OCTOBER 2, 2006
Breaking news...


I read this morning that Martha Stewart is getting a hip replacement.

And so I thought, what if *I* got a hip replacement? One that was so hip and smooth that she could handle all submission content for me? That would make the newsletter only fun again! I would just do all the formatting, photoshopping and embellishing and she could be the submission police and we'd have it back to one 8-hour day of work! Then we'd have time for shuffleboard, bon-bons and Mah-Jong like the old days.

Lately I have been trying really hard with my FAQs and such to get people to make submissions in such a way as keep this newsletter to a manageable block of time and to not tie up my server with giant images. And I email people back and ask them to pretty please resend with smaller images and not as a giant jpg or PDF which would require hours of re-typing (I tragically did not make the typing team) and then I never hear back or I am asked can't I just do it myself. And then I feel bad and get all neurotic and next thing I know it's dark out and I never got to my other work and I have to call my therapist and he tells me to get a new problem and call him back and it's just crazy-making. So I am replacing me, well just part of me, with a hipper version who is a formidable and hip gatekeeper.

Then I thought my hip Submission Editor replacement needs a name and while I was thinking this I found my grandmother's little black book of relatives and as it turns out I had a great-great-great Uncle Diddymo who lived in Italy (true, totally). So I am naming my hip replacement Diddymo after my wicked-great italian uncle. From now on please send all newsletter submissions to Diddymo at submit@moringey.com.

But wait! It's a trap, that bold bit. First you MUSTMUSTMUST review the submissions guidelines link because there is a hole in what I just said covered by loose grass and you will fall into the pit unless you read the guidelines and find the true meaning to submissions. You'll see what I mean. I am crafty.

And any rogue entries will get a typical Diddymo snappy reply such as, "Girlfriend, that jpg is bigger than my Camaro. Size it down or talk to the hand." Or perhaps to the oft-requested, "Can't you just go to our website every week and grab whatever show is current?", she'd reply, "Girlfriend, you go to your owndamselfsite and let *me* know what is re-le-VANT" and so on.

Diddymo is hip and snappy and won't take any PDFs from anyone.

And I will just shrug and adjust my halo and tell you that even I cannot reign in Diddymo.

AP WIREPHOTO: Jamoka & Diddymo krumping at the South Central Krump-Off, Los Angeles -September 2006

Sat and Sun, Oct 7th and 8th, 12-5 pm
620 pete

See furniture, sculpture, and collage by Peter Dellert



Sat and Sun, Oct 7th and 8th, 12-5 pm

174 Sargeant Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
( corner of Sargeant and Beech Sts.)

Directions / Portfolio at DellertFurniture.com
(website by MO)

Canal Gallary, 380 Dwight St., Holyoke MA October 6-8
925_canal.jpg The Holyoke Art League will present a Fall Art Extravaganza, which includes a juried art show, silent auction and live demonstrations. Admission is free.

Please join us at the Canal Gallary, 380 Dwight St., Holyoke MA on Friday, October 6th 6-9 pm, Saturday, October 7th 12-6 pm and Sunday, October 8th 12-4 pm.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 4 to 6 pm, all are welcome to come enjoy refreshments, music and meet the many talented artists.

On Sunday, October 8th, there will be live demonstrations beginning at 12 noon, with Jane Barrientos, trump loiel, 1 pm Estelle Bergeron, sculpture and 2 pm Sharen Harris, painting with a pallet knife, followed by announcement of the silent auction winners.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Oct 6, 7, 8, 2006
925_hopensq.jpg Arts Walk Weekend at Open Square, Oct 6, 7, 8 2006.

Over one dozen artists and performers invite you to Open Square Arts Walk in the mill complex on the canal between Lyman and Dwight Sts., Holyoke the weekend of Oct. 6th through 8th , 2006.

Exhibit Opening Reception will be Fri. Oct. 6 from 5-8 PM. In conjunction will be the Opening Reception for "Intersections", an exhibition featuring 13 Massachusetts sculpture and installation artists recognized through the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Artists Grants.

Open Studios, Intersections" and Dance Performances will be Sat Oct. 7 11AM-5PM. Open Studios and "Intersections" continue Sunday, Oct. 8th from 11AM-5PM.

Resident artists invite the public to tour their Gallery and studio spaces on the second floor. Dance Performance and "Intersections" will be shown on the fourth floor.

The renovated mills on the canals between Dwight and Lyman Sts. are becoming a showplace for visual and performing artists. Taking part in the Art Walk at Open Square are:

Sue Bennett,(Private Label), Bill Alatalo & Bronwen Hodgkinson (cdeVision), Joe Costin, Keith Fisher, Stacy Geryk, Gary Hallgren, Sean Halliday, John Kaminski , Holyoke Community College Faculty, Betty Korostynski, Lola Lach, Paul Leveille, Jill MacFarlane, Sue McGough, Dean Nimmer, Michael Powers, Lisa Troseth, Rose Marie and Charles Flachs, (Massachusetts Academy of Ballet), and the Enchanted Circle Theater.

The Black Sheep Deli at Open Square will be open during the event.

more info: www.opensquare.com or call 413-532-0600, Betty at Studio 211

for "Intersections", please visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.

The MCC exhibit will be open to the public through November 18,2006

Friday October 6 AT 7 PM
Friday October 6: Julie Evans will give a slide talk on painting at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St. Northampton, Ma., tel. # 586 6300.

She has traveled through India on a Fullbright scholarship. Her paintings are abstract and reflect her infatuation with Indian color and design. She lives and works in New York City. 7 pm at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street in Northampton. This series is funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council.

The Oxbow Gallery, an artist cooperative located at 275 Pleasant Street, is making changes for the fall.

New hours will be Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 12-5 and Friday 12-8.

Nine new artists: Lydia Nettler, Judith Mann, Phil Lawrence, Sarah Belchtz-Swenson, Lindsay Fogg Wilitis, Brian Chu, Margaret McCann, David Rohm, and Harriet Diamond join the original 28 members in this second exhibition cycle. Visit the front and back rooms as artists pair up for newly formatted three week shows.

Arcadia opens the season with the annual Baroque Oktoberfest
October 8, Doors will open at 5:30 PM for this 7:00 performance
ianwatson.gif Arcadia Players Present the 18th Season Handel’s Messiah, Bach Cantatas, Mozart and Madrigals

Arcadia Players, the Pioneer Valley’s professional early music ensemble, announces its 18th season: eleven performances of seven illuminating programs, given in area venues that enhance the concert experience. With Artistic Director Ian Watson, Arcadia’s ensembles and soloists will explore music from the English madrigals of Elizabethan times to chamber music of Mozart, infusing all their performances with the vitality of historical style. Area concertgoers have the chance to hear three programs featuring music of Bach, as well as Arcadia’s renowned version of Handel’s Messiah, which returns to Northampton in December.

Arcadia opens the season with the annual Baroque Oktoberfest at Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall on Sunday evening of October 8. Ian Watson leads Arcadia Players in a suite of Handel’s dances for Ben Jonson’s comedy The Alchemist and will take the solo part in a buoyant harpsichord concerto by J.S. Bach. In the Oktoberfest spirit the vocal trio of Diana Brewer, Raymond Delisle and Peter W. Shea offer Baroque drinking songs, and the concert finale is the Coffee Cantata, which Bach wrote not for a church but for a Leipzig coffee house—about a father who cannot keep his headstrong daughter from her daily coffee! Doors will open at 5:30 PM for this 7:00 performance, allowing time for Oktoberfest food and drink before the concert. The Arcadia Players Board of Directors will host this concert.

For more information, email info@arcadiaplayers.org or call 413-256-4888 or visit the Arcadia Players website at www.arcadiaplayers.org.

Singular Multiples, Prints by Rachel Gugler and Doris Madsen
At Zea Mays Printmaking Studio
102_doris.jpg Singular Multiples, Prints by Rachel Gugler and Doris Madsen

Rachel Gugler and Doris Madsen are printmakers at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence, Mass. Both Doris and Rachel are seeking to push the boundaries in finding new ways to express their images. Both artists have a body of work representing a particular vision that repeats itself, yet each piece is unique and singular. Each is adapting particular methods in ways that allow the process and final piece to mesh as one.

Rachel Gugler is exhibiting pieces that are etchings, intaglio and drypoint. Her work is narrative and reflective and imbued with mood, humor and personality. In her images, there is something for everybody, a path Rachel is exploring in her new work.

Doris Madsen is showing pieces which are primarily monotypes mixed with some drypoint. Her layers of ink are solely black and the primaries: yellow, blue and red. Her images of prickly pear cactus are drawn from a winter trip through the Southwest.

In addition to being artists, both Rachel and Doris are librarians. Rachel has a master's degree in American Studies and is currently working on a master's degree in library science at Simmons College with a focus on archives. Doris is a librarian at Springfield City Library; her degree is from Simmons College.
Pictured at left-ish: Doris Madsen
Cactus I

Two artists, two events
Artists Karen Iglehart and Sue Katz will exhibit their work at Gallery A3 during the month of October. Iglehart will show oil paintings of abstracted landscapes and Katz will exhibit mixed media constructions of found objects and paint. The exhibit runs from October 5 through October 28 and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 5 from 5-8.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 pm. The gallery is located at 28 Amity Street in Amherst in the Amherst Cinema Building. For more information please call Keith Hollingworth at 549-0865.

Conversation with artists: Karen Iglehart and Sue Katz

Gallery A3 hosts a “Conversation with Artists.” Karen Iglehart and Sue Katz, who are exhibiting at the gallery during the month of October, will be available to discuss the exhibit and the process of their work.

Karen Iglehart is an oil painter showing abstracted landscapes and Sue Katz is a mixed-media artist working with constructions of found objects and paint. The event takes place on October 26 from 7-9:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Gallery A3 is located at 28 Amity Street in Amherst. For more information please call the gallery at 256-4250.

Asparagus Valley Potters’ Guild 30th Anniversary Exhibit
Opening reception from 5-7pm on October 13th
102_crowell.JPG The Asparagus Valley Potters’ Guild will celebrate 30 years in existence with a special exhibit of member’s work at the Northampton Center for the Arts located at 17 New South Street in Northampton, MA. The show will run from October 4th-29th, 2006 with an opening reception from 5-7pm on October 13th (in conjunction with Northampton’s "Arts Night Out.").

Founding member Michael Cohen stated that the Guild was formed in 1976 by a small group of working potters who wanted to have a way to be among other professional potters in a social atmosphere. The name of the guild was chosen to honor the rich Connecticut River Valley’s famous crop. It also refers to the fact that a big part of every meeting is the wonderful food members bring. The group now numbers 40 members, and meets every other month for a potluck, and business meeting to discuss issues pertinent to professional potters. It provides a forum for professional potters (not hobbyists) to get out of their studios and interact with others who have the same business concerns. It also results in a lot of recipe sharing, as potters tend to love the culinary arts in addition to making clay creations.

The show will feature works from some of the longest standing members, including Michael Cohen, Angela Fina, and Robert Woo as well as works of newer members such as Robbie Heidinger, Tiffany Hilton, and Steve Earp.

For more information about the show and gallery hours, visit www.nohoarts.org

For information about the Asparagus Valley Potters Guild, contact:
Michael Cohen 413-256-8691
Angela Fina 413-549-5195

Reception will be held Oct. 14, 6-8 pm at the Goodlander Gallery
102_goodlander.jpg The Goodlander Gallery, 64 Cottage Street, Easthampton, Ma is offering our latest exhibition titled " Recent Works".
Acclaimed artist, Barbara Johnson will present her latest works including the series "Millscapes", oil paintings of New England mills. Easthampton, MA. , October 1-30Th. An artist’s reception will be held Oct. 14, 6-8 pm.

In this exciting exhibition, Barbara Johnson once again proves why her paintings have always brought her such acclaim. Her new paintings invite (no, demand) one to participate. Barbara Johnson has proved that she can put down in paint anything that interests her with great precision - capturing form and exquisite detail.

It is very exciting to see an artist's work presented in such an intelligent and diligent manner - from the very beautiful iconic portraits of objects and of people, to the most recent Millscapes: where Johnson literally steps out into space to meet the challenges of relationships and content that go into the process of creating her finely rendered oil paintings and other works.

Call Goodlander Gallery, for more information
413-527-4850. Tu-Thr 10-5,
Fri 12-7, Sat 10-4 closed Sun. and Mon.

The month at the Northampton Center for the Arts
OCTOBER 4 ~~There will be an open audition for a reading of “Women at War,” a new play based on interviews with women in the armed forces who have recently returned to Western Massachusetts from the wars. The reading calls for a cast of five women, ages 15-45. “Women at War” will be performed on November 10 and 11 at the Center. For more information and an audition appointment, call 413.586.6543 or mail a photograph and resume (be sure to include a phone number) to Hadden/Schendler, 57 Prospect Street, Northampton MA 01060

OCTOBER 14 ~~ The Hevreh Ensemble will play original works by Jeff Adler at 8 p.m. in the Center’s performance hall. The concert, entitled "Exploring Jewish Spirituality in the Context of World Music," will feature Judith Dansker, oboe, English horn, Native American flute; Laurie Friedman, clarinet, Native American flute, shofar and percussion; Jeff Adler (the composer), bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, Native American flute; and Christine Gevert, harpsichord and synthesizer. Hevreh Ensemble performances feature original contemporary American Jewish compositions that combine folk, classical, jazz and world music elements. The works are often inspired by themes from Jewish spirituality and concepts of world conservation and peace. Tickets are $10 and $8 for children and seniors. Reservations may be made by calling 413.584.7327. This concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the Jewish Arts & Culture Initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

OCTOBER 15 ~~ The North Country Line Dancers will give a short demonstration/performance at 3 p.m. followed by a lively instruction session for everyone who wants to learn line dancing. What more could you want for $5 on a (possibly) rainy October Sunday afternoon? OCTOBER 17 ~~ In the second installment of this year’s Pre-School Performing Arts Series, The Beautiful Future Band will guide children on a lively musical journey around the world with joyful songs, games, movement and laughter. The band performs charming original compositions as well as songs in languages from other lands. The series is supported by a generous grant from the Xeric Foundation and is designed to introduce children to the arts. Performances begin at 10:30 a.m., last 45 minutes and will continue on November 21 with Hoopoe the Clown and on December 19 with Henry the Juggler. Monthly performances will continue in the new year.

OCTOBER 20-21 ~~ Suzanne Willett, known as “the feminazi,” will bring her feminist comedy to the Center for a two-night stand at 8 p.m. Willett won the Talent of Tampa Bay competition and was a finalist at California's Funniest Female contest. She has opened for Billy Gardell, Basile and JJ Walker. She's been on TV and radio and reviewed in major newspapers. What better place for feminist comedy than Northampton? Willett suggests: “Search for sexist pigs, hear the Virgin Mary's story, unite with your older sisters or simply share the pain of suburbia.” Tickets are $20 ($7 for students with ID) and will be sold at the door.

OCTOBER 22 ~~ Members of seven area dance companies and schools will present “Just for Kicks,” their semi-annual benefit performance for the Northampton Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. in the Center’s performance space. The dance concert will feature Amherst Ballet, Cadance, East Street Ballet, New England Dance Quarters Performance Group, NEDQ Hip Hop, Pioneer Valley Ballet and Terpsichore Ensemble. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and will be available at the door

October 13, 5-8 PM
Coming Up On October 13
Visit 22 galleries, shops
between 5 and 8 p.m.

Northampton continues its Arts Night Out program Friday, October 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless the duration is otherwise noted in individual listings below), offering open galleries at 22 locations, all within a short walk in the city's downtown area. The event is organized by participating art and craft organizations and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by the Northampton Cooperative Bank, 93.9 (The River), and the Valley Advocate.

Highlighted in October are several galleries:

~~The Artisan Gallery, 162 Main Street, will be showing the hand-made, wood-fired ceramics of Sam Taylor. Says Sam: “I like to make the pot that is wholly clear—that unquestionably and effortlessly meets the expectations of its user~I cannot control my wood-fired kiln; I can only try to intelligently direct it~Each firing is different, which can be as disappointing as it is exciting, because nothing is exactly as beautiful as the time before~All my pots are functional, though I do make some pieces that are prettier to look at, while other pieces are more rewarding to use.”

~~R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street, continues “Works in Egg Tempera” by Fred Wessel, Phil Schirmer and Mark Meunier. Egg tempera is a process that uses egg yolk to bind pigments. Recognized as the second oldest painting medium, it requires that the artists manufacture the paints by the simple process of mixing finely ground pigment, water and egg yoke.

~~The A.P.E. Gallery, 150 Main Street, third floor, is showing the work of three artists: Diane Savino, who also uses egg tempera for her paintings, which combine symbol and iconography referencing personal journeys; Keith Fisher, who is currently working in oil pastels, a medium that incorporates the attributes of both drawing and painting; and Terry Rooney whose pieces are a retrospective of over 15 years of her 3D house constructions, which are an extension of a woman's body. Several pieces are new, and several have not been exhibited before.

~~The Naked Art Gallery, 492 Pleasant Street, is new to the Arts Night Out group and will be featuring Sandra Pipczynski's digital photography of familiar local New England scenes with a sprinkling of natural flora and fauna. The gallery is located within the Dance Northampton Studio, which affords space for artistic performance for individuals or groups during Arts Night Out. Call Dance Northampton for details 413-585-2422.

~~Alfredo's Gallery, 5 Crafts Avenue, will have a "Wall Decor Sale,” with “amazing price reductions” on everything from original photography to other forms of wall décor, including items in the downstairs “Accentuate” section of the gallery.

~~The Old Courthouse Gallery, 99 Main Street, will be showing the work of two artists: informal portraits by Laura Kowal in acrylics that focus on families and landscapes; and portraits and still life compositions by Lisa Rock in oil and acrylics.

~~Pinch, 179 Main Street, will feature the quirky, humorous and intelligent ceramics of Michael Terra. All of Terra’s works, which are functional and emotionally engaging, are hand-sculpted with simple tools and then high fired. Terra will be on hand at Pinch from 5 to 9 p.m.

~~At the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, David Bradford will show recent paintings, including landscapes done in Montana, where he paints during the summer, and variations of views of Northampton, where he lives and works during the rest of the year, as well as some San Francisco scenes. In reconciling the language of painting with the possibilities of the reality that he sees, he says, “Ultimately, my goal, as Andre Derain once wrote, is 'to give life to a dead surface.'"

~~At the Northampton Center for the Arts, third floor, 17 New South Street, the Asparagus Valley Potters’ Guild is marking its 30th anniversary—with a current membership of 40—by presenting an exhibit of work by some of its longest standing members, including Michael Cohen, Angela Fina, and Robert Woo, as well as works of newer members like Robbie Heidinger, Tiffany Hilton, and Steve Earp. The group’s name celebrates the Connecticut River Valley’s famous crop and refers to the fabulous potlucks they have at meetings where discussion is focused on issues of concern to professional potters. (ANO here is from 5 to 7 p.m.)

~~Basha’s Oriental Rugs, 213 Main Street, is another newcomer to Arts Night Out. There you can explore exotic, colorful 18th-21st century Baluch, English, French, Indian, Kashmiri, Moorish, Persian, Spanish, Tibetan, Turkish, and Turkomen pieces.

~~At the Smith College Museum of Art, where free admission begins at 4 p.m. on Arts Night Out (Second Fridays), there is much to be seen: “The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy”; “The Early Modern Painter-Etcher”; “Women Are Beautiful,” photographs by the noted American photographer Garry Winogrand; “Image and Devotion: Christian Art of Ethiopia from the Walters Art Museum”; along with “The Coronation of the Virgin,” an important Northern Renaissance Altarpiece recently acquired by the museum.

Participating arts venues are: Alfredo’s; APE Third Floor Arts; Artisan Gallery; Basha Oriental Rugs; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild Art Supply; Herdis Salon; R. Michelson Galleries; Multi-Arts Gallery; Northampton Center for the Arts; Northampton Pottery; Old Court House Gallery; Oxbow Gallery; Pinch; Scandihoovians. com; Silverscape Designs; Smith College Museum of Art; Ta Yu Gallery; The Naked Art Gallery; Watkins Gallery; and William Baczek Fine Arts.

Arts Night Out takes place, rain or shine, on the second Friday of each month year-round. Admission is free, and free parking is available at the Smith College parking garage on West Street (Route 66). A map with description of participating galleries, studios and shops, are available at Arts Night Out locations and the Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant Street. There will be entertainment and refreshments at many venues. Take a walk and see the (arts) sights in Northampton.

This Halloween Shakespeare & Company conjures up some frightful fun
102_kerfol.jpg Edith Wharton and Edgar Allan Poe request the pleasure of giving you a really good scare.

This Halloween Shakespeare & Company conjures up some frightful fun, with a live reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and The Pendulum, and a performance of Edith Wharton’s marvelous ghost story, Kerfol - about an ancient chateau in the wilds of Brittany where guests relive an ancient, haunting murder.
No one sleeps at Kerfol. Not even the dead.

It’s Wharton at her most imaginative, adapted by Dennis Krausnick, especially for those who enjoy great writing and good scare.

“The whole place is a tomb.” Kerfol

Reserve your place at Kerfol noW. We dare you! Two weekends only. October 19-29, 2pm & 7pm Tickets: 413-637-3353 or Shakespeare.org Discounts and Group Rates Available Purchase tickets by Oct. 15 and save 20% Mention Code 0901 when ordering tickets Shakespeare & Company


The Mount and Shakespeare & Company double dare you to enjoy Edith Wharton’s eerie side, and save 25% on both.

On the days of the Kerfol performances, and only through this special arrangement with The Mount, you can tour Edith Wharton’s estate in the afternoon and take in the Kerfol performance and live Poe reading in the evening for 25% off the regular ticket price. Take advantage of this special limited time, autumn special to see where Edith Wharton lived and wrote, learn about her life and lifestyle, and to stroll through the gardens and wonderful landscape that inspired her.

Then come to Founders’ Theatre and enjoy the adaptation of Kerfol, Wharton’s classic ghost story, and to hear a Company member read Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum.

Don’t miss the special opportunity to spend a few hours of daylight with Edith Wharton and the dark of night with her and Edgar Allan Poe. Tickets must be purchased by October 15. Call the Shakespeare & Company Box Office, 413-637-3353 for details, or check them out on line. Mention code 0902 when ordering tickets.
The Mount in Lenox


Call your friends now and make a special day if it. The Mount, Shakespeare & Company and Asters Restaurant invite you to take part in a special group package celebrating Edith Wharton’s work. Reservations must be made for 10 people or more.
Your group will enjoy a 3:00pm tour of The Mount estate and gardens. Then, after a specially arranged fall dinner at Aster’s, the chills begin at 7pm in Founders’ Theatre with a spine tingling reading of The Pit and The Pendulum, followed by a performance of Kerfol. Make plans, call your friends, office colleagues, book club, professional association or church group and enjoy this unique, Berkshire autumn day. You don’t want to visit Kerfol alone!

Tour, Dinner, Live Performance -All inclusive for $80.00 Reservations must be made by October 15. Details and Tickets at Shakespeare.org, or call Margit Hotchkiss in our Group Sales Office, 413-637-1199 ext 132. There are a limited number of seats and performance dates available for the special package rates. Call ahead for reservations and information. Mention Code 0903 when ordering tickets

925_clayjazz.jpg Sarah Clay (flute/vocals) and Karl Rausch (guitar) are the core of the Clay Jazz Band. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, Sarah and Karl often perform as a duo. When the situation calls for a trio, we add a bass player; add a drummer for a quartet.

We mostly play jazz standards: Swing, Latin, Bossa Nova, Ballads and Blues, with an occasional original thrown in just to keep you guessing.

Can you dance to our music? Oh, yes! Most jazz standards were written to get you out of your seat and on to the dance floor. But songs also tell a story – of lost love, new love, hopeless love, glorious love! Telling those stories and seeing smiles of recognition in the audience is one of the joys of being a musician.

Clay Jazz: Calendar Saturday, October 14th, 2006
The Montague Bookmill
Montague Bookmill Concert Series - 8 - 11:30 pm

Greenfield Road
Montague MA
Price: $10 advance/$12 at the door

Joint concert with Agua Dulce (jazz/bop trio). Come hear fine jazz with a latin twist in a fabulous setting overlooking the river. Clay Jazz plays the first set, so don't be late! For directions, go the the Montague Bookmill website.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
The People's Pint
Third Wednesday of each Month - 8-10 pm

24 Federal Street
Greenfield MA 01301
Price: No cover/Tips/CDs for sale

Fresh brewed beer and ginger ale, excellent pub fare, friendly atmosphere.

Baroque Oktoberfest at the Iron Horse
Sunday, October 8, at 7:00 PM
Arcadia Players Season Opener: Baroque Oktoberfest at the Iron Horse

Opening the 18th season of Arcadia Players, the Pioneer Valley’s professional early music ensemble: Baroque Oktoberfest with Arcadia Players Baroque Ensemble, directed by Ian Watson
Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center Street, Northampton
Sunday, October 8, at 7:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30 for Oktoberfest food and drink, served until the concert begins

Program: George Frideric Handel: Suite from The Alchemist
Adam Krieger & Johann Schein: Student Songs
Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in A major, BWV 1055

Ian Watson, soloist Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 211, “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht” (“Coffee Cantata”) Diana Brewer, soprano Raymond Delisle, tenor Peter W. Shea, baritone Tickets: Pre-ordered individual tickets are $45 preferred seating, $25 general admission, $15 student Ticket prices at the door are $50 preferred, $30 general, $10 student Season subscriptions for series of six, five or four concerts (plus bonus concert) may be purchased at prices ranging from $80 to $205

For information, tickets and subscriptions, call 413-256-4888, email info@arcadiaplayers.org, or see www.arcadiaplayers.org

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 local.masslive.com, 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 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!

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 eastmontartfund@charter.net. To learn more about the campaign, please visit the Pascommuck Conservation Trust website at www.pctland.org

I guess I'll use this space for press releases that slide in just as I am about to hit the send button
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Plinth Books (West Hartford, Connecticut) is pleased to announce the publication of Margaret Lloyd’s book of poems, A Moment in the Field: Voices from Arthurian Tradition on October 1, 2006.

Lloyd lives in Florence, Massachusetts, and is chair of the Humanities Department at Springfield College. She is the author of William Carlos Williams’s Paterson: A Critical Reappraisal (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press) and a book of poems, This Particular Earthly Scene (Alice James Books).

Lloyd’s poems have appeared widely in journals, including the New England Review, Seneca Review, Willow Springs, Poetry East, and Planet: The Welsh Internationalist. Among her awards and honors is a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a fellowship to Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, where she completed A Moment in the Field.

Lloyd will give two readings to celebrate the publication of her book. The first is a unique faculty collaboration at Springfield College with Christopher Haynes, who has written music for piano, violin, and flute in response to her poems. This event will take place on October 4th at 7:30 in Marsh Memorial Chapel at Springfield College. A book launch and reading will take place on October 12th at 7:30 in the A.P.E. Performance Space on the third floor of Thorne’s Market in Northampton, sponsored by A.P.E. and Broadside Books.

More info to come and maybe an image next week?

a haunting snatch of poetry
102_movie.jpg At Five in the Afternoon (Panj É Asr) (2004)
written & directed by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)
co-written by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
starring Aghelech Rezaie as Nogreh

“At five in the afternoon comes death,” claims a haunting snatch of poetry in this equally haunting picture from Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf. One of the first feature films to emerge from post-Taliban Afghanistan (making it a worthy companion piece to Siddiq Barmak's excellent Osama), this follows Noqreh (Agheleh Rezaie) as she struggles to redefine her role as a woman despite the protestations of her cranky, conservative father (Abdolgani Yousefrazi). Yet with death and misery everywhere, freedom seems an unlikely luxury.The harsh realities of life on the ground prove an obstacle to Noqreh's ambitious dream of female empowerment (she plans to become the first woman president of the new republic.)

With Noqreh's chance encounter with a bemused French UN soldier turning the film's political gaze back on us, the assignment of guilt is clear: we bombed the country to oblivion; now we must aid its redevelopment before the ruins give birth to a second wave of extremism. Judging by the tragic events that conclude this haunting film, we may have already left it too late.

In Farsi with English subtitles. (adapted from review by Jamie Russell, BBC)

Given that the Bush administration is busy strategizing the propaganda for its next war, this is a timely reminder of where the first Bush & Co. war got us. One wonders what it will take for the average American (and Canadian) to wake up. Willful ignorance is no less a crime than deliberately misleading a nation. Samira Makhmalbaf offers the viewer a rich and nuanced inside look at the humanity that suffers the blunt force of a monstrous policy. For those not aware of Bush’s plan to attack Iran, see the following links: www.thenation.com/doc/20061009/lindorff www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2006/s1741981.htm

naclogo2.jpg September 20, 2006
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 and now serves hundreds of people interested in arts and culture 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 http://www.moringey.com/newsletters.htm

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 DAS048@aol.com

Call for Artists: After Urban
Video Art & Architecture event

Deadline for applications: December 01, 2006

Location: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA - USA
email: artexpo@lucacurci.com
more details: www.lucacurci.com/artexpo

International ArtExpo is selecting all interesting video/short.films to include in the next 2006 Exhibitions: After Urban - University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA - USA (February 2007). The deadline for applications is December 01, 2006.

The number of works with you can participate is unlimited. All works must be on DVD (PAL or NTSC), no matter what the original source medium. The duration may be any, with a preference given to a max lenght of 15 minutes. If you are interested, send your video submissions (Name/Surname, City/Country, Film title, Running time, Brief film synopsis) with a CV/biography, videography and an introduction about the piece to:
arch. Luca Curci
via Casamassima, 75
70010 - Capurso (Bari) - Italy

International ArtExpo is a not for profit organization that provides a significant forum for cultural dialogue between all artists from different cultures and countries. We depend on the support of you. ArtExpo is grateful to all of the institutions, corporations, and individuals who support our efforts. We work with a number of national and international galleries as well as publishers, museums, curators and writers from all over the world. We help artists through solo and group exhibitions, gallery representation, magazine reviews and advertisements, press releases, internet promotion, as well as various curatorial projects.

Participation open to: professional artists, architects and designers, associate groups and studios.

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 www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org or email us at program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org
*All applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.
*Photo: Eric White ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

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

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


Derek Goodwin
Northampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
FischerStudios.net (pictured)
Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
Cynthia Guild
Maureen Scanlon's Peace Ribbon 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 Fountain.com
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

Unfortunately due to stuff I can't comprehend, the button has to say, "Buy Now". I want it to say "Hello Sweetheart!"

Anyway--thanks for your support!

If this button does not work you may have to try another browser. sigh.


We still have a few openings in these two wonderful workshops coming up in the next couple of weeks - if you're interested, call or email the studio at 413.584.1783 or liz@zeamaysprintmaking.com. Pictures of work, information about the guest artists and much more information is available on our website: www.zeamaysprintmaking.com
Register now, they won't be offered again for quite some time!

Monotype Sampler
with Anita Hunt
Tuesday evenings, October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 6-9 PM,
$250 includes materials

This 4 evening class will introduce and explore a wide variety of monotype techniques using Akua Waterbased inks, including additive, reductive, layering methods, viscosity, resists, using stencils and more. Students will learn painterly methods of applying color and expand their range of mark making possibilities with the Akua needle applicators and pens. Each week, a demonstration will be followed by work time so that participants have ample time to assimilate each new process while building up a repertoire of techniques over the course of the month. All levels of experience are welcome.


Printing with Plastic
with Meredith Broberg
October 28-29, 2006, 10-5, $250 includes materials

Combine Rembrandt's techniques with Dupont's plastics to make prints which are expressive and inexpensive! Instead of traditional copper plates, we'll use thin sheets of plastic to explore drypoint and collotype. Drypoint involves scratching lines directly into the plate, whether fine detail or big gestures. Collotype prints are made from textural plates, with lots of possibilities for rich, painterly images. Both processes are relatively direct and fast, which makes it easy to work spontaneously and intuitively. Since drypoint is linear and collotype is tonal, these techniques combine especially well. It can be very freeing to work with materials that are easy to use and inexpensive--come explore the possibilities! This workshop is suitable for anyone new to printmaking and to printmakers interested in loosening up and widening their working process.



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