|ALL THAT YOU
HAVE IS YOUR SOUL
8 years ago I came to Florence to visit my mom who had just
had a stroke. As my boyfriend and I drove out here from Boston
I ruminated about how I thought we should get my mom a puppy.
I had been through stroke recovery with her many times before
and I knew that a large part of the therapeutic process was
getting past the feelings of shame and embarassment brought
about by the sudden limitations imposed by stroke, so that
she could practice motor skills and relearn to use silverware
and to speak etc., the little things we take for granted.
In the past I had noticed that when people came over with
dogs she would talk to them and pet them when no one was watching
and would make fantastic progress and so I thought she really
needed her own little dog to take care of and to need her.
Just learning to move her hand enough to pet a dog was giant
progress for her. And practicing her speech with a dog would
do more than years of speech therapy with a human because
she'd not be self-conscious. I'd been through stroke recovery
before, her first stroke having occurred when I was just 8
So as we drove I related how I had mentioned the idea to my
father who had immediately nixed it stating that a dog was
too much work, to which I had replied, "Let's just try it.
If it doesn't work out I will take the dog." and as I spoke
these words we came down off the ramp from exit 21 and drove
past the state police barracks and there across the street
in a front yard was a drippy, handpainted plywood sign that
read, "BLACK LAB PUPPIES".
Jamoka turned up as if on cue, like a little roadside miracle.
We went and snuck my mom out of the hospital long enough to
go see the puppies and she and I climbed into the pen with
them. There were 13 in all. The breeders had 2 females and
had brought in a stud who was a showdog named, "Life of Riley".
It was a sunny, brisk day as we climbed into that chaotic
pen of wiggly black fur and pink tongues flying about, and
a day that changed my life forever. Since my dad firmly refused
to get a dog I had to get Jamoka and I brought him to Florence
weekends to visit with my mom and he helped her to heal.
At home in Boston, I had a bag of sanded floor grout in the
middle of the kitchen floor and the color was, "Jamoka" which
somehow accidentally became this little guy's name.
This is a scan of the first picture I ever took of Jamoka,
a polaroid. He was born on July 5, 1998 and I got him on October
9. The breeder said she never let her puppies leave before
12 weeks because they learned to socialize in the litter and
grew up to be more open to positive relationships with other
dogs and be more empathetic.
I always thought
of Northampton as "The Birthplace of Jamoka" and had no
intention of ever living here but 4 years ago my mom became
very ill and so Jamoka and I came here for the weekend to
help care for her and we found this to be such a beautiful
place that next thing we knew, the weekend had stretched
into a year and so I changed my phone number and we settled
This past Friday, November 10, Jamoka had surgery for a
cancerous mass near his spleen. As I was getting ready to
leave for my reception at the NCA, the surgeon called to
say that the tumor was out of control and that the kindest
thing I could do would be to allow them to euthanize him
right then on the operating table. I never made it to the
reception. Rather, the garden here turned into an impromptu
wake for Jamoka as over a dozen good friends jumped in their
cars upon hearing the news and we built a bonfire in his
honor. Good thing we planned 2 receptions. Here are images
evening's reception, courtesy of Jon Whitney.
Oddly/coincidentally/prophetically?, just 3 weeks earlier,
on October 19, I had a studio fire, after which I was in
shock for days, wrecked at the idea that Jamoka and I could
have died that night. Fate is a crazy thing.
But Jamoka lives on. He is every kind thing I do and every
nice thought I have. A special thanks is owed to everyone
who has been there for me. I haven't had to be alone for
more than a few minutes since this happened. I am obscenely
rich with wonderful friends.
So, enough of the sad stuff. Next week, per special request
by Wednesday Nelena Sorokin, I'll post one of my *business
trip* stories which has all the elements of a great tale;
money, power, greed, a fancy hotel, a minibar and a daring
rescue by fearless security specialists.
Pictured: Mo and Jamoka, oil on canvas by Frances Kidder.
Now in my private collection.
A LETTER FROM
I want to give big love bomb shout outs to the fine and wonderful
community of friends and fellow travelers that "made" the
party on Sunday.
Thanks to each and every one of you. And just to mention a
few heroes of the evening ... A great big WAHOOOO to pal Chris
Haynes on accordion, Bruce Krazin on clarinet, and Jeff Hinrichs
on drum who made the ballroom sound perfectly Feliniesque
with their fantastic band the Weird Uncles.
A thousand Hail Marys to the beautiful Mary Witt and her
mighty big sanity keeping help.
Grateful cries of yum yum yummy yummy yum go to Viva FreshPasta
and Spoleto for their lip smacking plate licking dining delights.
Hip hip Hoorays to sweet and smart Martha Hoppin who
generously helped get us to the finish line (as well as the
Along with big hugs of thanks to the woman who makes it
all possible, NHCA Director Penny ------ (and her volunteer
PR gal Ann Shanahan). And major props to Mo who despite
the earthquakes and monsoons makes art and newsletters that
keep this community together. And finally, a bunch more love
bombs to the beautiful community of friends and supporters
(present and not) ... count those lucky stars ... What splendor!
MEYERSOHN @ THE OXBOW
Meyersohn’s dynamic landscapes describe a dramatic time of
day and quality of light. Her recent exhibitions include a
group show at the Painting Center in New York City and paintings
included in an exhibition at the Mount Holyoke College Art
Ms Meyersohn has been painting the landscape for over twenty
years. A graduate of Yale School of Art and Smith College,
she currently teaches drawing at Smith College. This is her
second one-person exhibition at the Oxbow Gallery.
November 1st –November 19th
275 Pleasant Street
For additional information:
Oxbow Gallery ph 586-6300,
AT EXIT ART
17, 5-9 pm
at Exit Art: La Hora de la Alegria Friday, November 17, 5-9
pm Dance to music spun by Pablo Yglesias, curator ¡Viva La
Image: Tim Etchells, Wait Here I Have Gone To Get Help, 2006,
Neon. Part of Exhibition City Lights: NEON, visible 24 hours
a day in the ground floor windows of Exit Art, now through
an afternoon of waltzes and some couple dances (for all!),
a few English dances (for those who know)
Music by Foxfire
(Daron Douglas, fiddle and Karen Axelrod, piano) with special
guest Ralph Gordon on cello & bass
Sunday, November 19, 2006
2:00- 5:00 p.m.
Suggested donation: $10/person
Place: Richard and Flora’s Whately Dance Barn Halfway
between Greenfield and Northampton – 6 minutes off Rt. 91
Please bring clean, non-street, soft-soled shoes to protect
the dance floor.
For more information, call (413) 584-4195 or (413) 665-0484
or email KarenAxelrod@yahoo.com
Directions to Whately Dance Barn
From the North:
·1 I-91 to Exit 24.
·2 Turn right (south) on Rt. 5 and 10.
·3 Go 1.5 miles to blinking light.
·4 Turn right onto Christian Lane (see below).
From the South:
·1 I-91 to Exit 22.
·2 Turn right (north) on Rt. 5 and 10.
·3 Go 3.2 miles to blinking light.
·4 Turn left onto Christian Lane (see below).
From Amherst area:
·1 Rt. 116 north through Sunderland and over the Connecticut
River to Rt. 5 and 10.
·2 Turn left (south) on Rt. 5 and 10.
·3 Go 1.9 miles to blinking light.
·4 Turn right onto Christian Lane (see below).
From Christian Lane:
Go 0.8 mile on Christian Lane/Chestnut Plain Road into Whately
Turn right at the Whately Inn onto Haydenville Rd.
Go 1.5 miles and watch for gray farm house and barn complex
on your left (188 Haydenville Rd.)
Turn left into driveway before the farm house, directly across
the street from a man-made drainage pond.
The driveway entrance is on Haydenville Rd. at the sign "Access
to 35 Westbrook Road."
Continue down the driveway (0.3 miles).
If you go around the sharp bend on Haydenville Rd. at the
corner of Westbrook Rd., you have just passed the driveway
If lost, phone Richard or Flora at (413) 665-0484.
& BONNIE ATKINS READ
at the Nielson
Library Browsing Room at Smith College
19, 4 PM, NORTHAMPTON, MA PATRICK DONNELLY & BONNIE
ATKINS will read at the Nielson Library Browsing Room at Smith
College (off of Green Street in the center of the Smith College
Please come if you can!
PATRICK DONNELLY's collection of poems is The Charge (Ausable
Press, 2003), about which Gregory Orr wrote "everything he
writes is suffused with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity
and courage." He is an Associate Editor at Four Way Books,
has taught writing at Smith College, the New School University,
Clark University, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference,
and was Thornton writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College
in 2006. His writing has appeared in American Poetry Review,
Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review,
and The Massachusetts Review and elsewhere.
BONNIE ATKINS is a social worker and is currently working
on a memoir.
POETS SOCIETY ANNUAL REVIEW
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
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
an "A Cappella"
benefit for the Academy of Music
an "A Cappella" benefit for the Academy of Music
Saturday, November 18, 2006, 8:00pm – Northampton , Massachusetts.
It may be getting colder outside, but things are warming up
at the Academy of Music in downtown Northampton.
On Saturday, November 18th, at 8PM, the Local Vocal Chord
Bowl will take the Opera House stage, in a benefit concert
for the Academy of Music. The Local Vocal Chord Bowl is
an all a cappella concert modeled after the famous Silver
Chord Bowl that opens the Northampton Art's Council's Four
Sundays in February series.
Musical guests include: The Northamptones, 5 Alone, The
Smiffenpoofs, The Zumbyes, The Impeachments and The Green
Street Brew, all Pioneer Valley a cappella groups, along with
comedians Laura Patrick and Pam Victor of the Ha Ha Sisterhood
who are donating their time and talents to MC. There will
be two adult, two college and two high school groups performing.
Tickets are $6.00 for general admission and $15.00 for reserved
If you enjoy beautiful vocal music, want to support a community
event, and appreciate the opulent grandeur of the Academy
of Music's newly renovated Opera House, you will not want
to miss this special concert. It's the perfect way to come
in out of the cold.
Sponsored by: Northampton Arts Council, Academy of Music and
88.5FM~WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England.
For more information, contact Ellen Augarten at 584-6377 and
The Green Street Brew.
(I made that
title up. It has nothing to do with the event really) and
other events at the NCA
~~Mondays, November 13-December 18, a new series of dance lessons—swing,
salsa, merengue, bachata— by Anastasia Christie who wants
to share her passion and skills honed over 17 years of dance
experience, including teaching, choreography, ballroom competition,
performance, and the DVD instruction for “The Complete Idiot’s
Guide to Ballroom Dancing.” For details of hours and cost,
visit the Center’s Web site For even more information, visit
Christie’s Web site
~~Friday-Sunday, November 17-19, The premiere of a new
play, “Burning Words,” by New York playwright Peter Wortsman,
staged by the Hampshire Shakespeare Company and directed
by Lucinda Kidder. This story of courage and dedication to
the defense of religious rights, long obscured by the veils
of history, is a powerful drama that depicts one man’s courage
in the face of ignorance. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Reserved
seating is $25; $15 general admission; $10 for students with
ID. For more detail, visit the company’s Web site
The Northampton Center for the Arts is on the third floor
at 17 New South Street in the Sullivan Building of the Old
School Commons. Its office and galleries are open Tuesday
through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. email: email@example.com
phone: 413-584-7327 web: http://www.nohoarts.org
invited to the first exhibition in our new location:
Easthampton's Historic Town Hall at 43 Main St.
Remembering Jess Slater
An exhibit of watercolors from the late Southampton Artist
November 16th to December 31st
The reception for the exhibition "Remembering Jess Slater"
will take place Saturday November 18, 3-6PM.
CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS
CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS at Gallery A3
Helena Dooley and Ruth Kjaer will be present for “Conversations
with Artists” at Gallery A3.
The evening is an informal opportunity to talk with the artists
about their work and their artistic process.
The event takes place on Thursday, November 16 from 7-9
p.m. and is free and open to the public. Gallery A3 is
located at 28 Amity Street in Amherst. For more information
and you. SPECIAL
Watershed has been nominated by the Utne Reader as Best New
Publication for 2006.
NEW ENGLAND WATERSHED & THE UTNE READER
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title to political, environmental, cultural and personal life
"New England Watershed stands out as an important independent
media voice. We are pleased to honor your accomplishments
with an Utne Independent Press Award nomination," said editor
Karen Olson in announcing the nomination. Winners will be
announced in Utne’s January-February edition.
We are certainly pleased with this honor, but our enthusiastic,
loyal audience of readers like you is the best recognition
of all. Without you, there would be no magazine. Thank you
for your support!
In the spirit of celebration and to spread good news (and
because you are on Mo's List and she is the Art Editor of
NEW), we have a special offer for you:
Now through November only, you will receive a complimentary
subscription for a friend when you subscribe or renew your
subscription to New England Watershed. That’s two subscriptions
for the price of one—and just $30
We are happy to extend this offer to your FRIENDS AND FAMILY
as well. For a limited time only, your friends can also enroll
two subscribers for just $30 Please forward this message to
your email list.
With our focus on landscape, history, and ideas, and a singular
blend of quality writing and artwork, New England Watershed
makes an excellent gift for anyone in the region. With extraordinary
contributors like Pulitzer Prize winner Maxine Kumin, U. S.
Poet Laureate Donald Hall, Presidential Medal of Science recipient
Lynn Margulis and best-selling author Michael Pollan, Watershed
appeals to magazine lovers wherever they are.
Take advantage of this opportunity now! Send $30 (checks payable
to New England Watershed) and the address of your gift recipient
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We will send the recipient of your gift a holiday card with
notice of the gift at your request.
Please help spread the word about New England Watershed this
holiday season! And thank you again for your loyal support.
Editor and Publisher
New England Watershed
TO KNOWN & UNKNOWN PEOPLE
I hear that
there is a fund collecting money to help defray Jamoka's hospital
And last week Kelsey Flynn and Jeff Mack sent checks as well
(which I lost so if you find them, please send them to me!)
and so a special thanks to them. Once someone tells me all
of the names involved I will try to properly thank them all
of Veronica’s Fold: Take 2
Thornes - November 17 & 18 at 8pm, November 19 at 2pm
Woodson & Present Co. Inc.
At A.P.E. Thornes
Performances of Veronica’s Fold: Take 2
November 17 & 18 at 8pm, November 19 at 2pm
Wendy Woodson & Present Company* will be in residence
at A.P.E. Thornes where they will present */Veronica's Fold:
Take 2 /*on November 17 & 18 at 8pm and November 19 at
2pm. This innovative multi-media performance piece follows
five characters on a journey through an off-kilter world of
missed connections, disputed recollections and surprising
acts of compassion. As unexpected events unfold and the
mythic rides side by side with the "usual," these five individuals
grapple with multi-layered stories and scenarios that bring
them to their knees.
*/Veronica's Fold, Take 1/* premiered at the Ko Festival in
July to critical acclaim. This second version takes the original
script and set and adapts them to the A.P.E. Space.
*/Veronica’s Fold /*was written and directed by Wendy Woodson
and created in collaboration with New York and Northampton
performers Peter Schmitz, Candice Salyers, Marina Libel, Lisa
Biggs and James Emery as well as set and lighting set designer
Kathy Couch and video artist Dan Keller.
*Wendy Woodson & Present Company Inc.,* established in
Washington D.C. In 1980 and now based in Amherst MA, is a
non-profit organization committed to creating, producing and
presenting original, topical and provocative performance works
of high artistic and professional quality. These works are
often developed collaboratively by artists from theater, dance,
film/video, music and the visual arts. Since its inception
in 1980 the company has produced 80 performance and video
pieces at such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center, P.S.
122, Wolf Trap, the Washington Project for the Arts, Jacob's
Pillow, Emerson Majestic Theater, A.P.E. Performance Space,
the National Performance Network etc., as well as at many
colleges, universities with funding from the National Endowment
for the Arts, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
and the Massachusetts Cultural Council among others. In the
twenty-six years of its existence, Present Company has gained
a national reputation for innovative and exciting interdisciplinary
performance work of outstanding quality.
ITEMS FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
just had a show I now see the value of this newsletter. I
sent press releases to a LONG list of local publications 3
weeks before the receptions this weekend. Thanks to local.masslive.com
I was able to have my event posted immediately. And thanks
to The Hampshire Gazette we got a line listing. We had a huge
turnout this weekend of friends, newsletter subscribers and
readers of masslive and the Gazette.
It's not easy being an artist. Scraping up money for postcards,
food, wine, and in my case, truck rental to move all my stuff.
And most venues do not have sufficient funding to assist in
any of these costs. And so I am glad to have this newsletter
to provide free promotion for all of our events. I didn't
realize it was so hard to get listed out there.
But I have not yet won the lottery and so I can only continue
to provide this newsletter if everyone helps by simply submitting
things in such a way as to not make extra work for me. I just
can't resize every image and edit all the text. So please
read the guidelines at the link below.
SUBMISSIONS YOU please very please MUST review
Pictured, Head scultpture made from facial reconstruction
Tardy's handsome metal head sculpture called "Reconstruction"
is made from "Stryker titanium craniomaxillofacial reconstruction
plates and screws as well as other steel and stainless steel
for Lady Vengeance
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Written by Jeong Seo-Gyeong, Park Chan-wook
Starring Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-sik
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (literally, "Kind-Hearted Ms.
Geum-Ja") is a 2005 South Korean film by director Park Chan-wook,
and is the third instalment in his trilogy of vengeance themed
films, following Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) [a previous
movie pick and Oldboy (2003).
The plot follows the character of Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young Ae).
As a teenager, she unexpectedly becomes pregnant. She seeks
help and finds it with a seemingly kind man: Mr. Baek (Choi
Min-sik), who gives her a room and plenty of food. Then later,
she is jailed and serves 13 years for the kidnapping and murder
of a young schoolboy, Won-mo. That much you find out in the
first few minutes of the film. To say anymore is to give it
away. As Park Chan-wook says in an interview (included on
the DVD) this film differs from the previous two in that it
involves vengeance being taken by a woman and in his exploration
of this motif, vengeance being something he personally believes
serves no positive end, he was convinced that the vengeance
of a woman would differ from a man. Watch what he came up
with an see if you agree.
Some interesting notes:
The theme music of Lady Vengeance is an edited version of
Vivaldi's "Ah ch'infelice sempre" from "Cessate, omai cessate."
The song is appropriate since the unedited version's melody
is sung by a woman who is seeking revenge on a man who has
betrayed her, much like the movie itself. The entire soundtrack
is heavily baroque-themed, featuring many pieces with harpsichord,
baroque guitars, and other instruments. The soundtrack is
also heavily influenced by Vivaldi's works.
Fade to Black and White Version
On the Korean Special Edition DVD of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,
there is the fade to black and white version of the film.
The film starts off in full colour, but throughout the film
the colour fades until it is totally black and white at the
end of the film. This version of the film is only available
with DTS audio. This is the actual version of the film the
director wanted, but he could not complete it in time, so
it had to be released on the DVD.
Some of this material was lifted from Wikipedia
WARNING I highly recommend NOT reading what is recorded there
before seeing the film. It’s a definite spoiler.
auction to benefit Arise for Social Justice
Inspiration: Art Auction
Pioneer Valley Artists Support Social Justice at Silent Auction
Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley,
MA Saturday, Dec 9th, 2006 6-9:30pm:
Showcase of Pioneer Valley artists. All proceeds go to
Arise for Social Justice, a low income rights, anti-oppression
advocacy group based out of Springfield, MA.
Viewing and bidding will begin at 6 pm and results will be
announced at 8:30.
Register by calling (978) 895-2661, or at the door with a
$10 suggested donation. All donations are tax deductible.
Refreshments and musical guests included in registration.
This features UAR social action fusion, and Nice Shoes Feminist
Arise for Social Justice was started in 1985 by five women
on welfare who decided to band together and learn how to better
advocate for their own rights. Today, Arise has a large works
within a large community and rallies around issues that relate
to economic justice, electoral rights, community building
and local and global issues that continue to oppress poor
IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL
Every day I check my email, afraid to get my hopes up yet
not wanting to be an empty chasm feathered with the dregs
of pessimism, waiting for that email with attached images
of the whole NAC staff so I can show my appreciation by way
of bestowing my awe-inpspiring photoshop skills upon their
digital images with a little bit of showoff-ey, run-on sentence
prowess on top. I'm still waiting.
Oh the photoshop places we'll go!
Pictured, Sample photoshop tributes to past honorees and
WHY I'D LIKE
TO *PROPERLY* THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE NAC
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.
am looking for someone to be part of my amazing
studio. I am a dancer and therapist and have been
running groups, and making art in my space for 8
years. This is a super opportunity to house your
projects and I am willing to negotiate on a monthly
Long Term Weekend Studio Space Available
Clients,Workshops, Rehearsals, Retreats,or just
plain studio time, you name it. Beautiful wood floors,
high ceilings, sitting area with couches, large
dance area, massage room, balcony. Bright and spacious.
In Northampton artist building (http://www.221pinestreet.com/).
The Arts and Industry building in Florence
Pictures at http://nxhx.org/pdf/wildlife-sanc.pdf.
You can also rent by the hour some evenings and
afternoon times 413.586.7390 (leave a message) firstname.lastname@example.org
A 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.
ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Productions/ The Berkshire Fringe is now accepting
submissions of dynamic works of theater, dance and
mutli-media performance for its 2007 season.
The third annual festival held in Great Barrington,
MA will present 21 days of original performances,
free workshops, and artist discussions by and with
emerging artists from across the United States.
The Berkshire Fringe provides a unique opportunity
for emerging and early-career artists from around
the country to present work in a fresh and exciting
Founded in 2003 by a cohort of Berkshire natives
and graduates of Simon's Rock College, Bazaar Productions,
Inc (Sara Kathryn Katzoff, Timothy Ryan Olson and
Peter Wise) aims to fill a growing need in the community
for exciting new work at affordable ticket prices.
The Berkshire Fringe continues to grow into a bustling
community and has featured more than two dozen new
works and events that have blended genres, represented
new styles, and delved into traditions underrepresented
in the mainstream.
In 2007 the festival will take place during July
and August and will invite six companies or individuals
to participate. Performers from all backgrounds
and disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply.
Bazaar Productions is also dedicated to focusing
funds and resources to create an exemplary experience
for all participating artists. The festival is scheduled
so that performers can see each other's work, can
participate in each other's workshops and can share
ideas and experiences. These initiatives establish
a center for artistic exchange while providing accessible,
affordable and unparalleled cultural enrichment
to the community.
Perspective or interested applicants may visit www.berkshirefringe.org
for more information and to obtain an application.
Inquiries can be answered by e-mailing co-artistic
director Sara Katzoff at sara(at)berkshirefringe.org
or calling the offices of Bazaar Productions at
(413) 320-4175. The deadline for applications
is Februray 15, 2007. All applications must be received
by February 15, 2007.
GALLERY A3 SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Gallery A3 is a contemporary fine art gallery exhibiting
work by Valley artists. Members show work in various
media including photography, painting, collage,
print-making, mixed-media and sculpture. Gallery
A3 is a member-run cooperative currently looking
for a few new artists to complete its membership.
Applications are available at Gallery A3, 28 Amity
Street in Amherst during the hours of 12-6 pm, Wednesday
through Sunday or email email@example.com for an electronic
application. For more information call Keith Hollingworth
at 413-549-0865 or the gallery at 413-256-4250.
The next application deadline is 6:00 pm, December
6 at Gallery A3.
SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART WALK EASTHAMPTON
Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly, self-guided walking
tour of arts and culture, has added a proposal page
to its website where visual, music and performance
artists can outline what they would like to show
or perform if given the opportunity.
All the locations that participate in Art Walk Easthampton
can view the submissions for possible inclusion
in an upcoming event. The talent describes the work,
provides images, identifies the types of venues
they would like to be in, the dates they are available
and provides contact information. If there's a match
between the submission and the venue's interest,
the venue contacts the talent directly to handle
The proposal form is available at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org
and is open to all local and regional artists.
The next art walk in Easthampton is Nov. 11th and
includes at least 15 venues along Cottage and Union
streets. Most locations have already selected their
November shows, says Hanus, but that there will
be many opportunities over the coming year.
Kanazawa city is launching the second public sculpture
competition, Kanazawa "Machinaka" Sculpture Competition
2006, to create a new urban space with an artistic
atmosphere and to revitalize the district along
the main street. The street, identified as "Art
Avenue," stretches from Kanazawa station to 21st
Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and
the winning pieces are to be placed along this avenue.
The competition is now inviting submissions for
innovative sculptural pieces to fulfill the aim
of the competition. Application forms, outlining
full details for the competition, are available
on our website at http://www.city.kanazawa.ishikawa.jp/
due by Nov 30
Goodlander Gallery is located in the beautiful
Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts in one of
the fastest growing art areas of New England.
Participating members of the Art Walk of Easthampton,
the Gallery draws collectors and art enthusiasts
from both local and regional areas. The Gallery
sponsors a juried show twice a year. The Gallery
hosts monthly exhibits during the other months of
the year, drawing both local and regional artists
for both the changing exhibition as well as our
permanently hanging salon.
Eligibility: Open to all local or national
artists. Original art in any medium is acceptable.
No videos or reproductions. Works on paper are acceptable
is framed under glass, large work on paper must
be framed with plexiglass. Clip mounts are not aceptable.
All work should be framed and ready to hang. Larger
painted pieces may be wrapped if sides are extentions
of the painting. Any pieces over 30 x 40 in size
needs special approval due to space limitations.
Digital images are acceptable and should be 72ppi,
RGB format with max of 600 pixels in any one dimension.
Please DOWNLOAD your entry form from the Home Page
of the Gallery.Application and fees due by Nov 30.
ARTISTS WANTED TO DISPLAY IN HISTORIC BUILDING
DEADLINE: December 15, 2006
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
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.
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
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
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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PO Box 6109
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I think a lot of people still have my old arts &
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but I think that may expire soon.
Painting from Photographs with Michael Powers
6-week course begins November 21st
In response to numerous requests, Holyoke based
artist Michael Powers is offering the course: Landscape
Painting from Photographs. Appropriate for all skill
levels, including beginners, the six-week course
begins on Tuesday, November 21st and the registration
deadline is November 14th. Classes will be held
at Open Square in Holyoke.
For additional information call: 413-534-3035
or email Audrey Powers at: firstname.lastname@example.org.