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Mo Ringey

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carey Kalimba Scanlon Ascenzo
Lisa Clark
Susan Bergeron-West
Joyce Conlon
Doris Madsen
Sarah Pebworth
Michelle Cotugno


YET ANOTHER ADDENDUM
WILL WORK FOR EMPATHY


Because I have nothing funny to say,
I'll use someone else's words that are, well, yay!
When you try so, and everything seems wrong to go
and you beg and beg, but on your face there is egg
when your wrists they are bent, and yet there is no rent
and your clients can't pay, and it's a rainy day
when you add smileys to your mail, but that seems to fail
and you work and you give, but there's no time left to live
and you try not to despair, and it's a day you have bad hair
and what you need is a hug, but out from under, there goes the rug!
then you need to borrow a few words, and imagine they are herds
of happy, smiley friends, and visions of lives on mends
Because we all need to believe in joy and bon mots,
I paste you here some Seussian thoughts.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
 
Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.



And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don' t
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

---Dr. Seuss



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.

 

TONIGHT AT HAMPDEN GALLERY
Between Heaven and Earth: An installation of sound sculpture and hand-sewn figures

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ARE YOU TIRED OF AMATEUR GRAFFITI AND RANDOM SKETCHES ON BATHROOM WALLS? THEN JOIN US ON APRIL 2ND FOR THE DYNAMIC OPENING OF TERRY JENOURE'S INSTALLATION, "BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH." THE OPENING IS SURE TO BE A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE.

Between Heaven and Earth: An installation of sound sculpture and hand-sewn figures
04/02/07 -04/29/07
RECEPTION 5-7 PM April 2

Between Heaven and Earth is an installation by Terry Jenoure that combines her hand-sewn, soft figures and her original soundscape of multi-track violin and vocal music. Her work is developed through the integrating, molding, and sewing of recycled natural fabrics, buttons, paint, markers, and other found materials. In merging her fabric works with music, the artist has created an environment where these figures, or  Blessings  as she calls them, may live. About these figures, all of which are women, she says,  There are important sounds and feelings in their world. Also, there is something special about the impact they make when they re grouped. It is a force created by women who dare to be certain and use up all the space!  
 
 Contact: Kenji Summers, Hampden Gallery Publicist at kenjisummerslewis@gmail.com
 or Anne LaPrade, Hampden Gallery Director at a.faithlaprade@acad.umass.edu 
 

Flash Forward/Flash Backcurated by KLAUS POSTLER
CENTRAL GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
 
EXPERIENCE A COMBINATION OF EVENTS RANGING FROM COLLAGE WORKS TO WORKSHOPS IN CENTRAL GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

Flash Forward/Flash Back curated by KLAUS POSTLER
04/03/07 - 04/29/07
Opening 04/03/07 at 3 PM


 
 Part I: Tuesday, April 3 - April 12, 2007
 A selection of works by RANDAL HATHAWAY, PAUL HODECKER, AND THOMAS JAHN
 
 Part II: Sunday, April 15 - April 29, 2007
 Collage works by KLAUS POSTLER 
 Reception: Sunday, April 22, 3-5 PM 
 Collage Workshop: Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM 
 
 THE EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 
 Contact: Kenji Summers, Hampden Gallery Publicist at kenjisummerslewis@gmail.com
 or Anne LaPrade, Hampden Gallery Director at a.faithlaprade@acad.umass.edu 
 
 
"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 paintings and 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.

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.
LISA LEARY EXHIBITS NEW WORK
Big Fancy Reception April 15, 2007 from 2 - 4 PM
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LISA LEARY EXHIBITS NEW WORK AT THE GRUBBS GALLERY IN THE REED FINE ARTS CENTER AT WILLISTON-NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL, APRIL 2007

new drawings and paintings inspired by poetry
04/02/07 - 04/29/07
Reception: April 15, 2007, 2-4 pm
 
 Lisa Leary will exhibit new drawings and paintings inspired by poetry (her own)
 at the Grubbs Gallery at the Reed Fine Arts Center at the Williston-Northampton School in Eastampton, Ma from April 2-29, 2007.
 Reception for the artist is scheduled for Sunday, April 15th from 2-4 pm.



(Note: The above image is of Lisa's earlier work.  You'll just have to go to the show to see the latest.)
 
 This body of work is from her "Poem Series" and some work from that series and other work by the artist can be seen on her web-site, www.LisaLeary.com
 
 Leary states in her artist statement for the exhibition that a common theme that runs through her work "concerns metaphor and what lies beneath the surface of things".
 
 She is interested in "how experience becones poetry and how poetry becomes experience".
 
 The exhibit is dedicated to her late husband, Steven Whiton Leary (Williston, 1966) who passed away in September of 2006 from a short and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. 
 
 Lisa Leary- lisa@LisaLeary.com
 Gallery director: Marcia Reed- mreedinart@aol.com
Directions to Williston.
APRIL AT GALLERY A3:Free Forms: Works on Clay and Paper
FRANCINE TREARCHIS OZEREKO AND LYNN PETERFREUND SHOW NEW WORK
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APRIL AT GALLERY A3:FRANCINE TREARCHIS OZEREKO AND LYNN PETERFREUND SHOW NEW WORK

Free Forms: Works on Clay and Paper
04/5/07 - 04/28/07
opening Thur April 5, 5-8

Francine Trearchiz Ozereko shows ceramic pieces and installations and Lynn Peterfreund shows new monotypes, monoprints and etchings. In addition, Francine shows prints and Lynn shows clay works.

After sharing studio time in their clay and print workshops, the artists began to explore the idea of freeing forms -- liberating forms from their visual habitats.  

Francine frees froms from vessels and Lynn frees forms from gravity.


The exhibition opens with a reception on April 5 from 5-8 in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk.  An informal talk,  Conversations with Artists,  is on April 26 at 7:30.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1-7 pm.  Gallery A3 is located at 28 Amity Street in Amherst in the Amherst Cinema Building.  Call 413-256-4250 or visit gallerya3.com.
 
Unique Transfers   Juried Monotype Exhibit
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The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking presents
 Unique Transfers   Juried Monotype Exhibit
 Opening Reception, Friday, April 6th, 5:30-7:30 PM
 Curated by Nicholas J. Capasso, Ph.D., curator at the DeCordova Museu0403_ZEA.jpgm and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA
 
Exhibit dates are April 6   May 18, 2007. The gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA. Exhibit hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 - 5, Wednesday, 12 - 8, the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month, 12 - 5, and by appointment.
 
 Work by Todd Munro, (Montreal, Canada), Joan Hausrath (Pawtucket, RI), Lynn Peterfreund (Leverett, MA), Beatrice Bardin (NY,NY) and Coco Berkman (Gloucester, MA)
 
 Printmaking is traditionally a pretty toxic art medium, involving the use of solvents and other dangerous chemicals to create images.  Zea Mays Printmaking s mission is to promote the use of safer and non-toxic printmaking methods through research, education and practice.  Our exhibition program seeks to showcase the wonderful achievements in the field of safer and nontoxic printmaking.  This particular exhibition brings together the work of five artists working in nontoxic monotype for an in-depth look at many of the possibilities of working  green .  In addition, the exhibition presents the work through the discerning eye of one of our region's preeminent art curators.
 
 
 
 image credit:  Todd Munro, untitled, 2006, monotype

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
 
In the Middle of the Forest, There is a Calm
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In The Middle of The Forest, There is a Calm
 
Valerie Bogdan, Marjorie Kramer, and Shannon Matthew Long
Artist Reception :  Sunday April 8 @ 3pm
April 8 - May 17
The Painted Caravan Gallery
Route 15, 1.2 miles West of Johnson Center, Johnson VT
802-635-1700
 
Painters Valerie Bogdan, Marjorie Kramer and sculptor Shannon Matthew Long are brought together in this show due to the common importance of nature in their work. From Virginia, New York City, and Vermont the calm of the forest offers these artists a grounding essential to their studio practices.
 
Working in stone, metal, and wood, the process begins for Shannon Long in the forest and stream beds around his home in Montgomery VT. Collecting River rocks and raw materials for his sculptures, a dialogue begins with the materials and their natural origins. This dialogue extends through the working process in the studio to the final sculptures. Shannon creates sculpture that is not only beautiful in terms of form and textures, but also builds a reverence for the process in nature that created his raw materials. The time in the woods also becomes a grounding force in his life, enabling his hand to create a calm and grounded feeling to his sculpture.
 
Valerie Bogdan's paintings on paper are a direct reflection of her love of the forest. Escaping the struggles of living in NYC, hiking became an increasingly important part of her life, and a greater influence in her work. Now living in Virginia, hiking in the forest and  spending time in her yard amongst the trees ,shrubs, and birds has inspired the works in this show. The paintings are luscious layers of dripped, washed , and fluid strokes of paint, ink , and charcoal on a heavy paper. In her artist statement Valerie says " In the painting process the tree becomes abstracted and more loosely interpreted. Although I may begin the piece with a general idea in mind, the end result is always a fusion of planning and chance".  These paintings draw us in, they create a space for contemplation, whether it is about the forest we see or the greater ponderances of life.
 
Beginning as a summer break with friends from the pace of NYC , Lowell VT has become home to painter Marjorie Kramer, and the landscape has  had  a direct influence on her recent work. Marjorie paints directly from experience. In her artist statement she says ,
"I enjoy the act of seeing in time, finding passages, jumps through space, and geometric orchestrations that are thrilling". In her forest scenes, general stores or parking lots, there is a sense of getting the moment. Feeling the calm of that moment in time and space, every brushstroke is immediate and yet carefully considered and well place. There is a joy in the capturing of color and light of that experience that make Marjorie's paintings  lively and worth more than a second look.
 
LIVE CROSS-REFERENCING ACTION!
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Food For Thought Books Collective

LIVE CROSS-REFERENCING ACTION!

X-REFERENCE: A BOOK LAUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA FOR ENCYCLOPEDIA VOLUME 1  A-E
04/07/07
Time: 7:00 pm

Description: Food For Thought Books Collective presents:
A BOOK LAUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA FOR ENCYCLOPEDIA VOLUME 1  A-E ,
the new pink and turqoise encyclopedia of fiction, prose, and visual art.
Readings, music, films, general shenanigans, and LIVE CROSS-REFERENCING!
Featuring: Ronaldo V Wilson, Tisa Bryant, Xylor Jane, Sara Jaffe, EE Miller, and Sara Marcus.
for more information:
www.encyclopediaproject.org
 
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
    

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. 
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.
MASSACHUSETTS ARTISTS 2007
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MASSACHUSETTS ARTISTS 2007
April 8, 2007 - June 10, 2007
April 15, 2 - 4 PM Opening Reception

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, being the first artist/studio facility in Lowell, is pleased to be able to encourage artists
from all over Massachusetts to join us in a celebration of Massachusetts artists.

Our unique venue, located in the National Historical Park, next to the Visitor Center, provides a high traffic location for this show.

Among the 40 artists included are Valley painters Christin Couture, Robin Freedenfeld  & Dean Nimmer
 
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios:
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852, 978 459-7819
 
DIRECTIONS: From Route 3 North or South,
or from I-495, take the Lowell Connector to the
Thorndike St. Exit (5B).
Go to the fifth traffic light, just past the URS:
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm            
Sunday 12 noon - 4pm
 
DON'T MISS IT: TRIP TO THE HOTTEST/COOLEST GALLERIES IN NYC
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DON'T MISS IT: TRIP TO THE HOTTEST/COOLEST GALLERIES IN NYC
Title: NYC Trip to ART INCUBATORS
04/28/07
7:30am - 9 pm

Our host will be Jerry Kearns, who divides his time as an artist and teacher between New York City and Amherst. Kearns will introduce us to the leading art incubators of New York: PIEROGI - THE gallery in Williamsburg. Owner Joe Amrhein will talk about the history of the gallery, its impact on Williamsburg and his famous flat files.
SMACK MELLON director Kathleen Gilrain will guide us through the anchor art space at DUMBO in Brooklyn.

EXIT ART - grand dame of art incubators. We will get to go behind the scenes.

WHITE COLUMNS in Chelsea. Director and artist Matthew Higgs will talk about his innovative program.
Fee: $125.  Deadline: April 15
For more information, call Eva Fierst at 413 545 1176 or visit www.umass.edu/fac/universitygallery.
 
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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
MARIE SHANAHAN
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
THE
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 ASAP
End Date: negotiable
Time: ASAP

Studio Sublet-Arts and Industry Building, Florence, Ma
Looking to sublet approx 650sq ft.
$320mo. inclusive
available ASAP
 
High ceilings, brick walls, wood floors,
great artistic community and neighbors
 
contact: 
Lisa 413.320.1957
phoenix8108@yahoo.com
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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
schaktman@comcast.net
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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/."

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Now serving ALL Amherst, Hadley, Northampton & Easthampton businesses with 20 employees or less. No income restrictions. We deliver more. Call for a confidential appointment today! 413 529-0420, ValleyCDC.com
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LINKS TO PEOPLE AND STUFF
THIS SECTION OFFICIALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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.

Paul Shoul
Marie Shanhan/The Birchtree Center
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
Gineen
SELL YOUR ART ON EBAY
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