AND GOOD WITCH-ISM
There's no place
NOTE--To forward this newsletter and not have it go all crazy you
must scroll all the way down to the bottom and use the blue, "forward
newsletter" link on the left provided by constant contact.
It is really
nice to be back in The Happy Valley from my 3 week working trip to San
Francisco. I got loads of work done and had many crazy and beautiful
I will miss my daily walks all over the city, for any walk
of length in SF turns into doing lunges uphill and trying not to tumble
downhill, and I will miss all that fresh air and new sights and visits with
various old friends who have gone west.
But there's no place like home. I
met many gallery directors (one who lived in our building and so was a friend by
default) and saw a lot of art but even having new friends in the arts there, I
didn't find a special community like the one we enjoy here. The Happy Valley is
a special place indeed.
I got back Sunday evening and Martin Luther King
spoke to me and told me to take yesterday off and I did and so this is a day
Today I am sifting through email submissions and trying to get this
newsletter out and I find I am having to open a few of them and go over them to
find out the dates etc and then email the sender explaining about submission
guidelines so from now on I am going to try really hard to to get
submissions to follow the guidelines
which I have typed up and posted on a corner of my site.
I am also extending an open invitation to anyone who wants to be a guest
editor for an issue. You can write the intro too.
Guest editors should
plan to be here any given Monday morning at 10 am, bring their lunch, and plan
to stay until somewhere in the afternoon. I would LOVE for someone else to sit
with me and see the process and the time and formatting needed to get events and
images posted within the constraints of constant contact's html editing tools.
It would be nice to get another perspective on the whole process. Imagine the
fun we'd have! Oh the places we'll go! In a perfect world I'd hire an engineer
to program a snazzy interface where you have to enter each line exactly
according to specific guidelines or get immediate error messages in bland
computer-speak but that isn't feasible so I will continue to use my guidelines
And I LOVE it when people pass the word about the newsletter. Each
newsletter gets a thousand-plus views each week and growing fast BUT, Please DO
NOT give my email address out UNTIL you read the anecdote way below.
Sometimes confusion ensues. I'd rather that hilarity ensued. I'd rather be
Glenda the Good Witch than The Wicked Witch of the West.
And so please see the long, boring
tale about an email exchange in the life of a newsletter person, down below.
Thanks. And thanks for being you. I missed you.
AND SHADOWS: New Prints by Victoria Burge and Nancy Diessne
2007 - February 16, 2007
Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking presents FINE LINES AND SHADOWS: New Prints by
Victoria Burge and Nancy Diessne January 12, 2007 - February 16, 2007 Reception:
Friday, January 12, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
The Gallery at Zea Mays
Printmaking is pleased to host a new print exhibition by Victoria Burge and
Nancy Diessner, “Fine Lines and Shadows”. Exhibit dates are January 12 –
February 5. The gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the
Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA.
The phone number is
413.584.1783. Exhibit hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 - 5, Wednesday,
12 - 8, the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month, 12 - 5, and by
Both Diessner and Burge have created new work for this
exhibition. Nancy Diessner is Associate Professor and Chair of Interdisciplinary
Studies at Chester College of New England in New Hampshire. Her work is in major
collections in the US. Her current work explores the new processes of
photo based images of humans and animals explore the common ground between the
species. Victoria Burge lives and works in western Massachusetts. Over the past
month she has been at an artists residency program in northern Vermont working
on a series of encaustic paintings entitled," The Names of Things". Her etchings
combine a childlike naiveté with a darker, edgier feel to create images that
haunt and entice.
for more information: www.zeamaysprintmaking.com or
RESTORED BY DEVAL PATRICK Support from
all of us helpful and just a click away. PLEASE CLICK.
From Dan Hunter:
Many in the Greater Boston area were rightly angered by the
recent article in the Boston Herald criticizing Governor Deval Patrick’s support
for the arts. Boston Herald likes to print stories about small corners of the
state budget. These articles will continue to come and go with little long term
significance. What is significant though is that we have a Governor who
supports the arts, sciences and humanities, a Governor who understands the
contributions of arts and culture, and who stands by us.
We need to
thank Governor Patrick for standing up for cultural funding in all forms.
Governor Patrick took political heat from the Boston Herald and other corners by
restoring all the 9c cuts instituted by former Governor Romney. Please take a
moment and write a thank you note to the Governor and Lt. Governor. Let’s let
him know that the cultural community believes in making communities stronger
through all kinds of program, big and small and that, unlike the Herald, we are
grateful for his vision and support.
Please paste this link into your
browser to write a thank you note to the Governor and Lt. Governor.
Your e-mail will go directly to MAASH and we will print them out and
hand-deliver them to the Governor.
Thank you for your support.
Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences
& JOZAN TRESTON @ GALLERY A3 Reception
and Amherst Art Walk: Thursday, January 4, 5-8 pm
Fowler and Jozan Treston at Gallery A3
Bruce Fowler collects
and combines objects for his assembled works that express personal vision or
social irony. He often mixes children’s toys and adult inventions, creating a
satirical relationship between objects. So a little red wagon, outfitted with a
trigger that ignites a smoking engine, becomes the artist’s objection to the
attitudes and behaviors that threaten and soil our environment.
Treston’s current work is a personal exploration of the human form and the
experience of healing from physical illness. This series evolved from drawings
Treston made while recovering from heart surgery. Abstracted images of the body
were a visual part of his healing meditations that he has continued to explore
in graphite and paint.
Exhibition dates: January 4 through January
Reception and Amherst Art Walk: Thursday, January 4, 5-8 pm
Conversations with Artists”, Thursday, January 25 from 7-9 pm
Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst
Wednesday – Sunday, 12-6 pm
Working Sessions and Collaborations A.P.E.
Third Floor/ Thornes Marketplace
150 Main St.,
What’s Left: Working Sessions
and Collaborations With David Hurwith, Jamm Leary, Gordon Thorne, Michael
PUBLIC is INVITED at 5 pm: January 19, January 26, February
I was inspired to initiate and organize this event, Working
Sessions and Collaborations, by the transition in the relationship between
Thornes Marketplace and the APE Gallery and Performing Space. It is important
and special that there is a place for artists to work not in isolation, but in
the center of the commercial and social life of a city. This adds to the
vitality and uniqueness of Northampton. Also, I heard of the time when people
worked on the Third Floor without so many walls and the collaborations that
evolved from the collegial happenstance of seeing each other while working.
Instead of lamenting or pining away I thought let’s offer the public the
opportunity to see artists working and here we are . . David
FREE DAY AT
MASS MoCa AND MORE January 27 =
Free for you and me!
Ground Truth Tells the Hidden Story
Presenting a timely tribute to
the young Americans who served in Iraq and their struggle for reintegration into
the American landscape upon their return, The Ground Truth will play in MASS
MoCA's Club B-10 on Thursday, January 11, at 8 PM as part of the Truth Behind
the Fiction documentary series. Says James Greenberg of The Hollywood Reporter,
"Patricia Foulkrod's film is not about taking a political side, though it is
clear she is strongly opposed to the war in Iraq. Her focus instead is on the
dehumanizing of eager young men and their transformation into killing machines."
This event presents the opportunity to screen a wonderful film in and
participate in a post-screening discussion with wonderful speakers. Andrew Sapp
will discuss his experiences as a National Guardsman and as a member of Iraq
Veterans Against the War (IVAW). His wife, Anne, will join him,
speaking about her work with Military Families
Speak Out (MFSO). Also participating as speakers are Joyce and Kevin
Lucey, parents of Jeffrey Lucey, who committed suicide at age 23 upon
return from a combat mission in Iraq. FREE DAY! Join us on January
27 as we throw open the doors to MASS MoCA and welcome one and all into our
galleries free of charge. Guided tours will leave from the information desk
every half hour beginning at 11:30 AM. Start your day with a tour, peruse the
galleries at your leisure, grab some dinner at Lickety Split, and finish off the
day with a rockin' dance party in our Club B-10 with Latin surf-rockers, The
Choreographer Jody Oberfelder Invites Audiences to Work-in-Progress
As the culmination of a two-week residency at MASS MoCA, Jody
Oberfelder will present her new work in progress, The Title Comes Last. The
showing will take place in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, January
13 at 8 PM. The Village Voice writes of Oberfelder, "She's a model of physical
strength and flexibility, and her matching persona is all straightforward
gutsiness. As a choreographer, she's equally down-to-earth." In this playful
work for three dancers, the performers travel from a bland work-a-day world into
a land of vibrancy, making sensuous connections with each other and with the
audience along the way. Through their quirky quest which references all five
senses, the dancers transform from the inside out. Along with the
work-in-progress title work, The Title Comes Last, Oberfelder and her troupe
will perform additional dances as well.
Join us on January 27 as we throw open the doors to MASS MoCA
and welcome one and all into our galleries free of charge. Guided tours will
leave from the information desk every half hour beginning at 11:30 AM. Start
your day with a tour, peruse the galleries at your leisure, grab some dinner at
Lickety Split, and finish off the day with a rockin' dance party in our Club
B-10 with Latin surf-rockers, The Cuban Cowboys
PRESS AT OXBOW GALLERY January 11th
to the 28th
Press At the Oxbow Gallery
A printmaking exhibition from the members
of Red Horse Press Etching studio in Eashampton's Eastworks building at
Northampton's OXBOW GALLERY located at 275 pleasant st.
January 12, 5-8 PM
Come on Down!!!!
The show runs from January 11th to
Hrs:th-sun 12-5 fr 12-8
For more info: www.redhorsepress.org
JANUARY EVENTS AT THE NCA
~~Tuesday, January 16, 10:30 a.m.: The Lisa Leizman Dance Company will
answer the question "What is Dance?" in January's installment of the Young
Peoples' Performing Arts Series. The group will offer a variety of short
pieces, including selections from "Sleeping Beauty" and more whimsical
favorites, to children from 2 to 6 years old.The dances will suggest, says
Leizman, that “dance is kicking up your heels in your sparkly shoes, turning
yourself into amazing shapes, clapping your hands in rhythm or pretending you’re
a bird, a lemur or a starfish.” Children get in free to these 45-minute shows.
They're on the third Tuesday of each month. A $5 donation from accompanying
adult is gratefully received.
~~Monday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Anastasia Christie starts a new series of ballroom and Latin dance classes that
will run on Mondays through February 26. A choreographer as well as a
teacher, Christie has 17 years of dance experience and has been a prizewinner in
many ballroom competitions in Russia and Europe. Ballroom dance classes are from
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Latin from 7:30 to 8:30; and Latin, level 2, from 8:30 to
9:30 p.m. For further information and fees, go to her Web site www.socialdanceschool.com/
~~Friday, January 26, 7 to 10:30 p.m., the Northampton Youth
Commission will sponsor the Main Event Benefit Concert to raise money for the
creation of a youth center serving middle school students in Northampton.
“Bullseye,” “NorWhale” and “Stand Up Get Down,” three student bands, chosen
by members of the Youth Commission from a pool of applicants, will play.
Admission is $5 The Northampton Youth Commission is a group of young people
between the ages of 13 and 18 whose goal is to explore issues of concern to
their peers and work toward solutions for those issues. The concert has been
planned by, staffed by and created by young people interested in this project.
The Northampton Center for the Arts is on the third floor at 17 New
South Street in the Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons. Its office and
galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
lots more about ongoing programs, renting the space, etc., visit our Web site,
THANKS TO REALLY SPECIAL PEOPLE SuperFriends
of Jamoka and this newsletter.
thanks to the following for donations to this newsletter and to help defray the
costs of Jamoka's hospitalization and treatment.
People just blow me away
from the Jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon
If I somehow missed anyone please let me know. I get
<--Image courtesy of Anna
DENNING AND CHARLES ENOS
KATHY SERVICE &
AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory
of our artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness
Day, December 1st
HILARY PRICE & KERRY
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES
(Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
25 Years of Performance at Exit December 16,
2006 – January 27, 2007
- 25 Years of Performance at Exit Art
A Selection from the
December 16, 2006 – January 27, 2007
performances by Trickster Theater
Saturdays, January 20 and 27, 2007
Featuring Rob Andrews, Mayumi Ishino, Saeri Kiritani, Jodie
Lyn-Kee-Chow, Wanda Ortiz, Jolie Pichardo, Pasha Radetzki, Boryana Rossa, Rafael
Sanchez, Mark Stafford, Traci Tullius
RENEGADES is a history of
performance that was produced or presented at Exit Art over its 25-year history.
Through documentation from the archives including video, photographs, slides,
ephemera and other archival materials, this exhibition examines Exit Art’s
seminal place in the history of performance. In 2007-2008 Exit Art will
celebrate its 25th Anniversary.
This silver anniversary will be
commemorated during the year through new programming initiatives and other
special events to include an exciting series of exhibitions that explore Exit
Art’s rich and diverse history. The first exhibition, RENEGADES, highlights our
history of fostering and presenting performance art in New York City. Drawn
directly from our archive, this exhibition offers the opportunity to revisit a
number of historically important performances as well as exhibitions that
explored the contemporary history of performance art.
Exit Art 475
Tenth Avenue (Corner 36 Street) NYC 10018
SMITH'S MOVIE PICS The Secret
Life of Words (2006)
Secret Life of Words (2006)
Directed and written by Isabell
Starring Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins
Less is more with words as
with life. This is a film about two secrets, powerful secrets, secrets that have
the power to tear the human heart to bits. It’s about what is not said more than
what is said. Coixet creates a mood that holds these secrets as something
terribly precious and fragile and yet contained in a place I would say is fully
human. One word out of place and the whole artifice of survival could come
undone. Human beings have the capacity to do unspeakable things to one another
but the real story is in how one survives the unspeakable. As well, human beings
have the capacity to touch in a way that can heal even the most deplorable. The
power and genius of Coixet is her ability to allow the viewer to approach the
unspeakable on their own terms, where the viewer must do the work rather than it
all being done for them, the difference between art and entertainment. There is
little that can be said about this film without giving it away or making the
error of seeing a chair as only a chair. What I can say is that it manages to
deal with one of the most severe and horrendous tragedies of our time in a way
that leaves ample breathing space for the unspeakable. Polley and Robbins offer
what I think is one of the most powerful performances of their careers. Once
you’ve seen it, and you speak with someone who has seen it, and there is no
longer the risk of spoiling the film, you may still find that words will
tenaciously guard their secrets.
Iraq Could Not Get Worse If you care,
a single mouseclick can help
Just when we thought the war in Iraq
couldn't get any worse - it has. Last night, President Bush rejected reality,
spurned the American people's verdict, and announced his new policy: MILITARY
ESCALATION IN IRAQ.
The good news is that the newly elected United States
Congress can stop this madness. We're launching an immediate campaign to let the
Congress hear from global voices - placing an ad with the number of signatures
to our petition in "Roll Call", an influential political paper sent to every
member of the US Congress. Click below to see the ad (PICTURED), and sign the
Ricken, Paul, Tom, Rachel, Galit, Lee-Sean and the rest of the
A DAY IN THE
LIFE OF A NEWSLETTER PERSON Today's
secret alter-ego is Moprah Winfree.
story. Kind of like a *blind item*.
<--That's not me. That's Harvey
Bell, Smiley creator.
*The names have been drastically altered. Like,
I get lots
of email and LOTS of spam mail. When I see an email from an address that I don't
know and which does not correspond to my address book or subscriber list I
agonize over whether or not to open it.
This past week I got an email
from an unfamiliar name. After agonizing (other neurotic people will understand
the zillion daily agonies syndrome), I opened it. It was from Minerva*. Or so I
think. It had no greeting and no signature so I used the name in the email
address as my guide.
Minerva had included me on a long, unsupressed
(yikes!) list of press contacts. Minerva is not a subscriber. I emailed Minerva.
I wrote, "Hi Minerva? (guessing at your name, I apologize if it is not Minerva),
My name is Mo and I got this email with a press release and images from you.
Since there is no note or greeting I am assuming you sent it for inclusion in my
I amiably went on to explain with nice and polite language
and smiley faces that the newsletter is a community and is free and I limit
posts to free subscribers and that my list is protected and never shared or sold
etc. and asked Minerva if she wanted to subscribe. She wrote back to say she had
gotten my name as part of a list of press contacts from her husband's art
teacher, Zeus*. She further stated that when her husband got home they'd have
to have a discussion as to whether or not to join the list and would email me
should they come to the joint decision to add their email address to the
I don't want to ever just ignore a possible
submission yet I also want to mainly include events from subscribers only
because I made that rule and I think it's a very nice rule, actually. I
think we are a community. I like it when we support each other. This is my gift.
I don't even know most of the artists whose work I promote in this newsletter
but I do care what all other artists are up to and want to support them if I
can, in this small way, and I want everyone to care about everyone else and
go to their receptions and life to be one big lovefest of mutual admiration and
support. And so I try to rigidly impose this rule. If wanting to enhance and
enforce a community spirit is wrong, then I don't want to be right (Oh, the
Anyway, never heard back from Mr. and Mrs. Minerva. Evidently
this is a big decision and one that got vetoed. Whatev.
Wanting to avoid
future conversations explaining what sending press releases to my email address
might entail and to save my 5 typing fingers future explanatory work, I decided
to write to Zeus and explain who and what I/this newsletter is/am/are, hope to
be, free to be, you and me, and all that rainbow and unicorns shit.
wrote to Zeus (not a subscriber) and said, "My name is Mo and Minerva said you
gave her my email address as part of a list of press contacts, which is
perfectly lovely, but I want to explain what this is so in the future if you
want to give out my email address, which is all perfectly fine, you can explain
to the recipient(s) how it works so there won't be any confusion. Please, thank
you, humbly please".
Well, Zeus ruffled. Maybe he was confused by my
run-on sentences or maybe the smiley faces cancelled each other out. Zeus wrote
back, "Who are you? Have we met? Why are you writing to me? What have I done
wrong? How did you get my email address (um, your public website, Zeus?). I have
done nothing wrong. I do not know you. Who told you I gave out your email
address? I don't even know you or your email address. Who are you? Forgive me,
but I do not recall ever meeting you". Sigh. I have actually met Zeus like 5
times over the years but no matter.
So, having inadvertently created
panic and indignation (!!) I wrote back and attached Minerva's original email
to me explaining where she got my email address, added a few more smiley faces
and explanations and humble humbleties, bowed and curtsied, and extended an
invitation to join the newsletter list.
More questions accompanied
the reply, "Can I see this newsletter? What is this newsletter?" etc etc. I sent
a link to an old newsletter and Zeus wrote back saying, "Nice. good luck with
it". and that was that. No new subscriber notice from Constant Contact for
Earlier in the week I had gotten another submission from another
non-subscriber. When I explained about the newsletter he said he'd let me know
if he should decide to subscribe. I didn't manage to find out where he got my
email address from and never heard back.
I guess I shouldn't have used
my main email address for this newsletter as I'd likely now have to completely
cancel it to avoid future confusion, should things get crazier. And I guess now
it's floating around on unsupressed lists. In a perfect world, I'd have an auto
interface like the excellent one on local.masslive.com where you are forced to
type everything in all nice and adhere to size and character count parameters
but I don't have that programming skill and can't afford to have one built for
me. Maybe I'll hack into masslive and steal theirs!
And because I feel
rejected by these folks (Jesus! It's a FREE thing already), I want to run out
and win powerball and buy a car for all current subscribers on this list. THAT
would show them. Then I could call myself Moprah! So, before passing along
my email address to people as a press contact, please explain perhaps that it
isn't print and that it has a few simple and FREE guidelines. Thanks so
Harvey Ball in his Worcester Office.
The irresistible smiley face
flowed from the pen of Harvey Ball, a graphic artist in Worcester,
Massachusetts. The year was 1963. Harvey was hired by the State Mutual Life
Assurance Company to design a logo that would uplift its employees after a
company merger had hurt company morale. The logo was to accompany a "friendship
campaign" that the company came up with to encourage employees to smile as they
went about their work or interacted with customers.
Thinking about what
would inspire employees to smile, Harvey decided the most simple and direct
symbol would be a smile itself and that is what he drew. A simple smile, and two
eyes, not too perfect, but appealing in its simplicity. He made the background
yellow, like a bright cheery sun. Harvey was paid a $45 fee for his timeless
Valley Entrepreneurs! Our service area just expanded! Valley CDC can
Explore your business ideas, Market your art, products &
services, Identify new markets, Get more customers, Write your business plan,
Explore financial viability, Improve business operations, Seek financing, and
Free Business Counseling ?! Starting a business? Need more business?
Let us help! It's what we do.
Now serving ALL Amherst, Hadley, Northampton
& Easthampton businesses with 20 employees or less. No income restrictions.
We deliver more. Call for a confidential appointment today! 413 529-0420,
Funded by MA Commonwealth's Dept. of Business and
Technology-SBTA Grant, the City of Easthampton through the MA Community
Development Block Grant -Ready Resource, the City of Northampton-CDBG Program,
and Florence Savings Bank.
ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
NOTE: I cull this information from many sources and it is really time
consuming to add it and format each line of text. So I apologize if at times
there is expired information here. Some weeks I don't have time to get to this
section. ~Mo Deadline February 1, 2007
The *Artist in Research*
program seeks to support artists involved in the early stages of projects that
require investigation, dialogue, and support from an artistic community. The AIR
Program is particularly interested in working with artists whose work explores
contemporary and experimental genres such as electronics, sound, installation,
performance, film, video, and other time-based media. The AIR Program supports
projects that have already been conceptualized, but need time, money and
critical feedback to complete.
This residency is most appropriate for
individuals or groups who wish to explore the potential for collaboration and
creative exchange with peers working in a wide range of media. Regularly
scheduled critiques, open studios, closing events and our web forum provide
residents with opportunities for critical feedback from curators, artists,
scholars and members of the public. Artists in Research are encouraged to focus
their efforts on exploration and the processes of innovative art-making rather
than the completion of a finished product.
Please visit the "AIR" section of
to learn more about past AIR artists and the
types of projects we are interested in and are able to support.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deadline February 5, 2007
SEEKING ARTIST'S PROPOSALS FOR SUMMER RESIDENCY As a Blue Sky Project
Artist-In-Residence, you will cross-pollinate with other practicing artists,
collaborate with teens, expand your ideas and add artistic breadth and depth to
the McHenry County community. Artists gather for eight weeks from mid-June to
mid August in McHenry County, located 60 miles from downtown Chicago. Your
recent studio practice and new ideas should provide the foundation for your
activities. Stipend: $6000 Additional $1000 working budget per project, that
does not go to the artist, for supplies, materials to implement project, etc..
Does not include costs associated with preparing project for exhibition, which
are covered by the project. Deadline for application is February 5, 2007.
Contact: Blue Sky Project OR http://www.blueskyart.org
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deadline September 1, 2007
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Seeking visual artists, writers, and
composers for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-wk-long residencies, Jan 1 - Jun 15, 2008. Free
housing and studio space and a $100/wk stipend. For application and complete
guidelines please contact: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd
Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410 OR 402-874-9600 OR
http://www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org OR info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JOIN
TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE IN BOSTON FROM APRIL 27 TO APRIL 29, 2007 FOR THE
CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deadline Februray 15, 2007
Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe is now accepting submissions of dynamic
works of theater, dance and mutli-media performance for its 2007 season. The
third annual festival held in Great Barrington, MA will present 21 days of
original performances, free workshops, and artist discussions by and with
emerging artists from across the United States. The Berkshire Fringe provides a
unique opportunity for emerging and early-career artists from around the country
to present work in a fresh and exciting atmosphere.
Founded in 2003 by a
cohort of Berkshire natives and graduates of Simon's Rock College, Bazaar
Productions, Inc (Sara Kathryn Katzoff, Timothy Ryan Olson and Peter Wise) aims
to fill a growing need in the community for exciting new work at affordable
ticket prices. The Berkshire Fringe continues to grow into a bustling community
and has featured more than two dozen new works and events that have blended
genres, represented new styles, and delved into traditions underrepresented in
In 2007 the festival will take place during July and August
and will invite six companies or individuals to participate. Performers from all
backgrounds and disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Bazaar Productions
is also dedicated to focusing funds and resources to create an exemplary
experience for all participating artists. The festival is scheduled so that
performers can see each other's work, can participate in each other's workshops
and can share ideas and experiences. These initiatives establish a center for
artistic exchange while providing accessible, affordable and unparalleled
cultural enrichment to the community.
Perspective or interested applicants
may visit www.berkshirefringe.org
for more information and to obtain an application. Inquiries can be answered
by e-mailing co-artistic director Sara Katzoff at sara(at)berkshirefringe.org or
calling the offices of Bazaar Productions at (413) 320-4175. The deadline for
applications is Februray 15, 2007. All applications must be received by February
Deadline - Ongoing *Three Rivers Community College Reviewing Work for
Exhibitions, CT Three Rivers Community College in Norwich Connecticut is
accepting portfolios to review for 1-to-2 month exhibitions. No fee. For
consideration, sent 10-20 slides, resume, statement, and return postage to:
Sandra Jeknavorian, Instructor of Art, Three Rivers Community College, Thames
Valley Campus, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT, 06360 /
Ongoing GALLERY A3 SEEKING NEW MEMBERS- SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART
Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly, self-guided walking
tour of arts and culture, has added a proposal page to its website where visual,
music and performance artists can outline what they would like to show or
perform if given the opportunity.
All the locations that participate in
Art Walk Easthampton can view the submissions for possible inclusion in an
upcoming event. The talent describes the work, provides images, identifies the
types of venues they would like to be in, the dates they are available and
provides contact information. If there's a match between the submission and the
venue's interest, the venue contacts the talent directly to handle booking
The proposal form is available at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org
and is open to all local and regional artists.
An offer from Joe
Blumenthal of Downtown Sounds who generously would like to have artists display
their work there. (Downtown Sounds, 21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the
Pleasant St. Theater)
The window is quite large, and has three panels,
each one about 6' X 6', and is about 24" deep. It is exposed to intense sunlight
in the morning; the heat of the sun plus the narrowness of the window make it
inappropriate to display most musical instruments.
However, the sunlight
doesn't hurt most artwork since it's only exposed for a month to six weeks. I
normally pay $150 to the artist who installs the window, and work out a
consignment agreement for the store to take a percentage of the price if the art
is for sale and we manage to sell some of it.
The artwork can be
freestanding, lean against a wall at the back of the window that's about three
feet high, or (if it's not heavy) be hung from the ceiling.
It's great when
the art can have a musical theme, but it's not necessary. Because of its highly
visible commercial location, the work should have a mainstream appeal and not
have themes which could be offensive. Small pieces don't work well since the
window is so large.
If one of your readers is interested in displaying
in this context, please have them contact me via email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at 413-
York City Department of Cultural Affairs + Image Registry The New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is the largest public funder of arts and
culture in the country. The Percent for Art artist slide registry is an
up-to-date and important component of the Program. The registry is consulted by
the architects, panelists, and City agencies for each project. The Percent for
Art staff prepares a slide presentation from the registry for each panel
meeting. The registry is open to any professional visual artist residing in the
United States. Deadline: On-going Information: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/panyc/
PEOPLE AND STUFF
TO MAKE A
DONATION OR SPONSOR THE NEWSLETTER
Unfortunately due to stuff I can't comprehend, the PayPal button has to
say, "Buy Now", rather than "donate". I want it to say "Hello
Anyway--thanks for your support!
If this button does not
work you may have to try another browser. sigh. You don't really get Tammy
Faye's album. I just liked her picture.
Show Postcards and the like can be mailed to:
I think a lot of people still have my old
arts & industry address as postcards get forwarded to me but I think that
may expire soon.
THIS NEWSLETTER IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS
Bob Barba, Associate Dean for Community
Education announces the Senior Symposia at GCC Spring 2007 program which
includes an exceptional program of art historical and environmental topics.
These popular and professional courses are traditionally open to those age 50
and older, however space permitting, all are welcome. Check out the listings
DONNELLY POETRY WORKSHOPS
TWO WORKSHOPS, SPRING 2007
POETRY PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
10 meetings: 2/17 - 4/21
AFTERNOONS, 2 - 4 PM
A.P.E., Third Floor/Thornes Market
This workshop will focus particularly on
building the oral skills to read poetry aloud in public, BUT will include
activities and exercises designed to foster both the writing and reading of
poetry. This workshop will conclude with a reading by participants on April
21st, to which the public will be invited.
10 meetings: 2/22, 3/1, 8, 22, 29, 4/5, 12,
THURSDAY NIGHTS, 7 - 9 PM
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA
plus: 2 SATURDAY
AFTERNOONS, Generative Writing Session, 3/17 @ A.P.E in Northampton, 1 - 4
Special Extended Session, 4/28 in South Deerfield 2 - 5: 30
week, the format of the workshop will include:
--a short discussion on a
topic of poetic craft;
--discussion of members' own poems;
Cost of each workshop: $300 ($30 per session)
PATRICK DONNELLY, an Associate Editor at Four Way Books, has taught writing at
Smith College, New School University, Clark University, and the Bread Loaf
Writers' Conference. His collection of poems is The Charge (Ausable Press,
To register, contact: PatrickSDonnelly@aol.com
Road, South Deerfield, MA 01373-9770