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
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.
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.
ARE WE HERE
Works on Paper
and Installation by Larry Slezak
TABER ART GALLERY
ARE WE HERE YET?
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
TABER ART GALLERY
Amy Johnquest, Director
303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040
THIS WEEK IN PITTSFIELD
& 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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
- Recent Work by Elise Howell-Snow
Monday, October 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Recent Work by
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
and Ruth Kjaer at Gallery A3
on Thursday, November 2 from 5-8
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
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
Man Festival Slide Show Reggae Dance Party
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,
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)
Slide Show: 9pm
Dance Party with DJ Megha representing Empress
Sound: immediately following
Suggested $2 cover charge to help with expenses
22 Chestnut Street
Florence, MA 01062
Derek Goodwin Photography
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
IRONY AND CONSEQUENCE
Tuesday, October 24, 5-7 PM
IRONY AND CONSEQUENCE
A Group Exhibit
October 23-27, 2006
Readings by Mira Bartok, Sabina Murray & John Hennessey
The Contributing Artists: Wayne Gagnon, Joetta Maue,
Nowinski, Monica Rabinowitz, Jay Rathaus, Stephen Reid,
James Rhea, JC (Tibbo) Sawyer, Liz Unterman, Tom Whitton.
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
Poetry Festival annual review "Silkworm 2006"
19 - 1-5 pm at the Florence Community Center
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
Florence Poets Society
P.O. Box 60355
Florence Ma 01062-0355
email - FPOETS@localnet.com
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
Annual Open Studio Weekend
and 5th, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.
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 email@example.com
or go to www.open-studio.com.
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 Kids Best Fest, Northampton’s international
children’s film festival
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Northampton Arts Council
WATERSHED MAGAZINE NOMINATED FOR AWARD
Best New Publication
A note from
Russell Powell, Publisher of New
England Watershed Magazine and my boss as I am the Art
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.
SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES
- Friday, October 27, 7:30 PM
to the music of the Floyd Patterson Band, the Valley's best
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
Shakespeare & Company conjures up some frightful fun
and Edgar Allan Poe request the pleasure of giving you a really
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
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
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
LIGHT" - spectacular photography of Michael Crawford
on Saturday, Nov. 11th 5-8 pm
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
Through the Artists' Hands & Heart project
at the National
Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA
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
The panels are also presented on line, along with more information,
BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY BILL MYERS
CRITICAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ART
ANNOUNCES YEAR-LONG SERIES OF EVENTS ADDRESSING CRITICAL ISSUES
IN CONTEMPORARY ART
EXIT ART ANNOUNCES YEAR-LONG SERIES OF EVENTS
THE PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF ART IN THE 21st CENTURY
First Event: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
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.
EXIT ART 475 TENTH AVENUE (36 STREET) NYC, 10018 212-966-7745
FUND CALL TO ARTISTS
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,
Theme: “Land Visions”
Eligibility: artists working or living in the Pioneer
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
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 email@example.com.
To learn more about the campaign, please visit the Pascommuck
Conservation Trust website at www.pctland.org
ITEMS FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
fun and easy! and FREE!
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."
Theo (1990) by Robert Altman, written by Julian Mitchell starring
Tim Roth, Paul Rhys
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.
IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL
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
NEW & UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY IN HOLYOKE
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.
STUDIO SPACES TO BE AVAILABLE IN HOLYOKE BUILDING
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
ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
WANTED TO DISPLAY IN HISTORIC BUILDING
The Amherst Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual
Competition in its Vising Art Program
MEDIUM: PAINTINGS, COLLAGE, PHOTOGRAPHS MIXED
MEDIA & PRINTS (NO GICLEE)
EXHIBITION: 4 ONE PERSON EXHIBITS FOR 3 MONTHS
EACH ($100 HONORARIUM EACH) DISPLAYED IN AMHERST
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
2) Deadline for applications is December 15,
2006. Send the application (available at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
4) Interested applicants may want to visit Town
Hall on Boltwood Walk in the center of downtown
Amherst to see the interior.
DIMENSIONS FOR POSSIBLE LOCATIONS WITHIN TOWN HALL
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
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
THE OXBOW GALLERY IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
HOW TO APPLY:
SUBMIT 10 SLIDES WITH NAME, MEDIUM, SIZE, DATE &
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
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
Call for Artists: After Urban
Video Art & Architecture event
Deadline for applications: December 01, 2006
Location: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia,
PA - USA
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
Participation open to: professional artists, architects
and designers, associate groups and studios.
2007 MASTER ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 11 (application deadline: October
Steve Badanes, architect
Kyle Gann, composer
Marie Ponsot, poet
APRIL 16 - MAY 6 (application deadline: January
Robert Dick, composer/flutist
Alice Notley, poet
TBA (Visual Artist)
MAY 14 - JUNE 3 (application deadline: February
Michael Burkard, poet
Stephen Jaffe, composer
Thomas Struth, visual artist
JULY 23 - AUGUST 12 (application deadline: March
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 email@example.com
*All applications must be postmarked by the application
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 01, 2006 SCULPTURE ARTIST RESIDENCY Full
access to college's ceramic and sculpture facilities,
including wood kiln, down and updraft kilns, foundry-bronze
casting, welding and forging equipment, stone and
wood carving equipment, outside sculpture courtyard
to work in, storage for equipment and on campus
housing. No more than 3 entries/artist. Sales encouraged
for all loaned sculptures. 20% commission. Please
send written proposals (detailed description of
artwork, including what it is made of; complete
installation instructions of artwork, including
what machinery, physical assistance and materials
are needed; and list of materials and tools if needed);
creation/installation schedule; complete budget
that includes travel costs, detailed installation
costs, etc.; images of existing (slides, digital
prints, or jpegs)/proposed artwork (images of previous
work along with drawings of proposed artwork); resume/CV;
artist statement; and SASE for returns to: Nita
Kehoe-Gadway, Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck
Av, Riverton WY 82501 OR 307-855-2211 OR http://cwc.edu/community_friends/outward_westward
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
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
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
If one of your readers is interested in displaying
in this context, please have them contact me via
email: email@example.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/
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FOR CLASSES AT ZEA MAYS PRINTMAKING
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
Pictures of work, information about the guest artists
and much more information is available on our website:
Register now, they won't be offered again for quite
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.
WAY TO GET NOTICED--
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).
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
Enter the event at least two weeks prior to event
Include your contact information in case we have
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
Thanks, and good luck with your events!