NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51, 51 Main St., will present “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful To Keep,” a collaborative exhibition between Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly. The show will run September 29 to November 20, 2016. The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5-8pm. A second reception will take place Thursday, October 27, from 5-7pm.
The exhibition explores the intersectionalities common to the artistic practices of Chamberlin and Daly spanning over a 15 year friendship and features artworks mapping the trajectory of their friendship along with their individual and collective artistic practices.
In “Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful To Keep,” Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly explore themes of vulnerability, intimacy, relationality, nostalgia, memory, disruption, determination, absurdist humor, and hope. The exhibition will include installation, drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and interdisciplinary works.
Shelley Chamberlin is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media from printmaking to film to performative installation. She is interested in exploring relationality and the ways in which we build and contextualize meaning. After earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Marylhurst University, she ran the studio art program at Portland Art Museum. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from Goddard College. Her work has been included in a variety of film and print media, including NBC’s Grimm, The Grove Review, and Album Covers for The Speechwriters and Velvet Mishka. Her work can be found at Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery and is included in Regional Arts and Culture Council's Visual Chronicle of Portland Collection. She teaches drawing, printmaking and mixed media at Portland Community College and Multnomah Arts Center.
Michelle Daly is an artist and Program Manager at the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. She also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Marylhurst University. Michelle’s work has been exhibited in juried, group, and solo exhibitions. She is interested in exploring the tension found where spaces overlap, and creating work that displays the labor of its making. Her work has been featured in group and traveling exhibitions throughout the country and is held in private collections around the world. She has had solo exhibitions in Portland, OR, Los Angeles, Calif., and Brooklyn, NY.
MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA and greater creative communities through its cultural programming, including: MCLA Gallery 51, DownStreet Art, Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP), and MCLA Presents! The BCRC promotes, facilitates and encourages a dialogue to foster a sustainable, creative community.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.