6-8pm. Both Thursday’s discussion and reception are open to the public free of charge.

“When Comics Went Underground” will remian on exhibit at MCLA Gallery in North Adams through Sunday, November 28.

(Related stories: R. Crumb video; R. Crumb book review)

Gift Guide: 99¢ and Up @ MCLA Gallery 51

December 2nd, 2009, 4:43 pm by Sara

99centsandup_s_MCLA Gallery 51 in North Adams has an opening reception on Thursday (tomorrow) from 5-7pm for 99¢ And Up: Art For a New Economy:

In these dire times of shrinking bank accounts, government bail-outs, and increasingly abstract concepts of value, there is an ever-growing need for creative survival and re-inventions of “worth.” For your consideration, we offer a selection of small, affordable works: in a sense these objects are “priceless,” but with a price tag somewhere between 99 ¢ and up. What’s it worth to you?

Give the gift of art, because it’s priceless. Free admission, do some bargain-priced shopping, support local artists and experience reality through creative eyes. What’s not to love?

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