OCTOBER 24, 2006
Random gifts and pieces of niceness


Last week I got a random email from Theresa in California whom I'd never met. She'd evidently found my benigngirl post.

She wrote: "Hi I’m Theresa. I had a similar shopping experience yesterday. I was at a local market, here in California, and I was checking out - suddenly, a familiar face. Barbie. Except, it wasn’t Barbie. It was Benign Girl. I plucked the little toy from the rack (it was the sole item of its kind) and stared in disbelief. I asked the other women in line if I was reading it correctly. So, I brought her home with me. Not sure what I was going to do with it, but I just had to have it. I thought perhaps I would give it as a joke gift to a friend. Here at work, I Googled BG and found your site. Would you like me to send her to you?"

How sweet is that? And this benign girl has a tiara! And in the pictures of her on the actual phone she has sunglasses on her head. I always have sunglasses on my head! This Benign Girl is unlike any of my others. And what a sweet person is Theresa to send her to me. Everyone say hi to Theresa.
I now skip to my post office box every day in anticipation of TiaraBenignGirl! I think she needs to be encased somehow in one of my TV pieces and be called TiaraVision. She'll go nicely with Narcissivision.

Save the date!
Amy Johnquest and I are showing at the NCA November 6-30 with a special reception from 5-8 On Sunday, November 12 from 5-8 PM. We will be there also as part of Arts Night Out on Friday, November 10 from 5-7 but there is an event immediately afterward and we have to clear out rapidamente so we are hosting our own event for all of you special folks on the alternate date and cleaning up ourselves afterward. So come and have fun but don't spill anything! ;-)

In keeping with my own rules of not having events in for more than 2 weeks I will not add it till next week. Plus I am still not sure what to put in for an image for me. I am trying to finish the Coolerator but am not sure it will be ready. I am also developing a new piece called PariahVision for this show.

From Wikipedia: In archaic Tamil, the word "paRai" meant "drum", often one used to make announcements. They are attested to in the earliest Tamil literature as bearers and players of the paRai, though it's impossible to tell whether it was an occupational or caste grouping. They are mentioned in late Sangam era literature as a specialized group within the larger depressed social groups associated with paRai (drum) playing for ceremonial and shamanistic purposes.

Eventually the term replaced the archaic Tamil term Pulayar, to denote untouchables in Tamil Nadu. In Kerala both the terms are in vogue. The modern Tamil/Malayalee word Parai means to speak or to tell, deriving from the paRai's ancient use as an announcement device.

In modern times it has has gained widespread use as an analogy, especially in the phrase social pariah, as a term for anyone considered an outcast or noticeably different by others. I mean to develop a piece denoting the dual meanings of the term. Maybe I can find the transitional path from crucial role as news giver to outcast. We'll see. It's getting late.

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

1024_culturalpittsfield.jpg Gilbert & Sullivan downtown!

Theatre legend Bob Boland directs and the Town Players of Pittsfield present Gilbert and Sullivan's one-act operetta "Trial By Jury" at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts this weekend and next. The operetta tells the tale of a bride left at the altar, and her unfaithful lover. Also on the bill is a cabaret featuring songs of love. New upholstered audience seats will be used, and tix are very affordable: just $8 each!

Friday & Saturday, October 20, 21, 27, 28 | 8pm | Sunday, Oct 22 matinee at 2pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Ave | 443-9279 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Friday evening: Kronos Quartet in Pittsfield! Combine a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expand the range and context of the string quartet and you get Kronos, one of the most celebrated and influential contemporary classical ensembles of our time. Performing thousands of concerts worldwide, Kronos has shared the stage with the likes of icons Tom Waits and David Bowie, and have appeared on recordings by such diverse talents as Dave Matthews and Nelly Furtado.

Friday, October 20 | 8pm | Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 997-4444| $25-$55 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Saturday evening: Ballroom dancing on South Street Whether you are a novice or an experienced ballroom dancer, put on your dancing shoes and head down to the beautiful Masonic Temple downtown for an evening of dance that kicks off with a Fox Trot lesson from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. taught by Dan DeBenedetto. There will also be refreshments provided, and plenty of offstreet parking behind the building.

>b>Saturday, October 21| 7pm-11pm| The Masonic Temple| 116 South Street|274-6131 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Saturday night: Swanky live music at Asters Every Friday and Saturday evening, Aster’s Jazz Bar comes alive with the sound of local musicians and songstresses. This Saturday evening from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Aster’s features local cabaret favorite Sherri Buxton on vocals with Berkshire legend Mike Schiffer on piano for a swanky evening of tunes.

Saturday, October 21 | 6:30pm-9:30pm | Aster's Restaurant & Jazz Bar| 1015 South Street| 499-2075| Free

Monday evening: How to write your own memoir Don’t miss “Not an Autobiography: How to Write a Memoir that Sells,” a two –part workshop with Kerry Cohen Hoffmann, author of the novel "Easy" (Simon & Schuster 2006) and the forthcoming memoir "Loose Girl" (Hyperion 2007). She’ll guide participants through an exploration of the source, craft, and form of a memoir, and will provide techniques for improving their own.

Monday, October 23, 2006 and Monday, October 30, 2006 | 7PM - 9PM| Word Street| 163 North Street| 997-3307| $40 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Wednesday evening: Avoiding Trouble workshop If you are a board member OR a staff member of a not-for-profit you'll want to sign up for this evening workshop on ensuring smooth and productive board-staff relations. Learn about the ins and outs of the legal aspects of non-profit governance, and where appropriate responsibilities lie. The class is taught by Gene Wenner, a non-profit educator and consultant. Space is limited so sign up soon by calling 499-4660, Ext. 375.

Wednesday, October 25 | 6-8pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | $10 | 499-4660 x375 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Wednesday evening: Flamenco in Pittsfield! Find your inner dancer in Eva Garcia's new flamenco class debuting in Pittsfield next week! Learn the classical moves and steps of the ancient and beautiful artform of flamenco dance at Centro Tierra Comun, the new Manos Unidas center downtown.

Wednesday, October 25 | 6:30-8pm | Centro Tierra Comun | 335 Fenn Street | evagitana@yahoo.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thursday evening: Live music at Hot Harry’s downtown Another downtown restaurant is featuring weekly live music to greet you after a long day of work. Tonight they feature the acoustic duo Bad Habit, as well as FREE chips and salsa, plus great food and beer to purchase. And if you are a musician, you might want to stop in and talk to owner Samir about playing a gig there sometime.

Thursday evening | 5:30-7:30pm | Hot Harry’s Burritos | 37 North Street | 448-6155 | FREE --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thursday night: Funky, bluesy, jazzy sextet If you like the sound and style of Nora Jones, you will love 22-year-old composer and vocalist Leah Randazzo. Her sextet, which includes a horn section, recently opened for Grammy winner Judy Collins. "At their most boisterous - as on the brash "My Weapon" - the band's songs are highly danceable and colored with punchy horn lines. At their most sensitive as on the piano and string-laced Morning Song - they blow the work of Starbucks divas like Norah Jones out of the water." -- Play Magazine.

Thursday, October 26 | 10pm | La Cocina | 140 Wahconah Street | 499-6363 | $5

Schema Attack - Recent Work by Elise Howell-Snow
Artist’s Reception: Monday, October 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
1024_elise.jpg Schema Attack

Recent Work by
Elise Howell-Snow

Binney Gallery Wilbraham & Monson Academy Fine Arts Building Wilbraham, MA 01095 October 27- November 16, 2006
Artist’s Reception: Monday, October 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday- Friday, 9- 4

Contact: pbloomfield@wmanet.org

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

2006 Burning Man Festival Slide Show Reggae Dance Party
Tuesday October 31st (Halloween)
1024_derek.jpg Halloween night visionary photographer Derek Goodwin will be showing a slide show of his photographs from the 2006 Burning Man Festival at the Cafe Evolution in Florence, MA.

After the slide show there will be a Reggae dance party with Megha representing Empress Sound. Please feel free to wear outrageous costumes worthy of Burning Man or Halloween, or come as yourself. There will be vegan hors d'oeuvres and festive festivities planned to encourage mingling and keep us all entertained.

The Burning Man Festival is a giant art festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. This year nearly 40,000 people from around the world came to participate in the event. At Burning Man the rules and taboos that are social constructs of our culture are either bent or ignored which creates a shift in consciousness for the participants. The desert climate takes away many of the comforts of modern life and puts everyone into a survival mode where during the heat of the day they must be conscious of hydration and at night the sudden drop of temperature. Add to the mix hundreds of randomly incredible art installations which are unlimited in size, scope and meaning that create an environment of constant surrealism, which is amplified further by the various states of dress of the participants, ranging from fantastical costumes that light up at night to complete nakedness during the day. There is a giant circle created in the desert of which the towering effigy known as "the man" stands in the center, and art cars of all sorts along with thousands of people on bikes and foot criss-cross what is called the "playa" in search of art, socializing and parties. At night almost every object and person at the event is illuminated with either lights or some type of flames. Many of the people there are fire dancers, and many of those who aren't have some other strange thing going on. On Saturday night hundreds of fire dancers surround "the man" in a circle known as "the conclave" and perform fire dances in a ritual leading up to the burning of the man, which is accompanied by fireworks and tornadoes of smoke and ash that spin off of the giant pyre and into the desert.

Derek was granted a press pass to this event and was also allowed into the conclave during the burning of the man. Derek is a pioneer in the field of digital visionary photography, in which he explores the undercurrents of his consciousness using shamanic rituals and sacraments. His photographs of Burning Man are divided by day and night, because the desert creates such a drastic division between the two. In the day Derek's photographs have the crisp awareness of a seasoned documentary photographer exploring an event. At night as Derek goes into his altered states of consciousness his photography takes on a spiritual depth and otherworldly aura that capture the shifting nature of space and time. The vivid colored lights and flames of Burning Man lend themselves to Derek's technique, the results of which might be best described as visionary impressionistic surrealism. Coin that you crazy art historians, I said it first!

Tuesday October 31st (Halloween)
Doors: 8pm
Slide Show: 9pm
Dance Party with DJ Megha representing Empress
Sound: immediately following

Suggested $2 cover charge to help with expenses

Cafe Evolution
22 Chestnut Street
Florence, MA 01062
(413) 586-0200

Derek Goodwin Photography
(413) 320-1001

a small sampling of Derek's Burning Man 2006 Photos: http://veganica.com/category.php?catid=484

Derek's Professional Website: (a time capsule from 2002) www.derekgoodwin.com

Reception Tuesday, October 24, 5-7 PM
A Group Exhibit
October 23-27, 2006

Readings by Mira Bartok, Sabina Murray & John Hennessey

The Contributing Artists: Wayne Gagnon, Joetta Maue, Maggie Nowinski, Monica Rabinowitz, Jay Rathaus, Stephen Reid, James Rhea, JC (Tibbo) Sawyer, Liz Unterman, Tom Whitton.

Gallery hours:
Mo -Thu 10 AM to 5 PM
Friday 10 AM - 3 PM

University of Massachusetts
Student Union Gallery
(parking available in the Campus Center garage)

Sponsored by the UMASS arts Council, GSS and SGA

The Florence Poetry Festival annual review "Silkworm 2006"
Sunday, Nov. 19 - 1-5 pm at the Florence Community Center
20_matt.jpg On Oct 1, 2006, the Florence Poetry Festival scheduled for Look Park was cancelled due to monsoon rains. We will not be defeated. We will rise from the muck. We will re-group and re-claim our birthright to bring poetry to the people.

The Florence Poetry Festival has been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 from 1-5 pm at the Florence Community Center Auditorium, 140 Pine St, Florence.

This is a FREE event, open to the public!

Poetry books, information and copies of our annual review "Silkworm 2006" will be available.

Homemade goodies and light refreshments will be served. We promise an exiting afternoon of diverse and vibrant poetry!

Call Tom at 584-5914 for more information.

Tom Clark, aka Tommy Twilite
Founding Co-director
Florence Poets Society
P.O. Box 60355
Florence Ma 01062-0355
email - FPOETS@localnet.com

Mo Note: The Florence Poets Society has honored my late brother, Matthew (pictured, 6/19/62 - 3/24/85), by including one of his works as the closing poem in the book.

He lived in and is buried in Florence and so he is a Florence poet. He left behind a book of poetry which is my most treasured possession.

Hartford Artists Annual Open Studio Weekend
November 4th and 5th, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.
1024_hartford.jpg From Gary Jacobs:

Hartford Artists Annual Open Studio Weekend is coming up November 4th and 5th, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.

For more information or if you have any questions contact me at gary@garyjacobsart.com

or go to www.open-studio.com.

The Kids Best Fest, Northampton’s international
children’s film festival
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

Best New Publication
1024_new.jpg A note from Russell Powell, Publisher of New England Watershed Magazine and my boss as I am the Art Editor.

Hello all,

I have just learned that New England Watershed has been nominated for a 2006 Utne Independent Press Award in the category of Best New Publication. We are one of eight nominees; winners will be announced in the January/February issue of the Utne Reader. A list of all nominees appears in the November/December Utne Reader, which goes on sale tomorrow.


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

"INTO THE LIGHT" - spectacular photography of Michael Crawford
artist reception on Saturday, Nov. 11th 5-8 pm
1024_crawford.jpg "INTO THE LIGHT" , spectacular photography of Michael Crawford.

This former San Francisco photographer, brings his incredible photographic works along with his move to the Pioneer Valley. Strong textures, clean lines and rich, saturated colors are the hallmarks of photographer Michael Crawford. His contemporary art photography emphasizes rich colors and clean patterns, often with unusual perspectives. See how bold structures can free the imagination rather than box it in.

Running Nov 1-30th, artist reception on Saturday, Nov. 11th 5-8 pm. Goodlander Gallery
open Tu-Thu 10-5, Fri 12-7, Saturday 10-4.

Goodlander Gallery 64 Cottage Street Easthampton, Ma 01027 413-527-4850 www.goodlandergallery.com goodlandergallery@yahoo.com

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




Conversations on Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll Organized by Carlo McCormick, Senior Editor, Paper Magazine

Saturday October 28, 12 noon-6 pm at EXIT ART 475 Tenth Ave. (36 St.) NYC
SEX 12-1:30 pm
Moderator Brandon Holley, Editor in Chief, Jane Magazine Panelists include: E. V. Day, Jack Pierson, Sweet Action Girls

DRUGS 2-3:30 pm
Moderator Bobby Black, Senior Editor, High Times Panelists include: Ira Cohen, Alex Grey, Allyson Grey

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 4-5:30 pm
Moderator Jon Durbin, Managing Editor, Paper Magazine Panelists include: Paul Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky, Ultragrrrl, Gee Vaucher

$15 for all three panels; Advance ticket sales 212-966-7745 x15 Food and beverages available in Exit Art’s café.

What’s Wrong With This Picture? is the first in a daylong symposium consisting of three panels organized by Carlo McCormick. McCormick hand selected the moderators for their affiliations as senior editors at key publications that deal with the topics, panelists were chosen for their work as cultural producers. In the words of organizer Carlo McCormick, What’s Wrong With This Picture is about “the unholy trinity of what mainstream America has always vilified about youth culture. In this case the intention is to have a conversation with three people who are in some form of cultural production. For me, it's a way that we can address some of the political-social-religious issues tearing us apart in a less heated context of the arts.”
The Purpose & Function of Art in the 21st Century, will be a quarterly series of events, panels, discussions and performances that address critical issues in the diverse communities of the contemporary art world. Each event will be organized by different curators, critics and cultural producers, who will determine the themes and the format, giving each program a unique perspective. The second event in this series will be organized by Sarah Lewis, Curatorial Assistant in the Photography Department at The Museum of Modern Art.
Carlo McCormick is a pop culture critic and curator living in NYC. He is the author of numerous books on contemporary art, and has lectured extensively at universities in the US and Europe. His writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, High Times, Spin, Vice and countless other magazines. He has curated exhibitions for the Bronx Museum of Art, New York University, the Queens Museum of Art and the Woodstock Center for Photography. McCormick is Senior Editor of Paper Magazine.

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. YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE TO POST EVENTS.

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."

Vincent and Theo (1990) by Robert Altman, written by Julian Mitchell starring Tim Roth, Paul Rhys
1024_movie.jpg The relationship between the obsessive, brilliant painter Vincent Van Gogh and his more practical brother Theo is at the centre of director Robert Altman's well-received biography, originally produced as a miniseries for European television. Now universally acknowledged as masterpieces, Vincent Van Gogh's works were ignored in his lifetime, despite the best efforts of his brother Theo, a struggling gallery owner. When he fails to make a profit from his brother's work, Theo finds himself torn between art and commerce, a conflict deepened by Vincent's increasing emotional neediness. Soon, the situation worsens, and both brothers are forced to struggle with depression and madness. Altman's distinctive directorial approach avoids clichés, allowing his leads to create contradictory and sometimes unlikable characters. Tim Roth captures Vincent's devotion to his art, his difficult personality, and his descent into mental illness without resorting to histrionics, while Paul Rhys provides equally proficient work as the more repressed Theo. The cinematography by Jean Lepine illuminates the links between Altman's trademark wandering camera and Van Gogh's impressionistic painting style. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

I’m a self-confessed big fan of Vincent van Gogh, the man no less than his work. I’ve read all his letters to Theo which in themselves rank right up there with Dark Night of the Soul by St.John of the Cross. I found Altman’s treatment and Roth’s rendering of van Gogh honest and terrifically brilliant bringing to the surface the formidable tension between art and artist in an artist who has become for the world the archetypal embodiment of this struggle that every artist knows all too well in the shadows of their own heart. It’s an excellent reminder for those days when you wonder if perhaps you might be out of your mind that you probably are.

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

The Amherst Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual Competition in its Vising Art Program
DEADLINE: December 15, 2006
1) Please submit 10 images in slides, photographs, color xeroes or CD. Indicate name, title, media dimensions and dates on all material. Include a SASE if you wish the materials returned. Applicants must submit work that is already completed and will be available for sale during the exhibition. In the event of sales, APAC requests a 20% donations from proceeds so we can continue this honorarium and commission artwork for the 250th anniversary of Amherst.
2) Deadline for applications is December 15, 2006. Send the application (available at trooney51@comcast.net) to The Amherst Public Art Commission, Jones Library 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002
3) An honorarium of $100 will be given to each of the 4 artists, which the artist can use as for publicity, transportation or hanging costs. APAC can not assume these costs but will assist with installation as needed.
4) Interested applicants may want to visit Town Hall on Boltwood Walk in the center of downtown Amherst to see the interior.

First Floor - Boltwood Ave. Entrance Lobby between entrance doors: a) 7'W x 6.5'H b0 4'W x 6.5H
Alcove Opposite Elevator: 70"W x 5'H
First Floor Hallway a) 6'8" W x 4'5'H, b) 3"7"W x 3'10"H (wall to right of Human Resources office)
c) 7'10"W x 5'3"H (wall to right of the Meeting Room) d) 5'4"W x 5'3" H (wall next to Accounting office)
Lower Level Lobby - Main Street Entrance a) 2 walls, both 6'W x 5'H

There is a large landing with generous wall space on the stairwell, the second floor. Also wall space on stairwell on two landings.

Send Application with SASE: to Amherst Public Arts Commission, 28 Teaberry Lane, Amherst, MA 01002

Applications (slides and resume) can be dropped off at the gallery during business hours: Thursday—Sunday 12–5 PM, Friday 12–8
Applications can also be mailed.
Be sure to include a SASE. Deadline: Sunday, December 3
We also strongly encourage applicants to submit 2 samples of current work.
Work can be dropped off at the gallery, Sunday, December 3, 12–5 PM
Work must be picked up on Thursday, December 7, between 12 and 5PM.
The Oxbow Gallery
275 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA, 01060
413.586.6300 www.oxbowgallery.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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