June 20, 2006
For Better living


I am trying on a new name for the newsletter submitted by the sweet and fabulous Susan Wiggin. I kind of
like the idea of this being a better living newsletter! Art is better living. Yes?

BREAKING NEWS! Our Hilary Price, The genius behind, "Rhymes with Orange", is in production on a strip
version of "The Da Shieki Code". It is not certain at this time if she will keep the original cast or replace
Jamoka and Billy with other actors. I will post the running date when I have it so everyone can flock to
their newspapers!

The above strip ran April 14, 2004, a very big day in Jamoka's life. He was so proud of having written a book
and a nervous wreck about the signing but he managed to remain calm and all his pals came as he was
immortalized on the famous, "Rhymes With Orange" stage!

P.S. You can buy a postcard of this particular strip at The Cup and Top Cafe in Florence and certainly you will
be there anyway Friday night to see the most mostest Mary Witt and her band play from 5:30 - 8:00. (Details below).

And the "Summer Soulstice" title is a nod to tomorrow and also a nod to my brother Matt who would have been
44 years old yesterday and refers to the last lines of a poem he wrote in 1985 which read, "change your mind,
don't stand in line, put soul back on your face".
For better living for all.

And one last P. P. S. I posted pics of a giant rainbow over the canal tonight because just looking at them means
you get a wish and also because Kelsey has given us this great venue to post things and we should all use it to
share our events and etc.

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, June 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Zea mays Printmaking germination - 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 layered monoprints.

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 fabric.

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.

You are invited to the Summer Solstice Open Showing of IDEA
June 22, Thursday, 7:30 pm
620_embody You are invited to the Summer Solstice Open Showing of IDEA:

June 22, Thursday, 7:30 pm $5 donation A.P.E. 3rd Floor, Thornes' Market, 150 Main St.,
Hosted by Mary Ramsay and Christie Svane

An opportunity to perform something that you are working on – in any medium – for an
audience of witnesses. We are interested in creating a supportive context for showing
work that is coming into form and to which both performer and audience bring their
imaginations. We ask that you attend an I.D.E.A. as audience member before signing
up to show a piece.

We gather around the Equinoxes and Solstices, for an evening of four 10-minute (max)
pieces, followed by 3 - 5 minutes of writing time by the audience. After all pieces have been
shown, we gather in a circle to share our writings, piece by piece. In this way, we weave
together our collective experience and complete the exchange between performer and

These writings are then published in I.D.E.A.LOG, available for $3 at the next I.D.E.A.,
by mail from Mary, or at Broadside Books, Main St., Noho.
For more info: maryjramsay@comcast.net
or csvane@comcast.net

The spontaneous writings from the Spring IDEA are up on Christie's website:

Including our Peter Dellert of Holyoke
620 pete Friday, June 23 marks the start of the 27th annual
outdoor exhibition Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood
with an opening reception from 5:30 - 7:30. Admission $10.

There will be private dinners immediately after the opening with
reservations. The guest curator of this year's exhibition is
Sharon Bates, visual artist, and curator and founding Director of the
Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program. Bates organizes
rotating exhibitions, site-specific sculpture projects, and satellite
museum exhibitions that showcase regional artists and cultural
institutions in the Albany International Airport Gallery and
throughout the terminal.

Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood is on view through
Columbus Day. Walking tours of the exhibit on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
beginning June 30 and running through August.

May 22-October 15, 2006, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Six Guided Tours
throughout the day: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
Early closing at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2006

Artist work included in this years exhibition: William R. Bergman, Paige Bradley, Rick Brown, Ben Butler, Peter Dellert, Anthony H. Garner, Richard Garrison, Alexander Graham, Lucy Hodgson, Gwendolyn Holbrow, Ann Jon, Paul Katz, R. Elliott Katz, Jim Lewis, Paul Mauren, Lillian Mulero, Amy Podmore, Michael Rivera, John Ruppert, Stacy Latt Savage, Leon Smith, Eric Stein, Gampo Wickenheiser.

The City of Pittsfield's annual Artscape outdoor public art exhibition
620_pittsfield NEW THIS WEEK:
Call for Artists: Outdoor Public Art Exhibition

The City of Pittsfield's annual Artscape outdoor public art exhibition program invites outdoor sculptors and public art creators to submit work for consideration for the 2006-07 Artscape exhibition in downtown Pittsfield. Pittsfield is the geographic and population center of the culturally-rich Berkshires of western Massachusetts, where over two million visitors come each year. A $500 honorarium is provided to artists whose work is selected for display.
Application deadline is August 1, so don't delay, click below for complete guidelines!
Click here for guidelines on applying for the juried Artscape 2006-07 exhibtion program.

June 2 - June 29
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.

Gallery hours are:

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

"Call for Artists: One Last Chance to Submit"
620_artfair "Call for Artists: One Last Chance to Submit"
2006-06-19 until 2006-09-19
Inspired Art Fair
London, , UK United Kingdom

Haven't submitted to Inspired Art Fair 2006 yet? Well here's one last chance as we are opening an extra submission period from 19 June -18 September 2006. With the Whitechapel as our chosen charity for this our fourth annual fair, Inspired Art Fair 2006 will be taking place in the magnificent Christchurch, opposite Spitalfields Market E1, from 8 - 12 November. The Inspired Art Fair (IAF) is a launch pad for emerging independent contemporary artists. Our selection committee changes with each display to ensure that IAF reflects the most innovative talents in the visual art world. For 2006 our committee is Susan Brades (Ex Director Hayward Gallery), Kirsten Dunne (Arts Council) and Jo George (Managing Director IAF).

The IAF has showcased over 180 emerging contemporary photographers, painters, sculptors, drawers and digital artists from all over the world. To review our artists have a look on http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=uafogwbab.0.ba6ylwbab.jrfsprbab.164&ts=S0187&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inspiredartfair.com

Here's what artist Ben Mosley has to say about last year's fair-

"I have excelled this year due to being included in IAF 05. I have had a commission, and a solo exhibition at Gallery 93 in London, which was televised on MTV's Base, on Trevor Nelson's show 'The Lick'. They also interviewed me as well!! An agent has shown a lot of interest in my work, which looks to be very promising. I can't thank you enough for accepting me because without that chance this would never have happened to me."

For details on why and how to apply go to:-
http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=uafogwbab.0.ca6ylwbab.jrfsprbab.164&ts=S0187&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inspiredartfair.com%2Fartists%2Fwhy.php and http://fridgequeen.com/newsletters/

Friday, June 23, 5:30-8:00 PM
mary witt 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).

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

July 12th deadline for proposal submissions
Turners Falls call for public art

The Turners 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 presence.

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 Park.

Please visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=uafogwbab.0.wtfagwbab.jrfsprbab.164&ts=S0187&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.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 of materials
7) Up to three relevant reviews, essays or catalogues (optional).

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.

Project timeline:
July 12th deadline for proposal submissions
July 26th award notifications
September 26th installation of selected work


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 riverculture@montague.net

June 9 through the end of August
SNEAK PREVIEW: A Gallery A3 group show

Exhibition dates: June 9 through the end of August
Gallery hours: Monday Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Place: Oresman Gallery, Smith College, Northampton

This summer Oresman Gallery at Smith College will host an exhibit by members of Gallery A3, the Amherst art cooperative. The group lost their exhibition space last year, but now has plans to reopen in a new location. In the meantime, Smith has offered Oresman Gallery for a summer exhibition entitled “Sneak Preview.” The show offers a view of each artist’s work and a promise of exhibits to come.

“Sneak Preview” opens on June 9 and runs through August. Oresman Gallery is located at Smith College, Northampton, in Hillyer Hall at the Brown Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m.

I would do this just for the food credit, yet such a worthy purpose
620_last ("Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci, "Julia Child" by Amy Johnquest, Photoshop trickery by Mo.)

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 plaster.

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 include:
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 or commissions.
E.) All artists are strongly urged to visit the Green Street Café and pick up additional information and background materials.
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

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 Out

Several positions available

Arcadia Players, Inc. is looking for one or several part time workers. We are seeking:

Office Manager
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

Database Manager
Oversee Access Database including Entering Data and Making Reports

Financial Manager
Oversee banking functions and management of QuickBooks

Administrative Assistant
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
botanical workshop Botanicals in Watercolor, August 4, 5 & 6 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Barbara Johnson Studio School, Easthampton $195

Contact bjohnson2001@charter.net 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.

620_oxbow The Oxbow Gallery is thrilled to introduce 7 new members to its roster. These new artists were chosen from 35 very talented applicants from all over the Northeast.

The Gallery has been open now for 2 and a half years and the infusion of new blood is always exciting to the gallery as a whole and for the community at large. In September we will be starting a lecture series which will also help broaden our appeal to the Northampton art community, of which we are very pleased to be a part.

Sarah Belchetz-Swenson is a figurative painter and portraitist whose subjects have included Jill Ker Conway and Jane Swift. Ms. Belchetz- Swenson's work also includes landscape and still-life, and her series of drawings, "Revisions", was recently included in an exhibit on Polish wooden synagogues at National Yiddish Book Center.

Lydia Nettler creates site-specific installations of charcoal drawings and paper mache relief and structures. She envelopes the viewer in psychological vignettes which are often based in the physical environment of the Pioneer Valley.

Harriet Diamond calls her new work mini- installation. Her fired and painted terra cotta vignettes of a swimming pool, a peace protest, and the Cummington Fair explore whole scenes of human activity. The name of the (jpeg) peace is No War! From Noho to DC It is painted and fired terra cotta and wood. 6ft.H by 6 ft W by 3 ft deep.

There are also these members who will contribute works: Judith Mann, David Rohn, Jason Lacroix, Margaret McCann, Phil Lawrence, and Lindsay Fogg -Willits (See image)


Exhibition Opportunity
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 submissions.
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 date.
Submit entry materials to: JC Tibbo/INSIDEOUT ARTS
18 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060
413-552-6462 insideoutarts@verizon.net


June 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 http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=uafogwbab.0.aufagwbab.jrfsprbab.164&ts=S0187&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jusfc.gov.

July 15
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, visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=uafogwbab.0.bufagwbab.jrfsprbab.164&ts=S0187&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smithfund.org%2F.

July 17
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, visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=uafogwbab.0.9ypkgwbab.jrfsprbab.164&ts=S0187&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newarkmuseum.org%2F.

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.

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: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=uafogwbab.0.8ypkgwbab.jrfsprbab.164&ts=S0187&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nyc.gov%2Fhtml%2Fdcla%2Fhtml%2Fpanyc%2Fslide_reg.shtml

From Chris Willingham:

The Well

A silent monk dips
a spoon in the well
beside the yellow road,
castaway in the visible world,

intending to float past
all sundry matter
toward blank Nirvana.
Bored with his senses,

the first birth of grief.
The sidereal coil reshapes
satisfaction as holocaust,
vanishes in darkness,

reoccurs and reaches back,
forever crossing and crossing out
the turning world.
The monk is waiting, eats little:

a scoop of rice today,
his poverty is total
and the texture of his robe
is his home. Innocent

of delight he wills no dream
or wish, the day-moon caught
on the carved mountain
will climb and fall later on.

Taskless persistence
ordering the multiple earth.
Not to think there is happiness:
Why here? Why now?

The world is wiped clean each day:
sand under sun, dust distilled
from invisible air and
returned as weather,

as rain, as leaves peeled away,
parturition part of
what in parting
is partly sustained.

There is no part of this
insistent as being,
crickets whirr
and fiddle

at the far edge of the field,
their song does not change
but is here and then
The well
holds the moon
and the face of the monk
with the spoon in his mouth,

the world is reflected
inside itself.

620 Movie
"My film of the week needs to be “an inconvenient truth” with Al Gore.

It lived up to my expectations. I’ve been a Gore admirer for over 20 years and I think that this film is really important. What I particularly liked was that the fundamental message is straight and undiluted but it manages an upbeat end without being so upbeat as to leave people thinking, 'oh well, they’ll find a way.'"

Previous picks:

Ellie Parker
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie.
"Nine Lives."
The Girl in the Cafe
Travellers and Magicians

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