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May 2, 2006

Elvi in Paris

A belief that there are no absolute social/religious/cultural/artistic places of work or residence. Relative places exist, but they are only valid for a given group of people at a given time. Other traditions, religions, eras, races, genders, cultures, and groups believe/believed in other, often conflicting, places. All of these alternate "places" are valid, at least to the group that follows them. Postmovism has been adopted by some liberal Christians, but is regarded as a serious error by conservative Christians.

So, I am all moved into my new studio in the Canal Building in Holyoke, thanks to a lot of fabulous volunteers. It went quite well (I liked the cookout part along the canal the best! The grill did not disappoint) and here I am. I have found my computer but not much else. I love my new studio and Jamoka loves the first floorishness of it but I do also miss Florence. Am I now an artist expatriate of the Arts & Industry Building?

Which naturally makes me think of expatriate Australian Elvis impersonators in Paris...

"If he does crack down, will we see a sort of mass Elvis flight, the expatriates in Paris, like Gertrude Stein, or as one of the other artists suggested, could this be the dawn of the Elvis speakeasy in this country?" ­ -Keith Olbermann, on the "crackdown on unlicensed Elvis impersonators," Countdown, April 24

Benefit Dinner Thursday, May 4th at Look Park
From Fern Spierer, via Nyah Wyatt--

Dear Friends:
I'm writing to invite you to a special event - On Thursday, May 4th, Hampshire Health Connect (HHC) will be holding their annual dinner and fundraiser at the Garden House at Look Park.

If you're not already familiar with the work of Hampshire Health Connect, you'll be glad to know that there is a place where those without insurance can turn for help. Through a collaboration with Cooley Dickinson Hospital, HHC works to connect our friends and neighbors who don't have insurance with the reduced-cost healthcare resources they need. In addition, they help clients with the sometimes-daunting process of applying for programs for which they may qualify, like MassHealth.

HHC also administers a provider network of physicians who voluntarily agrees to see them for a low, sliding-scale fee. This network is a last resort option for people who do not qualify for any other programs. Since the program was founded, HHC has served over 6,000 people, including over 5,000 adults and over 1,000 children. Today over 100 local physicians participate in the network.

Please join me at the Garden House in Look Park on Thursday, May 4th from 6:00-8:00 PM for a special dinner. An Asian-Fusion tasting menu, with tapas-style dishes from area restaurants will be served. It's a chance to honor our colleagues.

There's no set fee for tickets to the dinner. Instead, we ask that you make a meaningful contribution to the work of HHC, to assure that this unique organization can continue their vital work in the years to come.

There is no one among us who is untouched by the worry of life without healthcare. Let's work together to ease the burden of worry for uninsured people and to be reminded that small, grass roots efforts can make a difference. To reserve your place at this event, please email hhconnect@gmail.com or call Heather at Hampshire Health Connect 413. 582-2837.

If you know of anyone else who would be interested, please help spread the word.


May 3-31, 2006. Opening reception Saturday, May 6 5-7 PM
The Mill River Gallery presents
May 3-31, 2006. Opening reception Saturday, May 6 5-7 PM

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11-5
Saturday & Sunday 10-3

The Mill River Gallery
Located on Rt 9 in Williamsburg
at the Colonial Shoppes

Smack Mellon Art Auction Benefit and Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday May 6th, 4pm
smackmellon Please join us for Smack Mellon's first ever art auction and Kentucky Derby Benefit @ our new home located at 92 Plymouth Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

The benefit is to support the Exhibition and Artist Studio Programs and the new space at 92 Plymouth Street. Enjoy Mint Juleps, hors d’oeuvres, live music and the famous race!

TICKETS $250 Raffle TicketsAdmits one plus guest. Will receive one work of art. The better you bet, the closer you get! $250 ticketholders will place a bet on the Kentucky Derby for a chance at first pick in the raffle.

$50 Tickets Admits one to the party and does not include a work of art.

Everyone will be able to also place $10 CASH bets on the race to win other prizes. (No one will win any cash for betting on the race).

Encourage your friends to buy tickets early because tickets will sell out.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.smackmellon.org

Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Credit cards will also be accepted at the door.

By purchasing a ticket to the Smack Mellon benefit you will be supporting this fantastic young organization that supports artists in a big way. With your $250 ticket you will have a choice of 163 amazing works of art by some of New York's hottest artists. There will also be a silent auction of works by well known artists.

Artwork will be on view online starting April 3rd at http://www.smackmellon.org

92 Plymouth Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201
ph. 718.834.8761 www.smackmellon.org
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12- 6pm

MAASH Wins MCC Increase in 11th Hour

Dear Friends,

Late last night, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to dramatically increase funding for arts and culture in Massachusetts. The House voted to approve an an amendment that will increase funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council by $1.5 million over last year and voted to approve a landmark cultural facilities funding law that includes a minimum of $13 million in FY 07 funding for cultural facilities improvements. These are major victories that demonstrate the growing influence of the cultural community and the recognition by key lawmakers of the role that arts and culture play in the Commonwealth’s economy.

This is our first amendment victory coming during this year’s intense, high-pressure budget battle for limited resources. Out of 1600 proposed amendments in the House, the cultural community has emerged successful, thanks to our allies in the House and especially thanks to all of you who sent e-mails, wrote letters and made phone calls.

MAASH thanks Speaker Sal DiMasi, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Robert DeLeo and House Majority Leader John Rogers for their leadership and we especially thank Chairmen Dan Bosley and Eric Turkington for their persistent and strategic work. We also recognize the 27 co-sponsors of the amendment to increase MCC funding and all the members of the Committee on Tourism Arts and Culture. The amendment cosponsors were:

Rep. Eric Turkington of Falmouth
Rep. Dan Bosley of North Adams
Rep. Steve Walsh of Lynn
Rep. John Keenan of Salem
Rep. Tom O'Brien of Kingston
Rep. Ann Paulsen of Belmont
Rep. Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox
Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst
Rep. Mary Grant of Beverly
Rep. Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth
Rep. Frank Smizik of Brookline
Rep. Colleen Garry of Dracut
Rep. Marty Walsh of Boston
Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein of Revere
Rep. Shirley Gomes of Harwich
Rep. Tim Toomey of Cambridge
Rep. Denise Provost of Somerville
Rep. Jennifer Callahan of Sutton
Rep. Joyce Spiliotis of Peabody
Rep. Marty Walz of Boston
Rep. James Eldridge of Acton
Rep. Alice Wolf of Cambridge
Rep. Robert Coughlin of Dedham
Rep. Denis Guyer of Dalton
Rep. Alice Peisch of Wellesley

And, most important, thank you to all our advocates! Without the hundreds of e-mails, calls and letters, we would have lost. We generated over 1500 advocacy messages to the House alone and the House heard us.

The House-approved budget will increase the MCC general line item by $1.25 million, raise the minimum grants to Local Cultural Councils to $4,000 and increases the John and Abigail Adams Cultural Economic Development fun by $250,000.

The landmark cultural facilities language included in the amendment is the same as the language that was contained in the Economic Stimulus Bill that is currently before a House and Senate conference committee that is negotiating differences. House leadership under the direction of Dan Bosley, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technology sought to include this language in the budget to make sure that the program became law.

We now carry our campaign with growing political strength into the Senate. MAASH will keep you informed on the process and please be ready for another round of advocacy. For more details, visit our web site at www.MAASH.org
Thanks again for your advocacy work and for the work you do to make this a great state.


Dan Hunter
Executive Director
Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (MAASH)

Young @ Heart: Alive and Well
at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts at 8PM on Saturday May 13, 2006.
Young at Heart Chorus Young @ Heart: Alive and Well at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts at 8PM on Saturday May 13, 2006.

Young @ Heart is the subject of a documentary by Bluebird Films from London, England. This very special event will be filmed for the documentary and will feature old friends and new songs. Please join us!

General Admission Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
Advance Tickets at the Academy of Music and State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence and For the Record in Amherst.

Order by credit card 413 587 1300

The Young @ Heart is a rowdy bunch of 70, 80 and 90 year olds singing music 'your mother wouldn't like'. In fact, they are positively attracted to the bad boys and naughty girls of the last 50 years, covering Led Zeppelin to OutKast with a good measure of The Clash and Radiohead.

Young @ Heart has become infamous for its defiant and moving performances. As its name suggests, age is integral to this company. Slaughtering any good-natured sympathy by using age as an ironic weapon, the Young @ Heart has crafted surprising and hilarious work that is not about old people performing, but rather a performance that happens to feature older people.

413 587 1300

UMass Fine Arts Center 30th Anniversary Celebration In Collaboration with the UMass Physics Department
UMass Fine Arts Center 30th Anniversary Celebration In Collaboration with the UMass Physics Department

Art and science come together in a celebration that includes technology, sculpture, music, lectures, yoga, physics demos, and everything else touched by the laws of physics. In residence for five days, Mass Ensemble will bring their world premier performance of Critical Mass and have installed a giant playable Earth Harp on the FAC plaza. Come help us celebrate our 30th birthday and the joy of physics.

Wednesday, May 3 at 4pm
Flavin Hall, Isenberg School of Management, Rm 137
Einstein Made (Relatively) Simple
Lecture by UMass Physics Professor Guy Blaylock
Open to the Public, Free

Thursday, May 4, 12 - 4pm
Fine Arts Center Lobby and Plaza
3rd Annual Festival of the Arts
Rain or shine
An afternoon celebration of student artists, student performances, interactive art, free food, and great atmosphere of artistic expression. Open to the Public, Free

Thursday, May 4 at 7:30,
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
World Premiere Mass Ensemble in Critical Mass
Mass Ensemble will string the chamber of the Fine Arts center Concert Hall putting the audience inside the instrument providing an amazing and interactive experience. Critical Mass is high concept, high impact entertainment that fuses the concepts of science with MASS Ensemble's power to create emotion through performances that stir the soul.
$30, $25, $15; Youth 17 and Under: $10;
Five College Students: $15, $10, $7
Tickets: 800-999-UMAS or www.fi neartscenter.com/tickets
E=FAC² is presented in collaboration with the UMass Physics Department and Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life. Sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group, Bank of America, the Valley Advocate, 93.9 The River, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and the Campus Center Hotel.

For a complete list of events visit: www.fineartscenter.com/criticalmass Call 413-545-3671 for more information or email ckilmer@acad.umass.edu.


University Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is pleased to announce it has won a Publications Design Award in the New England Museum Association 2006 Competition.

Out of 215 entries from 81 museums across New England, the brochure "LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK", (Project Director: Loretta Yarlow; Designer: Radwell Designs) won third place in the Supplementary Materials category. The Museum Association states "the judges were extremely impressed with the high quality of design and effective communication."

Winners will be announced in the summer issue of "NemaNews". The "LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK" brochure will be exhibited at NEMA's annual conference next fall and will be donated to the Boston Public Library after the conference.

Copies of the brochure will be available at the University Gallery.

Animal Magic @ Peanut Gallery - Eastworks Gallery Night
5-8 pm on Saturday, May 6th
Animal Magic at Peanut Gallery The current show at The Peanut Gallery, *Animal Magic* will be open from 5pm until 8pm on Saturday, May 6th for Eastworks Gallery Night.

From 5-8pm, seven different Eastworks galleries will be exhibiting new work.

Animal Magic will close May 27th. An off-site closing performance featuring Jason Martin's Evolution Revolution, Tumblecat Poof Poofy Poof and other animal sounds is in the works. More info coming soon.

Animal Magic is a group show featuring work by Joseph Segal, Roland Lusk, Seth Scriver, Bwana Spoons, Joshua Vrysen, Jessica Williams, Diane Cluck, Jamie Mohr, Michele Bond, Shaun Kessler, Courtney Raiph, Chase Carlisle, Beverly Shana Palmer, Jesse Clark, Jesse Goldstein, Kristen Lupoli and Jason Martin.

While at least two animal focused group art shows have taken place in Western Massachusetts over the last year (Becoming Animal at MASS MoCA last spring and very recently, Animal Kingdom at W. M. Baczek Fine Arts) the artists in Animal Magic have a very different vision to share with you. While most of the artists in Becoming Animal looked with fear towards a dystopian future where the gap between animals and humans would diminish in the military, scientific and technological realms, the artists of Animal Magic earnestly preserve a primitive, often shamanistic world where animals maintain their integrity and mystique.

Bwana Spoons looks to the past and resurrects a woolly mammoth walking through an enchanted land of blossom crystals.

Jason Martin, a man who dons a wolf mask and tail when performing with his band Evolution Revolution, presents his personal mythology, a mix of ancient Egyptian magic, totemism and furry fandom, in a well- researched book and CD. He begs his audience to "find their tail" and use their animal spirit to "smash the state."

Unlike many of their self-conscious contemporaries, the artists exhibiting in Animal Magic are not inhibited by the anthropomorphobic need to eschew sincerity and emotion when discussing animals. While many postmodern artists see an impending technocracy under which animals will be assimilated further into the human kingdom and humans will lose the qualities that distinguish them from beasts, the artists in Animal Magic conjure these beasts to help us find what we have already lost.

Gallery hours:
M-F 10-6
Sat 10-4

Devon Zink
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Call for Entries at Valley Photo center
Deadline Saturday, May 13
Jamoka photo entry winner <--Last year's Best of Show winner, "Self-Portrait by Jamoka"

Call for Entries

The Valley Photo Center is now accepting entries for our Spring open submission show entitled "Anything Goes". Its time to select your best images and get them to the lab to be printed, pick out the best mat and frame and get them ready to hang. The deadline is Saturday, May 13. Don't wait till the last minute. Its really not that far off. Entry fee is $25.00 for your first two entries ($20.00 for current subscribers to Portfolio Magazine) and $10.00 for each additional entry.

Download the submission form at www.ValleyPhotoCenter.com. The exhibit will be from May 24 to June 23 with the artist reception Thursday June 1 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Drop off your submissions at the Valley Photo Center, 1500 Main Street in Springfield, Wednesdays thru Saturdays 11:00 - 2:00pm during exhibits or one of our generous supporters that include Hunts Photo and Video in Hadley, In A Flash in Springfield, Edwards Books upstairs from the VPC in Springfield, and Giclee of New England in Monson.

Now for the best news. There will be a $300.00 best of show cash award as well as an additional $300 cash prizes spread out over 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. These prizes are made possible, in part, by our media sponsor Turley Publications.

Watch for more details in future emails, Portfolio Magazine and your local town newspaper put out by Turley Publications. For more information, call 413-781-1553.

Word and Image: Selections from the Permanent Collection
A student-curated exhibition organized by The University Gallery, in collaboration with the Department of Art History
<--John Roy, r-ESTAU-rant, 1966

Word and Image in Contemporary Art
May 4- June 12, 2006
Opening Reception: May 11, 5:00 - 7:00pm

The University Gallery, in collaboration with the Department of Art History, will organize a student-curated exhibition, Word and Image: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The exhibition will utilize the university's significant collection of contemporary works of art on paper and correspond with a graduate art history seminar on the same theme. The Department of Art History anticipates that this pilot project will be the first in a program of annual spring exhibitions to be organized by M.A. candidates in Art History. This collaboration will increase the university's awareness of the University Gallery's integral role as the only collecting museum on campus and introduce students to the Gallery's important collection through works related to various themes in contemporary art. In addition, the continuation of this program will provide graduate students with exciting, professional opportunities each year.

The exhibition features works on paper by contemporary artists and explores the various ways in which 20th century artists have incorporated text into their visual art. The increasing interdependence of word and image is evident in artists' use of text as communicator, as an exploration of sign systems, or as art in itself.

The exhibition is curated by Lisa Amato, a fourth semester M.A. candidate in Art History. An illustrated brochure with text by Amato will accompany the exhibition.

MAY 11, 5-7 pm: Professor Claire Daigle, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History and instructor of the spring 2006 graduate seminar, Word and Image in Contemporary Art, will speak about the formal aspects of artists' use of text in visual images. Opening reception to follow.

MAY 18, 5 - 5:45pm: Lisa Amato will speak about the way artists have used text to political or didactic ends.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the UMass Arts Council

University Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday - Sunday, 2 to 5pm.

Augusten Burroughs Reading
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. - ADVANCE TIX NEEDED
Augusten Burroughs WFCR presents

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 7:30 P.M.
Chapin Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Mass.

Augusten Burroughs is the author of "Running with Scissors," "Dry," and "Magical Thinking," all of which were New York Times bestsellers published around the world. The film version of "Running With Scissors," starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck"), is set for a fall 2006 release. Augusten has been named one of the 15 funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City and western Massachusetts.

Augusten will read from and sign his new book, "Possible Side Effects" (St. Martin's Press). The book release date is May 2006.

For information on "Possible Side Effects" and Augusten Burroughs, see: http://www.augusten.com/.

Sponsors: Mount Holyoke College, the Advocate Newspapers, and the Odyssey Bookshop.

Tickets (general admission within sections) are priced $30-$70 with a copy of "Possible Side Effects" and $10-$50 without the book. They are available from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone (413-545-2511 or 800- 999-UMASS), or online through http://www.wfcr.org/. Producer's Circle tickets include preferential seating and admission to the 6:30 P.M. pre-event reception.

Benefit event for the Northampton Survival Center
Silk Voices: Survival Through the Arts

May 19th, 7-9pm
Northampton High School auditorium
380 Elm Street
Northampton, MA 01060

On May 19th, Florence Learning Center, Northampton's public alternative high school, is hosting a benefit for the Northampton Survival Center. Silk Voices - an evening of community arts that brings together professional and student performers of various ages, genres and backgrounds features song, dance, poetry, yo-yo, belly dance, hip-hop, fashion, circus arts and more.

Special guests include: internationally touring folk poet Alix Olson, veteran musician and community educator Evelyn Harris, formerly of Sweet Honey and the Rock, and Worcester Magazine’s #1 hip hop band The Alchemystics. Student performers include: Nick Gumlaw, internationally ranked yo-yo competitor, Theresa Harvey, local up and coming fashion designer, Peejay Delgado of Youth Leadership for the Arts, and classical pianist, Ben Naismith.

Students of the Florence Learning Center will share the stage with professional artists at the Northampton High School auditorium to create a collaborative evening of art in the fight against local poverty and hunger.

Proceeds from the event will support the Northampton Survival Center and academic programming at Florence Learning Center. Generous donations are deeply appreciated.

Ticket prices start at $5 (the average cost of about 2 pounds of food at the grocery store) but please give what you can. The annual cost of running the Survival Center and distributing over 420,000 pounds of food for a year is $227,000. We’re hoping to raise $3000 in support of powerful, action-focused education in the fight against local hunger.

To reserve tickets or find out more information, please call The Florence Learning Center at 413-587- 1412.

This event is organized and produced by the Florence Learning Center, a diverse alternative academic community of creative and talented young people.

Ian Watson to Perform Mozart on Mother's Day
7:30 pm on Sunday, May 14 at the First Church of Deerfield
Ian Watson Ian Watson, Organist and Arcadia Players’ Director, to Perform Mozart on Mother’s Day

Arcadia Players Artistic Director, Ian Watson, will give an organ concert at 7:30 pm on Sunday, May 14 at the First Church of Deerfield, in Deerfield. Following his brilliant inaugural recital last season, Watson returns to continue Arcadia’s celebration of the Mozart 250th anniversary with three of the composer’s works for organ. The program also offers music by the early Baroque Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck as part of the Pioneer Valley’s “Go Dutch!” programs, and two monumental works of Bach, including the thrilling Fantasia and Fugue in G minor. The historic “Brick Church Meetinghouse” in Deerfield, with its newly built baroque organ, is ideal for this repertoire.

Ian Watson possesses an impressive background of musical experience and high praise. He is firmly established as an outstanding British musician of his generation, both as conductor and as organist, harpsichordist and pianist. For the past several months he has performed as organist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir on their international Bach and Mozart tours. The May 14 concert will be his second on the celebrated new organ at First Church of Deerfield, hand-built by the master craftsmen of Richards & Fowkes. The pairing of Watson’s extraordinary talent with this outstanding instrument promises to be a most memorable experience.

Opening with Bach’s dramatic, Italianate Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541, the concert will close with his mighty Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542. Also featured are Sweelinck’s Variations on “Mein junges Leben hat ein End” the Mozart Fantasia, K.594, written (originally for mechanical organ) in the last year of his life, and some of Mozart’s Epistle Sonatas, which Watson performs with violinists Joseph Jewett and Michelle Liechti and cellist Alice Robbins. About Ian Watson’s recordings of these sonatas, the magazine Musical Opinion wrote “Not to be missed,” CD Review said “An hour’s delightful listening,” and BBC Music Magazine added “Cannot fail to delight.” His concert in Deerfield allows area music lovers to hear several of these ensemble pieces live.

Watson will give an informative pre concert talk at 6:40 pm, and a reception to meet the artists at Deerfield Academy’s Caswell Library 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. .

Individual tickets may be ordered by calling Arcadia Players at (413) 256-4888 or on the web at www.arcadiaplayers.org. Advance ticket prices are $22 general, $40 reserve seating, and $10 for students. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 general, $45 reserved.

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

EJ Barnes at GCC
Starting 3 May and running through 30 June
EJ Barnes Funny Pictures, Serious Business: An Exhibit of Editorial Cartoon Art Created for The Recorder

Since March 2005, the editorial page of The Recorder, Greenfield's daily newspaper, has featured the cartoons of E. J. Barnes. Starting 3 May and running through 30 June, these and several others of her topical cartoons will be on display at Greenfield Community College's Downtown Center, 270 Main Street, Greenfield.

The Downtown Center building's open hours in May are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In June, Friday hours end at noon. The building is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Directions are on the GCC website at http://www.gcc.mass.edu/info/directions.html

Is TheAmy&MoRadioShow out of range? No problem.
Working, catching a cab VFR is now webstreaming!
check out this temporary link and listen live from your computer.

There are so many fabulous shows to choose from and then there is TheAmy&MoRadioShow. Listen to us Wednesdays from 8 to 9 am.

Community Run, Commercial Free Radio for the Northampton Listening Area

Valley Free Radio, in association with Free Press, the Grassroots Radio Coalition, and Prometheus, a national low power fm advocacy and education organization, helped launch WXOJ FM, Valley Free Radio, in August of 2005 at a "barnraising" in Florence, Massachusetts. Valley Free Radio is a low power FM radio station broadcasting at 103.3 FM. We are a community organization that operates as a collective. Our board, committee, and general membership meetings are open to the public. We broadcast from the Florence Community Center, located at 140 Pine Street in Florence, Massachusetts. If you would like to contact the station by phone please try our studio line at (413) 585-1033 or our business line at (413) 584 - 1160. Send email to vfr@valleyfreeradio.org. If you are interested in hosting a show or writing something for a show, please review our programming guidelines. Para más información en español, favor de comunicarse con: mas@valleyfreeradio.org

Andy Vernon-Jones
during the newly expanded Amherst ArtsWalk May 4, 5-7PM
Vernon Jones Andy Vernon-Jones, a recent graduate from Wellesley, produced this wonderful project of "(Double) Portraits".
The images are of people in and out of their work and home situations who he then invites to his studio for a formal portrait in front of a white backdrop. Sometimes he'll do these second portraits on the street with his traveling white backdrop if he's unsuccessful in coordinating a studio photoshoot.
The result of his work is an insightful look at our we perceive people in and out of their work or play environment.

Artist Reception: Amherst Town Hall, May 4, 5- 7PM during the newly expanded Amherst ArtsWalk.


Various Calls for Submissions - arranged hopefully
New! DUE JUNE 10 - The Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for a July 2006 exhibition.

The exhibition will be juried by slides or CDs of works on paper, including photographs. Up to three submissions per artist will be accepted.

Submissions must include slides/CDs, a completed version of this application form, a check for the $20 made out to the Northampton Center for the Arts and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of materials. Please label slides/CDs with name of artist, materials, dimensions of artwork; no 3-D works will be accepted.

The submission packet should be mailed or delivered in person to the Center, 17 New South Street, third floor, Northampton, MA 01060 by June 10, 2006; notification will be sent by June 20, 2006. The Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The application form is attached or available at http://www.nohoarts.org/thegalleries.htm

Due May 15 - The Northampton Arts Council Announces Arts EZ Spring '06 Grant Opportunity.
The Northampton Arts Council, Inc. is once again running a special, locally supported arts grant round. This spring the Arts Council will be distributing up to $25,000 from funds that were raised at last summer's Transperformance 15: New York and the recent Four Sundays in February ’06 series featuring saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman and singer Cynthia Scott. These grants are available to writers, painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, videographers and all other creatives and arts organizations for projects held in Northampton.
Guidelines and applications are available via our website: www.northamptonartscouncil.org and can be downloaded as PDF’s. Using the PDF application, one can complete the application on a computer (no more struggling to find a typewriter!).
Hard copies of the guidelines and applications are also available in Northampton at Guild Art Supply, Center for the Arts Northampton, A.P.E., on the 3rd floor in Thornes and the Northampton Arts Council office, Room 5, 240 Main St.

Completed applications with support materials must be received by 4:30 pm on Monday, May 15, 2006 at the Northampton Arts Council office.
Because this is a locally funded cycle, we have eliminated as much of the paperwork as we can. To that end we have developed Arts EZ Spring 2006 Application Form. This is a one-page form with 3 short questions and a required project budget. Individual artists and arts organizations will receive equal consideration for grants. Only one grant application per person or organization will be considered. See the Arts EZ Spring 2006 Guidelines for criteria and eligibility requirements. The Arts Council will fund projects that take place between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.
This local round of funding would not have been possible without the support of many local businesses, arts organizations, and artists that have helped make our fundraising efforts a huge success.
For more information, visit our website at www.northamptonartscouncil.org, email us at arts@ci.northampton.ma.us or call Sondra Peron at (413) 587-1269.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs + Image Registry The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is the largest public funder of arts and culture in the country. The Percent for Art artist slide registry is an up-to-date and important component of the Program. The registry is consulted by the architects, panelists, and City agencies for each project. The Percent for Art staff prepares a slide presentation from the registry for each panel meeting. The registry is open to any professional visual artist residing in the United States. Deadline: On-going Information: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/panyc/slide_reg.shtml

May 10, 2006 CURRENT: The Aesthetics of Contemporary Culture
to be held at Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, June 4th - June 29th, 2006. This exhibition explores avenues including electronic culture, the media, web and posters design, youth culture, music, digital graphics, video games, increasing globalization, and rapidly changing technologies. We are accepting submissions in all media. Open to artists 18 and over living in the U.S. $25/3 digital submissions (only). Cash prizes awarded. All work must be for sale. Insurance. BRGCCA will retain a 50% commission. Deadline for application is May 10, 2006. Full prospectus available at: www.batonrougegallery.org. Call us at: 225-383- 1470. Baton Rouge Gallery, 1442 City Park Av, Baton Rouge LA 70808.

May 19, 2006 19th Annual Northern National Art Competition.
Open to U.S. Artists 18 or older. May submit 2 slides of 2-D art in any medium. Three $1000 Awards of Excellence. Over $8500 total in prize money. Juror/Judge: Renowned photographer, printmaker and author Phyllis Galembo. Entry Fee $25.00-All proceeds from sales go to the artists. For Prospectus send business sized SASE to NAC (Northern Arts Council), Box 916, Rhinelander WI 54428. Email Katherine Ralph: kralph@nicoletcollege.edu OR 715-365-4556. Postmark deadline for entries is May 19, 2006. Opening Reception July 25, 2006. Web: http://www.nicoletcollege.edu/artgal/artgall.htm OR Contact: Dori Brown, Northern Arts Council, 715-362-3963

May 12, 2006 Annual Juried Art Competition, call for entries - Teris & The South Arkansas Arts Center are hosting SAAC's 2006 Annual Juried Art Competition for 2-D fine artist working in any media. The exhibit will be held June 29 - July 28. Total cash awards of $1700 1 slide $10 or 3 slides $25 Juror: Mary Anderson, Artist from Ocean Springs, MS. For details or a prospectus visit our website or send a SASE to: SAAC Juried Show, 110 East 5th St, El Dorado AR 71730 OR 870-862-5474 OR Download prospectus on the website: www.saac-arts.org

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: http://www.slowart.com/prospectus/figure.htm OR email: slowart@aol.com OR send SASE to: SlowArt Productions, Box 503, Phoenicia NY 12464

May 31, 2006 Call for Entries: Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge The National Science Foundation and the journal Science, published by the AAAS, invite you to participate in the fourth annual Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The international competition recognizes scientists, engineers, visualization specialists, and artists for producing or commissioning innovative work in visual communication. The ability to convey the essence and excitement of research in digitized images, color diagrams, multimedia and animation has given researchers the perspective needed to set new research directions and equipped other citizens to see and understand complex science concepts. Award categories: Photographs, Illustrations, Interactive Media, Non-Interactive Media and Informational Graphics. Winners in each category will be published in the September 22, 2006 issue of Science Magazine and Science Online and displayed on the NSF website. The competition is currently open to the public; no entry fee. For complete entry information, please contact: American Association for the Advancement of Science OR http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/index .jsp

June 20, 2006 The Camera Club of New York announces its 2006 National Photography Competition. The competition is open to all US residents 18 years or older except members of the Camera Club of New York or their families, and employees. Freestanding pieces will not be accepted. We are most pleased that Antonin Kratochvil renowned photographer and documentarian, will be our Juror. Each entry will consist of either 6 digital entries on CD or 6 slides with a fee of $35.00 Chosen artist will receive a one-person exhibition in our Alfred Lowenherz Gallery and a cash award of $300 Other finalists will participate in a group show. Send self-addressed stamped envelope for prospectus to: 2006 National Photography Competition, Camera Club of New York, 853 Broadway, New York NY 10003 OR visit our website at: www.cameraclubofnewyork.org, download an entry form and view the complete rules and information about The Camera Club of New York.

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