I went to El Guanaco with a friend for dinner and in
Mack who then joined us for excellent Salvadoran delights
in a unique and cozy setting. Taiga Ermonsons came in too
but she had ordered takeout and had to leave. See the people
you can run into there on a Friday night? There wasn't much
paparazi either so it was quiet. Anyway-chatter turned to
the Green Street Mural Project and my curiousity about who,
and when it would be announced and Jeff said, "Oh, you know
who won that? Me." So the mystery is solved, no thanks to
the coy Michael Kusek who wouldn't tell me.
Jeff has been working on the mural pell mell ever since!
He will be on the radio with me tomorrow morning to discuss
his project and reveal many goings on, too crazy to believe,
from 8 am to 9 am on Valley
Free Radio 103.3 FM. So listen in to meet Jeff (super
nice guy) and find out about the project.
I asked Jeff for a picture of the project to date but I
can't get one in time for this newsletter so I will make
one of my own. But from now and throughout the project he
will post progress pics and anecdotes here so you
can watch the mural grow (I knew you when you were just
explanation From Wikipedia-
"Although modern carousels (especially in America)
are mainly populated with horses, carousels from earlier
periods frequently included diverse varieties of animals,
including dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, and deer, to name a
few. Within a given country, carousels are generally
all built to rotate in the same direction, with the choice
derived perhaps from the rules of the road of that country.
In Britain, it's the reverse in both cases. Another reason
for the choice may be that the British felt it necessary
to enable the rider to mount the wooden steeds in the "proper"
fashion, inserting the left foot in the stirrup and
swinging the right leg over and up onto the animal.
The Americans, on the other hand, were more concerned
with people being able to "grab the brass ring" while
spinning round and round. Since most people are right-handed,
the machine would have to travel in a counter-clockwise
direction so that the right hand would be free to reach
for the ring."
So as to alleviate your anxious suspense I have created
Jeff's mural for him, hence the meticulous research credited
Depicting the closing of Green Street Cafe and its neighbors
to make room for bigger, better things, I chose the Merry-Go-Round
as a metaphor for life and the continuing evolution of our
little town and peopled it with riders as metaphors for
other things which only make sense to me but I'll try to
Why is no one on the horse? Is the terror in his
eyes due to the inexplicable (yet always metaphoric) appearance
of Sisyphus and his pet rock? (Of course Sisyphus didn't
even rate a rooster, his life is totally Sisyphean).
Did Crazed Pony throw his rider? Did Crazy Pony forget
to take his meds? (my extensive research turned up a discussion/support
group who lamented the *Meddy-Go-Round* of drug treatments).
Who was that now-missing rider, so carelessly tossed
aside at the merest reaction of fear to a man weilding a
Where is Narcissus? (Well, he couldn't tear himself
away from his pond, that's to be expected).
Why did Jamoka only get a chicken? Is it because
of his clear disdain for the Merry-Go-Round? Or is it because
of his fur color? or lack of political connections? He seems
resigned to his fate. Or else he's about to lose his "Flatulence
free miracle dog food" breakfast.
And Mother Superior? How did she outlive the Von
Trapp children? Her faith is unshaken as she goes round
and round, her face a mask of contentment and faith. Or
maybe *she's* on the Meddy-Go-Round!? I'm with her approach.
How could Sisyphus possibly be passing Power-operated
Crazy Pony on the outside? Is he doping? Is that rock
filled with cork? And what will happen when the evil ride
operator mischievously/accidentally/gleefully turns up the
speed? Such are the mysteries of life.
And has anyone seen Benign Girl?
- HOVERSCAPE: A painting and video installation
OUT- A.P.E Gallery 1, Thorne’s Marketplace
WHAT: HOVERSCAPE: A painting and video installation
WHERE: A.P.E Gallery 1, Thorne’s Marketplace, 150 Main
Street, Northampton 01060
WHEN: August 11-September 4, 2006
OPENING RECEPTION: August 11th, 5pm- 8pm
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: The work in this show hovers between
recognizable objects and abstracted forms.
To create the paintings I made a grid with images of bodies,
airplanes, birds, and flowers which became the first layer
of each painting. The next layers of the paintings are simple
blocks of translucent color which partially block and blur
the underlying images. By adding many layers of paint I changed
the original forms into simple landscapes.
The video allowed me to extend the idea of changing recognizable
images into new images, abstracted forms, and back again.
To create the video, I used a high-res eps of three finished
paintings, made stills, and strung them together. I altered
the still images to make exaggerated forms that morph back
and forth between the images on the paintings.
AT THE NCA
OUT- a performance video/sound installation, August 3-11
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
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
OUT- Featuring the comic/graphic influenced work of :
Featuring the comic/graphic influenced work of :
Opens Friday August 11 with A reception at A.P.E. 5-8 pm
3rd floor of Thornes Marketplace Northampton
The show runs from Aug. 11 - Sept.4
for more info: www.apearts.org
AT THE WILBRAHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
August 2 -
of recent work by Holyoke artist Michael Powers will be on
display August 2 31 in the Brooks Room at the Wilbraham
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.
Transperformance 16: All in the Family
15th 4pm, Pines Theater in Look Park
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
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
• King Radio with Strings Attached as Paul and Linda McCartney
• 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.
-- Public Art Installation in Pulaski Park
OUT- Reception on August 11, 2006/ 5:30-7:00 PM
Value -- Public Art Installation in Pulaski Park by artist
Lara Lepionka/Presented by the Northampton Arts Council
Public art takes many forms. Perhaps we are most familiar
with a sculpture of a historic figure, a granite monument
to a specific event or a painted mural adorning an unconsidered
wall. While such traditional public art has and will continue
to play a role in Northampton, Hidden Value, a temporary public
art installation by Lara Lepionka in Northampton’s Pulaski
Park, works towards more complex aesthetic and social goals.
Hidden Value is installed in 5 locations within Pulaski Park
and will remain there through October 2006. Special events
include a Tour of Work, Artist Talk, and Reception on August
11, 2006/ 5:30-7:00 PM and Tours of Work with Arts Council
Members September 8 and October 13, 2006 from 5:30-6:00 PM.
All events will take place in Pulaski Park in conjunction
with Northampton’s ARTS NIGHT OUT. (northamptonuncommon.com)
This artistic work emerged from a call for proposals by artists
interested in creating a site-specific temporary art installation
that would expand public awareness of, and involvement in,
contemporary art in Northampton. Hidden Value was selected
from a group of over 30 proposals from local, national and
international artists because it embodied the mission of this
project to inspire ideas and designs that expand conventional
notions of people, place and the art-making process. Lepionka
lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with her family.
In Hidden Value, Lepionka examines the premise that everyday
people make vital, under-recognized contributions to their
communities through their work and civic life. In many instances,
people may not have the opportunity to consider the valuable
contributions they are making as they go about their daily
lives, and in some cases their contributions may not be acknowledged
or valued by the greater society. They routinely impact others
in quiet, unheralded ways that go far beyond the usual measures
of success in our society. How do we measure this kind of
impact? How do we communicate this kind of worth? What constitutes
achievement and success at work? Where does society attribute
value? Lepionka investigated these questions by interviewing
five Northampton citizens in diverse occupations and other
people affected by their work. The final installations grew
out of the uniqueness of the participants and their work situations.
Nevertheless, the participants are meant to represent all
of us and our capacity to contribute to the life of our community.
This project is funded by the Northampton Arts Council with
additional support from the Xeric Foundation, Florence Savings
Bank, Smith College and Stanley Rosko from Purchasing, City
of Northampton and Rich Parasiliti, Jr. of the DPW the Hotel
Northampton and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For
more information: northamptonartscouncil.org.
AT THE OXBOW GALLERY
OUT- Artist talk August 11, 4pm-5
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.
OF THE SHREW
But not for
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
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, 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! He plays a Sisyphysean?Narcissistic Romeo
with a skittish stead. He once gave me a shiny magic rock
for decision making which I recently lent to a friend and
- A Girl Blog from Iraq
talk war, politics and occupation.
"Many of you
may know this one but I found the reports from this anonymous
woman writing from baghdad to be the most poignant and heart-felt
of any I’ve read".
Girl Blog from Iraq... let's talk war, politics and occupation.
... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts
can heal and souls can mend...
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Summer of Goodbyes...
Residents of Baghdad are systematically being pushed out of
the city. Some families are waking up to find a Klashnikov
bullet and a letter in an envelope with the words “Leave your
area or else.” The culprits behind these attacks and threats
are Sadr’s followers- Mahdi Army. It’s general knowledge,
although no one dares say it out loud. In the last month we’ve
had two different families staying with us in our house, after
having to leave their neighborhoods due to death threats and
It’s not just Sunnis- it’s Shia, Arabs, Kurds- most of the
middle-class areas are being targeted by militias.
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
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 email@example.com
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
TO KIDS AT--
A CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN AND TEENS
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.
shelly bathe lenn
the garden: a center for grieving children and teens
413 584 7086 ext 124
LIVE AT FOXHOLLOW
- An Evening of Progressive, Funk, and Fusion Jazz
August 12, 6-midnight
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
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,
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
at a kitchen table in a really nice family's home in Salvador.
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
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 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
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.
AND COLORING CONTEST 2006
So you think
you can play/color Hendrix?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
• 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: email@example.com
Two-Story Barn For Sale
workshop and artist space
Two-Story Barn For Sale - 1095 Westhampton Road (Route 66),
Possible workshop and artist space in 4,200 square foot insulated
barn with electricity, new septic system, 2 bedroom house,
2 car garage, 1.7 acres, perrenial gardens, 5 miles to the
center of Northampton.
See MLS # 70424257 for more photos. Call Brian Jarrett at
the Taylor Agency at (413) 218- 7118 for more information
or to view the property.
Gallery presents SHOCKERS!
movie posters from the collection of
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
Amy: The village people run amock! Think it
should actually read: I "ATE" my village.
I just heard a rumor (from the voices) that there will be
Cuisine at the reception.
So be prepared to (make believe!) feast on palmnut soup, and
groundnut Soups with fufu, kokonte , banku, boiled yam, rice,
bread, plantain and cassava, gari foto, agushie, omo tuo,
jollof rice, red-red, kenkey, kelewele and shito.
UN: Stop the Bloodshed
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2006 21:30:05 -0700
Subject: Stop the Bloodshed
We haven't been in touch very often since our work around
Iraq. But with civilians in Israel and Lebanon dying daily,
we're at another critical global moment.
Regional and global leaders continue to fail to come up with
a workable plan to stop the violence in the Middle East. Our
friends at the Ceasefire Campaign are urging people around
the world to pressure the Security Council to come up with
a real plan to get an immediate ceasefire and international
peacekeepers. This is a sensible call that would curb the
bloodshed while laying the groundwork for a more enduring
The Ceasefire Campaign is looking for 1 million co- sponsors
to deliver their petition to the Security Council this week.
Can you join them? Sign here:
a message from the Ceasefire Campaign with some more detail:
For more than three weeks now we've watched the bloodshed
in the Middle East with horror. All the while, global and
regional leaders have stood by and failed to take the necessary
action to stop the violence. Finally, this weekend, the
US and France reached agreement on a plan. But this compromise
plan fails to call for a full ceasefire and is so weak that
the violence has not—and will not— stop.
This is unacceptable. Hundreds of innocent civilians have
already been killed, thousands have been wounded, and almost
a million people have been made homeless.
The UN Security Council will be meeting early this week
to try to resolve the crisis. They need to know that the
world is watching them, and that anything less than an immediate
ceasefire is not good enough. Click here to sign this petition
demanding that the members of the UN Security Council take
immediate action to end this bloodshed.
Please sign the petition today, and then spread the word
by forwarding this email on to all your friends and family.
Our goal is to deliver a petition to the Security Council
with 1 million signatures this week, and to publicize the
petition in major newspapers in the capitals of the US,
UK, France and other Security Council members.
Thanks so much for your help,
P.S. Groups and leaders from across the world and from
diverse perspectives agree that an urgent ceasefire is an
important part of resolving this crisis. Most countries
of the world, from Lebanon to Tanzania to India, have called
for a ceasefire, and have been joined by major international
NGOs such as Oxfam and Amnesty International. Christian
leaders such as Pope Benedict XVI, and the World Council
of Churches have also called for a ceasefire. Arab and Muslim
organizations such as the Organization of the Islamic Conference
have also been joined by Israeli and Jewish groups such
as Meretz Israel, Degel HaTorah, and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
in calling for a ceasefire.
AT THE HARMON GALLERY
big image--no text.
I wish I had
a link to a video of me in junior high in typing class faking
sudden appendicitis so I could go to the kindly nurse who
would remove my spleen yet take long enough so I'd not have
to return to typing class where I was frustrated to the point
of hysteria about my inability to type like all the other
go to Cynthia's show. Her work is stunning. Worth
a trip from here. And she's lovable and funny and she looks
like a Guild so she gets to be one.
Next time hopefully she'll send me text or I'll have to
tell more typing class stories and how I almost got held
back. The ensuing Meddy-Go-Rounds over this trauma have,
if anything, exacerbated my inability to type. I can only
type from the voices in my head as I stare at each key.
I can't type from documents because when I look away to
see what I am to type, the keys all change places.
week by Jan
O'Highway of Art Farm and Jan
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), (1955) directed
by Satyatjit Ray
Sometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is
born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal. The
father, a poet and priest, cannot earn enough to keep his
family going. Apu's sister, Durga, is forever stealing guavas
from the neighbour's orchards. All these add to the daily
struggles of the mother's life, notwithstanding her constant
bickering with old aunt who lives with the family.
-As deeply beautiful and plainly poetic as any movie ever
made. Rare and exquisite."
- Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
for Mr. Vengeance
ROAD TO GUANTANAMO
Heard the Mermaids Singing
“An inconvenient truth” with Al Gore.
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie.
Girl in the Cafe
IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SHELLEY LAKE
who is not
benign, narcissistic or in need of mercy.
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
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.
paper pigment print
30" by 40", in an edition of 100, signed by the Artist:
24" by 32", in an edition of 100, signed by the Artist:
16" by 20", in an edition of 250, signed by the Artist:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will
send it forward.
The submission deadline has been extended to August
We intend to have parties, artists talks, visiting
artists, and a smattering of any other special events
you can think of.
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
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,
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
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
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
If one of your readers is interested in displaying
in this context, please have them contact me via
email: email@example.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/
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