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header_experiment.jpg EDITOR & PUBLISHER
Mo Ringey

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PRECISION SYNTAX IS RANDOMLY BENEFICIAL

merde.jpgFor new subscribers this week: This is an ongoing dialogue between me and myself. I am certain no one reads this but me. So bear with me. This is a desperate attempt to save the newsletter. See, "Rate Card" below for better understanding. Usually this intro part is far more amusing. ~Mo (a person).

I have changed the name of the newsletter this week. From here on it shall be known as THE ARTS NEWSLETTER EXPERIMENT. Why? I am glad you asked. I feel the importance of syntax lately because there is a recurring phenomenon of slightly off-target syntax that is making a LOT of work for me.

When I am loose in the world, people often approach me and say, "I love your website!" This causes me joy!, yet also some confusion because I actually have a website, and this isn't it. I have 3 websites actually. They are websites. They are places you can go to on the internet. One can type in www.moringey.com and see my website about my artwork. I have others. They don't arrive in your inbox. They are addresses you can go to.

One can also go to www.local.masslive.com (not one of my sites, but rather a fabulous my-pal-Kelsey-Flynn project, actually, which is a free service WEBSITE and one you should totally always use to also post your events for the benefit of her thousands of readers) and view and post art events or read the news. These are websites. One goes to them.

In addition to my website, a www kind of thing, I produce THIS; a weekly arts EMAIL NEWSLETTER. I call it a newsletter to differentiate it from a website because it ain't no website. You can't type an address in to your browser and access it. It lands in your email inbox. It *looks* like a website because it is formatted by code and it has pretty pictures and text and links, but in reality, it is no more a website than it is a disco. It just acts like one (a website, it acts like. not a disco. no).

Why is this a problem for me? Well, I really don't care what you call it. You can call it, "shit for brains", you can call it "Esmerelda" or you can call it, "Random beneficial". No skin off my back. I want you to be happy.

BUT, if you tell people, "You should post your event on this *website*", it causes a lot of explanatory emailing for me. People assume that a website is a website. They go to my website where I post ARCHIVES of PAST newsletters for the further enjoyment and promotion of everyone's events, and they think this is the thing, the shit, the random beneficial.

Anyway-these people who are lead to believe that this is a *website*, use the submission form (god bless their random beneficial souls), and then immediately check back to the archives posted on my personal WEBSITE and when their event is not there, they do a little freakifying and email me with, "I submitted my events hours ago--WHY is it not there. Please fix and have it up ASAP". This is problematic because now my newsletter has failed them in some way and they are distraught, or, in recent cases, pissed. I then need to explain the difference between the email newsletter, my personal website, and the archives of past newsletters. After explaining I rarely hear back. Maybe they are pissed-for-life. I hope not. I hope to not have to delete the archives of past newsletters from my site BUT, if this keeps happening I might have to and that will actually save me another hour and a half weekly.

I don't want to disappoint people. I do this because I love people and I donate my time to help fill a void of events coverage for this reason. I want to please people. So, if people would, when so helpfully (I LOVE when you do that) spreading the word about this service, call it an "email newsletter" and not, never, not, a WEBSITE, I would cry tears of random beneficial joy. I'd also not get freakified emails and have to explain. Loving you (i.e., doing the newsletter) should mean never having to say I'm sorry.

And the "EXPERIMENT" part of the new name? Well, you do ask all the right questions, don't you? Random beneficial kisses. This is an experiment so I am calling it that. Here is the question: if you donate a lot of time to do something for people for free BUT, require that they do a few minutes' work on their end to meet you partway, will they do it? Or will they complain that the meeting partway part (the form) is tedious (it is so easy) and say that they don't know how to size their images, leaving it for me to do? Will people complain that it takes a wee bit of work to get this free exposure? Or, will they be angry that they can't just add me to their press release email list and attach 10 mg images? Time will tell. The other people you have on your press release list are in paying jobs. And you still have no guarantee that your event will make the listings. AND, you do not get to have an image. I am free. You have a few minutes work to do to get my free time.

We all complain about the lack of arts coverage in the local publications. I am trying to rectify that with this huge list of readers and this place where you can post events and images. It totally works, that much we know. I get gazillions of emails from people who tell me that they use it to plan their arts attendances, or that a dozen people at their event told them that they heard about it here. But I also get lots of complaints and pleas to not use the submission form. Folks, it is just as easy as the form submission at www.local.masslive.com and I see your events there. How did you manage that?

Interestingly, there are readers on my subscriber list from all over the world. Well, 5 countries and 11 states. Why are they reading this? A friend in another country said he is reading it because he likes my writing and because he is observing how the newsletter evolves and watching to see if it will succeed. He wrote the other day, "I think if you can't get compliance on the form submission and image size requirements then you should just go for it and have a complete and total public meltdown in the newsletter. Make it funny, for our enjoyment. You used to be so funny, now you just beg for everyone to do their part. Be funny again. Each week provide a hilarious litany of newsletter foibles and just kill it, for us all to watch. Hell, name names. Exit with aplomb. This would appeal to our voyeuristic attraction to train wrecks and meltdowns. Have a GOOD time flaming out. Why stress? You don't know what you got till it's gone."

Ha! I love that idea. I guess I began that process with my FAQs, at the bottom of the newsletter. 90% of submissions lately are close to perfect, even though many forget to put the address of the event. I am going to aim for 100%, cuz that 10% of non-compliance is a few extra hours each week and I don't have those extra hours to give. You are my test group. Experiments usually have a test group and a control group of subjects who get the sugar pill. People are already testing the form submission and sending me fake events to see what the fuss is about. They will be the control group, the sugarpills. One day I will publish my findings in some journal of sociology or psychology, complete with pages of quadratic formulas and theories of particpatibility and mutual considerationality, and, the email complaints. In the meantime, this is an experiment. Let's try to make it succeed. If we can't, I promise a very public and hilarious flameout, and then it will be gone. Gone to the junkyard of failed experiments. Random beneficial love for all. The future is in your hands.
NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS & COSTS
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Cost of Subscription = $0

Cost of Submitting events for publication= $0 + 10 minutes of your time to cut and paste your text into the submission form.

Average weekly newsletter views (taken from CC comparative metrics and web stats specific to newsletter archives) = 1000+ unique weekly visitor views.

Cost of newsletter and site archives production= $50 monthly + 25-40 person hours monthly. Approximately 20 minutes per event submission using the form. Additional 10-15 minutes per submissions that do not use the form. 5-10 minutes or more extra for resizing overlarge images.

If you would like to skip the submission form and send me a press release; I am willing to put in extra time to create a submission for you from a press release and resize your image for a donation to the newsletter expenses. Please inquire.

If you miss the deadline for the newsletter that week: for a larger donation to the newsletter befitting the extra hours to create a special announcement I will make an addendum for your event alone. See me.

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NEWSLETTER: For future reference, and because my website is averaging 4-5 thousand unique views each month and I want to share that, I reformat and post each weekly newsletter in the Archives
BLOG: I write a thrice weekly-ish blog; Art & About with Mo, at The Valley Advocate
RADIO: Wednesdays from 8-9 AM at 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio.

NOTE: The blog and the radio show are not extensions of this newsletter and are not further venues for submissions/events although there may be overlap in some cases. They are separate pursuits about arts in general and are not calendar, newsletter or event-centric. They are things I do for fun.

May 28, 2007
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. Please size images to be 100k MAX. Proof your work. Send only ONE submission per event. Gather all the information beforehand. Your stitch in time saves nine of mine.

Events run for 2 weeks, in most cases.

"That Special Place"
"Flowers", A series of paintings by Pacifico A.Palumbo

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Green Emporium Gallery presents "Flowers"A series of paintings byPacifico A.Palumbo

"April Showers Bring May Flowers."Fiore, Fleurs, Flor, Flowers. No matter how we say it, we all love them.    
Artist Pacifico A. Palumbo presents a collection of his latest "Floral Paintings"
 May 31st.- June 30th.                                
Opening reception  Thursday May 31st.
6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Preview Show:  www.pacificopalumbofineart.com  Florals


Green Emporium Gallery On the common Colrain Ma. 4 Main Rd. Colrain Ma.info @greenemporium.com.

ART TALK WITH OLIVIA BERNARD AND RITA EDELMAN
May 31, 7:30 PM. Gallery A3

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ART TALK WITH OLIVIA BERNARD AND RITA EDELMAN
Conversations with Artists
5/31/07
Time: 7:30 pm

Olivia Bernard and Rita Edelman talk about their work at  Conversations with Artists,  an information discussion at Gallery A3.  
In their current exhibition, Olivia Bernard is showing recent drawings and studies for works exploring translucency, line and color.  Rita Edelman is exhibiting large abstract silver point drawings inspired by architecture seen on a recent trip.  Phone: 413/256-4250




FIRST FRIDAYS - FEATURING JAZZ GUITARIST, DAVID ROSENTHAL
June 1, 7-9 PM. At Gallery 137, 137 Main Street, Indian Orchard.

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Gallery 137
FIRST FRIDAYS - FEATURING JAZZ GUITARIST, DAVID ROSENTHAL
First Fridays monthly series
Start Date: 6/1/2007
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

An Award-winning guitarist, Longmeadow native David Rosenthal has had the opportunity to perform with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Jon Hendricks, Oscar Peterson, and more.

At just 18, he has also sold out shows at The Iron Horse in Northampton and played extensively around the country, including his performances at the 2005 and 2006 Grammy Awards.

Call (413) 543-6994 or visit www.Gallery137.org for more information and upcoming event schedules.



Also visit www.davidrosenthal.com for more information on this amazing performer. Open to the public, suggested donation of $5.


THE ARTISAN GALLERY IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE NEW CERAMIC WORK OF STEPHANIE CRAIG AND TODD LEECH.
May 28-July 8, 2007

 
0528_artisan.jpgTRANSFORMATIONS: The Compelling Ceramic Art of Stephanie Craig and Todd Leech
05/28/07 - 07/08/07
Time: Mon-Wed 10-6

Stephanie and Todd bring everything to their work.
They explore, and probe, and sift through the mountain of evidence that we are but a small part of the natural world. They acknowledge we are only here for a limited duration. They encounter and respond to the natural world on a very personal level. Memories, growth, and disintegration are transformed by the alchemy of intellect, emotion and technical virtuosity into works of compelling beauty. If the success of a work of art can lie in its ability to arrest the internal chatter of the viewer then this work succeeds. If great art achieves a beautiful complexity and allows for a peaceful contemplation of the larger world - then this group of works is a success on every level.
 
For more information contact:
Chuck Stern, Curator
413.586.1942
The Artisan Gallery
162 Main Street
Northampton, MA  01060
 
 Hours: 
 Mon-Wed 10-6
 Thur-Sat 10-9
 Sun 12-5
8TH ANNUAL RESIDENT ART SHOW
Reception 4-5 pm on June 3

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8TH ANNUAL RESIDENT ART SHOW
Title: Residents Gallery Art Show
6/03/2007 - 6/28/2007
Time: On Going

Come meet the eleven artists at opening reception 4-5 pm on June 3.  Paintings in variety of mediums by Tiyo Asai, Ed Chandless, Annabelle Coelen, Lisa Colt, Margery Cornwall, Gerry LoGalbo, Jody Mills, Barbara Snoek, Diedrick Snoek, Marjorie Tauer, and Howard Sacks.

Note: This jpeg is a water color entitled "Monhegan Row Boats" by Ed Chandless.

mtauer70@yahoo.com
Marjorie  Tauer
Lathrop Easthampton Art Gallery


GROUP EXHIBIT OF THE CONSORTIUMS 2007 CAREER INITIATIVES ARTISTS
June 3rd, 1-4 PM: Opening reception. VIRGINIA HARLOW, MOLLY RUPP, LARRY DITMAN, JANICE SORENSEN


0521_apollo.jpgPlease join us as The Consortium presents our 5th Annual Visual & Performing Arts Show
FLUX

at Apollo Grill
116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA
June 3rd, 1-4 PM: Opening reception
Artwork viewable during restaurant hours through June

CURATED BY NOTED LOCAL ARTIST JANICE SORENSEN

This year The Consortium is hosting it's 5th Annual Art Show: FLUX at the Apollo Grill located in the Eastworks Building in Easthampton, MA. The exhibit consists
of an array of fine art by The Consortium's 2007 Career Initiatives artists and an opening reception with refreshments, music, and poetry.

FLUX at the Apollo Grill is being curated by noted local artist Janice Sorensen. Participating artists include Virginia Harlow, Janice Sorensen, Larry Ditman, and Molly Rupp.

Performers include local singing legend Robin Lane and poet Chaya Grossberg.

The Consortium is excited to bring our show to the Apollo Grill in Eastworks. Eastworks is a beautifully renovated mill building with a growing community of businesses, artisans, other professionals and residents.

All fine art is for sale.

For directions to the exhibit please click here.

INNOVATIVE PROCESSES:
Reception: June 8th, 5:30-7:30 PM.  PRINTS BY ABBIE HENDRICKSON, CONSTANCE JACOBSON AND JOYCE SILVERSTONE EXHIBITION AND DEMONSTRATION AT ZEA MAYS PRINTMAKING

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INNOVATIVE PROCESSES: PRINTS BY ABBIE HENDRICKSON, CONSTANCE JACOBSON AND JOYCE SILVERSTONE EXHIBITION AND DEMONSTRATION AT ZEA MAYS PRINTMAKING


05/25/07 m- 06/29/07
Reception: June 8th, 5:30-7:30 PM

All three artists included in this exhibition take a very non-traditional approach to printmaking.  Jacobson prints with powdered graphite suspended in oil, Silverstone on clayboard with alternative plates, inks and paints, and Hendrickson is highly mix-media, printing on dried tea bags, including stitching, gesso and more. 

The artists will be demonstrating their unique approaches to printmaking during the reception, FRIDAY JUNE 8TH - 5:30-7:30 PM.  Come join us for this opportunity to see the magic!
 
 The exhibition is open Tuesday - Friday, 12-5 and the first and third weekend of June, 12-5.  Zea Mays Printmaking is located at the Arts and Industry Building, 221 Pine St. #320, Florence, MA.  413.584.1783.
THE JOE BELMONT GROUP
June 3, 7-9 PM. Featuring the stylings of Wes Montgomery


CONCERT: THE JOE BELMONT GROUP
Featuring the stylings of Wes Montgomery
06/03/07
Time: 7-9 pm

On Sunday, June 3 at 7 pm, The Joe Belmont Group will perform in a private lounge at Zoe's Fish & Chop House in Easthampton to benefit the Northampton Community Music Center (NCMC).
 
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.
 
Those who have dinner that evening at Zoe's and mention NCMC will have a portion of their table's bill donated to the Music Center. Reservations required. To reserve your seat at the concert, please call NCMC at (413) 585-0001. Entrance is $15 per person. A cash bar will be available. 

"SURFACING" - 20 ALL NEW, THEMATICALLY INTERWOVEN WORKS BY NICK BAXTER
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06/09/07 - 07/08/07
Opening Reception 06/09/07 5-9pm

The fine art gallery space at Off The Map Tattoo Studio in Easthampton, Massachusetts, will present an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Nick Baxter entitled  Surfacing.  The exhibition, which is Nick s first ever solo showing, opens June 9 and continues through July 8, 2007. It will feature 20 all new, thematically interwoven works. The opening reception is from 5 9 pm on June 9, coinciding with the ongoing Art Walk Easthampton event (www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org)
 
Baxter, born in 1981 in New Haven Connecticut, has followed a lifelong passion for creative self-expression. He attended many prestigious art schools before pursuing a career in tattooing. He continues to develop and pursue his interest in other fine art mediums such as painting, mixed media collage, and photography. Tattooing six full years, Baxter has gained international acclaim in the body art community for his thought-provoking, innovative motifs and has become widely recognized by others in the tattoo industry for his combination of fine art and technical tattooing skills. He has shown fine art works in numerous group exhibitions since 2003, and has been featured in every major tattoo art magazine. 
 
 For more info. and directions to the tattoo studio and its fine art gallery space, call 413-527-6574, email them through (frontdesk@offthemaptattoo.com), or view the website at (www.offthemaptattoo.com).
For a comprehensive collection of Nick s artwork, visit his website at (www.nickbaxter.com)
 
WORKSHOP & MASTER CLASS WITH THE JOE BELMONT GROUP
June 6, 2007. 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.

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL: REALISM FROM A BYGONE ERA
June 1 - 30, reception on Saturday, June 16 from 3 - 6 p.m., free and open to the public.

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Gallery 137

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL: REALISM FROM A BYGONE ERA
6/1/2007 - 6/30/2007
Hours: 11 - 3 p.m. Wed - Sat

Featuring iconic images of diners & cafés by regional artists Mo Ringey, Jeff Neumann, Bill Rohan, and Deborah Rubin in an exhibition of classic Americana presented in oil, acrylic, assemblage and other mixed media.

Artists' reception on Saturday, June 16 from 3 - 6 p.m., free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sat. from 11 - 3 p.m. Call (413) 543-6994 or visit www.Gallery137.org for more information and upcoming event schedules.


Image: Blueplate Postcard front
AFTER-HOURS AT CUP AND TOP CAFE!
THE ART SALON


cup&top.jpgAFTER-HOURS AT CUP AND TOP CAFE!
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.
 
 
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
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.


Image: Hippurites

Illy coffee containers needed!


0423_brown.jpgIlly coffee containers needed!

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

 
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.

CALL FOR ARTISTS
Due June 15. Works on Paper

WORKS ON PAPER~~CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
 
The Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for a July 2007 exhibition.
 
The exhibition will be juried by slides or CDs of works on paper, including photographs.  Up to three submissions per artist will be accepted.

Submissions must include slides/CDs, a completed version of this application form, a check for the $20 made out to the Northampton Center for the Arts and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of materials. Please label slides/CDs with name of artist, materials, dimensions of artwork; no 
3-D works will be accepted.

The submission packet should be mailed or delivered in person to the Center, 17 New South Street, third floor, Northampton, MA 01060 by June 15, 2007; notification will be sent by June 20, 2007.  The Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
The following information is required: Name of artist; address; phone and email address; title, price, medium and size of each submission.  Email address of NCFA: ncfa@nohoarts.org     Telephone: (413)584-7327
OPEN HOUSE, OPEN AIRWAVES: TRAINING SESSION AT VALLEY FREE RADIO
Training Session at Valley Free Radio


OPEN HOUSE, OPEN AIRWAVES: TRAINING SESSION AT VALLEY FREE RADIO
Training Session at Valley Free Radio
06/03/07
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm

Come get involved with the Pioneer Valley's very own LP-FM community radio station Valley Free Radio WXOJ-LP. The programming committee will be holding an open house and training session on Sunday June 3rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the WXOJ-LP studios in the Florence Community Center. All are welcome!
 
 Topics covered will be a brief history of VFR, how to use the production and on-air studios, and how to get your own radio show.
 
 Visit http://www.valleyfreeradio.org, email board@valleyfreeradio.org or call (413) 584-1160 for more information.
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THIS WEEK ON ON VFR:
MO RADIO---> This Wednesday, May 30, 8-9 AM, Pacifico A. Palumbo
is my special guest on Mo Radio. We will discuss his new show at the Green Emporium (listed) and the reception on Thursday evening. You are all invited to both the radio show and the reception. Learn more, tune in, call us during the show with questions at 413-585-1033.
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THIS WEEK ON WRITER'S VOICE: GOURMET ORGANIC COOKING AND SAVING LOCAL LIBRARIES.
Writer's Voice on VFR-Francesca Rheannon, Host
Thursday, May 21, 8-9 AM

Gourmet organic chef and author Leslie Cerier talks about her newest cookbook, GOING WILD IN THE KITCHEN. also, singer-songwriter Jim Armenti of the Lonesome Brothers talks about his fund-raising cd, THE GREAT PUMPKIN ROLL, and saving the Westhampton library.


NCFA OFFERS BRAND NEW, INNOVATIVE AND VARIED SUMMER ART STUDIO

NCFA OFFERS BRAND NEW, INNOVATIVE AND VARIED SUMMER ART STUDIO
Title: Summer Art Studio
07/16/07 - 09/09/07
Time: Varied

The Northampton Center for the Arts is launching a summer-long educational fine arts program featuring a series of classes and workshops taught by some of Northampton's most prominent visual artists. The series is a response to frequent requests for community arts instruction, and the offerings have been chosen to be of interest to a wide range of students.
 
Called  The Summer Art Studio,  classes will be held in the Center's new community arts classroom, a versatile, air-conditioned space filled with natural light. The series offers an unusual opportunity for the community to interact with artists in engaging events and imaginative learning experiences.
 
 Artists are: Nava Grunfeld, watercolor; Robert Markey, fundamentals of oil painting; Karen Dolmanisth, two workshops:  Meditation, Drawing and Aqua Medium" and Basic Drawing; Lea Donnan, T-shirt art (collage, simple printmaking and textile application); Robert Masla, drawing fundamentals; Madison Cripps, bookbinding; Jane Lund, pastel still-life. 
 
 Those registering for Nava Grunfeld's session should do so at http://www.navagrunfeld.com/
 For full information about all sessions and to download the registration form (for all except Grunfeld's), visit www.nohoarts.org  or call the Center (413) 584-7327 to obtain a flyer.
 
YOU, TOO, CAN GIVE AWAY OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY TO ARTISTS!
ECC seeks new members


stephanie.gibbs@gmail.com
Stephanie Gibbs
Easthampton Cultural Council

YOU, TOO, CAN GIVE AWAY OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY TO ARTISTS!
ECC seeks new members

The Easthampton Cultural Council needs you!
 
If you either live or work in Easthampton, and would be interested in supporting the arts and culture of the town by giving away grant money, please join us!

Meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month at 50 Payson Ave (City Offices), 7 pm.  For more information, email eculturalcouncil@aol.com, or visit http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/
 
We distribute state money to local artists in the visual and performing arts. The ECC also participates in Arts Walk and other community arts activities.  Individual members are active in many other community groups.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

We fund:  individual artists   both visual and performing;  and organizations including: Art Walk Easthampton; Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Easthampton Arts Appreciation Museum Trips; Easthampton Family Center; Easthampton Historical Society; Easthampton Parks: Arts in the Park; Easthampton Schools; Emily Williston Memorial Library; Easthampton Windows Project; Flywheel; Late Bloomers Art Adventures; Pumpkins in the Park; Riverside Industries; Tri-County Schools      

VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS RESOURCES

FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
EXPLORING YOUR BUSINESS DREAM:  IS STARTING A BUSINESS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Workshop - Exploring Your Business Dream:  Is Starting a Business Right for You?
Start Date: 06-12-07
End Date: 06-26-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! -
Exploring Your Business Dream:  Is Starting a Business Right for You?   Look at the risks and rewards of business ownership. Determine your business and personal goals and assess your resources for starting a business. Begin exploring the market potential of your proposed venture and create an action plan for next steps. This workshop series is appropriate for anyone thinking about starting a business, whether full-time or part-time.   9 hrs.   Instructor: Howard Bronstein. http://odtmaps.com/about_us/howard-bronstein.asp, 3-Tuesdays, June 12-26, 6-9 PM, Easthampton Fire & Safety Complex, 32 Payson Ave.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes. This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
GUERILLA MARKETING
Title: Workshop - Guerilla Marketing
Start Date: 06-05-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Guerilla Marketing   Explore unconventional but highly effective marketing techniques to achieve maximum results from minimal resources.  Develop short-term, intermediate, and long-term programs to boost profits in a manner consistent with your business and personal readiness.  3 hrs.   Instructor: Sheldon Snodgrass. www.steadysales.com Tues. June 5, 6-9 PM, Florence Savings Bank, 355 Russell St. (Rt-9), Hadley.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes. This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
GUERILLA MARKETING
Title: Workshop - Guerilla Marketing
Start Date: 06-20-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Guerilla Marketing   Explore unconventional but highly effective marketing techniques to achieve maximum results from minimal resources.  Develop short-term, intermediate, and long-term programs to boost profits in a manner consistent with your business and personal readiness.  3 hrs.   Instructor: Sheldon Snodgrass. www.steadysales.com Wed. June 20, 6-9 PM, Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes. This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
WEBSITES 101: GETTING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE
Title: Workshop - Websites 101: Getting Your Business Online
Start Date: 06-21-07
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Websites 101: Getting Your Business Online   Learn real world information to plan your web project, from do it yourself tips to hiring a pro. Learn the ins and outs of web sites, including buying/transferring domain names, how to sell on the web, getting into Google, comparing Flash, static and dynamic sites, and more. This is not a computer-based web design or programming class, but a place to answer the question "Where do I start?"  2 hrs.    Instructor: Leslie Tane Hannus www.leslietanedesign.com, Thurs. June 21, 6:30-8:30 PM, Easthampton Public Library, 9 Park St.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes. This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
INTRODUCTION TO QUICKBOOKS ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE
Title: Workshop - Introduction to QuickBooks Accounting Software
Start Date: 06-11-07
End Date: 06-25-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Introduction to QuickBooks Accounting Software The most popular easy-to-use accounting program for non-accountants. Learn what you should know as a business owner, whether you keep your own books or someone keeps them for you. Set up your company books, create accounts and invoices, make and receive payments, and measure your financial performance.    9 hrs.   Instructor: Don Lesser, www.ptraining.com, 3 Mondays, June 11-25, 6-9 PM, Pioneer Training, 14 Bobala Rd., Holyoke-Ingleside.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes.  This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
Title: Workshop - Introduction to Excel
Start Date: 06-04-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Introduction to Excel   Are you a beginner user or someone who wants to learn a few new tricks? Navigate a basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet; format cells, columns, and rows; create formulas and sheets; display your data as charts and imbed your spreadsheet or chart into a Word document (your business plan?!). Learn skills to begin creating a cash-flow statement for your business or simply sharpen your spreadsheet skills.  3 hrs.   Instructor: Graham Ridley, www.ptraining.com, Mon. June 4, 6-9 PM, Pioneer Training, 14 Bobala Rd., Holyoke-Ingleside.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes.  This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
Title: Workshop - Introduction to Excel
Start Date: 06-12-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Introduction to Excel   Are you a beginner user or someone who wants to learn a few new tricks? Navigate a basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet; format cells, columns, and rows; create formulas and sheets; display your data as charts and imbed your spreadsheet or chart into a Word document (your business plan?!). Learn skills to begin creating a cash-flow statement for your business or simply sharpen your spreadsheet skills.  3 hrs.   Instructor: Graham Ridley, www.ptraining.com, Tues. June 12, 6-9 PM, Amherst High School, 21 Matoon St.  Call   Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes.  This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
CREATING MARKETING MATERIALS IN PUBLISHER
Title: Workshop - Creating Marketing Materials in Publisher
Start Date: 06-13-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Creating Marketing Materials in Publisher Create outstanding marketing materials in Microsoft Publisher using graphics, text boxes, line drawings, color, and fonts. Learn skills to produce business cards, fliers, posters, brochures, and ads in-house. Experiment with page set-up and ready-made templates. 3 hrs. Instructor: Sarah Etelman, www.ptraining.com
 Wed. June 13, 6-9 PM, Pioneer Training, 14 Bobala Rd., Holyoke-Ingleside.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes.  This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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FREE WORKSHOP FOR VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS! -
CREATING MARKETING MATERIALS IN WORD
Title: Workshop - Creating Marketing Materials in Word
Start Date: 06-07-07
Time: 6-9 pm

Description: Free Workshop for Valley Entrepreneurs! - Creating Marketing Materials in Word Create outstanding marketing materials in Microsoft Word using graphics, text boxes, line drawings, color, and fonts. Learn skills to produce business cards, fliers, posters, brochures, and ads in-house. Experiment with page set-up and ready-made templates. 3 hrs. Instructor: Brendan Kenny, Thurs. June 7, 6-9 PM, Amherst High School, 21 Matoon St.  Call Dave Plaut at (413) 586-5855 x16 to register.  Class size is limited, so call early.  See www.valleycdc.com calendar for directions and for other classes.  This free workshop series is made possible by Valley CDC through a grant from the MA Commonwealth's Department of Business & Technology. Please thank your state legislators!
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 done 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

FOR HIRE
cyberdeal@aol.com
SELL STUFF ON EBAY

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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NEED SOME HELP?

Dear Artists & Small Business People:  Do you need a third hand?  Someone who can finish up the loose ends that you never seem to have time to catch up on?  I have lots of experience in various arts and crafts, I am a quick learner and not afraid to try just about anything.  I am looking to work 1 or 2 days a week on an on-call basis when needed.  My fee is $125.00 per day.  
 
 P.S. I also do bookkeeping.
 
 Please call me:  Irene (413)527-0234
 
 Please e-mail me: cyberdeal@aol.com 
 

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Anyway--thanks for your support!

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

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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.

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COMMENTS
I get some hilarious comments and so I will start posting them here.


Mo!
I read the bottom of your newsletter. You are so fucking cool for writing all that.  Are those actual questions? lolololololololololol Fuck you are so fucking awesome! Fuck! - [Name Redacted]
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hi ma-mo-mo-ma,
I had to write and compliment you on your new FAQ section.  I laughed so hard when I read it I almost went pee-pee. (I did say almost)  you are terrific and so is your newsletter.  I use it all the time to plan for events.  your submission form is fine, I've never had a problem with it.  let the [text redacted], yeah! - [Name Redacted]
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Mo, I ran into [Name Redacted] the other day and he said he wants to kick your ass. Sorry I got him all fired up. Watch your back for a bit. - [Name Redacted]
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Mo, Clearly you need the,
"Thought Protection Helmet". Do you really mean to be so *open*? Shouldn't some craziness lie hidden? Love ya - [Name Redacted]
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OK, I wanted to see what all hub bub was about regarding this notorious
submission form and the endless pain and angst associated with resizing
images.

So, I clicked on the submission link and commenced to submit an article,
(it was hypothetical because I don't do anything or know anything).

My test assumed that I had the text written and spell checked and I had
chosen a title, oh and I knew the date and time for MY event. including
resizing a picture to 100k that I had I my computer do using the handy web
link to ResizR, which was FREE! I completed my submission in 3 minutes not
10.

Mo, based on my little test, I think you're just screwed. If you offered
people $5 to submit a listing they'd bitch that it wasn't 10 or 25, how
come you can't pay $25

And if you choose to post this:

PEOPLE!! MO is providing a completely FREE service that doesn't cost any
money. Mo is an active (arguably the most active) member of the art scene
here in the valley and beyond. And she is offering a valuable service with
her e-newsletter her blog and radio show, completely FREE services that
don't cost any money. GET WITH THE PROGRAM!! - [Name Redacted]
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Hello,
I submitted an event a few days ago [REDACTED]
but it doesn't appear to be in the newsletter. Would it be
possible for me to make some improvements and get it up there by
tomorrow?
--NOTE: This event was in the newsletter and this was the third request this week for an addendum.
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Hi Mo,
I thought I sent you the pr for [REDACTED]
....but it's not in the latest newsletter. If I send you the info 
could or would you send out one more to your email list. I know I'm 
asking a lot but they are sooooo  disappointed that their upcoming 
show isn't in your wonderful newsletter. Thanks for even considering 
doing this.
--NOTE: No form submission was made. The form sends an automatic receipt to the submittor as proof of submission and this sender had no receipt.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
I didn't know there was a form I am supposed to use.

BUSTED! So, you don't ever read the newsletter, you just submit things to it? I initiated the form submission system on March 7th. Evidently you have not read a newsletter since April.

I have no idea how to size images on my mac. Can you help?

Didn't you once laugh at my cheap little PC and tell me that the mac is "the graphics standard?"

I can show you how to use your mac if you like. I know how to use them, I just can't afford one.


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, and the form, 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. Spell checking is free. There are FREE sites that will do this for you.

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 how 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 emails with worms, viruses and trojans attached every day. Simply by doing this newsletter and having my email address out there opens me up to 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 is ALL you have to do to get FREE promotion for your event.

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.