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June 18, 2007

WORKING IN THE ALLEY
It's all about the dumpster

0618_alleyshots.jpgLately I have been working in the alley outside my studio. I wondered if I'd be bored with no radio or a documentary to listen to while I work but it has proved far more interesting than I might have imagined. The parade of cars, animals and people has provided quite the show. Most days I begin at 9 or 10 am and work till 7ish when I lose my light so I have seen much of what happens in the alley. I am the Sentinel.

I have been using the alley for a month now because of the toxicity of my vacuum cleaner project. Dean Nimmer gave me an old Premier Grand Vacuum Cleaner he found at a flea market. I had put it aside till it called me to work on it. This is in keeping with my modus operandi because 99% of all of my projects are things which either somehow show up at my door or appear next to the dumpster in the alley. Lately industrial things parade by while I am working, en route to the dumpster, and I jump up and save them. I have collected a Champion Striper (to make stripes on roads) and a Capital Temptrol (to make temperature in Capitals, I think). I guess my next line will be retired industrial objects, saved from their final march to the dumpster. I feel good about that.

I *was* working on a BeautyBox brand breadbox project but temporarily ruined it due to over-experimentation and there was the Premier Grand, waving at me and so it began. The metal base is too nice to touch so I decided to cover the cloth dust bag with glass. But first I needed to shore it up and so I began covering it with fiberglass and resin. Yes, I wore my double-barrelled respirator and layers of gloves. The resin is so sticky and it wanders so much that I had to change gloves every few minutes. It felt like being a speed racer of disposable gloves. I went through two boxes of gloves on the first day.

That first day I worked in the alley corresponded with the first day of a padlock on the dumpster nearby. It was a Saturday and I soon learned that Saturdays are the days that people come to use our dumpster. First a little old red pickup truck came by with a load of trash. The driver looked upon me with chagrin, then, seemingly resolved to proceed anyway, he drove up next to the dumpster. He spied the padlock and sped off. I kinda felt bad for him. His car wasn't screaming disposable income but then I thought well, if the landlord has to pay to empty the dumpster too often we'll end up paying for trash removal and I don't want that so I stopped feeling sorry for him and kept working. Because of my proximity to the dumpster people seemed to eye me warily, as if I were the keeper of the key. I felt misunderstood.

Then a little silver Honda Civic came by. It looked like a reasonable car. I am guessing that the driver maybe saw illegal dumping as a cost-cutting measure and not a survival thing. She saw the lock and did an alamande-left out the back drive. I felt nothing, really.

THEN came the gleaming, pearlescent white Lexus SUV with rims like you see in car magazines on waiting room tables at the oil change place. The woman driving slowed down as she passed and scrutinized me. I didn't look up but I felt her gaze. I just kept respirating and fiberglassing. She stopped at the dumpster and got out and only then did she spy the lock. I felt her ire from my resiny perch upon my yellow milkcrate. She U-turned and drove past me and as she did, she rolled down her window and quietly said, "bitch". I felt unfairly persecuted, alebit softly.

Word seems to be out now that the dumpster is padlocked so the parade of trash-bearing vehicles has abated but lately it's the plants and animals on parade. Squirrels run around overhead on the electrical wires and go dumpster-diving (My alley has an overhang thingie like a carport) and often stop and stare for a bit at the vacuum cleaner from above. I wonder what they are thinking. I pondered squirrellism for a bit but couldn't get a read on what they might be thinking. They did seem to be playing a frisky game of tag though so maybe they were thinking in terms of tag strategy. Flies landed on my sticky resiny surface by the dozens and thus become a part of the vacuum cleaner bag. This kinda made sense because real shellac (not the man made equivalent), a sticky substance, is made from the secretions of the lac insect which is peculiar to Thailand and India. I wonder if the insects were searching for long lost foreign relatives on my vacuum cleaner bag. It could be.

And the pollen! For a few days the pollen was crazy-like. So much so that I might list it in the media as it is almost a whole layer on the bag. I bet it meshed in nicely with the fiberglass and added to the tensile strength even.

I have a skunk friend who comes by regularly. He circles the dumpster and sniffs about. When he gets too close I ask him to please not get any closer and he actually listens and wanders away. He has a stripe like a V. It starts as a single point at his neck and radiates out into two stripes. I *think* it's the same skunk, although I am most often mistaken in life; or maybe Holyoke skunks all have this marking. Maybe it's their gang colors? Maybe it's a she. Maybe it's a mutant skunk. Maybe it's a rabbit dressed as a skunk. Maybe it is a prophet, or an alien, or a Scientologist dressed as a skunk. Maybe it's Tom Cruise! Maybe I imagined it and am going crazy. I *feel* crazy.

Then came my little woodchuck friend (pictured). He kept creeping out from under my car and then scurrying back under. Finally he made a run for the dumpster, evidently having decided it might be safe to run past me. I scientifically identified it as a woodchuck because my dog had a woodchuck toy that looked just like it. It made grunting noises when he shook it.

There has been a people parade as well; friends come by to hang out while I work since I am grouting now and the stinky part is over. People bring cheese and crackers, coffee and muffins. Locals ride by on their bikes and one woman stops and asks repeatedly to shake my hand although I gesture to my gloves and decline. And yesterday the police came by. I saw them watching from where they were parked and finally they drove up and asked what I was doing and I explained. They did not think the skunk's markings were gang colors but they did think the woodchuck was a woodchuck and they liked that the working title of the vacuum cleaner is, "Jesania Yo" because of the graffiti tag on the alley wall behind it. They did not try to use the dumpster. I felt relieved.

So, back to the alley for me now that this newsletter is done for another week. I have a guest coming later to hang out with me while I work so I must go sweep up the alley and dust the milkcrates.

Special thanks also to Julian Halpern who came by yesterday and helped me resolve the metal clip and spring thingie apparatus that holds the now-heavy bag to the handle of the vacuum cleaner. I love when helpful people walk by. The police, not being metal workers, were not able to help with the metal clip and spring issue but they were nice. ;-)

P.S. I emailed the Valley Advocate people today to ask about the missing listings thing as people frequently ask me about that and I have no idea. My listings don't make it in either. Anyway-scroll down for the reply.
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ANOTHER STONE SOUP LEGENDARY BASH
Friday, June 22 5PM - ?

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We are organizing a huge benefit event to purchase a school bus for the Hilltown Community Charter School.  After we purchase the vehicle, Greasecar has donated the conversion kit to convert it to run on vegetable oil. Overall it is a pretty exciting endeavor.
 
When we first approached this project our first challenge was to determine what kind of event could raise over $17000.00, but then we remembered that we throw legendary parties and this perhaps could be our ticket! We've been putting the call out to all our friends, recorded radio spots, developed websites and printed postcards and posters. Thus far, we've got commitments for beer, sushi from Moshi Moshi, tapas from Porcupine Hill Catering, plus music from 3 great local bands: Unit7, Shokazoba, and Dad, Come Home! We're also holding a silent auction with artwork from several local artisans in the area like Salmon Studios, Mo Ringey Art, Douglas Thayer Woodworking, Sally Curcio, & Beth Fischer Stained Glass, just to name a few. We're even throwing in a few sinks and vanity tops to auction off. We're charging $40.00 a person for a great evening of food, beer and music and if we can get more than 450 people to purchase tickets we'll reach our goal.
 
So, take a moment to visit the website and be sure to register.  www.schoolbusproject.com
 
You won't want to miss this legendary event!!
 
See you there!
 
The Stone Soup Team (Mike, Mike, Jeanine, Tom, Kelly, Craig, Andy, Matt, Heather and Donna)

Stone Soup Concrete
221 Pine Street
Florence, MA 01062
1 413 582 0783 Phone
1 413 582 9129 Fax
 
THIS WEEK ON ON VFR: 103.3 FM
WEBSITE

MO RADIO---> This Wednesday, June 18, 8-9 AM,
Mark Brown, of BossBrownArt and whose work can be seen everywhere you turn, is my co-host this week.
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THIS WEEK ON WRITER'S VOICE with Francesca Rheannon: 
THURSDAY 06/21/07
Time: 8-9a

Description: Sophie Freud, granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and author of a new memoir: Living in the Shadow of the Freud Family and Jackie Sheehan, local author of the new novel Lost and Found, talk with Writers Voice host Francesca Rheannon.  Jackie Sheehan's book, already a publishing success, gives us mystery and friendship as we follow the wag of a dog's tale.  Sophie Freud tells of the courage, suffering and achievements of a famous family through a century's tumultous events.
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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
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LIVE INTERVIEW WITH GREG PALAST TUESDAY, JUNE 19TH ON SWIMMING WITH SHARKS FROM NOON TO ONE AT WXOJ LP VALLEY FREE RADIO, 103.3

Greg Palast,author of the New York Times bestseller "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," will talk with Alan Vogel about his new Book, "ARMED MADHOUSE:from Baghdad to New Orleans- sordid secrets and strange tales of a white house gone wild."

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. 
DISCUSSION WITH ANNIE ZIRIN AND LARRY SMITH
Thursday, June 21 - Conversations with Artists 

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DISCUSSION WITH ANNIE ZIRIN AND LARRY SMITH
Conversations with Artists
6/21/07
Time: 7:30 pm

Painters Larry Smith and Annie Zirin talk about their work at  Conversations with Artists,  an informal discussion at Gallery A3.   The event is free and open to the public.
 
The artists are exhibiting through the end of June at Gallery A3. Annie Zirin is showing paintings from her Katrina series and Larry Smith his group of still-life paintings.  Normal gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1-7:00 pm.  
 
 Gallery A3 is at 28 Amity Street, Amherst in the Amherst Cinema Building.  Phone 413-256-4250.
 

 
ART + FOOD + GOSSIP
Cultural Collaborations & Conversations

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Easthampton Cultural Council & Easthampton City Arts

ART + FOOD + GOSSIP
Cultural Collaborations & Conversations
6/28/07
Time: 6pm

Thursday, June 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Blue
Moon Grocery and Café, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street
 
We are inviting as many artists and cultural groups as we can to come together for an evening of discussion and refreshments.  
 
The agenda is flexible to permit a wide-ranging discussion.  There have been many new developments in Easthampton's cultural world over the last several years as well as the continuation of long standing individual artists and art groups.   
 
The agenda will include the following:
 
Opportunity to catch up:  up-dates on where each group is now, future plans and challenges being faced

Collaborative projects and priorities
Are there areas of widespread agreement about direction(s) beneficial to expanding economic opportunities for artists and cultural establishments and/or increasing the role that cultural activity plays in the life of our community? 


Interest in on-going quarterly evening meetings at different locations in town

Open forum-brainstorming
 
In order to plan refreshments for this evening, it would be helpful to have a general idea of how many people plan to attend.   
 
Please call 529-1438 or email info@easthamptoncityarts.com to RSVP by Monday,June 25th
 
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.

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.
 
 

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)
 
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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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.


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

LISTINGS IN THE VALLEY ADVOCATE
In response to all the inquiries

People frequently ask me why their event listing didn't make it into the Valley Advocate.  I guess it would seem that because I currently have a blog on their site that I might have some insight. I might have thought that too except that I am me and I know otherwise.  My own events (ones that I am in) rarely make it into the free listings section so I have long wondered if I have that merde touch because as you can bet, my appreciation for and understanding of how things should be formatted is pretty well thought. But because I keep hearing more and more how upset people are (me too) when events are submitted in time and perfectly formatted yet don't make it in, I wrote to the Valley Advocate to ask why. Here is Tom Sturm's (listing editor person) reply;

P.S. I agree with not accepting attached text or PDFs. If one of us has to open the attachment and paste all the text into an email I agree that it should be the person who benefits from having the text included in the listings. And PDFs mean a LOT of work for the person posting your event which is why I refuse to accept them. It would mean buying acrobat which I cannot afford and it would also mean an extra hour to compile your listing. But I remain dissappointed that my last few shows went unlisted.

To Submit Listings
Include a brief description of the event or artist, date, price, time, venue address and phone number, preferably in the format of our listings. Incomplete submissions will not be listed; due to space constraints, inclusion in the calendar is not guaranteed. Deadline is Thursday, 5:00 p.m. two weeks prior to the issue date in which the listing would appear. Space does not permit listing advance notices. To be considered for more extensive write-up, please include artwork (300 dpi high quality digital images, photos or slides). We prefer e-mail and fax submissions. We do not accept text attachments. The address for regular mail is: Listings Editor, Valley Advocate, 116 Pleasant St. Suite 335, Easthampton, MA 01027.
E-mail:
listings@valleyadvocate.com ˆ Fax: 413-529-2844

Also remember the following:

- if your listing misses the deadline, it will be deleted.
- if your listing is only presented as some .pdf, word file or other form of text attachment, it will be deleted.
- if your event is outside our area of coverage (generally the 413 area code, with some few exceptions in Hartford and Brattleboro), it will be deleted.
- if your event is any sort of ongoing 'class,' yoga, writing workshop, yard sale or church supper, they will most likely be deleted (there are just far too many of these coming in).
- if your event is being held at a private residence, it will be deleted.
- if your event costs more than $40, it will be deleted.

Finally, on Mondays, as often as not, the editor-in-chief will come by and tell me to hack three columns out of the listings, arbitrarily, because of space limitations. Since Art show listings tend to go on the longest and hence have more of a chance to make it into the next week's issue as opposed to one-time events, these are typically the first to be hacked.

Hope this has enlightened all...

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

0611_bra.jpgIT'S TIME TO PUT ON YOUR THINKING "CUP" AND SHOW US YOUR BRA!
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.
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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.
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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Annual Artscape outdoor art exhibition in the Berkshires
DEADLINE: JULY 13, 2007
2007/2008 CALL TO  ARTISTS
"Reinvent and redefine the tradition of art in public spaces."
ARTSCAPE and the CITY OF PITTSFIELD, MA

ABOUT ARTSCAPE AND THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD
The City of Pittsfield, the hub of culturally rich Berkshire County in
western Massachusetts, is home to over 50 public art works in its downtown,
ranging from murals to site-specific installations. The mission of the City of
Pittsfield's Artscape program is to enhance the downtown's character and
attract visitors by installing and promoting works of art in various outdoor
locations accessible to the public throughout the downtown area. The annual Artscape
exhibition is a yearlong outdoor art show featuring work by regionally and
nationally known artists.

A city of 45,000, Pittsfield has a vibrant cultural life and is home to the
Berkshire Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, Barrington Stage Company, the
Colonial Theatre, the Berkshire Opera Company, South Mountain Concerts, the
Berkshire Music School, the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Storefront Artist Project, and a
variety of other cultural attractions. A "city in the country,", Pittsfield
also features a winter ski resort, a state forest, two lakes, the Housatonic

River, and a National Audubon Society sanctuary within its city borders.
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Artscape Proposal Procedure
Artists proposing an existing or new work for public display are encouraged
to visit the City of Pittsfield before submitting their proposal. Applicants

must take into account that the site is an urban outdoor environment. Please
be aware that sculptures and installations must meet safety requirements and be
able to withstand the effects of weather and public use over a yearlong
period.
Insurance coverage for the artwork (protection against damage, theft or
vandalism) is not provided. Liability insurance is provided by the City of
Pittsfield. The exhibition of the work will be between October 2006 and
September 2007.
Selection Process:
Proposals are juried by an advisory committee composed of prominent
curators, artists, arts administrators and the City's Director of Cultural Development
and Artscape member representatives.
$500 Honorarium:

Recipients are granted financial support in the amount of $500 and some
technical assistance to install work. Technical assistance is approved by
the Artscape committee on a project-by-project basis. Placement of all work is
determined by the committee. Requests for site-specific locations must be
submitted in original proposal.
Eligibility:
This program is open to all artists, nationally and internationally.
Artscape will not provide any housing or transportation. Artists living outside the
local region have to make their own living and travel arrangements.
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2007-08 Artscape Call for Work Instructions
PROPOSAL CHECKLIST:
*   Current Resume
*   References
*   CD With Images (preferred) or slides
*   CD (preferred) / Slide script
*   Color Laser Copies, Photographs Or Digital Prints
*   Proposal for work
*   Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope (For Return Of Materials)
*   Self Addressed Stamped Postcard (Optional) (notify you of receipt of
proposal)
Current Resume: This should include information about education; exhibition
history; awards, grants/residencies; and details of any published writings
or reviews about your work.
References: Please provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two
people who are familiar with your work.
Ten Images on CD (or 35mm SLIDES):  Images should be of recent work,
particularly if they relate to your proposal. (If submitting slides, be sure
to label each slide with your name, an arrow indicating orientation of the image, and
a number that corresponds to the slide script. Send slides in a clear plastic
sleeve.) DO NOT SEND MORE THAN TEN IMAGES. ONLY THE FIRST TEN WILL BE
REVIEWED.
CD/ slide Script: Please send a list (printed hard copy) that corresponds to
the submitted images. For each image, include the title, date, materials and
dimensions and, if necessary, a brief description of the work.
1-5 Color Laser Copies, Photographs Or Digital Prints
These should be of images selected from the submitted images of existing
work available for exhibit. Do not send images of works that are not included on
the script. Be sure to label each one with your name and a number that
corresponds to the script.
SUBMISSION:
A brief description of the work that you would like to produce and exhibit.
This can be a written description and/or a drawing, plan or rendering.
Please DO NOT send:
ˇ materials larger than 8-1/2 x 11 inches
ˇ original artwork
ˇ large format transparencies
ˇ video tapes
Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope: large enough to enclose all submitted
materials and should have enough postage to cover return mailing.
Self Addressed Stamped Postcard (optional)
For notification that your proposal package was received, please enclose a
self addressed, stamped postcard.
Completed proposals must be received in the office of Cultural Development
at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts by 5:00 pm on July 13, 2007.
Be sure to put your name, address and telephone number on all materials.
You can send your proposal by regular mail, Federal Express, UPS  or hand
delivery (between 9:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday) to:
Artscape: 2007 Public Art Proposal
c/o Megan Whilden
Director of Cultural Development
Office of Cultural Development
Lichtenstein Center
28 Renne Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Telephone: 413-499-9348
Please do not send your proposal by registered mail or return receipt.
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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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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 COLLAGE CLASSES WITH GINEEN COOPER AND NONA HATAY
Soul Cards and Explore Mainfestation Collage groups forming now

Start Date: July 1st 2007 & July 4th 2007
End Date: August 5th, 2007 & August 15th, 2007
Time: Sundays 11:30-1:30 pm, Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm

Description: Soul Cards
taught by Gineen Cooper & Nona Hatay
 
Soul Cards is a psychospiritual collage art process. We 
come together to explore the messages of our souls in a 
safe environment of non-judgement and play.Open to all,
no experience necessary, great for artists who want to try 
a new medium.
 
6 Sunday sessions JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  AUG 5
11:30-1:30pm $150  All materials included.
 
Explore Manifestation Collage Class
taught by Gineen Cooper & Nona Hatay
 
"I believe in a benevolent universe that acts in my behalf" -unknown
 
Use the power of simple collaging to have fun, relax , and 
connect with others while delving into your deeper 
desires. Manifestation Collage is the idea that what you 
focus on for your greater good and happiness will come to 
you. But first you have to identify it.
 
6 Wednesday sessions  July 4, 11, 18, 25, AUG 1, 15 (no class the 8th)
6:00-8:00 pm $150 All materials included.
 
8 people max. for each class, pre-registration and payment required to hold your space.
 
To register call or email: (413)219-0569 gineenlee@hotmail.com
Send check only payment to PO Box 767 Holyoke, Ma 01041-0767
 
shown: Soul Card, Clown of Sacred Play 2006
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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
 
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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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

ANNE GOLOB
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! -
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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LINKS TO PEOPLE AND STUFF
THIS SECTION OFFICIALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION


If you send me your link I will add it. If you also send me how you want it to read, I will use your words (just a few though--not a novella) I will add it that way. This section also gets posted weekly in the archives of past newsletters on my personal website which gets 6000 unique monthly views lately and gets crawled nightly by google since I have google ads on it. This means your search engine rank gets higher and higher each week due to all the referring URLs from me to you.

If you want to love me back in an URLy way, you can add www.moringey.com to your site. I am phasing out the www.moringey.com URL because it seems to be evolving into a title for me and I don't aspire to a monkier that begins with, "The ___". I just want to be known as Mo. Thanks!

The Invisible Fountain
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 know the text is in all caps. I guess you'll have to retype it.
So one of us has to retype all the text and it should be me?

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.