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ARTS NIGHT OUT, OPEN STUDIOS, MR POTATO AND PERU

mr potato head

As it turns out, today is National Potato Day in Peru. And evidently there has been much debate as to where exactly the potato originated. But new scientific evidence seems to suggest that, in fact, Peru *can* claim that title, much to the chagrin of Ireland.

"The debate on the origin of the cultivated potato is moving closer to a resolution."

A paper published recently* by David M. Spooner, a research botanist employed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service working at the University of Wisconsin in close collaboration with the Scottish Crop Research Institute, goes a long way towards resolving the question, by using genetic analysis of wild species and landraces found throughout the Andes. The paper concludes that there was a single point of origin of the cultivated potato to the north of Lake Titicaca in southern Peru, challenging all previous theories of multiple origins.

But Peru missed the boat on the most famous potato of all time, Mr. Potato Head. George Lerner of New York City invented and patented The handsome Mr. Potato Head in 1952. Based on an earlier toy called "make a face" that used a real potato, Lerner designed his all-plastic toy as a prize for cereal premiums.
And, Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on television!

Also on this day:
1431 - In Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.
1574 - Henry III becomes King of France.
1806 - Andrew Jackson kills a man in a duel after the man had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy.
1883 - In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse causes a stampede which crushes twelve people.
1935 - Babe Ruth plays in his last baseball game, in the uniform of the Boston Braves.
2001 - I went canyoneering in Utah and did not fall prey to quicksand.

COTTAGE STREET SPRING OPEN STUDIOS
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

FOR DIRECTIONS ETC www.cottagestreetstudios.com

DISPLAY YOUR WORK AT DOWNTOWN SOUNDS
21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the Pleasant St. Theater
downtown sounds 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
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

STAN SHERER AT THE HOSMER GALLERY AT FORBES
June 2 - June 29, Reception June 10, 2-4
Stan Scherer The Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library, Northampton Massahusetts, will present Shopkeepers, by Northampton photographer Stan Sherer, from June 2 through June 29.

The show, consisting of 48 photographic works on paper, explores the world of the shopkeeper and shopkeepers around the world.
Sherer has photographed small shops and their proprietors for more than 40 years in France, China, Israel, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Philippines, Albania, Hungary, as well as in the United States. Included in the exhibition will be several Northampton shops that he frequents regularly.

Sherer describes the portraits in Shopkeepers as candid moments. “Although in practice shopkeepers are often in contact with customers or others who work in the store, I see them as centers of the self-contained universe of their daily work. Through this exhibition, I want the viewer to have a subjective experience of not only that of the small shop but to be in the shop and absorb its atmosphere.” Sherer’s work is in the tradition of street photography. “The shopkeepers, as part of the milieu that constitutes life on the sidewalks, became a primary recurring theme in my work. Preparing this exhibition has provided me with an opportunity to formalize this on-going interest and bring this work together for the first time.”

Sherer was a Fulbright scholar in Albania in 1994 and has worked for news organizations such as the Associated Press and Time Magazine. He is the author of four books, including Long Life to Your Children: a Portrait of High Albania and Founding Farms. He retired in 2003 after eighteen years as news photographer for the University of Massachusetts and has just completed the MFA printmaking program at UMass. “My work in printmaking has enriched and broadened the way I print my images. I am now handcoating printmaking and watercolor papers with an ink receiving-layer for digital printing. This process produces prints with a richness and depth I could not achieve in the standard digital process. In addition, the handcoating technique imbues a handmade look.”

Descriptive passages from literature are included in the exhibition. Sherer’s selections from short stories and novels evoke the shopkeepers’ inner world as well as the physical surroundings of the shopkeeper.

The opening reception will be Saturday, June 10, 2-4pm. Gallery hours are:

Mon: 1-9
Tue: 1-5
Wed: 9-9
Thur: 1-5
Fri & Sat: 9-5

NORTHAMPTON ARTS NIGHT OUT
June 9, 5 - 8 PM
Coming Up On June 9 Visit 22 galleries and shops between 5 and 8 p.m.

Northampton continues its Arts Night Out program Friday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless the duration is otherwise noted by individual galleries), offering open galleries at 22 locations, all within a short walk in the city's downtown area. The event is organized by participating art and craft organizations and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by the Northampton Cooperative Bank, 93.9 (The River), and the Valley Advocate.

Arts Night Out coincides with the last night of Northampton's celebration of "Restaurant Week," June 5-9, during which 23 restaurants will offer a three-course dinner for a fixed price of $20.06 View the details and menus on the Chamber of Commerce Web site.

And there will be another treat this month; the Florence Community Band will be making lively music on the Courthouse lawn from 6 to 7 p.m. Make a night of it!

Highlighted in June are several galleries:

MULTI-ARTS GALLERY, located at the Community Music School, 139 South Street, is new to Arts Night Out. It is open that evening from 5 to 7 p.m., and will be featuring works in all genres by children from throughout the Pioneer Valley. This gallery is seeking submissions of paintings, drawings, poems, short stories, and original books from children and schools. For more information, visit their Web site. (not given, sorry)

WATKINS GALLERY, 142 Main Street (upstairs) presents EIRE, an exhibition of extraordinary, powerful paintings of the Irish landscape by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling. On Arts Night Out, at 6 p.m., the artist's husband, Vincent Dowling, former director of the Abbey Theater in Dublin and long-time director, now honorary president, of the Miniature Theater in Chester, will open the exhibition with a dramatic reading.

TA YU Gallery, 12 Main Street, will be showing "Works on Tibet" by photographer Cannon Hersey.

THE OXBOW GALLERY, 275 South Pleasant Street, will feature paintings and drawings by Western Massachusetts painter, David Marshall. This show includes landscapes--scenes in Chesterfield, Northampton and Deer Isle, Maine—as well as portraits and still lifes. The paintings share a poetic sensitivity to the often subtle beauty of nature's different moods and visual phenomena. Equally important in Marshall's work is a strong concern for painterly handling and harmonious effect.

At ALFREDO'S GALLERY, 6 Crafts Avenue, the photography of Les Campbell will continue and be joined by mini-exhibits from the collections of Fred Stein, classic black and white photographs from the 1930s and 1940s, and a sampling of photographs from the personal collection of Frank Sinatra.

SKERA, 22 Main Street, will introduce Jane Chang of Amherst, who makes boxes that incorporate imaginative found objects as well as paper quilts that are layered and cut to create a three-dimensional appearance. And speaking of imaginative, on Arts Night Out, keep your eye out for the new Cool Rides art taxi recently launched by partners Skera and East Heaven Hot Tubs. (Hint: It’s a navy blue Scion xB with an understated Checker Cab motif.)

THE OLD COURTHOUSE GALLERY, 99 Main Street, will feature two artists: Anne Kusiak of Northampton and Chris Nelson of Leverett. The two, who met several years ago at a pastel painting class at the Guild Art School, frequently paint together. Each has her own style but each celebrates landscapes, flora and fauna of the Pioneer Valley. Kusiak uses both pastel and oil; Nelson paints primarily in pastel but also uses digital photography. She is an appropriate exhibitor in the courthouse since she is a lawyer and worked as a labor contract administrator for 25 years before returning to the art world.

THE R. MICHELSON GALLERIES, 132 Main Street, continues “Light on Water,” views of the Connecticut River painted by Lewis Bryden from his 26-foot pontoon houseboat, “Floata des Artistes.” In addition to painting racks and shelving for art supplies, two easels stand in the corner of the houseboat, and a portable lantern allows Bryden to work in the early morning or late sunset, rain or shine.

AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 17 New South Street, third floor, Harriet Diamond and Lydia Nettler present two installations in their show, Imperatives. Diamond’s mini-installation, “No War!” features the Northampton Peace vigil and scenes of marching and protest in New York City and Washington, D.C., in painted relief and sculpture. 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. (Center for the Arts galleries are open 5 to 7 p.m. on Arts Night Out.)

THE A.P.E. GALLERY, Thorne’s Marketplace, 150 Main Street, third floor, will have new works by Michael Tillyer and Gordon Thorne. Tillyer explores the theme of Cain and Abel, the murder of the shepherd (Abel) by the yeoman (Cain). The realization of this theme will take place over the month of June in the gallery as the artist builds the piece layer by layer. Thorne describes his project as one that “stumbles along the delicately thin line that separates artistic license and genetic manipulation. What happens when you put two genetically modified organisms, plant or person, for example, ‘Viagra Link Corn’ and ‘Britny Spears Corn,’ or Britny Spears herself even, in the same room for any length of time?" (Arts Night Out hours are 5 to 7 p.m.)

SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Elm Street, offers “Alexander Archipenko: Vision and Continuity” through July 30. (There will be no admission charge on Arts Night Out.) Featuring more than 60 sculptures in bronze, wood, and terracotta by Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964), this show was organized by the Ukrainian Museum in New York in collaboration with The Archipenko Foundation. Jaroslaw Leshko, recently retired from the faculty of the Smith art department, serves as exhibition curator and author of the accompanying catalogue. One of the most important Ukrainian visual artists, Archipenko was, during his lifetime, sometimes compared in significance to his contemporary, Pablo Picasso. Although a less towering figure than Picasso “Archipenko’s oeuvre is a brilliant, cohesive document of twentieth-century art,” Leshko writes in the exhibition catalogue. ~~Next door, in the Oresman Gallery of Smith’s Hillyer Hall, members of Amherst’s Gallery A3 will offer "Sneak Preview." An active group on the area art scene for a number of years, A3 has been without a home for while. The gallery will be reborn, in the fall, in the Amherst Cinema Arts Center.

Participating arts venues are: Alfredo’s; APE Third Floor Arts; Artisan Gallery; Chameleon’s; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild Art Supply; KTWO NOHO; LLC; R. Michelson Galleries; Multi-Arts Gallery; Northampton Center for the Arts; Northampton Pottery; Old Court House Gallery; Oxbow Gallery; Pinch; Scandihoovians. com; Silverscape Designs; Skera; Smith College Museum of Art; Ta Yu Gallery; Watkins Gallery; and William Baczek Fine Arts.

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

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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

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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
barba@gcc.mass.edu

EXHIBITION AT THE BURNETT GALLERY IN THE JONES LIBRARY, AMHERST
Bunny 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.

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.

HARRIET DIAMOND & LYDIA NETTLER AT THE NCA
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

MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCES AT THE NCA
Dance ~~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.

~~MORE DANCE

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.

~~MUSIC AND ARTS Global Alliance for the Arts will present one of its monthly celebrations, "Northampton Community Music and Arts Festival," on Friday, June 23, from 7:30 to midnight in the Center's ballroom.

The event will feature World Beat Ensemble with an open microphone from 7:30 to 8 p.m. (sign-ups are first come, first serve at 7:15 p.m.) followed by World Beat Drum Circle from 8 to 9 p.m.,

DJ and dancing from 9 to 10 p.m. and the World Beat Ensemble from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Tables are available for arts organizations, vendors and visual artists. If you like this, you'll like the repeat events on Fridays—July 21 and August 18.

The shows will be broadcast live on Valley Free Radio 103.3 FM from 10 p.m. to midnight and on public access TV in Northampton, Hadley, Amherst, Deerfield, Sunderland, Greenfield and Montague. These events are sponsored by the Center, Gaia Vision TV show and Valley Free Radio. For more information: Global Alliance for the Arts (413)584-3022 gaia@crocker.com

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


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.

STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE IN DORCHESTER
Dorchester is the Holyoke of the Boston Area
Beautiful Artist Studio in Dorchester MA, 11 Humphreys Street third floor artist studio available
immediately.

This space is a gorgeous 350 square foot studio with four north facing windows. The space is on a quiet
top floor with views of downtown Boston.

Located near Uphams corner in Dorchester, this community friendly artist and artisan building is close to Roxbury, South Boston, South End, I-93 South, I-93 North, and close to South Bay Home Depot.
(and around the corner from Jamoka's old Doggie Day Care!)

Monthly rent is $325 with a one-month deposit required. Utilities not included.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - WORKS ON PAPER
Due June 10
schnauzer CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
WORKS ON PAPER


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

OPEN STUDIOS AT EASTWORKS
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 and 4
Eastworks From Luke Cavagnac:
THE FIRST WEEKEND IN JUNE IS A GREAT TIME TO CHECK OUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE ARTISTS OF EASTHAMPTON.


YOU SHOULD COME VISIT EASTWORKS on PLEASANT ST (from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday & Sunday): see art here:

2nd Floor Suite 206 - The Invisible Fountain -Paintings/Paintings/Paintings - at least a thousand of them!
2nd Floor Suite 246 - Red Horse Press - that means etching and lots of other cool stuff!
Basement Suite 40 - Robert Kells Studio - down there under the grocery store - he's making real nice art!
1st Floor Suite 147 - dani. fine photography - go there on saturday to see some super stuff! & MORE!!!

Dwight Smith's Movie Picks
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie In Luis Bunuel's deliciously satiric, Oscar-winning masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.

Perhaps his greatest film, Bunuel's absurdist view of the upper class is a timeless satire about consumerism and class privilege in a late capitalist world.



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

POETRY SPACE
For all the poets on this list - Please send poetry
From Janet MacFadyen:

This poem first appeared in the Feb-March 2006 issue of New England Watershed Magazine

The Peace Pagoda

It has not come to me yet
why I seek the sleeping Buddha's smile
or the creatures of his dream arrayed around him thus:
the rabbits, deer, and growing vines
cast on the concrete enclave walls
like morning stars on the curve of space.
He cups a universe in his sleep,
the faintly curving lips,
the lidded eyes that seem to see
though they are shut. The feet
rest on a cushion, the head on one hand;
the other arm stretches down the length
of his body, which is draped in a simple garment
and centered along some inner line
I do not have.

I also sleep straight on the edge of the bed
lest someone reach out in darkness and begin
that slow caress, lest something
smelling of ether once again
lift up the covers and compel me
upwards into terrifying flight-
but I am not ready for this yet.
Put that back to bed
or in the bureau with the negligee.
Let me sweep the floor instead;
let me drive the car up and down the snaking hill
like Jack and Jill. The sleeping Buddha's hair
is done in careful tiny concrete curls-
she could be my mother; she could be, only
she is not.

The Buddha lives in the white beehive dome
in the center of New England but instead
of ending in a weathervane, a golden honeycomb
jangles at the top.
C5As from the Air Force base circle it on training runs
like giant pregnant bees returning home,
though it is the Peace Pagoda.
Perhaps that is
what draws them: the thought of peace
tugging tugging at their engines until,
mistakenly, they swallow whole the golden hook
like fish that now must take another look
at something far out of their experience:
the glittering blue sacredness of air, and still
they do not see.

But walk up the snowy path and there
it is, the stupa with its golden Buddhas,
one at each cardinal direction.
But she who draws me faces east,
the sleeping one, at peace
with the forest and the animals.
She is not gilded like the rest,
a simple gray concrete of early dawn.
She could be the sleeping gypsy of Rousseau
stretched out in the center of the desert,
and the lion coming up to see
about this mandolin and staff and robe,
sniffing the gypsy's dreams to ingest
the mystery as best a lion can, which means
he would devour it.

So I approach, and stop, and stare;
trying to learn from that half-curved
indeterminate smile how to take the war
that churns inside my sleep and turn it into prayer;
wondering when and how the old hostilities
will cease. To have such peace,
I dream of this.

CALLS FOR ARTISTS/ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES
Various Calls for Submissions - arranged hopefully
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
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ongoing.
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
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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
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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.

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