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June 11, 2007

PARADING AROUND THE JUST WONDERFUL

0611_perm.jpgIn this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world it is heartwarming when people do nice things. I wrote in my blog a while ago about everyone who is helping me get my upcoming show together, thus transforming a financially stressful situation into a heartwarming tale of a village raising a show.

Stone Soup Concrete is actually taking most of a work day off to lend me their truck and their might to deliver my work for the show because I could not find a way to afford truck and men rental and the work won't fit in my car, or on my muscles; not even one item at a time. And it all has to be delivered on one day only so this was a big project to tackle. Thanks to the Stone Soup Concrete folks, there will be a show. And thanks to Get Set Printing, there are postcards for the show and so I have been rescued.

And now Stone Soup Concrete is doing it again; they are having a fabulous benefit bash for the children at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School to raise money for a school bus. These kids have no school bus currently and it's hard to ride a pretend bus to field trips and other educational outings so the SSC folks are buying them a little yellow school bus and Greascar is converting it to run on vegetable oil. What a lesson for the kids; community participation, alternative fuel systems, philanthropy, and celebration.

Get Set Printing, one of my favorite local businesses owned and operated by real human elements of our community, helped out with the postcards for the event. And there was a lot of behind the scenes involvement as well by anonymous local human persons, just like our local human Stone Soup people.

Tickets are $40 and include sushi, tapas, beer, soda, bands, a silent auction and a really great time. Yes, all this for $40, plus knowing you helped buy a bus for a bunch of kids. It's just wonderful.

Register now because tickets are limited. Please see the site for more details and to buy tickets or make a donation. Your ticket gets you loads of fun and 5 karma chits. Rumored pony rides are merely rumors but this event promises to be a fabulous ride on the philanthropy-go-round.

P.S. This week the new events are scarce but the new calls for artists are abundant. Scroll down to see the listing of opportunities. It rained them this week.
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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
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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.

THIS WEEK ON ON VFR: 103.3 FM

MO RADIO---> This Wednesday, June 14, 8-9 AM,
Mike Karmody of Stone Soup Concrete creation. Also, Heidi Coutu from gallery 137 in Indian Orchard.
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THIS WEEK ON WRITER'S VOICE with Francesca Rheannon: 
Writer's Voice on VFR
06/14/07
Time: 8 - 9 am

David Batstone talks about his book NOT FOR SALE, about the modern Abolition movement, as well as the Not For Sale Campaign. Also, author and anti-slavery activist Beatrice Fernando talks about her memoir, THE CONTEMPT OF FATE: THE TALE OF A SRI LANKAN SOLD INTO SERVITUDE, WHO SURVIVED TO TELL IT.
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COLORS FOR A FRIDAY MORNING ON VALLEY FREE RADIO
06/08/07
Time: 10am to 12noon
 
Colors for a Friday Morning  is an electric musical journey presenting a wide range of musical styles. From the Jazz Standards, the Blues, Motown, R & B,  Doo-Wop, Reggae, Souka, Latin New Song, and African rhythms. Aretha, Hendrix, Furtado, and Wonder are just a few others that can be heard on  Colors for a Friday Morning. 
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THE MAN IN BLACK IS BACK! JOHNNY CASH NIGHT ON THE NIGHT CLUB, VALLEY FREE RADIO
103.3FM
Title: The Night Club
Time: 8pm-10pm
Two hours of top quality music each week - this week, Eddie and Linda Kennedy pay tribute to the Man in Black, the late great Johnny Cash. You can e-mail the show at nightclub@valleyfreeradio.org 
 
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

KATHY HIBSHMAN'S FIRST SOLO SHOW!
06/01/07 - 06/29/07 AT Northampton Center for the Arts

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Northampton Center for the Arts
KATHY HIBSHMAN'S FIRST SOLO SHOW!
Kathy Hibshman: Watercolors
06/01/07 - 06/29/07
Time: Gallery Hours

Although this is Kathy Hibshman s first solo exhibition of paintings, it could be said that she has been enthralled with the creative process for virtually her entire life. Hibshman's  mother painted and worked with clay. Consequently, she was exposed to numerous artistic opportunities even as a little girl.
 
 After studying art at Northwestern and Washington Universities, Hibshman moved to rural Vermont and and founded Kaleidoscope Pottery. However, during the 25 years that she ran her production pottery (in Vermont, and later here in the Northampton area) she carried a sketch book wherever she went, and recorded a visual diary of her travels. Many of the works in her current show were inspired by those sketches.
 
 Although Hibshman worked primarily in black and white in her sketch books, she became passionate about adding vibrant hues to her paintings after experiencing the profusion of brilliant colors in the Caribbean on a vacation to Jamaica in the late 1980 s.
 
 Since selling Kaleidoscope Pottery in the early 1990 s, Hibshman and her husband, Barry Schechter, have traveled to a number of places that have been influential in the development of Kathy s artwork. In particular, New Zealand s incredible scenic beauty and Italy s culture and artistic tradition have had major impacts on her imagery. She has also been captivated by the  big skies  and quality of light in the Tucson, Arizona, area, where she and Barry have spent winters in recent years.
 
AMHERST TOWN HALL HOSTS AN ART RECEPTION FOR "THE MOTHER AND THE MONK" 
Thursday June 7th 2007. INTAGLIO PRINTS ON FABRIC BY GINEEN COOPER

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Thursday June 7th 2007
Show is up until August
Time: 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

"The Mother and the Monk",a new show opening at the Amherst Town Hall this Thursday,features work by local artist Gineen Cooper. The opening is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and takes place during Amherst's Arts Night Out Walk.

Meditations on the themes of spiritual practice,innocence and compassion are at the center of these of intaglio prints. The artist experiments with colored inks, fabric, antique wallpaper,handpainting, tinfoil and pvc vinyl as well as traditional paper. Selections from five different series will be on display until August.  Stay tuned for an artist talk and upcoming art workshops in the artists studio in Holyoke, Ma. www.gineen.com

Many blessings to all who helped make this possible!
A portion of the proceeds of sales will be given to Zen on Main, a space for contemplative meditation practice and once-a-month all-day retreats in the heart of Northampton.All are welcome. Zen on Main, 178 Main St, Noho,MA  www.zenonmain.org

Note: thank god i took my own advice! and the form is like a smooth steamship now....!
thanks MO you are suprimo, supremo


Blessings, Gineen
PAINTINGS BY LARRY SMITH AND ANNIE ZIRIN
Opening reception and Amherst Art Walk: June 7, 5-8 pm. Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst.

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PAINTINGS BY LARRY SMITH AND ANNIE ZIRIN
June at Gallery A3
6/7/07 - 6/30/07
Time: 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Larry Smith and Annie Zirin are exhibiting at Gallery A3 throughout June.

Larry Smith's work offers a fresh approach to still-life painting and the common objects of our everyday lives. He's interested in chance juxtapositions like the toothbrush left on the TV set or the car keys next to the bananas. Rather than fitting his works into categories like breakfast piece or workshop tools, he prefers the ambiguity of objects removed from their typical context. Ambiguity is also part of his formal painting style, favoring the use of intuition over any particular method or theory.

Annie Zirin's new paintings are based on images from New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Zirin s work is lush, colorful and sometimes playful. It s also a clear expression her questioning and criticism of the government's actions in New Orleans. She wrote in a recent statement, To me they speak painfully to the empty promises and disastrous rebuilding efforts that have unfolded over the last two years policies that have ensured that the culturally vibrant, largely African-American city we knew before the storm, is now just a memory.

Opening reception and Amherst Art Walk: June 7, 5-8 pm. Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst. Hours: Wed-Sun, 1-7:00. Phone: 413/256-4250 www.gallerya3.com.

Image: Here Comes the Flood, acrylic on board, Annie Zirin
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 - 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 stiching, 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.


CLOSING THE GAP: NEW PAINTINGS BY SARAH BLISS
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 5:00-7:00 P.M.
 

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CLOSING THE GAP: NEW PAINTINGS BY SARAH BLISS


The A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton presents exciting new work by Sarah Bliss: an exhibition of large paintings on paper which combine oil and acrylic with drawing media. 
 
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8,
5-7 p.m. during Northampton s  Arts Night Out.
 
Bliss, a Montague-based artist with a studio in Greenfield, describes her paintings as physical records of a quest to close the gap between the lived experience in the body and the physical manifestation of form through paint.  Starting from the body,  she explains,  I fall into the materials.  A pulse is activated that is then expanded through the opening of the  third eye.  

This seeing-into and seeing-more-than pulses only as long as the mind s chatter is set aside, and it is fed through a lateral seeing, a sidewise, elliptical, spacious seeing.   It is a tracker's seeing, scanning continuously, unarrested and open.  The seeing happens through not only the eyes, but through the whole body, and the body reacts and twitches: energy transformed into marks, energy traveling in a circuit through eye, belly, feet hands.
 
 Concurrent exhibition in Gallery 1: photographs by Kati Koti and paintings by Ryan McDonnell.
 
 A.P.E. Gallery
 3rd Floor, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street
 Gallery hours: 
 Monday through Saturday: 10-5
 Sunday: 12-5
 
 For more info:
 Lisa Thompson, A.P.E. Gallery
 413-586-5553
 
Note: Thanks so much, Mo, for this gift to the community.  It is HUGELY appreciated and a valuable resource!
"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)
 
EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST.
THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO REMAIN AN ARTIST ONCE WE GROW UP. ~PABLO PICASSO.

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The Elusie Gallery, Old Town Hall, Easthampton, MA

JOY IN ART
06/09/07 - 07/07/07 (oh my! is this bad luck?)
Artists reception June 14, 5-8pm

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up (Pablo Picasso): Could it be that individuals with mental or intellectual challenges are actually able to do so? The question, and potential controversy, is out. And some possible answers may be attempted while visiting the Elusie Gallery's latest exhibit: JOY IN ART, featuring original and limited edition work by Joy Gosselin; and original art by Steven Kennedy, Tony Sadlowski, Dee Dee Sagan and Deyce Ferrer from the Riverside Arts Workshop.

Joy Gosselin, a resident of Chicopee, MA and 2005 graduate of Chicopee High School is known for her use of vibrant colors and familiar objects in her art. In order to bring her love of art to a broader spectrum, she started her own fine arts business aptly named  Joy to the World,  in 2005, offering limited edition prints and art cards reproduced from her original work.
Her work has been displayed at several venues including the Chicopee Public Library and The Elms College. Last year Joy showed some of her work at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton as part of "The Artistic Abilities Exhibition of Visual Art" sponsered by Best Buddies Massachusetts.
 
The Riverside Art Workshop is a program run at Riverside Industries by local artists Cailin Gibbons, Denise Herzog, Justin Kim and Cyndy Sperry and funded by the State Departement of Mental Retardation. The work on display at the Elusie Gallery is the result of a nine month pilot workshop. 
 
SAVE THE VIOLIN!
TRADITIONAL JEWISH MUSIC CONCERT, Fundraiser to Repair 1731 Violin

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SAVE THE VIOLIN!
TRADITIONAL JEWISH MUSIC CONCERT,
Fundraiser to Repair 1731 Violin
06/15/07
Time: 7 pm

On Friday, June 15, 2007 at 7 pm, Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh and Jazer Jiles Schwartz will perform Jewish music from the Eastern European, Gypsy, and Klezmer traditions. The concert will be held in the Recital Hall at the Northampton Community Music Center and hopes to raise funds to repair the 1731 violin owned by Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh.
 
While not the first collaboration between the two artists, this concert s mission is unique in that it seeks to raise funds to repair Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh s 1731 violin, which is currently unplayable due to a need for age-related maintenance. Ms. Miranda Elmaleh has been playing it for 16 years and praises its  sweet and warm  sound.  The violin is an antique instrument discovered in a pawn shop many years ago,  she explains,  and the quality of its sound superbly complements the rich melodies of the music I play. 

Yaeko Miranda (violin) graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music. Yaeko has numerous competitions to her credit, including first prize in the Arlington Philharmonic Concerto Competition and second prize in the Brockton Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She was also a finalist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. Yaeko tours with the internationally acclaimed "Klezmer Conservatory Band." She has studied with Fudeko Takahashi, Michele Auclair, Ran Blake, and Hankus Netsky and currently teaches at the Northampton Community Music Center.
KATIE KOTI AND RYAN MCDONNELL
TWO YOUNG AND CHALLENGING  EMERGENT  ARTISTS THAT PRESENT A TANTALIZING PAIRING OF TALENTS THIS JUNE IN GALLERY ONE OF THE A.P.E. ARTS SPACE.

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KATIE KOTI AND RYAN MCDONNELL ARE TWO YOUNG AND CHALLENGING  EMERGENT  ARTISTS THAT PRESENT A TANTALIZING PAIRING OF TALENTS THIS JUNE IN GALLERY ONE OF THE A.P.E. ARTS SPACE.

New Work by Katie Koti and Ryan McDonnell
06/08/07 - 07/07/07
Time: M-Sat.10-5, Sun.12-5

Katie Koti presents two photographic suites, In the Light of Day and What was Lost Along the Way  that are  visual  extractions she has explored from the common world.  Koti s use of an abstract approach in the way the camera is placed and the distance from which the subject is examined, allows her to transform the simple into the profound and the mundane into beautiful.  Her use of extreme textural details exposes  beauty in struggle and  light in sadness. 
 
Ryan McDonnell creates a wall sized painting that is reminiscent of Jean-Michel
 Basquiat, but with a spiritual twist.  Ryan pursues his painting process as monks do in the rituals of sand painting, only McDonnell's ecstatic gestures and drips leave a permanent document in the layered painterly surfaces, a perfect compliment with Koti's precise surfaces. The process of art making is truthfully shamanistic to him, and sensitive viewers will sense this. 
 
More info: www.apearts.org

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

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

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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.


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

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

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Green Emporium Gallerypresents "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.
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.
 
 

DANDIE IN THE UNDERWORLD IS IN SEARCH OF LOCAL INDIE/DIY CRAFTERS AND ARTISTS
call for indie crafters
 

DANDIE IN THE UNDERWORLD IS IN SEARCH OF LOCAL INDIE/DIY CRAFTERS AND ARTISTS
call for indie crafters
Start Date: now
End Date: ongoing
Time: 24/7

Dandie in the Underworld is opening very soon and we need you.
 
We re a small boutique and art space hidden in an alley of downtown Northampton, MA selling crafty- type goods from local artists (western mass peeps). The boutique is entirely decorated with recycled goods, things we found and have given new life. We re giving back to the community by providing an outlet for all of the local underground crafters and we hope you want to be a part of it.
 
Art meets function here. Everything is unique, no two pieces are the same. But we re not a gallery. We re not looking for fine-art, it s all about those funky/cutesy things you make. Anything from hand-knit scarves, bags, wallets, jewelry, cards, clothes, pins....whatever you do, we want. It doesn t have to be traditional, and the less traditional the better. Nothing is too out there for us. This is the opportunity for all of you with that knack for creating stuff to have it showcased in our boutique.
 
If you re as excited as we are and want some more info or have stuff you want to sell please email marisa at marisa@marisafilippone.com or give a call (ask for rosa) at 413.387.6778.
 
We need your goods soon so hurry!

CALLS FOR ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Show Us Your BRA! 2007 Call to "Bratistes"
DUE-09/23/07

The Breast Form Fund Presents:  SHOW US YOUR BRA! 2007 - CALL TO ARTISTS
THE CONTEST    
All  Bratistes  are invited to create and name up to two 3-dimensional, not necessarily functional, human-sized or miniature BRAS made from nonperishable materials. Prizes will be awarded to top bra creations in both categories. The deadline for submissions is September 23, 2007 at 2 pm. Entry form and details are available at www.showusyourbra.org or 413-584-6673. 
 
THE AUCTION & GALA
October 13, 2007
7 pm, Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St, Northampton, Mass.
Silent and live auction of bra creations plus delicious food & drink and lively music, $30 donation, tickets are available on line at www.showusyourbra.org 
 
THE CALENDAR
The 2008 Calendar of prize-winning bras will be available at the auction, online at www.showusyourbra.org and in stores November 2007.
 
All proceeds from this fabulous three-part fundraising event benefit the Breast Form Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides post-mastectomy prostheses and bras to uninsured and underinsured women, helping breast cancer survivors look and feel beautiful. www.thebreastformfund.org
 
Our generous sponsors are Baystate Regional Cancer Program s Comprehensive Breast Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Florence Savings Bank, The Lathrop Community, State Street Wines and Spirits, The Valley Advocate, Whole Foods, WRNX and Marcus Printing.
NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL WILL PRESENT SELF REFLECTION, A JURIED EXHIBITION OF SELF-PORTRAITS BY ARTISTS LIVING AND WORKING IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS.
Title: Self Reflection
Start Date: 10/02/07
End Date: 10/31/07
Time: reception TBA

Self Reflection will provide an opportunity and venue for artists from throughout our region to draw attention to who is making art, where they are working, how they see themselves, and how their work mirrors our society.
 All 2 and 3 dimensional media including painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, printmaking, digital, and video and performing arts will be considered for Self Reflection. The Hosmer Gallery offers a variety of display options and we hope to exhibit a wide range of work. 
 Information and call for entry forms are available at northamptonartscouncil.org and the Hosmer Gallery. Applications are due August 15, 2007.
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NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL WILL PRESENT SELF REFLECTION, A JURIED EXHIBITION OF SELF-PORTRAITS BY ARTISTS LIVING AND WORKING IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS.
Self Reflection

Self Reflection will provide an opportunity and venue for artists from throughout our region to draw attention to who is making art, where they are working, how they see themselves, and how their work mirrors our society.
All 2 and 3 dimensional media including painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, printmaking, digital, and video and performing arts will be considered for Self Reflection. The Hosmer Gallery offers a variety of display options and we hope to exhibit a wide range of work. 
Information and call for entry forms are available at northamptonartscouncil.org and the Hosmer Gallery. Applications are due August 15, 2007.
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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist-in-Residency program
Because Exceptional Talent Deserves to be Supported--
Are you ready for your residency?
UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES:


July 2008 - December 2008
Deadline for Application:
September 30, 2007

January 2009 - June 2009
Deadline for Application:
February 28, 2008


Few programs exist either on the national or international level where the sole mission is to support the creativity of artists. From the beginning, the art-making process has been the highest priority at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, where both the atmosphere and environment offer ideal situations for creative growth and experimentation. We address the practical aspects of this mission by providing well-equipped studio spaces, living accommodations and monthly stipends. Located in two urban warehouses totaling 110,000 square feet, our facilities are designed to foster creativity and the productive exchange of ideas. Artists from around the world come to the Bemis Center to work in this supportive community and confront new challenges.

Applications available at www.bemiscenter.org
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CALL FOR MOSAIC ART   due 6/30/07

THE SOMERVILLE MUSEUM WILL HOST the  ART OF MOSAIC IN NEW ENGLAND 
SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 6, 2007-- ONLINE APPLICATION AND INFORMATION BELOW
The Art of Mosaic LINK
http://exhibition.mosaicrocks.com/
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CALADAN GALLERY presents:  TRAVELS-- A JURIED EXHIBITION about PLACES
We are tapping into the broad experiences of our travels, be they around the 
corner, to distances known and unknown, internal or external.  We are 
documenting the journey from here to there.  Pollen travels, light travels, and so do 
we.  Our journeys are simple and complex, can be both exhilarating and 
disturbing, purposeful, or not.  We absorb beauty, information, and pure reaction to 
experience.  We watch the seeds of the great Oak tree travel and replicate 
itself.  The bee travels to replicate life.  We travel to understand our world.  
Or simply to enjoy it.  We are seeking art that reflects the journey. 
Participating artists will be selected by the Caladan Gallery staff, with one 
or more artists being awarded a solo exhibition.  Artists working in 
painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital, textiles, mixed 
media, and installation are eligible.  Video work cannot be accommodated at this 
time. 
Caladan Gallery presents timely and relevant virtual exhibitions that are 
unique in concept and presentation.  The exhibitions are very carefully juried 
and considered, each accepted artist tending to work within the parameters of 
the intentions of the concept for any particular month.  We also have affordable 
membership opportunities.  We are artist-friendly, keeping our fees and 
commissions as low as possible, doing extensive listings and fresh press releases 
monthly.  Dialogues between over 10,000 UNIQUE visitors each month and many 
artists have found expansive opportunities as a result of their exposure on the 
Gallery Site.  Many artists have had the opportunity to exhibit at our physical 
sister gallery in Lawrence, Massachusetts, as well.  We have been online 
since October of 2003, and have been extremely fortunate to create an exciting, 
diverse, and active meeting place for artists and viewers alike, creating a warm 
and positive virtual atmosphere.  Visit the Gallery Site at 
www.caladangallery.com <http://www.caladangallery.com/> 
to see the current and past exhibitsand for more information!

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CALL FOR ENTRIES - ARTISTS' BOOK EXHIBITION
ZEA MAYS PRINTMAKING
BookMarks ZMP
deadline for entries 7/16/07

Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA is very excited to host the 4th Annual Artists  Book Exhibition, entitled BookMarks ZMP.   The Exhibition runs Sept 11 - Oct 26, 2007 and we are currently seeking submissions.
 
 
This year s exhibition will be presented in conjunction with the Museums10  BookMarks  celebration, a region-wide year of exhibitions and programs dedicated to the book.   We are honored to have Ruth R. Rogers who is the Special Collections Librarian at Wellesley College as this year s juror. We invite you to submit your best work for her review.
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Due June 15, 2007WORKS 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
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CALADAN GALLERY presentsTRAVELS:
a JURIED EXHIBITION about PLACES 

We are tapping into the broad experiences of our travels, be they around the 
corner, to distances known and unknown, internal or external.  We are 
documenting the journey from here to there.  Pollen travels, light travels, and so do 
we.  Our journeys are simple and complex, can be both exhilarating and 
disturbing, purposeful, or not.  We absorb beauty, information, and pure reaction to 
experience.  We watch the seeds of the great Oak tree travel and replicate 
itself.  The bee travels to replicate life.  We travel to understand our world.  
Or simply to enjoy it.  We are seeking art that reflects the journey. 

Participating artists will be selected by the Caladan Gallery staff, with one 
or more artists being awarded a solo exhibition.  Artists working in 
painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital, textiles, mixed 
media, and installation are eligible.  Video work cannot be accommodated at this 
time.  

Caladan Gallery presents timely and relevant virtual exhibitions that are 
unique in concept and presentation.  The exhibitions are very carefully juried 
and considered, each accepted artist tending to work within the parameters of 
the intentions of the concept for any particular month.  We also have affordable 
membership opportunities.  We are artist-friendly, keeping our fees and 
commissions as low as possible, doing extensive listings and fresh press releases 
monthly.  Dialogues between over 10,000 UNIQUE visitors each month and many 
artists have found expansive opportunities as a result of their exposure on the 
Gallery Site.  Many artists have had the opportunity to exhibit at our physical 
sister gallery in Lawrence, Massachusetts, as well.  We have been online 
since October of 2003, and have been extremely fortunate to create an exciting, 
diverse, and active meeting place for artists and viewers alike, creating a warm 
and positive virtual atmosphere.  Visit the Gallery Site at 
www.caladangallery.com  to see the current and past exhibits 
and for more information! 
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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

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      

CLASSES

SUMMER DANCE CLASSES WITH ARIEL COHEN AND SARAH WOLF
Start Date: 06/01/07
End Date: 07/31/07
Time: Mon/Thurs 12-1:15 and 1:30-2:45

JUNE
12-1:15  Building From the Floor Into the Air, dance technique class, taught by Ariel Gonzalez Cohen.  Ariel s release-based class is full-bodied, athletic and hones bravery to devour vast lengths of space.  Lessons focus on understanding structurally sound alignment and discovering economic movement pathways with which to enable each dancer to achieve newfound strength, momentum and ease
 
1:30-2:45 Beginnings and Endings, an exploration of transitions, improvisation class, taught by Sarah Wolf Beginnings and Endings, an exploration of transitions.  This class will focus on the ways in which beginnings and endings affect how we create, understand, and interpret dance works.  These moments, perhaps more than any others, can define a piece. We will play with time, space, groupings, silence, music, and voice, among other elements. 
 
JULY
12-1:15  Building From the Floor Into the Air, taught by Ariel Cohen (See June's description)
 
1:30-2:45 Modern Dance Repertory from Run With It, taught by Sarah Wolf. Dynamic and demanding solos, duets and quartets will be explored in this class. Attention will be given to performance qualities, examining how individual dancers bring their own interpretation to a work while stretching their range towards fulfilling the movement.  Come ready to move!
 
$12 for single class, $40 for 4 class card; $20 for full day, $72 for 4 day card.  
 
Call 413-586-4130 for more information or to register.  Pre-registration is encouraged. 
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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.
 
 
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.

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

LYN HORAN
THE O-TONES
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
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
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

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: 06-20-07
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: 06-12-07
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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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.