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Mo's Better Living Through Arts & Culture Newsletter
April 9, 07

TO SUBMIT CONTENT TO THIS NEWSLETTER PLEASE USE THE FORM AT THIS LINK
Submissions are due by Sunday for submission the next day. Events run for 2 weeks,
in most cases. Addendums will no longer be created. Unless someone wants to come and do them. That's fine by me. I will enjoy the company.
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THINKING ALOUD
WILL WORK FOR EMPATHY & SOME GOOD OLD ARETHA FRANKLIN RESPECT
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Yes this issue is early but before you think I am a superhero and got up at 4 am, it's because I worked on it yesterday and then today added the submissions that came in this morning. I am going to ask that all submissions come in by at least Sunday. Actually it says that on the submission form. Ok, then I am going to ask me to stick to my own guidelines. If I don't respect my own guidelines, who will?
Today I resized another 5 images, one of them 10 mgs, another 8 mgs. If I put an image that size in here, this newsletter would explode and it'd take days of scrolling left and right to sort it all out! OMG! It would explode everytime someone opened it. Every reader would have the wreckage of the image all over their face and clothes and they'd have to go home at lunch and change their clothes and wash the pixels off their faces. It might even make inboxes explode and disable their internet connections, like it does mine. Yikes! Let's not have that.

I am wondering lately if when a thing is free if it has less value than when it is not free. I googled the value of free things and came across this interesting article at a site called, "I will teach you to be rich". Not being at all rich, I was intrigued by the notion that I could be taught to be rich...

Moving on, I have a new blog on the Valley Advocate site, as of last week. I am thinking of doing a, "Day in the life" post soon. This is a trial thing, this blog. I am feeling it out. I don't have feedback (well a few comments from my friends) or stats to look at like I do in this newsletter so I think I am talking to myself, which is not so out of the ordinary, but I guess I need to consider at which point talking to myself becomes over-the-line crazy. And then when I post items about how stress and hurtful things make me drive around country roads sobbing to disco I have to think, is it good to admit to such things?
 
"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.

ART WALK EASTHAMPTON IS SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH FROM 5-8 PM


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From Cottage Street to Eastworks and Old Town Hall, visual, music and performance art abound on Saturday, April 14th from 5-8 PM.  All the events are free and there's plenty of free parking. Get your Printable Map at http://www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org 
 
Along Cottage Street you'll find photos by Becky Hoffer at Awen Tree; paingings by Nancy Natale at KW Home; a bluegrass jam session at Luthiers Co op; paintings of Edward Mooers at Valley Art Supplies; and paintings by Ali Potasky at Mt. Tom's Ice Cream.
 
At Easthampton Municipal Building, you'll discover two floors of artwork in "Introductions: Student Works from Williston Northampton."
 
Along Union Street, Manhan Café shows "AutoMania 2000" and "City, Cars or People," and drop-in at PACE from 5-6:30 PM to enjoy singer Andrea Coller.
 
Elusie Gallery in Old Town Hall presents oil paintings and computer prints by Gaddier Rosario.
 
Just across from the Post Office is Blue Guitar Gallery, with color photos by Julia Max, music by Bill O'Haire and movement performance by Christina Svane.
 
 There are several studios in Eastworks. In suite 206, Luke Cavagnac and Florence Poets Society read the kind of poetry your grandmother warned you to stay away from. In suite 229, Red Horse Press shows woodcuts by Ali Osborn and Marguerite Keyes. In Suite 240, jewerly artist Susan Card features fused dichroic glass earrings and necklaces.
 
 Print your map to the events at http://www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org  
 
Etchings and woodcuts by Ali Osborn and Marguerite Keyes at Red Horse Press.


IT'S CIRCUS TIME!
Panoply @ Hampshire College, April 14, 7:30 PM

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Panoply, the first public performance of Hampshire College's Circus Folk Unite!, will provide an evening of clever clowning, deft dancing and awesome acrobatics Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street.

All tickets for this family-friendly performance will be $5.
       
The group, which formed in the fall of 2005, worked collaboratively to create a troupe that has performed to wildly enthusiastic audiences on the Hampshire campus several times. 

This is their first  public  appearance.  Circus and cabaret collide as the group s antics are introduced by a fast-talking MC (Master Clown, that is). Their goal is  to take over the world with the happiness and joy that is the Circus Arts.
 
GREAT FALLS ART FEST CALL TO ARTISTS!
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The jury for the GREAT FALLS ART FEST will be viewing applications for this wonderful event (ART, MUSIC, and FOOD!) in Turners Falls on April 9th and 23rd, and May 7th. 

Sponsored by The Brick House Community Resource Center (an awesome non-profit organization), the Great Falls Art Fest offers artists from all over New England the opportunity to have their art seen and purchased by vistors from all over New England. 

It also offers two days of live local music (a fabulous eclectic mix!), great local food, and kids' activities (including a hula hoop maker, a local clown, and more!).  This fest coincides with the Arts & Blooms Open Studio and Downtown Turners Falls Walking Tour, so the village will be FILLED with the art-loving public...don't miss the opportunity to share your art with everyone! This is a fabulous event and we would would love to have the opportunity to view your application! 

For more information, please call Karen at 413-863-9576 or visit www.thebrickhouseinc.org
SMITH COLLEGE CHORUS AND UMASS CHOIRS PRESENT BRAHMS REQUIEM TO BENEFIT THE MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION
DEANNA JOSEPH'S LAST CONCERT AT SMITH COLLEGE. April 14, 8 PM
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SMITH COLLEGE CHORUS AND UMASS CHOIRS PRESENT BRAHMS REQUIEM TO BENEFIT THE MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION
 
DEANNA JOSEPH'S LAST CONCERT AT SMITH COLLEGE
04/14/07
Time: 8:00 pm

On Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 PM, Smith College conductor Deanna Joseph will lead the Smith College Chorus, the combined choruses of the University of Massachusetts, and a professional orchestra and soloists in Brahms German Requiem. The concert will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 3 Elm St, Northampton. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
 
This will be Ms. Joseph's final concert at Smith College.
 
To raise additional money for Make A Wish, members of the  Smith chorus are selling luminary candles to be lit outside of St. Mary's on the night of the performance. Candles are $10; a dedication for each will be included in the concert program.
 
 For more information, or to order a luminary candle, e-mail Claire
 Stein-Ross (cstein@email.smith.edu) and Yael Langer
 (ylanger@email.smith.edu), or visit the College Chorus website at http://sophia.smith.edu/chorus/
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
 
 
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.
The Ben Pederson Show
At the Herter Gallery at UMASS from April 16th to the 20th.
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At the Herter gallery at UMASS from
April 16th to the 20th.

On Thursday the 19th
there's a closing reception at 5pm.

The title is The Ben Pederson
Show. There will be new sculptures and a bunch of my vids looping in a
t.v. show format.
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"
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
 
POETRY & PROSE IN PERFORMANCE
April 21, 2 PM at A.P.E.
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POETRY & PROSE IN PERFORMANCE
Spring Reading
4/21/07
2 PM

PATRICK DONNELLY will emcee a reading by members of his Spring 2007 Poetry & Prose in Performance workshop:
 
 Michael Biegner        
 Eva Claeson    
 Anne Golob             
 Joann Kobin    
 Janice Lamberg
 
 A.P.E. Gallery, Third Floor/Thornes Market, 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Free; reception to follow.

 
BERNADINE MELLIS AND MALONA VOIGT RETURN!
Smith's "Moving Images - Alumnae Filmmakers" Series
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BERNADINE MELLIS AND MALONA VOIGT RETURN!
Smith's "Moving Images - Alumnae Filmmakers" Series
04/19/07 at 7:00 pm

THE FOREST FOR THE TREES at Smith College
showing with Malona Voigt's award-winning short film, VARTAN LLP
 
Thursday April 19, 7:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
 
Both Filmmakers Present for Discussion
 
THE FOREST FOR THE TREES is an intimate look at an unlikely team of young activists and old lefties who come together to battle the US government following environmental activist Judi Bari's arrest on terrorism charges in 1990.  Filmmaker Bernadine Mellis, the daughter of Bari's attorney, Dennis Cunningham, documents her morally driven, very tired dad, while offering us access into the life of the extaordinary Judi Bari, and a piece of US history that is increasingly resonant.
 
For more information about THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: www.redbirdfilms.com

Flash Forward/Flash Back curated 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
Part II Opening Sunday, April 22, 3-5 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 
 
 
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

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.
 
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.

NON-ARTISTS, BEGINNERS, AND PROS ALIKE:  COME SCRIBBLE, SOCIALIZE, AND SIP SOME TEA!
Ongoing, drop-in, facilitated art playtime for adults:  Hosted by Northampton artist, Dana Wilde.
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THE ART SALON at Cup and Top Cafe
04/22/07 - 04/24/07
Time: 5:30 and 7:00

Ongoing, drop-in, facilitated art playtime for adults:  Hosted by Northampton artist, Dana Wilde.
 
 Twice weekly.  90 minutes. $12/person 
 
 CHECK IT OUT FOR FREE DURING OPENING WEEK!
 
After-hours at Cup and Top Cafe  1 North Main St. Florence Center
 
Sunday April 22 at 5:30pm 
Tuesday April 24 at 7:00pm
 
 
Dana facilitates creative writing and drawing exercises that help you connect with your creativity, express yourself, and generate some art!  This is great for writers who never draw, visual artists who never write, dancers who don't do either--  and especially for folks who feel "artistically-challenged" altogether!   YOU will be the source for material here (your personal experience, memory, impulse, style, imagination, feelings, etc..)  We will work alone, in pairs, and sometimes as a whole group.
 
 Non-toxic materials provided (crayons, markers, paper) -- or bring your own.
 
 Arrive 10-15 minutes before start time to sign-in and get settled.
 
 Learn more about Dana Wilde and The Art Salon at http://web.mac.com/danawildearts
 
 (Dana's site is also in the permanent links-list of this lovely newsletter)
 
 Call 413-584-8328 with any questions.

CREATE ART WITH SALLY CURCIO!
 
ON APRIL 21 AT Northampton Center for the Arts 

CREATE ART WITH SALLY CURCIO!
Artist's Workshop
04/21/07
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Northampton Center for the Arts April gallery artist Sally Curcio will give a workshop, for people ages 16 years and older, on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Center.

Students will be on their own for lunch. The cost of the workshop is $75, which covers materials and a donation to the Northampton Center for the Arts for providing the space.

The workshop will expose attendees to the process of creation that guides Curcio s work. At the end of the workshop, each attendee will have created a work of art. To orient attendees, Curcio will discuss her work process and its major influences: Dadaism, pop art, and kitsch art.

She will show examples of artists work that use everyday objects to create assemblages and sculpture in these traditions and discuss the philosophies that shape such work. The workshop participants will then be assigned to explore the town of Northampton to find objects, free or purchased, with the intent of creating a work of art guided by the Dadaist approach.

People interested in attending the workshop must register by email to sallycurcio@sallycurcio.com Please put Assemblage Workshop in the subject line of your email.


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!

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.
 
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
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
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STUDIO SPACE IN PITTSFIELD

Start Date: late July

Description: The Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, MA will have studio spaces for
rent starting in late July.  
Cost: spaces start at $150 for at least 300 sq. ft. 
Includes heat and a/c, not electrical.
Second floor, great light, high ceilings.
413-442-7201
 
 www.storefrontartist.org
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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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Valley Entrepreneurs! Our service area just expanded! Valley CDC can help you:
Explore your business ideas, Market your art, products & services, Identify new markets, Get more customers, Write your business plan, Explore financial viability, Improve business operations, Seek financing, and more.
Free Business Counseling ?! Starting a business? Need more business? Let us help! It's what we do.
Now serving ALL Amherst, Hadley, Northampton & Easthampton businesses with 20 employees or less. No income restrictions. We deliver more. Call for a confidential appointment today! 413 529-0420, ValleyCDC.com
Funded by MA Commonwealth's Dept. of Business and Technology-SBTA Grant, the City of Easthampton through the MA Community Development Block Grant -Ready Resource, the City of Northampton-CDBG Program, and Florence Savings Bank.

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FREE CREDIT COUNSELING FOR LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

Valley CDC Expands Business Services to Include Credit Counseling

 Northampton, MA, March 23, 2007: Valley Community Development Corporation (Valley CDC), a community-based non-profit organization, is now offering personal credit counseling. This free one-on-one counseling is available to people who want to open a small business in Valley CDC's service area - Easthampton, Northampton, Hadley & Amherst. Current small business owners with 20 or fewer employees are also eligible. There are no income restrictions. This free credit counseling is available through June of 2007 via a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology.

According to David Plaut, Small Business Credit Counselor for Valley CDC, "We know that credit scores play a very significant role when applying for a business loan. We want our clients to secure financing, so we set them up for success. Credit reports and credit scoring can be confusing. We can decipher that information and help people boost their scores."

Valley CDC has been helping entrepreneurs start new enterprises and expand existing small businesses for more than 18 years. Since 2003, Valley CDC has counseled more than 250 individuals and businesses, and helped them acquire more than $470,000 in funding from conventional banks and community loan funds. Valley CDC's clients include companies in many diverse businesses, including restaurants, manufacturers, beauty salons, spas, artists and artisans, clothing designers, and retailers.

According to Joanne Campbell, Executive Director of Valley CDC, "We are very excited to be able to expand our small business technical services to include credit counseling. Our current grant will fund this service until June 30, 2007, so we hope that local entrepreneurs act on this opportunity quickly. We are also hopeful that the legislature will recognize the economic benefits that all Massachusetts communities gain from their investment in local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and continue to fund the program beyond that date."

For more information about credit counseling, please contact David Plaut, Small Business Credit Counselor at 413-586-5855 x16 or dp@valleycdc.com.

 
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:

http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=nhefh6bab.0.xhxbgzbab.jrfsprbab.1&ts=S0232&p=http
%3A%2F%2Fwww.polturgeon.com

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.

Stone Soup Concrete
Walter Buckingham

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
cyberdeal@aol.com


Description: HAVE LOTS OF ART/CRAFTS OR GOOD "STUFF" JUST HANGING AROUND TAKING UP SPACE?  MAYBE YOU CAN HAVE A WIDER AUDIENCE BY SELLING IT ON THE INTERNET.  I HAVE MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND HAVE SOLD EVERYTHING FROM DEER ANTLERS TO FINE GLASS, JEWELRY TO TOY CARS AND COMIC BOOKS.

CONTACT cyberdeal@aol.com
 
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