January 12, 2006

Dear to-remain-anonymous-even-to-yourself,
I turned off the feature that fills in the first name of each email recipient in their email because some people were afraid of it and now have nightmares. And I don't really mean to send emails as frequently as 2 in one week because I don't want to be redundant but there are some fine updates to arts night out which is tomorrow and a few new things so here ya go.



Fran Kidder @ The Oxbow Gallery
January 5-February 5, 2006
Paintings and drawings by Fran Kidder will be on display at
The Oxbow Gallery
, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton,
January 5- February 5, 2006.

There will be an Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 13th, 5-8, in conjunction with Arts Night Out.
Gallery Hours : Thurs-Sun 12-5

This exhibit explores the relationship between people and their pets ...

Be sure to look for the painting entitled, "Mo and Jamoka".
It is a painting of me and my dog at The White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

�By Hand� Group mixed media show @ A.P.E.
January 5 - 31
January 5 - 31 / ALL GALLERIES

Artist�s Reception: Jan.13, 5-7 pm

"By Hand� Group mixed media show curated by Elizabeth Stone.
With work by the following artists:
Nanny Vonnegut, Susan Mikula, Sondra Peron, Caitlin Cali, BZ Reilly, Chuck Stern, Nan Flemming, Aaron Piziali, Pamela Glaven, Roz Driscoll, Liz Chalfin, Robert Tobey, Lindsay Palermo, Christine O�Hara, Gregory Stone, Peggy Grose, Elizabeth Stone.

Have Another Nuclear Device
Work by Gordon Thorne

Paper, Scissors, Rock: Artist�s Recent Wood Sculpture about Hands By Michael Tillyer

Peggy Grose HAWAIIAN BASH! @ The NCA
January 13, 7-11 pm
SO, it gets better. Peggy gave me her official show postcard which reads, "You are enthusiastically invited to the artists reception, Friday, January 13 from 5-8 pm AND THEN...join us for LIVE music and dancing to the V-Backs from 7-11 pm. WEAR HAWAIIAN AND BYOB. If you do not have a hawaiian shirt one will be provided for you by the snooty Maitre 'D at the door. <--I invented the Maitre "D part BUT it could happen.

For more NCA info
The Center will be closed from January 1 through 12. During this period and extending through the third week in January, the ballroom will receive an extreme makeover�a fresh coat of paint to go along with its recently refinished floor. Works by artist and house painter Peggy Grose, who is painting the ballroom, will be on display in the Center�s east gallery during January. The gallery will be open when the painter is "in residence" (weekdays).

As an extra added attraction, Peggy Grose will host an event at the Center for the Arts on Northampton's Arts Night Out, January 13, "Wild & Crazy Painting/Sedate Dancing" from 7 to 11 p.m. The painting is Peggy's; the dancing is for everybody!

Friday, January 13, 5pm till whoknows o'clock
Don�t forget the reception for Howard Meister�s exhibit: Country Matters is on Friday evening from 5pm on and is in conjunction with the Northampton Arts Night Out. Northampton Cooperative Bank is the major sponsor of Arts Night Out, and there are 16 other sponsors. Over 20 galleries participate. It�s an intriguing exhibit and includes frank depictions of nudity.

This makes a nice segue to the call to artists below....read on

elise mankes studio | eleven selman street rr | marblehead, ma 01945 | ehmankes@comcast.net | 781.439.1540

Call For Artists:
elise mankes studio, a new fine art gallery in Marblehead, MA is looking for submissions for its first show of 2006
erotik neurotik: Looking for love, sexual and sexually related or oriented submissions, by some means a little �off� or deviant. Subtle or overt sexuality with a unique perspective which relates to the neuroses in all of us; obsession, fixation, perversion, etc. Submissions should encompass both themes, connecting them with the artist�s unique expression.

Erotic: sensual, sexual, surreal, fantasy, amatory, desirous, longing, loving, adoration, hatred, devotion,desirous, caress, pleasure, pain.

Neurotic: phobic, fixated, obsessed, possessed, irrational, perverted, corrupted, fetish.

Open to all media, including, 2-D, 3-D, sculptural works, photography, mixed media, fine crafts and experimental works. Deadline for Submissions is February 3rd. Show dates are February 25th ­April 2nd. Please download an application from our web site, www.elisemanke s.com or email ehmankes@comcast.net with �erotik� in the subject box for an application and further details.

Smack Mellon presents Site 92, a show featuring site-specific works created by artists responding to Smack Mellon�s new home at 92 Plymouth Street with installations by 1 or 2 people we know
Carey Kalimba Ascenzo Exhibition DatesJanuary 21- March 5, 2006
Daytime ReceptionSaturday, January 21, 3- 6pm

Situated between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges on the park, Smack Mellon�s new home is an especially exciting space with tremendous architectural elements. The12,000 square foot space boasts a ceiling that soars to 35 feet. There are 25 windows on two levels, providing beautiful light and a spectacular view of Manhattan and the East River. Its history as the boiler building is evident in its main architectural feature: a giant coal trough. Columns run the length of the main gallery space, holding up a huge concrete structure that once provided steam heat for the Gair Company�s buildings in the neighborhood. This unparalleled architectural element provides plenty of interesting nooks and crannies for artists to create unique installations.

Karen Dolmanisth�s installation spirals out from 2 metal columns to create a reverse turbulent of castaways. Found and gathered throw aways from the social world, from domestic, industrial and natural sites, spin up off the ground in her linear spiral created out of carved sapling.

Carey Ascenzo, Florence-raised artist, also a genius (and daughter of Maureen "peaceri bbon.org" Scanlon), tellicherry-peppered the brick wall with tiny knotted red wire balls. These small dots are found clustered in various groups around the wall like an infestation of insects or crystal formations.

Like, any minute.
Red Horse Press Winter Printmaking Classes Starting Soon! "Etching" " Monotype" And "An Introduction to Printmaking Class" beginning this month Visit Our Website For More Info: ht tp://www.redhorsepress.org/classes.html

Girl Howdy @ The Charlemont Inn
Sunday, January 15, 4-7 pm.
Girl Howdy @ The Charlemont Inn
Sunday, January 15, 4-7 pm.
Sun Jan 15 - From the desk of Betsy-Dawn Williams--

Girl Howdy be playing for the Charlemont Inn's Annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday evening, in a benefit to raise funds for this cute hilltown's July 4th Fireworks. In appreciation of Sunday not being the best day for a late night shindig, let me tellya right now, it's a nice n' convenient, Monday-morning- friendly timeslot!

(Some of you lucky folks may have Monday off from day-jobs, as it's Martin Luther King Day)

We'll be honkytonkin' at the Inn, from 4 to 7pm. $7 buckaroos gets you in the door, and includes chili to boot! So c'mon up and warm up at the Charlemont Inn with some down-home chili and honkytonk.
The Charlemont Inn is located on Rte 2 in Charlemont, MA, west of Greenfield, and near the Berkshire East Ski Resort.
For more information: 413-339-5796 or www.charlemontinn.com

Come see them debut their new single, "I put hexes on all my exes"! <--just kidding.

Go for the hair! (Betsy-Dawn's award-winning hair), Stay for the Twang!

So, theotherday I was at my mailbox, key in hand, about to open the mailbox and Mike Paulsen was at *his* mailbox nearby and I said, "Think there's a random bag of money in my mailbox?" to which he replied something about bags of money in his mailbox too and then I opened the little door and there was...a random envelope of money from Susan And Rachel! With a sweet little note saying, "Please accept this money to defray the cost of putting out your great newsletter! Cheers!" and then of course I got all dramatic & emotional and mike ran off. How incredibly sweet and thoughtful and unexpected! Thanks again Susan and Rachel. asante, Ita daktari Duka la dawa <---swahili for thank you fetch a doctor chemist.



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