The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is not only enjoyed by many locals, but also brings many visitors to Adams. In fact, the Ashuwillticook is probably the town's biggest attraction at this time. Recently the Adams Arts Advisory Board launched a project to bring a cultural component to the Ashuwillticook experience: Art on the Trail.
The concept is to install two- and three-dimensional art at locations along the trail. "Art on the Trail is focused on developing a public art walking/riding tour that will promote cultural tourism in the Town of Adams and enhance the economic prosperity of Adams," says Patricia Fietta of the Adams Arts Advisory Board. While Adams is known as a outdoor recreation destination, it has little right now to attract the thousands of cultural tourists that come to the Berkshires every year. Art on the Trail is an excellent step toward putting Adams on the cultural map of the Berkshires.
Two dimensional mural art will be digitally reproduced from original artwork, printed on vinyl, stretched on a frame and then hung on building surfaces. These murals will be more durable than conventional painted murals and can be moved to new sites or exchanged with other images images without permanently damaging the buildings. Sculptures will be placed along the trail on sites that offer visibility,maximum enjoyment and ease of maintenance.
Four pieces have already been installed: "Crows Local" by Patricia Fietta was hung on her studio at the former Krutiak Mill at 13.5 Grove Street. "Mountain Pool" by Bill Riley was installed at the Adams Waste Water Treatment Plant off Lime Street. "New England Icon - Mt. Trilogy #1" by John D. Maziarz was hung on at the Adams Visitors Center. Russ Potak's "Untitled" was hung on the back wall of the Mausert Block, facing the Ashuwillticook Trail.
Although this project originated in Adams it is open to the other communities along the Ashuwillticook: Lanesborough, Cheshire and North Adams. The Adams Arts Advisory Board worked with a coalition of other community groups to bring the concept of Art on the Trail to reality. In addition, the project was awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information contact the Adams Arts Advisory Board.