July 11, 2006


Remember Amy "The Bannerqueen" Johnquest who famously had her car stolen by OJ and an accomplice for our amusement a while back?

Well read on, dear reader! Now her daughter is in the news and heading to a big screen near you, dear, dear reader --

Leguizamo, Gibson on "The Take"
Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:02am ET17

By Tatiana Siegel

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Leguizamo and Tyrese Gibson will star in the indie revenge saga "The Take."

Leguizamo plays an armored-truck driver who is shot during a heist in East Los Angeles and goes to great lengths after rehabilitation to track down the criminal (Gibson) who shattered his life. The low-budget film will be shot guerilla-style without sets in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. Shooting is set to begin in September.

Rosie Perez will play the wife of Leguizamo's character, while Bobby Cannavale will play an FBI agent. Rapper RZA, Meagan Good and newcomer Astrelle Johnquest round out the cast.

Music video veteram Brad Furman will make his feature directorial debut on the film, which was written by Josh and Jonas Pate (creators of NBC series "Surface").

Leguizamo most recently lent his voice to "Ice Age: The Meltdown." Gibson's credits include "Annapolis" and "Waist Deep."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

© Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved.

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.

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.

Sunday, July 16, 1-3 pm Northampton, MA
Sunday, July 16, 1-3 pm Northampton, MA The Propellers play Pulaski Park

Come on down to downtown Northampton's park (on Main St. next to The Academy of Music) for an outdoor concert from 1-3 pm. Bring your pals, your chairs, and your snacks to sit back and tap your toes to swing, R&B, boogie woogie:

Mary Witt - vocals and bass
Kerry Blount - tenor sax and flute
Walt Chapman - piano and organ

Click and take your punishment.
711_hoff Last week I included a link to support the MCC budget increase in an effort to avert this possible veto. Thanks to all of you who clicked on the link to show support and to try and stop the veto. And for the rest of you? I am sending your names to MCC for the "Clearly does not need grant money" list. And your punishment is that you have to watch this video. Do it now.

MAASH Action Alert:

MAASH Will Seek Legislative Override

Dear Friends,

On Saturday, July 8, Governor Romney issued $573 million in vetoes of the FY 07 state budget including reducing the total budget for arts and culture through the Massachusetts Cultural Council by $2.4 million. Earlier this morning, MAASH delivered a letter to the House leadership on behalf of the cultural community formally asking the House of Representatives to override the Governor’s vetoes and restore cultural funding to the $12.1 million approved by the House and the Senate.

The House and the Senate have embraced the important role that arts and culture play in the Commonwealth. They have recommended an important increase in state funding that the Governor has now vetoed.

MAASH will continue to fight to the full $12.1 million. We will notify you with our next call to action.

Thank you for all the advocacy work you have done. Thanks to the hundreds of advocates across the state, MAASH has been able to win substantial support in the House and Senate.


Dan Hunter

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

July 6 through August 4

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.

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

Uncovering the Mystery Behind a 17th Century Forbidden Love


"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?

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!!

For all you Harley davidson people, the next best thing to being there.

711_seurat Painting scene recreated in Beloit
By Ann Montgomery
Daily News staff writer

George Seurat had a “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte,” and Beloit now has “Saturday in the Park with Friends.”

Beloiters brought to life the famous painting by the French artist Saturday afternoon in an effort to promote an August event planned by Friends of Riverfront. And while people were positioned similarly along the Rock River, Beloit's version of Seurat's work had its own flair.

There was a wooden turtle silhouette instead of a monkey, a woman jogging in the background instead of a girl running, and a state Senator dressed in red, white and blue standing near the river instead of a women dressed in period clothing.

But a few similarities remained. There were boats along the river, including a sailboat, plenty of hats and umbrellas, and yes, even a few well-behaved dogs.

And the final product, whether a painting from the 1800s or a pictures in 2006, shows people of all ages enjoying a day along a river.

“I'm glad to be part of it,” LaVaughn Kunny of Beloit said after taking her turn being in the photo. “I've seen the original at the Arts Institute in Chicago.”

The idea for duplicating the painting stemmed from Jeff Adams, an active members of Friends of Riverfront who was thinking of ways to promote a new event, Saturday in the Park with Friends. The event will replace the popular Turtles in the Park, and will invite the public to Riverside Park in August for a variety of events.

While thinking about what he envisioned for the event, Adams thought of Seurat's painting, which shows men, women and children enjoying a day along a river. He soon wondered out loud if the painting could be duplicated, with a Beloit twist, along the Rock River.

On Saturday, a group of volunteers did a pretty good interpretation of the painting.

The event began earlier in the week when Friends Executive Director Becky Moffett and local photographer Mark Preuschl picked a spot along the Rock River that looked similar to the scene in Seurat's painting. They then mapped out where each person would sit or stand.

As people began arriving at the site on Saturday, they where were sized up and assigned a place in the scene. On the river, a couple came paddling in on a canoe, while Dr. Pierre Charles showed up with his sailboat. After a few dogs were placed in the scene, the photographers were ready.

“You're facing the river unless told otherwise,” Moffett bellowed through a bullhorn as those in the scene prepared for their moment.

And then, the pictures began. Umbrellas open, hats straight, dogs standing, then sitting. Everyone who wanted to be part of the photo got their chance.

When it was over, organizers expressed gratitude to those who were part of the picture, and told them to look for themselves in the photo as they begin to promote Saturday in the Park with Friends.

Beloiter Jeff Johnson said he was surprised with how organized Saturday's event was, and is anxious to see what the photo looks like.

“I didn't know how many people they'd have, but they had a good turn out. It was fun,” Johnson said, adding he heard about the need for volunteers for the photo while attending a recent Dancing at Harry's Place.

Kunny, a regular at Friends of Riverfront events, said she enjoyed being part of the interpretation of Seurat's painting.

“I'm always interested in things happening in Beloit. I'm glad to be part of it,” she said with a smile.

Call for Massachusetts Artists
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.bluema n.com/vortex. For questions call 617-542-6700 x12.

and all seriousness too
711_dean So usually I put Jamoka in pictures with donors and have a lot of fun with it but since this week's donor is Dean Nimmer I had to be serious. This was supposed to make it into the newsletter last week but the fireworks burned it up so here it is, a week late and serious to boot.

Luckily for us, Dean Nimmer came to Holyoke two years ago after retiring as Professor Emeritus from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Here is Stuff I stole from his website-->Dean has lectured on art at Harvard, Vanderbilt, and James Madison Universities here in the US as well as at the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing, China, Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Dean is currently writing a book for Watson-Guptil entitled "Art from Intuition" that will be published in 2007.

I haven't decided yet what to wear to his book signing but am going to start back at the gym Monday.

In his 36 years as an artist (he's 46) , Dean has participated in more than 200 solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and in China, Japan, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Germany, and France.

Locally, he has exhibited 1000 drawings at the Herter Gallery at U. Mass-Amherst and another 300 drawings and paintings at the Tabor gallery at HCC this spring. Also, the Smith College Museum of Art has recently acquired a painting by Dean Nimmer for their permanent collection.

Without going into the rest of his lengthy resume and because it's time for my evening walk, I will say it is clear that Dean brings a wealth of artistic and teaching experience to the Pioneer Valley. He chose me for the last OS show so his taste is now indisputedly impeccable. Since moving here in 2004, Dean has applied his experience to helping to build up the arts community in the city of Holyoke. In his position as the Art Director for the Open Square mill complex in Holyoke, Dean has worked very hard to bring the talents of our regional artists together with the strengths of the art departments of the Five Colleges and Holyoke Community College. Beginning last fall, Dean launched the "Arts of the Valley" series at Open Square that combines an open studios showcase for the in-house artists at OS with an exhibition by a broad (meaning all female) range of regional artists, students and faculty members from the Five Colleges and Holyoke Community College. The last event in April at Open Square included the works of over 50 artists (including me) and installations by another 44 student artists from HCC and the Five Colleges. This event was a spectacular success, attracting over 1000 people and rave reviews in the Republican newspaper and 5 other publications. These events are made possible because of the generosity of OS owner, John Aubin, who has allowed as much as 70,000 sq. ft. of his complex to be used without charging the artists rent for use of the space.

As all artists know, having space to work and display your art are rare and precious commodities these days, and it is a major factor in the exodus of artists like Dean from the city of Boston where artists are being priced of studio and exhibition space at a frightening pace. Dean convinced Holyoke Community College (he also teaches there) of the advantages of setting up a classroom at OS so that their art students could work on large-scale paintings and sculptures that HCC does not have facilities for. This venture has also proven to be very successful as they are offering innovative classes in installation art taught by HCC faculty Chris Willingham and HCC plans to expand the curriculum into several community based programs in the coming year. In the future, we hope to develop an HCC and Five College gallery at OS so that these schools can share the resources and rotate exhibitions in the same venue.

The next "Arts of the Valley" show, opening in October, will feature sculptors who have won grants from the Mass. Cultural Council together with OS open studios. As a former grant winner himself, Dean proposed this show to the MCC as a way to bring strong artists from across the state to show their work in the city of Holyoke.

P.S. Us non grant winners are invited to the reception.~Mo

Santacide (clearly not a benign play)

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

Kelsey Flynn

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

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

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

with fresher, whiter teeth!
711_girlhowdy 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.greyfo xbluegrass.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.

~~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!


LOCAL-looking for videographer who might be interested in doing some experimental work with dance, nature and video. contact musea6@aol.com

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.

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 /.

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/.

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: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/panyc/ slide_reg.shtml

Former Northampton City Council Candidate Daryl G. LaFleur is volunteering use of his website on behalf of the residents of the City of Northampton.
Equipped with a blog, photo gallery, and links page, Daryl hopes people can utilize his site for the betterment of the community. Still in its infancy, Daryl's site is ready to be utilized for issues concerning public policy and quality of life. Visit http://www.darylglafleur.com/ to learn more.

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

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

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


"my main bitch is that i walked out from seeing it feeling: 'what's all the fuss? that's not too bad.' i had such horrific images from what i'd read and these three blokes talk about it as if it were their summer adventure. i respect winterbottom's choices. think i'd have gone a different route. but seems i'm the only one in the world that thinks that."

In this compelling docudrama by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, the 'Tipton Three' narrate their own experiences in America's controversial offshore detention camp

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