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FOOD AND WINE AND FABULOUS FOLKS
A Potluck reception at the MFA.

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Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, from 5-7 PM is my reception at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts and you are all specially invited, esteemed, revered, celebrated and all that adjectival welcomeness.

I usually put my own shows in the newsletter chronologically among all the others but friends have complained that they didn't know about my last few shows, inadvertantly skipping over them, and so I have been ordered to post it here. I feel like this newsletter is not my own personal promotion vehicle and so it is with much sheepishness that I use this space to specially invite you all.

Each of you will get your own VIP area complete with velvet ropes to keep the overexuberant imaginary Mimes at bay. When Mimes get carried away it can be quite disconcerting, depending on your imagination. The imaginary Mimes will be passing hor d'oeuvres (flown in from Paris) and splashing about in the imaginary champagne fountain which will be filled with imaginary Cristal donated by my pretend friend P. Diddy to whom I was first imaginarily introduced by my imaginary assistant DiddyMo. Imaginary gift bags will be filled with Prada Sunglasses, Swarovsky Crystal-encrusted iphones (with the first year of usage prepaid and which incidentally, make great weapons for beating the thieving domestic help, a la Naomi Campbell), certificates for a 3 week cruise of the Greek Islands, a home karaoke machine, a years' supply of vintage turtle wax and a signed paperback copy of, "Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry, the heartwarming tale of a pony named Misty who lived on an island in Virginia or Maryland or somewhere.

But in reality it is a potluckish sort of thing and the food and wine and sparkling water will be whatever people will bring. So it's a bring something to share kinda thing. All contributions will be greatly appreciated as the reception is entirely my fiscal responsibility and I am drained by the costs of this show as well as those those associated with producing this newsletter.

SPECIAL THANKS AND LEAPS OF JOY:
My dear pal, Maureen Scanlon, has generously donated 2 cases of white wine (no red wine or beer is allowed at the museum) and loveable photographer-at-large,  Robert Tobey has also offered to bring a few bottles of white as has Susan Bergeron-West and so we have the basis of a fabulous reception. There will be many more thanks to be made in the next newsletter as I cannot recall all the people who have offered to bring things, the list is that long and I am that scattered. No thanks will go ungiven.

Another round of thanks is in order for Stone Soup Concrete for shipping the work to the museum and Get Set Printing for making my postcards happen for me. Isn't it amazing when local businesses owned and operated by fellow local non-corporate entity kind of humans get out the help? I could not have done this without them.

My previous stance was no food and last week I said not to come hungry, not wanting to make it complicated for anyone, but so many people have offered that I am reversing my stance. Any and all food will be greatly appreciated. I am touched by the many offers of snacky delights.

We will likely be thrown out right at 7 so any non-disposable containers etc would have to be grabbed on the way out. I am not planning an after party as it rumored to rain and is a weeknight but maybe another time we can have a big newsletter party somewhere. I'd love to find a way to hold a newsletter potluckish fundraiser to help with the costs of the newsletter, maybe at the Frontier Drive-in with Saturday Night fever playing!? If I could only pull such a thing off.

Directions can be found here. My version, which you may use at your own risk (map here), is to take 91 south to exit 7. At the light at the end of the ramp go left onto State Street, and pass between the hotels. Go through the next light, across Main Street. After the parking garage take a right onto Dwight Street. Go through another light, passing the civic center on your right, and take a quickity quick curvy lefty thing onto Chestnut Street. Cross over State Street and take a right onto Edwards Street. There is a parking lot on your right on Edwards St. Street parking is also available. From the parking lot you can enter the quadrangle and the MFA is to the right. Once inside the door you will go up the stairs and to the left and follow the hall past the Dutch and Flemish Galleries. I am in the Barn Gallery, next to the French Impressionist Gallery. The tabel with beverages and such will be outside the gallery in the hall. If you see stuffed wildebeests and chimpanzees you are in the wrong museum. If you see art, you are there.

See you tomorrow?

SPECIAL NOTE: See my blog post about the current show at the Oxbow.
NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS & COSTS
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If you miss the deadline for the newsletter that week: for a larger donation to the newsletter befitting the extra hours to create a special announcement I will make an addendum for your event alone. See me.

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

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

JUNE 18, 2007

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Events run for 2 weeks, in most cases.

WOULD YOU BELIEVE?  WORKS ON PAPER BY THIRTY-ONE ARTISTS!
July 5 - July 31 at the Northampton center for the Arts

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WOULD YOU BELIEVE?  WORKS ON PAPER BY THIRTY-ONE ARTISTS!
Works on Paper
Tueday-Friday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The work of 31 area artists are being exhibited in the galleries of the Northampton Center for the Arts from July 5 to July 31.  Artists from Northampton, Florence, Greenfield, Montague, Hartford, Southampton, Leverett, Easthampton, Chesterfield, Hadley, Holyoke, Granby, New Salem, Westhampton and Sunderland have been chosen for the Center's annual  Works on Paper  show.
Among the media included are: oil and water color, Japanese woodblock, paper dolls, photographs, pastel, archival scanography and etching.

Artists are: Sarah Adam, Annie Bissett, Sarah Bliss, Karen Ferenz, Lisa Marie Foster, Barbara Hadden, Carlos Hernandez-Chavez, Kathy Hibshman, Lyn Horan, Victor Hoyt, Karen Iglehart, Melissa Incampo, Heather Kasunick, Marty Klein, Rick Miller, Tom Morton, Mary Montague, Jennifer O Connell, Alexander Osborn, Ronald Parent, Patricia Parker, Lillianna Pereira, Kathleen Reed, Bonita Sennott, Jennifer Sinclair, Jean Stabell, Fletcher Smith, Christopher Sullivan, Ashley Valentine, Stephanie Vigone, Mollie Zanoni.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The galleries will be open on July 4th.)  The artists  reception will be Friday, July 13, (Arts Night Out) from 5 to 7 p.m.
  
Image: Marty Klein "Tangled Up in Spring" 

Domestic Reflections: Smashed Glass Assemblage by Mo Ringey


Domestic Reflections: Smashed Glass Assemblage by Mo Ringey Jul 3, 2007 through Oct 14, 2007
Barn Gallery, Second Floor
Museum of Fine Arts

A collection of vintage household appliances covered with hundreds of colorful pieces of broken tempered glass.

Mo Ringey began working in glass about 12 years ago when her car window was smashed outside her Boston apartment, a fate common to many cars in her neighborhood. "Every morning I stepped over a fresh pile of someone else's window remnants, hardly giving it a thought," she explained. "Strangely, the fact that I was the victim this time made my own personal pile of glass look quite brilliant and hopeful." She saved the broken pieces and eventually made a vase. The project so inspired her that she went on to develop a technique for working with broken window shards.

Included in the exhibition are a transformed wringer washing machine, two refrigerators, a toaster, a mailbox and other ordinary domestic objects that evoke memories from her childhood. Mo describes these vintage objects as "bookmarks to a past place and time. I see the process of adding glass as 'psychic reupholstering' that turns a fridge into a jewelry box, a washing machine into a cooler, repurposing them into quixotic things."

A free and public reception will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 5-7 PM. See the museum site (link above) for directions. I lifted this whole thing directly from the museum's website. I too hate writing my own blurbs.
CLAY JAZZ AT BREWMASTER'S TAVERN: 1ST AND 3RD SATURDAYS
Dinner Jazz 07/07/07 - 08/18/07, 6-9 pm
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CLAY JAZZ AT BREWMASTER'S TAVERN: 1ST AND 3RD SATURDAYS
Dinner Jazz
Start Date: 07/07/07
End Date: 08/18/07
Time: 6-9 pm

Enjoy sophisticated jazz while you dine or quaff a fresh brew in this historic setting. First and Third Saturdays of the month! Sarah Clay (vocals and flute) and Karl Rausch (guitar) play Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova and Latin jazz. Lots of fun!  Brewmaster's Tavern (The former Williams House), right smack in the center of Williamsburg, has been restored and revived by the brothers who own Opa Opa. 
Brewmaster's Tavern
4 Main Street, Williamsburg
413-268-7741
 
See our busy summer calendar at www.ClayJazz.com

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART! WANT TO SEE IT ALL?
December 6 - 9, 2007. Art Basel Miami Beach

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INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART! WANT TO SEE IT ALL?
Title: Art Basel Miami Beach
Start Date: 12/06/07
End Date: 12/09/07
Time: four days

Art Basel Miami Beach!!!! December 6-9, 2007

Join us for the most exciting art event of the year. Miami Beach will pull all stops with contemporary art EVERYWHERE! We ll do the work, you get the fun: besides the international art fair we will get you to satellite fairs like Scope, Pulse, Nada, the Design District, Wynwood Art District, VIP tour to private collections, and exclusive cocktail parties.

For more information contact the University Gallery at UMass. Eva Fierst 545 1176 or visit www.umass.edu/fac/universitygallery
Sign-up deadline: September 6, 2007  

DE CHRISTOPHER IS BACK!!
FIRST SOLO SHOW IN NORTHAMPTON IN 12 YEARS!
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Falling Apart/Falling Away

Start Date: 07/16/07
End Date: 08/03/07
Time: Opening Reception, Fri. July 20th, 5 - 8 PM. Daily form 12 - 5 PM

The first major solo show of sculptor Tim de Christopher to hit Northampton in 12 years!  Recent work in stone, photographs, drawings, video, and more.  The show title refers to a topic of conversation in the Psychiatric Ward at Cooley Dickenson Hospital where de Christopher was a recent "visitng artist". 

On display are the remains of the Shackeld Angel/Shattered Angel, and his most recent work, "Agent Larry", inspired by a true story of intrigue and mystery in high stakes real estate deals in Turners Falls.

Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060, 413/586-6300.  www.oxbowgallery.com
 
This show is funded in part by the Arts Council of Northampton

IN THIS ISSUE OF NEW ENGLAND WATERSHED MAGAZINE
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Three local artists have work in this issue of New England Watershed, available at Broadside Books, Amherst Books, and A.J. Hastings, Amherst.


On the cover,
Three White Peonies
by Deborah Rubin, Amherst, MA
19" x 30". watercolor on paper

On permanent collection at the
R. Michelson Galleries, Northampton, MA
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Page 27,
Separate Ways
by Lisa Leary, Florence, MA
14" x 15.5"
Guache on paper, 1988

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Page 15,
Mimises
by Chris Nelson, Holyoke, MA
Plastic, elastic cord, ceiling fans
16,000 sq. ft. 2004



In The Gallery, page 33 (not pictured here)

an interview with Amy johnquest - see PDF of article spread here.

Photographs by Bruce Barone and Victor Hoyt
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Photographs by Bruce Barone and Victor Hoyt
07/12/07 - 08/31/07
Tuesdays--Saturdays 11:30--9:30
at The Apollo Grill at Eastworks

This series of images is the creative work of two photographers BRUCE BARONE and VICTOR HOYT; each with a unique approach to their craft.
 

Bruce Barone's work is contemplative. He seeks the common thread that runs through the seasons. It is how a place changes, yet remains the same, that gives his work power. In this series of images of The Lower Mill Pond, you will find this subtle thread in the old posts, the distant mountains, and curve of the shoreline. You will also see the hand of time as it paints new faces on  the scene. This is the anchor of the show; the theme that binds it together.
 
Victor Hoyt has a less thematic style. He is interested in fleeting moments. The way the sun casts a shadow across a railing, or a damsel fly pauses on a flower bud. Once seen, these moments become memory, fading briefly to be replaced by another, and another. The photographs provide a counterpoint to The Lower Mill Pond. They give the viewer a window into some of the beautiful places that surround our little community.
 

July 12 August 31, Tuesday Saturday, 11:30 9:30
Contact: Studio 19 for information at 413-527-8048
FRAGMENTED - ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA ARTWORK BY JILL LEWIS
Reception Aug. 2, 5-8 

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FRAGMENTED - ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA ARTWORK BY JILL LEWIS
07/14/2007 - 08/18/2007
Reception Aug. 2, 5-8


 
 Jill Lewis is a recent graduate from Greenfield Community College and Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

The work shown in this exhibition, fragmented is a result of a process combining photography, light sensitive emulsion and charcoal. Lewis' goal is to have present time dissolve away as her viewers enter into other worlds, allowing them to complete what is absent, and explore the disjointed imagery while creating their own visual story.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Get Experienced!
A celebration of the music of Jimi Hendrix

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Get Experienced!
A celebration of the music of Jimi Hendrix
with 12 groups & solo performances

Friday August 3    
8 pm ­ 12 midnight    All ages

at the Waterfront Club, 920 Main Street
Holyoke, MA  532-2292

$ 12.-  advance $ 15.- at the door
Tickets available a the Waterfront Club
(413) 364-5277 for other outlets

Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential musicians and composers in modern music history. The best compliment to his legacy is the continued interest and respect from each generation since the 60's.



After last years extremely successful Hendrix Tribute at the Northampton Center for the Arts we have beenasked to do it again!

We will have two shows this year. The first at the Waterfront Tavern will be showcasing some of the
performers from last year's tribute as well as auditioning some new acts.

The audience is encouraged to vote for their favorite interpretations and the best performances will be
invited to play at "Hendrix Tribute 2007" at Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton, MA Saturday November 10th. This show will be a big multimedia event with film, music, lightshow and exhibit.

Both shows are produced by Nona Hatay and Experienced Productions, For information, press kit, or to
audition call (413) 364-5277 or email nonahatay@yahoo.com
PAINT A MURAL IN EASTHAMPTON!
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PAINT A MURAL IN EASTHAMPTON!!
Title: Easthampton City Arts Call to Artists
Start Date: 07/05/07
End Date: 08/09/07
Time: 3:00

Easthampton City Arts invites artists and/or arts groups to submit a proposal for a mural to be created at 71-77 Cottage Street (Whiskerz building) on the brick wall facing the public parking lot.  Funds for the creation of this mural have been awarded Easthampton City Arts by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


THEME:  "The evolving mosaic of Easthampton:  From farms to mills to  ." 
Images may include but in no way are limited to historical scenes, current street scenes, local landscapes, and architectural designs and details of buildings in Easthampton.
 
TIMELINE: All proposals must be received by 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2007. Notification of results of submissions on Thursday, August 16, 2007.
Mural, including all sealing, is to be completed by Thursday, October 11, 2007.

HOW: See the Easthampton City Arts Website for details about submitting at www.easthamptoncityarts.com or contact Ellen Koteen at (413) 529-1438 or email her at cdbg@easthampton.org.
VOICES FOR SUDAN: A BENEFIT SHOW FOR DARFUR
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VOICES FOR SUDAN: A BENEFIT SHOW FOR DARFUR
Bands, Speaker & Film Screening
07/27/04
Time: 6pm

Bands, speaker & film screening to benefit Save Darfur. Sponsored by Voices (http://www.myspace.com/pioneervalleyvoices) and Western Massachusetts Darfur Coalition. More information about how you can take action: http://www.darfurwm.blogspot.com
 
 Speaker: Mohamed Ibrahim Elgadi
 Movie: Judgment on Genocide
 Performers from Indie Folk to Metal:
 thriLLpiLLow
 theyoungflyers
 deathamphetamine
 friendsofyours
 terrorist
 
 
 
THIS WEEK ON ON VFR: 103.3 FM
WEBSITE

MO RADIO---> Wednesdays from 8-9 AM
I don't actually know who my guest will be this week. It shall be a surprise.
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THIS WEEK ON WRITER'S VOICE WITH FRANCESCA RHEANNON
Writer's Voice on VFR
07/05/07
Time: 8-9a.m.

The Most Famous Man in America

We talk with historian Debby Applegate about her acclaimed biography of 19th century evangelist of the "Gospel of Love" Henry Ward Beecher, THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA. Also, a clip from our archived interview with Marge Piercy about her novel, SEX WARS, in which Beecher is a character.

And you'll also hear the mellifluous voice of our new associate producer and guest host on Writer's Voice, Michael Pollitt as he joins us on this interview.

The show airs first on Friday, July 20 at 5PM on WMUA 91.1 FM, where the show is produced. It rebroadcasts on Valley Free Radio 103.3 in Northampton and on three other stations around the country (see sidebar.)

Tune in to Writer's Voice with Francesca Rheannon on Fridays at 5:00 PM on WMUA 91.1 FM
or on Valley Free Radio 103.3 FM the following Thursday from 8:00-9:00 AM

Can't listen then? Subscribe to our podcast
Or listen online at our website
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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."

Saturday, July 28th, at The Elevens in Northampton
It's on. Saturday, July 28th, at The Elevens in Northampton. Starting around 10:00. $5.

The Lineup:
1. Evolve: Life in the Group  --These guys are a great live drums and bass duo (local too). Their sound is ambient, lush, and full of trippy energy. Featuring one of the finest drummers in the area, Troy Larusso.

2. Beastwith2Backs --We're breaking out 2 new songs tonight. The first is "Chinese Girl in Braids" --a super big beat ode to the inescapable tastiness of Chinese girls. Key lyric: "Chinese girls, they got the zest, sturdy Chinese girls they're pound for pound the best, cute as a button with a tiny titty rack, that juicy little boonany I got to give a smack!"

*The second new song is "Brigadier Baby", part 3 of the Babies Marching Trilogy. It's a different kind of song for us...it's a scary and venomous campfire story that you really hope doesn't come true. We've already begun planning a video shoot for the song with the mad maestro from "Educate Your Body", Mr. Chris Ohlson.  Key lyric: "He sits at the altar, the anvil, the vice; starts playing cards and eating dice; he cheats, he lies, he won't play fair, dealing from the bottom of the deck playing solitaire; he's making a weapon, a tool to slice, he's got hammers scissors picks spikes; the fire is laughing, the bellows blasting, Brigadier Baby is now finally happy."

*The beautifully uncompressed DVD version of our new video for "God is an Alleycat Gambling Fiend" will be available for sale or theft. The DVD will have the video as well as the audio single and an instrumental remix (for those intimate moments).

3. Nude Black Glass --These guys are from central MA and come highly recommended.  Their sound is sort of Arctic Monkeys meets Incubus. Check out the link.
THE CORNER BOYS FROM HOLYOKE BRING CELTIC MUSIC TO BERNARDSTON!
7/26/2007 @ 7:00 pm

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Cushman Library
 
THE CORNER BOYS FROM HOLYOKE BRING CELTIC MUSIC TO BERNARDSTON!
 
Thursday Night Concerts by the Pond
 
7/26/2007 @ 7:00 pm
 
The Corner Boys, a fabulous Celtic foursome out of Holyoke, will be performing by P.I. Pond in Bernardston at 7:00 on Thursday, July 26th as part of Cushman Library's "Thursday Night Concerts by the Pond" series.  The Boys will truly delight the audience with flutes, whistles, guitars, banjos, Uilleann pipes, mandolins, melodeon, button box, bird calls and more as they share a varied and extremely enjoyable selection of Celtic tunes and songs.   

This free concert series is being presented in celebration of the summer reading theme "Catch the Beat at Your Library" and encompasses an eclectic selection for all ages of music lovers.  Listeners can relax on the beautiful grounds of Powers Institute overlooking the pond, and are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners.  Everyone is welcome!  Beverages and snacks will also be available from the Friends of Cushman Library (FOCL) as a fundraiser.  FOCL is also raffling off music CDs from several of the performers in this summer's series.  If it happens to rain, the concert will take place in the Bernardston Unitarian Church.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of Cushman Library, Benchmark and Pratt Real Estate, Bernardston Kiwanis, Country Corner Store, Foster's Supermarket, Four Leaf Clover Restaurant, The New England House Restaurant, the Sandri Companies, and Zuttermeister Chiropractic.
Cushman Library is located at 28 Church Street, Bernardston, just off I 91 Exit 28 B.

*IMAGE RESIZED
SARAH MANNING: PLAYING JAZZ AND  FIGHTING GENDER DISCRIMINATION
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SARAH MANNING: PLAYING JAZZ AND  FIGHTING GENDER DISCRIMINATION
Title: Shatter the Glass
Start Date: 07/31/07
End Date: 08/03/07
Time: 8:00 pm concert

Saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning has first-hand experience of the institutionalized gender discrimination that exists in the commercial jazz industry where the critics, talent buyers and even fans are predominantly male.  Tired of waiting for the industry to change from within, Manning is introducing an ensemble designed to actively engage the public with these issues and bring jazz to a new demographic.

From July 31 through August 3,  Shatter the Glass,  four young jazz musicians Manning, who is a 1998 Smith College graduate, along young New York City talents Art Hirahara, piano, Thomson Kneeland, bass and Kyle Struve, drums, will offer free open rehearsals along with a concert at the Northampton Center for the Arts.
 Rehearsals will be July 31 through August 3, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including a daily half-hour Q&A with the artists from 12:30-1 p.m. The group will be tackling compositions by Manning, who has earned high praise from well-known jazz critic Nat Hentoff and been profiled in Down Beat Magazine.  
 The concert will be Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m. at the Center. Tickets, $12 with $10 for seniors and students; call 413-584-7327 to reserve.
THE STONE SHOW ROCKS ON
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The Stone Show
07/28/07 - 08/12/07
Weekends: 10 am - 5 pm

The second bi-annual Stone Show features 12 New England stone sculptors. Artists will be displaying their sculpture in a garden that features extraordinary stonework from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition and sale will run the last weekend in July and the first 2 weekends in August.

Major exhibition pieces, as well as smaller works, will be available for sale. Participating artists will be demonstrating stone sculpting throughout the show. 
 
 The Stone Show will be held at 97 Barre Road, Hardwick, MA Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 am to 5 pm. 
 
Sponsored by New England Garden Ornaments. For more information call (508) 867-4474 or visit the website http://www.negardenornaments.com/stoneshow.htm  
DANDIE IN THE UNDERWORLD IS OPEN!


 
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Title: D.I.T.U. is open
Start Date: now
End Date: never
Time: Thurs-Sun, noon-10

Dandie in the Underworld is a small boutique hidden in an alley of downtown Northampton, MA selling sweet & sinister handicrafts from local artists. The boutique is entirely decorated with recycled goods, things we found and have given new life.
 
 Art meets function here. Everything is unique, no two pieces are the same. 
 
 Come down and see all of the talent that resides in the lovely valley.
 
 Our hours are Thurs-Sun, noon-10 and we're located in the alley behind glamourama.
 
 p.s. we are always looking for new pieces to sell as well, so come to the space, see what it's all about, and we'll chat about that too!

Our hours are Thurs-Sun, noon-10 located at 7 old south street (in the alley behind glamourama)

our contact info is dandieintheunderworld@gmail.com, phone number 387.6778.
PAINTING AND DRAWING WORKSHOP OFFERED BY DEAN NIMMER
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PAINTING AND DRAWING WORKSHOP OFFERED BY DEAN NIMMER
Title: "Going with the Flow"
Start Date: 7/28/07
End Date: 7/29/07
Time: 10am to 4pm each day

Going with the Flow is an intensive workshop devoted to rejuvenating your creative abilities and rekindling your passions to make art. This enjoyable, hands-on workshop is open to all levels of artistic experience and technical ability.  So if you haven t made art in awhile or have developed the dreaded malaise of  artists  block , this may be just what you need to get yourself back into what you love to do!
 
Costs:  Two-day workshop - $125 (Note: Cost to attend only one workshop day - $75)
 
Location: At my studio at the Open Square Mill complex in downtown Holyoke, Mass.  
 
R.S.V.P. by email (deandart@aol.com) by Friday, July 20 if you are interested in this workshop.
 
Dean Nimmer is Professor Emeritus from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Dean has exhibited his work in more than 200 solo and group exhibitions here and abroad and has won several major awards for his art. Dean has exhibited in the U.S., China, Japan, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Germany, and France. Dean Nimmer s book entitled,  Art from Intuition  is due to be available in bookstores in April of 2008.
 
Examples of Dean s work are available on his website   www.deannimmer.com

Image: Mo Ringey on the cover of Dean Nimmer's upcoming book; "Art from Intuition".

THE ART SALON: FACILITATED CREATIVE-ART PLAYTIME FOR GROWN-UPS!

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SUMMER SALONS
Start Date: 07/22/07
End Date: 09/23/07
Time: Sun. 5:30pm  &  Tues. 7pm

 
Beginners, non-artists, and pros alike are coming to Cup And Top Cafe (after-hours) to get creative together!
 
Hosted/Facilitated by Northampton artist Dana Wilde.
 
Dana offers fun and soulful creative drawing & writing exercises that help you access your creativity and generate some expressive ART in a fun, exploratory environment.  Crayons, markers, watercolors, paper, scissors and glue abound!
 
Perfect for beginners and  non-artists,  and great for professionals who want to get unstuck, come out of isolation, or try a new approach.
 
NOTE:  Spring Salons are OVER - Thank you everyone!
 
SUMMER ART SALONS HAPPEN: July 22-September 23, 2007
 
TUESDAYS @ 7:00pm
SUNDAYS @ 5:30pm
 
Cup And Top Cafe 1 North Main St. in Florence Center
 
90 minutes. Materials Provided.   
 
$12 Drop-in  
 
$9-$11 Low income Drop-in
$50 for 5 Salon
 
Learn more about Dana, her artwork, and The Art Salon at 
web.mac.com/danawildearts
 
Questions?  Call 413-584-8328
Email spiritportraits@yahoo.com

Note: Thank you Mo!
SUMMER SALE OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL POWERS
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SUMMER SALE OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL POWERS
Title: SUMMER SALE
Start Date: 07/17/07
End Date: 09/07/07
Time: By Appointment

Two of Michael Powers  photographs will be included in the highly competitive New England Photographers Biennial Exhibition 2007 sponsored by the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, Massachusetts.  To mark the occasion Michael is offering a 40% discount off the usual selling price of any of his photographs purchased before the opening of the Danforth Exhibition on September 8th.
 
Michael's website is in the planning stages, in the meantime, if you contact him he will email some examples of his work or you can schedule a time to see the original museum quality prints at his studio at:  Open Square, 4 Open Square Way, Studio 221,Holyoke, MA 01040.
 
Contact Michael by phone at:  781-883-7065, or email at:  mfpowers1@gmail.com.
 
Pictured:  Shady Glen 2 (2007)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW HEALTH INSURANCE LAWS
A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE WITHOUT INSURANCE

 
A letter from the executive director of the Artists Foundation to the Noho Arts Councile, excerpted;
 

The AF is doing a series of artists town meetings across the state and 
would love to come to Northampton. We would love to work with your 
organization on it.  We had tried to do a meeting  in June but alas it didn't come 
together.

Here is the link to the town meetings and the agenda we use:


I have reserved the Library community room for Monday August 27th, but 
it would be better if we can come out at an earlier date- as I am very 
concerned that artists will think they have to have health insurance from the 
health care law by July 1st - when in fact they need to have proof of it by 
December 31st 2007.

In the mean time if you could help us get the word out about our 
website, www.healthcareforartists.org , that would be great- it is the only tool out there for artists to  navigate the new health care reform law (also non artists can use it too)

Kathleen Bitetti
Artist
Executive Director
Artists Foundation (www.artistsfoundation.org)
cell 617-784-4652
CALLS FOR INDIE CRAFTERS AND ARTISTS
Tracy Sean
Art Hound Compound

CALL FOR ARTISTS AND INDIE CRAFTERS 
Art Hound Compound Hipster Artist's Market
Start Date: 09/07/07
End Date: 09/09/07
Time: 12:00 - 5:00

Seeking artists and indie crafters for a new art & crafts market opening  September 7, 2007.  We're looking for folks who create non-traditional work,  outsider art, folk art, art brut, etc. And if you're part of the indie crafts movement and make cool, quirky, funky, unique, outrageous or weird stuff and want to sell your work in a positive, fun environment, this is the venue for you. Details are available on our blog at www.arthoundcompound.blogspot.com.

Musicians who want to come jam at our opening weekend event are also encouraged to contact us at westmasseygirl@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
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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!
CLASSES

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 For more information visit our website CreateArtStudio.com




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Waterbased Monoprinting
 
 This workshop is an opportunity to explore the painterly printmaking processes of Monotype.  It brings together three artists each with a novel approach to monprinting as faculty.   Liz Chalfin will introduce additive methods, stenciling and layering on the first day.   Anita Hunt will bring viscosity printing into the mix the following day and Joyce Silverstone will teach transfer drawing and alternative plates on the third.   Each artist will demonstrate in the morning leaving students the afternoon to try their hand at all the techniques.   The last two days will be work days where participants can delve into their own work and develop rich and layered prints. Water-based inks are capable of producing a watercolor-like quality that spans the full range of transparency as well as permiting the artist to develop opacity through layering and thickness of application.  No previous printmaking experience necessary. $550 + materials.  To register visit our website www.zeamaysprintmaking.com or call 413.584.1783.
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COLLAGE CLASSES BEGINNING AT THE CANAL GALLERY- SCHEDULE CHANGES
Title: Soul Collage & Explore Manifestation
Start Date: July 15th, 2007
End Date: -ongoing
Time: Sundays 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Wednesdays 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Description: 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, engaging in a dialogue with our deepest selves. Open to all, great for artists who want to try a new medium.

Starts July 15th  ongoing drop-in group 
Sundays 11:30-1:30 pm All materials included,$25 a class
Taught by Gineen Cooper, local artist and activist, held in the Canal Gallery Studio Building in Holyoke, Ma. www.gineen.com Please call (413)219-0569 to sign up
 
Explore Manifestation Collage Class
with Gineen Cooper and Nona Hatay Starts Wednesday July 18th
Use the power of collaging to have fun, relax and connect with your deepest desires. Mainfestation Collage is the idea that what you focus on for your greater good and happiness will come to you. Please bring any special images you'd like to use and a color copy of yourself. Numerous styles of collage and techinques will be covered. 
for info about Nona go to: www.thecanalgallery.com/artists 
ongoing group Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED. $25 a class
Call (413)219-0569 to sign up www.gineen.com

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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.
CALLS FOR ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Gregory Thorp
Ashfield Cultural Council

WIN THE BABY CECIL AWARD! - ASHFIELD FILM/VIDEO CONTEST - $500 PRIZE
5-minute or less film/video contest
Start Date: 01/15/07
End Date:  deadline  07/12/07
Time: Film festival 9/15/07

The Ashfield Cultural Council announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES TO A COMPETITION OF SHORT FILMS/VIDEOS, 5 minutes or under in length. Content must be connected in some way to Ashfield, Massachusetts, birthplace of the legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959). A first prize of $500 will be awarded. The ten entries judged best will be featured at a festival in Ashfield in September of 2007. Two copies of the entry in DVD format must reach PO Box 92, Ashfield, MA 01330 before Sunday, August 12, birthday of Baby Cecil. Entries must be suitable for general audiences. Sorry, DVD's will not be returned. Be sure to label the DVD's and include email contact and mailing address with submission. Film/video makers retain all rights to their entry. For further information see: groups.myspace.com/ashfieldculturalcouncil. 
 Or,email: ashfieldculturalcouncil@yahoo.com
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IT'S TIME TO PUT ON YOUR THINKING "CUP" AND SHOW US YOUR BRA!
Show Us Your BRA! 2007 Call to "Bratistes"
Applications 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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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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GALLERY A3 SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Call for Artists
ongoing

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.  Gallery members jury applications once a month.
 
 Applications are available at:
 Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 
 Hours:  Wednesday through Sunday, 1-7:00 pm 
 Call 413-256-4250 or email mtc@crocker.com
 www.gallerya3.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.

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      

RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
PLEASE NOTIFY ME WHEN YOUR SPACE HAS BEEN RENTED OR YOUR LISTING EXPIRES. THANKS-MO

CHEAP ART STUDIOS FOR RENT
Start Date: Immediately
End Date: Until Gone
Time: n/a

Description: Large, affordable art studios currently available for rent.  A whopping 1,000 square feet for only $500.- per month including utilities.  We can show anytime.  Call David at 413-433-0501 for a viewing.
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Rythea Lee
Wild Life Sanctuary Studio

LOVELY CHEAP STUDIO TIME
Title: Studio Seeking Regulars
Start Date: Now
End Date: n/a
Time: n/a

Description: Our phenomenal studio in Florence has a wood floor.  The main space is open and free from any posts or beams. There is also a comfy sitting area ideal for writing or support groups. Call for a time to come see all the other details -- it's a lovely place to be.
 
 $15/Hour
 DISCOUNTS for ongoing rentals.
 
 Wild Life Sanctuary Studio
 413-586-7390
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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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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

MAUREEN SCANLON
ROBERT TOBEY
BRIANA TAYLOR
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

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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

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. from Mo - 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 own 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 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...
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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 don't know how to resize my image. Thanks for doing it for me.

I don't have any means to pay my rent. Thanks for doing it for me.

Isn't that presumptuous? I pay non-counterfeit $$ to Constant Contact to put out this newsletter. I pay 6-8 hours a week of my time to create this newsletter in order to provide you with a FREE place to promote your event/class/shop etc. I could alternately use that time earning money for rent. ALL I ask is that you do your part and use the submission form (It works. It is NOT broken. Error messages are generated when you somehow do not follow the extremely simple guidelines. It seems to work for everyone but you.) and resize your own images. If one of us has to fix your image shouldn't it be you? Do you not have even 2 minutes of work to do for yourself or is it all somehow my sole responsibility? Yes, I am becoming disheartened by the people who supposedly do not know how to size an image. If you are literate, you can resize your image. If you are not literate then you won't even know when I refuse to add your event, so I guess you won't mind that it has been rejected?

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. This newsletter is all for one and one for all. If you don't at all care what your peers are doing then how can you expect them to care about your event? Karma knows if you are a one way street.

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.