AUGUST 28, 2006
IF I WERE A DIPLOMAT (and not a grant reject)...
Step, Kick! Step, Twirl!


Looking back, I was somewhat horrified about taking the *Horizon* store hostage for almost an hour and a half last week, wielding the desk phone as a symbol of my rights and creating a spectacle, all simply to get phone service after a 24 hour period with no service. And all without a videographer in tow, what a waste.

ANYWAY, it seems I am not the only one driven to extremes to get attention from their cel phone company. This SUV is parked in front of a *Horizon Office* in NYC. I think it might have been more effective if it had Diplomat Plates rather than New Jersey Plates but it shows an interesting use of the company's advertising catch phrase in making a point.

Actually, if it had Diplomat plates they could have driven that SUV through the storefront and demanded that the entire *Horizon* staff hold hands with them and sing Kumbaya for hours and then accepted the staff's apologies over a sushi party boat for 30 and they'd not have even had to pay for a new window. I am going to make Diplomat plates for my car and start carrying a fake Diplomat badge.

In regards to the incident at *Horizon* the I-Ching says, in effect, "It's not irony. It's just bitching". Or maybe a blogger said that.

UPDATE--I just this minute went to the post office where my mail consisted of my annual rejection letter from an Artists Trust Organization and a mailing from *Horizon* which spouted, "Status is the Ultimate Reward. Introducing the *Horizon* Wireless VIP Program".

If I were a Diplomat I could drive my (fictional) SUV through the front window of the grant office (first sending my driver in to hold aloft a lantern signalling everyone to clear the area to avoid injury) and waltz in balancing a stack of hardcover books on my head with my perfect posture and suavely demand, in my fancy accent reeking of finishing school and international training, all of the grant money. But then, if I were a diplomat I'd not even need a grant or an SUV as I'd have a shiney black sedan and an entourage of men in suits and a trunk full of money. And imagine the service I'd get if I showed up at the *Horizon* store in full Diplomatic Entouragalia? I wouldn't even need to show up. Maybe being a Diplomat would be boring and unfulfilling.

The I-Ching says it is better to be a grant reject than a Diplomat but I'm not so sure. Actually, the I-Ching says, "Faithfulness in the center is auspicious when it reaches even pigs and fish. It is beneficial to cross great rivers. It is beneficial to be correct.", to which I say "If being a reject is wrong, I don't want to be right", as I wallow in self-inauspicity and speed dial my therapist.

For my application next year I am going to send slides of my new series, "Self-mutilated nude self-portraits", in which I will be self-bandaged with rejection letters with pat rejection phrases written on my skin in frosted blue eyeshadow and Swarovski Crystals.


Opening receptions on Friday, September 1, 6-8 PM
828_janet.jpg From janet Van Fleet: I have a show of my *Circular Statements* work during the month of September at the Cooler Gallery (in the Tip-Top building) in White River Junction, with an opening reception on Friday, September 1, 6-8 PM.

I'm very happy with this work (see image of one part of the series, "Music of the Spheres"), and will have two new groups of work in the series in this exhibit.

There is a wonderful review (by Ric Kasini Kadour of an exhibit of this work at Flynndog in Burlington) in the August-September issue of Art New England that is very positive about this work. I hope you will come see the show! www.coolergallery.gs

Also, there's an exhibit on the third floor at Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre called *Small Point Artists*, with work by a group of artists who work in Small Point, Maine for two weeks each year.

Included are Candy Barr, Karen Becker, Alexandra Bottinelli, Ayn Baldwin Riehle, Gail Salzman, and Janet Van Fleet.

I am showing work from my Museum Cases series. There are also two other cool shows at SPA (Aug 22-September 23) -- "Hair" in the Main Gallery and "T-Shirts" (made of everything BUT cloth), curated by Gabrielle Dietzel. Opening reception from 5:30-7:30. www.studioplacearts.com

At The Cup and Top Cafe in Florence
822_cup.jpg The Cup and Top Cafe is hosting a series of children’s music performances by local artists during the month of September.

These events will take place every Saturday at 10am. All events are free and open to the public.

September 2 – Nerissa and Katryna Nields CD release party!
All Together Singing in the Kitchen is a lifelong dream of Nerissa and Katryna's. This is a CD full of the songs they learned from their father when they were kids. The Nields sisters will perform a short set at the cafe and have their CDs available for sale. www.nields.com

September 9 – Dennis Caraher
Dennis Caraher is a Parents' Choice award-winning songwriter who writes funny and thoughtful songs for children and families.

His songs have been heard on NPR and his recordings, Dog Bone Town and Bow Wow Baby are recommended-listening by the American Library Association. Even if you've never heard him perform, you'll be singing along and walking like a dinosaur in no time. www.dogbonetown.com

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday September 3, 2-4 PM
822_sheryl.jpg MADE IN MONTAUK
A Series of works with Handmade Paper by Sheryl Jaffe at the WISTARIAHURST MUSEUM
SEPTEMBER 1-25, 2006

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday September 3, 2-4:00

Museum hours: Sat, Sun, Mon, 12-4

Sheryl Jaffe has been exhibiting her artwork throughout New York and New England for more than 20 years. Her journey as a sculptor began with ceramics, moving through welded steel and concrete, and she currently works with handmade paper, mixed media assemblage, photography and site specific installations. She enjoys working with organic materials, such as locally grown plant fibers, beach stones, and she may include found objects in her current work. Her work has a lyrical quality, undulating paper forms reminiscent of the human body, frailty of skin, juxtaposed with the power and strength of scale and material. Her themes include loss, forgiveness, erosion, growth, vulnerability and strength. Her installations are an offering for viewers to move through, make discoveries, and be drawn in to contemplation.

She received her Masters from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and she currently teaches art at South Hadley High School.

The work on view at the Wistariahurst in September was made in Montauk, N.Y. during a residency at the Edward Albee Foundation’s “The Barn”. These works explore handmade paper scrolls, seaweed pulp paintings, and historical process photography using handmade paper.

822_bobm.jpg Robert Markey
Elmer’s Store, Main Street , Ashfield
September 1 - September 30

Opening Reception September 1st, 7-9pm

Work from the 2003 series 'evolution of the sphere' with paintings and drawings in charcoal, watercolor, pastel, bronze leaf and oils. This series of about 40 works led directly into my current work of abstract paintings in oil, the spheres still in evidence. I will be showing the new works at the NCA in February.

Sculpturefest, Woodstock VT
September 2 - November

Opening Reception September 2, 4-7pm

I have two pieces in this show, 'Floating World' and 'Emergence'. This is a beautiful venue with some really great work - definitely worth a day trip or an overnight to take in some of the other wonders of central Vermont. Check out the website for more info and directions: http://sculpturefest.org

55 Mercer Gallery | New York
829_gregorio.jpg 55 Mercer Gallery | New York

Curated By Peter Gregorio and Mike Egan

Opening Party: Tuesday, September 5, 2006, 6 - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 5 - 30, 2006
Creativity is not limited to optimism, quality, or any other positive value. But exploring shadowy areas is extremely treacherous – there is less light to see by, less guidance, less clarity.

There is a certain difficulty in avoiding definitions in the good books, the ones that seek a balance, and prevent an explicit ownership of pain. Humor still exists, though in a form that is not funny. This feeling is also different from seriousness, sobriety, discipline, and power. Dark matter is antimatter, and may or may not exist in almost infinite quantities within the cosmopsychotic landscape.

This is a show of art made by people with a sense of themselves and you that is different from happy and fun. There was a show by the same title in the UK, but that stuff was old product. This is new. It must be admitted that for the present moment, there is no more appropriate setting for dark feelings than America.

David Ambrose, Amber Arpil, Damien Crisp, Sarah Chacich, Mike Egan, Nikolas Gambaroff, Valerie Garlick, Hadassa Goldvicht, Peter Gregorio, Moo Kwon Han, Alisha Kerlin, Go Woon Lee, Jason Losh, Ted iederer, Kristen Wykret



55 Mercer Gallery
55 Mercer St. New York, NY 10013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 - 6:00pm

Representations of Children in Contemporary Visual Culture

September 5, 2006 - October 8, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6-8pm

Offspring takes a particular look at representations of children in contemporary visual art and culture, and features works by an impressive and diverse group of nine artists working in painting, photography, and film including: Stephen Chalmers, Christin Couture, Nicky Hoberman, Jill Greenberg, Melora Kuhn, Loretta Lux, Maria Marshall, Nicholas Prior, and Jane Smaldone.

Combining the work of emerging and established American and International artists working in various media, Offspring concentrates on works completed in the past six years in order to test the ways children are perceived and visualized at the turn of the twenty-first century. The exhibition also includes images and objects pulled from advertising and popular culture, used to create a broader visual context for comparison. Investigating a range of representations, Offspring seeks to sort out our real and imagined perceptions of children in the early twenty first century.

855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information, please call (617) 353-3329 during regular business hours

On September 8 Visit 22 galleries between 5 and 8 PM

NORTHAMPTON, MA—Seven graduates of Northampton High School, who studied advanced honors art with Lisa Leary, chair of the high school’s art department, will be exhibiting their work along with hers during “Points of Departure,” a gallery show at the Northampton Center for the Arts that will run from August 29 through September 29. The show’s artists’ reception will be Friday, September 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out.

The theme of the exhibition refers to each artist’s "point of departure" for his or her work and what each has accomplished since studying with Leary. Individual departures range from subjects such as poetry and family history to everyday life and dreams.

Along with Leary, the artists are Carolyn Clayton, Gabe Colwell-LaFleur, Lindsay Fogg-Willets, Rina Goldfield, Louise Korhman, Brendan Molaghan, and Edward Rueda.

The Center for the Arts is located at 17 New South Street, Northampton, third floor. The galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. but will be closed Friday, September 1, through Monday, September 4, for the Labor Day holiday.

Above image by artist Edward Rueda;


Coming Up On September 8 Visit 22 galleries, shops and Pulaski Park between 5 and 8 p.m.

~~Pinch, 179 Main Street, has a special show of Alison Palmer’s brightly colored, functional, high-fire sculptures. Says the artist: “I strive to achieve a lighthearted meld of the human and animal form. These anthropomorphic figures are developed by throwing and altering the stoneware clay and then wood-firing them to cone 10. The fire and ash contribute to the spontaneous and unpredictable finish which gives the pieces a primitive, elemental look.”

~~APE, third floor, Thorne’s Marketplace, 150 Main Street, will have works by Sean Greene in Gallery 1 and, in Gallery 2, “Artistic Abilities,” an exhibition that showcases five local artists and benefits Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

~~Alfredo’s, 6 Crafts Avenue, will feature photographs by Fred Stein, a master photographer who took black and white photographs in Paris and New York during the 1930s and 1940s. He was a pioneer in hand-held 35 mm photography.

~~The Smith College Museum on Elm Street offers a last chance to see “Sized Up! Large-Scale Paintings and Works on Paper,” which comes down on September 10; also “The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy; “The Early Modern Painter-Etcher”; and "Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful”; as well as an “Artists on Art” gallery talk from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The museum is open free to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. on the second Fridays of each month.

~~The Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, presents small and miniature works by Judith K. Shaffer, and offers opportunities to peer into small spaces, handle little objects, search metaphors, project responses, puzzle out another’s view and reflect upon perception. The show includes drawings, paintings and collages—would-be books, game pieces and objects that refer to shared experiences with family and deliberate responses to the work of artist friends. The reception is 6 to 8 p.m.

~~Art in the Park (that would be Pulaski Park, on Main Street next to the Academy of Music), is an intriguing installation, called “Hidden Value,” by Laura Lepionka. This installation emerged as the winning entry from proposals submitted by some 30 artists in response to a call from the Arts Council for temporary art installations that would expand public awareness of and involvement in contemporary art in Northampton. Lepionka examines the premise that everyday people, in this case five Northampton residents, make vital, under-recognized contributions to their communities through their work and civic live.

Participating arts venues are: Alfredo’s; APE Third Floor Arts; Artisan Gallery; Chameleon’s; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild Art Supply; Ktwo Noho; 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.

a presentation of small and miniature works at The Oxbow
822_littlethings.jpg Judith K. Shaffer will present an exhibit of current works at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA, from August 24 to September 17, 2006.

A mid-show reception with the artist will be held on Friday, September 8, 5-8 p.m., to coincide with Northampton's Arts Walk Night.
Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gallery information can be found at oxbowgallery.com 3-586-6300.

Entitled "all the little things..." ." the show is a presentation primarily of miniature works in two and three dimensions using a variety of media. Paintings, drawings, small forms and altered or would-be books offer a chance to enter small moments of seeing, touching, reacting, thinking. Some works are done as direct response to other artists’ works, including those of other members of the Oxbow Gallery.

In addition to her studio/study work, Judith Shaffer's professional career includes teaching at the college level in the fields of philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics. She was a founder of Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT, and retired from Asnuntuck as Dean of the College.

Below the Surface, A Juried Intaglio Exhibition

Below the Surface, A Juried Intaglio Exhibition
September 8 - October 27, 2006
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking opens the fall exhibit season with Below the Surface, A Juried Intaglio Exhibition. The public is invited to attend an Opening Reception with the artists on Friday, September 8, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Below the Surface was selected from submitted prints by Peter Pettingill, a master printer with over twenty years of experience in the field of intaglio printmaking. He trained and worked at Crown Point Press in California from 1978 - 1985, and went on to establish Wingate Studio in New Hampshire, where he continues to print and publish etchings by contemporary artists. Wingate has produced prints by Walton Ford, Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, John Cage and many others, including “local” artists Gregory Gillespie, John Gibson and Richard Ryan. He has served as an adjunct printmaking instructor at Smith College and acted as master printer for print workshops at Smith, Hartford Art School and Boston University. Peter Pettingill selected 21 prints by 19 artists for the show. Artists included in the exhibit are: Meredith Broberg, Victoria Burge, Sarah Creighton, Steven C. Daiber, Carol deBerry, Nancy Diessner, Marty Epp, Anita S. Hunt, Constance Jacobson, Emily Orzech, Patti Parker, Lynn Peterfreund, Catherine Samworth, Susan Silverman, Amaryllis Siniossoglou, Mary Webber, Judith Wolf, Diane Kazar Worth and Mark Zunino.

The gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA.
The phone number is 413.584.1783.
Exhibit hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 - 5, Wednesday, 12 - 8, the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month, 12 - 5, and by appointment.

Zea Mays Printmaking is a studio, workshop, educational facility and resource center dedicated to research, education and collaboration in non-toxic, less toxic and new approaches in printmaking. The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking features regular exhibitions of innovative work by artists from New England and beyond.

Looking for new space? Unique opportunities available right now.
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.

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

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

From Jeff: Here is a picture of the green street mural so far. The background is pretty much done. I'm going to start painting the figures this week. If people want to heckle me, now is the time to start visiting.

Jeff is generally at The Green Street cafe weekdays up until dinner time-ish. He is the guy with the brushes in the t-shirts.

Artists for Animals 2006
to benefit The Dakin Animal Shelter
828_bubbles.jpg Artists for Animals 2006
to benefit The Dakin Animal Shelter

The Barnes Gallery at Leverett Crafts and Arts will host Artists for Animals 2006, to benefit the Dakin Animal Shelter.

The show opens with a gala silent art auction the evening of September 16th and runs through October 7th.

This is the sixth year the Barnes Gallery has hosted Artists for Animals. We are expecting to build upon the excellent attention and sales the event has received in previous years. This event gives contributors a chance to help the Dakin Animal Shelter while showcasing each artist’s work.,BR.,BR.

This year’s event will also include gallery talks. Work with animal themes is, of course, a natural, but we encourage you to show your most appealing work, whatever the subject. Exhibitors will have the option of donating the entire purchase price to the Dakin Animal Shelter or splitting 50-50.

September 10th -12th 12-3pm Drop off work
September 12th - 15th Install show
Saturday, September 16th 7-9 pm Gala opening with auction
Saturday, October 7th 4pm Show closes, art pick-up

Please fill out the blanks below and return this form to:
Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054, before July 10 to guarantee that you will be listed as a participant on postcards and other publications (please note that we will accept entries after the July 10 deadline, but that we may not be able to include your name and information on related publicity).

Yes, I would like to show my work in Artists for Animals 2006
Name __________________________________________________
State______ Zip __________

On the back of this form, please describe the type of work you plan to show.
Questions? Please contact Event Chair: Ronnie Copeland at 253-7633 (mwcopeland@comcast.net)

Update from our wandering artist friend Gershon
828_jamoka_yarmulke.jpg Morning of Silence, August 14

I awoke Monday morning, August 14,2006, to sublime silence. A silence so powerful that I have known such an eerily surrealistic cessation of this sense only a few times in my life.

The days and weeks prior to the 14th and beginning shortly after the opening rounds were fired between the forces of the Israeli military and that of Hezbollah's militray, was a time of frenetic activity. Soldiers and civilians working on the medical logistics base, where I have been working, hurrying to-and-fro, working long shifts to fill a 24/7 schedule. I was amongst many packing medical supplies for the troops "in the North". We packed box after box of supplies that went onto pallets that went onto trucks that then went to the troops "in the North". Noisy smoke belching trucks painted the same drab olive color of army uniforms left in the early morning hours with the goods packaged that night and left in the early evening hours with the medical supplies packaged that day. So it went day-after-day during the "event", "conflict", "war" ( all three words were used by the press or politicians) to describe the period from July 12th, '06 until August 14th, '06.

The air was silent the morning of the 14th. The sky that had known the near constant drumming of low flying military helicopters and the muted roar of high flying jets moving along laser- like straighrt paths, heading northward was now empty and quiet. The world outside my army base barracks that had been in a state of constant motion and noisy with the cacophony of sounds produced by the machinery of war was no longer.

The doors to the warehouses were closed. There was not a single soldier milling about. There were no trucks wating to be loaded for the trip to Lebanon.

So this is the backside of war that I've heard and read about. The 80% of an army that supports the 20% that are considered the fighting forces.

Does the silence of the 80% translate into silence for the 20%. I can't help but wonder if this is so...I can only hope that it is.

With the silent air my work is finished for now. I can only hope that the work I did may have helped save a life, heal a wound, or have provided a simple balm for an injured soul.

It is now, as I write, the 15th of August and the base is quiet, though the absolute silence that prevailed on Monday has given way to the conversations of a few soldiers, to the sound of a single fork lift moving about between the warehouses, and loud music coming from a soldier's room somewhere nearby.

The silent air is no longer.

When will the skies open again to the violence of military aircraft. When will soldiers again rush 24/7 to pack supplies for the 20%. When will the olive drab trucks once again journey to "the front".

I wish I could be a wild eyed optimist and say "never again". But, humankind has yet to learn lessons of war...it is an open question...a question that might be answered when the air is silent again...for the ages.

Dear Presenting Organization,

Thank you for contacting WFCR regarding changes to our Arts Calendar. Until recently, competition for limited broadcast time forced us to choose a few events for the onair Arts Calendar from among the many submitted each week; the majority of events did not enjoy the advantages of onair promotion.

In order to correct this disparity, we have expanded and enhanced our online Arts Calendar, and streamlined the submissions process so that qualifying groups retain full control over how their events are presented to the public.

The WFCR Online Arts Calendar is a comprehensive listing of events in our listening area. As a local presenting organization, you can now submit your events quickly and easily online using the "submit event" section of the Arts Calendar at http://www.WFCR.org/.

All events that meet our criteria will go live within 48 hours of submission. Follow these instructions to add your events to our online WFCR Arts Calendar.

Using your web browser, visit WFCR's home page at http://www.WFCR.org/ and click on the "Events" tab at the top of the page. Click "Submit Event," on the right-hand column of the resulting Events page, and enter your information.
Listings must be approved by WFCR, so don't expect your submission to appear immediately. A few hints:
Make sure you select the proper category for your event.
Enter the event at least two weeks prior to event date. Include your contact information in case we have questions.
Fill out all information as completely as possible. Listings with missing information are less likely to be posted.
Check the drop-down boxes when entering venue information; your venue may already be online. Please note: Submissions that do not meet our guidelines will not be posted. Arts, cultural, and entertainment events will likely be accepted. Public lectures and presentations will also be considered. We will approve submissions only from non-profit organizations, and only if they meet our criteria. WFCR reserves the right to decline or remove any submission.

The WFCR Arts Calendar will give your events the coverage they deserve on a timely basis. It is among the most heavily visited sections of the WFCR.org website. If you have questions about the WFCR Arts Calendar, or if you would like a walk-through of the submission process, please contact me at 413-545-1684 or jorge@wfcr.org.

Thanks, and good luck with your events!

The Taber Gallery presents SHOCKERS!
Original Ghanaian movie posters from the collection of

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

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 Ghanaian 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.

822_movie.jpg Stay
Directed by Marc Forster Written by David Benioff
Starring Ewen McGregor, Naomi Watts

Standing in for a sick colleague, renowned New York psychiatrist Sam Foster is confronted with disturbed art student Henry Letham. Seemingly inspired by his idol, a painter infamous for committing suicide on his 21th birthday, Henry announces he will shoot himself Saturday at midnight--the moment he turns 21. Foster, once having saved his suicidal girlfriend Lila, takes the threat seriously but fails to simply have Henry taken into custody. Instead, while trying to track his patient down, Sam is gradually drawn into the world of Henry's obsessions.

What I found particularly delightful about this film is that the cinematic language is appropriate to the subject (too often not the case these days) and you’ll never guess the ending. ~Dwight

>Previous picks:

The World’s Fastest Indian
Pather Panchali
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
The Shadow Dancer
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
“An inconvenient truth” with Al Gore.
Ellie Parker
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie.
"Nine Lives."
The Girl in the Cafe
Travellers and Magicians

August 25, 2006 CALADAN GALLERY presents "ETERNITY", a juried exhibition. How does one begin to approach the subject of eternity? There are no boundaries. Some can only grasp at the concept of The Great Void, which the eternal does indeed contain - however eternity is also the home to material existence and everything that builds it. Here, also, one can find the reflection of Diety, Spirit, or Guide. Artists, by nature, are bound to enter these portals of thought by the very act of creating art. By paradox, eternity is the now. It is also NOT now. We are very much looking forward to viewing artists' interpretation of endless time and space! It is by sharing our individual concepts that we are able to leap forward in understanding this seemingly unattainable knowledge! Caladan Gallery, emphasizing the timely and relevant, and inviting more variety of art and issues, exhibits promising up-and-coming artists as well as those who are more well known. The exhibition will be advertised in numerous listings and we update press releases monthly. We encourage dialogue and contact between viewers and artists! Artists working in all media except video are eligible. One or more artists will be awarded a solo exhibition. Download prospectus (see "Enter Exhibitions") at: www.caladangallery.com OR write to: Caladan Gallery, Box 468, Beverly MA 01915 Or call: 978-741-7979.

August 31, 2006 Caught in the Act" is a juried exhibit of photographs showing people caught in the act of taking photographs. This show is open to all photographers. The images can be fictional or documentary but must be 2D (flat). Photographs can be old, new, color, B&W or digital to qualify. Two exhibits are planned. First, a show at Icebox Gallery, second, the show travels to Medtronic, Inc. World Headquarters for another exhibit. Icebox Opening, Saturday, November 11, 2006. Closing date is January 6, 2007. The Medtronic show to be determined. One Medtronic Purchase Award and Two $100.00 cash Icebox Choice Awards. Open to all photographers worldwide, working in digital or film-based photography. The entry fee is $30 for up to 3 jpegs, plus $5 for each additional Jpeg up to a maximum of five jpegs. Entry deadline is September 15, 2006. Complete details visit our website: http://www.iceboxminnesota.com

September 20, 2006 "Freestytle 2 - 3 - d": Seeking 2-D artworks (paintings, drawings, photographs, digital images) and documentations of 3-D artworks (sculptures, installation, media/real time projects) for 3-month exhibition. Accepted artists also qualify for annual show in Toronto, Canada. Two winning artists receive awards valued up to $500 View art call details at: http://www.energygallery.com/artcall.htm Contact: Energy Gallery, 55 Michael Dr, Toronto Ontario M2H 2A4, Canada OR http://www.energygallery.com OR info@energygallery.com

September 26, 2006 2006 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography - Call for Entries, The Center for Fine Art Photography has two Calls for Entry open to all photographers internationally. Each exhibition is juried by internationally recognized figures in photography. Awards include: monetary, solo shows, feature article in CameraArts magazine, post-exhibition traveling shows and others. All juror-selected works are exhibited in the Center's gallery and receive additional international exposure through the Center's online gallery. Exhibitions are intensely marketed to promote sales and exposure for the artists. Additional details and online submissions at: www.c4fap.org, contact: exhibits@c4fap.org

October 21, 2006 CALL FOR ARTISTS: Studio Montclair presents "Discoveries", the Tenth Annual Open Juried Exhibition at the new, 3,000 square foot George Segal Gallery of Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ from January 15 to February 16, 2007. $25 entry fee for three images in either slide or CD format. All mediums, including videos and installations, will be accepted. Internationally known art critic, curator and historian, Phyllis Tuchman will jury the exhibition. Cash awards. SASE for prospectus to: Studio Montclair, 108 Orange Road, Montclair NJ 07042 OR download from our website: www.studiomontclair.org

October 30, 2006 26th Annual EXPO Juried Competition. All media except crafts. Awards: 6-8 person exhibit, March 1 - March 31, 2007. Juror: Alexandra Schwartz, Curatorial Asst, Dept. Of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York. Deadline: November 10, 2006. Fee: $35/6 slides or CD. For a prospectus send SASE to: EXPO, B. J. Spoke Gallery, 299 Main St, Huntington NY 11743. Call: 631-549-5106, download from: www.bjspokegallery.com, or email: info@bjspokegallery.com

Sep 01, 2006 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM Seeking visual artists, writers, and composers for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-wk-long residencies, Jan 1 - Jun 15, 2007. Free housing and studio space and a $100/wk stipend. For application and complete guidelines please contact: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410 OR 402-874-9600 OR http://www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org OR info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org

Sep 15, 2006 POETRY CONTEST Seeking submissions for fall poetry issue. For guidelines, please contact: Coe Review, Coe College, 1220 First Av NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52402 OR http://www.public.coe.edu/~theller/crp-home.htm OR coereview@coe.edu

Sep 30, 2006 POETRY AWARD Seeking book-length poetry collections for $1,000 award and publication. For more info, please contact: Michael Spooner, Utah State Univ Press, May Swenson Poetry Award, 7800 Old Main Hill, Logan UT 84322 OR http://www.usu.edu/usupress/poetcomp.htm OR michael.spooner@usu.edu

Oct 01, 2006 SUMMER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM Seeking established, dedicated US artists 18+, working in most mediums, for brief studio opportunity to work on a project of his/her choosing and to interact with the public and the artist community, Jul 2007, and 4-6 wk exhibit opportunity immediately following residency. Artists must work in the studio min. 20 hrs/wk during public hours; be experienced in art instruction, fee (payable to Artspace; no cash). Submit 10 slides of recent work labeled with name, date, medium, size, indicating TOP of slide; slide script; resume; artist statement and bio; description of proposed use of studio time; description of proposed exhibition; class/workshop descriptions; and description of slide lecture, to: Artspace, SAIR Program, 201 E Davie St, Raleigh NC 27601 OR info@artspacenc.org

Nov 01, 2006 SCULPTURE ARTIST RESIDENCY Full access to college's ceramic and sculpture facilities, including wood kiln, down and updraft kilns, foundry-bronze casting, welding and forging equipment, stone and wood carving equipment, outside sculpture courtyard to work in, storage for equipment and on campus housing. No more than 3 entries/artist. Sales encouraged for all loaned sculptures. 20% commission. Please send written proposals (detailed description of artwork, including what it is made of; complete installation instructions of artwork, including what machinery, physical assistance and materials are needed; and list of materials and tools if needed); creation/installation schedule; complete budget that includes travel costs, detailed installation costs, etc.; images of existing (slides, digital prints, or jpegs)/proposed artwork (images of previous work along with drawings of proposed artwork); resume/CV; artist statement; and SASE for returns to: Nita Kehoe-Gadway, Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Av, Riverton WY 82501 OR 307-855-2211 OR http://cwc.edu/community_friends/outward_westward OR nkehoe@cwc.edu

Nov 06, 2006 POETRY PRIZES Seeking previously unpublished lyric poems in English celebrating the human spirit for awards ranging from $1,000-$25,0000. Open to all writers and poets, published or unpublished, under 40 on Nov 6, 2006. Submit 2 copies of up to 3 poems; only 1 may be more than 30 lines and all poems printed on separate sheets. No returns. Entry fee (checks made out to Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund). Please send entries with name and address clearly marked on each page of 1 copy only; index card with name, address, and titles of poems; and SASE for results, to: Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg, Poetry Prizes, Box 2306, Orinda CA 94563 OR http://www.DorothyPrizes.org

Jan 13, 2007 MASTER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM Seeking artists for residency, May 15 - Jun 4, 2007. For more info, please contact: Atlantic Center, 1414 Art Center Av, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168 OR 800-393-6975 OR http://www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org OR program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org

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

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



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Fine woodworking art by Peter Dellert
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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
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Michael Richardson
Smart Moves Pilates
Singer/Songwriter Diane Falcone
Rhymes With Orange
The Massachusetts Review
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The O-Tones
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The Invisible Fountain.com
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The Art Farm Project UK
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Tony Kord
Save Darfur
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Anila's college ruled art
Lillianna Pereira
Linda Batchelor
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The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Cottage Street Studios
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Easthampton City Arts
Julian Halpern/Steelhead Studios
Elizabeth Solomon Fine Art
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