January 15, 2007 --Covering events from 01/15/07 through 1/29/2007 (ish)
There's no place like home.


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 experiences.

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 late.

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 page.

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.

FINE LINES AND SHADOWS: New Prints by Victoria Burge and Nancy Diessne
January 12, 2007 - February 16, 2007
1815_zeamaysdouble.jpg The 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 appointment.

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 photopolymer intaglio.

Diessner's 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 413.584.1783

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1815_sutterhaircut.jpg PLEASE READ, From Dan Hunter:

Dear Friends,

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.

Dan Hunter
Executive Director
Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences & Humanities

Reception and Amherst Art Walk: Thursday, January 4, 5-8 pm
1231_a3.jpg Bruce 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.

Jozan 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 27
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
Phone: 413-256-4250
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-6 pm

What’s Left: Working Sessions and Collaborations
A.P.E. Performance Space
1807_ape.jpg A.P.E. Performance Space
Third Floor/ Thornes Marketplace
150 Main St., Northampton
Information: 413.586.5553

What’s Left: Working Sessions and Collaborations With David Hurwith, Jamm Leary, Gordon Thorne, Michael Tillyer

PUBLIC is INVITED at 5 pm: January 19, January 26, February 2

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 Hurwith

January 27 = Free for you and me!
The 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 Cuban Cowboys

Choreographer Jody Oberfelder Invites Audiences to Work-in-Progress Showing

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

January 11th to the 28th
1807_redhorse_299.jpg Red Horse 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.

Opening Fri, January 12, 5-8 PM
Come on Down!!!!

The show runs from January 11th to the 28th
Hrs:th-sun 12-5 fr 12-8
For more info: www.redhorsepress.org


~~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.

For lots more about ongoing programs, renting the space, etc., visit our Web site, www.nohoarts.org

SuperFriends of Jamoka and this newsletter.
1807_popejamoka.jpg Special 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 sometimes.

Pics from the Jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon Whitney.

If I somehow missed anyone please let me know. I get scatterbrained lately.

<--Image courtesy of Anna Slezak.

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
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES (Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)

RENEGADES - 25 Years of Performance at Exit
December 16, 2006 – January 27, 2007
RENEGADES - 25 Years of Performance at Exit Art
A Selection from the Archives

December 16, 2006 – January 27, 2007

Live performances by Trickster Theater
Saturdays, January 20 and 27, 2007 8-10PM
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

The Secret Life of Words (2006)
1815_movie.jpg The Secret Life of Words (2006)
Directed and written by Isabell Coixet
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.

You Thought Iraq Could Not Get Worse
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stopwar_goodears.jpg From AVAAZ.org

Dear friends,

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 petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_campaign_jan_2007/ With hope,

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Today's secret alter-ego is Moprah Winfree.
1815_hballsmiley.jpg A little story. Kind of like a *blind item*.

<--That's not me. That's Harvey Bell, Smiley creator.

*The names have been drastically altered. Like, really drastically.

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 newsletter?"

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 subscriber list.

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 drama!).

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.

So I 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 Zeus.

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 much!

Pictured: 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 creation.

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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 www.berwickinstitute.org 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

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


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 the mainstream.
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 15, 2007.

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 / SJeknavorian@trcc.commnet.edu

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 arrangements.
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: musician@downtownsounds.com, or via phone at 413- 586-0998.

New 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/ slide_reg.shtml


Terry Rooney
Bruce Barone
Ben Caras
Ben Banville
Rhoda Juels
Gineen Lee Cooper
Robert Aller
Gary Jacobs
Maggie Nowinski
Artists @ Open Square
Pol Turgeon
Frank Ward
Frank Ward again!
The Painted Caravan
Derek Goodwin
Northampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
Beth Fischer Studio
Red Horse Press
Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
Cynthia Guild
Maureen Scanlon's Peace Ribbon Project
Photography by Jon Whitney
Fine woodworking art by Peter Dellert
Sculpture by Jim Doubleday
The Canal Gallery Building
Stone Soup Concrete
The Northampton center for the Arts
The Art of Dean Nimmer
The Watkins Gallery
Kathleen Trestka
Zea Mays Printmaking Studio
Lisa Scollan
Deborah Kruger
Sally Curcio
Tom Morton
Jeff DeRose
Claudia Sperry
Michael Martindell
Michael Richardson
Smart Moves Pilates
Singer/Songwriter Diane Falcone
Rhymes With Orange
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Senior Symposia

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 at:




10 meetings: 2/17 - 4/21
A.P.E., Third Floor/Thornes Market
150 Main Street
Northampton, MA

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, 19
plus: 2 SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, Generative Writing Session, 3/17 @ A.P.E in Northampton, 1 - 4 PM
Special Extended Session, 4/28 in South Deerfield 2 - 5: 30

Each week, the format of the workshop will include:
--a short discussion on a topic of poetic craft;
--discussion of members' own poems;
--some outside reading.

Cost of each workshop: $300 ($30 per session)

INSTRUCTOR: 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, 2003).

To register, contact: PatrickSDonnelly@aol.com
56 Hillside Road, South Deerfield, MA 01373-9770