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December 4, 2006 --Covering events from 12/4/06 through 12/18/06
Help Wanted. Be the board.


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 newsletter" link on the left provided by constant contact.

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 Board.

December 8. Swingin'. New Year's Eve. Ringin'


December 8, 2006

The Propellers play a swing dance at the Apollo Grill

Dancing at the beautiful Apollo Grill, 116 Pleasant Street, in Easthampton, Massachusetts. 413-517-0031.
Fantastic atmosphere, food and drinks if you want (reservations recommended) and dancing at the regular 2nd Friday dance, the Apollo Jump.

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!)
The 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:

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.
1127_debbie.jpg Deborah 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.

Town Hall 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 garage.

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 and go.

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 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.

Making Music Part II - Paintings and Works on Paper by Gineen Cooper
Reception Friday December 8th 2006 5-7 p.m.
Making Music Part II
Paintings and Works on Paper
by Gineen Cooper

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
5-7 p.m.
Opening Reception

Treasurer's Office
City Hall
210 Main St
Northampton MA
Daily Hours: M-F 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

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 ( 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.

14 November through 11 December
1127_ape.jpg “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.

Charles 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.

16 Main Street, Amherst, December 2nd & 9th - 10 to 5

Two artists open studios in one building:


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.

Also in the same building:

Sat. Dec 2 and Sat. Dec 9, 10-5
16 Main Street, Amherst

Dance, Art and Nicety
1127_dada.jpg 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.

~~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

~~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, 413 253-5462.


Two companion events with art, dance, music, video
At the Northampton Center for the Arts,
Friday, December 8 Northampton Arts Night Out

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.
The Dance Concert
Produced by Alicia Morton
Friday December 8, 7:30pm

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, 5-7:30 PM
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 Wise

1127_aweho.jpg NORTHAMPTON - Coming Up On December 8
Visit 18 galleries, shops
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 Advocate.


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 site

Image-Gregory Stone Painting

BRUNCHTIME OPENING RECEPTION Sunday December 10, 12-3pm.
December 1, 2006 - February 15, 2007

Cup and Top Cafe
1 North Main St.

Dana Wilde -- Spirit Portraits

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, 12-3pm.


"1000 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

Local 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.

The play 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 12.

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 100.

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

SuperFriends of Jamoka and this newsletter.
1127_jamoka.jpg I have 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.

Since the 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.
Pics from the jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon Whitney.

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)
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
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES (Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)

“Small Works Show” at Gallery A3
December 7 from 5-8 pm, 28 Amity Street in Amherst.
1127_a3.jpg “Small 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.

This is 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.

The opening 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.

Pictured: Photographic print from "Plane Images" series, by Gene Butera

Odd Ducks: Avian Art for Cartoons, Comic Books, and Animation
December 4-29 at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
Odd Ducks: Avian Art for Cartoons, Comic Books, and Animation

Starting 4 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.

Opening reception Thursday, 7 December, 5--8pm, an Amherst ArtWalk event.

The Chamber of Commerce is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30am--4:30pm.

ARTIST'S RECEPTION: Saturday, December 16th, 2-4
ARTIST'S RECEPTION: Saturday, December 16th, 2-4

An exhibit of recent paintings and photographs by Holyoke artist Michael Powers will be on display December 5 ­ 30 at the Agawam Public Library.

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 dimensional surface.

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")

Lynn Peterfreund and Alex Chitty, Friday, December 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
border="0" The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host New Prints: Lynn Peterfreund and Alex Chitty . Exhibit dates are December 8 – January 5.

The 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 appointment.

Lynn Peterfreund says about the work in this show:
“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.”

Alex Chitty 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.

Valley CDC Expands Small Business Support
Valley CDC Expands Small Business Support With State Economic Stimulus Grant
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,

For more information contact: Gene R. Talsky, 413 529-0420

The Proposition (2005)
1204_movie.jpg The Proposition (2005)
Directed by John Hillcoat
Writing credits Nick Cave

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) won't enter.

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 Kuipers.)

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.

Gratefultude and joy

aspex re-opens this weekend!
at its new site, The Vulcan Building at Gunwharf Quays.

aspex 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 Gunwharf Quays.

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.

Joanne Bushnell

The Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth PO1 3BF
PLEASE NOTE NEW NO: T +44 (0)23 9277 8080

Open: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm, Closed Monday's.
Admission FREE

STUDIO 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).

Please help us by completing the on-line live/work survey
by December 16, 2006 at this Web site.

The 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 survey!

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.

*National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition: **Deadline January 5*

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,

*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, or e-mail:

*Three Rivers Community College Reviewing Work for Exhibitions, CT
**//// Ongoing:*

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, application.shtml.

The 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,


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 for more information and to obtain an application. Inquiries can be answered by e-mailing co-artistic director Sara Katzoff at sara(at) 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 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 and is open to all local and regional artists.


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 choukoku

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 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.

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 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:, 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: 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.

Terry Rooney
Bruce Barone
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
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!"
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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.

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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.




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