With over 30 art destinations throughout the city, including MASS MoCA, North Adams has become a hub for the artistic community of the Berkshires. Many artists now reside and work here and have been opening their studio doors for one weekend in October, since 2004.
This year’s Open Studios brings back focus to artist’s workspace and the creative process. The weekend of October 19 and 20 artists will be in their studios to answer questions and give demonstrations to the visitors. North Adams Open Studios offers a unique opportunity to see the place in which artists make their work and gives a behind-the-scenes look into the artistic community of North Adams.
In addition, art galleries in the downtown will have artists present to engage with the viewer and offer hints of their process of art making. Attendees will have the opportunity to see a working printing press at PRESS Gallery, see pottery being made at River Hill Pottery and visit multiple artist studios in the Beaver and Eclipse. Free passes to MASS MoCA will be available at Open Studios sites.
This year a new temporary space, located at 107 Main St. will serve as a pop-up gallery providing a location to artists who do not have studios. Painters William Beattie, Christina King, Ghetta Hirsch, Jennifer Huberdeau, Karen Andrews, John Richards, and Mary Weissbrodt, a long with photographer Dan Morgan, wood carver Wes Pecor, and mixed media artist Laurie Goddard will be setting up temporary studios for the weekend.
Filled with artist lofts, studios and gallery spaces the former mills in North Adams represent the most tangible aspect of the city transformation that become necessary after the closing of Sprague Electric in 1985. For a long time after the departure of industry from the region, North Adams struggled to redefine itself as something other than a factory town. Twenty years later the city is back on the map as the place to see and experience art.