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SEPTEMBER 19, 2006
And also a balancing act of bandwidth and time and rocks.
First I must apologize for being late this week. I actually got out of town for 3 days, instigated by the nowordscandescribe wedding of Hilary Price and Kerry LaBounty in Mashpee on Saturday. The sun shined itself up brightest on all the happy and teary faces in attendence. Congratulations you crazy kids and thank you for a very special day. Let's do a vow renewal ceremony next year at the same place? The gift is in the making. I hope you like it.

Then I was invited to Martha's Vineyard for 2 days to stay with Maureen Scanlon and Eric Wapner at the most beautiful cottage in Chilmark with views I have only previously seen in photographs. Eric is a true rock artiste and left Gay Head beach a more beautiful place for the graceful and confident rock balancing installations at every turn. The legendary nude beachgoers, so moved by his work, put their clothes *on* out of reverance for his work.

I was inspired to try my hand with the rocks and created a whole entourage of advisors including ContemplativeSheepheadMan and FatherSarducci who foretold of good fortune and unflinching stoicism in the face of the incoming tide. Oh, the drama. And the fine wines and pate; sunsets and tuna from Larson's Fish Market in Menemsha, Maureen's culinary artistry and watercoloring, and special, scintillating company. Then back to past deadlines and late bills. I would pay $100 for Maureen's pesto. Double for her company.

I also have to mention that I made a page on my website for submission guidelines so I don't have to nag/post them here as I spend a lot of time replying to submissions requesting little things that will help save time and keep this newsletter to one day a week of my time. I am going to move that day to Monday, and all of Monday, no matter the hours, will be devoted to this newsletter. Because Tuesdays don't work anymore since I usually finish at 2 am and have to be at Valley Free radio at 7:30 to do my 8-9 AM show in which I have guests to further promote their art things.

One last note--in response to reports of scroll fatigue I am trying out a new thing. I am running posting for 2 weeks prior to each event to keep the list shorter and give more focus to each event. So if your event is the weekend of October 6-8, for instance, you will run the next two weeks and I will delete past events to put you as high up on the newsletter as I can. Seem fair? If not I will go to 3 weeks. Whatever works to best cover all art events and boost attendance and make us a more cohesive arts community. We are Family.

Reception Thursday, September 21, from 5 - 7 PM
905_hamden.jpg You Are Cordially Invited to the Opening Reception of
Curated by David Gibson


Thursday, September 21, from 5 - 7 PM

Hampden Gallery
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Monday – Thursday: Noon to 6 PM
Sunday 2-5 PM
Closed Holidays

Hampden Commons Building
Southwest Residential Area
Off University Drive

Monday – Thursday: 3 to 6 PM
Sunday 2-5 PM
Closed Holidays

Wheeler House
Infirmary Way
Central Residential Area

Metered Parking Off University Drive
Fearing Street or Robsham Visitors Center
On Massachusetts Avenue

Metered parking on Infirmary Way



Supported in part by grants from the UMASS Arts Council

Forum, Public Invited: Thurs., September 21st 7:30

Gallery A3 returns to downtown Amherst with a new exhibition and a new exhibition space. “We’re Back” features
work by old and new gallery members and provides a sample of the art and artists of Gallery A3. The gallery was
closed for over a year during the renovation of the Amherst Cinema Building. The September show celebrates the
gallery’s return to downtown Amherst.

Gallery A3 is an alliance of professional and emerging artists from around the Pioneer Valley. Members exhibit and
sell their work, but the group is also committed to promoting art in the community, supporting fellow artists, and
engaging the community through public exhibits, forums, salons, and art walks.

Forum, Public Invited: Thurs., September 21st 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Exhibit ends: Saturday, September 30th at 5:00.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2006 - 6:00PM
919_darkmatter.jpg DARK MATTER USA

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2006 - 6:00PM

55 MERCER GALLERY (between Broome and Grand)

Nic XEDRO music, produced by Jeremy EILERS

Randall FRIEDMAN radical activity

Rachel MASON more music

Mike EGAN slideshow # 4


Artist and writer Frank Holliday wrote a review of the show
for the "Gay City News" - New York. Click here to check it out.

Reception Sunday, Sept 17, 3-5 pm

Frances Kidder will show Figurative Works on Paper at the
Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Fine Arts Center at the Williston
Northampton School, Easthampton, MA. , September 6 –29.
An artist’s reception will be held Sept 17, 3-5 pm.

The work, mostly made with acrylic paint on paper, features human figures, sometimes accompanied by dogs. Using austere color choices, such as mars violet and raw umber, Kidder combines handprinting and painting techniques to emphasize the life beneath the surface of her figures.

THE CLAUDIA MALIBU has a brand new album out now!
Two shows - SATURDAY, September 23rd.
919_luke.jpg THE CLAUDIA MALIBU has a brand new album out now! It's titled "Skyboy & The Wigs" and we think you will like it.

You can help us celebrate by coming to see us play at TURN IT UP! in EASTHAMPTON on SATURDAY, September 23rd, in The Eastworks building on 116 Pleasant Street. also performing: THE NOVELS It will be good!
and...there will be free milk & cookies! This show starts at 3p.m.

Then you can take a nap and come to the night time show at THE ELEVENS nightclub on pleasant st in NORTHAMPTON Also SATURDAY, Septemer 23rd! We will rock your socks off. There will be other great bands there with us too! This show starts at 10 p. m.

That's it! 2 shows, both on "pleasant streets", both in "hamptons" (East & North). Pretty wild, huh?!? If you don't make this scene, you will regret it for the rest of your life! Those who attend both happenings will receive a very special gift in recognition of their outstanding dedication. Something that will forever stand as a symbol and reminder of your boundless fortitude and rock & roll spirit.

Hope We See You There,
The CM
The Claudia Malibu
Luke "Captain" Cavagnac

through October 31
Work by Lyn Horan.

Lyn Horan (Carolyn Lyons Horan) will be exhibiting her work, "Mysterious Portals", at KW Home Designs in Easthampton at
82 1/2 Cottage St. (old movie theater building)

Horan’s work deals with opposing forces of dark and light, both visually and conceptually. “I believe that art is a vehicle for exploration of truths both personally and in our environment at large. Since the perceptions of those truths are biased by our own personal experiences, both negative and positive, then our art, like life keeps transforming.” Mystery, longing, and sensuality are important elements to her, to not only explore this dichotomy,
but to convey a sense of animation as well as the strength of endurance necessary to accept and move through change. “Nature provides the perfect vehicle for endless visual metaphors of the fragility vs. endurance, control vs. chaos, known vs. unknown elements of life that keep me intrigued and invested in it all.”

Holy Two days only! Opening Reception: Friday, September 29, 5-8
912_timscott.jpg 9 Portraits
New Supersized Polaroid Portraiture by SUSAN MIKULA
On View at Northampton’s Three County Fairgrounds

For just 2 days and 7 hours total (Opening Reception: Friday, September 29, 5-8;
Additional Viewing Hours: Saturday, September 30, 12-4), Susan Mikula’s new installation of nine massive color portraits will be spotlighted in the Exhibition Hall at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Shot with vintage Polaroid cameras, Mikula’s nine portraits have been scanned at high resolution and then printed by a commercial printer on nine-foot swathes of industrial mesh. The impact of scale and format is intense and complex, capturing the emotional essence of the subject and letting it engulf the viewer. The unusual venue — a rustic barn more commonly host to ensilage and rowen competitions — adds to the total sensory experience of Mikula’s new color portraiture.

About the Artist:
Susan Mikula has shown nationally and extensively in New England, including recent solo shows: Still, Moving Pictures, Civil Twilight and After Reprimand. She lives in West Cummington, Massachusetts, and in New York City, with her partner, Air America Radio host Rachel Maddow.

From the South: I-91 North, Exit 19, left at traffic light onto Route 9, 1/4 mile, left on to Fair Street, Exhibition Hall on left. From the North: I-91 South, Exit 20, left at traffic light onto Damon Road, right at next traffic light onto Route 9, 1/4 mile, left on to Fair Street, Exhibition Hall on left. Parking available adjacent to Exhibition Hall. For more information, go to or call (413) 582-0289.

Susan will be on Mo Radio on Valley Free Radio, 103.3 FM, next Wednesday, September 27 to discuss this show. You can listen via webstreaming by going to and click on listen. Today's guest, Matt Delaney, got a text message this morning after the show from his brother in Sweden who really enjoyed the show so webstreaming works! To download and listen to Matt and I this morning click here. Matt is donating %50 of all cd sales from his website this week to VFR to help keep us programming!

Opening Reception Friday Sept. 22, 6-8pm
Cathy Osman, Prof. of Painting Drawing at Marlboro College will show recent paintings at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St. Northampton, Ma., Sept. 18 running through Oct. 8, 2006, opening Friday Sept. 22, 6-8pm.

In the ‘Backroom” will be paintings by Ruth Bernard.
Osman's paintings reflect a lifelong interest in transforming the landscape, references she loves into a language of marks and gestures. Ponds and their surrounding vegetation are her current inspiration. Influences on Osman's work include Asian painting with which she had special contact during a visit to Vietnam last May and June.

Osman has been painting on non-traditional surfaces, recently most often, drafting mylar which captures and suffuses her colors with light.

Ol' Scratch's Taste O' Burlesque @ Iron horse Music Hall
Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 10:00 PM
912_prima.jpg Ol' Scratch's Taste O' Burlesque
Iron Horse Music Hall
Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 10:00 PM

Got a closet full of pasties and no place to wear 'em? Tired of
twirling your tassels all alone? Feel the need to shake what you got in
front of a room of strangers? Now is the time to strut your stuff!
It's amateur burlesque night at the Iron Horse. Click on the performer link for more information and to sign up!







Holly S Murray @ Green Trees Gallery
912_holly.jpg Holly S Murray

Green Trees Gallery
105 Main St. Northfield,MA 01360
413 498 0283 Thurs.- Sunday 11AM-5PM

Reception: Friday Sept.22, 6-8PM
Sept. 21-Oct.29






Starting at 7:00 PM on September 21st! (Tomorrow)
919_slam.jpg 2006 Grand Band Slam
Thanks for casting your vote in the 2006 Grand Band Slam!

The time has come for your favorite local musicians to take over Worthington Street in downtown Springfield starting at 7:00 PM on September 21st! There's a bit of every genre of music to satisfy your music-loving taste buds!

It all starts with the musicians awards ceremony on Stearns Square at 7:00 followed by Under Falling Skies and Stare Down the Sun on the outdoor stage! At 9:00 music starts inside at Distil, Cobalt, Bourbon Street, Theodores, Naismiths and the Fat Cat and goes all night. Coors Light, Lazer 99.3 and Rock 102 will all be there for the music!

It is all free, all local and all live! Just head on over to for the full schedule, read bios of the bands and check out some .mp3s of their music.

While you're there, check out how a simple text message can win you an iPod or a Fender Squire Guitar from Falcetti Music! Click here to read about the winners and to see the full schedule!

Cover image edited to replace the gun with Jamoka.

September 30, 7:30pm
919_garreau.jpg Joel Garreau
Radical Evolution: The promise and peril of enhancing our minds and our bodies

Join Joel Garreau, best-selling author, futurist, and Washington Post reporter, as he heralds the dramatic technological changes that are shaping our future.

September 30, 7:30pm
EnlightenNext - 4 Foxhollow Drive Lenox, MA

$15 online, $18 at door, $10 college students
Please book online
Drop a reminder in your calendar
Click here for directions to EnlightenNext Foxhollow Forum

Joel Garreau’s latest book, Radical Evolution, takes a spellbinding look at how the exponential rate of
change in major technologies (genetic, robotic, information, and nanotech) is surpassing our ability to adapt—ethically, mentally, and even spiritually. For millennia, our technologies have been aimed outward at altering our environment.
Now, for the first time, we are increasingly aiming inward at modifying our minds, memories, metabolisms, personalities, progeny, and possibly our immortal souls.

A brilliant storyteller, Garreau will lead us into a landscape that seems futuristic but is not; it’s actually built on
present-day facts and figures. And after you overcome the temporary state of wonder, be ready to deal with the fact
that you may be among the first humans in history with the power to choose how long you want to live and whether your kid will look like Angelina Jolie or play basketball like Michael Jordan.. or both!

For more information, see

STUNNING New Work in Digital Media
Video Projections by Laurie McLeod, John Richey, and David Lachman FRIDAY NIGHT
905_slezak.jpg Digital Media Exhibit to Open the Season at STCC Art Gallery

New Work in Digital Media: Video Projections by Laurie McLeod, John Richey, and David Lachman will be the opening exhibit for the academic year at the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College.

The exhibit will be held from September 12 through October 7, with a reception for the artists scheduled for Friday, September 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Carberry Fine Arts Gallery is located on the lower level of Building 28 on the STCC campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 4:30, and Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00.

Laurie McLeod has been making art for twenty years. A choreographer, filmmaker and performance maverick, her award-winning creations have been seen nationally, internationally and online. Since 2001, her work has focused exclusively on the creation of short underwater films. These shorts have been seen nationwide in a variety of venues including Lincoln Center, San Francisco Performances, Jacob's Pillow and on PBS.

Summer 2004 marked the beginning of McLeod's large-scale Waterhaven Project, wherein underwater films are
projected onto moving water in public spaces and unusual spaces in museums. Waterhaven #1, the first of these
creations, received high praise in the national press, and was seen by thousands of visitors to the Massachusetts
Museum of Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA.

Originally from Ohio, she now divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Berkshire County, MA. From 1987 -1994, she worked extensively in England and France.

John Richey is a cross-disciplinary artist working predominately with sculptural assemblage, installation, and video.
His work has explored issues of identity, and the concepts of both interpersonal/mass communication and miscommunication/ communication breakdown. Recently, Richey has been examining a number of text-based
collections, (including a series of found handwritten notes and an ever-growing collection of safety brochures) in an
attempt to accentuate and heighten their inherent theatricality. By doing so he translates the bodies of banal information into objects, environments, or projections that push and emphasize the absurd and spectacular.

Richey received a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual arts from the University of Arizona school of visual art in 2001. As gallery coordinator for the Lionel Rombach Gallery, Richey ran the exhibition space while working with student artists to conceptualize, produce, and hang gallery exhibitions.

In 2001 he moved to San Diego to become part of the graduate/research community at the University of California, San Diego. Richey has exhibited nationally and internationally and in the past few years has shown at the museum of contemporary art San Diego, at Estacion Tijuana in Mexico and at the wind tunnel in Pasadena Cslifornia as part of the inaugural supersonic exhibition. Richey is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.

David Lachman earned his MFA in painting from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. He is an interdisciplinary artist who currently works primarily in Video and Installation Art,
but also in drawing, painting, and conceptual projects. His work explores the terrain of consciousness where familiar and unfamiliar coexist. He is concerned with creating experiences that encourage viewers, visitors, and participants to become aware of their own views, ideas, and attention. Common objects and experiences are used to ground the work in
everyday life and to emphasize the things we may take for granted. Sometimes humor is used to explore these
questions. Often the work reminds us that there is more to see and do when we approach life naively.

Lachman lives in Massachusetts where he works as a studio assistant for the painter Stephen Hannock, and also teaches video, installation, drawing and animation. His work has been supported by grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, and the Pittsfield Cultural Council, and has been exhibited at museums, galleries and alternative venues in America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Germany, and the Republic of Albania.

Directed by Art Department Chair Larry Slezak, the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery presents approximately seven exhibits each year, featuring works by artists of local and national repute, as well as STCC student work. For more information contact Slezak at 755-5258 or 755-5288. Information on the exhibit and directions to the Gallery are
available at This exhibit is made possible by funding from STCC Student Activities.

Playing with Time: New Work by Ruth West
Reception Sept 24, 2-4 Sunday
912_west.jpg (pictured) It's always a guy. by Ruth West

Playing with Time
New Work by Ruth West
September 5-October 13,2006
Reception Sept 24, 2-4 Sunday
Blizard Gallery
Springfield College
Springfield MA

PLAYING WITH TIME is four series of artworks that are a thoughtful and often humorous look at the human condition. In this new digital work, West explores time by commenting on the nature of things from ancient Egypt to small town New England. Using the camera and computer as her chosen medium, West's visual work is a delight to the eye and a pithy commentary on the passage of time.

and be (as your mug) on the radio?
912_mug.jpg 88.5FM/WFCR, NPR news and music for western New England, is seeking submissions from artists for the station’s new coffee mug.

The mug will be made available to WFCR’s contributing listeners during a series of on-air fund drives from October 2006 through June 2007.

Below are the specifications we need to have you meet for consideration. Please keep in mind a very important aspect of the artwork you submit. This mug is for a radio station, so we will be describing the mug on-air. We do not have the advantage of pictures in radio so, keep the design simple! We will be trying to describe the image in words for the listeners as eloquently as we can in an effort to conjure a clear picture in their minds. A complicated image concept will result in a verbal muddle on the air.

Mug Design Specifications
WFCR conducts its on-air fund drives four times a year – October, December, March and June. Seasonal subjects or locations that are specific to western New England and/or public radio are very desirable as they are easier to describe on the air.
The printing space is 4 1/8 inches high and 8 5/8 inches wide. The image will wrap around the mug almost from
handle to handle so it is important to keep in mind that the image should be pleasing for both left handed and right handed drinkers.
The artwork will be affixed to the mug from a paper decal. Once the decal is affixed the mug is kiln fired and the
artwork’s colors are preserved. This is a four color sublimation process.
Keep it simple! We will be trying to describe the image in words for the listeners as eloquently as we can in an effort to conjure a clear picture in their minds. A complicated image concept will result in a verbal muddle on the air!
A caption such as “Designed for WFCR by................ 2006” in the artist’s hand is very desirable. It can run along the
side edge of the image or can be incorporated into the design.
We request that the design be exclusively made for WFCR and that we retain the original art for the permanent
collection at the station.
The deadline for submission is September 25, 2006. The design chosen for the mug will be decided in-house at WFCR.

You can mail your submission to Christopher Daly – 88.5FM/WFCR – Hampshire House – 131 County Cir – Amherst, MA 01003-9257. Artwork can be sent via email to

919_canal.jpg Accumulated Stuff, Interesting Items and *Collectibles*!

Take 91 south and take the 141 exit. When you come off the exit you will cross right over rt 5 and continue on 141. 141 is dwight street for part of the way. you will come to an intersection with a 711 on your left and 141 will branch off to the right (there's a big sign). DO NOT VEER OFF. STAY STRAIGHT. now you will no longer be on 141 but will still be on dwight st.
Our building is #380. it is on the right after the children's museum. right after the museum will be a canal and then some buildings on your right. pull into the parking lot and look for the dooor with a big hand painted 380 sign next to it.

Fast and free and fabulous
912_promote.jpg There are so many ways to get you and your events listed free and I am
here to remind you of them. There's me and WFCR and,
which I am very fond of (see intro).

Post yourself.

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 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 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 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

Thanks, and good luck with your events!

Save Echodale Farm
The Eastmont Art Fund is inviting artists to submit artwork for a juried competition/exhibition that will benefit the Pascommuck Conservation Trust’s crucial campaign to Save Echodale Farm in Easthampton, MA.

Theme: “Land Visions”
Eligibility: artists working or living in the Pioneer Valley.
Media: any two-dimensional art created within the last 2 years, 1 piece only.
Submission fee: $20.
Jury awards and reception on Nov. 18th.

The winning artwork selected by the jury will be published as a limited edition giclee print. All selected
submissions will be for sale during the exhibition/fundraiser held in Easthampton from Nov. 18th through Dec. 31st.

Net proceeds from the sale of the prints and from all the original artwork sold will benefit the Save Echodale Farm campaign.

Commission to artists on all art and giclee sales. Application deadline is Sept. 30th, deadline for submission of
artwork is Oct. 31st.
For more information and to request an application form, please call Jill Lewis at 413-527-3738,
or e-mail To learn more about the campaign, please visit the Pascommuck Conservation Trust website at

Good for me and good for you. Funding for this newsletter and promoting arts events
919_beachpals.jpg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sondra Peron, Arts Administrator

The second BJ Goodwin Memorial Fund award was granted this month to Mo Ringey, publisher of Mo’s Better Living Through Art: Arts & Culture Email Newsletter. The Board of Directors of the Northampton Arts Council, Inc, on the recommendation of the BJ Goodwin Memorial Fund committee, voted to award Mo Ringey $500 towards the publishing of a weekly email newsletter featuring local arts events, exhibitions, performances and readings. This unique web-based project, originally started as a newsletter to a small group of friends, now serves hundreds of people interested in arts and culture events happening in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

With this BJ Goodwin Memorial Fund award from the Northampton Arts Council, Inc., Mo Ringey will have the opportunity to continue to offer this important resource to the region. To view or sign up for this free weekly newsletter visit

The BJ Goodwin Memorial Fund is a special fund in honor of local performer, dancer, and educator, BJ Goodwin. The formation of this memorial fund was announced following her death on March 31, 2003 of breast cancer. With fundraising efforts by the Northampton Arts Council, Inc., and money raised by other arts organizations and numerous individuals from across the country--Washington State, California, Illinois, Florida, New York to name just a few--we have raised just over $4,100. The BJ Goodwin Memorial Fund is designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer, or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further professional development of their talents. It is our hope that this opportunity will also provide an artist with recognition and affirmation from their peers and the public. This memorial fund is very unique and should not be thought to replace funding that can be found in the traditional ARTS EZ spring and MCC/LCC fall grant rounds to artists and arts organizations. The first award of $1000 was made in 2004 to Mollye Maxner towards a danceWEB-Europe scholarship. The award to Mo Ringey is likely to be the only award from this fund in 2006 since the Arts Council needs to raise more money insuring its maintenance and long-term growth.

The Northampton Arts Council, Inc. is always accepting donations from the community that will go towards the continued building of this endowed fund. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Image-Contemplative Sheephead Man and Father Sarducci, my advisors, at Squibnocket Beach, Martha's Vineyard, September 17, 2006

A fabulous and very light guy
919_movie.jpg Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) directed by Shane Black,
written by Brett Halliday (novel) & Shane Black (screen story) starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

OK, here’s the deal. I agreed to pick a film every week for Mo (though occasionally she does the picking when I forget, I’m too late, or ran out of money to rent films) but the thing is I know nothing about film, my taste in film ranges from the exquisite to the appalling (some politely say eclectic) and if you knew me you might not ask me for the way to the bathroom let alone what film you should spend 90 plus minutes of your precious ridiculously all-too-brief life watching but (don’t you love the word ‘but’, I mean, it literally saves one’s butt!) I know what I like even if I couldn’t begin to tell you why, which is why I’m not a critic (I leave that for the cannibals) and just to make my point about how all over the block my taste is, this week I’m recommending Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I mean, with a title like that how can you lose.
Then imagine a gay Kilmer and a “relatively” nice guy Downey Jr. and Monaghan who I didn’t know before this film but who is like Perrier up your nose witty & pretty and then, if that’s not enough, it has a script with lines that remind me of Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart only dragged through thirty years of post-modern meat-grinding fear & loathing nickel & dime back alley ontological angst. And then again, it could be no more than the fact that it’s Friday night, it’s been a very strange week, you know, the kind of week that fell off a ten storey bridge, and before I watched the film I went out and bought some Chinese (and the girl at Luck Hop Foo [great name right? makes me think of e.e.cummings: my favorite Lucky Hopping Fool!] says: “You always order same thing.[Sesame Beef hmmm!] Why you not try something different?” and so I did [Fish filet in black bean sauce] because I trust this girl implicitly and it was delicious) so of course I needed to try a something different film.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Perfect. To hell with the reputation I never had. I loved it! A beautiful and powerful film in part documenting the creation of the Vietnam War Memorial and the development of the Civil Rights monument, along with other work Maya Lin has done as an architect and an artist. Mo will particularly enjoy Maya Lin’s sculptural artwork using crushed glass being that Mo is a smashed glass genius (as anyone who knows her work will agree.)[and no, Mo DID NOT ask me to say this!!]

It is astounding that at twenty years old this young talented designer beat out hundreds of submissions, many by the leading architects of the day, for the Viet Nam Memorial and then survived the D.C. political sausage grinder defending the integrity of her design and in the end established a new standard for memorials.

“I think art is wonderful because it's everything you've ever known and everything you've ever done, somehow percolating up, working with ideas that you might want to explore. And then you can just wake up one morning and know what you want to do. The hissing of the heat.” –– Maya Lin in an interview with Art 21

And the Hampden & Central Galleries


Riverside Enterprises, a nonprofit working to empower people with disabilities, is starting an exciting new
art workshop in Easthampton. Because resources are limited, we are looking for donations to supplement the basic materials we will be purchasing. If you have any of the following and would like to donate them, please let us know.

Large rolls of nowsprint or work paper
Good quality, heavy drawing or watercolor paper
Oil Pastels
Color Pencils
Classroom Bulletin Board on wheels
Colorful Prints ­ Klee, Miro, Van Gogh, Etc
. Small Printing Press

Drop off supplies at the main office of Riverside Industries at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton.

The Care Center is a GED school for pregnant and parenting moms in Holyoke and we do a black and white
photography class in conjunction with Hampshire college. The Care Center is a GED school for pregnant and parenting moms in Holyoke and we do a black and white photography class in conjunction with Hampshire
For the class I am wanting to acquire some basic point and shoot cameras (not digital) for my students to use.
If any of you have access to an old camera that has been replaced by the digital age and are interested in
donating it to my class let me know. Thanks.
The Care Center
Art Instructor
247 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
cell: 413-539-3059

Opening reception is Oct. 1 from 3-5.
919_silas.jpg Silas Kopf is having a (small) exhibition of objects
(including the marquetry picture of Mr. Peanut
having sexual realtions with Betty Boop) at the Williston- Northampton School.

Show runs Oct. 1- Oct 30. Opening reception is Oct. 1 from 3-5.

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.

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

FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 11 (application deadline: October 20, 2006)

Steve Badanes, architect
Kyle Gann, composer
Marie Ponsot, poet

APRIL 16 - MAY 6 (application deadline: January 12, 2007)
Robert Dick, composer/flutist
Alice Notley, poet
TBA (Visual Artist)

MAY 14 - JUNE 3 (application deadline: February 9, 2007)

Michael Burkard, poet
Stephen Jaffe, composer
Thomas Struth, visual artist

JULY 23 - AUGUST 12 (application deadline: March 16, 2007)

Cornelius Eady, playwright/poet
Maria Elena Gonzalez, visual artist
Denis Smalley, composer

OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 4 (application deadline: May 25, 2007)
Paul Pfeiffer, visual artist
Sarah Skaggs, choreographer
Gioia Timpanelli, storyteller/author

"ACA allows artists from different disciplines the opportunity to interact in a supportive space with time for artistic production as well as isolated studio time. It is a rare bird in the American cultural landscape." Laura Owens
(ACA Master Artist, 2006)

"My three weeks at ACA were a chance to focus in a positive atmosphere amongst a diverse group of people -
all energetic and enthusiastic about making work and sharing ideas. The collaborative possibilities with Associates
from other disciplines, the technical support of the staff, the fantastic natural environment, made my residency an unforgettable experience." Xana Kudrjavcev-DeMilner (Associate Artist, 2006)

Since 1982, Atlantic Center's residency program has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live,
work, and collaborate during three-week residencies. Located just four miles from the east coast beaches of central
Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains award-winning studios that include a resource library,
painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, black box theater, writer's studio, and digital computer lab. Each residency session includes three master artists of different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates - talented, emerging artists - through an application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently on
their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere and unstructured program provide considerable time for artistic regeneration and creation. Atlantic Center for the Arts provides housing (private room/bath with work desk), weekday meals (provided by ACA chef) and 24 hour access to shared studio space. financial Aid is available to qualified applicants.

For more information on how to apply, please telephone (386) 427-6975 or (800) 393-6975 (domestic US only) or visit or email us at
*All applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.
*Photo: Eric White

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:, contact:

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:

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:, or email:

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 OR

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 OR

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

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 OR

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

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 OR

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:, 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: slide_reg.shtml


LISTEN TO GIRL HOWDY LIVE (pictured) Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
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
The O-Tones
Holly Murray
The Invisible
Jan O'Highway
The Art Farm Project UK
Bob Markey
Briana Taylor
Rebecca Graves
Tony Kord
Save Darfur
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

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Red Horse Press Etching Studio
Fall Semester begins soon !!!!!!!

We are offering: Etching Monotype Woodcut and Lithography

Check our website for details on how you can come join the experiance.. again and again!!


[NO WORKSHOPS ON 10/7 & 11/25]
A.P.E., Third Floor/Thornes Market, 150 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
This workshop will focus particularly on building the oral skills to read poetry aloud in public, BUT will include activities and exercises designed to foster both the writing and reading of poetry.

We'll draw on ancient oral traditions of recitation, memorization and performance, and explore practices that ground the reading and writing of poetry in the body. We'll combine spoken word exercises with some of the important disciplines of written poetry, including those that emphasize clarity, precision, subtlety as well as drama, and revision.

This workshop will conclude with a reading by participants on December 2nd, to which the public will be invited.
The workshop will cover:
--how to be a good public reader of your own writing (and other people's);
--the “etiquette” of the poetry reading;
--how to please reading organizers, audiences, and yourself;
--strategies for building confidence and dealing with nerves.

Each workshop member will receive personal coaching in the skill of public reading with maximum clarity and expressiveness.
In addition, we'll explore how to support our own writing processes by using:
--movement and breath;
--memorization and reading aloud;
--rhythm and meter: hearing and using word accent expressively;
--the musical devices of poetry: rhythm, meter, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, etc.
--study of syntax: the way sentences are built;
--reference tools like the Thesaurus.

Please note: This workshop will address the practices of the “conventional” poetry reading, as opposed to those of a “poetry slam,” which is a separate but equal form of literary entertainment. Writers who think of themselves as slam poets are perfectly welcome to participate. While the focus of this workshop is on poetry reading and writing, other writers interested in developing these skills are welcome. The workshop is open to adult writers at all levels.
Cost: $300 ($30 per session)
To Register for Workshop #1: Workshop membership will be limited to 10 people. Contact Patrick Donnelly by phone or email (below) by SEPTEMBER 9TH to say you'd like to join the workshop. Mail $75 deposit to the address below to hold your place. The balance will be due at the first workshop.

POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP, 10 meetings, 9/28 - 12/7

The workshop will meet at the instructor's home in South Deerfield (address below). Each week, the format of the workshop will include:
--a short discussion on a topic of poetic craft;
--discussion of members' own poems;
--some outside reading.

This workshop is open to new and returning members, and will include new writing exercises and prompts, new craft topics, and experiments with memory and recitation.
Cost: $300 ($30 per session)
To Register for Workshop #2: Workshop membership will be limited to 10 people. Contact me by phone or email by SEPTEMBER 21ST to tell me you'd like to join the workshop. Send $75 deposit to the address below to hold your place. The balance will be due at the first workshop.
Reviews of previous workshops: “. . . the best organized workshop I've ever taken.” “. . . you have a friendly and gentle way of expressing ideas and opinions.” “My tools are sharper and my tool box in better order.”
INSTRUCTOR: PATRICK DONNELLY, an Associate Editor at Four Way Books, has taught writing at Smith College, New School University, Clark University, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and was Thornton writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College for Spring 2006. His first collection of poems is The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003). His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. He trained as an actor and singer at Oberlin Conservatory, and performed extensively throughout the United States.
To register, contact: 56 Hillside Road South Deerfield, MA 01373-9770 413-665-3325


Eclectic Workshops for Wild Women
and their friendly friends...
at the

Canal Studio and Gallery
380 Dwight St Holyoke MA

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm $40

a collage class with a focus on food body and mindfulness

3:00 pm- 6:00 pm $30
explore and expand your dream's message with collage

tUESDAY 26th sOUL jOURnAL 6:00pm - 9:00pm $30
juice up your journalling w/ altering techniques

OctOber sCHEDULE:beginning tUESDAY 3rd until
nOVEMEBER 28th (no class 10/31)

sOUL cARDS 6:00
pm-9:00 pm 8 sessions $90
your creativity is the language of soul: collaging to reveal your inner, communal, spiritual, energetic needs.

tUESDAY 31st hALLOwEEN sPeCIAL 6:00pm-9:00 pm $40
pLASTER/pAPIER mACHE mASK-mAKING your alter ego/ favorite superheroine invites you to fACE oFF & gET mESSY

All mATERIALs iNCluded. Gineen is honored to offer these workshops from her studio, THE ART TEMPLE in Holyoke. To SIGN UP email or check for more info.


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