NORTH ADAMS -- Over the course of the summer and early fall, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) brought more than 80 artists, 33 exhibitions, three murals, a bus stand and more to the city's downtown through DownStreet Art.
The college will celebrate the season today, Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., with new exhibition openings, special performances, happenings and events for visitors of all ages.
"It's time to celebrate this successful season, a season that has seen the best attendance to date," said Valeria Federici, MCLA's coordinator of the BCRC.
According to Federici, performances will include two upstate New York performers and visual artists, C. Ryder Cooley and Patrick Porter, local hero musician and MCLA alumni Mike Martin, a play by Nicholas Corbello and presentations by many of MCLA's clubs and musical groups.
Galleries hosting exhibitions of new work include MCLA Gallery 51, NAACO and PRESS Gallery. Other participating galleries include the North Adams Transcript Gallery, Gallery X at the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery, The Artery Gallery, Gallery 107 and the Branch Gallery.
There will be a free "haunted" trolley ride from and to the MCLA campus. Anyone wishing to attend the event may be picked up from the trolley at the Berkshire Towers, Hoosac Hall and Flagg Townhouses every 15 minutes, and will be dropped off in front of the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery
The trolley will feature zombies and Halloween music throughout the night. In addition, the DownStreet Art Passports still are effective until Halloween Day. Individuals who get their cards stamped six times at any art gallery will receive a free or discounted a purchase from any of the participating DownStreet Art sponsors that are listed inside the passport.
Also, the first 100 people to go to Gallery 107 will get a complimentary DownStreet Art trick or treat bag, to be filled with goodies given out at galleries and other local businesses.
The three murals realized throughout the summer will remain on view throughout the winter.
Updates and a complete schedule of the various performances, exhibitions and more are available through Facebook, Twitter and DownStreetArt.org.