November 20, 2006 --Covering events from 11/20/06 through 12/4/06
Throw up your hands


I got a LOT, millions even!, of really sweet emails and cards from people expressing their sympathy at the loss of my dog Jamoka. He was very special and so young. His death was a cannonball to the soul. I am still reeling, still in Tilt mode.

I want to share one of the ones that made me laugh, from the always sweet and very talented Sheryl Jaffe:

"O my god, I'm just reading the emails now, too damn busy. I can't believe it about Jamoka. Jamoka, Jamoka. I'm so sorry for you, and right before the reception.
Jeez, life is such a (if you could see me throwing up my hands and just throwing up my hands, that's what life is, just a big throw up of hands).
I'm sending you beautiful thoughts and and prayers and hugs. I just can't believe it. Jamoka just seemed so youthful, like lots of fun-filled years ahead.
I wish I read my emails earlier and I would have come tonight. I hope its lovely, sending you lots of good thoughts about Jamoka, and you too. thanks for your emails, some day I will read them in time.
love to you MO,

Life *is* just a big throwing up of hands. But that's not to say it's always vomitocious. We have each other. It could sometimes be a positive throwing up of hands in a metaphorical Matisse-like dance of unity and togetherness. And that's why I do this newsletter. We have so much talent out here. Someday we'll go down in history as the ______ artists. But first we need a fitting moniker and The Western Mass Artists won't cut it. I say we secede and form our own state. I belong to lots of arts opportunities lists. Some I actually have to pay for and I think that's wrong and that's why I publicize them here, for you. We shouldn't have to pay for the privilege of being kept apprised of calls for art. And, so many of them stipulate Boston Artists only, even if they are from federal organizations.

If we were a separate state maybe we'd have our own pile of funding to vie for. Everyone in Boston thinks Western, Ma is Worcester. Let's cut the line down the state at Worcester. Yeah, that's just crazy talk. I am a troublemaker. But I can't say I'll never email our new governor and ask him how he plans to integrate this half of the state. We're like the horse costume. Boston is the head (yikes! Cue up a new segue).

Another reason I continue to do this newsletter, even though it's late and I am tired, is that it's hard to get exposure, even on a local level. For my show and Amy's up now at the NCA, I sent a press release 3 weeks in advance to over a dozen publications. One gave us a line listing. Thank you Hampshire Gazette for listing our event. And thank you for your beautiful article, Phoebe Mitchell, in today's Gazette. It was a great and well-written article. I appropriated the code and posted it on my site to share with all. Wouldn't it be a great PR move if the Gazette made their pages free again? Just a thought. More site viewings means more advertiser dollars as they are based on pages viewed and click-throughs. Do Gazette subscribers really mind if non-subscribers can read a screen version? Make it free again. Sell ads. Reap ad dollars. Share. Free the Gazettenet! Studies show that online versions of papers don't significantly cut into subscriptions. The New York Times is free.

The sad flip side to the article is that on the other side of the section is an article about another business leaving their arts building due to rising costs. I am grateful every day to have found a space here at the Canal Building where I pay a fair rent and the landlord, David Scher, truly cares about artists and does his best to aid in our creative ability and success. I type now at a desk he loaned me because I had no desk and could not afford to buy one. So he dragged one down from storage. And it's a nice desk. And David put up a big sign in the lobby the day Jamoka died announcing this and the fact that everyone will miss him. I see this every morning when I come in and am very touched. That's special.

One more thing, and there's always another thing-I promised Wednesday Sorokin to add the story of my rescue from a hotel while on a business trip this week. And the reason it's not here is answered further down in the "launch of benigngirl.com" article. So scroll down to see the new site I plan to launch to be the sister site to this newsletter and how you can use that too.

The Impossible Landscape
Opening Reception: November 29, 2006 6-8 pm
1120_almond.jpg The Impossible Landscape

November 29, 2006 ­- March 4, 2007 Opening Reception: November 29, 2006 6-8 pm

AND "In Conversation": A tour and discussion of the exhibition with curator Jodie Vicenta Jacobson and artists Peter Coffin and Melanie Carvalho. 7 pm

University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts

A cutting edge multimedia exhibition by renowned and emerging international artists: Darren Almond (UK), Rebecca Baron (USA), Melanie Carvalho (UK), Peter Coffin (USA), Tacita Dean (UK), Nir Evronn (Israel), Janice Kerbel (CA), Ian Kiaer (UK).

This exhibition brings together the work of eight artists who in different ways have been thinking about conventions of landscape art and botanical depiction. Each artist complicates the question of what it means to make a landscape image now and suggests that traditional modes of depiction are impossible.

The Impossible Landscape conjures many ideas and many kinds of impossibility. Wide-ranging in their mediums and forms, the works produce diverse responses. Some artists deliberately try to confuse the status of the presented image; others shun traditional depictions yet still manage to produce hauntingly poetic or even humorous work.

The Impossible Landscape is co-curated by Mark Godfrey (UK) and Jodie Vicenta Jacobson (NYC). Mark Godfrey is a Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and has a forthcoming book titled Abstraction and the Holocaust. Jodie Vicenta Jacobson is dually the Curator for The Horticultural Society of New York and an artist working in photography and video. For more information please check the University Gallery website www.umass.edu/fac/universitygallery or email Paola Di Stefano pdi@arts.umass

the event is free and open to the public - free parking!

at Johnny D's in Somerville
1120_girlhowdy.jpg Hello Honkytonk Friends!

It's less than a two weeks away to our next "double date" with The Spurs - this time we'll be out in their neighborhood, and you're all invited:

- - - It's a Western Swing & Honkytonk Hullaballoo - - -

On Saturday, Dec. 2, we'll be joining our pals, The Spurs, Boston's premier western swing band, in concert at Johnny D's in Somerville.

The two bands will team up for a night of hogwild uptown-hillbilly shenanigans. Swing dancers get ready, grab your special shoes! The show starts at 9:30pm, $10 at the door.

Johnny D's is at 17 Holland St. in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.

Go tell Ma, go tell Pa - and baby brother too: it's high time for a good time and come on out to Johnny D's on Saturday night, December 2nd! Hope to see you there, Team G-Howdy

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

I cannot beg anymore. I am broken.
pensivepig.jpg This is my latest attempt at being tough about following guidelines for submissions. You can't just add me to your PR list. You have to do a certain amount of work. At the other pubs they have paychecks and health insurance. I have a healthy disregard for earning money. So I can't format text and images for you. BUT you are GUARANTEED a listing here with color image and it reaches a lot of people who actually go to things. It's a good, free thing.

Frequently Asked Questions answered in the submission guidelines:

Can you please just resize my image for me? I am really busy.
Can you send an addendum this week with my event? I have been really busy.
Why isn't my event in yet. It is happening in 6 weeks. Please post now! I am really busy.
Can you fix the typos etc in my text? I am really busy.
Why is my event near the bottom? I am really busy.

The answer to all these questions is yes, if you will vacuum my studio or do my laundry or earn my living for me. Absolutely. I can be bought or traded but not folded, spindled or mutilated.

Infrequently Asked Questions answered in the submission guidelines:

Mo, what can I do to help speed up this submission and at the same time get it to appear exactly as I would like it?
Mo, are you a fellow human being? Because if so I will include a greeting appropriate for a human rather than PLEASE POST ASAP.
Mo, is there a separate email address for submitting things? is this in the submissions guidelines which I should read?
Mo, is there some way that I can label and attach my image and text that will make them not get lost and appear for all to see?
Mo, do you expect me to actually read this newsletter each week so I will know what my fellow artists are up to or can I just post my own events hoping they will read about me and come to my event and then put my own unread newsletter directly in the trash?
Mo, do you really know if I have been naughty or nice to my fellow human being artists? Will this affect my submission placement?

The answer to these questions and more is yes. Be nice.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 2, 2-4
1120_osterman.jpg EXPLORING COLOR
December 2-29, 2006

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 2, 2-4 PM

Dorothy Osterman's gouache and oil paintings will be on exhibit for the month of December. A member of Gallery A3 in Amherst, Dorothy began painting and drawing as a child in Brooklyn, NY. At the same time she studied dance and music while spending time by the ocean.

"For the past 40 years I have been living and painting in Conway, MA. Here I am surrounded by nature. The lands, sky and water together with my early impressions unconsciously find their way into my paintings.

"My work is abstract. I love color, movement, space and find joy in pushing paint."

-- Dorothy Osterman

December 1-3 and 9, 2006

Annual Cottage Street Holiday Open Studios and Sale
One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
December 1-3 and 9, 2006

Always the first weekend and second Saturday in December

Friday, December 1; 12-5
Saturday, December 2; 10-5:00
Sunday, December 3; 12-5:00
Saturday, December 9; 10-5

Free and open to the public

Handicap Accessible

For images or more information visit:


Thirty-three local artists under one accessible roof will comprise the 2006 Cottage Street Studios Holiday Open Studios and Sale. This year our annual Holiday Open Studio Sale will feature the largest group of participants in our 19-year history. Participants will exhibit (and offer for sale) a range of art and fine craft including glass, jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, home-furnishings, fine furniture, and photography—all created by hand right here in Hampshire County! Visitors can come just to see the artists in their spaces, or can purchase items from fine art to exceptionally unique but affordable gifts. Many of the participating artists make a living selling primarily to galleries and do not offer regular retail hours. The open studios is a rare chance to peek inside the spaces and see new and original one-of-a-kind art. In addition, many studios offer special prices and sales of work that usually can only be purchased in galleries or by appointment. It is also a chance to take a look inside one of the buildings that has been a part of the recent Easthampton Renaissance. This year members of Riverside Arts—a new art program for the developmentally disabled individuals served by Riverside Industries (www.rsi.org for more information about Riverside Industries)—will be selling cards designed by the participants of the program. New Exhibitors will include The Glass Castle (stained glass)—recently moved to the building from Northampton; Jeremy Sinkus (flame-worked glass), and photography by Ellen Koteen.

History of the Open Studios:

Since 1987 on the first weekend in December the artists and artisans of One Cottage Street have opened their doors to the public with an annual Open Studios and Holiday Sale. The factory building which over two decades ago enclosed almost four acres of empty space, now sports a lively complex of human service programs, craftspeople, light industries and artists.

“Cheap Art!” at the A.P.E.
14 November through 11 December

“Cheap Art!”

“Cheap Art!” aims to present a number of different works by local artists in ways that encourage the spectator to become part of the artistic process.

The main feature of this exhibit is a number of small individual works created by the participating artists clipped along string wire, where a spectator will be encouraged by way of signs to select a piece from this section for purchase, but will have to physically remove that item from the wall and pay for it by putting a money into a secured box, thus becoming a participant in the work itself. (The money goes toward defraying the cost of the show.)

The smaller walls in the space will include hung works either out of frames or framed non-conventionally using second-hand frames, “cheap” frames from discount sales or discarded, or otherwise ‘devalued’ frames.

No work for sale will exceed $100 in price. "Cheap Art!” is a group show organized and curated by Anne Thalheimer. Artists include Thalheimer, Rick Beaupre III, Krystal Graybeal, Aliene de Souza Howell, Coren Michael Rau, and Jenn Burdick-Poitras as well as a number of other local artists.

Cheap Art! will run in the little gallery at the A.P.E. Gallery in Thorne’s Marketplace (Main Street, Northampton, MA) from 14 November through 11 December with participation in Arts Night Out on 8 December, where participating artists will be on hand to replenish the small works on the wall. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sundays noon to 5 PM.

December 2nd & 9th --- 10 to 5
1120_bolete.jpg RACHEL FOLSOM

Open Studio
16 Main Street – 3rd Floor
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 687-1685

Two Saturdays in December
December 2nd & 9th --- 10 to 5

Saturday, December 2, 2006
2 to 5 p.m.

(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

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

Let's make use of it. I own it. Let's build it up.
102_diddymo.jpg So I have this domain, benigngirl.com, and it's empty right now. And for some reason I am denied access tonight or I would have launched a single page with the story I promised Wednesday. The people at my hosting company have all gone home. But I am going to sort that out.

I am thinking anyone can write reviews or articles about art and the like, have answer columns like, "Ask the Gallery Expert", "Ask Diddymo", post calls and opportunities, feature a new artist every month with images etc and park the links section there as it is getting long-ish for this newsletter. And maybe have a discussion/forum section. If you think this is a good idea throw up your hands.

I'd like to use to it be free to explore theoretical and possibly taboo topics such as why does the one grant organization located in western mass seem to prefer boston area artists or why do some papers not have an arts writer or how does one go about actually getting listed in local publications. It would work if a few people would volunteer to contribute content. And contributors could post anonymously or not. Throw up your hands so I can get an idea of interest level. I plan to write an article called, "If I Ran The Zoo". Send me your ideas. Take part in the collective. If you post articles I will not ever edit your writing and you can have a link to published writing to use as a reference to direct other people to. And yes, benigngirl doesn't scream Western, Ma artists but it is a peculiar phenomenon which will get loads of hits. It's empty now but my stats show that people are hitting it.

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 which cost thousands.

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.


Thank You for Smoking
1120_movie.jpg Thank You For Smoking (2005)
directed by Jason Reitman
based on the novel by Christopher Buckley

starring: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliot, Katie Holmes, Rod Howe, William H. Macy, Robert Duvall

Tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor has a seemingly impossible task: promoting cigarette smoking in a time when the health hazards of the activity have become too plain to ignore. Nick, however, revels in his job, using argument and twisted logic to place, as often as not, his clients in the positions of either altruistic do-gooders or victims. Nick's son Joey needs to understand and respect his dad's philosophy, and Nick works hard to respond to that need without compromising his lack of values. When a beautiful news reporter betrays Nick's sexually-achieved trust, his world seems in danger of collapsing. But there's always one more coffin nail in Nick's pack.

And if this exquisitely politically incorrect film twigs your curiosity concerning lobbyists (being a smoker I took particular delight!) as an added bonus this week I’m strongly recommending, if you haven’t already seen it, to rent Steven Soderbergh’s K Street (2003,) an HBO series produced by Soderbergh and George Clooney, that garnered a strong following in D.C. but flopped everywhere else. Set in the summer of 2003 amidst the Democrat presidential primary and the birth of a CIA leak scandal, "K Street" follows political pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville inside their image consulting firm Bergstrom Lowell, fictitiously taking us behind the scenes of actual political events. Looks and sounds like a documentary so far, but mixed in with their reality are characters and story lines of pure fiction. In the first series, I think the second episode, there is a fantastic scene of Howard Dean being prepped by James Carville for the debates.

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.

Those crazy kids.

gay scarf
Remember the gay scarf story that flew around the internet a while back?

Move to Holyoke! We have everything. Here's a chance to get in on the ground floor of a building on its way to being a great community and Ralph is a nice and fair person and rents will be low. One day there will be a roof deck and inside parking, at fair prices. Get in now and you can build your own space. Be a pioneer.

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 30 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

I call this image, "Irony". Only because everyone uses the word incorrectly which has nothing to do with links.
This part of the newsletter is fascinating. Stats show that people are checking each other out. That's what I want.

Ben Caras
Ben Banville
Rhoda Juels
Gineen Lee Cooper
Robert Aller
Gary Jacobs
Maggie Nowinski
Artists @ Open Square
Pol Turgeon
Frank Ward
Frank Ward again!
The Painted Caravan
Derek Goodwin
Northampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
Beth Fischer Studio
Red Horse Press
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
PO Box 6109
Holyoke, MA 01041-6109

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. 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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