CRAYONS FOR A GREY DAY
Help Wanted. Be the
NOTE--To forward this newsletter and not have it go all crazy you
must scroll all the way down to the bottom and use the blue, "forward
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I am on hour
9 of this newsletter due to bandwidth problems. Sometimes this happens and my
connection turns to molasses and I can't even save my work and want to use the
spinning hourglass thingie for target practice. My newsletter becomes the lost
city of Pompeii, trapped under a pile of hardening lava-like molasses. This is
painful and costly. And so I found some crayon
art to brighten my day. That and the jarring color combination this week are
meant to make this week's issue somehow fun because the bandwidth can compromise
the joy of publishing this newsletter.
The other killjoy thing is the
extremely rare occasion when I get a person who seems to think I am obligated to
post their event and addresses me as such. This happened recently and by a
non-subscriber. I have the rule that submitters must also be subscribers because
the spirit of this newsletter is one of mutual support. It takes a long time to
format each issue and so I don't want to put time into submissions from those
who don't wish to be part of the community or have no curiosity about their
fellow artists or who, "don't have time to read this", or "Don't want any more
spam". Is this a crazy rule? I think I need a Board of Directors to vote on such
things. Please let me know if you'd like to be the Board. You can just meet with
yourself and vote and send me your decisions. In return I'll make a masthead for
this newsletter and list you in it and make you a T-shirt. One catch-you then
have to answer those prickly emails.
Thanks in advance new Board of
Directors and welcome aboard!
Note-If no one actually volunteers I will
simply appoint someone. Either way, next week I will announce the new
PROPELLERS @ THE APOLLO and more December 8.
Swingin'. New Year's Eve. Ringin'
PROPELLERS AT THE APOLLO
December 8, 2006
Propellers play a swing dance at the Apollo Grill
Dancing at the
beautiful Apollo Grill, 116 Pleasant Street, in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Fantastic atmosphere, food and drinks if you want
(reservations recommended) and dancing at the regular 2nd Friday dance, the
As usual, there will be a beginner lesson from 8:00 to
9:00, followed by live swinging jazz with The Propellers, as well as a couple of
sets with DJ C-Jam, aka Camille. Cover: $10 ($8 for students and seniors)
December 31, 2006 (New Year's Eve!)
The Propellors play First Night
Northampton at St. John Cantius Church, 10 Hawley Street, Northampton.
4:00-4:45pm and 5:00-5:45 pm.
December 31, 2006 (New Year's Eve!)
Propellers play again for dinner and dancing at The Blue Heron Restaurant in
Sunderland, Massachusetts, from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am. Lovely atmosphere, fabulous
food! Reservations required (413-665-2102).
For schedule updates, song
samples, photos, info, check: www.havetodance.com/otones
BARBOZA @ AMHERST TOWN HALL Reception
Thursday Dec. 7 during the Amherst Arts Walk which will also coincide with a
ribbon cutting for Briana Taylor's mural for the underground garage.
Barboza will be exhibiting her work at Amherst Town Hall, with a reception
Thursday Dec. 7 from 5-7 pm during the Amherst Arts Walk.
is the large red brick building in Amherst center with turret and clock. There
is a parking lot in front and behind the building.
This will also
coincide with a ribbon cutting for Briana Taylor's mural for the underground
At this time I don't have any further info on the Amherst
Arts Walk or the mural ceremony and have pieced together what I have from bits
of heresay and emails but I bet you can find out more and get all scrubbed up
Debbie has graciously offered to do a sketch of Jamoka for me and
Briana made a contribution to the Jamoka/newsletter fund so when I heard of
these events I did some investigative journalism and went undercover to find out
as much as I could.
Hopefully these events will soon be posted at local.masslive.com
and you can find them there. That is the most reliable and instantaneous way to
get your events out there. It's open 24/7 and is free.
Part II - Paintings and Works on Paper by Gineen Cooper
Friday December 8th 2006 5-7 p.m.
Making Music Part II
Paintings and Works on Paper
I've never had an opening in a vault before.
Come and write Thank
Yous for the treasures of 2006 and blessings for the new year. Isn't Dec. 8th
the Buddha's Birthday?
Friday December 8th 2006
Daily Hours: M-F 8:30 am- 4:30
STREET OPEN STUDIOS December 1-3
and 9, 2006
Cottage Street Holiday Open Studios and Sale
One Cottage Street, Easthampton,
December 1-3 and 9, 2006
Always the first weekend and
second Saturday in December
Friday, December 1; 12-5
December 2; 10-5:00
Sunday, December 3; 12-5:00
Saturday, December 9;
Free and open to the public
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
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
EVENTS AT THE A.P.E. 14 November
through 11 December
“Cheap Art!” aims to present a number of different works by
local artists in ways that encourage the spectator to become part of the
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
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.
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.
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
Miller, painter, is exhibiting his latest work, part of the ongoing series
entitled *Deep Space*, from December 2, 2006 thru January 2, 2007 at A.P.E.
Gallery in downtown Northampton.
This body of work, *Sun Spots,* will
include pen and ink drawings, oils on canvas, charcoals on paper, and acrylics
on paper. Sun Spots are part of the constantly changing activity on the surface
of the sun. The sun is the only star in this universe that directly affects all
life on the planet Earth. Deep Space, which Miller began in 1998, has evolved
from his studying and painting the universe to this current series in which he
paints the nuclear furnace known as our sun.
The opening reception will
feature Camille White playing solo oboe, and will be held Friday, December 8th,
from 5-8 p.m. as part of Arts Night Out.
FOLSOM & LYNN PETERFREUND OPEN STUDIOS 16 Main
Street, Amherst, December 2nd & 9th - 10 to 5
artists open studios in one building:
16 Main Street – 3rd Floor
Amherst, MA 01002
Two Saturdays in December
December 2nd & 9th --- 10 to 5
Saturday, December 2, 2006
2 to 5
Also in the same building:
Sat. Dec 2 and Sat. Dec 9, 10-5
THE NCA Dance, Art
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
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
~~Sunday, December 10, 1:45 p.m.:
Oriental Caravan returns to the Center for bellydance and tribal folk fusion
featuring students and teachers from area schools. This is a popular
bi-annual event is produced by Joanne Tebaldi and Whitney Suter, teachers and
founders of the Middle Eastern Arts Collaborative. See the Web site For more
information, contact Whitney Suter, 413-885-2490 or Joanne Tebaldi, 413
KEEPING THE FLAME
companion events with art, dance, music, video
At the Northampton
Center for the Arts,
Friday, December 8 Northampton Arts Night
Keeping the Flame will be a concert of live music and dance at
NCFA, December 8, 2006. The date is the night of the monthly Northampton Arts
Night Out and the opening of a group art exhibit also with the theme of
Keeping the Flame, organized by Tom Morton at the NCA gallery. This is a
theme which applies broadly, but the performers and exhibitors were invited to
participate because each one engages with the tradition of masters and
influences, and thus feeds the fire, in an especially personal way.
Produced by Alicia Morton
Friday December 8,
Keeping the Flame with recreations of historical dances by
Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn and Mary Wigman, as well as pieces
choreographed by Cynthia James and Alicia Morton. Dancers representing three
generations will perform: Kailina Mastroianni, Ritsuka Mastroianni and Heleen
Cardinaux, with Cynthia and Alicia. Musicians performing will be Eugenie Malek,
piano, Phillip deFremery, classical guitar, and Chris Stetson, lute, shakuhatchi
flute and percussion.
The Group Gallery Show
Curated by Tom
Morton, 2D, 3D and video works December 8-23.
Opening reception December 8,
presenting 12 artists:
Nat Cohen, Bruce Fowler, Keith
Hollingworth, Julian Janowitz, Peter McLean, Tom Morton, Chris Nelson, Bernice
Rosenthal, Nancy Sachs, Arron Sturgeon, Courtney Hayes Sturgeon, Jerry
OUT(S) - NORTHAMPTON & EASTHAMPTON DECEMBER 8
NORTHAMPTON - Coming Up On December 8
Visit 18 galleries,
between 5 and 8 p.m.
Northampton continues its Arts Night
Out program Friday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless the duration is
otherwise noted), offering open galleries at 18 locations, all within a short
walk in the city's downtown area. The event is organized by participating art
and craft organizations and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and is
sponsored by the Northampton Cooperative Bank, 93.9 (The River), and the Valley
And, on December 9,
we invite you to visit neighboring EASTHAMPTON for one of its “Second
Saturday” art walks from 5 to 8 p.m.
More than a dozen venues along
Cottage and Union streets host visual, music and performance artists in a casual
sampling of the community's creativity. Easthampton chose second Saturdays for
its monthly art walk, in part, to complement Northampton’s Second Fridays and
create an arts/culture weekend for area residents. For more information about
the Easthampton event, visit its Web
Image-Gregory Stone Painting
DANA WILDE @
THE CUP AND TOP CAFE BRUNCHTIME
OPENING RECEPTION Sunday December 10, 12-3pm.
1, 2006 - February 15, 2007
Cup and Top Cafe
1 North Main
Dana Wilde -- Spirit
Vivid, soulful illustrations from the heart -- for all
ages. Compelling inner characters, creatures, and environments on paper (plus a
few of Dana's collage/assemblage pieces on wood and mat-board). Prints, greeting
cards and originals for sale. Dana has been living & making
improvisation-based art in Northampton for ten years, and offers Expressive Art
workshops and private sessions.
Meet with, eat with, and make ART with
Dana at the BRUNCHTIME OPENING RECEPTION Sunday December 10,
Cranes" by The Sidewalk Theater Co., a children's theater company based in
Easthampton Dec. 16 at
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the A.P.E. Performance Space
children will perform the play “1000 Cranes” and are folding 1000 origami cranes
to send to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan.
On Saturday, Dec.
16, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Sidewalk Theatre Co., a children’s theater
company comprising students in the acting classes at Hackworth School of
Performing Arts in Easthampton, will perform the play “1000 Cranes” at the
A.P.E. Performance Space, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton. They
will be joined for the performance by dancers from the school.
tells the story of Sadako Sasaki who lived in Hiroshima, Japan when the atomic
bomb was dropped on that city. She died in 1955, of leukemia, at the age of
Before she died, Sadako folded 1000 origami cranes, in the hope that
they would help her get well – a hope that was based on an old Japanese tale
that dates back centuries.
When Sadako died, school children from across
Japan folded more paper cranes and raised money to build a peace memorial
honoring Sadako. A statue of Sadako, holding a giant paper crane, now stands in
the Hiroshima Peace Park in Japan.
Today, children from all over the
world send 1000 paper cranes to the memorial, where they are hung in strands of
Sidewalk Theater Co.’s actors and many other volunteers are now busy
folding 1000 cranes that will be featured in the December performance and then
sent to the Hiroshima Peace Park.
Tickets cost $7 for ages 13 and up and
$5 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Bring a
non-perishable food item for the Northampton Survival Center and receive $1 off
the price of admission.
To reserve tickets or for information, call
413-584-6033 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKS TO REALLY SPECIAL PEOPLE SuperFriends
of Jamoka and this newsletter.
gotten so many sympathetic emails and cards, as well as donations, from very
special people to help defray the sudden giant bills associated with my late dog
Jamoka's hospitalizations and treatment.
I am really touched. This will
actually help me to continue to provide this newsletter as the bills were large
enough to cause cutbacks in non-essential areas and have somewhat jeopardized my
ability to meet the costs associated with this newsletter.
veterinary hospital required all payment in full before even admitting Jamoka I
had to put all charges on my CHAISE [sic] Credit Card. This in turn caused my
balance to go over my limit and change my interest rate from 0 to 24 percent. In
a perfect and really nice world, CHAISE bank would have heart and would revert
to my previous interest rate. So far attempts at negotiating this with CHAISE
have been unsuccessful but I am checking in with them every day in the hopes
that someone at CHAISE will reconsider.
So we all owe a special thanks to
the folks listed below for the continuation of this arts newsletter and for just
being really nice people, the kind you read about.
from the jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon
TERRY ROONEY (Who I forgot to list last week and who has been nothing
but kind since the day I first met her years ago)
KATHY SERVICE &
AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory
of our artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness
Day, December 1st
HILARY PRICE & KERRY
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES
(Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
Show” at Gallery A3 December 7
from 5-8 pm, 28 Amity Street in Amherst.
Works Show” at Gallery A3
Gallery A3’s “Small Works Show” is an
annual exhibit of small-scale, affordable art. Over fifty works priced from $50
to $250 will be on the gallery walls this December with a range of diverse
media: collage, sculpture, painting, mixed-media and photography.
an opportunity to view work by all the members of the cooperative. It’s also a
chance to bring home some art. The December show is designed to offer smaller
works – under 18" x 20” in size – at smaller prices.
reception, on December 7 from 5-8 pm, is in conjunction with the Amherst Art
Walk. The exhibit will run through December 30.
Gallery A3 is
located at 28 Amity Street in Amherst. Hours are 12-6 Wednesday through Sunday
and you can reach the gallery at 413-256-4250.
print from "Plane Images" series, by Gene Butera
Avian Art for Cartoons, Comic Books, and Animation December
4-29 at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
Ducks: Avian Art for Cartoons, Comic Books, and Animation
December and running through 29 December, E. J. Barnes will be exhibiting her
bird paintings at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce at 28 Amity Street (the
Amherst Cinema building) in Amherst, MA.
Included will be original
gouache artwork from her 2001 animated film, Leatherwing Bat, and watercolors
for her 2005 comic book, Birds of the Baltic.
Thursday, 7 December, 5--8pm, an Amherst ArtWalk event.
of Commerce is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30am--4:30pm.
POWERS AT THE AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY ARTIST'S
RECEPTION: Saturday, December 16th, 2-4
POWERS AT THE AGAWAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
ARTIST'S RECEPTION: Saturday, December
An exhibit of recent paintings and photographs by Holyoke
artist Michael Powers will be on display December 5 30 at the Agawam
Although Michael's paintings and photographs focus
primarily on the landscape, his work is not traditionally scenic; the often
unorthodox compositions are deliberately based on the juxtaposition of the
shapes of the elements within the image and their arrangement on a two
Michael has been painting and drawing since he was
five; he holds a degree in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and has
also studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and in Italy. His work is
in numerous private collections and has been displayed at the White House, the
Massachusetts State House, and at galleries in and around Boston. He has taught
drawing and painting at The Fuller Art Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, The
Guild Studio School in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and at the Farmington Valley
Arts Center in Avon, Connecticut. He relocated to western Massachusetts from the
Boston area in 2001. This will be his second solo exhibition in thisarea and the
first to include photographs.
Shown: Route 5 Railroad Bridge (2006)
oil on linen (36" x 36")
NOW AT ZEA
MAYS PRINTMAKING Lynn
Peterfreund and Alex Chitty, Friday, December 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host New Prints: Lynn
Peterfreund and Alex Chitty . Exhibit dates are December 8
– January 5.
gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the Arts and
Industry Building in Florence, MA. The phone number is 413.584.1783. Exhibit
hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 - 5, Wednesday, 12 - 8, the first and
third Saturdays and Sundays of the month, 12 - 5, and by
Lynn Peterfreund says about the work in this
“Most of the prints I am showing at Zea Mays were done between January
and July 2006 when I had the opportunity to be an artist in residence at Kala
Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. I'm very interested in continuing to use drawing
and photographic elements to combine monotype with intaglio and photographic
printing. I work spontaneously with colors, marks, forms and compositions to
express the rhythms and qualities of a state of mind or emotion whether in the
form of a print or a photograph. I'm attracted to compositions that are both
disorienting in terms of where and what one is seeing, and centering in terms of
how it pulls together feelings and relationships.”
has attended several workshops at Zea Mays. She is currently in the MFA program
at the Art Institute of Chicago. Alex’s training and work as a naturalist plays
an important part in her artmaking. She will be exhibiting a selection of prints
based on views of wildlife. Birds and woodland animals appear catalogued and
prepared for a naturalist’s study.
Expands Small Business Support
CDC Expands Small Business Support With State Economic Stimulus
Northampton, MA November 29, 2006: Valley Community Development
Corporation (Valley CDC), a community-based non-profit organization providing
housing and small business development support, has received a grant from the
Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology. The grant will enable Valley
CDC to expand the free technical assistance counseling and support it currently
provides to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Valley CDC was one of only 16
non-profit agencies statewide to qualify for an Economic Stimulus grant in this
first round of funding.
Valley CDC has been helping entrepreneurs start
new enterprises and expand existing small businesses for more than 18 years.
Federal Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) funds received from Northampton
and Easthampton has limited Valley CDC to working with low and moderate income
individuals and small businesses with no more than 5 employees in those two
communities. Since 2003, Valley CDC has counseled more than 250 individuals and
businesses, and helped them acquire more than $470,000 in funding from
conventional banks and community loan funds. Valley CDC’s clients include
companies in many diverse businesses, including restaurants, manufacturers,
beauty salons, spas, artists and artisans, clothing designers, and retailers.
The new Economic Stimulus grant will enable Valley CDC to expand its small
business support programs to include Amherst and Hadley, two additional
communities currently served by Valley CDC’s housing programs. This free
business assistance service will now be available to anyone, regardless of their
income, and can now serve existing businesses with up to 20 employees.
According to Joanne Campbell, Executive Director of Valley CDC, “We are
very excited to be able to expand our small business technical services to reach
an under-served segment of small businesses and to expand into the two other
cities we support. The initial grant of $75,000 will fund Valley CDC’s expanded
service offerings until June 30, 2007. We are hopeful that the legislature will
recognize the economic benefits that all Massachusetts communities gain from
their investment in local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and continue to
fund the program beyond that date.”
Valley CDC offices are located at 30
Market Street in Northampton, 413 586-5855 Ext. 14, and 116 Pleasant Street,
Eastworks Suite 325, Easthampton, 413 529-0420. Gene R. Talsky is the Director,
Small Business Development, email@example.com.
For more information
contact: Gene R. Talsky, 413 529-0420
SMITH'S MOVIE PICS The
Directed by John Hillcoat
Writing credits Nick
Cast: Guy Pearce as Charlie Burns, Ray Winstone as Captain
Stanley, Danny Huston as Arthur Burns, Emily Watson as Martha Stanley, John Hurt
as Jellon Lamb
Trivia: Danny Huston, who plays Arthur Burns, is the son
of famed director John Huston.
The Proposition is a revisionist Western
riding through the 1880s Australian outback. The acting, especially Watson and
Hurt, is worth seeing and overall the film has some of that Sergio Leone
spaghetti western allure that Eastwood made so famous. And Nick Cave’s sound
score is right up there with Ennio Morricone.
Hillcoat and rock figure
Nick Cave have here found their most fertile ground yet for allegory-rich
examinations of life and death in remote, pressure-cooker environments.
The film lets bullets do the talking in a furious opening shootout
between police and outlaws Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and brother Mike (Richard
Wilson), who surrender to Capt. Stanley (Ray Winstone), an Englishman on a
mission to "tame this land." But Charlie and Mike are only two-thirds of an
Irish family wanted for the murder of a pregnant woman. The trophy catch is
eldest brother Arthur Burns (Danny Huston), a psychotic, almost mythic figure
holed up in a region so forbidding even Aboriginal deputy Jacko (David Gulpilil)
Stanley's proposition to Charlie is simple. To save himself
and Mike from the noose, he must track and kill his older brother. With no
choice, Charlie accedes, and starts asking questions at resting posts populated
exclusively by miscreants and intruders. (extracted from review by Richard
INSPIRATION" silent art
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.
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.
NEWSLETTER IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL
re-opens this weekend! at its new
site, The Vulcan Building at Gunwharf Quays.
re-opens this weekend!
After eight months of building and preparations
aspex is ready to open its doors again at its new site, The Vulcan Building at
For twenty-five years Portsmouth's leading
contemporary art gallery has shown innovative and challenging exhibitions by
some of the world's most exciting emerging artists. This work is set to continue
and aspex is thrilled to show off Portsmouth's own art stars with its inaugural
exhibition Is Britain Great? The Caravan Gallery UK Tour. The creation of
artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, The Caravan Gallery's quirky and
thought-provoking take on the British Isles has earned them a growing
international reputation. Is Britain Great? brings together all of their work
for the first time.
Complementing the main gallery, the fast changing
'intro' exhibition space will showcase work by artists and makers for a month at
a time. The first show Must Have runs throughout December. Linked closely with
our new shop, it offers an irresistible collection of the best in contemporary
craft and design and, with prices ranging from £2 to £2,000, we hope there'll be
something to suit everyone's budget just in time for Christmas.
Continuing to unfold across Portsmouth in aspex's re-opening year,
EXPLORE is an adventurous off-site programme of artists' residencies, events and
participation. Come on Saturday 2 December to encounter Wollenmaiden, Viking
alter-ego of Icelandic artist Ólöf Björnsdóttir, as she roams along the
waterfront at Gunwharf Quays from 11am-4pm. Inspired by the wicked mother of the
Icelandic Santa Claus, Grila and Icelandic writer Porergur Pogarson, she derives
her super-human strength from wool. Open to all, no charge or booking required.
Children can also participate in our weekend celebrations this Saturday
and Sunday by joining us for drop-in workshops in our new education space. Come
along and make your own caravan with artist Rosemary Shirley between 1-5pm on
Saturday, or join Roy Brown to make a special aspex badge on Sunday 12-4pm
The staff team and I look forward to welcoming you to the new aspex soon.
The Vulcan Building
Portsmouth PO1 3BF
PLEASE NOTE NEW NO: T +44 (0)23
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm, Closed Monday's.
OPPORTUNITIES --check out the new opp./survey
|The City of Northampton and The Community Builders, Inc. are considering
creating live/work/studio space in Northampton at the Village on the Hill (a new
mixed-use village at the former Northampton State Hospital).
help us by completing the on-line
by December 16, 2006 at this Web site.
purpose of this survey is to help us determine the demand for this
live/work/studio space and the design that would best meet the needs of the
local arts community.
If you would like to be contacted should
live/work/studio space become available in the future, please send an email to
us. We will add your name to a distribution list and send you information on the
availability of live/work/studio space.
Thank you for your interest in
live/work/studio space in Northampton and for taking the time to respond to this
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 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
|*National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition: **Deadline January
Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland has issued a
call for entries to its 18th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition.
Open to all U.S. artists; drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium
are eligible. Juror: Rena Hoisington, Associate Curator and Department Head of
Prints, Drawings & Photographs, Baltimore Museum of Art. A minimum of $1500
will be available for purchase awards. Entry fee $30 for up to three entries.
For a prospectus, send SASE to National Drawing and Print Competitive
Exhibition, Attn: Geoff Delanoy/Gormley Gallery, Attn: Geoff Delanoy/Gormley
Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles Street, Baltimore,
MD 21210 or visit the web site, www.ndm.edu/gormleygallery
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *10th Annual National Prize
Show, Cambridge Art Association: Deadline January 15.
* The Cambridge
Art Association, an established Cambridge, MA nonprofit organization with two
distinct gallery spaces, is seeking submissions for its 10th Annual National
Prize Show. Open to all U.S. artists age 18 and older. Eligible media: painting,
photography, printmaking, drawing, digitally created or enhanced work, mixed
media, sculpture, ceramics as sculpture, and fabric art. Juror: Thomas W. Lentz,
Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard University Art Museums.
Awards totaling $8,000 will be presented. Entry fee $30 for up to three images.
For complete application guidelines, visit the web site, www.cambridgeart.org
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Three Rivers Community College Reviewing Work for Exhibitions, CT
Three Rivers Community College in Norwich
Connecticut is accepting portfolios to review for 1-to-2 month exhibitions. No
fee. For consideration, sent 10-20 slides, resume, statement, and return postage
to: Sandra Jeknavorian, Instructor of Art, Three Rivers Community College,
Thames Valley Campus, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT, 06360 /
The artists' community Yaddo encourages artists from all nations and
of all backgrounds to apply for admission for its residency program.
Established in 1900 by Spencer and Katrina Trask, Yaddo has a simple
mission: to offer creative artists uninterrupted time to work, good working
conditions, and a supportive environment. Residencies vary in length, lasting up
to two months. The average stay is five weeks, and the minimum is two weeks.
There is no fee for residencies. Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are
working at the professional level in their fields; an abiding principle at Yaddo
is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artists'
work and professional promise. The January 1 deadline is for residencies
starting mid-May of the 2007 through February of 2008. For complete information
and to download application materials, visit the web site, http://yaddo.org/yaddo/
MacDowell Colony, application due January 15, 2006, was founded in Peterborough,
New Hampshire, in 1907, with a mission to nurture the arts by offering creative
individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce
enduring works of the imagination.
More than 250 writers, composers,
visual artists, photographers, printmakers, filmmakers, architects,
interdisciplinary artists, and those collaborating on creative works come to the
Colony each year from all parts of the United States and abroad. Colonists
receive room, board, and the exclusive use of a studio. In addition to ideal
working conditions, artists-in-residence benefit from the experience of living
in a community of exceptional artists. The maximum length of residence is two
months; an average stay is four weeks. There are between 20 and 30 artists at
MacDowell at any given time; arrivals and departures are ongoing. For more
information and complete application guidelines, visit the web site,
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JOIN
TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE IN BOSTON FROM APRIL 27 TO APRIL 29, 2007 FOR THE
CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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
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.
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
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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GALLERY A3 SEEKING
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 30 at Gallery A3.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART WALK
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.
Kanazawa city is launching
the second public sculpture competition, Kanazawa "Machinaka" Sculpture
, 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
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/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARTISTS WANTED TO
DISPLAY IN HISTORIC BUILDING DEADLINE:
December 15, 2006
Amherst Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual Competition in its Vising Art
PAINTINGS, COLLAGE, PHOTOGRAPHS MIXED MEDIA &
PRINTS (NO GICLEE) EXHIBITION:
4 ONE PERSON EXHIBITS FOR 3 MONTHS
EACH ($100 HONORARIUM EACH) DISPLAYED IN AMHERST TOWN HALL COMPETITION
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
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 needed.
4) Interested applicants may want
to visit Town Hall on Boltwood Walk in the center of downtown Amherst to see the
DIMENSIONS FOR POSSIBLE LOCATIONS WITHIN TOWN HALL
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
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
2007 MASTER ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM APRIL 16 - MAY 6
(application deadline: January 12, 2007)
Alice Notley, poet
TBA (Visual Artist)MAY 14 -
JUNE 3 (application deadline: February 9, 2007)
Stephen Jaffe, composer
Thomas Struth, visual artistJULY
23 - AUGUST 12 (application deadline: March 16, 2007)
Maria Elena Gonzalez, visual artist
composerOCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 4 (application deadline: May 25, 2007)
Paul Pfeiffer, visual artist
Sarah Skaggs, choreographer
Jan 13, 2007 MASTER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
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
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: 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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