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May 2, 2006
"I went to Arts Night Out...I had not eaten."
Nonsensical headline that only makes sense if you read the whole email.

Mo Ringey Newsletter Header

I went looking for an image of a yellow hawaiian shirt to add to the images above as a nod to Silas Kopf who is having an event (see below) and who wears hawaiian shirts nearly every day. And I found these *stunning* hawaiian shirt clocks on bidville.com and the site counter showed that I was visitor 0000. They couldn't be any cooler even if they were combination clocks and salt and pepper shakers!

Anyway I had a tour of Silas' shop years ago and it is something to see. It's a pretty nice gesture that he is opening his shop and sharing his Steinway with us before it goes off forever into some museum or lavish mansion (actually I traded my Bidet for it so it is going into my (s)lavish mansion-studio) as well as its place in history.

And the first article below is for an event which is also really special. Jane Lohmann teaches kids at the Florence Learning Center whose mission is "Survival through the arts" and which provides an important service. The kids at the center had the idea to initiate a call to artists & use the lobby as a mini gallery for the night of the show and I think we should help the kids acheive this.

I am going to bring a piece and I hope others will do the same. The specifics are all in the article below and Jane has provided her email address and phone number and is happy to answer any questions and happier still to have artists RSVP with an offer to bring a painting or print or drawing or sculpture over for the evening. And again, this is NOT another call to donate work. It can be to show or sell and if it does sell the artist can keep the proceeds.

In closing--Zea Mays has the best food for receptions. Check out the fabulous art too at ZM at Arts Night Out (more info below). And tune in Wednesdays for the Amy&MORadioShow at 8 am on 103.3. We do an in-depth food report after each night out.

Share your art with the world for one special night
BENEFIT FOR THE FLORENCE LEARNING CENTER - Silk Voices: Survival Through the Arts
Mo Ringey Bidet Assemblage This is NOT yet another call to donate art. This is a call to show your art in the lobby of the benefit and maybe sell it and keep THE FULL SALE AMOUNT.

So, I agreed to bring the bidet to show before it goes to Provincetown the next morning and I am hoping it will have some company from some of my fellow artists. Hinting... It is a very worthy event and sounds like a really fun one to attend.

Original article follows:
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.

From Jane Lohman: we're hoping to pack the house. Our students thought it would be cool to have visual arts in the lobby for people arriving early and during the intermission. I know the notice is short, but the space is small. The artists would not have to donate anything that they make (if they sell a piece) to the Survival Center (unless they wanted to, of course), but they could just have the chance to show and spruce up our engagement at the same time.
So, May 19, 7-9 p.m. at NHS Arts Showcase event (Silk Voices is the title). Invitation to artists to show work in lobby setting for what we hope will be a packed house of arts enthusiasts.

The only restriction (per the principal) is that it's a "family event". 3d is great (bring your own pedestal if one is needed), and drop-off around 4-ish/ pick up around 9:30 p.m. that night would be good. We'll be there having an "after party" that artists are welcome to join -- nothing fancy...very basic. (pizza, cookies, etc.)
Thanks for setting the lead over there.
My contact info is:
Jane Lohmann
413-268-3889 (home)
413-587-1412 (work)

ARTS NIGHT OUT - New Show at Zea Mays & More
Reception Friday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Diane Worth at Zea Mays The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking presents:

Reflections: Collagraphs by Diane Kazar Worth and Relief Prints Invitational

April 21 - May 31, 2006 OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, May 12, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host two new exhibits of relief prints - Reflections: Collagraphs by Diane Kazar Worth and Relief Prints Invitational: woodcuts and reduction linocuts by Wendy Ketchum, Ruth Ginsberg-Place, Bobette McCarthy, and Susan Jaworski-Stranc.
The gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA. The phone number is 413.584.1783. 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.

Diane Kazar Worth's current work consists of relief collagraphs printed on silk as well as on paper. Her imagery is restrained, simple, and abstract and the long narrow shapes reflect a Japanese influence in format as well as in style. These images are meant to allow the viewer a quiet space for reflection, remaining open enough for various thoughts to emerge.

In a concurrent exhibit in the gallery, Ruth Ginsberg- Place and Bobette McCarthy show recent woodcuts, alongside reduction linocuts by Susan Jaworski- Stranc and mixed media relief prints by Wendy Ketchum.

The portfolios of this year’s Northampton High School honors arts students will be on display in the galleries at The Northampton Center for The Arts from May 5-25. The exhibit, curated by the high school's art teachers­Lisa Leary, Martha McCormick and Lindsay Fogg-Willits­ will offer the creative works of more than a dozen talented high school artists.
A companion exhibition of the work of the high school's students in other art classes will be on display during May at the A.P.E. Gallery, third floor, Thorne’s Marketplace, 150 Main Street, Northampton. (Both exhibitions will be on view at Northampton's Arts Night Out, Friday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.)

Also at the NCA-
Earthforce Music presents a recipe for a great evening on Friday, May 12, starting at 8 p.m. Put DJ Theory together with three bands—Soullution, Alchemystics and mystafine— some vegetarian food and a whole ballroom for dancing and you’ve got a good time. That will be $10 at the door, please. For more information, e-mail ianisoultree@yahoo.com

Open House/Meet The Walden Piano Event
Saturday May 13 & Sunday May 14 at The Old Firehouse in easthampton
Silas Kopf Walden Steinway <--The piano (upside down) and the shop with arrow indicating main entrance.

A special invitation from the famous Silas Kopf, Wood Marquetry Master. Silas has a beautiful shop in the old firehouse in Easthampton and does such beautiful work. This event is an opportunity to see both the work and the shop and meet the master himself, a very endearing and interesting person.

From Silas:

Friends, The Walden Woods Piano is almost complete and will soon be going back to the Steinway factory. Before it goes, we are going to have an open house at the workshop. (and the case will be right side up....) The piano is going to be sold as a fund raiser for the Thoreau Institute in Concord, Mass. There will be an auction that will start on-line next October. The final aspect of the auction is going to be an event at Steinway Hall in Manhattan at the end of November or early December. There is also talk of doing a concert, but that is sketchy right now.

I used only native New England woods, many of them culled from limb-falls in the area around Walden Pond. There is a Thoreau quote inlaid around the top of the rim and below are a set of plaques that depict trees and shrubs Thoreau wrote about.
The quote on the piano is the first sentence. "I went to the woods.......I had not lived."
Saturday, May 13 from 1 to 5 PM
Sunday, May 14 from 2 to 5 PM
Place: 84 Union Street in Easthampton (the old fire house)

Please join us,
Silas Kopf 527 0284

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

Call for Entries at Valley Photo center
Deadline Saturday, May 13
teeth and nose <--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.

Institute of Unnecessary Research - be there or be square!
At Sussex University on 24th May
Institute Of Unnecessary Research From Anna Dumitriu - UK:

Just in case you haven't heard about my crazy event at Sussex University on 24th May have a look at the website www.unnecessaryresearch.org

We'll have loads of art and science and performance with some of the top practicioners in their fields.

Maybe come along to our panel discussion and ask yourself "Unnecessary research - what's the point?" Already loads of argumentative people have booked to come, so it should be a laugh!

Artists include me, Anna Dumitriu (doing Bacteriology/Art PHD at Brighton Uni), Rachel Cohen (who has recently finished a project with The Centre for Neuroscience and Robotics at Sussex Uni), Ollie Glass (doing Artificial Intelligence/Music Research at Sussex Uni), Luciana Hail (researching neurofeedback), Jon Gilhooley (doing a Magic/Art PHD at University of Kent), Richard Robinson (writer of "Why does the toast always land butter side down) and Matthew Waldman (lecturer at Parsons School New York) and fellow Catalyst member Theresa Sundt who's studying the effects of different colour frequency.

So it should be cool, eh!
Hope you can make it,


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

Collage Workshops in May
Collage Workshop Image cOllaGe WorKsHops

Wednesdays in May 4-6 p.m.

May 10th The Art of Eating

May 17th The Treasure Within

May 24th Dream Collage

May 31st Soul Journal

$25 each session, all materials included. just bring your soul and your favorite slippers... fragrance-free gatherings in the heart of Holyoke's blossoming canal district. Offered by multi-media artist, Gineen Cooper. read more at www.womenarts.org

email gineenlee@hotmail.com to sign up, and for directions & descriptions.

Valley Free Radio Fundraising Week
Tune in and help out
Valley free radio Fundraiser

Saturday May 22nd - Friday May 26 is our first on-air fund drive. We'll be doing live pitching, and taking credit card donations over the phone. Please try to listen and help us stay on the air.

Donations can also be mailed to:

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

Dwight Smith's Movie Picks
Always delicious
Dwight Smith's Movie picks

I always get these fabulous movie picks from my friend Dwight Smith who lives in Montreal )and is working on a novel entitled, "Nobody"), so I thought I'd share them with everyone rather than just whoever I run into in the days after I watch them. Because they are always great.

From Dwight:
My favourite movie of the week so far:
"Nine Lives.", written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. These incredibly sharp and poignant vignettes, singular moments of existence, not a single excessive breath. My favourite of the nine is Diana with Robin Wright Penn who as an actress can take you places with her eyes or a hand movement that you never imagined possible.

Previous picks:
The Girl in the Cafe
Travellers and Magicians

For all the poets on this list - Please send poetry
Matthew Ringey It seems that we have a lot of poets on this list now. And a few of you were going to send me poetry for this space but seem to have missed this week's deadline. So I put a poem in here to get the poetry thing started.

This is a poem I submitted to the Florence Poets Society for a Collection coming out soon. It was written almost exactly 23 years ago by my late brother Matt.

All poetry is welcome. Please send as plain text. accompanying images encouraged.

Sitting among the pages
and a graffiti covered column
Listening to the silence
I'm bored, feel tired and solemn
Staring down the alley
The white labels facing outward
Squinting with my closing eyes
And voices to the starboard
The bricks are coalescing
Different shades go out and back
And to the left, a porthole
The red lights on a track
In the sky above me
I mean it's quite a shock
There glows the backlit dial
Of a stagnant, hopeless clock
People enter, people leave
But always slightly humming
People stand and people lie
It's not our shortcoming
And alas, my reflection as
I peer right through the glass
Try to keep my mind off that
Which tomorrow hope to pass
For last week it all started
And time slowed to a halt
Now it's crawling even slower
But hell, it's my own fault
So I must conclude this note
And feelings I have for this
For soon the summer will be here
The time which I most miss.

~May 16, 1983
(MATTHEW RINGEY, June 19, 1962 - March 24, 1985)

Various Calls for Submissions - arranged hopefully
NEW-->The Boston Arts Festival will take place on September 9th and 10th in the scenic Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park along Boston Harbor between the North End and Long Wharf. A call to Visual and Performing Artists to participate in the festival has been issued by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events. Participation will be based on a juried selection process. Applications are available at www.cityofboston.gov/arts/artsfestival.asp or by calling Michelle Baxter at (617) 635-3245. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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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<--The famous painting, "Jamoka Jemimas and Maren playing Poker", painted by C. M. Coolidge (1844-1934) around 1910. 24" by 36" oil-on- canvas.

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