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Pour overs in the Prow

Pour overs in the Prow

Tunnel City Coffee sets up a pop-up pour over bar inside Mass MoCA

If it takes four miles to travel through a museum, there’s bound to be a coffee stop along the way. About a half mile into Massachusetts Contemporary Museum of Art’s (MASS MoCA) Tunnel City Coffee brewed pour-over coffee at a pop-up stand in Building 6 throughout the post-holiday week.

Located in the Prow Gallery, visitors enjoyed a variety of pour over coffees while reading literature pertaining to the museum and its exhibits, displayed across a long wooden table.

"MASS MoCA visitors embraced the idea of stopping to enjoy a cup of thoughtfully prepared pour-over coffee,” said Sydney Lester, Tunnel City Coffee employee. “There's something special about experiencing something made just for you, and I think museum visitors appreciated what goes into making pour-over coffee, from its origins and roasting techniques, to all the different varieties that Tunnel City Coffee has to offer."

Tunnel City enjoyed its pop-up space in the elegant Prow Gallery, within the recently renovated Robert W. Wilson Building. Massive windows lit the gallery with natural light and created a tranquil scene for museum goers looking to indulge in an afternoon coffee.

“We’re often asked where the nearest coffee spot is in Building 6, a far trek from the museum lobby, so it was great to offer this new spot to patrons in need of a caffeine break,” said Rebecca Waterhouse, MASS MoCA gallery attendant.

Pour over coffee is available to order at Uptown Tunnel, Tunnel City’s newest shop inside the Williams College bookstore. Several varieties of single-origin light and dark roast coffees can be ground and brewed to order with the Kalita Wave pour-over system.

Tunnel City Coffee runs three shops in the northern Berkshires, one inside Mass MoCA, another inside the Williams College bookstore, and its flagship shop on Spring St. in Williamstown. Tunnel City operates its own roasting facility inside the historic Norad Mill of North Adams. To learn more about Tunnel City Coffee,  stop in or contact Sydney Lester at

Tunnel City staff look forward to showcasing art to community

Tunnel City staff look forward to showcasing art to community

A handful of staff artwork –– photography, sculptures, paintings and other mixed media –– will make a home in the rotating gallery at 100 Spring St. this winter.

One of the more well known painters is Jean Bourn of Williamstown. She’s painted acrylic on canvas professionally for 10 years, but initially fell in love with it as a child during elementary school.

Tunnel City Coffee employee and local painter Jean Bourn will sell work in the winter art exhibit at 100 Spring St. Photo by Makayla McGeeney

Tunnel City Coffee employee and local painter Jean Bourn will sell work in the winter art exhibit at 100 Spring St.
Photo by Makayla McGeeney

Formerly a receptionist at the Williamstown Savings Bank, Bourn’s animal and landscape photos of northern Berkshire County circled around the world over the years. In 2011,12 of her paintings were printed as part of the bank’s complementary calendars. Students and professors from Williams College brought the calendar on their travels to various countries such as England, Australia, and South America. Bourn said it was even shown to the Dalai Lama.

“I like making people happy,” she said. “The reaction they get when they see the painting… that’s the best payment right there.”

She also illustrated the children’s book “Thank You Harry, Love, Max.” in 2015 by local author Jennifer Holey.

Bourn’s winter gallery pieces will include one seascape and a variety of animals –– she paints mostly from images.

John Ryan, a jack of all trades, considers his style of art as illustrational expressionism with mild surrealism. His skills encompass puppetry, sculpting, writing, illustrating, performing and traveling the world.

“I want my work to come alive for my viewers. I mean that literally. Whether it is a sculpture, illustration, or puppet, my goal is to have the audience relate to the piece as though it were another living creature, if even for the briefest of moments,” Ryan writes in his artist statement.

For the winter gallery Ryan will display miniature sculptures and pencil sketches.

“If the piece makes someone’s day better and makes them think, it is a success,” he said.

Tunnel City’s employee art show runs from Jan. to March 2018 and can be viewed during store hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

An owl drawing by John Ryan

An owl drawing by John Ryan