october, 2021

22oct3:30 PM4:00 PMCultural District Selfie Murals Ribbon Cutting3:30PM | Holden Street3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Event Details

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting for the North Adams Cultural District’s newest murals. The two new “selfie” murals, located on Holden Street and on Center Street, are funded through a Cultural District Initiative Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The project is intended to draw increased attention to downtown by adding to the city’s vibrant mural collection. The project doubles as a long term marketing campaign for the district encouraging visitors and residents viewing the murals to interact with the artwork by creating selfies.


 The ribbon cutting will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd, on Holden Street at the site of Valerie Carrigan’s piece, a beautifully painted set of monarch butterfly wings. The mural is located side by side with the Melissa Matsuki Lillie mural “That’s Gneiss”, a mural project commissioned by MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

 Following a few words from Mayor Tom Bernard the group will walk to the site of the second selfie mural attached to the Route 2 facing side of the Village Pizza building on Center Street.

The second selfie mural resembles a larger than life postcard with the greeting “Hello, from North Adams” created by Amy Coon.

 Both artists reside in North Adams and were selected from over a dozen  submissions for the project. Valerie Carrigan works out of her studio in the Beaver Mill in North Adams, MA where she produces drawings, paintings, prints and artist books. Her work explores the intersection of the natural world and the human spirit. Valerie has been the recipient of the Assets for Artists North Adams Project grant, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire individual artist grant and the Martha Boschen Porter Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. 

Amy Coon is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Her practice encompasses personal, collaborative, and client-based projects. Amy holds a BFA in Studio Art and Communications with a concentration in Media Studies. She is a Junior Graphic Designer at the Clark Art Institute. 


(Friday) 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM