more realistic version of *that* movie
in a while it will be late at night and I will be doing
the more routine parts of assembling this newsletter and
then the evil light bulb will go on over my head and this
is what happens. And I often think better of it. But it's
usually too late.
So in my version
of that movie (based on the patented Dan Brown plot formula)
two ordinary guys go to Stonehenge with a group of Dashieki
wearing Mennonite-Kosher-Baptist Tourists from Des Moines
and accidentally stumble onto a very complicated and overwrought
plot by extremely evil fashion designers to kill all the
people and Disney characters for a new line of evil apparel.
Knowing nothing of evil or plots or fashion and having
modest IQs (see image) they somehow manage to avoid all
attempts on their lives, uncover the true meaning of life,
find flaws in Einstein's Theory of Relativity (written
on their Dashiekis in code), unlock the mystery of Stonehenge
and bring Leonardo Da Vinci back to life (who is mystified
at all the speculation about the true identity of Mona
Lisa as it was simply the lunch lady at his art school).
Along the way they inevitably decipher things which even
the Mensa folks can't comprehend, rescue people and fix
those fuzzy parts of history and teach everyone they encounter
about humanity and love.
All in time to catch the greyhound bus back to Iowa for
the semi-annual Bocce tournament.
P.S. MORE FIRE IN HOLYOKE?
Last night I was working late on this newsletter when
I heard this really loud noise which sounded like a giant
furnace outside my window. As it turns out there was a
hot air balloon which was way off course and just barely
made it over the Canal Building. JR, who runs this building,
took some pictures of it from the garden below, looking
up at the bottom of the balloon. We watched it struggle
across the canal and head to Chicopee with cars following
it. It seemed to be kinda low on fire actually. The pictures
JR took are being developed and scanned right now and
I will post them later on local.masslive.com
The images should be posted by 12:30 ish so check local.masslive
to see them. Or not.
AT ZEA MAYS PRINTMAKING
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, June 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
- New Work by Liz Chalfin and Alison Williams
June 20 - July 21, 2006
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, June 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
The Gallery at
Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host the exhibit, germination
- New Work by Liz Chalfin and Alison Williams. The gallery
is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the
Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA. Please call
the gallery for summer hours - 413.584.1783.
In this joint exhibit, both Liz Chalfin and Alison
Williams utilize photopolymer printmaking to incorporate
elements of drawing, photography and found materials into
Chalfin explores many ways that humanity is involved in
the act of creation / destruction in a new series of prints.
Chalfin states: “As human beings we are all creators in
one sense or another - we make objects, relationships,
experiences. And at this point in human history we also
make life in a way never achieved before. Humanity is
intricately involved in the physical, spiritual and metaphysical
act of creation - we are the architects of our own evolution.
These prints strive to give a sense of the beauty, fragility
and potential inherent in our current state of creative
power.” She explores these issues in her work through
the use of symbolism. Against a backdrop of cellular matter,
which reads like text across the skin-like paper, are
juxtaposed images of tulips and human organs. The tulip
becomes the potent symbol for both the lengths we go to
to create an ideal, and the currency that such an endeavor
generates. The human organs dangle or float. They are
beautiful in their own right, and visually so connected
to the plant and mineral world, yet out of context they
serve no purpose and become disconnected artifacts.
Williams tries to translate her political and social ideas
as well as convey her love and concern for the environment
through her work. The images she uses are collected from
books, poems, drawings, photographs, nature and textiles
as well as old letters and writings that she has found.
She enjoys taking old and disused objects and redefining
them, making them take on a new life, changing them to
relate in new ways with other objects. Williams’ work
is about interpretation and transformation, about relationships
between old to new, between objects, colors and textures
as well as between herself and the viewer. Inspired by
landscapes large and small, her latest work focuses on
growth, memory and uses plant imagery to create layered
patterns. The prints are at times presented as they came
from the press and at other times transformed, enlarged
or reduced by digital means, then printed onto paper or
Alison Williams is an artist specializing in Drawing,
Painting, Printmaking and Photography. A native of New
Zealand, she has a Drawing and Painting Degree from Edinburgh
College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Liz Chalfin is visual artist and art educator. She is
founder and director and resident artist of Zea Mays Printmaking
in Florence, Massachusetts. Zea Mays Printmaking is a
studio/workshop dedicated to research, education and collaborations
in safer and non-toxic printmaking. Chalfin teaches workshops
at Zea Mays and on the road at colleges and art centers
regionally. She is also adjunct faculty in Lesley University’s
Creative Arts in Learning graduate program. She exhibits
her prints, drawings and artist’s books nationally in
solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent
collections of the Smith College Museum of Art and Mortimer
Rare Book Room, the DeCordova Museum and the Boston Public
Library. Chalfin has had solo exhibitions at the University
of Maine, Augusta and the Wisteriahurst Museum.
Play: irony & consequence
Child’s Play: irony & consequence
The Student Union Gallery at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
is seeking proposals for an upcoming multi-genre exhibit
in October 2006 on the theme of Child’s Play: irony &
consequence. The exhibit will be held from October 23rd
- 27th. The opening will integrate a brief cross-genre
reading on the theme.
We invite artists to submit artworks in any medium or
format—photography, sculpture, video, painting, interdisciplinary.
Submissions must include:
1. Artist’s statement.
2. Current resume.
3. Self-addressed stamped envelope (materials will not
be returned without a SASE).
4. Up to 3 slides (numbered and labeled with artist’s
name, title of work, date, media, dimensions of work,
and red dot indicating top of slide); or digital slides
on a CD; or CD for audio submissions; or DVD for video
Deadline for entries: August 1st, 2006. Entry Fee:
$5.00 (checks payable to: JC Tibbo/INSIDEOUT ARTS)
Shipping: Artists will be notified by September
1st. Artists are responsible for shipping/delivering their
artwork to the gallery Friday, October 20th (12-6pm) and
retrieving their work Saturday, October 28th (12-6pm).
Installation: All work MUST be received ready for
installation with proper hanging devices ATTACHED and
instructions where necessary.
Agreement: We reserve the right to photograph accepted
works for publicity and educational purposes. We reserve
the right to reject works that differ from the slide.
We are not responsible for works left after the pick-up
Submit entry materials to: JC Tibbo/INSIDEOUT ARTS
18 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060
DANCE TO HONOR
will honor New Orleans and help the hurricane recovery effort
Alicia Morton will offer a special 7 week Dance and Stretch
class at the Barn Studio in Amherst, using New Orleans music,
with all proceeds going to the Women's Health and Justice
initiative of New Orleans.
Starts Tuesday June 20.
Dance and Stretch is a special seven week movement class
being offered by instructor Alicia Morton at the Barn Studio,
21 Dickinson Street, Amherst.
Joyful Zydeco, Cajun, funk, jazz and other music will provide
energy and the proceeds will be donated to the Women's Health
and Justice Initiative of New Orleans. The Women's Health
and Justice Initiative is a group of local health care practitioners
and organizers working with the People's Hurricane Relief
Fund to provide quality health care that is safe and affordable
to low income and uninsured women and girls of color.
The class will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 starting Tuesday June
20. A donation of $10 per class is requested. The requested
donation for the full seven week session is $65 For more
information call Alicia Morton, 253-1499
AT THE HOSMER GALLERY AT FORBES
June 2 - June
29, Reception June 10, 2-4
The Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library,
Northampton Massahusetts, will present Shopkeepers,
by Northampton photographer Stan Sherer, from June 2 through
The show, consisting of 48 photographic works on paper,
explores the world of the shopkeeper and shopkeepers around
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
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:
Fri & Sat: 9-5
is giving up his studio at Arts & Industry.
This studio is about 1500 sq feet in all and the rent is
$430 per month until the end of December, at which point
it will be up for renegotiation with the current landlords.
It has a bathroom, loft and additional storage loft.
In the spirit of disclosure, the building is officially
up for sale and the rent may go up quite a bit. But it is
a really nice studio and worth a look and some inquiries.
Call 917 447 6436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio available for rent at the sullivan building in Northamton,
across the street from the Academy of Music.
Call Gina at 584-7280.
Great space and in town.
GREAT rental price
AT THE CUP AND TOP CAFE IN FLORENCE
23, 5:30-8:00 PM
Friday June 23 , The Duo of Mary
Witt (vocals and bass) and Zack Danziger (vocals and jazz
guitar) of The O-Tones in Florence, MA will perform at The
Cup and Top Café, 1 North Main St. Suite 2, 413-585-0445.
Dinner music from 5:30-8 pm. Great food including soups,
salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and desserts!
It's a family affair (if you want it to be).
June 9 through
the end of August
THE ART FARM PROJECT UPDATE
Some of you may recall an earlier issue announcing The
Art farm project. Here is an update with images from Jan
O'Highway, a very witty and talented artist on our newsletter
list from across the pond!
I love the quotes about this project. I wish I could make
a surprise visit.
June 2 – 18
2006 10am - 6pm
Middle Rocombe Farm, Stokeinteignhead, Newton Abbot, Devon
The Art Farm Project is thrilled by the press coverage
we’ve received so far and want to share this with you.
The event is open until 6pm on Sunday 18th June, so there
is still plenty of time to come along.
With almost 30 artists exhibiting there is more than ‘spilt
milk’ here and we’d love to have your view on the works
email: info @artfarmproject.co.uk
Tel: 01626 873 880
Radio Devon (103.4FM, 94.8FM, 95.7FM, 95.8FM, 96FM, 104.3FM
and Digital Radio) The Review weekly arts programme 6-7pm
Thursday 8th June with presenter Jo Loosemore
Daily Telegraph 2 June 2006
biggest yoghurt in the world
(a) tank of milk turning sour is art (artist Martin White
says) the decaying foodstuff will represent the decline
in dairy farming while giving the public a chance to see
the chemistry when it goes off. The artwork will remain
on display until it becomes so rotten and smelly it will
have to be removed’
Mid Devon Advertiser 2 June 2006
’a fantastic range of work for people to look at and experience
- Middle Rocombe Farm invaded by nearly 30 artists (creating)
new work inspired by the farm’
Western Morning News 1 June 2006
’Gallons of milk to be thrown away for “art” A Devon
farming leader has branded a publicly funded artistic
experiment as “pointless”
’Who’d have thought you could mark out the demise in farming
by a collection of dead wellies? Wellie you can, and to
good effect. It was just one of the displays at the lastest
incarnation of the Art Farm Project.’
Western Morning News 2 June 2006
‘Artist hits back at critics of sour milk project branded
the work “pointless” and a “waste of food”, (artist Martin
White said) quantities larger than this are thrown away
on a daily basis I’m just an artist doing my bit to support
Herald Express 31 May 2006
‘Don’t cry over this spilt milk
this split milk is likely to generate fierce debate. The
Art Farm Project shows the life and spirit of the valley,
through the artists’ work, tackling many issues from diversity
to light forms.’
Download interview with Martin White - interview1.mp3
Art News Blog
BBC South West Spotlight 1 June 2006
ITV West Country 1 June 2006
& LYDIA NETTLER AT THE NCA
June 9 from 5-7pm.
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
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
CALL FOR PUBLIC
ART - TURNERS FALLS
July 12th deadline
for proposal submissions
Falls RiverCulture Project is seeking 3 qualified artists
to create non permanent works of public art that will
serve both decorative and informational functions in locations
in the heart of downtown Turners Falls.
In order to obtain artistic diversity, submissions are
limited to one piece per artist. Geared toward pedestrians,
they should create visual interest and provide a display
place for project information about
local history and culture (approx 1 sq ft), a map (approx
4-5 sq ft) and a space to accommodate printed fliers and
public event postings (approx 4-5 sq.ft).
Possible themes can include, but are not limited to, the
natural environment of the Connecticut River watershed,
New England mill town architecture, industry along the
hydropower canal, or Western Massachusetts Native American
Sculptures must withstand severe outdoor weather with
wind, cold and hot temperatures for up to three years
and should be low maintenance and durable. Site locations
present a wide variety of viewer options, from people
walking and shopping, to theater, art and restaurant patrons
to those living, working, recreating and visiting in Turners
Falls. Site locations include the ‘common’ at Peskeomskut
Park, the main intersection at the corner of Avenue A
and Third Street, and the canalside bike path near Unity
Please visit www.turnersfallsriverculture.blogspot.com
for site pictures and a complete description and history
of Turners Falls.
Three pieces will be chosen. The budget for each commission
will be $3,300, ($1,000 for artist’s fee and $2,300 for
construction materials, delivery, assembly and installation
requirements.) Any adult artist 21 years or older may
enter artwork concepts for consideration by the selection
committee. All proposals must include:
1) a resume and artist statement
2) a one page written description of the work and enough
simple drawings of the concept to give an accurate visual
impression of the finished work.
3) plan for construction and installation
4) disc containing a maximum of 10 digital jpeg images
of recent work.
5) A detailed budget of how funds will be utilized.
6) Optional self addressed stamped envelope for return
7) Up to three relevant reviews, essays or catalogues
Any information to be viewed on a computer must be PC
compatible. A selection committee made up of Project RiverCulture
partners, town officials and outside jurors specializing
in the field will review proposal submissions and background
information to select the winning proposals.
July 12th deadline for proposal submissions
July 26th award notifications
September 26th installation of selected work
PLEASE RESPOND WITH INTEREST TO RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL REQUEST
Proposals and related materials should be sent to RiverCulture
Project, One Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Proposals
will not be accepted via email. For questions and to respond
with interest, please email Lisa Davol at email@example.com
Reading TOMORROW NIGHT
14, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. - ADVANCE TIX NEEDED
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 7:30 P.M.
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.
CAFE CALL FOR MURAL PROPOSALS!
I would do this
just for the food credit, yet such a worthy purpose
I am available
to help use the food credit if you are The Chosen One. Sounds
like a fab project.
A Call to Artists!
The Green Street Café announces a call for proposals by
artists interested in creating a two-dimensional wall
mural to be located inside the Green Street Café on Green
Street in Northampton, MA
GOAL The goal of this project is to highlight the
decision of Smith College and the City of Northampton
to discontinue Green Street in favor of the development
and construction of an engineering complex.
SITE DESCRIPTION The wall chosen for the
project is located inside the Green Street Café and is
28¹ L x 8.5¹ H in size.
There is overhead lighting and large street-side windows
that flood the space with light. The wall surface is painted
SELECTION PROCESS A panel of three judges,
Michael Kusek, Bob Antil and Steve Calcagnino will review
submissions and select the winning proposal. The winner
will be announced on July 5th.
SELECTION CRITERIA All proposals will be
judged on the following: 1) artistic merit 2) suitability
of the proposal in relation to the project goals and the
artist's ability to carry out the proposal within budget
and on schedule.
ARTIST ELIGIBILITY Artists from all walks
of life are invited to submit proposals. Excluded from
participation are staff members at Green Street Café,
members of the mural project and their families.
APPLICATION PROCESS All applications must
A.) A one-page written explanation of the concept.
B.) Sketches or other visuals that convey the proposed
mural idea. If submitting a CD or other digital media,
all should be Apple compatible.
C.) Up to ten 35mm slides in a plastic sheet or 8.5² x
11² portfolio sheets. Slides/portfolio should be labeled
with the artists name.
D.) A resume/CV that lists any previous public art experience
E.) All artists are strongly urged to visit the Green
Street Café and pick up additional information and background
Hours of operation are M-F 10AM to 10PM; please call
to make an appointment at 413.586.1650.
F.) For materials to be returned, all artists should include
a stamped, self-addressed envelope
BUDGET A budget of $350.00 covers the costs
of all materials with $1,000 cash for the artist, plus
an additional award of a $1,000 food credit at the Café
DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT DATES
Submission deadline: June 30th
Proposal Review & Artist Notification: July 7th
Project Start July 10th to be completed by October 1
Unveiling: October 13th during Northampton Arts Night
My trusty lab, Jamoka, has applied
for all of the positions. His goal is to have a job and
help pay the vet bills. So you'll have some steep competition.
Inc. is looking for one or several part time workers.
We are seeking:
Oversee all office functions at the South Congregational
Church Office in South Amherst
c. 20 hours/week
Box Office Staff
Concert Ticket Sales and Distribution
Oversee Access Database including Entering Data and Making
Oversee banking functions and management of QuickBooks
Answer telephone, write letters, distribute promotional
and fundraising materials, order printing and mailing
and other office duties
Please contact the Arcadia Players Office, P.O. Box 387,
Northampton, MA 01061 with your cover letter, resume and
names and telephone numbers of 3 references
August 4, 5
& 6 from 9 am to 4 pm
Botanicals in Watercolor, August 4,
5 & 6 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Barbara Johnson Studio
School, Easthampton $195
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
Class size is limited to ten. A three day workshop with
Camille Doucet, Botanical artist from Plantations at Cornell
University, President of local Guild of Scientific Illustrators
of the Finger Lakes.
The workshop will be an overview of flower painting in watercolor,
pen and ink, colored pencils and gouache and techniques
like glazing, texturing, masking, drybrush and wet on wet.
Introduction to color theory.
There is an emphasis on scientific botanical illustration
as a style and as an excellent practice of good drawing.
Lax, a newsletter reader in Montreal.
LITERARY THEMES BLOGSPOT INVITES PARTICIPATION
Please come visit
this blog, set up ostensibly for "my" students (from
whom I'm learning as much as they from me - more probably).
Please post any comments, no matter how outlandish. It
would be great for moi and most importantly for said students
to hear from you, the outside world.
Good fortune to you this summer,
BROUGHT TO YOU BY JON WHITNEY
thanks to Jon
Whitney, a very talented CHAIR photographer
who just moved here (again) from San Francisco.
Moving to San Francisco
Moving to Northampton
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Helping Mo move
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CALLS FOR ARTISTS
are some really exciting new calls this
week. Please read through. I'd like to see one
of us go to Japan for 5 months. If I could
bring Jamoka I'd stalk the folks at the Japan
26, 2006 - The U.S.-Japan Creative Artists'
Program provides five-month residencies in Japan
for individual creative artists in any discipline.
While in Japan, artists work on an individual
project that may include the creation of new work
or pursuit of other artistic goals. When planning
the stay abroad, artists should consider how exposure
to Japan's contemporary or traditional cultures
can influence their creative work. Five awards
are made annually. This program is administered
jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts
and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. Guidelines
are available at www.jusfc.gov.
The International Center of Photography's W. Eugene
Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is a $30,000
cash award with an additional $5,000 in fellowship
money to be awarded at the discretion of a jury.
The grant is awarded to photographers whose past
work and proposed project follow the traditions
of photographic essayist W. Eugene Smith. For
full information on how to apply,
The Newark Museum's residency program is open
to visual artists in the areas of fiber and textiles,
clay, fine metals, jewelry and metalsmithing,
enameling, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking,
and works on paper. The residency provides the
opportunity to use the museum's professional facilities
for creating new work. An honorarium of $1,000
will be paid at the conclusion of the residency.
For more information about the program and on
how to apply,
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
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
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
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: email@example.com, or via phone
at 413- 586-0998.
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:
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.
LINKS TO YOU
AND ME AND PEOPLE ON THIS LIST
Janette Jorgenson in Montreal:
sister rescues dogs
i gather abandoned plants,
wrapped in fibrous tissue
or bare, and gleaming as if shellacked.
a compulsion? perhaps
but why should these fragile lives
be obliterated by demolition
crews making room for the latest condo?
seeds find their way from my pockets
to small crystal bowls
while variegated vegetation in flimsy black
containers, blue over-sized sandbox pails,
clay pots, anything
that will shelter their roots, support their stems
surround, become, my home
without regard to size, colour,
or horticultural status.
something in me recognizes
the necessity of belonging,
the yards of grass smoothed 'round
neighbouring houses have usurped wildflower terrain;
that the peculiar beauty of a weed
is out-competed by the uniformity of lawn.
in summer my front yard
but my rescued plants,
like a city skyline, punctuate the air
a stem of cosmos eclipses
delicate columbine stars
and wild strawberries scatter
the imagination of the garden-proud.
my new yard
will resemble the wilds i left behind on oxford
and this oasis of irrespectability will be
understood: a celebratory noah-project
rescuing, nurturing diversity.