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Carey Kalimba Scanlon Ascenzo
Lisa Clark
Susan Bergeron-West
Joyce Conlon
Doris Madsen
Sarah Pebworth
Michelle Cotugno
Bruce Barone
 
ART TALK
Starring Elaine and Blair

vintagead.jpgI found this pretty great vintage ad but it's not clear to me what exactly it is advertising. So I decided to cast these two in my favorite movie, "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing", and give them scintillating art dialogue for my enjoyment.


Elaine: "I think he is somewhat incapacitated by his emotions."

Blair: "New York is wild for his oblique pragmatism."

Elaine: "The static structure is offset by his whimsical sociological references."

Blair: "There is a hopefulness in his contextural destruction."

Elaine: "The lack of resolution of his themes almost adds to a vaguely literal internal transformation of the subject."

Blair: "But you are wrong. It is his obsessive resolution that certainly drives a well-defined non-literal external static quality of the noun, not the subject."

Elaine: "That's a really nice sweater."
 
 
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Mo's Better Living Through Arts & Culture Newsletter
April 16, 07

TO SUBMIT CONTENT TO THIS WEEKLY MONDAY NEWSLETTER PLEASE USE THE FORM AT THIS LINK

Submissions are due by Sunday at 5 pm for submission the next day.
Events run for 2 weeks, in most cases. There will be no more addendums. Any submissions after Sunday at 5 PM will not be published till the following week.

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

 
AUSCHWITZ, DACHAU, AND MAUTHAUSEN:
THE CONCENTRATION CAMP SERIES

APRIL 6 TO 30, 2007. PHOTOGRAPHS BY SONDRA PERON
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AUSCHWITZ, DACHAU, AND MAUTHAUSEN: THE CONCENTRATION CAMP SERIES
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SONDRA PERON

AT APE GALLERY, THIRD FLOOR, THORNES MARKET, 150 MAIN STREET,
NORTHAMPTON, MA
APRIL 6 TO 30, 2007

Description: Does a landscape have a memory? After sixty-two years, can that landscape hold the memory of human suffering? Can an artist capture those images of our collective memory of the Holocaust? These are some of the questions that have driven this photographic investigation into these places of horror. To find what remains.Using vintage Kodak Hawkeye Brownie cameras, dating from the late 1940 s, photographer Sondra Peron traveled to a small town in Austria, on the north bank of the Danube River, called Mauthausen in August of 2004. Sondra returned to Europe in November of 2005 to continue work on the concentration camp series, as it seemed incomplete without visiting Dachau in Germany and Auschwitz in Poland.
 
 The camps in Auschwitz, Dachau and Mauthausen represent a much larger 
 extermination program that encompassed hundreds of satellite camps 
 throughout Europe until the end of the Second World War. Unfortunately, 
 use of the term  genocide  did not end with the fall of the Third 
 Reich, atrocities have occurred in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Serbia. 
 In the 21st century, the statement  never again  still seems elusive as 
 populations in Darfur, a region in western Sudan, are currently being 
 subjected to ethnic cleansing.
 
 Currently, Sondra Peron is an MFA candidate in photography at the 
 Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She lives in 
 Northampton and works for the Northampton Arts Council.
 
 
CLAY JAZZ WELCOMES SPRING AT THE PEOPLE'S PINT
April 18, 8-10 PM. Cool Jazz & Fresh Beer. 
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Clay Jazz plays sophisticated Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova, and Latin jazz which the Daily Hampshire Gazette called "impressive" and "delightful."

 Praised as "a vocalist of considerable experience," Sarah Clay also "plays lovely, leisurely flute riffs that ... evoke Herbie Mann, while Karl Rausch smoothly alternates single notes on his guitar with cool two-string harmonies."
 
No cover charge! But if you enjoy the music, you are encouraged to slip some cash into a magic treasure chest. (What's this, you ask? Come see!)

The People's Pint is a Greenfield landmark, offering fresh brewed beer and ginger ale, excellent pub fare, and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

Clay Jazz plays at the People's Pint on the third Wednesday of each month.
 
The People's Pint
24 Federal St
Greenfield MA 01301
413-773-0333

 
URBAN MYTHS
April 16th to the 20th. Paintings by David Cahill

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URBAN MYTHS
Paintings by David Cahill
04/19/07
5:00 pm

MFA Thesis Exhibition
 
 At the Herter gallery at UMASS from
 April 16th to the 20th.
 
 Reception at 5pm Thursday the 19th
 
The Ben Pederson Show
April 16th to the 20th. 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.
 
ROE V. WADE: THE ABORTION DEBATE
04/19/07, 7:30pm. A STAGED READING OF A NEW PLAY AT SMITH COLLEGE

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ROE V. WADE: THE ABORTION DEBATE - A STAGED READING OF A NEW PLAY AT SMITH COLLEGE

Roe V. Wade: The Abortion Debate

04/19/07, 7:30pm

A staged reading of a new play written and directed by Ezra LeBank about the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion and still divides America. Narrated, just like our country, by a clown. 7:30pm.

Thursday, April 19. Free Admission. Earle Recital Hall in the basement of Sage Hall at Smith College.

 
 

MATERMORPHOSIS
April 19th -21st and April 26th-28th. 8pm/ APE 3rd floor/ Thornes/ 150 Main St,Northampton


MATERMORPHOSIS-
AN NEW THEATRICAL ADAPTATION OF KAFKA'S STORY METAMORPHOSIS BY SLAM POET LENELLE MOISE WHERE THE MOTHER WAKES UP AS AN INSECT!

April 19th -21st and April 26th-28th
8pm/ APE 3rd floor/ Thornes/ 150 Main St,Northampton

Directed by Sheryl Stoodley  (Artistic Director of Serious Play!)
Sound design by Katie Down
Lighting by Kathy Couch
Set design by  Robin Doty and Kathy Couch

In this darkly ironic and comic adaptation of Kafka's story "Metamorphosis", Moise has written Kafka's Gregor / now Gregora as a critically ill, aging mother who has supported her family working in the sex industry. With her illness, as depicted in her transformation into insect, we glimpse a woman's deterioration of power within the boundaries of "body as currency". Her family, having been supported and loved by her, eventually turn their backs on her change, which they can not comprehend. At first, they respond with attempts to help her, then progressively become confused, sad, frustrated, angry, disgusted, cruel and finally violent in the face of her struggle and demise.......

Tickets  $12 general public and $8 students & seniors
Box Office opens at 7pm on the evening of performances   Limited seating
Call  586-5553 for reservations  
or Call  586-1438 for more information
or email us at rwdoty@rcn.com
 
CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS SHOOT
HOMER'S ODYSSEY!

Friday, April 20, 7 PM. Pocket Myth Presents: The Odyssey Film Screening.

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An Epic Night of Film and Readings at Hampshire College
 
Come celebrate the release of Pocket Myths #4, THE ODYSSEY, with a screening and reading!
 
Friday, April 20, 7pm
West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College, Amherst
Admission is FREE
 
 THE ODYSSEY is a film and book collaboration curated by Bernadine Mellis and Andrea Lawlor, featuring work by mostly queer, trans, and women artists, retelling Homer's ancient epic of the aftermath of war.
 
 
Each of the 24 Books was translated to film by a different artist.
Films by Kara Lynch, Bernadine Mellis, Eileen Myles, Irit Reinheimer, Mendal Polish, Gretchen Hildebran, EE Miller, Zoe Strauss, Kara Hearn, Miriam Klein Stahl, , Corinna Press, Samuael Topiary, Rebecca Lee, and many more!
 
 Local Contributors on hand: Kara Lynch, EE Miller, Xylor Jane, and Jo Kent/Katz.
 Readings by Andrea Lawlor, Kara Lynch, and Xylor Jane!
 
 for more information:

 
POETRY & PROSE IN PERFORMANCE
April 21, 2 PM at A.P.E.


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.

 
 

CREATE ART WITH SALLY CURCIO!
APRIL 21, 10AM-4PM 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.


 

EARTHDAY 2007 HANDS-ON CREATIVE WORKSHOP WITH RECYCLED OBJECTS
4/21/07, 1 - 3 PM

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This fun and creative program celebrates Earth Day by recycling and reusing found objects to make treasures! Bring odds and ends such as buttons, broken jewelry, shoe boxes, picture frames and anything you might think is trash to recycle into something creative like a collage memory box, refrigerator magnet, treasure chest, decorative candle holder, dazzling picture frame and much more!

On Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wistariahurst Museum invites you to join Artist Marjorie Latham to create art using found objects. 
 
 This hands-on workshop is appropriate for all ages, inspiring the artist in everyone.  Cost is $3 per person or $7 per family.  For more information, call Melissa Boisselle at (413) 322-5660 or visit the museum website at www.wistariahurst.org

 
Flash Forward/Flash Back curated by KLAUS POSTLER
April 22, 3-5 PM. 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 
 
 
 
NON-ARTISTS, BEGINNERS, AND PROS ALIKE:  COME SCRIBBLE, SOCIALIZE, AND SIP SOME TEA!
04/22/07 - 04/24/07. 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.
 
GREAT FALLS ART FEST CALL TO ARTISTS!
April 9th and 23rd, and May 7th. 

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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
 
Wide open studios at Open Square
4/27/07 - 4/29/07.


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From gary Hallgren at Open Square:

Wide open studios at Open Square
04/27/07 - 04/29/07
5-8 pm Fri, 10am-4pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun

The biggest mill in Holyoke has the newest artists' garrets in town and YOU can peek inside about a dozen of them.

The Massachusetts Academy of Ballet is there...fashions by Sue Bennett, photos and paintings by Michael Powers, portraits by Paul LeVeille, paintings and ceramics by Stacy Geryk, paintings Joe Costin, Dean Nimmer, Betty Korostynski, John Kaminski, Fisher/Halliday/MacFarlane and Gary Hallgren, constructions by Unique Frederique, oh, the things you will see! 

The 2nd floor gallery  will be hung with works, and it's a very nice gallery indeed, with views of the old firehouse, train station and low RR bridge over Lyman.  Perhaps you will get lucky and the bridge will catch a truck while you watch. 

The Black Sheep Deli is in the complex and will be open at least some of the time, I understand, but at this posting I do not have the schedule.

Friday evening is the wine-and-cheese thing, but no wine at Hallgren's, only Paper City brew.  And no cheese, either. 

But cartoons up the wazoo in addition to paintings.  Hey, I'm writing this so I'm honking my own horn...GAH

 
FLORENCE POETS TEAM UP WITH OTHER AREA STARS FOR A GREAT CAUSE!
April 27, 7-9 PM. New Beginnings Fund Raiser.


New Beginnings fund raiser
4-27-07, 7-9 pm
Brick House
24 3rd street
Turners Falls, 01040
 
sliding scale fee $1.97 - $100,000.97
 
7 of the best poets in Western Mass come together to stand for the next generation.  This is definitely going to be an intergenerational, multicultural, multi-poetic styled masterpiece.

Poets scheduled to appear include Maurice "Soulfighter" Taylor, Tommy Twilite, Crystal Senter Brown, Stephen Lindow, Lori Desrosiers, Carl Russo and Karen Johnston. 
 
For more information contact;
Maurice "Soulfighter" Taylor or
Tom Sanders
413 868-9559
Hot Spot Entertainment

 
FREE SPRING CONCERT FEATURES INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES & CHOIRS
April 28, 1 PM. NCMC Annual Spring Gala Concert

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On Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 1:00 pm, instrumental ensembles and choirs of the Northampton Community Music Center will present their annual Spring Gala Concert at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel in Northampton.
 
This year's Gala concert is free, but monetary donations will be collected to benefit the Northampton Survival Center, a non-profit organization providing food and essential supplies to low-income individuals and families in the Hampshire County area. 
 
The concert will begin with an informal welcoming performance, beginning at 12:30 pm, by the NCMC Brass Ensemble, directed by Donna Gouger.  Other groups performing in the Gala include: the Northampton Community Children s Choir, directed by Joan Cornachio; the Kuumba Women s Choir, under the direction of Evelyn Harris; Catherine Kay s High Definition Vocal Ensemble; groups of Suzuki Flute, Cello, and Violin students; the Flutations flute ensemble, directed by Andrea Kwapien, and a Youth Chamber Quartet, under the direction of Sally Bagg.
 
The 2007 Spring Gala concert is open to the public. 

Helen Hills Hills Chapel is located on Route 9 on the campus of Smith College. For more information regarding the event, or for directions to Helen Hills Hills Chapel, please call (413) 585-0001 or visit www.ncmc.net.

 
PAPERMAKING 1  2  3
April 28 -May 12. Papermaking with local fibers.

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PAPERMAKING 1  2  3 

Papermaking with local fibers.
April 28 -May 12
Time: 10:00 AM

Hand Papermaking with Natural Fibers  easy as 1  2  3 with Sheryl Jaffe

 1.  April 28 at the Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, youth 10AM-12PM Adults 1-4
$15.00 to learn papermaking.  Register  413-322-5660  www.wistariahurst.org

 2.  May 12  Brattleboro, VT. River Valley School of Art.  May 12  10-5:00. $95.00    Make kozo/dandelion paper.  rivergalleryschool.org   rgsart@sover.net

 3.  July 2-6 Prince Edward Island, Canada. Local fiber papers and learn to print cyanotype and Van Dyke photo chemistry.  FUN! July 8- bookbinding.

www.maritimephotoworkshops.com  or 902-659-2559

Or email sheryljaffe@yahoo.com for more info on fantastic fun fibers for paper.
 
 
Unique Transfers Juried Monotype Exhibit
April 6 - May 18, 2007

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

 
DON'T MISS IT: TRIP TO THE HOTTEST/COOLEST GALLERIES IN NYC
04/28/07

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.
 
 
LISA LEARY EXHIBITS NEW WORK
04/02/07 - 04/29/07
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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.
 
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


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
STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE ASAP
End Date: negotiable
Time: ASAP
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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

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"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/."

 

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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