The Last Day

The last day of our stay at the APAP conference was, comparably, relatively laid back and calm. We were, first and foremost, able to sleep in, which was incredibly nice. After days of having to be up and ready by eight in the morning, it was lovely to not have to meet until quarter of ten in the morning, especially when it was not to go to any sessions, but was in order to go to the Here Performing Arts Center, which was my personal favorite venue for artistic work on our trip.

            Here Performing Arts Center is a unique place that hosts artists in residence, and they host an event called the Hybrid Brunch, where the artists in residence perform a showcase of their works either in three-minute pitches or in fifteen-minute excerpt. We saw six of the artists’ showcases and there were three that really stood out to me in particular. The first was a piece by these two artists, who happen to also be a same-sex married couple. They were creating a piece for each state, based on a same-sex couple from that particular state. There was a proposed performance aspect in their work, but the part that really hit me was the portrait work they had been doing. They would take a map of the state and then cut out a portrait of the couple, leaving the rivers and waterways intact, creating a vein-like look. For some reason, this piece had me on the verge of tears, and the maps themselves were beautiful as well. This piece was a part of a greater series of work that the artists had been cultivating at Here for the past few years. The next piece, and my personal favorite, was entitled “Science Fair”, a piece by mezzo-soprano Hei-Ting Chinn, who performed two excerpts of her work. Accompanied only by a pianist, she had slides of various mammals from the Americas projected on the screen, while she sang random facts about them. This humorous piece was followed by an equally entertaining piece in which she sang the ingredients of a Twinkie, again utilizing slides. The last piece, which was simply hilarious, was entitled The Pigeoning, which featured a two-part presentation. The first part was a comical “Safety in the Office” video, filmed to parody the awful 80’s workplace videos on office protocol. Following the video, two puppeteers manipulated the figure of a man sitting at a desk in said office. The piece was a comical look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and utilized really innovative puppetry. Following this section, the puppet moved to a bench, and began to interact with a pigeon puppet. I feel like I should mention that the pigeon was wearing a diving helmet, by the way. This piece was the crowd pleaser of the Hybrid Brunch showcases, and it really was a great experience.

            Following the Hybrid Brunch, we made our way to the Expo Hall for the last time. Immediately, Mary Marcil and I, in our true team style, made a very quick dash to our tables of interest, a large portion of which were the groups that had performed at GlobalFest the night before. Once we got pricing, we decided to split up. She had to gather footage of the Expo Hall for the trip, and I needed to plan out prospective seasons. I headed up to the fourth floor, which had showcase rooms and a very nice, secluded, lounge area. I spent the remainder of our time up here, as it was a nice place to think and hammer out different ideas for seasons, as that was our final project. While the last day was a shorter Expo Hall time for me, it was still a very productive one, and it also allowed me the opportunity to see the agents and representatives at their highest level of urgency, as it was the last day and they were all attempting to sell. This, in and of itself, was incredibly eye opening.

            After the Expo Hall, we cleaned up and went to the family style Italian restaurant Carmine’s, which I must say, was the largest amount of food I have ever seen. Not only was it amazing, but we were joined by two MCLA alum as well as two members of the Advancement Office. This made the entire dinner into a much more community based event. Following Carmine’s we headed over to Here again, to see a performance of Sumeida’s Song, an hour and a half long opera, written in English, performed as part of the Prototype festival. The set, pictured below, was amazing, and that, combined with the sheer power and spectacle of the material made quite the impact. A member of our group was reduced to tears by the beauty of the event. Following this, we all took a photo outside of Here and headed back to pack, get ready, and leave in the morning.

            The drive was successful! We arrived in North Adams in time for people to make their 11 AM classes. Here is where I sign off as blogger for the 2013 APAP trip. Thank you so much to Jonathan Secor, Lisa Donovan, and the entire group of students who went on the trip. This was a truly changing experience. Goodbye!



Posted by BCRC Admin on 01/16 at 11:43 AM

Senior Art Students visit Josh Simpson’s Studio

A group of senior Art students had the opportunity to visit Josh Simpson’s studio, a glass artist from Shelburne Falls, last week. While at the studio, students watched the artist as he demonstrated his unique glass blowing process. They watched as a piece was created from start to finish.

Students watch Josh Simpson at work

Then the students had the chance to select pieces for the upcoming exhibit of Simpson’s work at MCLA Gallery 51. 

Students select pieces        One of Simpson's Planets


The exbhibition titled, "This Blue Marble: The Universe of Josh Simpson," will open on October 25th as part of the DownStreet Art Thursday Celebration in Downtown North Adams. MCLA Arts Managment and Art students have been fully involved in putting together this show, from visiting the artists studio and selecting pieces for the show, to marketing and installing. Keep looking for more updates on the making of this beautiful exhbition! 


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Posted by BCRC Admin on 09/26 at 11:16 AM

DIE FORMMEISTER: The Masters of the Form coming up at MCLA Gallery 51

Die Formmeister: The Masters of the Form exhibit includes experimental animation, three dimensional work, glass, textile, prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and a site specific installation. It offers a panoramic over different mediums and artistic practices pushing the boundaries between art and craft.

NORTH ADAMS, MA - On September 27, MCLA Gallery 51 and IS183 are pleased to present Die Formmeister: The Masters of the Form a group exhibition featuring the work of ten Berkshire-based artists and art teachers who along with their studio practice, teach at IS183 Art School in Stockbridge, MA.

A free reception will be held at MCLA Gallery 51 on Thursday, September 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the DownStreet Art Thursday celebration.

Die Formmeister: The Masters of the Form exhibit includes experimental animation, three dimensional work, glass, textile, prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and a site specific installation. It offers a panoramic over different mediums and artistic practices pushing the boundaries between art and craft.

"I think art is essential" says curator Valeria Federici. "I can’t conceive a world without art and luckily there has not been a world without art, even throughout the darkest times and even before writing, there is art. It is fundamental to a human being. Therefore the role of an art teacher is of great importance. They are the ones who stand by our side while we approach the creative process." She continues. "I wanted to pay an homage to them in this exhibit referring to them in the same way as at the Bauhaus, the famous art school active in Germany between 1919 and 1933 where the official name of art teacher was "formmeister". Furthermore I wanted to highlight that like the famous Weimar-based art school, at IS183 artists and art teachersconstantly move between art and craft not necessarily making a distinction, rather pursuing a way to integrate art in everyday life."

The exhibit offers a reflection on how the research for aesthetic values can contribute to improve our life experience. Those values are intended as a multitude of elements, not only visual, but above all intellectual, that foster our pursue of happiness.

Featured artists include Yura Adams, Karen Arp-Sandel, Michael Vincent Bushy, Janet Cooper, Helen Febbo, Linda Kayes-Moses, Fay O’Meara, Dina Noto, Glenn Shalan and Paula Shalan.

To accompany the work on view a calendar of exhibition-related events will take place between September 27 and October 21 including an experimental animation free class for beginners, artist talks and open studios in conjunction with North Adams Open Studios weekend on Sat, October 13 and Sun, October 14, 2012.



-Thursday, September 27 - 6-9pm : OPENING RECEPTION

-Saturday, October 13 - 11am-1pm : Meet the artist with Fay O’Meara (in conjuction with North Adams Open Studios)

-Saturday, October 13 - 1-3pm : Experimental Animation Class with Dina Noto

-Wednesday, October 17 - 5:30-6:30pm : Artist Talk with Yura Adams, Michael Vincent Bushy, Helen Febbo and Linda Kaye-Moses

-Friday, October 19 - 4-5:30pm : Intro to ceramics with Paula Shalan

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For class a pre-registration is required. Please email  to reserve your spot!


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Yura Adams was born in Sioux City, Iowa and lives in Athens, New York. Her work has been exhibited as a painter and intermedia artist throughout the United States in venues such as The New Museum in New York, Experimental Intermedia, Franklin Furnace, New Music America, Pollock Krasner House, The Warhol Museum, and one person shows at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, who represents her. Adams has received an individual artist NEA grant, was a 2009 regional representative in the NYFA Mark program, and received the 2010, Individual Artist Grant from New York State Arts Council through the DEC Program.

Karen Arp-Sandel is a visual artist, a spiritual activist and a multi-faceted educator. She has been teaching at IS183 for 12 years. She also teaches Yoga at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. Her passion is to illuminate the transformational power of living a creative life. She is the Director of Vibrant Visionary Collage, a spiritual art retreat which she presents annually at the internationally renown Kripalu Center. Karen is also co-founder of FeMail, whose collage workshops and DIY Kits, birth worldwide mail art networks. Art by Karen Arp-Sandel can be seen locally in New York and Massachusetts galleries, at IS183 Art School, and internationally with Art House Sketch Book Tours. Her collages, paintings and mixed media pieces are in private collections in the US and abroad.

Michael Vincent Bushy is a print maker who creates etchings, monoprints, monotypes, engravings and block prints in his Pittsfield studio. He is also a screen printer, a large-scale figure artist, a bookbinder, and a lyricist. Before transplanting to Pittsfield two years ago, he showed his art on Cape Cod and the South Coast of Massachusetts. Since relocating, he has shown at the Pittsfield Contemporary Gallery, the Storefront Artist Project Gallery, Stonover Farm and the Alchemy Initiative. Michael teaches Visual Arts for the Hillcrest Educational Centers. He lives in Pittsfield with his wife Rebecca, and their two dogs.

Janet Cooper‘s fabric work has been exhibited throughout the world, including Japan and Korea. About her work Cooper says: "I continue to be intrigued with the reuse of the materials and the detritus of the discarded. Treasuring cloth and honoring stitches, I use the second hand clothing of others as well as my closet discard as canvases. I like the work "bricolage" using what is at hand." Janet Cooper’s work has been featured on multiple publication and gained international recognition. Cooper lives in Sheffield, MA.

Helen Febbo‘s work focuses on the unseen energy that exists in the natural world and the elements in the woods which seem to be communicating a rhythmic vibration that unifies trees, leaves, birds, insects, plants, and rocks. Helen Febbo is a graduated from SUNY-Albany. Her work is in several collections including Berkshire Museum’s.

Linda Kayes-Moses is a graduate of University of Vermont. She has been working as professional jeweler since 1978 and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in several publications among which Art Jewelry Today and Craft Art International.

Fay O’Meara says that her work is the outcome of her lifelong compulsion to make things.  It is a very strong force and she never remember not feeling it.  Art making has become for her a kind of self-realization through an exploration of methods materials. 

Dina Noto is a native of Rochester New York. She grew up downwind of the Kodak Park Research Labs along the shore of Lake Ontario. She graduated from the Experimental Animation MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts in 2008, completing a broad academic career that began with traditional 2D fine arts and moved into animation and experimental film. Her thesis film Temporary Services has been recognized in a variety of national and international festivals including the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, and the Barcelona Art Contemporary Festival.

Glenn Shalan is a glass artist who always had a strong interest in architecture. As a result, the built environment is his primarily source of inspiration. He looks for design ideas in everything ranging from a tile pattern on the floor to an architectural elevation. Line, texture and variation on a theme are as important to him as color. The work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Josef Albers and Josef Hoffmann always interested him and informed his practice.

Paula Shalan received her BA in studio art and child development from Sarah Lawrence College with additional studies at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Penland School of Crafts.  Her smoke fired ceramics have been shown locally and nationally, including Crafts National, The International Orton Cone Box Show, and the Snyderman-Works Gallery.  Currently, her ceramics can be seen at Orbit Art Gallery in Philadelphia as well as The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and Craft Boston. "The Earthenware of Paula Shalan"  was recently published in the internationl ceramic publication - Ceramic Art and Perception. 
In addition to making art, she has taught ceramics and multimedia for over twenty years.

Die Formmeister: The Master of the Form is part of DownStreet Art whose fifth annual season celebrates the arts on the last Thursday of every month in downtown North Adams with gallery exhibition openings, street musicians, a mural unveiling, and specials at local businesses. The event is free and open to the public. All of the participating artists will be in attendance.

DownStreet Art was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the City as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA’s visibility, but to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to and .

MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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