May 23, 2006

mo, Due to internet problems yesterday (no bandwidth, no newsletter) and last night, this newsletter is a day late and perhaps a dollop short. So this is full of unfinished stuff and likely full of mistakes. But then this morning a bunch of new stuff came in so it was a fortuitous delay. Fate?

Yet, because I feel responsible for the late arrival, I feel compelled to give you a very precious thing; Nirvana's, "Smells like team spirit" as performed by the Ukelele Orchestra Of Great Britain. This is a truly special piece of work. If I can figure out how to make it into an MP3 I'll play it on the radio show next Wednesday.
Happy Memorial Day. Safety in grilling at all times.

For all you Geminis , happy birthday! Here's Your Rob Brezny ...

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?" That's the question asked by Marc Hedlund in the intro to his "Proverbs for Entrepreneurs". Since you're experiencing new opportunities to bring more of the entrepreneurial spirit into your life and work, I hought I'd offer you a few of his suggestions. (1) Pay attention to any idea that won't leave you alone. (2) Give people what they really need, not necessarily what they say they need. (3) If you keep your brilliant ideas secret for fear they'll be stolen, people will hide their brilliant ideas from you. (4) Great things are made by people who share a passion, not by partners who have been talked into it.

cowboy curtis

sunflowers Eight Week Workshop designed for previous workshop artists to explore individual projects, or new artists to be guided through a structured study of representational painting techniques including drawing principles for rendering form and atmosphere, color mixing in oil, evaluating color temperature, glazing techniques, and studying the intricacies of reflected light.

The mediums of drawing (pencil & charcoal), oil painting and dry pastel will be the only materials used in this workshop. The drawing and oil painting materials list for the workshop will be provided upon registration. Early registration is suggested as class size is limited. The session fee of $360 is due by June 1.

Contact bjohnson2001@charter.net

Tuesdays: June 6 – August 1, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesdays: June 7 – August 2, 15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday nights: June 15 –August 3, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

There are no makeup classes. Each artist will be provided with a list of participants’ names and phone numbers in all three workshops. If you are unable to attend one or more of the classes, this list will help you to arrange a trade or transfer of your space with other participants.

Classes are held at the Paragon Arts and Industries Building at 150 Pleasant St. in Easthampton Second Floor Room 232/234

Cottage Street 2 0 0 6 S P R I N G S A L E
Friday June 3rd • 10 - 5
Saturday June 4th • 12 - 5

PARTICIPANTS Linda Batchelor
Sarah Bliss
Boss / Brown
Immer Cook
Jason Healy
Denise Herzog Ceramics
Kaleidoscope Pottery
Latimer Glass Studio
Christopher Lenaerts Fine Woodworking
Levy / LaRocque
Light Hunter
Michael MacTavish
Piper Glass Studio
Yohah Ralph
Kristin Sherlaw
Elizabeth Solomon
Annie Steiner
Briana Taylor
Mary Teichman
Janna Ugone





21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the Pleasant St. Theater
A nice offer from Joe Blumenthal of Downtown Sounds who generously would like to have artists display their work there. (Downtown Sounds, 21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the Pleasant St. Theater)

The window is quite large, and has three panels, each one about 6' X 6', and is about 24" deep. It is exposed to intense sunlight in the morning; the heat of the sun plus the narrowness of the window make it inappropriate to display most musical instruments.

However, the sunlight doesn't hurt most artwork since it's only exposed for a month to six weeks. I normally pay $150 to the artist who installs the window, and work out a consignment agreement for the store to take a percentage of the price if the art is for sale and we manage to sell some of it.

The artwork can be freestanding, lean against a wall at the back of the window that's about three feet high, or (if it's not heavy) be hung from the ceiling.
It's great when the art can have a musical theme, but it's not necessary. Because of its highly visible commercial location, the work should have a mainstream appeal and not have themes which could be offensive. Small pieces don't work well since the window is so large.

If one of your readers is interested in displaying in this context, please have them contact me via email: musician@downtownsounds.com, or via phone at 413- 586-0998.


Tom Morton Art "Seasons , Seasonings and Other Collages"
By Tom Morton

An art exhibit at Amherst Town Hall

June 1-August 31, 2006
Reception: First Thursday Arts Walk,
June 1, 5:00-7:30 P.M.

Collages of materials found in the woods, the beach, the kitchen and the wide world

www. tommortonart.com
The Amherst Public Art Commission
Visiting Arts Program
5th Annual Competition




At the Shelburne Falls Arts Cooperative
Charlie Hertan Photography Dorothy Osterman, paintings.
Charlie Hertan, color photographs.

Shelburne Arts Cooperative, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA


Opening Reception: Fri. 5/26/06, 6-8 PM

Spring/Summer Workshop Series for Artists @ GCC
Fostering the Arts & Culture
maria Fostering 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
Amy Shapiro

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 provided.

Workshop Code: CSW 671
Date: May 30, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10

Recordkeeping for Artists
Deborah Kruger

This workshop is designed to dispel anxiety and demystify the basics of bookkeeping and taxes for artists.
Workshop Code: CSW 672
Date: June 15, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10

The Care and Feeding of your Creative Voice: A Class in Abundance
Jessamyn Smyth

Generate 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 feeling uninspired.
Workshop Code: CSW 198
Date: Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $25

Making It Happen: From Block to Book
Instructor: Jessamyn Johnston Smyth

You've got the writing rolling - what happens now?
Few 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
Cost: $25

To Register: Call 413.775.1803, M-F, 9-4:30 p.m., 24/7 registration with VISA, MasterCard, Discover. 413.774.7690

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.
Bob Barba
Assistant Dean for Community Education
Greenfield Community College
(413) 775-1606


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.

Their 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.

Opening reception June 9 from 5-7pm.
NCA Harriet 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 June 29.

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 call 413-594-7327

JamokaMariachi ~~DANCE
Inés Arrubla Productions offers Las Chicas in “Flamenco Afición,” a live performance of Flamenco music and dance Saturday, June 10, at 5 p.m. at the Center. Arrubla will present a colorful and passionate Flamenco dance program involving 30 amateur dancers of all ages, together with four musicians, who will take the audience on a journey through all the emotions expressed by one of the most powerful and sensual dances of all: Flamenco.

The musicians will include guitarists Titus Neijens and José Ortiz, percussionist Simon Moushabeck on cajón, and Jo Sallins on bass. Arrubla was trained in Flamenco in Spain, and later performed in Amsterdam and Europe. Since coming to the United States in 1998, she has established the Inés Arrubla Flamenco Dance Theater, and created five major theater-dance productions.

Her performances and choreography have garnered acclaim at theaters and festivals with audiences and the press, and have earned her a reputation as one of the nation’s premier Flamenco performers. Entrance is free; however, a donation of $5 is suggested. Arrubla teaches Flamenco at the Center. For information check our Web site.


Oriental Caravan IV returns to the Center For the Arts, Sunday, June 11, at 2:15 p.m. Produced by Joanne Tebaldi and Whitney Suter, the program will showcase students of Shifah of Western MA, Mellea of Dancing Dragon Studios, Kismet of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School and Sharon Arslanian of Greenfield Community College.

In addition to a the belly dancing, there will be an intermission featuring a raffle and public dancing. For tickets, call Joanne 413. 253.5462.

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.

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

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 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
Decidedly decided with a decided twist
mm MirrorMask centers on Helena, a 15 year old girl in a family of circus entertainers, who often wishes she could run off and join real life.

After a fight with her parents about her future plans, her mother falls quite ill and Helena is convinced that it is all her fault. On the eve of her mother's major surgery, she dreams that she is in a strange world with two opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants.

All is not well in this new world - the white queen has fallen ill and can only be restored by the MirrorMask, and it's up to Helena to find it. But as her adventures continue, she begins to wonder whether she's in a dream, or something far more sinister.

Previous picks:
2046 "Nine Lives."
The Girl in the Cafe
Travellers and Magicians

For all the poets on this list - Please send poetry
Kathleen Trestka Art From Kathleen Trestka:

Published in the current issue, Volume 13, of The Berkshire Review:
The Elements

Published in the current issue, Volume 13, of The Berkshire Review:

The Elements

Late Sunday night in my studio
with Billie Holiday's Body and Soul
drifting in from somewhere down the hall
and a steady rain streaming
down this wide face of windows,

I rise from brief sheets,
rumpled burgundy,
your head still imprinted
on the pillow,
my hands musky-sweet,
and write across a wall
with a stump of charcoal,

the no-light of a rainy night
slicking each pane of glass
wet, black licorice.

Memory burns like candles,
the weak light of your quick visit
flooding this series of drawings
of the primordial elements
earth, fire, air, water, space
pinned to the long walls
like moths
drawn too close
to flame.

I refuse shoes.
Underwear stuffed
in pockets,
charcoal is all I know,
the sooty love on my fingertips
blending black into a drawing,
the words "Body of Earth"
scribbled along its left side,
my finger probing like sex,
working the silky dust
into the soft skin of paper,
there is salvation in this

while God sits silent
in the air outside
my windows
looking in like rain,
like night.


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. 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.
Submission 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: http://www.nohoarts.org/thegalleries.htm

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

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 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.

A NOTE 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 details.

Send me your link. Active subscribers and fab people need apply.
The links section has been a really nice surprise. The stats show that everyone is looking at everyone else's art in high numbers. And then (and there's always an "and then"), when I post the newsletter on my site every week the links repeat and as a result everyone has multiple links pointing to their site which means they get a higher search rank return.

Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
Cynthia Guild The Amazing Bannerqueen
Maureen Scanlon's Peacribbon Project
Photography by Jon Whitney
Fine woodworking art by Peter Dellert
Sculpture by Jim Doubleday
The Canal Gallery Building (my new studio as of May)
Stone Soup Concrete
The Northampton center for the Arts
The Art of Dean Nimmer
The Watkins Gallery
Kathleen Trestka
Zea Mays Printmaking Studio
Lisa Scollan
Deborah Kruger
Sally Curcio
Tom Morton
Jeff DeRose
Claudia Sperry
Michael Martindell
Michael Richardson
Smart Moves Pilates
Singer/Songwriter Diane Falcone
Rhymes With Orange
The Massachusetts Review
EJ Barnes- Cartoons, mandalas, and animation
The O-Tones
Holly Murray
The Invisible Fountain.com
Jan O'Highway
The Art Farm Project UK
Bob Markey
Briana Taylor
Rebecca Graves
Tony Kord
Save Darfur
Michael Kuch
Anila's college ruled art
Lillianna Pereira
Linda Batchelor
Stephanie Cramer
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

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