November 13, 2006
-Tracey Chapman


Almost exactly 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 myself.

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 in.

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 from last 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.

1113_amy.jpg Dear Dears,
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 start)

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! Alive!!!!
Love ya'll,

November 1st –November 19th
1113_meyersohn.jpg Elizabeth 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 Museum.

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.

Elizabeth Meyersohn
“New Paintings”
November 1st –November 19th

275 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA
Thursday-Sunday 12:00-5:00
For additional information:
Oxbow Gallery ph 586-6300,
website www.oxbowgallery.com

Friday, November 17, 5-9 pm
1113_exitart.jpg HAPPY HOUR at Exit Art: La Hora de la Alegria Friday, November 17, 5-9 pm Dance to music spun by Pablo Yglesias, curator ¡Viva La Música!

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 November 25

Contact Information
email: sarah@exitart.org
phone: 212.966.7745
web: http://www.exitart.org

With Music by Foxfire
1113_waltz.jpg Mostly Waltz Dance

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 center.
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 entrance.

If lost, phone Richard or Flora at (413) 665-0484.

at the Nielson Library Browsing Room at Smith College
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 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 campus).

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.

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

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.

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 seating.

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 ellenaugarten@gmail.com.

Pictured, 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: ncfa@nohoarts.org phone: 413-584-7327 web: http://www.nohoarts.org

"Remembering Jess Slater"
Saturday November 18, 3-6PM
You are 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 Jess Slater

November 16th to December 31st

The reception for the exhibition "Remembering Jess Slater" will take place Saturday November 18, 3-6PM.

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 call 413-256-4250.

1106_new.jpg New England Watershed has been nominated by the Utne Reader as Best New Publication for 2006.

Utne is a national magazine that celebrates the best of the independent press by reading and reprinting from 1,500 independent magazines, newsletters, blogs and more. Since 1989, the Utne Independent Press Award awards have showcased the best of the independent press in categories ranging from best new title to political, environmental, cultural and personal life coverage.

"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 to: New England Watershed, P. O. Box 36, Hatfield, MA 01038.

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.

Russell Powell
Editor and Publisher
New England Watershed

I hear that there is a fund collecting money to help defray Jamoka's hospital costs.

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 here.

Performances of Veronica’s Fold: Take 2
At A.P.E. Thornes - November 17 & 18 at 8pm, November 19 at 2pm
1106_ape.jpg *Wendy 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
Admission: $12

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.

please. gosh.
1113_metalhead.jpg Because I 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.

TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS YOU please very please MUST review the submissions guidelines link.

Pictured, Head scultpture made from facial reconstruction plates Lewis 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 found objects."

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
1113_movie.jpg Sympathy 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.

silent art auction to benefit Arise for Social Justice
Arise for 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 a Cappella.

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 people.

Options for Photoshop fun?

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 random strangers.


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.

I 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 rate.

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) rythea@crocker.com

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.


Bazaar 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 atmosphere.

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 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 kewiho@aol.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.

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 booking arrangements.

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/ choukoku

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.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2006
The Amherst Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual Competition in its Vising Art Program
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.

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.

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

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

This is what my new haircut feels like.

garyjacobsart.com corrected link
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 PayPal button has to say, "Buy Now", rather than "donate". 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. You don't really get Tammy Faye's album. I just liked her picture.

Show Postcards and the like can be mailed to:
Mo Ringey
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I think a lot of people still have my old arts & industry address as postcards get forwarded to me but I think that may expire soon.



Landscape 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: audpow@gmail.com.


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