NORTH ADAMS -- It’s time to head downtown for another fix of local art.

Downstreet Art’s August installment starts at 3 p.m. with some early opening receptions. It runs until 9 p.m.

Among the highlights are a new "window exhibition" by Michael Chapman in the storefront next to the Mohawk Theater.

According to Jonathan Secor, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, viewers will look through holes in the paper covering the store front window to see the "wacky world" within, a world that includes a crocheted clown, antique furniture and other odds and ends.

A total of 11 new gallery openings will be featured, including a new exhibition at the Rudd Art Museum on upper Main Street, and at the Independent Artist Project at Building 13 at MASS MoCA.

Also featured will be the creation of murals in the Main Street crosswalks, which anyone can help paint by walking up and grabbing a brush.

"It’s designed art, but anybody and everybody can grab a brush and help paint in the streets," Secor said. "It’s great because it involves everyone in creating the art, not just viewing the art."

For music, Misty Blues will play outside Berkshire Bank on Main Street. Under the Mohawk Theater marquee, indie rock bands, including Polysonic Joy and Eternal Crimes, will be playing their hits.

In addition, there will be new exhibitions opening at all DSA galleries, including MCLA Gallery 51, PRESS Gallery, CONcourse/DIScourse Gallery and Gallery 107.


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For more information about DownStreet Art, go to www.downstreetart.org.

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If you go ...

What: Downstreet Art Thursday

When: 5:30 to 9 tonight

Where: Main Street, North Adams

The DownStreet Art trolley will run from 6 to 8 p.m., shuttling passengers for free on a continuous art loop between Mass MoCA and the Rudd Art Museum with stops at galleries in between.