OCTOBER 17, 2006
Best Friends Forever!


A funny thing happened on the way to the Open Square reception last week.
Just as I was leaving the phone rang. It was Paul. Paul works for the Rachel Ray Show. Pat, who with her husband Roy had popped in at my reception at The Pegasus Gallery in Provincetown a few weeks back and then had invited Maureen and I to a seafood luau on the beach complete with bonfire the next evening, had emailed the show thinking that Rachel Ray's set needed a fridgequeen fridge to make it really cool. Nice thinking!

So Paul asked me to send some pictures of myself and my fridges and samples of my radio show (Wednesday mornings from 8-9 AM on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM) and other useful information. So I agreed to do so and went off to the reception and, uncharacteristically for me, did not mention a word about the phone call to anyone. Okay--one person but that was IT.

But then I thought about it and it hit me that they wanted this stuff because they were considering having me on the show and I got really nervous. There aren't even pictures of me on my website except the one on my old, set out to pasture, site with me sitting inside a fridge wearing my double cartridge chemical respirator. I don't like pictures of me. TV involves cameras.

3 days later Meredith called. Meredith works for the Rachel Ray show. Meredith was high energy. Meredith asked me about me and my fridges and other appliances. I guess my narrative lacked that certain Je Ne Sais Wow! because partway through she cut in and said, "Okay! Thanks so much! We'll keep you in mind! Just in case, you know, we do a show like that, you know, something... crafty-like. Thanks!!"

And so there will be no "Mosely Mo (Mo is short for Mosely Josely which is what I was called growing up) and Rachel Ray show".

But in the interim I *did* think about what it would be like to be on the show, IF they would refrain from calling my sculptures *craft*...

I didn't see myself on her couch on the set in NYC with a room at a fancy hotel with a doorman, but rather sitting in my special garden along the canal where I make plaids and we'd be all bundled up because it's getting cold and maybe we'd have a bonfire. And we'd chat about art and appliances and, just like my hero Polly in, "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing", I would make the most astoundingly brilliant comments about life and art and the Theory of Relativity and then all my friends would nonchalantly drop by, conveniently wearing their art as sandwhich boards or sculptures as hats. It'd be just like Pee Wee's Playhouse and everyone would get on TV! There'd be no end to the parade of artists with art in hand and I'd introduce them all to Rachel Ray.

I'd say, "Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest! What are you doing here? Gosh! Your "Resurrection Boy" banner looks fabulous as a dashieki! Rachel, did you know Amy and I are showing at the NCA next month? Do come!" And RR (we'd be BFFs by now) would be so chagrined that she couldn't make the reception with rumored accordian player and wine and cheese but she'd buy everyone's art because she's a big, rich TV star! And then that song, "Love is in the air" would come on and we'd all laugh and dance around the garden in the setting sun and get parting gifts like Swarovsky Crystal-encrusted Blackberries and Harry Winston diamond friendship rings and gilded sushi.

So you can see why I'll never be on the Rachel Ray show. But my version of events was fun while it lasted.

Pictured: Rachel Ray WOWing the studio audience with my sculpture, "Narcissivision".

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Works on Paper and Installation by Larry Slezak
102_slezak.jpg The Holyoke Community College


Works on Paper and Installation by LARRY SLEZAK
Oct. 9 - Nov.2, 2006
Gallery talk/Reception - Wed. Oct.11
11am - 1pm - gallery talk begins at noon

The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and is conveniently accessed through the HCC Campus Library in the Donahue Building. Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 9am - 6pm

SUBSCRIBER BONUS! Larry invites everyone recieving Mo's newsletter to his invitational closing party on Thursday Nov. 2nd from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. SAVE the DATE! (it's the day-o-da-dead) !!!!***

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

Six Artists/One Cause - A Benefit for Cancer Connection
Opening reception Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22 from 12-5PM
1016_forbes.jpg Six Artists/One Cause - A Benefit for Cancer Connection

(A drop-in center offering free programs and support services to those living with cancer)

featuring work by Liz Chalfin, Joyce Silverstone, Lynn Peterfreund, Julie Rivera, Joan Wiener and Mary Ann Kelly

Gallery at 19 Forbes, 19 Forbes Ave. Northampton, MA. Opening reception Saturday, October 21st and Sunday October 22 from 12-5PM.

Additional viewings by appointment through Sunday, October 29th.

call 413.584.7057 to schedule.

Helena Dooley and Ruth Kjaer at Gallery A3
opening reception on Thursday, November 2 from 5-8
109_a3.jpg Artists Helena Dooley and Ruth Kjaer will exhibit their work at Gallery A3 during the month of November.

Dooley will show small scale installations and reverse paintings on glass. Kjaer exhibits mixed media paintings from her series “Classics: Now and Then.”

The exhibit runs from November 2 through December 2 and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, November 2 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 call 413-256-4250.

Image: Carved in Stone, mixed media painting by Ruth Kjaer

pictured: Carved in Stone, mixed media painting by Ruth Kjaer

Michael Ferris Jr. at ATM Gallery October 20 - November 25
Opening Reception - October 20 6-9pm
1016_ferris.jpg From Michael Ferris Jr:

Hello Everyone,

My solo show of new drawings opens on October 20th at ATM gallery.
I hope you can stop by.

Michael ferris Jr.
"As Beautiful As"
October 20 - November 25
Opening Reception - October 20 6-9pm

ATM gallery
619 b west 27th street
New York, New York 10001
Tuesday - Saturday 11-6

Singular Multiples, Prints by Rachel Gugler and Doris Madsen
NOTE--->>>Venue change! Manhan Cafe, 72 Union St., Easthampton
102_doris.jpg Singular Multiples, prints by Rachel Gugler and Doris Madsen, is being show at Manhan Cafe, 72 Union St., Easthampton from October 16 through November 9.

There will be a reception on Sunday October 22 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Hours of the Cafe are during the week, 6 am to 6 pm and weekends, 7 am to 6 pm

Rachel Gugler is exhibiting pieces that are etchings, intaglio and drypoint. Her work is reflective and imbued with mood, humor and personality.

Doris Madsen is showing pieces of prickly pears which are primarily monotypes mixed with some drypoint. Her uses of ink and image are layered and sometimes transparent creating prints whose colors are subtle and engaging.

Rachel Gugler and Doris Madsen both work as printmakers at Zea Mays in Florence.
Pictured at left-ish: Doris Madsen
Cactus I

Mo Note: The venue didn't really change, we just had a mix-up. So don't go to Zea Mays Printmaking Studio. NoNoNo. The reception won't be there.

Terry Rooney at the A.P.E. October 7 - 30
102_soma.jpg SOMA ABODE

Terry Rooney at the A.P.E. October 7 - 30
Reception Friday the 13th, 5-8 PM

The house constructions in this exhibit, which embody
20 years of my work, were inspired by the renovation of my house in the Berkshires. Living through the tearing down and building up, moving from room to room, living without heat, a roof, not knowing where anything was, made me realize how very affected I was by the state of my home. Living amid the sawdust and noise also made me appreciate how women through the ages have been the keepers of the house, taking care of our homes, nurturing our schildren, cooking cleaning. I started applying the shape of a a woman's body onto my houses to evoke this reality. The female breasts, her round belly, her curvy shape soften these angular structures.

Recent Paintings by David Bradford @ The Oxbow Gallery
October 12 - October 29, 2006
1016_oxbow.jpg Recent Paintings by David Bradford
October 12 - October 29, 2006

David Bradford will be exhibiting recent paintings at the Oxbow Gallery at 275 Pleasant St in Northampton.
Hours: Wed-Sun 12-5 ( Fri 12-8)

This exhibit of David Bradford's paintings consists of work done over the past 2 1/2 years. Many of the paintings are landscapes, some done in Montana where Bradford paints during the summer. Others are variations of views of Northampton, where he lives and works during the year, and still others were painted in San Francisco, overlooking the bay.
Bradford shows regularly at Bowery Gallery in New York City and has shown at the Blizard Gallery at Springfield College, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, and 55 Mercer Gallery in New York City.

He attended Skidmore College and received an MFA from Parsons School of Design. Bradford writes of his work:

I paint because I want to try to represent things that I see. I want to paint them according to my feeling and my imagination. But as soon as I begin, I am confronted by the necessity of using a pictorial language. This lends a certain focus and direction to the imagination, and dictates certain decisions. As I continue to work, I struggle to reconcile the language of painting (spatial sensations, locations, light sensations, color relations, scale) with the presence, openness, and infinite possibilities of the reality in front of me. Ultimately, my goal, as Andre Derain once wrote, is "to give life to a dead surface". Bradford's work can also be viewed at www.bradfordpaintings.com pictured: Lazy E-L Ranch II 2005, 24"x36", oil on canvas

The Kids Best Fest, Northampton’s international children’s film festiva
seeking local talent, aged 18 and under
The Kids Best Fest, Northampton’s international children’s film festival, is looking to expand the program for 2007!

The Northampton Arts Council is seeking local talent, aged 18 and under, to showcase their short films in February as part of this year’s line-up. In addition to bringing international short and feature length films to Northampton, this year the Kids Best Fest will include the talents of our local children and teenagers in the festivities, and give them the opportunity to display their talents on the big screen at the beautiful Academy of Music Theatre.

As we work on developing this new and exciting program, we would like to find out what interest there is for this event among the young filmmakers of the Pioneer Valley area. Please forward this email to the teachers, parents, and youth leaders in your community so that they can share this exciting opportunity with local youth.

Those interested in participating in Kid Best Fest 2007 can email the Northampton Arts Council by October 31, 2006 at nacads@comcast.net with their contact information, including the title and length of the (DVD format) film they would like to submit for consideration.

We will respond to emails with specific submission information. Please contact us by phone or email with any questions.

The Academy of Music Theatre and Northampton Arts Council present Kids Best Fest February 19-24, 2007.

We look forward to collaborating with the area’s youth to further promote the arts in our community!

Bob Cilman
Northampton Arts Council
Phone 413.587.1269

The month at the Northampton Center for the Arts
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

Masked Ball - Friday, October 27, 7:30 PM
1016_nca.jpg Dance to the music of the Floyd Patterson Band, the Valley's best party band.

Partake of sumptuous food courtesy of Blue Moon Catering; North Shore Seafood and Sierra Grille.

Sample the wares at our cash bar stocked by Four Seasons Wine, Berkshire Brewing Company and Valley Vodka and featuring the Martini Bar, including—back by popular demand—the "Artini".

Take your chances on the fabulous raffle of exquisite gifts, products and services that beautify from head to toe, including facial treatments donated by Aesthetic Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Center and Northampton Dermatology Associates, and a custom teeth whitening system from Dr. Martin Wohl, as well as items or services donated by Salon Herdis, Don Muller Gallery, The Mountain Goat, Laura Radwell Jewelry, Harlow Luggage, Cedar Chest, Suki All-Natural Personal Care Products, Strada Shoes and J. Rich, not to mention dance lessons with Beth Duryea and Kent Divoll.

Additional sponsors are: Northampton Rental Center; The Daily Hampshire Gazette; 93.9 The River; Faces; Construct Associates, Inc.; Gerard & Ghazey, PC; Landscapes; Singer Polito Associates, Inc.; Burrows, Weiss & Bloomberg; Whalen Insurance.

Tickets are $50 per person and include a shot at the raffle; additional raffle tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds of ball, raffle tickets and cash bar will benefit our new community arts classroom.

All tickets may picked up at the door but because numbers are limited, advance reservations are recommended. Call the Center 413.584.7327 to reserve. No credit cards.

pictured: "Shoes" illustration by Nanny Vonnegut; graphic design by Alexis Neubert

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

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
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.

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.

Sweet Shelter: Through the Artists' Hands & Heart project
at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA
Judith Wolf is one of the artists participating in the Sweet Shelter: Through the Artists' Hands & Heart project at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This project consists of fifteen 2 foot by 4 foot panels created by community artists working either in solo or collaboratively exploring concepts and themes around the holiday of Sukkot/Sukkes.

Panels will hang at the Center throughout October. All are welcome to an Artists' Reception on October 25th from 7-9.

The panels are also presented on line, along with more information, at www.canalidesigns.com/sweetharvest/html/ sweet_shelter.html

Dance Theater Work by Robin Prichard

A.P.E. presents Learning to Listen, dance theater work by Robin Prichard, on October 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. A.P.E. is located at 150 Main Street, third floor in downtown Northampton. Tickets are $12 general, $8 student, and reservations can be made by calling (413) 586-5553.

Learning to Listen consists of several dance works by local choreographer Robin Prichard that have premiered throughout the world in cities as varied as New York, Miami, and Sydney, Australia.

This Northampton performance will be the works' Massachusetts premiere. With Learning to Listen, Ms. Prichard says she hopes to warmly invite the audience in, to leave them gasping with laughter and sorrow, and to sneak in sideways a little philosophical epiphany along the way. Her goal is to create a concert that is both philosophically and viscerally challenging, using the full range of emotion ­ from humor to pathos ­ to impact the audience.

919_silas.jpg This week more wonderful things happened. I got donations from a few subscribers which is why I could afford a little french and a whole lot of links in this newsletter.

Special thanks to Bruce Barone, Easthampton Photographer and Owner of Studio19 who was recently the Official Photographer at The Miss Junior Teen America Pageant in Hartford, CT at which young women from as far awy as Hawaii and Washington competed, and who has a newsletter AND whose hobbies include extreme ironing among other things.

Special thanks to Silas Kopf who is a master of wood marquetry and who recently showed new work depicting Mr. Peanut and Betty Boop In flagrante delicto (Latin: "while the crime is blazing"), pictured.

Bushels of thanks to Lyn Horan who has work up now at KW Home on Cottage Street in Easthampton which is beautiful and which you can buy.

And truckloads of thanks to Mary Averill for whom I have no link, sadly. But maybe she'll have a show soon that we can all attend?

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

It's really fun and easy! and FREE!
1016_jamokateeth.jpg TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS YOU MUSTreview the submissions guidelines link. I am going to have to reject submissions with images too large, PDFs, missing text and from non-subscribers.
This newsletter is a community of support. If you send me a submission but don't subscribe it's like you are saying you want people to know about and attend your event but have no interest in anyone else's events. We are all in this together.

And it takes a lot longer when I have to work on each submission to make it fit in the newsletter.

Feedback to the new guidelines from Frank Ward:, "Under that tough exterior of "follow the guidlines, you idiot" is an artist/bodhisattva taking care of the artist community while taking care of business."

1016_movie.jpg The Shipping News (2001) by Lasse Hallström

based on the novel by E. Annie Proulx, screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs, starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett also starring Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Jason Behr, and Gordon Pinsent.

A man makes a journey to self-discovery when he returns to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland. After the death of his estranged wife, Quoyle's (Kevin Spacey) fortunes begin to change when his long lost Aunt Agnis (Judi Dench) convinces him to head north with his daughter Bunny. He relocates to the small coastal village of Killick-Claw. Quoyle lands a job as a reporter for the local newspaper, The Gammy Bird. He reports on the shipping news as he simultaneously attempts to adjust to his new life and surroundings. In the course of his new career, he confronts private demons, discovers dark family mysteries and finds love with a lonely single mother (Julianne Moore) who has a secret of her own.

If you haven’t seen this film, I urge you to. I don’t know exactly why I didn’t see it at the time. Thought it would be boring. But it is a truly wonderful film with great writing and direction and personally I think it’s one of the best Spacey and Dench films I’ve seen.

Mo Note: Dwight Smith is a dear friend of mine busy working on his novel in Montreal. I am hoping that one day soon he'll share sneak preview excerpts with us in this newsletter. And then he can visit us on his book tour!
I am starting to see a theme in his movie pics relevant to his novel as I have been privy to frequent drafts and I am looking forward to the finished opus.

109_bonus.jpg HELD OVER!--As a bonus, this week I offer an translation of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s (Mashkini’s husband) filmscript Love’s Turn.

This film was eventually forbidden in Iran. The link is to Words Without Borders who, for anyone who doesn’t know who they are, are this incredible group of people providing access to poets and writers from all parts of the planet. Support them if you can.

Love’s Turn by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

www.wordswithoutborders.org/ article.php?lab=LovesTurn

Translated from the Persian by Zjaleh Hajibashi

TRANSLATOR'S NOTE: Nawbat-i asheqi (Love's Turn), a 1990 film by Makhmalbaf, provoked an intense public debate about movie morality, specifically women’s control of their own sexuality.

109_NAC.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


Frank Ward
Frank Ward again!
The Painted Caravan
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 this wonderful workshop 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!

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.


Click and see for yourself www.gawker.com
~Thanks to the happy-go-lucky Michael Kusek

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!



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