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March 21, 2006
 
 
SPRING RITUALS, MERCURY TURNS NORMOGRADE & ART OPENS, CLOSES & CALLS


Today is Happy Birthday to Benito Juarez ("Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace")

And then there is the Indian Ritual to celebrate Spring, The Holi Festival

Rituals & celebration of Holi Festival is an aspect of Hindu dharma. Rituals & celebrations are an important and human component of our participation in the social and cosmic order, of our dharma. Holi Festival is a spring celebration, the exuberant ritual of throwing paint at each other and not sparing each other at all, is a variation of the common theme of spring rituals the world over. The logic is that on the first day of spring, people need to wake up from their winter slumber.

Essentially, Holi means the triumph of good over evil and conquest of sensual values by spiritual values. The tender green leaves on the trees, the blossomed flowers in the gardens and the sweet calls of the Cuckoo mark the advent of a new season that is Spring (vasant). Enriching the freshness is the festival of Holi with a splurge of colours and an aura of romance all around.

On Holi Festival, people are suddenly caught unawares with colours being poured from on top of the houses, bursting balloons or long pistons squirting coloured water. People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colours on each other.

I just sniped my dog Jamoka with a paint gun and he walked out.

But, Mercury Retrograde ends Saturday so soon it will be all be better, like when you put a sushi bandaid on your woes.

DEA BUSTS *POT TART* CREATORS
DEA arrests 12, seizes marijuana-laced candy and soft drinks in San Francisco Bay Area

How is this relevant to this newsletter?
I use Photoshop too.
MAR 16--OAKLAND, CA – Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) Special Agent in Charge (“SAC”) Javier F. Peña announced today the arrest of Kenneth AFFOLTER, 39, of Lafayette, CA, and eleven other individuals on charges of distribution of marijuana.

As a result of the searches law enforcement seized four sophisticated indoor marijuana growers, thousands of marijuana plants, a large amount of U.S. Currency, two semi-automatic weapons, one revolver, and hundreds of pot laced candy and soft drinks.
The creative candy included turns on many classics such as 3 Rastateers, Rasta Reese's, Double Puff Oreo, Twixt, Keef Kat, Munchy Way, Buddafinger, Puff a Mint Pattie, and Tri Chrome Crunch, according to an article at www.dea.gov.
http://www.dea.gov/pubs/states/newsrel/sanfra n031606.html


I.D.E.A. (International Dance Exchange Alliance)
invites you to the "Spring Equinox IDEA Exchange" Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30 PM
another accicoincidental segue from the previous article.

I.D.E.A. (International Dance Exchange Alliance) invites you to the
"Spring Equinox IDEA Exchange" at A.P.E. Performance Space, 3rd Floor above THORNE'S MARKET, 150 MAIN ST., NORTHAMPTON, MASS, on THURS. MARCH 23, 7:30 PM., donation $5

Christina Svane and Mary Ramsay host these evenings around the Solstices and Equinoxes, as an opportunity to perform something that you're working on ­in any performable medium for an audience of witnesses.

We are interested in creating a supportive context for showing work that is coming into form and to which both performer and audience bring their imaginations.

We ask that you attend an I.D.E.A. as audience member before signing up to show a piece.
Each piece should be no longer than 10 minutes and an evening will consist of a maximum of 5 pieces. To sign up to show your work, please email Mary at maryjramsay@comcast.net or Christie at csvane@comcast.net.
Each performance is followed by 3 - 5 minutes of writing time by the audience. After all pieces have been shown, we gather in a circle to share our writings, piece by piece. In this way, we weave together our collective experience and complete the exchange between performer and audience. When we have time, we print these writings as the booklet, IDEALog, available at Broadside Books.

MICROLOCAL NEWS
New Art Studios at ProCorp in Florence?
NOTE-The following is excerpted from an email to me:

The Pro Corp. (the big brick building across the street from Arts & Industry) intends to create artist studios in their building. In order to do so, the zoning needs to be changed from industrial to special industrial. If the zoning change gets approved, they could be up and running by June with new studios.

The merchants downtown (and possibly other building owners) might oppose the zoning change because they are worried about competition. The zoning change is very much subject to political persuasion though and the planning board is profoundly influenced by public commentary. Therefore, the zoning change could easily fail if the only thing the planning board hears is business owners from Florence saying how bad the change will be for their businesses. Therefore, it is crucial that other members of the public (that means us) show up to support the change.

The public hearing is this coming Thursday night, March 23, at 7:15 at the planning board, which is located in the city offices behind City Hall on Main Street. Please try to attend and support the zoning change.

VIDEO COCKTAIL-CALL FOR ENTRIES
Deadline (postmarked) March 30
Video Cocktail, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

Deadline (postmarked) March 30:

Call for Entries: Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA Video Cocktail is a survey of contemporary single channel video art. Thematic programs will be created from submitted work and shown over the course of the summer in the CAC gallery (www.thecac.org).

Any mode of single channel video making that reflects current video art practice is encouraged. Curator: David Lachman, Video programs will be shown June through October.


Submission Guidelines
:

Send: 1. Recent, completed after 1999, single channel video art (i.e. any art you show on a single video monitor). 2. DVD-R, VHS, S-VHS or MiniDV of work, labeled with Artist Name, email address, and phone number (NTSC format only). 3. A list of work submitted that includes a short description of each piece, the completion date, the length (note if it is a single play, loop, or either), whether it is silent, mono, or stereo sound, and 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. 4. Artist Statement, CV, and Short Bio, if available. 5. No Fee, but include a SASE if you want your media returned.

For full consideration, post material by March 30, 2006. Late submissions will be given some consideration if received by June 15.

Send submissions to:
The Contemporary Artists Center, Video Cocktail Show,
Attn: David Lachman,
189 Beaver Street, North Adams, MA 01247. USA.

For more information, sontact the CAC at 413.663.9555 or hezzie@thecac.org or see: www.thecac.org.

CLOSING PARTY FOR BURN UNIT @ TABER ART GALLERY, HCC
March 30, 5:30 to 7:30
The exhibition "Burn Unit" in the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College will be having a closing party hosted by the artists Mike Martendell & Jeff Derose on Thursday March 30th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Friend's of the Taber Gallery, Mike, Jeff, and those on Mo's arts newsletter list are invited. (See!? membership...)

The Taber gallery hours are Mon - Thurs 8:30am - 6:00pm. For more information call: (413)552-2614

MAKING ART * MAKING A LIVING
Thursdays March -April, 2006 at UMASS
Making Art Making a Living

Thursdays March -April, 2006 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Free for UMASS students thanks to sponsorship from the UMASS Arts Council
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Call 545-3653 with your student I.D. #
March 30th: Getting Your Work Exhibited– Art 45 Felice Caivano, Trinity College Art Gallery & Professor of Art at Holyoke Community College and Heather Haskell, Director of Springfield Museums: From the perspective of an artist, gallery director and museum curator, you will learn how you can best present your work to these venues to get your work exhibited!

April 13th: Marketing for Visual Artists–ART 42 Professional artist Louise Minks draws upon decades of experience marketing her work and offers several tools for developing a practical approach to marketing your work.

April 27th Legal Stuff for Artists –ART 40 Attorney Joshua Grey from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts addresses legal matters such as contracts, copyright, government regulations and other issues for artists.

PAINTING SALE - OVER 100 PAINTINGS, UNDER $100
Saturday & Sunday, April 1st & 2nd
1 pm to 5 pm at the blue house off Roaring Brook Road, Conway.



FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL:
DOROTHY OSTERMAN
413.369.4402

NUDES AND STILL LIFE AT THE OXBOW GALLERY

STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHS by Robert Aller
NUDE DRAWINGS by Arnold Skolnick

ARNOLD SKOLNICK, creator and designer of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival poster (bird, hand, guitar) and art director for the Woodstock Festival advertising campaign, is president and creative director of Chameleon Books. He has received numerous awards for his work as a designer of books, advertising, exhibitions, film and television movies He is a four-time recipient of the award given by the American Institute of Graphic Arts to designers for the “50 Best Books of the Year.”

ROBERT ALLER, photographer and professor of photography at Holyoke Community College will also exhibit black and white still life photographs. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Danforth Museum, The William Benton Museum of Art, UCONN-Storrs, Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, the Smith College Museum of Art and others. He has had numerous exhibitions locally and nationally. He received his MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He lives in Chesterfield, Massachusetts.

The Oxbow Gallery is located at 275 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA.
The exhibit is in the gallery from April 6–30, 2006 with an opening reception Friday, April 7, 6–8pm. The public is invited.
The gallery hours are Thursday–Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.
For additional information please contact the gallery at 413-586-6300.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - FIRST NIGHT BOSTON
Proposal Deadline is April 21
First Night Boston is now accepting applications for First Night 2007, which takes place on December 31, 2006. The proposal deadline is April 21, 2006. The notification date is July 31, 2006.

First Night is recruiting artists in all genres for the Family Festival, the Grand Procession, indoor evening performances, outdoor performances, visual art installations, and First Night's Neighborhood Network community projects.

The guidelines and form can be downloaded as a PDF here:

Contact: Carrie Gesteland, Production Manager, Phone: 617-542-1399 x19

First Night, Inc. 31 St. James Ave., Suite 949 Boston MA 02116

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 http://www.itsallaboutarts.com/ for detail info and open dates.

IAN WATSON ORGAN CONCERT IN DEERFIELD
Sunday evening, May 14 at 7:30 pm
IAN WATSON ORGAN CONCERT RESCHEDULED

Arcadia Players announces that Ian Watson’s organ concert in Deerfield, has been rescheduled to take place on Sunday evening, May 14 at 7:30 pm, at the First Church of Deerfield.

Tickets for the original March 4 date will be honored.

Contact Arcadia Players, (413) 256-4888 or www.arcadiaplayers.org to purchase additional individual tickets.
Advance ticket prices are $22 general admission, $40 reserved seating, and $10 for students. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 general, $45 reserved.

The program will include three of the composer’s works for organ as well as music by the early Baroque composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and two monumental works of Bach, including the thrilling Fantasia and Fugue in G minor.
Watson will give an informative pre concert talk at 6:40 p.m., and a reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.

The concert is sponsored by Deerfield Academy and is partially funded by the MCC’s Local Cultural Councils throughout the Pioneer Valley including Greenfield, Hadley, Longmeadow, Pelham, Whately, and Williamsburg.

Arcadia Players will end its 17th season and preview the next at a “ New Season Celebration” which will follow the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 25 at 5:30 pm. This festive midsummer event features a potluck supper, a concert of Dutch Baroque music, and a fundraising auction at the Renaissance Center in Amherst. All are welcome to take part.

Arcadia Players may be reached at (413) 256-4888 or info@arcadiaplayers.org .

SUSTAINABLE NORTHAMPTON MEETING
It is important for the voice of the arts community to be included.
March 9, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NCFA HOSTS ART-THEMED SUSTAINABILITY SESSION

On Sunday, March 26, there will be an opportunity for Northampton-based artists, cultural organizations and arts businesses that value Northampton¹s cultural landscape and worry about its future to weigh in on a variety of issues that are important to the city. The session (one of eight associated with the city¹s current sustainability project that are being held during March and early April) will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Although all sessions will have a similar format, it is hoped that the March 26 discussion will focus on the revitalization of the city¹s arts scene, which has been eroded in recent years, in part, by gentrification, lack of affordable business and living space and changing consumer and real estate market conditions.


In advance, you might think about this: ³Assuming that change is a constant aspect of a vibrant community, what characteristics or community values should guide Northampton as it plans for the future?
While the meeting is open to everyone, those who are participants or particularly interested in the future of the arts in Northampton are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. Ideas and opinions expressed at the meeting will contribute to the formulation of a new city master plan. It is important for the voice of the arts community to be included.

The meeting will be preceded from 1:30 to 2 p.m. by an (artful) interlude: the Northampton Community Music School jazz ensemble will play, and a short spoken word piece will be offered by Northampton High School and Columbia University alumnus Edward Rueda. Rueda was the winner of the first annual NHS poetry slam and says that his piece, "Dispose- Ability," at the March 26 event will be "a clarion call to the meeting's participants to preserve the elements in Northampton that foster creativity."

OPEN CALL FOR NEW COMMISSIONS
Art in General, NYC Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2006
Open Call for New Commissions
Art in General
(New York NY)



Art in General commissions challenging new work to visual artists. With a yearly open call and a simple online application process launched this year, Art in General invites artists to propose projects in any medium or format–from painting to sculpture to performance to video to other, perhaps undefined, type of art or interdisciplinary work.

This open call is for artists with studio or post-studio practice. It has no thematic or spatial parameters.

Artists can choose to present a project proposal based on long-standing or emerging interests.
Only complete online applications will be reviewed, replacing all application forms used previously. Information on Art in General’s commissions program, as well as the guidelines and online application is available at:
Go to: http://commissions.artingeneral.org
Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2006 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Prior to this deadline, Art in General will host a series of public programs to answer questions about the online application and to provide technical support to applicants.
Please check the calendar at www.artingeneral.org for details.

ALL-MEDIA NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION
Deadline: April 1, 2006
All-Media National Juried Exhibition
621 Gallery
(Tallahassee FL)


621 Gallery seeks entries in an All-media National Juried Exhibition to run June 1-30, 2006. Opening reception: June 2. Open to all U.S. residents. No size or media restricrions. Jurors: Dr. Roald Nasgaard, Chair, Department of Art, Florida State University, and Prof. Omar Thompson, Florida A&M University.

$1000 in Awards and a slot in the 2007- 2008 exhibition season. $30 entry fee for 3 entries, additional entries $10 each.
Postmark Deadline for slide, cd, or photo entries: April 1, 2006. For complete prospectus and entry form:
(850) 224-6163 www.621gallery.com/anje

TRACY KIDDER READING, OIL PAINTINGS OF WAR-EXPERIENCED AMERICANS EXHIBIT
Wed., Mar 29, at 7 PM at Franklin Paterson hall
Following up on Mark Nickerson's powerful, poignant email about the NECN showings of their film about traumatized veterans from the Iraqi conflict, and in recognition of the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq yesterday, there are a dozen films and two art exhibits being shown. Throughout late March and April, at a wide range of venues across the Pioneer Valley, a rich and thoughtprovoking selection of documentary films focused on the realities of combat, combat trauma and homecoming will be screened.

Many of these screenings will be introduced by the filmmakers and/or followed by commentary and discussion from local veterans and their families."

You can access Dates, times and locations at http://nostoi.hampshire.edu


On Wed., Mar 29, at 7 at Franklin Paterson hall, Hampshire College, Route 116 in Amherst, MY WAR, MY STORY, MY DETACHMENT features Tracy Kidder
reading from his memoir of the Vietnam War, "My Detachment";
Vietnam veteral Al Miller, active with Veterans Education Project, shares first person war stories; and the first local showing of "100 Faces of War Experience" -- oil painted portraits of Americans who have been in the theater of war for Iraq or Afghanistan. Next to each portrait hangs a plaque with a descrption of the person was involved in the war, and some personal writings written by them. The evening is sponsored by the Veterans Education Project which participated in our all day training on working with veterans in April 2005.
221 Pine Street, #408 Florence, MA 01062

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