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

0514_greygardens.jpg"Raccoons and cats become a little bit boring, I mean for too long a time."

"Mother wanted me to come out in a kimono & we had quite a fight."

"She likes everything without girdles," Edie confides about her mother.

"Who's been dropping books around here is what I want to know."

"Let the kitties in. Give them luncheon."

"Are you absolutely crazy? There isn't anything I can't do," Edie says before she launches into an American-flagged marching dance to the strains of a Virginia Military Institute Band record.
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Sometimes you read something or watch something that seems so inexplicably rife with meaning and metaphor that it resonates for days. When this happens in reality I find it all the more intriguing for not having been scripted or sculpted into being.

I had such an experience the other day while sitting outside gluing bits of smashed glass onto my ironing board (a new project). I watched a fascinating documentary called, "Grey Gardens" about two women, mother and daughter, living in near-isolation in a crumbling mansion in East Hampton. The women came to national attention, and the attention of the documentary filmmakers who created this opus, years ago when the city condemned their home and cousin Jackie O came to help fix it up enough to save the house from being leveled and the women from being cast homelessly out into a society that, due to years of isolation, they could no longer quite comprehend.

Throughout the filming their days are filled with directing random strands of thought and commentary to the cameras, poring over old photo albums, singing, dancing and lamenting about who they might have married or how life might have turned out differently. Time is a jar to be filled and life is a thing mainly of the past. Edie, the daughter, seems determined to lose weight and resume her career as a dancer in New York City, yet it becomes apparant that she is psychically unable to leave the life she has at Grey Gardens. As the cameras roll Edie provides us with verbal snapshots of her thoughts, all delivered in an affected tone reminiscent of another era and social standing.

Edie loses one of her many scarves in the lawn and says, "Oh, it's a sea of leaves. If you lose something you can't find it again. It drops to the bottom".


Author Guy Kettelhack here scratches his head over Edie's and GG's impact on us all:

"The thing was an amazing slow psychic train wreck that never quite entirely wrecked. A surreal sleight-of-hand turning nothing into -- well, visual nothing. It spooked me. Edie's lunatic confidences & scarves & flesh & animals & old eerie debutante photographs all seemed like broken shards of a psyche gaily tossing itself bit by bit into psychosis. I looked for something, anything to guide, ground me. Some sane Dorothy in Oz, someone to reassure me I wouldn't lose my own mind if I spent too much time with these people. But there was no one reliable enough for that. Big Mama Edie sometimes helped out a bit (kind of like the Red Queen when for a brief moment here or there she says something congruent to Alice and seduces her, falsely, into thinking she's not in hell) -- by contrast to the imploding people and house surrounding her she seemed to offer an iota or two of clear-eyed commentary -- but basically it was a coupla nut jobs flopping around and breaking down happily in front of us. My dangling palms began to sweat. "When am I gonna get out of here?" Edie asked in one of her many frazzled moments. I wondered the same thing."

 
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Events run for 2 weeks, in most cases.

 

FORAGING FOR BEAUTY: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND SCANOGRAPHY BY MARTY KLEIN AT KW HOME

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FORAGING FOR BEAUTY: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND SCANOGRAPHY BY MARTY KLEIN AT KW HOME
Recent photographic and Scanographic Images by Marty Klein

05/12/07 - 06/02/07

Opening reception for a show of mostly nature-related images produced over the past 8 months by Easthampton artist Marty Klein.  The majority of the works were created using a flatbed scanner as the 'camera' to produce images of primarily locally gathered plant materials (oh, and 1 fish). 


The "look" is achieved via the 'digital darkroom', but my goal is to retain/represent the essences of what I see.   


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82 1/2 Cottage Street * Easthampton, MA 01027
p: 413.527.5936    f: 413.527.3682    e: info@kwhome.net

 
ART EXCHANGE: WORKS FROM LYN HORAN AND HER STUDENTS
Artists Reception Sat. May 5, 4-7PM


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ART EXCHANGE: WORKS FROM LYN HORAN AND HER STUDENTS
05/05/2007 - 06/01/2007
Artists Reception Sat. May 5, 4-7PM

Art Exchange: The Artist as Teacher and Student.
Internationally exhibited artist, Lyn Horan showcases her latest work along with work from her adult students in an attempt to examine the creative relationship between the artist/teacher and her students.

 "The art of teaching is part of assisting discovery." This quote from Pulitzer Prize winning Poet, Mark Van Doren, sums up Artist Lyn Horan's teaching philosophy. While Horan feels that teaching pictorial skills, use of materials, and knowledge of art history is important, helping her students find the courage to hone their observations and individual self-expression is a greater part of the equation. "My job as a teacher is not to create artists who paint just like me, but to help them discover how to best create something that is genuine to them."
With works from Lisa Colt, Helen Daniels, Terry Faivre, Marilyn Marquez, Joanne O'Leary, Keri Oleson, Maryann Phoenix, Marge Tauer, and of course LYN HORAN
 
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN REALISM
National Juried Show on display thru May 19

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CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN REALISM
National Juried Show on display thru May 19
4/14/07 - 5/19/07
Hours: Tues - Sat from 11 - 3

Entries from accepted artists in the Contemporary American Realism national juried competition are on display now through May 19 at Gallery 137. Seven artists chosen from around the country by jurist Scott Prior include: Jun Cheng Liu, Daryl Zang, Patrick Murphy, Susan Richards, Chris Cooper, Joseph Miller and Damon McArthur. Richards and Cooper are residents of Massachusetts.
 
 "Although all are examples of contemporary realism, the exhibited paintings cover a wide variety of interesting subject matter and styles. They run the gamut from stunning trompe l oeil to finely detailed depictions of machines. There are portraits, figure studies, and also some exquisite floral renditions. Also on view are several masterfully painted works that feature a side helping of darkly amusing humor."

Visit Gallery 137 for further information, calendar and upcoming events schedules!
 
ANGERING THE PAINTED SURFACE:AGRESSIVE PAINTINGS BY DEBORAH SKLAR
May Show at Anchor House of Artists


ANGERING THE PAINTED SURFACE:AGRESSIVE PAINTINGS BY DEBORAH SKLAR
May Show at Anchor House of Artists
05/01/07 - 05/15/07
Time: Call for gallery hours
 
May 1 through 15 with an opening reception Friday, May 11, 5 to 7 PM, Arts Night Out
at the Anchor House of Artists, 518 Pleasant Street, Northampton 
Contact: Michael Tillyer, (413) 584-4323
 
Twelve artworks that include three large format paintings and several canvases of varying dimensions explore expressive agitation in a warm hued, almost springtime dalliance of art. Sklar, whose work will be included in a nationally touring, juried art exhibition of work by autistic artists, is very talkative about her work and her methods, which are incredibly immediate, spontaneous but, all at once, studied. She has shown her work locally at the Anchor House of Artists, at the Augusta Savage gallery, at the Cup and Top coffeehouse in Florence and in New York at the A3 gallery
 
AFTER-HOURS AT CUP AND TOP CAFE!
THE ART SALON


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Title: THE ART SALON
Start Date: Ongoing
End Date: Summer schedule TBA
Time: Sundays 5:30pm & Tuesdays 7:00pm

Description: For Beginners, Non-Artists, and Pros alike!
 
 Hosted and Facilitated by Northampton artist Dana Wilde.
 
 Creative drawing and writing exercises help you access your creativity, express yourself, and generate some ART in a fun, exploratory environment. Great for folks who feel creatively-challenged, and for artists who want to get unstuck, come out of isolation, or try on a whole new art-form!
 
 90 minutes. $12. Materials provided.  WWW.DANAWILDEART.COM
 
 Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to sign-in, get refreshments, and settle in. We start on time.
 
 
 
WHY COLLECT? WHAT IS ART?
May 4 - 30, 2007. The Collective Mind: An Art Exhibit of Thirty Works from the Collection of Phyllis Kornfeld, Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne
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WHY COLLECT? WHAT IS ART?
The Collective Mind: An Art Exhibit of Thirty Works from the Collection of Phyllis Kornfeld, Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne
05/04/07 - 05/30/07
Time: M-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5
 
What causes a collector to choose artworks from a universe of images, styles and esthetics?  What is the utility of a collection of art objects. What does a collection say about an object s singular purpose and definition as an artwork? How does a collector explain the motivation to collect?  These questions will be present but not necessarily answered when collectors Phyllis Kornfeld, Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne put on display selections from their individual, extensive holdings taken from a large and ill-defined of band of object makers referred to collectively as Outsider Artists.
        
In 1983, with a degree from the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, Phyllis Kornfeld began a job teaching art to prisoners in medium to high security prisons in Oklahoma. Here she learned the naturalized respect for the art making process in the prison context as she was able to connect through her formal training to the innate and vision centered talents of her prisoner students.  From her statement found on the Website http://www.cellblockvisions.com, she explains her philosophy on teaching and patronizing this way:
 


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THE INVISIBLE FOUNTAIN?
SATURDAY May 12th, 2007 from 7 to 10 p.m. "FILL IN THE BLANKS"
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THE INVISIBLE FOUNTAIN?
"FILL IN THE BLANKS"
05/12/07 - 08/10/07


"FILL IN THE BLANKS"
 the new show of paintings by
 Luke J. Cavagnac
 
 Please come to the Opening/Party:
 SATURDAY May 12th, 2007
 from 7 to 10 p.m.
 at
 THE INVISIBLE FOUNTAIN
 116 Pleasant Street Suite #206
 Eastworks Building
 Easthampton MA 01027
 413.527.9300
 gallery hours: T&T 11-7, W&F 11-6, M 11-4
 
 wine & food & lots of stuff to see
 if you are there it will be better
 
 complete show dates: 5/12/07 through 8/10/07
 
 The Invisible Fountain is where Cavagnac paints and displays his "Art".
 You'll find approximately 1,000 different paintings on display on any given day.
 Look for upcoming music or poetry nights on the second Saturday of every month
 
 
 
 motto: ART FOR ALL & ALL FOR ART
 
 *The gallery will also be open for the monthly Easthampton Art Walk (also May 12th but starts earlier at 5pm!)

 

The Collective Mind:
May 11, 5-7 PM. An Art Exhibit of Thirty Works from the Collection of Phyllis Kornfeld, Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne


The Collective Mind: An Art Exhibit of Thirty Works from the Collection of Phyllis Kornfeld, Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne
05/04/07 - 05/30/07
Time: M-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5
 
 Artists' Reception: Arts Night Out: May 11 5-7 pm
 www.apearts.org or 586-5553 for more information.
 
What causes a collector to choose artworks from a universe of images, styles and esthetics?  What is the utility of a collection of art objects. What does a collection say about an object s singular purpose and definition as an artwork? How does a collector explain the motivation to collect?  These questions will be present but not necessarily answered when collectors Phyllis Kornfeld, Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne put on display selections from their individual, extensive holdings taken from a large and ill-defined of band of object makers referred to collectively as Outsider Artists.
 
"New Orleans"
Reception May 12, 5-8 PM at Valley Arts Supply

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"New Orleans"
at Valley Arts Supply for the month of May artist's reception May 12,
5 -8 PM at 36 Cottage St.

www.artswalkeasthampton.org

statement
"I was born in her shadow. She welcomed my ancestors to New York Harbor,"says Terry Rooney, a multimedia artist specializing in homes, heroines and dreams.

"The Statue of Liberty represents all that's good in America, but America's policy toward its poor and immigrants is changing." Liberty is vanishing or confronting a snakes in Rooney's recent works.

In the artist's recent paintings The Statue of Liberty is shedding light onto Katrina's victims These works cry out, "What is happening to Liberty? What's happening to America?'"

BOFFO  "LOCAL TREASURES"  EXHIBITION AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
May 4, 2007 - May 27, 2007. Work of 20 Artists


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BOFFO  "LOCAL TREASURES"  EXHIBITION AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Work of 20 Artists
May 4, 2007 - May 27, 2007
Time: Tuesday-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The work of 20 artists living in Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont and exhibiting at the Paradise City Arts Festival at the end this month, are being showcased in  Local Treasures  at the Northampton Center for the Arts through May 27.  Local Treasures serves as a preview of the Paradise City Arts Festival from May 26-28 at the Fairgrounds. 
 
 The artists whose work will be at the Center are: Ingrid Apgar, Natalie Blake, Lizi Brown, Jeffrey Dreisbach, Theodora Fadel, Laurie Goddard, Pamela Goldberg, Ellen Grenadier, Matt and Bonnie Johnson, James Kitchen, Joseph Landry, Joel Liebman, Maya Machin, Jo Roessler, Ken Salem, Stephen Schiffer, Jim Schneider and Marilyn Chattin, Connie Talbot.

 The art  ranges from furniture and watercolor to pottery and mobiles Many of the artists will be present  at a closing cocktail reception Sunday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and will feature music by the jazz ensemble Ndigo Moon. 
 
 

The Center s galleries are open  Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Image artist: Pamela Goldberg

 
CLAY JAZZ PLAYS THE PINT AND THE GREAT FALLS ART FESTIVAL
May 16 - 20, 5-7 PM. 8-10 PM. Clay Jazz making music all over the Valley

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CLAY JAZZ PLAYS THE PINT AND THE GREAT FALLS ART FESTIVAL
Clay Jazz making music all over the Valley

Clay Jazz plays sophisticated Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova, and Latin jazz the Daily Hampshire Gazette called them "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." 

All this and fresh beer, too! What more could you want? Clay Jazz plays the People's Pint the third Wednesday of each month. No cover charge, but we welcome your generous contributions to the sparkling treasure chest.  
 
The People's Pint
24 Federal Street
Greenfield MA 01301 
413-773-0333
 
 
 
Clay Jazz will also play a set at the Great Falls Art Festival on Sunday, May 20, 2-3:30 pm.  This is the third annual arts festival to benefit The Brick House Community Resource Center. It's a fabulous outside event with juried arts/crafts, live music, food, and kid's activities!

Come enjoy the glorious Spring air, and support an excellent cause. Free admission, so this is one you can't miss! All the fun happens at the Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A (just off Route 2, over Gill-Montague bridge), Turner's Falls MA 413-863-9576
 
MANY MUSICIANS MAKING MUCH MUSIC
May 19, 2007 11 AM - 4 PM. Springfest 2007

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MANY MUSICIANS MAKING MUCH MUSIC
Springfest 2007
05/19/07
Time: 11 am - 4 pm

The annual city-wide celebration of community and music, featuring more than 200 children, adults, and faculty playing live music at various locations throughout downtown Northampton. Come out and hear the music!
 
 For more info, call (413) 585-0001 or visit www.ncmc.net/springfest07.html
 
J.S. BACH: HIS FOREBEARS, FAMILY AND FOLLOWERS
May 18 & 19, 7:30 PM. Pioneer Valley Cappella Choral Concert

J.S. BACH: HIS FOREBEARS, FAMILY AND FOLLOWERS
Pioneer Valley Cappella Choral Concert
05/18/07 - 05/19/07
Time: 7:30 pm

Pioneer Valley Cappella's Spring concerts explore Johann Sebastian Bach: what influenced his work, and his continuing influence on other composers.

The central work on the program is his magnificent motet,  Jesu, meine Freude.  Born into one of Germany's leading musical families, Bach blended traditional German music with new trends from Italy and France. Our program traces this progress with works of Pachelbel, Frescobaldi, Couperin, and two of J. S. Bach's cousins (Johann Ludwig and Johann Christoph).

A lush Ave Maria 0430_BACH.jpgby Villa-Lobos and a hauntingly austere series of Haiku poems set by Peter Schickele (alter ego of Bach's last and least son, P.D.Q.) demonstrate J.S. Bach s persistent musical prominence.  Geoffrey Hudson, director, conducts in his farewell performance with the Pioneer Valley Cappella.
 
Friday, May 18 at the Amherst Unitarian Society Meetinghouse
121 North Pleasant St, Amherst
 
Saturday, May 19 at Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot St, Holyoke
 
Both concerts are at 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $12 General, $6 Students/Seniors
 
THE BRICK HOUSE PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL GREAT FALLS ART FEST!  ART, MUSIC , AND FOOD!
May 19 - 20, 10 AM  - 5 PM

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GREAT FALLS ART FEST
05/19/07 - 05/20/07
Time: 10 am - 5 pm

The Brick House Community Resource Center is presenting its third annual Great Falls Art Fest (GFAF) on Saturday & Sunday, May 19th & 20th from 10 to 5 on the beautiful grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center on Avenue A in Turners Falls.  Offering a wide variety of artwork & handcrafted items, two days of fabulous live music, kids  activities & entertainment, and food options for every palate, this festival offers something for everyone!
         

Featuring twenty-eight juried artists from across New England who specialize in a myriad of mediums, GFAF gives visitors the opportunity to purchase original handcrafted art from the artists themselves.  GFAF also boasts two full days of live music from many local favorites including The Ambiguities, Appalachian Still, Clay Jazz, Carrie Ferguson, Michael Metevier, & Chris Scanlon. 
       
The fest will offer a variety of food options, including burgers, delicious hand-cut fries, vegetarian wraps and soup, and yummy flavors from Bart s Ice Cream.  Children s craft activities will be offered throughout the weekend by Brick House staff members & teen volunteers, including face painting on both days.  Hoopla Hoops will be on hand, with samples to play with & new hoops to purchase, with 20% going to The Brick House.
         

For more information on GFAF, call 413-863-9576, or visit www.thebrickhouseinc.org.  Click on the GFAF poster to see a full listing of participating artists and musicians.  Then, Come and Enjoy!
  

IMAGE: Lisa Blake Pottery
 
 
ENJOY THE ARTS & BLOOMS TURNERS FALLS OPEN STUDIO AND DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR! 
May 19 - May 20, 10 am - 5 pm. COME EARLY AND STAY LATE!


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Karen Stinchfield
Arts and......

ENJOY THE ARTS & BLOOMS TURNERS FALLS OPEN STUDIO AND DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR!  COME EARLY AND STAY LATE!
Arts & Blooms Turners Falls Open Studio and Downtown Walking Tour
05/19/07 - 05/20/07
Time: 10 am - 5 pm

The Arts & Blooms Turners Falls Open Studio & Downtown Walking Tour is taking place May 19th and 20th in the lovely village of Turners Falls.  The tour includes several perennial favorites like stone sculptor Tim de Christopher, the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, Spencer Peterman s breath-taking spalted wood bowls, Mike Langknecht s gorgeous mirrors and frames; the Great Falls Art Fest; & David Weiner s Great Lighting, which is always an aesthetic treat. 

This tour is also presenting the work of several artists who are connected to Turners Falls, but who do not have downtown studio or gallery space.  Utilizing open space at two locations, eight local artists have come together to present their work through a variety of mediums.  The Shea Theater will also be presenting its second annual  Valley Idol  fundraiser.   

To obtain an Arts & Blooms brochure with map, please drop by any stop during the weekend of May 19th and 20th, or call 413-863-9499. or 9576.  This event is partially funded by the RiverCulture arts-related economic development project in Turners Falls which is partially funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   
         
So, drop by and meander along the streets of downtown Turners Falls, discovering what this beautiful historic village has to offer.  


Image: Tim de Christopher
 
MOHAWK HUDSON REGIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION
05/24/07 - 09/30/07


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Mohawk Hudson Regional Juried Exhibition
05/24/07 - 09/30/07
Time: Opening May 24th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Peter Dellert has the above pictured piece in this years Mohawk Hudson Regional.

Presented by the Albany International Airport Art and Culture Program at the Albany International Airport Gallery. Founded in 1936, "the Artists of the Mohawk-Hudon Region" is among the longest running regional exhibitions in the country. It is open to artists living within a 100 mile radius of Albany, New York.

This year's juror is Leah Douglas, the founding Director and Curator of the Philadelphia International Airport's Exhibition Program. Cash and gift awards will be presented and a catalog with an essay by the juror will be published and available at the opening. For directions go to www.albanyairport.com.


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SOUND ART INSTALLATION
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SOUND ART INSTALLATION
Other Voices : Sounding Self
SALLY GREENHOUSE
05/13/07 - 05/17/07
Time: 2-5pm opening 5/13/07

Opening of sound art installation exploring  life narrative through answering machine messages, culled from (in)significant audio missives left on my (now) antique answering machine over the last 2 decades.

Reception/Opening Sunday May 13, 2-5pm.
(This is in fulfillment of my mid-carreer MFA thesis in Art at Umass..........Herter Art Gallery.
 
 
 
WORKSHOP & MASTER CLASS WITH THE JOE BELMONT GROUP
6/3/07. In the style of Wes Montgomery
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WORKSHOP & MASTER CLASS WITH THE JOE BELMONT GROUP
In the style of Wes Montgomery
6/3/07
Time: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm, 7-9 pm

The Joe Belmont Group will lead a master class showcasing the stylings of legendary jazz musician Wes Montgomery at the Northampton Community Music Center. The class will begin at 11:30 and run until 4:30 pm, followed by a concert in a private lounge at Zoe s Fish & Chop House in Easthampton. 
 
The master class will begin with a workshop led by guitarist Joe Belmont, which will explore the history of the Wes Montgomery style, as well as a biography of the legendary artist.  Throughout the afternoon, members of the Joe Belmont Group will work with participants in a group setting, as well as by instrument.  Registration is required for both the master class and evening concert; please contact the Music Center.
 
Composed of five area-renowned jazz musicians, The Joe Belmont Group is steeped in the tradition of the jazz greats.  Led by guitarist Joe Belmont, the group includes Claire Arenius on drums, Paul Arslanian on piano, Bruce Diehl on saxophone, and Dave Shapiro on bass.  Each of the members has extensive experience playing with jazz greats across the country and around the world.  Recently, they have come together to focus on the music and style of the legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery.

 
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.
 
Illy coffee containers needed!


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Art business in need of a supply of illy containers as bases for one of their robot clocks.

If you use illy coffee- regular, decaf or espresso or know an office or business who does, please contact Susan Boss or Mark Brown at bossbrown@bossbrownart.com or call 413-527-9675.

We will make arrangements to collect or pay shipping for the source. THANKS, and don't forget to recycle.
 
SPECIAL FRIENDS OF THE NEWSLETTER

JEAN-PIERRE PASCHE
ANILA ZAIDI
DENISE RIGGS
BRUCE BARONE
MARK BROWN/SUSAN BOSS

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

May 12, 2007 - Call for applications for  upcoming Juried New England Photographers
Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art.
 
WHO: Photographers based in New England.  We encourage traditional and non-traditional photography including new media,installations, mixed media, etc.

 
WHAT : Our Museum seeks to display and honor regional photographers.  Jurors are Karen Haas, Curator of the Lane Collection, at the Museum of Fine Arts and Arlette Kayafas, Director, of the Kayafas Gallery in Boston for our upcoming New England Photographers Biennial Exhibition.  The exhibition will be on view this Fall 2007 at the Danforth Museum of Art.  Deadline for
submissions is May 12, 2007.  

Please see our website www.danforthmuseum.org
and look under Exhibits to download the application.

WHERE: Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702

COST: $25 for up to three entries.  Additional entries may be submitted for an additional $10 per piece.    

CONTACT: Lisa Leavitt, Danforth Museum of Art (508) 620-0050 x 12 or
lleavitt@danforthmuseum.org with any questions.

Thank you!
Lisa Leavitt
Museum Registrar
Danforth Museum of Art
123 Union Avenue

Framingham, MA  01702
tel.  (508) 620-0050 x 12
fax  (508) 872-5542

lleavitt@danforthmuseum.org
www.danforthmuseum.org
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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
PLEASE NOTIFY ME WHEN YOUR SPACE HAS BEEN RENTED OR YOUR LISTING EXPIRES. THANKS-MO

THE BOLTWOOD MARKETPLACE IS AMHERST'S NEWEST OUTDOOR MIXED MARKET! ARISTS, CARFTS PEOPLE AND FARMERS: WE HAVE A MARKET FOR ALL OF YOU!  
04/28/07 - 10/27/07
9:00am-1:00pm every Sat.

There's a new mixed Marketplace in Amherst!
 
 We are looking for Artists, Crafts People and Farmers to join our market.

 The Boltwood Marketplace is located behind Bueno Y Sano and Newbury Comics adjacent to the new Amherst parking garage.  We opened last year and hope to have a 2nd successful year.  The Boltwood Marketplace is opening on April 28th and will be open every Saturday through October from 9:00 am to 1:00pm.

 If you are interested in participating in the Boltwood Marketplace we are now accepting applications.  Please help us spread the word abut our market and support our local community.
 
 Please call Kathryn for details: (413) 253-7879
 info@amherstlincolnrealty.com
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0423_space.jpgSTUDIO FOR RENT
Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls

GREAT LIGHT!   
5 LARGE WINDOWS! 
WEST & SOUTH EXPOSURE
555  Sq Ft        Approx 21' x 27'
High Speed Internet connection available!
Includes heat and electric!
Rent-$500/month 
  
413-625-6177
schaktman@comcast.net


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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
STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE ASAP
End Date: negotiable
Time: ASAP
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LIVE/WORK LOFT SPACE TO SHARE
Title: Looking for Roommate
Start Date: 6-1-07
End Date: 0000
Time: 0000

Description: Artist looking for artist to share GIANT live work space in holyoke MA.  $450 + utils.
Plenty of space, cool cat, relaxed roommate, washer+dryer.
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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/."

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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.

Daryl-Ann Saunders, Fine-Art Photography
www.eastmontgallery.net
   
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
 
 
TO MAKE A DONATION OR SPONSOR THE NEWSLETTER

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Unfortunately due to stuff I can't comprehend, the PayPal button has to say, "Buy Now", rather than "donate". I want it to say "Hello Sweetheart!"
Anyway--thanks for your support!

If this button does not work you may have to try another browser. sigh. 

Show Postcards and the like can be mailed to:


I think a lot of people still have my old arts & industry address as postcards get forwarded to me but I think that may expire soon.

THIS NEWSLETTER IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE ART ANGELS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
The form is screwed up and keeps giving me errors messages. I am so sick of trying and getting error messages. Can I make my submission via email?

It must have singled you out. Maybe you have sinned. See God.

The form does work. It works for 98% of the people who use it weekly to submit properly sized images. I test it regularly in Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. Try using one of these browsers. In every single case where I gave in and accepted an email submission the image attached was WELL over 100k. The last few were 11 mgs, 22 mgs and 25 mgs respectively. I can upload no more than 40k per image to constant contact so I am willing to do some work on each image but not that much. 100k is the absolute maximum size I will accept.

I don't know how to resize my image. Will you do it for me?

I am busy. See Satan.

In between yachting and vacationing, I spend some time learning to use photoshop etc. At the bottom of the submission form, there are links to sites that will resize your images for FREE. Take a few minutes to explore those options.

Where is my image?

Up my nose. With my mansion.

If it is not there it was either so large as to be rejected by my server or it wasn't properly attached. You get a receipt for your submission. If an image made it through, it will be listed as such at the bottom of your receipt. If I don't get an image with a submission I simply add the text.

My event has a typo. Why wasn't this fixed?

Someone shoot me please.

I cut and paste the text I receive. I don't proof it. It is the responsibility of the submitting person to edit their own text.

You didn't include the address of my event. What's up with that?

Before I answer this, let me take another puff on my crack pipe...

You didn't include it in your submission. I don't proof. The form prompts you to include where and when your event is. Use it as your guide. I cut and paste exactly what you submit.

Look, I am REALLY busy with my upcoming show and don't have time to mess with your ****ing form. Can't you just take an email submission and do it for me? It will only take you a few minutes.

Sometimes in a relationship both parties need to spend some time making it work.

It will only take *you* a few minutes too. I also have a show coming up. I understand busy. I don't do this newsletter to fill a void in my life or to find something to do. Call me at midnight one of these nights when I am finishing up the day's work. I will walk you through the steps to figure out to change the size of an image.

I sent a submission at least 3 hours before you sent out the newsletter Monday afternoon. Why isn't it in? Please make an addendum for me. My event is this week so it HAS to go out THIS WEEK.

WTF?

Submissions are due Sunday by 5PM. Plan ahead a bit. I reserve the right to work on my newsletter Sunday evening if I have a pressing deadline for one of my paying jobs on Monday morning or a medical treatment scheduled. This deadline is clearly stated at the top of every newsletter. I only ask for it to be in by the night before. This is not a crazy deadline. It allows for a small lead time for me. Why does this not seem fair?

My firewall won't let me use your form so please use my email submission.

My emotional firewall clearly needs some tighter controls.

I battle spam and viruses with worms, viruses and trojans attached every day. Simply by doing this newsletter and having my email address out there opens me up to so many malicious emails. I empathize. Doing the newsletter means letting down my own firewall. I can't accommodate yours.

I need to see a proof of my submission to make sure I got everything right before you send the newsletter out. Please send it to this address.

Did you really mean to hit the send button on this email?

I don't do proofs. Check your work first and be sure you have gotten everything right.

This goes with my previous submission, I forgot to put the times.
Oops, add this too, I forgot the address. Thanks.

Oops, I forgot to go to my last therapy appointment. I feel... scared.

I can't compile articles from multiple submissions. Please check your work. This is your part of the bargain.

Will you break your no addendum rule?

When I was little I had a pet hamster. He ran circles endlessly. I used to think he must be crazy.

Maybe for a pile of cash, up front.

I only have slides. It's not fair that you only accept digital images. Can I mail it to you?

Paris Hilton is going to jail for 45 days. Is that not enough?

Constant Contact only accepts digital images and so do I. I don't have a slide scanner. I don't even have a scanner. This is a digital newsletter and so all content must be digital. It is fair.

You didn't need to size my image for me, but thanks!

Then why did you attach it?

An attached yet gigantic image is a gigantic tug on my conscience. Even when I say I am not going to resize it, I feel compelled to. For this week anyway. Next week I am going to learn to stick to my own guidelines. Everyone is capable of learning to use a simple image program to fix their own images.

Mo, are you actually sobbing?

No, I am singing old show tunes.

I have nothing more to give. I was sad because I had no food and then I met a man who had no feet.