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July 5, 2006
 
BENIGN GIRL AND BIRTHDAY BOY

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So the whole Benign Girl thing resonates. Several readers wrote to say they had bought a Benign Girl on Ebay and when I checked, Benign Girls were scarce and Benign Girl futures were up. I bought 2 but they were both on the red background. It seems I gave away the only pink background one and so now I am plotting to get it back.

Then boingboing.net posted a link to my Benign tale and from there my link was posted on a lot of other blogs and sites like thefword.org.uk and lightningfield.com. This caused 6234 unique hits on the BG newsletter posted on my site so Benign Girl is indeed special, in her own harmless way.

And today is Jamoka's birthday. He is 8. That makes him like 6234 or 50 or something in people years. I got him his own Benign Girl and also bought him the domain benigngirl.com for his birthday where perhaps he will post pics from his squirrel cam.

Jamoka also got a cat suit for Halloween wear, a rawhide bone shaped like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a hairnet and a wicked cool sweatband.




HILARY BARBER AT THE HENION BAKERY IN AMHERST
June 9 through July 24

Hilary Barber will be exhibiting photographs of local and South Florida wildlife and landscapes at the Henion Bakery,174 North Pleasant Street in Amherst from June 9 through July 24.

NORTHAMPTON'S ARTS NIGHT OUT
July 14, 5 - 8 pm
75_sweatband Coming Up On July 14 Visit 22 galleries, shops and Pulaski Park between 5 and 8 p.m.

Northampton continues its Arts Night Out program Friday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless the duration is otherwise noted in individual listings below), 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.

Highlighted in July are several galleries: ~~The Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, will feature the work of several artists who are joining the gallery’s roster. New to the gallery are: figurative painter and portraitist Sarah Belchetz- Swenson; Lydia Nettler, who creates site-specific installations of charcoal drawing and paper mache relief and structures; Harriet Diamond, who calls her new work “mini-installation,” explores whole scenes of human activity; Lindsay Fogg-Willits combines images from the human body, the natural world and her day-to-day life to create unusual environments that tell personal stories. Other artists new to the gallery whose work will be in the June exhibit are: Judith Mann, David Rohn, Jason Lacroix, Margaret McCann and Phil Lawrence.

~~The Old Courthouse Gallery, 99 Main Street, offers “Off the Beaten Path,” fine art photographs by Robert Floyd of Southampton. Mostly color with some black and white, the exhibition features photographs from Floyd’s travels through the Northeast. A working photojournalist for more than 20 years, Floyd has seized the photographic moment over time—from fireworks to baby belugas— for himself and his clients.

~~At Alfredo's Gallery, 6 Crafts Avenue, you will find the work of Len Seeve with an exhibit entitled "Altered Reality," an eclectic collection of photographs.

~~The Northampton Pottery invites you to its new gallery space across the hall from the current studio downstairs at 102 Main Street. Always on display is beautiful, locally made pottery, with a larger selection in the weeks and months to come.

~~APE Art, Thornes Marketplace, third floor, 150 Main Street, presents "Disparate-Difference in Kind: A Collective Showing," including paintings, illustrations, photography and conceptual sculpture by area artists Rick Beaupre, Devin Koller, Hillary Milens, Angela Simpson and Caitlin Waugh.

~~The Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street, third floor, will feature “Works on Paper,” a juried show of photographs, watercolors, prints, drawings and mixed-media, by 11 local artists. Participating artists are: Karen Alstadt, Ellen Augarten, Elizabeth Bannish, Annaliese Bischoff, Elizabeth Diamond, Taiga Ermansons, Carolyn Horan, Rhoda Juels, Ronald Juels, Rachel Lepine, Burns Maxey and Paul Root. On Arts Night Out, the first- place prize will be awarded to the winning artist during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception.

~~The Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street, presents “Second Fridays,” a free art experience for all ages, from 4 to 8 p.m. The museum's new "Artists on Art" series continues with an informal gallery talk by local artist Taiga Ermansons at 6 p.m.—a half hour presentation on a few of her favorite works in the museum's collection. Taiga will also show visitors how to select—from the museum's collection of 18,000 original works on paper— a drawing, print or photograph for personal viewing.

~~Over the summer, an added attraction to the Northampton art scene will be the community-based art installation being developed by artist Lara Lepionka in Pulaski Park, Main Street. “Hidden Value” traces the impact of five “everyday” citizens in our community with groupings of physical elements related to each person’s profession. The elements in each grouping will be embellished—engraved, silk- screened, embroidered, etc.—with text and data on how an individual has served the community. Obviously, the viewing of this public art (which is supported by the Northampton Arts Council) is not restricted to Arts Night Out, but remember to make it a stop on your July 14 ANO route.

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.

Arts Night Out takes place, rain or shine, on the second Friday of each month year-round. Admission is free, and free parking is available at the Smith College parking garage on West Street (Route 66). Flyers, including a map and description of participating galleries, studios and shops, are available at Arts Night Out locations and the Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant Street. There will be entertainment and refreshments at many venues. Take a walk and see the (arts) sights in Northampton.


CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AT CHESTERWOOD
Including our Peter Dellert of Holyoke
620 pete 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.

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.

MUSEUM HOURS
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.


GOOD NEWS FROM MAASH
and clicks needed.
MAASH Action Alert:

Send an E-Mail or Call Governor Romney Today!

Support $12.1 Million in Cultural Funding for FY 07

Dear Friends,

On Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts House and Senate approved the FY 07 state budget, including $12,093,520 in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council in FY 07, a $2.45 million increase over last year. This is a huge victory for the cultural community.

The budget is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature or veto.

Now is the time to contact the Governor and Lt. Governor to ask for their support of this critical investment in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Please send an e-mail by clicking on this link or pasting into your browser:

http://cap wiz.com/artsusa/ma/issues/alert/? alertid=8892996&type=SW&show_alert=1


Please add your own views on state cultural funding and how it helps your community. (If link is inactive, please paste it into your browser.)

And then telephone the Governor’s office toll free (888) 870-7770 to ask for his support again. (617- 725-4005 in Boston).

Thank you for your timely advocacy.

Dan Hunter
Executive Director
Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (MAASH)


WORKS ON PAPER BY ELEVEN LOCAL ARTISTS
July 6 through August 4
WORKS ON PAPER BY ELEVEN LOCAL ARTISTS IN JURIED SHOW AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

NORTHAMPTON, MA —“Works on Paper,” a juried show of photographs, watercolors, prints, drawings and mixed-media, by 11 local artists, will be featured from July 6 through August 4 in the galleries at The Northampton Center for the Arts.

Participating artists are: Karen Alstadt, Ellen Augarten, Elizabeth Bannish, Elizabeth Diamond, Taiga Ermansons, Carolyn Horan, Rhoda Juels, Ronald Juels, Rachel Lepine, Paul Root and Burns Maxey.

Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an artists’ reception that coincides with Northampton’s Arts Night Out on Friday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. The first-place prize will be awarded to the winning artist during the reception.

The Northampton Center for the Arts is located on the third floor at 17 New South Street, opposite the Academy of Music.

INSPIRED ART FAIR, LONDON, UK
Call for Artists: Due September 19, 2006
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 www.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://www.inspiredartfair.com/artists/why.php and http://www.inspiredartfair.com/artists/how.php

Myriam Cyr to speak at Leverett Library
July 11 7:00
Myriam Cyr to speak at Leverett Library Tuesday July 11 7:00 on her book -

LETTERS OF A PORTUGUESE NUN
Uncovering the Mystery Behind a 17th Century Forbidden Love

BY MYRIAM CYR

"The story is fascinating- It's clear that Cyr did extensive research- her account is compelling and plausible."
—Publishers Weeekly


"An empathetic look at the most controversial epistles in European history- Cyr argues at length for the former position, marshalling both scholarship and imagination to recreate the 17th-century world where the drama around the letters took place. Pulp romance for the Masterpiece Theater set."
—Kirkus Reviews

Five love letters have intrigued and inspired writers and artists for centuries--from them come the Dangerous Liaisons, Richardson's Clarissa and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese. Braque and Modigliani have tried to imagine her. Debated by historians and literary scholars, the letters have shuttled between being claimed fiction or fact. Who was their author? A French courtier intent on making a name for himself? Or were they the words of a young Portuguese nun whose affair with a French officer ended with his departure and her abandonment?

EASTHAMPTON CITY ARTS WANTS YOU
If you are an Easthamptonite
627_eca Call for Artists in Easthampton

If you are an artist/musician/writer/film artist/dancer/arts organization, etc, living or working in Easthampton, MA, you are invited to join the Easthamptoncityarts.com website. Members can create a personal web page with up to five images and one audio sample, list events on the master calendar, be included in a high quality printed directory, and more! Visit the site and check out the quickly growing member list. Don't get left out! See a recent article from the Republican: http://www.masslive.com/search/index.ssf?/ba se/news-5/115096232785780.xml?nnhf

The Easthampton City Arts website is dedicated to promoting the artists and arts organizations of Easthampton, Massachusetts. By creating a comprehensive and dynamic platform showing the depth and creativity of the arts, artists and art related businesses have the opportunity to showcase and market their work, and the public has the opportunity to discover emerging and established artists. In addition, the website introduces the visitor to the many other attractions within Easthampton: its diversity of shops, restaurants, cultural resources, and recreational offerings.

If you'd like to join Easthampton City Arts, just click the 'Apply' button on the home page to fill out an online membership application. Be sure to check out the eligibility and requirements section too. You must complete the entire profile AND upload images before your member page can be approved and listed live on the site. For questions contact info@easthamptoncityarts.com. Thanks, and looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

NEW ENGLAND WATERSHED MAGAZINE
Arts & Culture and you?
627_new New England Watershed Magazine

"New England Watershed's essays, articles, photographs and artwork examines issues particular to life within the Connecticut River watershed. But our regional identity is just one aspect of our involvement with the world. New England Watershed explores the crucial dividing points or lines of our times, articulating what it is to be American, in all its complexity.
Russell Powell, editor and publisher

FAB DEAL! APT NOW! (<--yes. apt.)

As a Mo better Living subscriber you can subscribe for a 33% discount off the newsstand price ($31.95 rather than $47.70) by replying to this email with your name and mailing address and you will be invoiced.

And it's a write-off of course.
On the NEW site you can also submit art and poetry for consideration. And as of last week I am the acting Art Editor and am building a database of artwork for possible use in future publications.


To submit artwork you can either send a cd of images to: Mo Ringey
PO BOX 6109
Holyoke, MA 01041-6109

OR you can email images. BUT, if you decide to email images please keep them to 500 pixels high by whatever size that means for the width at 72 DPI. If we can use your art in a future issue I will request a higher resolution image at that time.
Please don't crash my server with giant, malignant images.
Thanks! ~Mo

BLUE MAN GROUP & YOU
Call for Massachusetts Artists
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FOURTH ANNUAL VORTEX: A JURIED EXHIBITION HOSTED BY BLUE MAN GROUP AT THE CHARLES PLAYHOUSE
Deadline for Submissions is October 2, 2006


Vortex 2006: A Juried Art Exhibition hosted by Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, challenges Massachusetts artists to submit original and inspirational work that explores the role Interconnectivity plays in art.

The Blue Men--who come from the part of us that wants to express creativity, innovation, and humor--invite all artists to examine, through their artwork, the dynamics of Interconnectivity in their shared communities

This year's exhibition will be juried by Nora Donnelly, Senior Registrar at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Ricardo D. Barreto, Director of UrbanArts Institute at MassArt, Chris McCarthy, director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum as well as an artist representative from the Blue Man Group Boston creative community. Deadline for submissions is October 2, 2006.

Blue Man Group will accept artwork in two age divisions: 12 - 17 years old and 18 + years old. In the 18+ division, four selected artists' work will be on exhibit in The Charles Playhouse lobby for up to one year. In addition, the selected artists in the 18 + division will receive cash prizes ($2500 Grand Prize, $1000 Second, $500 each for Third and Fourth). In the 12 - 17 years old division, the Grand Prize recipient will receive up to $500 tuition reimbursement to art classes of their choice. Each selected artist in the 12 - 17 years old division will receive up to $100 worth of art supplies for their school and have their artwork displayed at the Boston Children's Museum. Selected artist's work will be unveiled at a special event currently scheduled for October 2006.

For submission guidelines (acceptable medium and dimensions), instructions and downloadable entry form go to www.blueman.com/vortex. For questions call 617-542-6700 x12.


NEW PLAY BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHTS
Santacide (clearly not a benign play)
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Northampton, MA-- Rhymes With Orange cartoonist Hilary Price and 93.9 WRSI DJ Kelsey Flynn create an evening of drama and comedy with an onstage reading of their new play "Santacide" on Monday, July 31 at Theater 14 in The Mendenhall Center for the Perfoming Arts at Smith College.

"Santacide" is a drawing room comedy about a mother/son detective team at the North Pole investigating Santa's murder. They encounter a dysfunctional family of sorts - a vampy Mrs. Claus, an incompetent elf, a frustrated mailman, a mute stable girl - all with good reasons to take Santa out. The event is a unique opportunity for the community to participate in the creation and development of a farce/murder mystery. There will be an audience-wide discussion led by local playwright and teacher Phil O'Donoghue after the performance to help refine the play for later full stage production. The reading will feature members of the local improv group the Villa Jidiots and New Century Theater favorites Van Farrier and Jeannine Haas.

Tickets are $7 at the door. Performance begins at 7 pm. Show is at Theater 14, Mendenhall Center For the Performing Arts, Green St., Smith College Campus, Northampton.

For more information about Santacide, please contact: Hilary Price
413-586-0223
pricehilary@yahoo.com
or

Kelsey Flynn
413-250-6464
kelseyaflynn@gmail.com

For more details go to http://www.santa cide.com

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
July 6-16, at Theatre 14, Smith College
75_GLASS New Century Theatre Presents
"The Glass Menagerie"

July 6-16, at Theatre 14, Smith College


When Sam Rush, New Century Theatre’s Producing Director, started casting “The Glass Menagerie” with an all African-American cast, he knew he had made the right choice for this production. “Williams has written such a poetic play,” says Rush. “The trouble is that we have become a bit desensitized to its power because we have heard it so often in a traditional way. As Director Gilbert McCauley and I were auditioning actors, I found myself hearing this play read in a voice and spirit that was new and fresh. I was hearing the play as if it were the first time. I think audiences will experience the play through this new voice, as I do.”

“The Glass Menagerie” is a portrait of a family in crisis, one in which lost dreams and family myths drive Amanda Wingfield, now a faded beauty, into a frenzy to marry off Laura, her disabled and socially unskilled daughter. The urgency is to have Laura wed before it is too late. Laura’s reticence to meet gentlemen callers, pushes Amanda to force her son, Tom, to bring home a potential suitor. It ends with shattered illusions for all.

Framing “The Glass Menagerie” with this choice of casting provides a new and fresh lens through which to filter the play. This lens brings a portrait of a world—despite the lemonade and lace—that is not relegated to a dying culture of the old South, but rather to the ethnic and racial experience that give this production a timeless, universal relevance.

Featured in the cast are returning NCT actors Joan Valentina (“Bee-Luther-Hatchee”) and Nikiya Mathis (“Crumbs from the Table of Joy”).

“The Glass Menagerie” will run for 10 performances from July 6-16, all performances are presented in Theatre 14, in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College, Green Street, Northampton. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reserved seating: $28; $26 for seniors. Student RUSH tickets, same day and only at the door. Season sponsor: WFCR-Public Radio for Western New England; Production sponsor: Florence Savings Bank.

For more information and ticket reservations for this and all other plays this season, call (413) 585-3220 OR VISIT OUR WEB SITE

GIRL HOWDY IN JULY
naturally
75_bd July 13 - Thursday
Elm Park, Worcester, MA

6:30 - 8:30pm
Admission Free

The park is at the corner of Park Ave and Highland Street

As Rt. 9 takes a turn at this intersection, two sides of the park are on Rt. 9


July 14, 15 - Friday & Saturday
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Takes place on the Rothvoss Farm
East Ancram Road, Ancramdale, NY 12503


The farm is located just off NY Route 22, 8 miles south of Hillsdale, NY
Girl Howdy performing in the dance tent:
Fri 2:30 - 4:30pm, Sat 5pm - 7pm
www.greyfoxbluegrass.com

"Call for Artists: Myndos International Art Workshops II"
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum
75_turkey "Call for Artists: Myndos International Art Workshops II"
2006-07-05 until 2006-07-31
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum
Istanbul, , TR Turkey

August 2006, Gumusluk Akademy, Bodrum, Turkey. Team: Andy Deck (USA), Reuben De Lautour (New Zeland), Catharina Mueller, Marcus Graf (Germany), Cham Yin Kwan (China), Frederik de Wilde (Belgium), Genco Gulan, Yesim Ozsoy, Yesim Agaoglu, Ipek Inal, (Istanbul), Neriman Polat, Raci Kahvecigil, Aliye Goknur Gurcan, Ekin Anil (Bodrum).

Concept: "The Seventh of the Seven Wonders ": Two of the Seven Wonders of the World are in Turkey and one is in Bodrum; Mausoleum of King Maussollos. The second of the Myndos International Art Workshop series picks "one of the wonders of the world" as its theme.

In the workshops the artists and participants will be producing art around the theme and they are going to exhibit these art works at public spaces. We are going to claim back the sculptures of the Mausoleum from the British Museum and relate archeology with contemporary art.

Participation: We are looking for 21 more participants, 10 with scholarship and 11 without. Collaboration proposals are also welcome. For more info and application e-mail: istanbulmuseum@yahoo.com

Deadline: July 31, 2006.

DANCE EVENTS AT THE NCA
~~Village Harmony, a unique teen world vocal ensemble based in Vermont, will bring its lively music to the Center on Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.
The singers, who rehearse year-round, take a whirlwind concert trip through New England each summer. They have also performed on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on Public Radio and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Two recent graduates of area high schools are members of this year's touring group: Rosalie Elkinton, Amherst Regional High School, and Donovan Arthen, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School. Participants sing from memory with a powerful, well- tuned, straight-tones sound. “Watching Village Harmony perform is almost as much fun as listening to them,” says one fan. Audiences are unfailingly impressed by their informal and energetic stage presence. The concert program includes Ukrainian, Russian and Corsican traditional harmony singing, American gospel and shape-note music and folk songs, dances and contemporary compositions from Kenya and West Africa. Tickets are $8; $5 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the door.

~~Internationally acclaimed Oriental dancer Leyla Jouvana and her husband Roland, a drummer, will offer a spectacular show Saturday, July 29, at the Center.

Described as “one of the best and most successful and dancers and choreographers in Europe,” Leyla Jouvana has represented the German Oriental dance scene at major dance festivals in Paris, Cairo, Vienna, Italy, Denmark and Australia. She received the Giza Academy Award of 2002 as the best live dancer of the year. In July 2004 she won the Halima Award in the best-dancer category. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. For more information about associated events, visit the Middle Eastern Arts Collaborative Web site

~~Swing dance and salsa lessons with Kent Divoll in the Center’s ballroom continue throughout the summer Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. followed by dancing (East/West Coast Swing, Salsa, Hustle, Waltz, Fox Trot, Lindy and more) from 9 to 11 p.m. Lesson and dance are $10; dance alone is $5 Just show up!


CALLS FOR ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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NEW THIS WEEK:
LOCAL-looking for videographer who might be interested in doing some experimental work with dance, nature and video. contact musea6@aol.com
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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.
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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 www.smithfund.org /.
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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 www.newark museum.org/.
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ONGOING
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.
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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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POETRY SPOT
 
 
Dear poetry lovers,
--and to all who support local writers & artists:

Slate Roof
a shared-work collective committed to publishing the work of poets in Franklin County and Western Massachusetts is having another

~ POETRY READING ~
Friday, July 14, 2006
7:00 pm
Buckland Public Library
30 Upper Street, Buckland, MA


Susie Patlove and Jim Bell will read their poems and those of other Slate Roof members.

Joining them will be poet Holly Iglesias whose prose poems have appeared in journals specializing in the form.

Following the reading there will be an open discussion of some aspects of the small press publishing process, chapbook design, and promotion, in which the public is encouraged to participate.

All chapbooks published by Slate Roof to date will be available for sale.

As always: no RSVP necessary
Free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
The library is not wheelchair accessible.


but for more information, call 413.498.4451

See also ValleyLists.com, for notices of upcoming Slate Roof events.

This project is supported in part by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, Orange, Shelburne Falls, and Wendell, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. massculturalcouncil.org

DWIGHT SMITH'S MOVIE PICS
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During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.

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