Downstreet Art / Gratitude / MCLA / North Adams

exPRESS Celebration 9/24

The final DownStreet Art celebration of the 2015 season featured some firsts for us! If you joined us, you witnessed the first time we printed with two presses during a reception. The PRESS on the MOVE, our Golding Official #3, was sporting bright orange ink last night to add a pop of color to our mantra card in the form of one of our classic birds. Inside, Angela operated the Vandercook to add a quotation from a gold medal cyclist, Kristin Armstrong: “Times of transition but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want”. This quotation speaks to our upcoming transition and all of the new possibilities that the space has in store!

All of the exPRESS partners were present last night to explain how their organizations will utilize this space. Hope Sullivan and Cecilia Hirsch introduced a number of IS183 faculty members who will teach a variety of classes here. Wind-Up Fest coordinator Sandra Thompson unveiled a box office at the front of our space. Finally, Michelle Daly of BCRC discussed the center’s hope to gain valuable feedback from the community about how BCRC can better serve our artistic community. Visit the exPRESS space to contribute your thoughts!

We also unveiled a surprise that has been in the works for months, PRESS: Five Years on Main Street, a retrospective publication that spans PRESS’s five years as a public art project. The book was designed by 2014 B-HIP intern Nicole Leclair. Visit exPRESS or check out the book online! Want a copy for yourself? Reserve your printed copy at our front desk.

As we say goodbye to the old PRESS and transition to exPRESS, we’d like to send out a huge thank-you to our visitors, artists, interns, and supporters that have made this project possible for the past five years. We could not have had this amazing adventure without all of you! We hope you will all continue to visit the new space, and keep an eye out for PRESS on the MOVE!

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