December 11, 2006 --Covering events from 12/11/06 through 12/26/06
Because they are so recherché (which is not exactly explained way below in the links section)


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. It just is. I wish I could change that.

Some days this newsletter will just not let me finish it. It fights me. Yesterday was like that. It had me in some sort of suspended productivity hell. And the road to hell is paved with many things, like unfinished newsletters and unbought stuffed race horses. Which naturally makes me think of the monkey dress, an old favorite of mine. But, since one of my nicknames is "Monkey", (as in Mo is short for, because I strongly resembled one as a child. <--Exhibit A) I guess this would be like wearing my family tree. Speaking of wearing things, can you believe those pants? I picked those out. That's my BFF Nancy in the picture with me. She lives in Florida now. She is reading this. Hi Nancy.


I am planning to launch benigngirl.com soon and that will house many a benign thing. And Dwight Smith is going to write an article about stuff for it. And there will be other things. Hopefully next week I'll have enough stuff and things and I will announce the launch.

This week I broke one of my rules for submission and put in a big old jpg rather than text for one of the announcements (Try to guess!). See what I mean? It's awkward. Although just the jpg is awkward, not the event. And not in general, just in this space, because it doesn't really fit. I am sure in other settings it's a really nice jpg. And the event doesn't look awkward. It looks good. I am even going to try really hard to go to it. I hope they have pate. Anyway-sometimes I have to let one through. But text is on the allowed list, not giant jpgs.

See the new masthead? We have a Board of Directors now. I have wanted a Board of Directors since I was a young, fashionable child. This is the realization of a dream.

Ande in Texas says, "Girl, WHY do you always hide in those pictures? Girl, show yourself, girl!" and so here I am, twice in one newsletter. Once as a young trendsetter and again as an adult pretend grant winner. Talking to Ande is hilarious. In a really happy way.

Swingin' New Year's Eve fun

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: www.havetodance.com/otones

Reception Thursday, December 14, 5-9 PM at Wireworks Art (Which is at ComColor, I believe)

1211_teeplesm.jpg Important Note: David Teeple did not even send this to me. Someone else did. And I wanted to include it and there wasn't really time to ask the submissioner to type it. And so here it is.






United States Artists $50,000 awards announced
Thank you all for voting for me
1211_me.jpg United States Artists awards announced

New York City-based United States Artists has announced its first fellowships, with unrestricted grants of $50,000 awarded to support the creative work of individual artists.

The fifty-four fellows represent every career stage — emerging, mid-career, and well-established — as well as a broad range of artistic practices. A total of six fellowships were awarded in the category of crafts and traditional arts, four in dance, nine in literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), six in media (audio, film, radio, video), five in music, seven in theater arts, twelve in the visual arts, and one in architecture and design.

Read the full story at NEWS page: massartandculture.org

I wonder if they were need-based?

Celebrating Judaism's Storytelling Heritage
Thurs., December 14, 7pm.
Celebrating Judaism's Storytelling Heritage

David Arfa’s CD release party for his first storytelling CD, The Birth of Love: Tales for the Days of Awe at Mocha Maya’s, the Art and Coffee House, Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, Thurs., December 14, 7pm.

Admission is free. CD’s are $15 The CD is filled with ancient mythology, re-tellings of Old World Yiddish tales and mystical folktales (set in the Berkshire foothills), songs by Kim Erslev and Andi Waisman.

The CD includes stories David has been sharing at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Temple Israel in Greenfield. Info: erslev_arfa@verizon.net to order.

When I first glanced at this I thought it said, "Celebrity Judaism", and it reminded of the time I was parking and saw a sign which seemed to read, "It's really awful to park here".

Wednesday(s) 8-9 AM, 103.3 FM

21_lucy.jpg Tomorrow morning I will have Ben Pederson (pictured) as my guest on Mo Radio from 8-9 AM, 103.3 FM.

Tune in to *watch* Ben's videos LIVE on the radio or webstream us at www.valleyfreeradio.org

Or check out his videos at youtube.




Handel’s Messiah, December 16 in Northampton
1211_handel.jpg Ian Watson Leads Arcadia Players in Handel’s Messiah, December 16 in Northampton

Arcadia Players presents George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah

In a complete performance, including:
  • a Handel-sized ensemble playing period instruments
  • an 18 voice chorus of soloists
  • Artistic Director Ian Watson conducting from the harpsichord

Saturday, December 16, at 7:30 PM
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 3 Elm Street, Northampton
Pre-ordered individual tickets are $25 general admission, $45 preferred seating, $15 student
Ticket prices at the door are $30 general, $50 preferred, $15 student
Season subscriptions for series of 4 concerts (plus bonus ticket for an additional concert) may still be purchased at prices ranging from $80 to $150
Five minute at door rush tickets will be distributed at 7:25 pm for $15 exact change if seats are available
For information, tickets and subscriptions, call 413-256-4888, email info@arcadiaplayers.org, or see www.arcadiaplayers.org.
Arcadia Players’ performance of Messiah is supported by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, and the Local Cultural Councils of Greenfield, Hadley, Longmeadow, Pelham Williamsburg and Whately funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

I thought I'd add some fun Wikifacts about Handel's Messiah:
Messiah is Handel's most famous work (approached only by his Water Music) and remains immensely popular among concert-goers in the English-speaking world.

Although Handel called his oratorio simply "Messiah" (without "The"), the work is also widely but incorrectly referred to as The Messiah. This folk-title is so common that, to many ears, the correct version actually sounds wrong.

Although the work was conceived and first performed for Easter, it has become traditional since Handel's death to perform the Messiah oratorio during Advent, the preparatory period of the Christmas season, rather than at Easter.

dangerous, frightening,
1211_gun.gif The Gun Show
Studio Place Arts
201 N. Main Street, Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-7069

Guns are a potent symbol -- dangerous, frightening, and unsafe to some, but strong, and a source of protection and security to others. This exhibit will look at guns from a socio-political, formal, and narrative perspective. Work in all media will be considered.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2006
Show Dates: January 16 ­ February 2, 20r

7 (<---something crazy is happening here. No matter how many times I try to fix the date to 2007 it won't let me. It just keeps moving the 7 to after the line breaks. And if I try to delete the r the whole line disappears. So that date is February 2, 2007, just so you know.)

To submit, applications should include:
- Artist name and contact information
- Description of proposed work (dimensions, materials, date, retail price [65% to artist])
- Images (slides, copies of drawings, prints, other relevant materials) of work. Please include a written summary of this information and mark the slides/images for ease of review.
- SASE for return of materials
- $10 application fee (waived for SPA members)

Studio Place Arts
201 N. Main Street, Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-7069
The SPA galleries are free and open to the public.

Did you know that Walmart has a newsletter and there's a column about guns called, "Ask the Gun Guy"?

When you google, "cool pictures of guns" you get berettaworld.com! (pictured)

Don't you always wonder what the latest joke going around Tanzania is? Well, wonder no more. Salim, a subscriber from Tanzania sends us this joke:

An airplane is flying over the United States at night.
The pilot says:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, the plane is losing altitude and all the baggage must be thrown out."
A little later, the pilot says, "We're still losing altitude, we must throw anything out that is in the cabin".
The plane continues its descent despite more things being thrown out.
Pilot: "Still going down - we must throw out some people".
There's a big gasp from the passengers!
Pilot: "But to make this fair, passengers will be thrown out in alphabetical order. So... A...
any Africans on board?"
No one moves.
"B... any Blacks on board?"
No one moves.
"C... any Caribbean on board?"
Still, no one moves. A little black boy - asks his dad: "Dad,...what are we?
Dad: "Tonight son, we are Zanzibaris!"

"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 kmellen18@yahoo.com.

SuperFriends of Jamoka and this newsletter.
1127_jamoka.jpg Special thanks to the following for donations to this newsletter and to help defray the costs of Jamoka's hospitalization and treatment.

People just blow me away sometimes.

Pics from the Jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon Whitney.

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)

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")

Mass. Transition Team Seeks Creative Economy input
Transition Team Seeks Creative Economy input.
Deval Patrick and Tim Murray are committed to the development of the Creative Economy and seek your thoughtful opinions and ideas.

Their transition team has selected three main areas of interest:
1.) Promoting and selling MA cultural institutions and resources,
2.) Promoting arts education in schools and beyond, and
3.) Investing in state cultural institutions. Take a moment to learn more about their ideas and plans, and send your comments to their Transition Team: patrickmurraytransition.org

Please be concise, polite, and think regionally. Remind them that all counties in Western Mass need continued support for the growth of our regional arts and our Creative Economy.

It's like we are Massachusetts (East of Worcester) and Otherchusetts. <--That almost works.

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, grt@valleycdc.com.

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

L’Enfer (Hell) (2005)
1211_movie.jpg L’Enfer (Hell) (2005)

(French with English sub-titles) Directed by Danis Tanovic

Writing: Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario) Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Emmanuelle Béart as Sophie, Karin Viard as Céline, Marie Gillain as Anne, Carole Bouquet as La mère (The mother) Miki Manojlovic as Le père (The Father,) Jean Rochefort as Louis

If you saw and enjoyed Kieslowski’s trilogy Red, White and Blue, you will enjoy this film.
Sophie, Celine and Anne are sisters who live in Paris but rarely meet each other.

In L’ENFER, the lives of three sisters are profoundly affected by the violent end of their parents’ marriage after their mother, CAROLE BOUQUET, finds their schoolteacher father, MIKI MANOJLOVIC in a compromising situation with a young male student.

Years later the mother, crippled and unable to talk, has lost touch with two of her daughters; only the middle one, Celine, (KARIN VIARD), who is lonely and frustrated visits her.

The older sister, Sophie, (EMMANUELLE BEART), is, meanwhile, quickly losing patience with her philandering husband. And the youngest, Anne, (MARIE GILLAIN), a student, is having a secret affair with one of her professors, JACQUES PERRIN.

If the parents had acted differently would the children’s lives have taken a different course? That’s the question posed in the screenplay by Krzystof Piesiewicz which was originally written as part of a new trilogy of films, titled HEAVEN, HELL, PURGATORY, to be directed by Krzystof Kieslowski after his THREE COLORS trilogy.

Kieslowski died before starting work on the three films.
Now the Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, best known for his award-winning anti-war film NO MAN’S LAND has tackled HELL, color-coding the three sisters (red for jealous Sophie, blue for melancholy Celine, green for youthful Anne.)

(taken from review by David Stratton)

1211_chebacca.jpg This image has nothing to do with the Northampton Arts Council. I just wanted to thank them by offering up this image of the Che Bacca T-shirt in case any of them are stuck on a gift for that crazy person-who-has-everything. I am trying to help.

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, 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: ebecker@cambridgeart.org

*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 / SJeknavorian@trcc.commnet.edu

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/ 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, www.macdowellcolony.org/ http://www.macdowellcolony.org.


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.

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

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.
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

Main Entry: re·cher·ché
Pronunciation: r&-"sher-'shA, -'sher-"
Function: adjective
Etymology: French, from past participle of rechercher to seek out, alteration of recercher, from Middle French -- more at RESEARCH
2 : excessively refined : AFFECTED

I just like this word. And I like how its meaning starts out nice but quickly turns into bad. I guess there's a fine line between recherché and recherché.

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
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.

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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.




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