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MERCY, BENIGNITY AND POLLO GUISADO
and Narcisissistic epidemia. oh my.

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Image *courtesy* (I stole it from her site) of Shelley Lake.

Some perplexion from theblackribbon.org, via the always enlightening Dwight Smith--

"The world is in a state of crisis. Today, like never before, humanity faces serious threats to its continued existence on this planet. Global warming, religious terrorism, nuclear arms proliferation, incurable viral contagions, peak oil, unchecked bioengineering, environmental degradation, Paris Hilton, and the ever-present threat of killer asteroids may seem like big problems. But these problems get far bigger when no one has the mental space to deal with them, when 99% of everyone’s attention is focused, 24/7, on themselves."

The site seems to be dedicated to educating us about the role of Narcissism in the state of the world today. I read up on Narcissism a lot for my Truth Bidet sculpture. I covered the inner part of the bidet with two way mirror glass and the outside with an abstract Paperwhites pattern as they are a member of the Narcissus family. There is a neon piece that spells TRUTH, which was a gift from Gershon (see LETTER FROM ISRAEL below) emerging from the drain of the *gazing pool of Narcissus* .

The site goes on to quote, ""Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9% percent of everything you think and everything you do, is for your self— and there isn't one"
-Wei Wu Wei"


All this, in the slot canyons of my mind, (brilliantly captured above, by Shelley Lake) ties in with the lyrics to Mercy Now (way below) in this week's poetry space. Is Benign Girl a prophet after all? A message? Is Benign Girl the anti-Paris Hilton?

Anyway, what I found was that many scholarly interpretations suggest that Narcissus was NOT in love with his own image but rather was paranoid and insecure and worried that he didn't actually exist. He believed that if he lost sight of himself (metaphor alert) that he'd cease to exist. A reasonable fear. I think my dog feels something like that. He freaks when I am out of his sight.



And so Narcissus spent his days staring at his reflection in a pool, miserably unable to tear himself away and enjoy other pursuits, like a self-sentinal/validator of sorts. And so there's that.

SLIPPERY SNEAKERS FREE CONCERT IN PUTNEY
Featuring the always Betsy-Dawn Williams
81_slippery.jpg From BD:
Hey youz guyz--
I wanted to let you know cuz we just about NEVER play anywhere close to here, but the zydeco band I'm playing with, "Slippery Sneakers" (who are based in Rhode Island and usually have me driving all over creation to play with) is doing a FREE concert, outdoors, this Friday on the Putney (vermont) town common. So if you have nothing else exciting going on, consider comin' up! Here are the deets:

Slippery Sneakers
www.slipperysneakers.com
Aug 4 (Fri)
Putney Town Lawn Concert Series
Putney, VT
6:30-8:30 rain or shine
Shine: Putney Town Green
Rain: Neumann Hall Putney, VT
FREE

What a jolly looking bunch. My how they've grown.

SALLY GREENHOUSE AT THE NCA
a performance video/sound installation, August 3-11
81_sally.jpg Sally Greenhouse

“stare decisis”


From August 3-11, the Center will present "stare decisis," a performance video/sound installation by Sally Greenhouse that combines videotape excerpts from the John Roberts Supreme Court Senate Judiciary Committee hearings interwoven on a triple track with Greenhouse’s original monologue exploring the theological and feminist dimensions of abortion from an autobiographical perspective and comments, as well, on the ongoing patriarchal domination of women’s sexuality. "stare decisis" is a Latin legal term that means "let the decision stand."

The Roberts hearings centered on whether he had the intention of overturning Roe v. Wade or whether he would honor "stare decisis"—the legal precedent of legalized abortion. The Greenhouse piece is approximately 23 minutes long and will run continuously in a loop so people may come at any time during the Center’s open hours and watch for as long as they wish. The installation includes original videotape of the Judiciary Committee hearings obtained through the office of Senator Edward Kennedy.

Greenhouse says the piece is “executed with my characteristic, ironic tragicomedic style as reflected in my long-running award-winning television series, ‘The Greenhouse Effect.’” The series, broadcast on NCTV, was supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Arts Grant in New Theatre Works/Playwriting. Greenhouse, an alumna of Harvard Divinity School, is a member of the faculty of the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches performance art.

The Center’s is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The installation’s opening will be August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and a closing reception will coincide with Northampton’s Arts Night out on August 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. (The galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.) Greenhouse will be at the August 11 reception, in effect, as she puts it, “installed along with the installation” and available to talk with visitors. The project is funded by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council.

Transperformance 16: All in the Family
The Pines Theater in Look Park on Tuesday, August 15th from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Transperformance is celebrating its 16th year!!! The theme this year is Family. Local bands will cover groups that have family in their name or have members who are related, such as: The Jackson Five, The Neville Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone, The Kinks, and The Carpenters, to name just a few.

Many of the area’s finest musical performers are donating time to create a memorable event that will have our community rocking.

The show is earlier this year, falling in the middle of August instead of the end. We will be at the Pines Theater in Look Park on Tuesday, August 15th from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

We need volunteers to help in the box office and with ticket tearing. The Volunteer Shifts are one hour long: 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-8 and 8-9PM. Please send an email if you can help us out, or forward this email along to others who might like to have some great fun at Transperformance.

This year’s charming and witty hosts will portray the cast of All in the Family: Buddy Rubbish (Archie), Julie Waggoner (Edith), Leo T. Baldwin (Meathead), and Kelsey Flynn (Gloria). They will keep things hopping and present this year’s great lineup:

• King Radio with Strings Attached as Paul and Linda McCartney and Wings
• The Drunk Stuntmen as The Allman Brothers
• The Nields as Sonny and Cher
• Spouse as INXS
• Tony Vacca and Gokh-Bi System as The Jackson Five
• Us as Oasis
• The Armenti Family with Ina Iansiti as The Carter Family
• The Amity Front as Black Crowes
• The UnStuntWare (USW) as The Stone Coyotes
• Kate O’Connor with Paris/Happy Valley as The Neville Brothers
• Winterpills as The Carpenters
• Sven Temple Pilots as Stone Temple Pilots
• School for the Dead as The Kinks
• Unit Seven with Kim Zombik as Sly and the Family Stone
• The Kennedys as The Everly Brothers
• Aloha Steamtrain as The Plastic Ono Band
• Cordelia’s Dad w/Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singers as Von Trapp Family Singers

Transperformance is the annual end-of-summer bash produced by The Northampton Arts Council and the PTOs of the Northampton public schools to support arts enrichment in Northampton's schools and in the community. Northampton High School, J.F.K. Middle School and the four Northampton elementary schools are all beneficiaries of this fundraiser.

The sound for the show is provided by Dan Richardson, with lights by Theatrix. Fabulous food from La Veracruzana, Bart’s and elsewhere will be available for sale at the Pines Theater to further benefit arts enrichment in the Northampton public schools and in the community. Advanced tickets ($8 general admission, $5 seniors, and $3 children under 12) are available at the Northampton Arts Council in Memorial Hall, Northampton; Cooper's Corner in Florence; State Street Fruit in Northampton; Food for Thought in Amherst; and World Eye Books in Greenfield. Look Park charges a $5 special events vehicle entry fee for cars without a season pass. In case of rain, the show will be performed the next night, August 16, at Look Park. If rain is predicted for both days the show will be moved to the Northampton High School on August 15th.

For more information visit our website at www.northamptonartscouncil.org.

Transperformance 16: All in the Family is sponsored in part by Faces, Jones-Hutchins Realty, Bank of America, 93.9 The River, The Valley Advocate, La Veracruzana, the City of Northampton and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Photos furnished upon request.

MICHAEL POWERS AT THE WILBRAHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
August 2 -­ 31, Reception August 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
81_powers.jpg An exhibit of recent work by Holyoke artist Michael Powers will be on display August 2 ­ 31 in the Brooks Room at the Wilbraham Public Library. There will be an artist's reception, open to the public, on August 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Michael is a painter whose work focuses primarily on the landscape.
Although naturalistic in handling, he does not treat the landscape in a traditionally scenic manner; his often unorthodox compositions are deliberately based on the juxtaposition of the shapes of the elements within the painting and their arrangement on a two dimensional surface.
Michael has been painting and drawing since he was five; he holds a degree in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and has also studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and in Italy.

His work is in numerous private collections and has been displayed at the White House, the Massachusetts State House, and at galleries in and around Boston. He has taught drawing and painting at The Fuller Art Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, The Guild Studio School in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Connecticut.
He relocated to western Massachusetts in 2001 and this is his first solo exhibition in this area.

Viewing times may vary; to be certain that the gallery will be open at a specific time, it is best to call the library beforehand at (413) 596-6141.

WORKS ON PAPER BY ELEVEN LOCAL ARTISTS
July 6 through August 4 <---LAST CHANCE!
718_paper.jpg WORKS ON PAPER BY ELEVEN LOCAL ARTISTS IN JURIED SHOW AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

(pictured, work by Lyn Horan) 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.

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

The Taber Art Gallery Presents SHOCKERS!
Original Ghanaian movie posters from the collection of Michelle Gilbert
81_ghana.jpg The Taber Art Gallery Presents SHOCKERS! Original Ghanaian movie posters from the collection of Michelle Gilbert

July 26 - Sept. 28, 2006
Reception Sept. 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm


All work will be for sale starting at the incredibly low deal of the century price of 350.00

Holyoke Community College
Taber Art Gallery
Amy Johnquest, Director
303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413)552-2614


Amy: The village people run amock! Think it should actually read: I "ATE" my village.







CYNDY SPERRY AT THE OXBOW GALLERY
Artist talk August 11, 4pm-5
725_sperry.jpg Painter Cyndy Sperry is exhibiting mostly new work at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA, July 27-Aug 20.

OPENING RECEPTION July 28th 6-8, Artist talk, August 11, 4pm-5. Cyndy received a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The American University. She currently lives in Chesterfield with her husband and two daughters.

She has taught painting, drawing, and printmaking at the former Guild Studio School, the Williston Northampton School, and El Arco Iris.

Cyndy's new paintings occupy a space between the internal world of ideas and emotions and the external world of the rural and urban landscape. Her paintings begin with a color experience: wet spring leaves, black transparent pond ice, winter sky. From there the artist uses color and line to build a visual journal. The paintings take months, sometimes years to create as they are in a constant state of being edited. Eventually the paintings' identity begins to emerge with the sum of its parts working together to reveal a larger whole. Through this process the paintings become the recorder and synthesizer of one individual's visual and emotional journey? experience ? in the world. Cyndy Sperry draws inspiration from early and late italian renaissance painters--particularly Lorenzo Lorenzetti and Jacopo Pontormo.



THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
MERCIFULLY FREE!
718_taming.jpg Bring some mercy for your fellow humans, a sweetheart and blanket and a picnic, and experience Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as you sit under the stars on Boston Common!

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Can love tame a shrewish heart? Marriage, money, and madcap misadventure will take center stage when Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) brings THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, William Shakespeare’s uproarious battle of the sexes, FREE to Boston audiences this summer, in three weeks of performances on Boston Common.

Presented by The Wang Center for the Performing Arts and directed by Wang Center Vice President of Artistic Programming and CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler, The Taming of the Shrew will be performed Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, August 13 2006.

There are no tickets needed for Free Shakespeare on the Common, as it is just that free! Enjoy the performance!

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, July 26 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 @ 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 1 @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 3 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 @ 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 8 @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 10 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 @ 7:00 p.m. My pal Alan Sweetheart White is in this too!

GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE PAINTED
At the Invisible Fountain at Eastworks
725_luke.jpg You are cordially invited to:
"GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE PAINTED"
More paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac


August 5th - November 10th, 2006
Opening/Party SATURDAY August 5th, 2006 from 7 until 10 p.m.


at
THE INVISIBLE FOUNTAIN
116 Pleasant Street Suite #206
Easthampton MA 01027
413.527.9300
invisiblefountain.com
gallery hours: T&T 11-7, W&F 11-6

come see hundreds upon hundreds of paintings, taste the wine & food, maybe even join the club!

plus...it's part of EASTWORKS GALLERY NIGHT!

The Invisible Fountain is where Luke Cavagnac paints and displays his "Art." He has completed over 2000 paintings to date & the gallery recently attained it's landmark 1000th day since opening in 2003. Our motto: ART FOR ALL.

STUDIO OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for new space? Unique opportunities available right now.
A NEW & UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY IN HOLYOKE
This is an excellent opportunity to get in at the beginning and create a space. Excellent especially for a business needing large piles of space. The overall space is 160,000 square feet. OMG!
The building is on Appleton Street, next door to the police station and across the street from Heritage state park (imagine lunch breaks riding the merry-go-round in the park!) with space to rent.

It is situated right on the canal. Parking is an issue however so the owner, Ralph Thompson, is going to take half of the first floor and create indoor parking. The roof has a spectacular view and he will be making that into a huge roof deck, from which you can see the park and merry-go-round, city hall, sunsets and more! He is willing to discuss any modifications. The ground floor is level with the driveway for easy loading/unloading. The upper floors are perfect for artist studios. And, the police are right next door. Check out pictures here. Ralph is a really nice guy who recently went rock hunting in China with our Kevin Downey. And Kevin's a really nice guy so it's all logical and therefor valid. It exists.

STUDIO SHARE AT ARTS & INDUTRIES
FRom Lisa Scollan-
I'm looking for someone to share my studio again starting as early as August 1st if you hear of anyone. My rent goes up in September so I'm going to ask $180 contact lisascollan@hotmail.com

4 STUDIO SPACES TO BE AVAILABLE IN HOLYOKE BUILDING
There are possibly 4 WORK ONLY spaces becoming available in the first floor of a cozy mill building in Holyoke. They are 1280 sq ft for $586/month. They have really high cielings, a loading dock, common area and bathroom. For more info contact DAS048@aol.com

TEACH ART TO KIDS AT--
THE GARDEN: A CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN AND TEENS
81_care.jpgMERCY: compassionate treatment of those in distress

From shelly bathe lenn,


I run a small non profit that offers bereavement support to families with young children at no cost. we're called THE GARDEN: A CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN AND TEENS. every other month from october to june families with children ages 5-12 years are part of small groups where they do activities, projects, games etc.

In planning for our next season I'm looking for an artist, or 2 to come in and teach an art skill to the kids. ideally the skill would culminate into a project that would relate to our themes (ie memories and remembering; dreams, worries, nightmares etc)! and then these projects would be put on public display somewhere in northampton so as to help spread the word about our program.

cheers, shelly

shelly bathe lenn
the garden: a center for grieving children and teens
413 584 7086 ext 124
www.garden-cgc.org

LIVE AT FOXHOLLOW - An Evening of Progressive, Funk, and Fusion Jazz
Saturday, August 12, 6-midnight
725_lenox.jpg LIVE AT FOXHOLLOW

An Evening of Progressive, Funk, and Fusion Jazz

Saturday, August 12, 6-midnight
Foxhollow, Lenox, MA

Outdoor benefit concert featuring The Bad Plus, the highly-acclaimed trio who are changing the face of contemporary jazz and leading the Nu Jazz movement. David Fiuczynski – hailed as one of the most inventive jazz-rock guitarists today – and his band the Screaming Headless Torsos open, along with Lenox-based international jazz- funk collective Unfulfilled Desires.

Live at Foxhollow is sponsored by EnlightenNext, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to a revolution in consciousness and culture. Proceeds benefit EnlightenNext's international speakers series, which brings leading thinkers in business, spirituality, politics, contemporary culture, science, and environmental activism to the Berkshires year round.

Music from 6pm-midnight, doors open 5pm. Great food, beer, and wine.

Tickets: $30 ($25 advance); students $20 ($15 advance); children under 12 free.
Foxhollow Estates, 4 Foxhollow Dr., Lenox, MA
www.LiveAtFoxhollow.com for more information.

A SPECIAL PLACE FOR SPECIAL TIMES
Like sitting at a kitchen table in a really nice family's home in Salvador.
Amy Johnquest (of the stolen car and movie star daughter and the banners and all that) first told me about this place. She discovered it shortly after moving to Holyoke and found a gem.

I tried to take a few pictures but I have such file size limitations here, in addition to cheap camera limitations.

Anyway El Guanaco is a very special place. On 116 in South Hadley across the street from a biker bar called Ebenezer Choos. When I see such a humble facade I think it's either a fantastic secret or a disappointment. El Gunaco is a discovery almost up there with Benign Girl. ;-)

The top pic is of the small the sign (circled) at the end of its driveway. This is your cue to turn into the parking lot and then you see the second picture. This is what you would see coming across the 116 bridge from Holyoke.

The left half is take out and the right half is the restaurant, all 4 tables of it. The food is delicious, simple and very affordable but the dining experience definitely adds to the charm.

The tamales, enchiladas and burritos are cheap and delicious. The accompnaying salsa and sauces are amazing and the cilantro tastes fresh picked. The stewed chicken is perfectly done and languishes (ew, lofty foodspeak) in a sauce both familiar and somehow unusual. The cuisine is Salvadoran/Mexican and I like to think it authentic, based on my few dining travels outside the tourist zones in Mexico.

Beverages include Horchata, a creamy drink made with milk, nuts, water and sugar, as well as Lime and Tamarind sodas (made with sugar, NOT High Fructose Corn Syrup, the cheap, evil substitute). Otherwise you bring your own beverages and they are happy to bring you wineglasses and a bucket with ice if you ask. The Flourescent lights are harsh but if you ask, they will turn them off. I think next time I'll bring candles.

It is family owned and operated. The parents (I believe. I didn't ask actually) take shifts cooking and there are 2 girls who seem to switch off nights waitressing. Both are really sweet and genuine and refreshingly informal. Clearly neither went to "waitressing training", ("push an appetizer", "make a face if they order the cheap bottle of wine and snort with derision as you suggest another, more suitable, bottle", "push desserts", "get those totals up"!) such as I endured in Boston restaurants.

Everyone I have brought there has been delighted by the food, the atmosphere and the nice family that seems to work ceaselessly. I brought Maureen Scanlon there for a birthday dinner and she raved and Maureen has a reputation for having a dsicerning palate as well as being an artiste in the kitchen.

Another epicurially gifted dinner companion at EG was Jon Whitney, who told the chef/father/owner/person that it was the best food he had had since moving here from California. And the list goes on. They have been open under a year and I am hoping that they'll be able to keep it going. So go and tell them I sent you. Bring candles. Enjoy! The check will have mercy on you.



p.s. I'd suggest mapquesting directions or asking Amy. My directions lack that certain something like the actual location.


HENDRIX TRIBUTE AND COLORING CONTEST 2006
So you think you can play/color Hendrix?
81_nona.jpg In conjunction with an exhibit of Nona Hatay's photos & memorabilia in the front window of DOWNTOWN SOUNDS (See standing offer from Joe Blumenthal in the CALLS & OPPORTUNITIES section way below), Pleasant Street, Northampton, there will be a Jimi Hendrix "Astro Man" poster coloring contest.

The winner will be exhibited in Downtown Sounds front window August 7 - 14.

Posters available at Studio Hatay. For information call Nona Hatay 413-210-7907 or email nonahatay@hotmail.com.

Auditions August 19 & 20 and by special arrangements

• We are looking for groups or solo performers to play Hendrix at a Tribute concert and Multimedia event in October. We will feature a “ Teen Tribute to Jimi Hendrix” with Special guests. We love Hendrix compositions on different instruments & styles - also wand good blues players
• All ages can audition ­ groups and solo performers
• At the Tribute, the best three bands will be chosen to be featured at an Hendrix Festival next Spring & other prizes
• Set up equipment provided
• Also looking for light show presenters and Hendrix related artworks for exhibit

For more information or to register: call (413) 210-7907 or email: hendrixtribute2006@yahoo.com

LETTER FROM ISRAEL
That mercy thing comes to mind again
81_gershon.jpg A lot of you know Gershon who had a studio in the Arts & Industries Building in Florence until June. Faced with having to find a new studio he decided to move to Israel instead, as most do.

Before he left he gave most of his things away. I got 2 pieces of neon (one says *truth* and the other, *kindness*, indicative of the artist and his installation/sculpture work) some power tools and 5 wandering jews (yep) which I am learning to keep alive. Anyway, I got permission to share a recent email from him. He isn't able to write often but his infrequent missives paint a something picture of his current situation:

Hi Mo,
I've stepped out of my fox hole long enough to send you a "hello" from what was once upon a time called the Holy Land.

To answer your question of "what's going on?", I can only answer that I wish I knew. Nobody seems to know what is going to happen from minute-to-minute. Hezbullah has said that they have a "surprise for Israel". I can hardly wait to find out what that surprise is. As the popular expression back in the US goes..."Life Is Good".

So, I guess I needn't worry. I could get very philosophical in trying to answer your second question, but I'll spare you the pain. No, I'm not wondering why I am here. I'm just trying to make the most significant contribution to the national effort that I can with what I have to offer. I was initially stationed on a naval base in Haifa, but when the missles began falling the army, in its wisdom, decided that I, along with the other nine in my group, should be moved to safer quarters so now I'm on an army base just ouside of Tel-Aviv where I'm busy packing medical kits.

And, if rockets begin falling on my head, I'll just get back in my little ol' fox hole, roast marshmallows, sing camp songs, and any oldie but goodie that I can remember. Speaking of which, I really liked reading your last newsletter. As if I have to tell you...you're really good at writing your "editor's note" at the beginning and at putting the rest of the newsletter together.

I no longer have the access I need to listen to your radio broadcast...I assume it's still going on. It's a surleasitic world here with all the military activity that's now so much a part of daily life here. Coupled with the frenetic life that has always played out here and you have one hell of a social situation. Needless to say, any plans to bring the Great American Pie to the Israeli table has been put off for, possibly, another lifetime. And if so, I have to go into plan "B" once I figure out what that might be.

Let's see, what else is there to report. Oh yes!, last night a suspected suicide bomber was nabbed not that far from where I, in my state of personal reality, was gazing out over the sea. Seems that all of Tel-Aviv, except yours truly, heard that there was an alert broadcast by the police for everyone to get off the streets. Guess I should begin carrying a radio when I'm out "gazing at the wonder of it all". I don't have access to the internet on the army base so I catch my emails on the fly whenever I get into Tel-Aviv. Keep writing and I'll write back to you when I can.

Your buddy in the Land of Oz
Gershon

NOTE: Sunshine and Leor, who are subscribers to this list and who many of you know from the arts & industry building and the Hampshire Gazette, were on vacation in Tel Aviv and ran into Gershon walking down the street one day a few weeks back. That small world thing.

SALE AT EASTMONT FRAMING
EASTMONT CUSTOM FRAMING
159 MAIN ST. EASTHAMPTON

is getting ready for some exciting changes in the fall (can’t tell what yet, but it’s all good!!!!) so we need to clear as much of our inventory as possible.
that’s why, until further notice: EVERYTHING (except for a few consigned items) in the store is 50% OFF!!!

MOLDINGS, MATBOARDS, GLASS, FOAMCORE, FRAMED ART, LOOSE PRINTS: IF IT'S IN STOCK, IT'S 1/2 PRICE!!!

DWIGHT SMITH'S MOVIE PICKS
No Mercy here
81_movie.jpg Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance by Chan Wook Park, part of a trilogy, the last of three Lade Vengeance recently released.

RYU (SHIN Ha-kyun), a young factory worker, has recently quit art school in order to look after his sister, who is dying a slow, agonizing death for want of a kidney. When a doctor tells Ryu that he is an unsuitable donor and that the chances of finding one is slim, Ryu turns to the black market.

But the old lady who runs an underground organ ring cheats him, taking both his life savings and his kidney and leaving him without the kidney she promised in exchange. Ryu's girlfriend, a Raggedy-Ann leftist named YOUNGMIN (BAE Doona), urges Ryu to kidnap the four-year-old daughter of industrialist owner PARK DONG-JIN (SONG Kang-ho), who recently laid off Ryu and many other workers from his factory. Ryu agrees, but just as the plan is on the verge of success, Ryu's sister discovers what Ryu and Youngmin have been up to, and kills herself in despair.

Compounding the tragedy, Ryu loses track of his little illicit charge during a visit to his childhood haunts, and she drowns in the river Ryu and his sister played in as kids. Dong-jin's deep grief quickly turns to rage and he embarks on an implacable quest for vengeance.

At the same time, Ryu goes after the organ traders, knowing that if they had come through, none of the tragic occurrences would ever have happened. Bound by their common sense of loss and deep-seated anger, the two are on a collision course of revenge. - -© Tartan Films


Previous picks:

Ma Vie en Rose
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie
Loved
The Shadow Dancer
THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO
MUNICH
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
“An inconvenient truth” with Al Gore.
Ellie Parker
MirrorMask
2046
"Nine Lives."
The Girl in the Cafe
Travellers and Magicians

THIS NEWSLETTER IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SHELLEY LAKE
who is not benign, narcissistic or in need of mercy.
81_peepshow.jpg This week an interesting circle of events happened within the newsletter world. Nona Hatay saw Joe Blumenthal's offer in the newsletter and arranged to do a window display (in this newsletter, somewhere) and coloring contest. She then took a bunch of her photographs to Shelley Lake to have giclees made for said coloring contest.

Shelley, who is endearing, talented and is NOT Paris Hilton, then made a generous donation to this newsletter. And so it goes. AND, Shelley will be my guest on the radio tomorrow from 8-9 am on Valley Free Radio, 103.3 FM.

Still waiting to hear.

Peep Show, Bettie Page
paper pigment print
30" by 40", in an edition of 100, signed by the Artist: $950
24" by 32", in an edition of 100, signed by the Artist: $800
16" by 20", in an edition of 250, signed by the Artist: $400

THE POETRY SPACE
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Rather than a poem this week I am posting song lyrics to a heartbreakingly beautiful song by Mary Gauthier (pronounced GoShay).

I have been a big fan since I bought her last Album, Filth & Fire after reading an incredible review in Rolling Stone. I heard her sing Mercy live on The River Cafe the other evening and it struck me for so many reasons and especially given the current state of the world.

And then she mentioned, in the interview, that she used to own my favorite Boston Restaurant, The Dixie Kitchen. She is *that* woman I used to say Hello to with the southern accent and the apron. OMG! Her cooking rocked too.

Artist/Band: Gauthier Mary
Lyrics for Song: Mercy Now
Lyrics for Album: Mercy Now

My father could use a little mercy now
The fruits of his labor
Fall and rot slowly on the ground
His work is almost over
It won't be long and he won't be around
I love my father, and he could use some mercy now

My brother could use a little mercy now
He's a stranger to freedom
He's shackled to his fears and doubts
The pain that he lives in is
Almost more than living will allow
I love my bother, and he could use some mercy now

My church and my country could use a little mercy now
As they sink into a poisoned pit
That's going to take forever to climb out
They carry the weight of the faithful
Who follow them down
I love my church and country, and they could use some mercy now

Every living thing could use a little mercy now
Only the hand of grace can end the race
Towards another mushroom cloud
People in power, well
They'll do anything to keep their crown
I love life, and life itself could use some mercy now

Yeah, we all could use a little mercy now
I know we don't deserve it
But we need it anyhow
We hang in the balance
Dangle 'tween hell and hallowed ground
Every single one of us could use some mercy now
Every single one of us could use some mercy now
Every single one of us could use some mercy now

 

CALLS FOR ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

DUE August 11, 2006
EasthamptonCulturalCouncil and WorkingPromisingArtists (WPA) would like to officially invite you to participate in this year's WindowsProject. The dates for the show and special events are September15 thru October 3. You will find more details in the Artists' Submission Package, just contact us at windowsproject@gmail.com and we will send it forward.

The submission deadline has been extended to August 11, 2006.
We intend to have parties, artists talks, visiting artists, and a smattering of any other special events you can think of.
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CALL TO MASSACHUSETTS ARTISTS
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
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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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LINKS TO YOU AND ME AND PEOPLE ON THIS LIST

www.vernjones.com
www.darylglafleur.com/
www.westfieldonweekends.org
www.cynthiaconsentino.com
www.masonscreations.com
www.ruthwest.com Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
cdeVision
Cynthia Guild
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
Local.Masslive!
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
www.florencepoetssociety.org
Michael Kuch
Anila's college ruled art
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
Steelheadstudios

 

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