Caroline Scully (email@example.com) provides this report on an event she's helped organize:
NORTH ADAMS -- Members of the art community are hoping to welcome spring in a big way, as well as pay tribute to an historic waterway, this weekend with the first-ever Hoosac River Lights Project. The project stems from the mind of North Adams artist, writer, architect and entrepreneur Ralph Brill, who owns a gallery in the Eclipse Mill.
Brill enjoys the portion of the Hoosic River that flows behind his building and was troubled that the concrete flood chutes, which contain the water as it flows through the city, have diminished an important symbol of North Adams. His aim is to raise consciousness about the river, which is alternately known as the "Hoosac" or "Hoosick."
Brill spent more than a year getting clearances from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, who constructed the massive concrete flood chutes in the 1940s and 50s, built to stop flooding in the city. He also reached out to the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., for help in the construction of some of the proposed lighting for the river installation. Other artists also agreed to participate.
On Saturday (April 26), the public public was to be treated to light displays on and in the river opposite the Porches Inn. As the sun set at approximately 7:47 p.m., the light displays would be more visible and more spectacular.
In addition to the RPI display, which includes five ivory-covered, billowing bridges arching the spillway reflecting changing light displays, Los Angeles artist Sarah Michael will feature a light display spanning the flood chute between Mass MoCA and the Porches Inn. Accompanying Michael will be Bennington College art student Jazmine Raymond, who will feature a sound installation. From the Marshall Street Bridge, festivalgoers can see a display actually in the water, created by Emily Conrad and Jeffrey
Galusha of New York City.
On the other side of the Holden Street Bridge, Rikayo Horimizu and Inhye Lee from Tokyo will feature LED technology which will allow passers-by to send wishes into the river. Holden Street between River Street and St. Anthony Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., which will afford pedestrians great views of the river stretching to the east and west.
For those arriving from out of town, parking is available in the St. Anthony Municipal parking lot as well as at other areas around the city. Info: 800-294-2811 or info @brillgallery109.com.