<---Some *Bad Art* from The
Museum of Bad Art, in Dedham, MA, to counter the abundance of good art below
and to counter the endless rain. Because truly bad art is like a sunny day and
we could all use that.
Peter the Kitty Oil on board by Mrs.
Acquired from Salvation Army Thrift Store, Hyde Park by
Stirring in its portayal of feline angst. Is Peter hungry or
contemplating his place in a hungry world? The artist has evoked both
hopelessness and glee with his irrational use of negative space.
PORTRAITURE #3 Mama and Babe
Acrylic on canvas by Sarah
Donated by the artist
The flesh tones bring to
mind the top shelf liqueurs of a border bistro. With an astonishing emphasis on
facial bone structure, the artist flirts with caricature and captures features
of Mamma's face which remind us of a former First Lady. The upright marionettish
pose of the babe hints that the early bond between mother and child is as formal
as it is familiar. Good old fashioned parental respect is at the center of this
celebration of color and contour.
on canvas by Unknown
Donated by Elizabeth and Sorn Poeckle, Copenhagen,
A remarkable fusion of ski resort and wolf puppy -- stoical in
his yellow-eyed silence, frozen beneath the ice-capped peak, "Dog" eloquently
challenges the viewer to reexamine old concepts of
The Futility of Man
Glove, Air, Inflator, Hook and Pile, O-ring
Found in my Lab Safety
The glove seems to signify the futility of man in its
yearning posture, bleak visage and robotic yet anguished, splayed fingers.
Clearly an homage to the dark side of the human psyche, the G-99 inflator looms
menacingly nearby, tilted inquisitively toward the glove yet simultaneously
apathetic to the plight of the glove. The G-99 strings signify its own struggle
against the bondage of its physical being and its unwillingness to acknowlegde
its own capacity for empathy, exploring instead its inner voyeuristic leaning
toward predatory opportunism.
FRIDAY-A FABULOUS SHOW AT NHS FOR A GOOD CAUSE Benefit for
the Florence Learning Center - Silk Voices: Survival Through the Arts
this MASTERPIECE will not be at the high school for the show Friday night but
there will be great art and great fun. See you there? This show is going to be
Friday, May 19th, 7-9pm
Northampton High School
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.
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.
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-
This event is organized and produced by the Florence Learning
Center, a diverse alternative academic community of creative and talented young
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.
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.)
for setting the lead over there.
My contact info is:
AT THE CUP & TOP CAFE IN FLORENCE Friday, May
& Art-Friday, May 19th 5-7pm
Join us as we inaugurate our new evening
hours and celebrate the work of three local artists including Stephanie
Cramer, Wayne Gagnon and Karen Kelly.
When we selected Stephanie
Cramer for our first art showing at the CUP AND TOP we did it because we knew
she would grab attention. We love the boldness and vitality of her work
depicting the human form in vibrant red and blue hues.
Picasso-esque pastel creatures enliven our playspace and keep watch over our
And every day we hear customers laugh out loud as they
encounter Karen Kelly's realistic tabletop paintings of car keys, grocery lists
and board games.
Bring the family to the CUP AND TOP May 19th from
5-7pm to join us in a show of appreciation.
<---Work By Stephanie Cramer
CUP AND TOP CAFE
1 North Main Street
Note--->Also see a hilarious collection of Hilary Price postcards and
ephemera on sale at the cafe including, "The Signing", a strip which ran April
14, 2004 depicting my Jamoka signing copies of his book, "Who Moved my
AT THE NCA Dance and
Leizman Dance Company will present a Spring Concert on Friday and Saturday, May
19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. As is their custom, the company will provide
comestible--a reception following Friday's performance and dinner following
Saturday's performance. Music accompanying the dancers will be provided by
Elizabeth Bowdan, violin; Ellen Dickinson, viola; Nola Kulig, cello; Judy
Raiffa, piano; and Maria Scotera, flute. Dance company members are: Katherine
Bervera, Emily Breines, Mary Bull, Barbara Cortez-Greig, Elisabeth DePergola,
Dirck Dimock, Kathy Goos, Chandra Hancock, Elizabeth Haymaker, Kirsten Kapteyn,
Andrea Kwapien, Lisa Leizman, Teri Malinofsky, Lauren Preston-Wells and Antigoni
Tzoumakas. Tickets for the concert are sold at the door at $10 for adults and $5
for children under 10, who get front row seats on colorful floor pillows.
will be yo-yos galore Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m. when dozens of area graduates
(ages 9-years-old and up) of the A 2 Z Science and Nature Store's yo-yo school
show off their skills. The local kids will be joined by some groups from
outside the area, as well. The event is a fund-raiser for both the Center for
the Arts and Smile Train, an organization that provides cleft palate surgeries.
Tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for children. This extravaganza will be a
preview for the New England Regional Yo-yo Championships, which will be held at
Theater 14, Smith College, on June 3.
at the Montague Bookmill Sunday, May 21st @7pm Release
party for ORPHEUS
to a release party for ORPHEUS , a zine/CD featuring writers, musicians,
and artists riffing on the myth of Orpheus.
The Western Mass. event
features readings/performances by:
Sara Jaffe (Ex Erase Errata)
Lawlor (series editor)
EE Miller (CD curator) & Judith Moman
Also, My Invisible (pictured. awesome all-strings rock trio from
My Invisible is comprised of Popahna Brandes (cello), Carolina
Maugeri (violin, organ), & Miranda Mellis (guitar). Influences include
telepathic games, Queen Himiko, Konrad Lorenz, Charter 77, Kaija Saariaho, Ruby
Bridges,uncontaminated water, Bela Bartok, Sisyphus, large dogs, Buckminster
Fuller, apparati, the planet Chiron, phantoms, Mary Shelley, & botanical
Sunday, May 21st @ 7 PM at the Montague Bookmill
info at www.pocketmyths.com
A few copies of the zine can be found at Broadside Books in
And here's a link to a great article about My Invisible,
HERTAN & DOROTHY OSTERMAN, Friday May 26, 6-8 PM At the
Shelburne Falls Arts Cooperative
Charlie Hertan, color photographs.
Shelburne Arts Cooperative, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA
Opening Reception: Fri. 5/26/06, 6-8
Spring/Summer Workshop Series for Artists @ GCC Fostering
the Arts & Culture
the Arts & Culture
Spring/Summer Workshop Series for Artists
Business topics for artists of all mediums, and specific topics for
writers. Please help us reach artists by forwarding this announcement. All
workshops held at GCC Downtown Center.
All workshops prices are
underwritten with funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Introductory Business Planning for Artists
For those who wish to explore the process of business planning as it
relates to artists, this is the necessary first step. Materials will be
Workshop Code: CSW 671
Date: May 30, 6-9 p.m.
This workshop is designed to dispel anxiety
and demystify the basics of bookkeeping and taxes for artists.
Code: CSW 672
Date: June 15, 6-9 p.m.
The Care and Feeding of
your Creative Voice: A Class in Abundance
creative energy and develop techniques for allowing all aspects of your life to
feed your writing-even when you are blocked, struggling for time to write, or
Workshop Code: CSW 198
Date: Saturday, May 27, 9
a.m. – 4 p.m.
Making It Happen: From Block to Book
Instructor: Jessamyn Johnston
You've got the writing rolling - what happens now?
programs or classes teach the basic skills every writer needs to get a book into
the world. This workshop will.
Workshop Code: CSW 673
Dates: Tu, June
20 & 27, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
To Register: Call
413.775.1803, M-F, 9-4:30 p.m., 24/7 registration with VISA, MasterCard,
For more information call: Bob:
413.775.1606 or Amy: 413.774.7204 x-117
Fostering the Arts & Culture
Project is a collaboration of six area organizations to respond to the needs of
the artist community - Greenfield Community College (GCC), Franklin County
Community Development Corporation (FCCDC), Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
(FCCCC), Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (SFABA), MassCountryRoads
project (MCRP), and the Franklin/Hampshire Regional Employment Board. The
partnership is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Assistant Dean for Community Education
AT THE BURNETT GALLERY IN THE JONES LIBRARY, AMHERST
EXHIBITION AT THE BURNETT GALLERY IN THE JONES LIBRARY, AMHERST
Lois Jewel Barber and Bernice Massé Rosenthal present
“Act II, Scene I”, a showing of their art at the Burnett Gallery in the
Jones Library at 43 Amity Street in Amherst, Massachusetts.
drawings, collages, watercolors, wood assemblages (pictured) and photography
will be on view from June 1 through June 30 during regular library hours.
Call (413) 256-4094.
Lois received a BA degree in Fine arts in 1969 from
Indiana University. Bernice graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
in Boston, including a fifth-year– graduate program in 1972. Following Act I,
there was a long intermission in which each pursued different creative
endeavors. They were wives and mothers and immersed themselves in other careers,
Lois as an environmental activist and Bernice as a paper conservator. They are
at last returning to their love of making art.
“Act II, Scene I opens
with a reception to be held from 5-8 pm on Thursday, June 1 as part of the
Amherst Gallery Walk.
Another reception will be on Saturday, June 3,
from 2-4 pm. The public is invited.
DIAMOND & LYDIA NETTLER AT THE NCA Opening
reception June 9 from 5-7pm.
Diamond and Lydia Nettler will present two installations in their show,
"Imperatives", opening at the Center for the Arts on June 2 and running through
An opening reception will be held on June 9 from 5-7pm.
Harriet Diamond’s mini- installation, No War! features the
Northampton Peace vigil and scenes of marching and protest in NYC and DC in
painted relief and sculpture.
Lydia Nettler’s installation, Break
Away uses large charcoal drawings and sculpture to surround the viewer in a
psychological environment based on Northampton’s natural surrounding.
The Center for the Arts is located at 17 New South St. on the third
floor of Sullivan square in Northampton. Gallery hours are on Tuesday through
Friday from 11 am to 4pm and on Saturday from noon to 4pm. For more information
Burroughs Reading Wednesday,
June 14, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. - ADVANCE TIX NEEDED
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 7:30
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
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:
Sponsors: Mount Holyoke College, the Advocate Newspapers, and the
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.
Unnecessary Research - be there or be square! At Sussex
University on 24th May
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?"
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,
EJ Barnes at
GCC Starting 3
May and running through 30 June
Pictures, Serious Business: An Exhibit of Editorial Cartoon Art Created for The
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
Directions are on the GCC
Workshops in May
Wednesdays in May 4-6 p.m.
May 10th The Art of
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
firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, and for directions & descriptions.
Radio Fundraising Week Tune in and
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
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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
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
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 email@example.com. 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
Smith's Movie Picks Decidedly
colorful with a tough of angst
Several years in the making and highly anticipated, "2046" (2004) should
pacify director Wong Kar Wai's fans, at least, for its end-of-an-era feel and
look. At its core, this is a decidedly (or deceptively) simple movie, in spite
of its fractured and non-linear narrative. It tells the tale of an emotionally
wrecked man, Chow Mo Wan (played by Tony Leung), a reprised character from
Wong's critically acclaimed earlier oeuver, "In the Mood for Love (2000)", and
the many beautiful women he keeps and fails to keep, in a time-space continuance
that is laden with sepia-tinted memories: a monologue, if you will, of Chow's
torrid love affairs, love spats, and the ensuing heartbreaks resulting, no
doubt, from the pangs of a failed liaison Chow is trying to escape. It'd appear
that the failed relation with Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung) in "In the Mood for
Love", who has a "special appearance" in this film, has changed Chow
irrevocably, which is key to understanding Chow's troubled soul.
Girl in the Cafe
SPACE For all the
poets on this list - Please send poetry
http:// burning/burning books/burnt toast/burning
mattress/burning boyfriend/burning restaurant/again/burning restaurant/burning
building becomes a garden/fire becomes a painting/fire while painting fire/poem
about a fire/some other fire lurking large behind all this/and
power/hungers history our story
me and/or all of us
or/world roiling the sea
time: thick jelly
our hidden pain the
colors of or those
words for joyous thank you breaking
w/finer violet colors
virgin blue the light/hot
sparkles of beautiful disease
this ancient. elegance
under:through it sound of bone flutes dancing:branching first
light in meaning:voices white ^snapping^ wind not white but
flapping:folding up *repeating*
lurch of millions [breaking] millions
gloria.ok.floria okay›tiny thingsªªªªª´´´´´tiny
cactus points w/loud voice sweeping dirts out roaring
‹bigger› than I think the wind hot:birth/static:
*repeating* ones and giving DA!
saw ends but saw what .ibelieve. time is not
skins and sacks .believe. its beauty/fear/sound
old trees in labor
*breathing* babies nothing:ordered nothing:neutral
death by fire
under:through it sound of bone
flutes dancing:branching first beat
light in meaning:voices white ^snapping^
wind not white but
flapping:folding up *repeating*
lurch of millions
[breaking] millions larger›smaller‹larger
thingsªªªªª´´´´´tiny brilliant ›
cactus points w/loud voice sweeping dirts
nothing ‹bigger› than I think the wind
god/donut UNImaginable *repeating* ones and giving
saw ends but saw what .ibelieve. time is not had now
skins and sacks
.believe. its beauty/fear/sound
old trees in labor *breathing* babies
ARTISTS/ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES Various
Calls for Submissions - arranged hopefully
NEW!Due June 10--
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
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. Slides/CDs, check and application form 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 sent by June 20,
2006. The Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
must include a check for the $20 application fee made out to the Northampton
Center for the Arts and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of
materials. Slides/CDs must be labeled with name of artist, materials, dimensions
of artwork; no 3-D works will be accepted. To download an application form:
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.
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
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:
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
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.
ABOUT THE CALLS FOR ARTISTS ENTRIES: I have paid subscriptions to these
lists and simply cut and paste the email info I receive. I try to scan all
entries and correct deadlines as I see them but mostly I paste them as I get
them. So, if you are interested in any of these venues I suggest you follow the
links and download the prospecti (?) and check dates for accurate deadlines and
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a result everyone has multiple links pointing to their site which means they get
a higher search rank return.
Scanlon's Peacribbon Project
by Jon Whitney
woodworking art by Peter Dellert
by Jim Doubleday
Canal Gallery Building (my new studio as of May)
Northampton center for the Arts
Art of Dean Nimmer
Mays Printmaking Studio
The Massachusetts Review
Barnes- Cartoons, mandalas, and animation
Art Farm Project UK
college ruled art
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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