March 7, 2006
Volatile. volatile. Oooh are you volatile. Can't help yourself. Hard to sit still. Hard even to enjoy the love of children or the sights in the Caribbean or Rome Or Sydney. Too jittery. Too eager. Too apprehensive. Need change. Need to escape the regime. Still hooked on the regime. Gotta change the life. can't go along with the program much longer. Need that big break to get you out of the rut. Can't wait much longer. Need to break out.
Still under the thumb of the regime, though. Not ready to go over the wall. Need to. Can't yet.
Out of your mind? Some people think you are. Others admire your courage in taking steps to change your life and take a wild chance. You're definitely in an outrageous mood, and one has to wonder what is going on in your head other than a desparate need to escape boredom. No matter what anybody thinks, though, you're going to do exactly what you want to do, in spite of any cautionary advice you get from well-meaning friends.

Happy Birthday all you Pisces

Application deadline is March 10
Call for Entries for Building Materials Resource Center Artist Competition

The Building Materials Resource Center is seeking all who have a passion for reuse and art. Create durable, functional pieces, such as chairs, coat/hat racks, framed mirrors, dog houses, light fixtures, cabinets, bookshelves, wardrobes and tables, made primarily from used building materials.

The top three entrants will have the opportunity to create a window installation in Boston Art Windows and to display and sell their art in the Mission Hill Festival of Fire on September 30.

Application deadline is March 10. For details, visit .html

Louise Baxter,

(ONGOING) Ends March 31.
The Black & White work of:
Geoff Bluh
Christine Pratt
Frank Ward

at The Valley Photo Center
MARCH 1 - 31

Artists' Reception
Friday, March 3, 6-8 pm

1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA

FOLKLORE ARENA - Prints by Aaron Piziali
Folklore Arena - Prints by Aaron Piziali and Solar Plate Prints: An Invitational Portfolio

MARCH 10 - APRIL 14, 2006

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host two new exhibits:

Folklore Arena - Prints by Aaron Piziali and Solar Plate Prints; An Invitational Portfolio, which includes prints by nine members of Zea Mays Printmaking studio: Meredith Broberg, Liz Chalfin, Stephanie Cramer, Tracy Ducasse, Anita S. Hunt, Kate Jenkins, Aaron Piziali, Judith Wolf, and Diane Worth.

The gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA.

In Folklore Arena, Aaron Piziali exhibits prints that use several techniques - silkscreen, letterpress, linoleum cut and drypoint - to present images and ideas about our relationships with identity, the brain and learning disabilities.
From these prints, a folklore of ability and history emerges. Piziali states: “This is a personal attempt to map the mental environment created by the simple acts of thought, those that are successful and those that not.”

Exhibit hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 12 - 5, Wednesday: 12 - 8, the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month: 12 - 5, and by appointment.

P.S. Liz Chalfin's (Creator of Zea Mays) birthday is on Tuesday March 14th. Oops.

Submissions due May 31, 2006
STRANGE FIGURATIONS A thematic exhibition open to all interpretations of the concept, Strange Figurations.

Open to all figurative styles from the realist to the surreal and visionary. Open to all media.
72" maximum dimension. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, September 1 - 24, 2006.

National magazine publication awards.
On-line entry form at:
OR email: OR
send SASE to: SlowArt Productions, Box 503, Phoenicia NY 12464

Position: Program Coordinator, Cultural Economic Development, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Get a *real* job.
Position: Program Coordinator, Cultural Economic Development, Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state’s arts agency, is seeking a highly motivated individual as Program Coordinator for the John and Abigail Adams Arts Program, a cultural economic development initiative. The position provides critical administrative and technical support to the Adams statewide grant program and other initiatives. He/she will report to and work closely with the Program Manager to manage internal administrative functions and to sustain a very responsive level of customer service for program participants and constituents.

The successful candidate will be highly dependable, comfortable working with people and managing events, and show superior attention to detail.
Starting salary: $40K - low $40Ks
Starting Date: April 2006

To apply, send cover letter and resume by March 17, 2006 to Human Resources, CED Program Coordinator Search, Massachusetts Cultural Council, 10 St. James Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) 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. The MCC is committed to equality of opportunity as a matter of law and policy; minorities and other affirmative action populations are encouraged to apply.

Friday, 3 March, from 6-10 pm.
For immediate release

For additional information contact:
Ben Banville at 413-625-9361, or email the

THREE VIEWS, an exhibit/reception featuring paintings, sculpture and installation works of three artists:

"OBLITERATE: disiterations and fragments", by Bernard Banville;

"The Inverse Order of Alienation", by Steve Random;

"Trinity", by Christopher Willingham,

will be held at Gallery 17, 8 Deerfield Avenue, Shelburne Falls on Friday, 3 March, from 6-10 pm.

The Iron Bridge Writers, led by Edite Cunhã, will perform short readings from recent works from 7 to 8 p.m.
Refreshments will be served. No admission charge.

North Adams Center for DeTourism
(REPEAT) CALL FOR ENTRY! (postmark deadline MARCH 30)
North Adams Center for DeTourism

CALL FOR ENTRY! (postmark deadline MARCH 30)

Join the DeTourism Center and rework the circuits of bucolic tourism!

Calling all miscreant mailers, drunk walking tour guides, peripatetic monster truckers, wayward window displayers, hand-me-down postcard makers, failed theme park conceivers, bad news bumper sticker makers, and all ye who just have their doubts about the tourist economy...

Cultural tourism has been heralded as the saving grace of post-manufacturing towns, but what exactly are people touring? What is worth seeing and what isn't? Why would one travel three hours to feast ones eyes? What role do artists have in these efforts and what roles are boring? 'What,' asks the DeTourism Center, 'is interesting about touring?' And maybe even more importantly, who wins, who loses, who is worth looking at and who isn't? And how do we redirect attentions? The DeTourism Center is unorthodox in that it isn't interested in booming economies or pragmatic functionality. It won't get you from here to there and it won't necessarily find you the best vacation package. From field guides for divining water to alternative maps for finding love in North Adams, the DeTourism Center is almost mystical in its anti-intuitive, pro-meander methodologies.

Send proposals and artwork to:

The Contemporary Artists Center
189 Beaver Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Questions? Call the CAC at 413.663.9555

HCC's Taber Gallery to exhibit
Burn Unit: works by Jeff DeRose and Mike Martindell

HOLYOKE – The public is invited to view Burn Unit: an exhibition of mixed media digital photography and welded steel sculptures by Jeff DeRose and Mike Martindell, February 27 to March 30 in the Taber Gallery of Holyoke Community College.
This exhibition is free and open to all. DeRose and Martindell will SPEAK during an opening reception, March 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Taber Gallery is located on the second floor of the Donahue Building, next to the HCC library and is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A former biomedical engineer, DeRose's mixed media photography reflects his long held a fascination with fire and its use as an agent of transformation and purification. Martindell's haunting steel sculptures have been shown in various venues around the valley since he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a journalism degree in 1995. In addition to his work as an art preparator for the University of Hartford's Joseloff Gallery, Martindell creates custom artwork for private homes and commercial businesses. Both artists use fire or heat, though disparately, in their work.

All over.
Northampton continues its Arts Night Out program Friday, March 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., offering open galleries at 20 locations, all within a short walk in the city's downtown area.

Highlighted in March are several galleries:

~~The first, The Old Courthouse Gallery, 99 Main Street, a new addition to the gallery roster, offers original provocative and often comic statements of collage artist and Chesterfield resident Michael Metzger;

~~At Alfredo's Gallery, 6 Crafts Avenue, the exhibit is entitled "In Praise of Clouds," works by Howard Karger, considered one of the finest landscape photographers in New England. Also showing will be works of Elsa Vitols;

~~Skera, 221 Main Street, will feature the highly decorated ceramic trays, vases and bowl by Mary Vaughn Blake of South Hadley;

~~A.P.E. Gallery, Thorne's Market, third floor, offers two exhibitions—"The Mountain and the Garden: The Contemplative Practice of Visual Arts," with works by John Berry, Carrie Bergman, Rene Theberge, Rose Sackey- Milligan, Lisa Berry and Lila Palivoda; and "People and Places: Recent Paintings of People and their Surroundings," by Heidi DiEntremont;

~~Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, will have still lifes as well as landscapes painted in recent years in Vermont and Italy by Martha Armstrong, who has taught at Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges as well as institutions further afield, and lives in Hatfield;

~~Michelson's Gallery, 132 Main Street, offers "Nature is Majesty," paintings by Thomas Locker, who has spent his life in service to two great passions—painting and nature. His profound love and respect for the natural world is reflected in both his paintings and book illustrations; this award-winning artist will give a lecture at 7 p.m. at the gallery, as part of Arts Night Out;
One of my favorites--->See Cynthia Consentino at William Baczek Gallery as part of
ANIMAL KIGNDOM, February 23 - March 26, 2006, including work by:

Cynthia Consentino
Travis Louie
Walton Ford
Elliot Offner
Robin Freedenfeld
John Roy
Laurie Hogin
Jeff Koons
Nanny Vonnegut

William Baczek Fine Arts

36 Main Street • Northampton, MA 01060 • 413-587-9880

Guests wanted for IT'S ALL ABOUT ARTS cable television program.
Open deadline, Boston.
Guests wanted for It's All About Arts cable television program.

Promote your art. Anyone involved in the arts is welcome to come on our TV show with host Glenn Williams. Great promotional venue to showcase art, classes, exhibits, performances and events.

We do the show live each Monday evening from 6-7 p.m. at the BNN studios, 10 Park Plaza, Transportation Building.

Call Executive Producer Janice Williams at 617-710-3811 or visit Web Site for detail info and open dates.

at The Elevens in Northampton, on Friday March 17 @ 7 PM
Rocket Girl Betsy-Dawn Williams, set to Blast Off

Recently signed to the roots music label El Toro Records in Barcelona, Spain and armed with her new CD release, “Rocket Girl”, Betsy-Dawn Williams is letting the cat out of the bag at The Elevens in Northampton, on Friday March 17.

Williams, who’s musical meanderings are embedded in roots music, and known for playing in the honkytonk band Girl Howdy, and the zydeco-influenced R&B band Slippery Sneakers, will be showing her rockin’ side with this new project, “Li’l BeeDee & the Big Melodee Combo”.

Joining her will be Jeff Potter on piano, who once teamed up with BeeDee in a former roots rock band project, is back on the track getting the rock & roll train going again.

Also on hand will be Graham Tichy (son of Commander Cody guitarman John Tichy) on lead guitar, who is well known in the Albany area as the premier rockabilly guitar cat, along with Jimmy Haggerty on string bass and Clark Howell on drums.

Potter, Tichy & Haggerty comprised the core of musicians on her CD “Rocket Girl”. These guys are the kind of players who really showcase the rockabilly sound that keeps the “roll” in rock & roll.

Li’l BeeDee & The Big Melodee Combo hit the stage at 7pm, Friday March 17, 2006 $8 at the door. The Elevens is at 140 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA

BeeDee has the best hair.

Celebrating the Music and Cuisine of Ireland Northampton, MA
Northampton Community Music Center
139 South Street, Northampton, MA 01060

(413) 585-0001
MUSIC CENTER HOLDS ANNUAL MUSICAL FEAST Celebrating the Music and Cuisine of Ireland On Sunday March 19, 2006 at 5:30 pm, the Northampton Community Music Center will have its third annual "Musical Feast."
Each year, the event celebrates the music and cuisine of one region. This year, the Musical Feast will showcase Ireland, with music by two prominent local Irish bands, Shay's Rebellion and Selkie, and contemporary Irish cuisine prepared by Irish-born Chef Michael Corduff.

The event will take place at the Delaney House, and the evening will consist of an elegant four-course dinner, musical performances, and a silent auction.
The dinner menu will feature such items as "Dublin Cheddar and Chive Soup," "Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Demi-Glace," and "Bailey's Chocolate Ganache Cake." The Silent Auction will feature, among other things, a Yamaha P22 45" Upright Professional Collection piano; a week's vacation at an inn in Vermont; a private aerial sight-seeing tour, and a framed, signed, limited edition lithograph by Eric Carle.
Now in its 20th year, the Northampton Community Music Center is a not- for-profit organization whose mission is "to foster the love and pursuit of music within the community through quality musical education, performances, and activities that are accessible to all." NCMC's talented faculty offer a diverse range of musical programs to more than 700 participants a year—both adullts and children—and bring concerts and other musical evvents to hundreds more in our surrounding communities, uniting people of all ages and backgrounds through the shared experience of music. NCMC is the only music program in Hampshire County that offers financial aid: no qualifying student has ever been denied scholarship.
The Musical Feast has been generously underwritten by The Log Cabin & The Delaney House, Bank of America, Duseau Trucking, 88.5 FM/WFCR, and Wright Builders, Inc.

Attendance at the Musical Feast is $75 per person, which includes the dinner and a glass of wine or Guinness. Seating is limited and reservations are required; call the Music Center immediately at (413) 585-0001 to reserve your spot

CITY OF BOSTON RFP (Request for Proposal)
Public Art Ideas Competition.
City of Boston RFP
RFPs & Artist Calls Request for Proposals are now being issued for a public art ideas competition in Dorchester and Roxbury.

In Dorchester, Dorchester Arts Collaborative and St. Mark’s Area Main Streets received a planning grant for public art in Peabody Square.

The Roxbury Center for the Arts received a grant to create a work of public art to celebrate the new center at Hibernian Hall. For more details on both RFPs, visit

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2006 - Berlin / Paris
Sommerwende International Arts Festival and more
GALLERY twenty-four, Europe’s premier gallery for autodidactic and undiscovered artists from around the world, is pleased to announce its call for entries for 2006.

This year’s call is open to artists working in any genre, including, but not limited to: painting; sculpture; photography; video &/or audio installations; assemblage; mixed media and film; as well as performance art.

In addition to applications for its regular schedule of solo exhibitions in Berlin & Paris, the gallery is accepting applications for the following programs and group shows to be presented in Berlin during 2006.

· 2006 International Assemblage Artist Exhibition

· 2006 Sommerwende International Arts Festival

· 2006 Open Studio Project - Berlin

· 2006 TransATLantic Project - Berlin / Atlanta

· 2006 Self-curated Exhibition Program

Details for all our exhibiting opportunities can be found at: Beginning in 2003, GALLERY twenty-four has organised this annual exhibition concentrating on exposing assemblage art to the international art market of Berlin, Germany. With its expansion into Paris, France the gallery will be able to exhibit a portion of this world class exhibition in Paris, as well.

Annually over 50 artists from a myriad of countries exhibit their works for a four week period in the Berlin facilities of the gallery. Subsequently, pieces chosen for first, second and third place prizes, as well as those receiving honorable mention awards will be exhibited in the Paris gallery. Additionally, artists compete for the award of best in show and cash and prizes valued at over EU10,000. making this one of the most distinguished exhibitions for Assemblage Art in existence today.

Further details: www.assemblag


GALLERY twenty-four / B E R L I N, Krossener Strasse 34, 10245 Berlin Tel +49 (30) 516 583 53 GALLERY twenty-four / P A R I S, 30 rue Durantin 75018 Paris Tel +33 (0) 1 42 58 00 69

Does this not remind you of that scene in Fargo?
Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Opening Date: June 1, 2006. Entry fee: $125

U.S. citizens, nationals, or resident aliens are eligible to participate. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age by June 1. This year's contest will be held on Friday, October 6 through Saturday, October 7, 2006 with entries on display at the Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104.
The winning artist receives publicity and media recognition, a pane of Duck Stamps signed by the Secretary of the Interior, select travel to ceremonies, guest speaker at special events and opportunity to market their winning image.
Postmarked not later than midnight August 15, 2006.

For entry guidelines and application criteria contact
Federal Duck Stamp Contest, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, MBSP- 4070, Arlington, VA 22203-1622. Phone: 703.358.2000. Fax: 703.358.2009. Website:

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