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Joyce Conlon
Doris Madsen
Sarah Pebworth
Michelle Cotugno


AGAIN WITH THE METAPHORS

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"BTW, Governor Schwarzenegger is interested in my "Broadband Bong" initiative. I don't know why I can't get you to sign my petition!? All the folks that I get to sign it out in front of my local 7/11 keep asking me if Bill Maher is onboard yet and I have to say that he's so far ignoring me."


The context --> I found this gem in the comments section in response to a post by Bill Maher entitled, "
How Dare Valerie Plame Get Past Her Victimhood"

I like that post all by itself though. Out of context it has an even greater charm.

And speaking of responses, here at Veronika's Miscellany
is a post spurred by the mention of Jeanette Winterson in last week's newsletter EXCREMENTAL ANTI-ART SPLASHFESTO CRYPTOLOGIES intro post.

Note: Why is this late? Yesterday the universe was wrinkled or something. I wrecked my day working on this issue in this new psycho template (see how the font size seems to vary? Yeah, I can't fix that either) and had to walk away and start again this morning. Comedian Eddie Griffin wrecked a 1.5 million dollar Ferrari while promoting a movie and managed to walk away. It's like totally the same thing. Another wild ride on the Metaphor-Go-Round.
Mo's Better Living Through Arts & Culture Newsletter
March 19, 07

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*See Big Mamou Restaurant Review at bottom of newsletter.
Don Wilhelm at The Carberry Gallery at STCC
The Katrina Project - Reception: Friday, March 23, 5-7 pm
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Don Wilhelm
The Katrina Project

An exhibition of drawings, painted studies and paintings culminating in a large scale painting symbolizing the rise of New Orleans from the Katrina disaster.


Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery

March 20 - April14, 2007
Reception: Friday, March 23, 5-7 pm

Hours: Tues. thru Fri. 12:30-4:30, Sat. 10-2
Info: http://stcc.edu/arts/ or 413.755.5258


The Gallery is located on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College,
building 28, first floor.This exhibit is made possible by funding from STCC
Student Activities.
LILLIANNA PEREIRA OPENS AT THE INCUBATOR PROJECT SPACE AT HAMPDEN GALLERY UMASS AMHERST
Fractured Tales: Small Works on Paper by Lillianna Pereira

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Fractured Tales: Small Works on Paper by Lillianna Pereira

04/02/07 - 04/29/07


Opening Reception: 4/2 from 5-7  PM

Lillianna Pereira Artist's Statement: 
The language of myth allows a story to be a part of a wider universal context. Though these stories and archetypes may resonate very closely with me on a personal level, their creation derives from collective material and their power lies in the meaning and the broader truth that myths convey. Culled images from magazines, books, newspapers (printed accessible ephemera) are manipulated and reassembled in an order to activate the archetypes that lie therein. I never start a piece with particulars in mind, serendipity and the personal unconscious guide the composition and the personal becomes collective/conscious once the stories start to emerge.

 
'FRESH AIR' - A FUNNY PLAY ABOUT CASTRATION - (WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY EZRA LEBANK) - PREMIERES AT A.P.E. THU-SAT, MARCH 29-31 AT 8PM!
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'Fresh Air' - written and directed by Ezra LeBank. 
Starring: Harper Gernet-Girard, Katrina Ylimaki & Ezra LeBank. 
8pm. Thu-Sat, March 29-31. 


The nationally acclaimed Lynx Co. presents 'Fresh Air' - a funny, rambunctious play that rips into the humorous and challenging world of castration (a.k.a. comtemporary American sexuality). A daring production with a Northampton charm.  
 

'Fresh Air' is a funny and tragic play about Peter, a young man with a broken heart, who reads an article about two castrations during a single week in Woodbryne, PA. He is convinced the incidents are not isolated, and he's going to be the next victim. Peter goes to Woodbyrne to uncover the story behind the castrations so he can stop the next one before it happens. As Peter's detective work progresses, the history behind the two castrations reveal themselves, leading him to how the third must inevitably unfold  unless he can stop it. At its heart, 'Fresh Air' investigates the funny and tragic state of contemporary American sexuality, examines how we got here, and searches for a way out.  

 

 A.P.E. Performance Space (Third Floor, Thornes Market at 150 Main St) 
 $12 general/$10 senior/$5 student (Thursday night  pay what you can! )
 Info/Reservations: 413.586.5553, www.apearts.org or lynxco.blogspot.com

Harmonies for Healing
COLLEGE A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT MAGGIE WORTHEN
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Harmonies for Healing
COLLEGE A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT MAGGIE WORTHEN


April 1 at 1 PM Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Elm Street, Northampton

Description: Last spring Maggie Worthen was a senior at Smith, and writing her final paper for college when she suffered a serious stroke.  Her mother has been writing nearly daily in a journal keeping track of her recovery:
 
 Maggie's friends are organizing a concert, Harmonies for Healing, to raise money towards buying her family a handicap access van. It will feature many of the a cappella groups at Smith, including the Vibes, Poofs, Noteables, Groove, Smithereens, and Smith College Chamber
Singers. 

Donations will be accepted at the door.  1:00 pm, April 1, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Elm Street, Northampton.  For more information, visit www.magswheels.org.


 
"BLING"
AN ART EXHIBITION BY SALLY CURCIO AT THE NORTHAMPTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS 

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"BLING" -AN ART EXHIBITION BY SALLY CURCIO AT THE NORTHAMPTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS 

04/04/07 - 04/28/07
reception 04/13/07  5-7pm

The Northampton Center for the Arts
17 New South Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Gallery hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm  www.nohoarts.org 
 

Curcio's exhibition consists of a series of paintingsand other works created from  found  objects in the tradition of Dadaism.

The work explores the issues of: materialism, branding, status, symbolism of objects in our consumer culture. Some of the objects used in the exhibition are: crystal diamonds, jewels, Burberry plaid and Tiffany blue objects, etc. The meaning of the title of the exhibition,  Bling,  encompasses the sundry associations dealing with class, culture, and consumption that drives our economy beyond the provision of basic needs.

 
 This exhibit was supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council.

TOMMY TWILITE AT JESTER'S CAFE
Tommy Twilite "Live-One Foot Freak"
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Tommy Twilite "Live-One Foot Freak"
March 20, 2007
Time: 7:30 pm

Tommy Twilite will be the feature poet at Jester's Cafe on Elm St in Westfield on Mon, April 2 at 7:30 pm.  Open Mic will precede the feature.  Tommy is founding co-director of the Florence Poets Society and is well known for his powerful words and intense delivery.  This reading will coincide with the release of not one, but two new chapbooks, "The Hum of Distant Turbines" and "Son of Richardson's Milk".  You are cordially invited to experience the power of "Twilite" in this intimate setting. (Admission is free but Jester's has great food, snacks and ice cream, so bring some money, and a poem or two to share, if you dare!)
Unforeseen
VIDEO INSTALLATION  03/28/07 - 04/15/07
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VIDEO INSTALLATION
University Gallery
The University Gallery is in the Fine Arts Center at UMass and has a permanent collection of late 20 Century and contemporary art.

opening reception 3/28, 6-8 pm

This exhibition celebrates the sensual basis of color, its subjectivity, and its natural capacity
to convey feeling and evoke emotion. It focuses on the ability of color to overcome the categorical distinctions of form/content and figure/ground and  reach beyond the constructs of thought directly to the senses and the emotions.

Color extends beyond the objects before the viewer and moves directly to the viewer's subjective responses.

 Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens creates "propositions" or "interventions"
 that explore the relationship between time and space.

 Los Angeles artist, Diana Thater's video installations focus on the relationship among animals, human beings, and technology.  Her site-specific video projections use a palette of red, green, and blue, the basic chromatic elements of video projection technology.

During the opening reception a gallery talk between artist Ann Veronica Janssens and curator Gregory Salzman will shed additional light on the exhibition.

 
Free and open to the public; free parking after 5 pm!
For more information please visit www.umass.edu/fac/universitygallery

The University Gallery is in the Fine Arts Center at UMass and has a permanent collection of late 20 Century and contemporary art.


"SPEAKING TO THE EYES"
ORIGINAL WORK IN OIL ON CANVAS AND LIMITED EDITION DIGITAL ART BY GADDIER ROSARIO
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ORIGINAL WORK IN OIL ON CANVAS AND LIMITED EDITION DIGITAL ART BY GADDIER ROSARIO

"SPEAKING TO THE EYES"

3/24/07 - 4/28/07

Artist reception 3/29 5-8PM

Gaddier Rosario's Artist Statement: Art is finding myself and refinding myself in each painting. An inevitable self-portrait in time and space. I search and I search for myself amongst the threads of forms and colors, telling my ideas and ideals in the painting. An invitation to a mute world: where you may converse with the self that inhabits each one of us.

My art is autonomous but not puristic, it is polluted

through life, rendered sensible to the figures and symbols of the era and the signs of time: the raw matter that is transfigured by art as an offering beyond its immediacy. Always searching to freely capture the sensibility that sur rounds me and, as its consequence, express my own truth.

COMEDY FOR GROWN-UPS: BRING EXTRA SOCKS!
The Ha-Ha Sisterhood, Live and  Uncensored '07! Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m
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The Ha-Ha Sisterhood, Live and Uncensored  07! comes with this warning:  We're letting the cows out of the barn, all bets are off, pigs are flying and you d better bring an extra pair of socks  cause we re gonna knock  em off!  
 
On Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m., at the Northampton Center for the Arts, these improvisational comedians will make you laugh  until your cheeks hurt,  as they say, but they warn that the kids should stay home this time; this show is for grown-ups. There ll be plenty of tickets at the door  ($10 for adults; $8 for students and seniors) and you can check the Sisterhood's Web site at www.thehahasisterhood.com 
if you want to learn more about what's in store.
 
 
"Spring Break" Opening
April 1, 2007 from 1 - 3 PM
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WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE ART GALLERY BLOOMS WITH WORKS OF GREG SMITH

The Western New England College Arts Enrichment Committee will host "Spring Break",  an art exhibit by painter Greg Smith from Sunday, April 1 through Thursday, April 26 at the Western New England College Art Gallery in the Campus Center on the College's main campus.

An opening reception will take place on April 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


General Art Gallery hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.

 
 A resident of Northampton, Smith s works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, and California. Inspired by his love of gardening, Smith has created a series of paintings depicting flowers, including several varieties of orchids, roses, and tulips. The paintings, often one hundred times life-size, give a butterfly s view of flower, bud, and leaf structure, paying special attention to light and color.
 
 Smith and his wife of 30 years, artist and sculptor Aurora, recently had a joint exhibit at the New York Art Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The showing led to a deal to market Smith s paintings throughout Asia. Many of these works were displayed at China's prestigious Canton Fair. Smith has also staged a special exhibit at The Canyon Ranch Spa and Resort in Lenox, and has created many commissioned works for private individuals and corporations.

PAINTINGS BY JENNIFER O'CONNELL & JOANNA DUNN
at the Oxbow Gallery. Opening Reception: April 6, 2007 5-8pm
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PAINTINGS BY JENNIFER O'CONNELL: INTERIORS
PAINTINGS BY JOANNA DUNN: RECENT WORKS

at the Oxbow Gallery 04/05/07 - 04/22/07
HOURS: Th-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm

Gallery 1: Interiors - Paintings by Jennifer O'Connell, new gallery artist.  Images online

 
Gallery 2: Domestic Scenes - Paintings by Joanna Dunn, Boston artist
Opening Reception: April 6, 2007 5-8pm
Oxbow Gallery 275 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060
 (413) 586-6300
SWING CARAVAN
GYPSY JAZZ TRIO SWING
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GYPSY JAZZ TRIO SWING
Manhan Cafe
manhancafe@yahoo.com 

SWING CARAVAN
04/11/07 and 04/25/07
6-8 PM

Lead guitarist Matthew Ruby Shippee, rhythm guitarist Jack Brown, and double bass player Daniel Pac form a solid improvising trio that is sometimes augmented by guest violin, accordion, or clarinet. The group is known for performing this hot jazz with the kind of spontaneous and sensitive playfulness that spawned the style.
 
Since starting in Fall 2004, Swing Caravan has played steadily in the Northampton area, including a showcase at the local Django in June festival, First Night Northampton (two years in a row), the Valley Free Radio benefit concert, Sundays at the Black Sheep Café (subbing for house band Gypsy Wranglers), Pothole Pictures at Memorial Hall, and private functions. Since October 2005 Swing Caravan has also been playing a regular (every other Friday) gig at Mocha Mayas Café, the new hill-town music hotspot in Shelburne Falls.
 
 Whether playing the fast and fiery tunes or evocative ballads, the band displays a passion for sharing this uplifting music with audiences. The band members share a great respect for the tradition of Gypsy Jazz, heard in how they seek to adhere to most aspects of the genre-the classic gypsy rhythm, the stabbing and melodic guitar lines, and a love of Django's classic repertoire. But Swing Caravan isnt afraid to try new things with the music, like bringing rock and world music aesthetics into the mix from time to time as they bring Django's music to a modern audience. Have a listen, and send us your comments in the box below!

Liz Smith Ceramics at the Artisan Gallery
Reception Friday, April 13, 5-8pm
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THE ARTISAN GALLERY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBIT OF THE BEAUTIFUL WHEEL THROWN AND HAND MADE CERAMICS OF LIZ SMITH.
    
Hours: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 10-9 Thurs; 10-5 Sun; Artwalk Friday 10-9

 The Artisan Gallery
 162 Main Street
 Northampton, MA
 413.586.1942
     
The Artisan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit of the beautiful wheel thrown and hand made ceramics of Liz Smith.
     
 Liz, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, has been studying ceramics and making pottery since 1991. She received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and apprenticed for a year with highly respected ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu. Her Master of Fine Arts degree was awarded in 2000 by Louisiana State University. Liz is now an assistant professor of Art at the University of Central Arkansas.
     
Liz talks about her work:
     
"The most intriguing aspect of making functional work for me is that it is an art form readily 
accepted into people s lives. Mine is a commitment to the idea that art is most effective when it is 
connected to repeated daily experience revealing itself through use over time. This commitment is one that consistently brings me back to the functional object. Our contemporary context often finds us less and less connected in a physical way to experience and to others. I am compelled to make work that proposes an alternative to this path and highlights the continuing relevance of the handcrafted object.
     
Functional pots both demand and create sensual experience. They are meant not only to be seen 
but touched, used and pondered, their weight felt, their surfaces pressed against hands and lips. 
Their function aids in nourishing the body; the physical act of their creation links me to the 
user, and their references and materials link us both to the long history of art and ceramics. This complex mix of physicality, community and history keeps me continually engaged in the process of making.
     
Currently I am most interested in 18th and 19th century European porcelain from factories such as
Meissen and Sevres. It is the idea of the grandiose celebrations for which these objects were made that I am so attracted to. The objects acted as decadent and ostentatious displays of wealth but also as markers of the importance of eating and drinking, of the meal enjoyed and shared with others. In my work I embrace the idea of decoration, grandiosity, and ostentation while infusing these elaborate objects with a casualness through material, process and surface that may be more appropriate to our 
everyday utilitarian activities. These objects are not meant to be passive actors in the shared meal but rather defining characters. They are not meant to be used only during celebratory occasions but rather to support the notion that every occasion is celebratory. It is of the utmost importance to me that people use these objects, as it is only through use that their purpose can be fulfilled."
     
 
 
 
 RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST:
     
Friday, April 13, 5-8pm  (During Northampton Arts Night Out!)
Live music provided by Chris Haynes (pictured)
Refreshments served
    

"Making History"
Celebrating Women's History Month at the William Blizard Gallery
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Work By: Rose Ibarra, Mo Ringey, Carol Sevick, Anna Slezak, Jill Turner

Celebrating Women's History Month, talented local female professional artists show works including portrait and religious paintings, sculpture of glass mosaic on found objects, abstract colorful oil painting, and video art.

William Blizard Gallery* Reception for artists and public: Mar. 25, 2 - 4 p.m.

Pictured: Jill Turner video still
SIXTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN HISTORY MONTH JURIED PHOTO EXHIBIT

 
Robert Floyd Photo Gallery & Learning Center

THE BIGGEST SECRET IN THE VALLEY...WELL, A BIG SECRET! THE WINNERS OF THE ROBERT FLOYD PHOTO GALLERY'S "SIXTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN HISTORY MONTH JURIED PHOTO EXHIBIT"  AWARDS...STILL WITH ME?...WERE ANNOUNCED SUNDAY, MARCH 25.


03/01/07 - 04/22/07
Tus, SA, SU: 1 - 6 PM
 
 Honorable Mention: 
 "Mary Ellen on Her Llama Farm", by Ms. Maureen Solomon, Monson
  The Gallery awarded a Collector's Photography Book.
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 Honorable Mention: 
 "Nellie's Retreat",  by Ms. Linda B. Emerson, Southampton
 The Gallery awarded a Collector's Photography Book.
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 Third Place: 
 Untitled by Ms. Lisa Berry, Northampton
 The Gallery awarded
 a check in the amount of $75 
 and  two theater tickets from The Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA
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 Second Place: 
  Mom at Home with Her Plants, by Ms. Nancy Bryant, Monson
  The Gallery awarded  a check in the amount of $125 
 and a $100 Gift Certificate from Eastmont Custom Framing, Easthampton, MA
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 First Place:  
 Anne nursing Leora by Ms. Andrea Burns, Easthampton
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 These images will be on exhibit through March 31, then
 at The Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA through
 April 8 and then back to The Gallery for two weeks.


LIGHT / TREES ~ PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA LAWRENCE / JULIA MAX AT THE BLUE GUITAR GALLERY
Saturday, April 14, doors open at 5 but the performance is at 7

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186 D NORTHAMPTON ST. (RT 10), EASTHAMPTON.


Julia Max: "Various cultures around the world have consistently honored trees as the source of life, order, knowledge, and healing; they are often depicted as an portal into a spiritual realm.

My work portrays trees in a reverent and even allegorical style; these trees are a physical connection to an ancient and divine energy. I have used a Hobo 8x10 camera to create most of the images on display. My use of a box camera (literally a wooden box) with a fixed lens and shallow depth of field along with Fuji color paper as a negative produces a ghostly, impressionistic quality with subtle, yet rich, colors."

Photographer Andrea Lawrence gives us a menagerie of images manifesting from seeing the world directly without filters. These photographs are taken in the Miksang - or 'Good Eye' in Tibetan - tradition, developed by Michael Wood under the guidance of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa. The photos reveal a commitment to pushing the shutter in a moment of seeing which stops the mind. The images capture a freshness freed from rules and mental constructs - leaving only the direct perceptions of a mind unattached, clear, uncomplicated and joyous. At 7 pm Andrea will give a slide presentation. Christie Svane will tell a story.

Guitar music by Bill O'Haire to follow. more info at http://www.theblueguitar.org
 
 
THE VEGAN BUS ART AUCTION & FUNDRAISER
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HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR AN ARTISTIC JOURNEY TO HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

THE VEGAN BUS ART AUCTION & FUNDRAISER
04/22/07
6pm-9pm

The Vegan Bus is a project whose goal is to buy a school bus, convert it to run on vegetable oil, revamp it with art related to veganism (happy farm animals, fuzzy seats, a raw vegan kitchen, the works!), and then drive it to burning man. after that it will be a year-round education and outreach vehicle.
 
 Find out more about our project here: http://www.theveganbus.com
 



The first fund raiser for the Vegan Bus Project is set for Earth Day - Sunday April 22nd! So far we have the following products and services to help us raise money:

 
    * Art Auction
    * Veganica tee shirts & hoodys
    * Vegan Radio tee shirts & hoodys
    * Oh Sweet Mamas Vegan Baked Goods
    * Chair Massages
 
 If you have any other ideas or if you have art to donate please let us know!
 
 Date: Sunday, April 22nd 2007
 Time: 6pm to 9pm
 Location: Cafe Evolution
 22 Chestnut Street
 Florence, MA 01062
 
APRIL IS POETRY MONTH
The Florence Poets Society presents "A Night to Remember - Poetry Night at the Invisible Fountain" April 14, 2007 at the Invisible Fountain, Eastworks Building, Easthampton - 7:00 pm
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This is the kind of poetry your grandmother warned you to stay away from.  In conjunction with Arts Walk Easthampton, and "Captain" Luke Cavagnac, The Florence Poets Society invades the Invisble Fountain for a no-holds barred evening of spoken word.  Free admission, light refreshments and amazing art combine to make this a triple threat.  Don't miss it!!!!!

April 14, 2007 at the Invisible Fountain, Eastworks Building, Easthampton - 7:00 pm - "Poetry Night Out, A Night To Remember"
ACADEMY AT CHARLEMONT PRESENTS JAZZ MANDOLIN PROJECT
ON APRIL 27 AT JOHN M GREENE HALL, SMITH COLLEGE, NORTHAMPTON

ACADEMY AT CHARLEMONT PRESENTS JAZZ MANDOLIN PROJECT ON APRIL 27 AT JOHN M GREENE HALL, SMITH COLLEGE, NORTHAMPTON

04/27/07, Time: 7:30PM

The Jazz Mandolin Project (www.jazzmandolinproject.com) will perform their new multimedia work, "How Much Land Does A Man Need?"...Tolstoy's famous parable about a man's greed and his downfall, retold in a unique multimedia performance with video, music, and improvisation. Opening act to be announced. Sponsored by The Valley Advocate and 88.5FM~WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England. Proceeds benefit the Academy at Charlemont.
 
 Tickets (general admission) are $25.00 (with student tickets at $15.00). A limited number of $50.00 Producers Circle tickets, which feature premium seating and a pre-concert reception at the Smith College Fine Arts Center atrium, are also available. Tickets are available at the UMASS Fine Arts Center in Amherst. To order tickets by telephone: 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS.

ROCK 'N ROLL PHOTO EXHIBIT BY T-H-E- BARRIE WENTZELL.
SOLID ARTIST IMAGES FROM THE '60S AND '70S. SEE...AND BUY...THE IMAGES YOU'VE BEEN DROOLING OVER FOR YOUR LIFETIME! WORTH THE TRIP!!!
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"Spring into Rock 'N Roll"
April 30, 2007

Tu, SA, SU 1 - 6 PM

The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery (Southampton, MA)(park in the Town Hall Parking Lot)is proud to announce limited edition black and white photographs will be on exhibit and sale throughout April. Many images never previously exhibited in The Gallery will be hung in both Gallery rooms. The first exhibit will concentrate entirely on the "British Invasion" from April 1 thru April 15. Then, other artists, mainly from the USA will grace the walls  from April 17 thru April 30. All images are from Barrie's famous Legend Series, a portfolio of one hundred infamous images. 
 
 Barrie Wentzell, an internationally recognized photographer, was born in the mists of Northern England, now living in Toronto. Barrie was the chief photographer for Melody Maker Magazine, forerunner to Rolling Stone Magazine from 1965 - 1975. Barrie's commitment to his work coupled with his uncanny ability to capture the essence of the subjects he portrays has gained him public and critical acclaim. As Barrie once confided, "The picture gives you an impression, the music tells you everything. I wasn't trying to make them God, I was trying to make them truthful." 
 
 Barrie's "Legends" include Neil Young, Diana Ross, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Ian Anderson, Robert Plant, The Beatles, Jimmy Page, Leon Russell, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John,  Grace Slick and Dr. John just to name a few. 
SPECIAL FRIENDS OF THE NEWSLETTER

Denise...where are you? Please write!..

Yesterday I got a lovely donation from Denise. And, it being one of those weeks where all the "checks in the mail" are delayed and bills loom large, I ran pell mell right to the bank to deposit it. I kept the nice note that came with it and the envelope but this morning I see that neither has Denise's last name! Oh, the horror. Miss Manners would so not sympathize. Denise, what is your last name?



LIZ CHALFIN/ZEA MAYS PRINTMAKING
TERRY ROONEY
CHRISTIN COUTURE AND BILL HOSIE
SARAH PEBWORTH
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

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. I feel like it's more important to use the time I have to post your event. Thanks for your understanding.~Mo

CALL FOR ARTISTS -- GALLERY A3 IS SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Description: Gallery A3 shows contemporary art by Valley artists.  Since it opened in 2002, the gallery s been an alternative venue for innovative art in a wide range of media and styles.  Gallery A3 is a cooperative run by its artists.  Members share business and aesthetic decisions and form a supportive community for making and exhibiting art.  The gallery has an exhibition space in the new Amherst Cinema building and holds its opening receptions in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk.
 Artists working in all media are invited to apply.  Spring deadline dates are April 5 and May 9.  Applications are available at Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA.  The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1-7:00 pm.  Phone 413-256-4250.  For more information please call the gallery or email mtc@crocker.com.
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Sep 01, 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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Ongoing
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

RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS

STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE IN AN ARTS FRIENDLY BUILDING IN SHELBURNE FALLS

ARTIST STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE !
2 LARGE WINDOWS
WEST & NORTH EXPOSURE

300 +/- Sq Ft

$300/mo !
High Speed Internet connection available Includes heat and electric
ART BANK
22 BRIDGE STREET,
SHELBURNE FALLS
413- 625- 6177
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STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE NOW IN EASTHAMPTON - The Blue Guitar Gallery in Easthampton is a shared workspace and gallery. It is 410 sq. ft. on the inside, and there's also a small space 120 sq. ft., carpeted available. $200 month includes utilities and the right to a private or shared show twice a year. There's also a nice hall and reception area for hanging work. Since I need to keep the walls clean for showing, I'm looking for artists who work on easels or tables, not too messy. It's on the ground floor, at 186 D Northampton Street (Rte. 10), just over the line from Northampton. It's opposite the post office. The grand opening will be March 10, during Art Walk Easthampton!

Contact Christie Svane at csvane@comcast.net, 413-247-9454, www.theblueguitar.org

"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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I very recently switched to this new template. It did not convert my old template and tech help at Constant Contact confirmed that I need to move all my information over myself. Most of it, like text data, can be cut and pasted. But the links, which originated from an entry into a constant contact template, are assigned trackback URLs which allow for comparative metrics and this causes crazy things to happen. So I am starting this section over, as I already did with the rest of the newsletter, to fit into the new template. When I paste links in one at a time the link name appears as the URL plus the trackback data like this:

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And when I try to paste the whole list at once it deletes all the URL data and becomes a list of links to nothing, sort of like an excremental link. So, I am going through an old URL list and clicking on each link and then copying the link name and target into this space. So It will be under construction for a bit.

Just look at what this template has doen to my font sizes all over this newsletter. They are all over the place and out of control. And I know what I am doing but this template has other ideas. Maybe by next week I will be once again master of the formatting of this newsletter but for now, I throw up my hands and have a call in to tech help.

NOKILLING
Briana Taylor
Jon Whintey
Terry Rooney
Daryl LaFleur, Public Policy in Northampton
Daryl LaFleur's Northampton Redoubt blog

Annie Bissett
www.suzeco.com
Dana Wilde Arts
The Artisan Gallery
christin couture/william hosie
Terry Rooney
Daryl Lafleur
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
cdeVision
Maureen Scanlon's Peace Ribbon Project
Photography by Jon Whitney

The Canal Gallery Building
The Northampton center for the Arts
The Art of Dean Nimmer
Kathleen Trestka
Zea Mays Printmaking Studio
Smart Moves Pilates
Singer/Songwriter Diane Falcone
Rhymes With Orange
EJ Barnes- Cartoons, mandalas, and animation
Local.Masslive!
The O-Tones
The Florence Poets Society
Lillianna Pereira
Linda Batchelor
Betsy Dawn Williams
Tim De Christopher
Frank Ward
Noarthampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
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