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January 30, 2007
 
 
OMENS IN THE HOUSE
and the clouds and the internet connection

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I don't remember how or when, but at some point I became really superstitious. Like, REALLY superstitious: self-serving, life-affirming, OCD level superstitious. But because I don't like negatives, my superstitions all either herald good things or oh-so-gently direct me away from possible bad things. Green traffic lights mean I am on the right path, red lights mean I need to think a bit about where I am headed (is this supermarket really the right supermarket for me? Does this mean there will be bad news in my post office box? Should I not go get coffee?) But because my superstitions are all tailor translated and all of them either point to good things or point me away from bad things, they have turned into a manageable, yet perhaps obsessive, way of life. Like, when I see a penny on the ground: if it is heads up I pick it up and I get a wish. But if it is tails up then my job is to turn it over and leave it so the next person will find it heads up and they will get a wish. The OCD kicks in though, and I have tried to walk by pennies on busy sidewalks and ignore them, but then I just have to backtrack and lean down to right the penny and cause a disruption in the foot traffic and get jostled and all that. But that's how it is.

So yesterday when the internet went down for several hours I saw it as an omen telling me to go work on The Coolerator which is a piece I have to deliver soon to The William Blizard Gallery at Springfield College for an upcoming show. And so I am finishing up the newsletter this morning. I never know what sort of folderol my fingers will type into this space (meaning I am not responsible for what they say) so I couldn't help but wonder if the internet went down yesterday to save me from overexposing my outward-facing crazy. Maybe my fingers were planning on typing something really absurd and then they'd giggle behind my back as I blindly clicked on "SEND". Or maybe they were going to type something so brilliant that I'd get hired at Sun Microsystems to be a "Thinker" (yes, they have those, and they want me) and then I'd never finish The Coolerator for this show, having been lured into the seductive world of high salary, low work flow and sushi every day.

Anyway, I see the image above as being a sign that Jamoka, (my dog, who most of you know died in November) is watching over me and all of us and that makes me happy so it's all good. And whatever I was going to say yesterday is perhaps better left to my inner crazy.

PICTURED: "Jamoka in the canal: facing stage left", photographed by Nona Hatay, February, 2007. Water, ice, snow, imagicnation.

ABOUT THE IMAGE: The other day None Hatay, who has a studio 2 floors above me, brought me this photo she took of the canal that our studio building runs along, with bits of snow and ice tossed about by the current. This is what she saw when she looked out her window last Thursday. It's like one of those images where once you see the image within, you can never look at it again and not see it. I saw it immediately. I look at it as a sign from Jamoka that he is watching over me, because I want to look at it that way.

Nona is currently working on delivering some of her James Brown photos for the Hard Rock Cafe main office in Orlando to be distributed to different Hard Rock branches. They already have some of her Jimi Hendrix photos. She is also working on getting together some of her Jimi Hendrix and Tina Turner images for delivery to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, and is also working on a visual autobiography called, "Through my eyes; 40 years of Photography and Photo Art", to be published next year.


JAMIE YOUNG @ KAREN SPRAGUE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Jan. 26th - Feb. 26th 2007
0122_young.jpg You are cordially invited to an Exhibit from Jamie Young

Pictured: Path to the Well, 11"x11" oil on panel, 2006

Passages
Jamie Young
Retrospective 1970-2007


open to public
Jan. 26th - Feb. 26th 2007
Reception Jan. 26th 5:30 - 7:00 with music by Sean Black, AKA DJ Blackadile

a benifit for the Homer Street Elementry School

Being shown at
Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center
American International College,
1000 State Street, Springfield, MA



Click here for directions

Four Sundays in February 2007 Series
Four Sundays in February 2007 Series
KidsBestFest/YouthFilm ‘07

Week 1:
We begin the series on Sunday, February 4th, with our annual Silver Chord Bowl, Collegiate a cappella at its best. All 2,000 seats are filled in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College year after year. The Very Best of Collegiate A Cappella. This year with the Boston University Dear Abbeys, McGill University Effusion, Yale University Whim N’Rhythm, Smith College Noteables, NYU N’Harmonics, Amherst College Zumbyes and Brown University Bear Necessities. Emcees: Smith President, Carol T. Christ and Northampton Mayor, Mary Clare Higgins All seats $10.00 in advance; $12.00 at the door CONTACT NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL FOR SPECIAL $20 PREMIUM SEATING TICKETS BY CALLING 413-587-1269
Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Agency

Week 2: On Sunday, February 11th, we move back to the Academy of Music Theatre where we will present M·sica JÌbara – Mountain Music Of Puerto Rico. Grammy Award nominees Ecos de Borinquen, led by JÌbaro master Miquel Santiago DÌaz and featuring singing sensation Karol Aurora de Jes·s Reyes. Plus, the next wave of Puerto Rican musical superstars, El Grupo Rumba Caribe, led by cuatrista and trovador Ricardo Villanueva Serrano.
Sunday, February 11th, 2:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre
All seats $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Sponsored by Smith College, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Angels and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Week 3: On Sunday, February 18th we will present RaÔ– Algerian Music of the Street On Screen: “Khaled”, American premier of the film featuring the two leading exponents of RaÔ music, Khaled and Rachid Taha who have given voice to the Algerian youth rebellion
On Stage: Syncop, North America’s top RaÔ Musicians from MontrÈal, featuring Algerian born Karim BenzaÔd. Sunday, February 18th, 2:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre
FREE EVENT/General Admission (first-come, first-serve seating)
Made possible by the generous support of the Betty Hamady Sams '57 and James F. Sams Fund of Smith College and in collaboration with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute of Smith College.

Week 4: The series concludes on Sunday, February 25th with our ever-popular The Really Big Show. The Valley’s favorite BannerQueen, Amy Johnquest, becomes the Ed Man, “goo goo g’joob.”
Sunday, February 25th, 2:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre
All seats $6 in advance; $8 at the door
Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont Realtors
For more information visit www.northamptonartscouncil.org

Series Sponsors—Northampton Arts Council and the City of Northampton, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Lathrop Communities, Smith College,Hampshire Hospitality Group, WFCR 88.5

Additional support provided by Florence Savings Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, TD BankNorth, Massachusetts Cultural Council
*************************************************************** Tickets for the Four Sundays in February 2007 Series can be purchased at any of the following ticket outlets:
Cooper’s Corner
31 Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
586-1684

Food for Thought
106 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
253-5432

Guild Art Supply
102 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
586-6343

Northampton Arts Council
240 Main Street, Memorial Hall, Room 5
Northampton, MA 01060
587-1269

State St. Fruit
51 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
584-2301

World Eye Books
156 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
772-2186

KIDSBESTFEST2007

The ninth annual KidsBestFest: The Best of the International Children's Film Festivals, opens on Monday February 19th and runs through Saturday, February 24th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

All weekday shows are at 2PM (doors open at 1:30) and all seats are $3 On Saturday February 24, 2007 we will screen Brave Cat and Other Stories, a collection of short films for young people at 10AM (doors open at 9:30) and all seats are $3.

For something new this year we have YouthFilm, a festival of films made by local people 18 and under. The doors open at 12PM and films run all afternoon with commentary from the filmmakers and actors. All seats are $3 for 18 and over, but free for people18 and under.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will kick off KidsBestFest2007 on Saturday February 17, 2007 with a 1PM screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Admission to the Museum will get you into films as well as into the galleries: for more information take a look at www.picturebookart.org.

As in the past, Cate Damon of New Century Theatre will read the subtitles. It is something for the entire family: the films are funny, smart and sweet. See northamptonartscouncil.org for a complete listing. The Valley Advocate is the media sponsor. KidsBestFest2007 is sponsored by Florence Savings Bank. Gravity Switch and Faces support YouthFilm.



Elton Braithwaite at the Taber Gallery
evening reception 1/31/07 - 5:30 - 7:30
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wood carvings and sculpture by
Elton Braithwaite


Jan. 22 – Feb.22, 2007
Reception: Wed. Jan. 31, 11am - 1pm - gallery talk begins at noon

Friends of Elton & the Taber Gallery are invited to Elton's evening party 1/31/07 - 5:30 - 7:30

*image: Tribal Mask, apx. 24"h. x 12" w., Maple & wood stain, 2006

The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and is conveniently acessed through the HCC Campus Library in the Donahue Building.
For more information or gallery hours please call (413) 552-2614






A NEW PLAY BY THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT
February 1, 2 and 3 at 8 PM
ANNOUNCING A NEW PLAY BY THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT

"a warning for the king", the Performance Project's newest work-in-progress, is a contemporary myth based on themes from the Company-members' lives.

The title quotes an old proverb, "the silence of the people is a warning for the king." The story is based upon Company members' belief that when one is denied their voice, as an individual, or as a people, chaos will ensue. Through spoken word, rap and monologue the cast confronts the impact of greed, racism, addiction, and being silenced. The play expresses the urgency of speaking out and recognizing that our fates are intertwined.

WHERE: Holyoke Community College, Leslie Phillips Forum Theater. 2nd floor, C Bldg.

WHEN: Thursday February 1st, Friday February 2nd, Saturday February 3rd

All performances are at 8:00 pm, donations accepted at the door

For more information: PerformanceProject.org or call 413-586-4960

The Performance Project creates and performs compelling works of theater, movement, and spoken word. Through self-reflection and social analysis, the company speaks the truth about themselves and the forces in society that affect their lives. The Performance Project was founded in 2000 at the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction.

Anne Sargent Walker - Reception Feb 4, 2-4PM
"New Work"
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"New Work"
Jan 17- Feb. 16, 2007
Reception Feb 4, 2-4PM





Wm. Blizard Gallery
Blake Hall, 2nd floor
Springfield College













NEW WORKS AT A.P.E. Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, February 9 5pm-8pm
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February 7 – March 4
Opening Reception: Friday, February 9 5pm-8pm

Third Floor, Thornes Market, 150 Main St., Northampton, MA
www.apearts.org
(413) 586-5553
WILL THAT BE ALL?
New works by Teddy O’Connor, Ali Osborn, Raphy Griswold


After graduating from Wesleyan University in May 2006, where they majored in studio art, Teddy, Raphy, and Ali moved to Northampton. Here, the three young artists are trying to come to grips with the reality of working to support themselves while simultaneously finding time and energy to make art.
Are these things compatible? How can they make art pay? Did they find everything they were looking for? Will that be all? is a show of drawings, prints, and mixed media installation in which all of their musings on these questions will be revealed and exhibited.

February 7 – March 4, 2007 at A.P.E. Gallery Third Floor, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton, MA

For more information, call Lisa Thompson at A.P.E. Gallery: 413-586-5553 or visit www.apreats.org.

MAJUSCULES: Charcoal Drawings by Jay Rathaus

Jay Rathaus’s charcoal “Majuscules” act as a font pre-loaded with social and political commentary. If each letter may be considered a fractured narrative, then when placed together as words, they begin to resonate with the emergent truths of our political world.

Opening reception: Friday, February 9th, 5-8pm
The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5

Pictured: Top, work by Ali Osborn, Bottom, work by Jay Rathaus

ARTS NIGHT OUT NORTHAMPTON
February 9, 5-8 PM
Coming Up On February 9
Visit 18 galleries, shops
between 5 and 8 p.m.


Northampton continues its Arts Night Out program Friday, February 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless the duration is otherwise noted in individual listings below), offering open galleries at 18 locations, all within a short walk in the city's downtown area. The event is organized by participating art and craft organizations and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by the Northampton Cooperative Bank, 93.9 (The River), and the Valley Advocate.

Highlighted in January are several galleries:

~~Alfredo's Gallery, 6 Crafts Avenue, is featuring black and white photographs of Paris and New York in the 1930s and 1940s by master photographer Fred Stein. In addition, the gallery is having a major sale of all photographic art and wall decor in advance of its move to Suffield, CT.

~~Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street has a new exhibition, “Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art” that examines some of the ways in which contemporary artists are exploring a socially and environmentally conscientious – in other words, sustainable – way of living and working. As usual on Arts Night Out, admission to the museum is free; there are activities for children from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. and, on this Arts Night Out, an opening celebration for the "Beyond Green" exhibition, complete with a "Junk Music Concert."

~~Across Elm Street, at the Smith College Alumnae Association, where the prints and paintings of Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling will be on view, there will be an additional reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

~~A.P.E. Gallery Third Floor, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street, will have two shows. The first, “Majuscules,” charcoal drawings by Jay Rathaus. The charcoal majuscules (uppercase letters in calligraphy) act as a font pre-loaded with social and political commentary. If each letter may be considered a fractured narrative, then when placed together as words, they begin to resonate with the emergent truths of our political world.

~~The second exhibition, “Will that be all?” features new works by Teddy O’Connor, Ali Osborn and Raphy Griswold, three recent graduates of Wesleyan University who majored in studio art and now live in Northampton. Here, the three young artists are trying to come to grips with the reality of working to support themselves while simultaneously finding time and energy to make art. Are these things compatible? How can they make art pay? Did they find everything they were looking for? “Will that be all?” is a show of drawings, prints, and mixed media in which all of their musings on these questions will be revealed and exhibited.

~~ Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street, third floor, is showing paintings by Robert Markey that combine the visual and the conceptual. Markey says his work “often speaks about hope, about humor and about the human condition: what it is and what it could be—In my paintings, I work with layers of intense color, creating a deep—almost primeval-feeling—space." (The reception here is from 5 to 7 p.m.)

~~Old Courthouse Gallery, 99 Main Street, has work of Rosemary Wessell of Cummington— mixed media-plaster cast relief on canvas painted over with oils. Plaster casts are of people; the remainder of the relief work is abstract, depicting energies of the subject in the painting.

~~ Naked Art Gallery, located in the Dance Northampton Studio, 492 Pleasant Street, continues its exhibition of the works of Sherid Adams, “Mixed Medium.”

~~The Artisan Gallery, 162 Main Street, continues showing the award-winning, hand-built ceramics of Hayne Bayless, who describes his work, in part, as “everyday objects that go beyond everyday use—How my pots work is at least as important to me as how they look or how they feel."

Participating arts venues are: Alfredo’s; APE Third Floor Arts; Artisan Gallery; Basha Oriental Rugs; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild Art Supply; R. Michelson Galleries; Northampton Center for the Arts; Northampton Pottery; Old Court House Gallery; Oxbow Gallery; Pinch; Scandihoovians. com; Silverscape Designs; Smith College Museum of Art; The Naked Art Gallery; and William Baczek Fine Arts.

Arts Night Out takes place, rain or shine, on the second Friday of each month year-round. Admission is free, and free parking is available at the Smith College parking garage on West Street (Route 66). A map with description of participating galleries, studios and shops, are available at Arts Night Out locations and the Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant Street. There will be entertainment and refreshments at many venues. Take a walk and see the (arts) sights in Northampton.

And, we remind you that Easthampton holds its “Second Saturday” art Walk on February 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. More than a dozen venues along Cottage and Union streets host visual, music and performance artists in a casual sampling of the community's creativity. For more information about the Easthampton event, visit its Web site

Visit the Northampton Chamber of Commerce Web site for more information about this event. If you wish to forward this e-mail to a friend, please use the forward button below.

ART WALK EASTHAMPTON
February 10, 5-8 PM
Art Competitions, Live Music & Tattooing: It's Art Walk Easthampton

Come on out to Art Walk Easthampton on February 10, 2007 from 5-8 PM for an eclectic sampling of art: Two galleries showcase art competitions and announce their winners; four venues host live music performances; five locations host solo shows for local artists; and one invites you in to watch the tattooing process. All events are free. There's also plenty of free parking all along the route.

Get a full event description and map at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org.
Each participating venue displays a large, yellow Art Walk banner outside. Inside, you're invited to explore that month's featured visual, music or performance art. See what the Gazette said about last month's Walk here: http://www.artwalkeasthampton.org/press_article_1_18_07.php

Highlights of the upcoming February 10 Art Walk include:
-- Goodlander Gallery unveils its Winter Art Competition, with 3-D, mixed media, oil paintings, artistic photography, colored pencil, pastels, encaustic wax, and other mediums in this national show. Winners will be announced during the Art Walk. 64 Cottage Street, Easthampton. Easy parking at Cottage Street lot.

-- Elusie Gallery debuts "Land Visions," a collection of works inspired by nature. Artist competition winners will be announced during the Art Walk. This event benefits the push to Save Echodale Farm. Elusie is located in Old Town Hall, on the traffic rotary, 43 Main Street, Easthampton. Easy parking outside.

-- Flywheel Arts Collective hosts three, live music events. No cover charge. From 5-6 PM, it's "Next President," a post-punk trio that sounds like Dead Milkmen meeting The Stooges. From 6-7 PM, it's a complete turn-about with "City Folk and Their Flying Machines," a trio of ukulele, stand-up bass and brush drums that promise to bring you happiness. And from 7-8 PM, it's the rock band of Nash Lane who describes their music as spacey, psychedelic and atmospheric. Flywheel is at 2 Holyoke Street, Easthampton. Parking at Cottage Street lot.

-- Luthiers Co op hosts local blue grass musicians in an improvisational jam session. Listen to the music and check out the collection of vintage and current string instruments. 108 Cottage Street, Easthampton. On-street parking and at Cottage Street lot.

-- Crooked House Designs hosts local foot-stompin' fiddle and banjo musicians who want to brighten up a gray winter evening. Swing into Crooked House at 86 Cottage Street, Easthampton. On-street parking and at Cottage Street lot.

-- PACE (Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton) invites you in enjoy the live performance of Easthampton singer-songwriter Bruce King from 5-6:30 PM and to see the photography of Jennifer Holmes from 5-8 PM. PACE is located at 41 Union Street, Easthampton. There is a on-street parking out front and a free parking lot directly behind PACE.

-- Artist "Blaze" exhibits a collection of watercolors that explore the connection between people and nature, especially through the use of animal totems. View her work at Awen Tree, 102 Cottage. On-street parking and at Cottage Street lot.

-- Her acrylic paintings are inspired by images she see in her head "between stages of wakefulness and sleep." Amy Lavallee displays her recent works at Valley Art Supplies, 76 Cottage Street, Easthampton. On-street parking and at Cottage Street lot.

-- Painter Richard Hutchinson presents a collection of animal themed watercolors at Mt. Tom Homemade Ice Cream, 34 Cottage Street, Easthampton. On-street parking and at Cottage Street lot.

-- It's a love story. The acrylic paintings of Amber Garay explore the range of emotions in finding and losing love. Drop into Pick Your Flick Video to see how this love story turns out and how she expresses it in female form, at 74 Cottage Street, Easthampton. On-street parking and at Cottage Street lot.

-- Marcia Reed's unique railroad studio opens to show a dazzling array of oils and watercolors. On-site parking at the studio, 1 Railroad Street, across from the Verizon Building.

-- It's living art and gallery art. Off The Map Tattoo invites Art Walk guests to come observe live tattooing as it is created, and to enjoy the 2-d art collection along the walls. Come satisfy your curiosity about this art form. Off The Map Tattoo can be found on the map at 112 Cottage Street, Easthampton. On-street parking and at Cottage Street lot.

Learn more about the February 10 Art Walk at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org

“Land Visions” at the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall
Opening Reception February 10th from 5 to 8pm
0122_echodale.jpg Close to 40 artists respond to the Eastmont Art Fund’s Call to help Save Echodale Farm!

Jill Lewis and Jean-Pierre Pasche of the Eastmont Art Fund had approached the Pascommuck Conservation Trust last fall with a innovative proposition to help raise funds and awareness to their Save Echodale Farm Campaign, through the creation of a juried exhibition open to any Pioneer Valley Artists.

Entitled “Land Visions” this exhibition will take place at the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall from February 3rd through March 17th with the opening reception and Jury’s selection announcement on February 10th from 5 to 8pm.

A notable Jury will review all the submitted entries and select one piece of art, from which a series of Limited Edition Prints will be published. That Limited Edition Print will be given to donors for a $150.00 contribution. Most original artwork exhibited will also be available for sale. Proceeds from the sale of the L/E print and original artwork will benefit the PCT’s fundraising campaign as well as the artists whose work will have sold, unlike traditional fundraisers where artists donate their work and do not get any compensation for their donation.

“Land Visions” therefore has dual purpose in the minds of Pasche and Lewis, awareness and fundraising to help save the Echodale Farm, and celebration and promotion of the creative talent in the Pioneer Valley.

For more information, please call Jill or Jean-Pierre at 413-529-9265

FEBRUARY EVENTS AT THE NCA
NEW! --> Painting workshops with Bob Markey in Febraury
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Jazz Time at the Center for the Arts
February 2, 9 and 16

Three Jazz Masters Perform

Modern masters of the jazz keyboards, Matthew Shipp, Cooper-Moore and Ran Blake will be the stars of this year's NCFA's “A World of Piano” series.

The concerts will take place at the Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public ($30 for the entire series), $8 for students and seniors, and are available at AJ Hastings in Amherst and State Street Fruit Store and the Center for the Arts in Northampton.

~~Friday, February 2: Producer, composer, sideman, and pianist, Matthew Shipp has become one of the most important figures on the downtown new music scene in New York City. Shipp is considered a thoughtful and resourceful pianist in many musical situations. Since 2000, he has served as curator of Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. This body of work (32 albums to date) represents the most advanced, critically acclaimed marriage of jazz and electronic music. "Matthew Shipp has proven himself one of the more adept barrier vaulters in modern jazz," writes David Sprague in Variety.

~~Friday, February 9: Cooper-Moore is a composer, pianist, designer and builder of musical instruments and music educator. Cooper-Moore (who uses only one hyphenated name) moved to New York in 1973, leased a five-floor Canal Street building and transformed it into a work space for performing and visual artists. He has performed with a number of bands and dance companies. Andy Battaglia of Salon.com called him, “one of New York's most effusive but reclusive musical geniuses. Cooper-Moore is a one- man New Orleans jazz funeral flailing like the Grambling State marching band across a vaudeville stage.”

~~Friday, February 16: Ran Blake, who was born in nearby Springfield, has created a unique niche in music as an artist and educator. His improvisations are not only informed by his vast knowledge of jazz, but also by Greek folk songs, movie soundtracks, American pop music and gospel. His dual musical legacy includes more than 35 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well as over 30 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory. In Jazz Review, Brian Morton called Blake’s new record, “All That is Tied,” the “most beautiful and challenging piano record of the last 25 years.”

“A World of Piano” is funded in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for Arts and the Creative Connections program of Meet the Composer, Inc., and with additional support from the Argosy Foundation, the six New England state arts agencies, the National Endowment for the Art and the Northampton Arts Council. All three musicians will make school visits during their visits to Northampton.

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 or call (413)-584-7327.

FEBRUARY ARTS

Paintings by Robert Markey, which combine the visual and the conceptual, will be showing in the Northampton Center for the Arts gallery from February 1-28.

Markey says his work “often speaks about hope, about humor and about the human condition: what it is and what it could be. Much of my earlier work was visually brutal, showing the suffering that one group of people cause to another. My later work pushes this brutality beneath the surface, showing more the beauty and hope that is possible.”

Markey, who lives in Ashfield, was born in New York in 1947. He earned his B.S. in physics from M.I.T in 1969 and his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1982. Until 1980, his main focus was music, including performances on classical guitar and sitar. In 1981, he began to work in the visual arts and also to study Tae Kwon Do. For the past 25 years, those two disciplines have been at the center of his life.

On February 18 and 25, Markey will offer workshops from 2 to 5 p.m., "Abstract Painting: A Deeper Understanding of the Painting Process." The workshops will be inaugural events in the Center’s newly renovated arts space.
The cost is $80 per session with 30% to benefit the Center. Participants may sign up for one or both sessions. Says Markey, "the workshop is about understanding and seeing what makes a painting work...We will look at the process of creating a painting and what pushes a painting to be more interesting and how to know when a painting is finished."
This is a hands-on class. Participants will be working in acrylic on medium- to large-sized panels or canvases and will find the workshop relevant, whether their work is abstract or representational.

UNTITLED & UNBRIDLED
the new show of paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac
0122_luke.jpg "UNTITLED & UNBRIDLED"
the new show of paintings by
Luke J. Cavagnac


Please come to the Opening/Party:
SATURDAY February 10th, 2007
6-9 pm

at


THE INVISIBLE FOUNTAIN
116 Pleasant Street Suite #206
Eastworks Building
Easthampton MA 01027
413.527.9300
invisiblefountain.com
gallery hours: T&T 11-7, W&F 11-6, M&Sa 11-4

wine & food & lots of stuff to see
complete show dates: 2/10/07 through 5/11/07
The Invisible Fountain is where Cavagnac paints and displays his "Art". You'll find approximately 1,000 different paintings on display on any given day. Look for a music night in March & poetry night in April.

ART FOR ALL & ALL FOR ART




Keith Hollingworth & Guru Karam Khalsa @ Gallery A3
A two-person show at Gallery A3 with Keith Hollingworth and Guru Karam Khalsa.
0122_a3.jpg Keith Hollingworth and Guru Karam Khalsa at Gallery A3

A two-person show at Gallery A3 with Keith Hollingworth and Guru Karam Khalsa.


Keith Hollingworth combines colored plexiglass and found objects in a series of homages to 20th century artists. "My recent works are constructions using florescent light and color. Light de-materializes form as color enriches our world. Combined, they illuminate a spirit. I am interested in the spirit. These works are titled as homages to art world luminaries."

Migratory birds and the global environment are at the center of Guru Karam Khalsa’s newest works. These birds – with associations of nature, spirit or magic – are presented in the context of global warming. Khalsa explores these images with nontraditional materials, painting with oils, gouache or ink on cement, wood, stone and found objects

Exhibition dates: February 1 – 24, 2007.
Opening reception: Thursday, February 1 from 5-8.
Conversations with Artists: Thursday February 22 at 7:30.

Gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12-6 pm.

Gallery A3
28 Amity Street
Amherst Cinema Building
Amherst, MA
413-256-4250

SPECIAL THANKS TO REALLY SPECIAL PEOPLE
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.

DEBIN BRUCE
SUSAN BERGERON-WEST
CHARLES STERN
JANET FRAIDSTERN
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES ENOS
LARRY SLEZAK
TERRY ROONEY
ANNE BURTON
DEAN NIMMER
BILL MYERS
KATHLEEN TRESTKA
ANITA HUNT
KATHY SERVICE & TIM DECHRISTOPHER
DAVID SMITH
JEFF MACK
LYNN PETERFREUND
BRADLEY FOX
KAREN AXELROD
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
KELSEY FLYNN
LYN HORAN
HILARY PRICE & KERRY LABOUNTY
BRONWEN HODGKINSON
BRIANA TAYLOR
DORIS MADSEN
BETSY DAWN WILLIAMS
MARY WITT
JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES (Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
DARYL LAFLEUR
WEDNESDAY NELENA SOROKIN
LINDA BATCHELOR

Recent Paintings by Denis Luzuriaga
Saturday, February 10, 6-9 pm
0130_denis_luzuriaga.jpg Recent Paintings by Denis Luzuriaga -
Saturday, February 10, 6-9 pm


Your are invited to attend an exhibition of recent paintings by Denis Luzuriaga.

For more information visit www.denisluzuriaga.com

Studio 252
116 Pleasant St.
Suite 252
Easthampton, MA 01027
917.304.7997

(In the Eastworks building, second floor, directly above Blue Moon Grocery)

This exhibition is part of "Gallery Night", a quarterly event at the Eastworks building. Stay tuned to this fabulous newsletter for more information.

Pictured: "Mystery Guest" 2007 Oil on canvas 18 x 24"

Make Valentines at Wistariahurst Museum
Feb. 10, 10am till noon
0122_margiidoll.jpg Make Valentines at Wistariahurst Museum

On Saturday, February 10, 10am till noon, come join Marjorie Latham of Marjidoll.com, for a fun and creative hands-on workshop crafting valentines in the beautiful surroundings of Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke.


The cost is $3 per person or $5 per family.
Materials will be provided.

Wistariahurst Museum is located at 238 Cabot Street in Holyoke, MA.

For more information, call Melissa at Wistariahurst; 413 322 5660 or go to www.wistariahurst.org









Winter Light: An Afternoon of Gabriel Faure
Sunday, February 11, 2007
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WHAT: Concert- Winter Light: An Afternoon of Gabriel Faure
WHERE: Wistariahurst Museum
WHEN: Sunday, February 11, 2007
TIME: 3 p.m.
COST: $10

Chamber Music at Wistariahurst Concert Series
Presents Winter Light: An Afternoon of Gabriel Faure


Wistariahurst welcomes music lovers to spend the afternoon in the intimate setting of Belle Skinner's Music Room on Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m. for a concert of Gabriel Faure. Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" is one of the all-time favorite pieces of classical music. Less well known is his chamber music, which is equally rich in harmony, sensual and elegant. This second concert in the "Chamber Music at Wistariahurst" series will present leading Pioneer Valley musicians and guest artists in a program that includes a rarely heard setting of Faure's song cycle "La Bonne Chanson" with accompaniment arranged for piano and string quartet, and featuring tenor Peter W. Shea; noted pianists Nigel Boxe and Estela Olevsky, in solo pieces and pieces for piano, four-hands; the harpist Franzisk Huhn in "La chatelaine en sa tour"; and three choral selections with the Schubertiad Chorus, directed by Jane Hanson, including the well known "Pavane" and the "Cantique de Jean Racine." Flutist Maria Scotera, mezzo-soprano Jane and bass-baritone David Perkins will also participate in several pieces, with Ed Rosser pianist. The program will be given in period costume, with narration by Mr. Perkins. A feast of "fin de siecle" music, of just the sort that was enjoyed at the time Belle Skinner built her music room at Wistariahurst, which provides the perfect setting. Tickets are $10

Wistariahurst Museum is dedicated to preserving Holyoke's history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer. The Museum is open for guided tours every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12-4pm. For more information or a schedule of other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.wistariahurst.org or call us at 413.322.5660.

FOUR GRAND LADIES BY DAVID BOWERMAN @ STCC
A reception to “Meet the Ladies” (and the artist) will be held on Wednesday, February 7 from noon to 2:00 p.m.
0130_bowerman.jpg Four Grand Ladies of Springfield to be featured in Art Exhibit at STCC

Four grand ladies of Springfield will be honored in a multi-ethnic art exhibit at Springfield Technical Community College during Black History Month. “They have all arrived at who they are with a tremendous amount of dignity,” says artist David Bowerman, who created the portraits. He noted that all four ladies, who have been important to the life of Springfield and its children, have had some relation to both teaching and to music.

The ladies have been interviewed by students from Diane Mackie’s creative writing class at Springfield Central High School, to create the identifications that will go with each portrait. The students are Melissa Bryll, a senior, who interviewed Dorothy Pryor; Alicia Hinton, a senior who talked with Jo Woolridge; Alexa Wilson, a senior who met with Georgia Sawyier; and junior George Bowerman, who interviewed Teddy Bernstein.

A reception to “Meet the Ladies” (and the artist) will be held on Wednesday, February 7 from noon to 2:00 p.m. on the campus of STCC. The reception, and the exhibit, will be held in the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery in building 28, lower level. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit, and the reception, at no charge.

The exhibit will be held from January 30 through March 3. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 4:30, and Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00.

LINDA BATCHELOR & ELIZABETH MOSS @ HOSMER GALLERY
Reception Feb. 14 6-8 PM
1815_mossbatchelor.jpg Linda Batchelor "Permutations of Love" and Elisabeth Moss "Surrender"

2 Shows at the Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library February 2 - 28
Opening receptions February 11 from 2 to 4:30

Linda Batchelor
*"Permutations of Love"
is the title I chose because I wanted to celebrate Valentines Day with art and food. I saw the word "permutations" in the NYTimes crossword puzzle and liked it. Now I can have a show about love and not be hemmed in by my theme! So this is a show of new and almost new monotypes and collages: some very much about relationships and some just about my love for my work.

*Elisabeth Moss*
has been creating art since childhood. Her acrylic & collage paintings reflect a dynamic process between color, form, emotion and intuitive directives from within. Her work has been described as visionary & shamanic. “Painting is a practice, intimately connected to my own breath & life." Continually a student ~ I am humbled over and over, by the simplicity of authenticity-which asks me to just show up, be real, and let go of the result.






A Honkytonk Hullabaloo
Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Iron horse
0205_girlhowdy.jpg A Honkytonk Hullabaloo
Girl Howdy and The Spurs - Together Again


Starting in the spring of 2005, Girl Howdy and The Spurs have been ricocheting between Boston and Northampton, playing shows together to share their passion for the roots of American country music and old-school twang. On Sunday, Feb. 18, they swing west again with a double-bill at the Iron Horse.
Two-steppers and jitterbug afficionados take heed, as this show promises an open dance floor. Showtime is 7pm, Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Iron Horse, 20 Center Street, Northampton, MA.
Admission $10.adv/$13.door

For more information: www.members.aol.com/spursmail/ http://www.myspace.com/spursofboston

www.girlhowdyband.com


DWIGHT SMITH'S MOVIE PICKS
Winter Passing (2005)
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Written & directed by Adam Rapp
Starring Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Amelia Warner


What I liked most about this first film by Adam Rapp is the writing. You can feel that Rapp comes from theatre. It seems so rare that I see a film where I don’t want to miss a word. And it’s written in a way that a lot of holes are left empty leaving plenty of wiggle-room for the viewer’s imagination. Supporting the words was an excellent cast with Zooey Deschanel who I hadn’t known carrying the film with the way she incarnates a young girl imploding with pent up frustrations and ungrieved torments. Supporting her is Harris, Ferrell and Warner who together create the most unlikely household that Reese, Deschanels’s character, returns to and yet it manages to snapshot those places where the heart and soul end up when they run out of places to go. It’s a film about suffering quietly and how it’s not always someone else’s fault and sometimes the ways that we suffer are utterly bizarre, almost ridiculous but nonetheless make perfect sense.

Roger Ebert, who on Rotten Tomato was the only reviewer who didn’t pan the film, said: “This is the kind of movie routinely dismissed as too slow and quiet by those who don't know it is more exciting to listen than to hear.” ( http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/ apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/REVIEWS/ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/)

It reminded me how we can know certain people who if they rave about a film we know right away that we won’t like it. It’s not that they’re wrong but it is a reminder that no film can please everyone all the time though Hollywood keeps trying. I seem to have this knack of really liking films others hate and not being touched by films that drive others into apoplectic euphoria. Pan’s Labyrinth was a good example. Seeing how many critics hated this film only confirms this. Tant mieux!

NOTE: I want to invite anyone who sees a film that they think others on this list might like to hear about to let me know. I welcome recommendations since as I hope I’ve made clear elsewhere, I don’t see them all and I’m no expert.

Send me an email at wadwight@videotron.ca. If I can swing it, I’ll see the film and if I agree (it is my column after all right!?) I’ll write about it but either way I will share your recommendation. I promise.

BREAK INTO THE INTERNATIONAL ART WORLD
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0122_frenchman.jpg Learn how to break into the international art world. Join leading figures from around the world to hear about long- and short- term international residency opportunities for artists (working in every medium) as well as biennales and other global exhibition possibilities.

Register early to ensure your participation in this weekend-long event.

Come meet, network with and have your work seen by the conference’s distinguished curators, critics and panelists. This is an excellent resource for professional development. Advance conference registration, which includes admission to all the panels, networking events and a private one-on-one consultation with one of the conference’s international guests, curators or critics is $150 All advance registrations must be received by February 1, 2007.

Click on http://transculturalexchange.org/conference_2007.htm for schedule of talks, details and to register.

Location: Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave; Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston; Satellite Venue (Sunday Panel) MIT, Cambridge.

TransCultural Exchange would like to thank the LEF Foundation; McDougal Littell, a Division of Houghton Mifflin Company; Fred Johnson; Northeastern University; and Massachusetts College of Art for their support of the conference.

www.artspacefinder.com
a free online directory of artist spaces in Massachusetts supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
0122_artspace.jpg Hi There!

Did you know you can now list your gallery on www.artspacefinder.com, a free online directory of artist spaces in Massachusetts supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It a new easy way to let artists know about your gallery and how they might contact you.

This new service is part of ArtistLink, an initiative to help artists connect with their communities by helping them to find places to live, work and exhibit.

We would greatly appreciate your help in contributing to this growing resource. To add a listing for your space on www.artspacefinder.com, simply create a free account and place a post in the "Directory of Artist Space".

Please be sure to make your listing as detailed as possible as this will help artists navigate the expectations and requirements of individual galleries. Posting on the network allows both artists and gallery owners alike to connect with each other, and makes communication and cooperation easy and efficient.

If you have any questions about this new service, feel free to contact us.

Thank you for your help.

Best Regards,
The ArtistLink Team

617.727.3668
artistlink@artistlink.org
www.artistlink.org
www.artspacefinder.com


Spread the word! Tell other art organizations, businesses and artists in your area about www.artspacefinder.com!

Radical Living Papers
Alternative and underground publications and art (1960 - 1975)
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Radical Living Papers Alternative and underground publications and art (1960 - 1975)

February 2 - March 20 2007
GBE @ Passerby 436 West 15th Street NYC 10011


Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday 1- 6 pm

The Council for the Fortieth Anniversary of The Summer of Love with Gavin Brown’s enterprise opens and invites you to an exhibition of the world’s most radical living papers from a time when the press took risks and voiced opinions.

Celebrating the heyday of alternative magazine publishing in Europe and America, Gavin Brown’s enterprise at Passerby opens an exhibition of more than two hundred original copies, as well as reproductions of these seminal and obscure publications, whose influence reverberates through culture, politics, and society.

Covering politics, revolutions, evolutions of the planets, freak-outs, love-ins, support of green politics, gay liberation, power to the people, the peace parties, protests, the Panthers, peyote, LSD, pot, fiction, music, poetry, prose, prayers and more. Publications include: Actuel, Avatar, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Black Panther Papers, Digger Papers, Door, East Village Other [EVO], The Fifth Estate, Freep, Grabuge, Hobo-Québec, International Times [it], Los Angeles Free Press, The Oracle, The Organ, Other Scenes, OZ, Rat, The Realist, Re Nudo, Rolling Stone, The Seed, Ann Arbor Sun....more.

Please note: A press conference to the unified, positive forces, actively involved in the community will be held at 6pm on Friday, February 2, 2007, with active members of today’s free press.
Curated by Eva Prinz, Dan Donahue, and Thurston Moore.

About the curators: Dan Donahue is a musician and designer, whose collections of books, records, clothing, and ephemera of twentieth-century pop culture have inspired numerous books, exhibits, and records. Eva Prinz is a writer and book editor based in New York. She has edited artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogues, surveys, and illustrated books. Thurston Moore is founding member of the rock group Sonic Youth, as well as a published poet. His books include Alabama Wildman, Fuck a Hippie, But Be a Punk , and Total Poon. He also runs EcstaticPeace.com, a music, art, and literature website.

Media sponsors include: Arthur (Los Angeles) Tokion (New York, Tokyo) Beer sponsor: Brahma
GBE @ Passerby
gallery@gavinbrown.biz
436 West 15th Street
New York NY 10011
212.627.5258

Arts & Health Care Workshop
Monday, February 12, 6:30 pm—8:30 pm
Next Arts & Health Care Workshop Scheduled for Lowell
Mark Your Calendars: Statewide Schedule of Workshops


Monday, February 12, 6:30 pm—8:30 pm
Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Center
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Rehearsal Hall
132 Warren Street, (Bagshaw Mill)
Lowell, MA 01852

State Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) and State Representative Eric Turkington (D-Falmouth), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, announced today the schedule for informational workshops on the new Health Care Law and its affect on artists and non-profit cultural organizations.

In partnership with the Joint Committee, the new Arts Health Care Coalition will present information and answer questions about the new law from health care experts with representatives of the state. The workshop is tailored to answer the questions and specific needs of artists, self-employed people and non-profit cultural organizations and their employees.

You can also visit the new Arts & Health Care Web Site for easy, user-friendly information:

www.artshealthcarecoalition.org

Worcester—Feb. 28, Wednesday, 3:30—5:30 pm, employers and human resource managers
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Auditorium 1
19 Foster Street Worcester, MA 01608-1715


Berkshires—March 3, Saturday 10:30 am—12:30 pm, employers and human resource managers
1:30—3:30 pm, general audience
Unicorn Theatre
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Rt. 7 & Rt. 102
Stockbridge, MA


Lynn/North Shore—March 7, Wednesday 6:30 pm—8:30 pm Lynn Arts
25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA 01901


Boston—March 14, Wednesday
3:00—5:00 pm, employers and human resource managers
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Calderwood Pavilion
Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street Boston, MA


New Bedford—March 28, Wednesday
6:30 pm—8:30 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA 02740-6398


All workshops are free and open to the public.

The Arts Health Care Coalition was formed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH); the Artists Foundation and ArtistLink to address health care issues in the cultural community.

DENNIS CARAHER @ PACE
Thursday, February 9 at 8 PM
0205_caraher.jpg Dennis Caraher plays songs from his CD, "Radio Boy" Friday evening, Feb. 9 at 8:00 at PACE in Easthampton, Ma. www.pioneerarts.org.

Caraher grew up in Iowa and his music evokes the isolation and emptiness of America's heartland while also capturing the beauty and grace that endures. His somber material is leavened with a lot of humor. Sort of like John Prince mixed with Loudon Wainwright.

Jimmy Dale Gilmore has said that "Caraher writes perfect songs" and Donnie Moorhouse says that some of Caraher's songs could fit on Springsteen's "Devils and Dust".

www.denniscaraher.com
dennis@denniscaraher.com

Wine and Chocolate, Jazz and Swing at Del Raye by Mary Witt and Zack Danziger - February 11, 5-10 PM
0205_chocart.jpg Del Raye's (approximately) monthly wine night always features a theme for their fabulous cuisine. This month, for Valentine's week, the theme is Chocolate and Jazz.

The food and wine are planned to match perfectly the flavor of the month. Beat the Valentine's crowd and celebrate with the one(s) you love or want to love as you are indulged in the ultimate aphrodisiac, Chocolate.

Jazz and Swing by Mary Witt (vocals and bass) and Zack Danziger (vocals and guitar). Romantic duets - from jazz standards to blues and swing, your taste buds will be stimulated by the live entertainment.

Del Raye Bar and Grill
5-10 pm
One Bridge Street
Northampton, MA
413-586-2664
www.fundining.com
Reservations recommended / required (depending on space)
$55/person

For The O-Tones schedule, song samples, photos, info, recordings: www.havetodance.com/otones

Image provided by Mo due to no image providedness.

EXCELLENT ARTS STUFF TO DO IN PITTSFIELD
0205_stritch.jpg Wed. evening-Feb 18: Fully Committed opens!

Fully Committed
by Becky Mode is an outrageous one-man comedy about Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at New York's hippest restaurant. TIME magazine named Fully Committed as one of the best 10 plays in 2000.

"Immensely entertaining, a richly comic affirmation of everything I've ever heard, or suspected, about the bad behavior that good food can inspire."--New York Times.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.

Wednesday, February 7-Sunday, February 18 | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 236-8888 | $25, except Saturdays ($35) and previews (February 7 & 8: $15)

Click here to order tickets for the Barrington Stage Company's newest production, Fully Committed.

Thursday night: Learn the art of flamenco dance!
Learn the art of flamenco dance with Maria Bermudez at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The class covers various techniques of arms (braceo), hands (floreo) and foot work (zapateao), working with both mechanics and feeling of the flamenco dance. Expression and skirt dominion are also stressed. Students should wear flamenco shoes and skirt. The class runs through March 29 and registration is through Berkshire Community College.

Thursday, February 8 | 6:30-7:30pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Ave | 236-5201

Thursday night, part 2: An evening with John Stritch

Legendary Berkshire artist John Stritch (pictured), gives a free artist talk Thursday evening at the Lichtenstein in concert with the fifty year retrospective of his work currently on display. Trained as a surgeon, he is best known for his serigraph posters celebrating Tanglewood, the Josh Billings Run-A-Ground, and other Berkshire institutions. A selection of his unframed, signed posters will be available for sale.

Thursday, February 8 | 8pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Ave | 499-9348 | FREE

Click here to visit John Stritch's website (a new work in progress).

RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
"A.R.T.S. Anonymous is a 12 step recovery group for artists of all kinds and at all levels. We meet every Monday from 6:30 to 8pm in Room 230 at Wright Hall on the Smith College campus. No dues or fees. For more information call 413.527.5215 or visit their website, http://artsanonymous.org/."

Northampton Playwright's Lab at Forbes Library

Northampton Playwrights' Lab is a group for playwrights of all levels of experience and everyone is welcome. Participants can sign up to bring their work-in progress (short plays, one-acts, and full-length) to be read aloud by other lab members or actors. Members will offer one another constructive feedback, support, and criticism in the development of new plays. The group does occasional public performances.

The NPL meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 in the Watson Room. For further information, please contact Meryl Cohn: msbehavior@aol.com

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CALLS FOR 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

Sublime Climate: a call for artists and scientists
As this call for submissions goes to press, the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. (NOAA) announced 2006 was the warmest year on record for the U.S. The Cambridge School of Weston will open its doors to The Garthwaite Center for Science and Art, a sustainable science building and art gallery, in the fall of 2007.

For the building's first exhibition season, we are reaching out to artists and scientists alike who explore issues and themes related to global warming. The exhibition will run from November 2007 through the first week of February 2008. Further details will be announced.

All media will be considered; however, large work may not be able to be accommodated. In addition to exhibiting works of contemporary art and science, we also invite proposals from individuals who would be willing to partake in a symposium on global warming, or otherwise are willing to work with our students in some capacity.

Submissions should include examples of work via slides or digital media, a resume, along with any appropriate written proposal or documentation. Please include a S.A.S.E., for the eventual return of materials, and contact information. Send all materials to Todd Bartel, The Cambridge School of Weston, 45 Georgian Road, Weston, MA, 02493. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007. For questions please contact tbartel@csw.org
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Call for Entries - Juried Monotype Exhibition

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA is very excited to host our first Juried Monotype Exhibition, April 6-May 18. The exhibition will include monotype prints produced without the use of solvents in any aspect of the process. We invite you to submit your best recent work for this show (up to 10 prints), which will be juried by Curator, Nicholas J. Capasso from the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Entry deadline: February 14th.
For a prospectus go to: http://www.zeamaysprintmaking.com/juried monotype prospectus.htm
questions? email liz@zeamaysprintmaking.com
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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.
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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
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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
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JOIN TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE IN BOSTON FROM APRIL 27 TO APRIL 29, 2007 FOR THE CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS
http://transculturalexchange.org/conference_2007.htm
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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.
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DEADLINE FEBRUARY 24, 2007

“Sixth Annual Women in History Month Juried Photo Exhibit” March 1 – March 30

WHO: All Pioneer Valley Women (all ages) residents eligible.
WHAT: Juried Photo Contest
THEME: Environmental Portraiture. “An environmental portrait supplies enough details with props and choice of background to share with and present to the viewer something about the lifestyle of the person. In an environmental portrait, the subject is photographed at home, at the office, or on location, whichever best portrays the person's story. Far from the posed safe studio portrait with a seamless background, an environmental portrait positions the subject amid everyday objects of her life. Tell her story! She can live anywhere!
WHERE: Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, Southampton, MA (Rt. 10)
WHEN: Submission deadline Saturday, FEB 24, 5:00 pm
WHY: $350 cash prize for first place. Cash and merchant awards for 2nd and 3rd place.

24 images selected for exhibit. Also, the 3 winning entries will remain on exhibit, another month, through April 29. Exhibit heavily publicized with name of exhibitors to all media outlets.

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
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Ongoing GALLERY A3 SEEKING NEW MEMBERS- SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART WALK EASTHAMPTON
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.
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ONGOING
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.
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ONGOING.
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


LINKS TO PEOPLE AND STUFF

Ellen Augarten Photography
www.barbarajjohnson.com
Terry Rooney
Bruce Barone
Ben Caras
Ben Banville
Rhoda Juels
Gineen Lee Cooper
Robert Aller
Gary Jacobs
Maggie Nowinski
Artists @ Open Square
Pol Turgeon
www.apearts.org
Frank Ward
Frank Ward again!
The Painted Caravan
Derek Goodwin
Northampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
LISTEN TO GIRL HOWDY LIVE
Beth Fischer Studio
Red Horse Press
www.vernjones.com
www.darylglafleur.com/
www.westfieldonweekends.org
www.cynthiaconsentino.com
www.masonscreations.com
www.ruthwest.com
Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
cdeVision
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
The Massachusetts Review
EJ Barnes- Cartoons, mandalas, and animation
Local.Masslive!
The O-Tones
Holly Murray
The Invisible Fountain.com
Jan O'Highway
The Art Farm Project UK
Bob Markey
Briana Taylor
Rebecca Graves
Tony Kord
Save Darfur
www.florencepoetssociety.org
Michael Kuch
Anila's college ruled art
Lillianna Pereira
Linda Batchelor
Stephanie Cramer
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Cottage Street Studios
Lynn Latimer Glass
Easthampton City Arts
Julian Halpern/Steelhead Studios
Elizabeth Solomon Fine Art
Betsy Dawn Williams

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CLASSES & RETREATS
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:

http://www.gcc.mass.edu/community_education/senior_symposia.html

PATRICK DONNELLY POETRY WORKSHOPS
TWO WORKSHOPS, SPRING 2007


WORKSHOP #1:
POETRY PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

10 meetings: 2/17 - 4/21
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, 2 - 4 PM
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.

WORKSHOP #2:
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP

10 meetings: 2/22, 3/1, 8, 22, 29, 4/5, 12, 19
THURSDAY NIGHTS, 7 - 9 PM
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA
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
413-665-3325

Zany Performance Art Weekend at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA
March 2-4, 2007
Learning to master multi-disciplinary performance through movement, singing, sounding, and the spoken word.

Facilitated by Rythea Lee and Rose Oceania

A great gift to give yourself if you've been wanting to dive into the creative process and get to know other adventurous people.

We will lead participants through a supportive journey of autobiographical storytelling, clowning and character development, state changing, and sourcing spontaneous creations. We offer theatrical and movement based structures that bust through logical thinking into the realm of weird, absurd, expansive, beautiful art making.

As a dance theatre company, we have developed an in-depth approach into heart based, embodied performance. Fun homework and assignments are an important part of this series.

Go to www.earthdance.net to register (don't delay)

Call 413-586-7390 ext.1 for info about any of the above programs.

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