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December 18, 2006 --Covering events from 12/18/06 through 1/8/2007 (ish)
 
 
WE SHOULD ALL BE SO YOUNG AT HEART
A wish for fixing and best wishes to all.

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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.

Ever since I moved to this area I have been hearing about the Young at Heart Chorus. People so exuberantly rave about it that I have always had it on my list of things to do yet somehow have not yet made it to a performance.

Working on the newsletter today I was thinking about the holiday season and all that I have to be happy for and all the intangible things I'd like to give everyone and then I checked out the youtube link that Alyssa Dee Krauss sent to me and which has languished in my newsletter inbox till now, and now I get it. I give you the youtube link, gift of Alyssa. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. As this newsletter slides into your inbox I will be watching the YAH video yet again and likely still in tears like the first time I watched it, half an hour ago. I hope I never reach a place in life where such a thing as this won't move me to tears.

Like sentiments, as the lyrics to this song, and run-on sentences are my personal gift to you. Peace and love and fixing to all. Bob Cilman and the Young at Heart Chorus are just another reason why this is such a special place.

This a special dedication to all of you, and especially to my dear friend Nancy in Florida.


NEW ENGLAND WATERSHED WINS UTNE AWARD
A Virtual Champagne Toast to Russell Powell
1218_nimmer.jpg New England Watershed has, been named Best New Publication of 2006 by the Utne Independent Press Awards.

A reproduction of a cover and a nice write-up are on page 42 of their January-February edition, which is now on newsstands!

Note-Being the Art Editor of New England Watershed Magazine, I have a particular interest in the success of this magazine and so this news is of great import to me. Russell Powell, the Editor and Publisher, tries to illustrate all articles, where possible, with original art by artists in the watershed area as well as devoting 3 pages of each issue to a featured artist and alloting another 2 pages to create space for free standing mini-features of area art. This makes him an art hero in my mind.

Pictured, Reminiscent Vision, by Dean Nimmer. December 2006 Issue cover art.



THE PROPELLERS @ THE APOLLO and more
Swingin' New Year's Eve fun
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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

NATURE AND ABSTRACTION
Ben Jenkins, Photographs, Kate Jenkins, Monoprints and Paintings
NATURE AND ABSTRACTION
Ben Jenkins, Photographs
Kate Jenkins, Monoprints and Paintings
Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Ground Floor Gallery

(come in the new Main Entrance and proceed to the hallway leading to radiology)

January 1 - February 28, 2006 Opening Event Thursday, January 4, from 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Is a perfect landscape or natural object beautiful in itself, or is the beauty in its abstract forms, textures, and colors?. The images in this exhibit blur the line between representation and abstraction, moving back and forth between broad landscapes and close-ups of details in nature.

Mt. Tom from Mt. Tom's
Work by Photographer Jim Ingram
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Mt. Tom's distinctive shape is known all over the Pioneer Valley. Photographer Jim Ingram pulls together the many moods of the mountain in a beautiful collection of images, from sunrise to night and throughout the seasons.

View the exhibition, "Mt. Tom from Mt. Tom's" at Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream, 34 Cottage Street, Easthampton. Through December 30th.

Pictured, "Mt. Tom Sunset" from photographer Jim Ingram



Be a First Night 2007 Volunteer
December 31, 2006
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December 31, 2006


Help Thousands of People Have A Great Time! Celebrate the new year and participate in a wonderful community event at the same time! First Night is Northampton’s biggest party of the year and the most important annual fundraiser for the Northampton Center for the Arts. We need your help to make it happen.

What’s involved? It’s a commitment for several hours on Sunday, December 31, 2006. Shifts are: 1:00-5:00 pm or 4:30-8:30 pm (includes a break for fireworks at 6:15 pm) or 8:00-11:30 pm. During your shift, you will be assigned to work at one of the performance venues located throughout downtown. When you’re not on duty, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of our private volunteer headquarters or you can take in the entertainment with your complimentary First Night button. Click here to see the First Night performance schedule.

click here to fill out the form on line

Please sign up by Friday, December 22.

LOOK WHAT SILAS KOPF GAVE ME FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT!
(And then I re-gifted it to the Henry David Thoreau Institute)
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Steinway and Sons has just completed work on the Walden Woods Piano.

I designed and decorated the case. This concert grand piano will be auctioned off some time in 2007 as a fund raiser for the Henry David Thoreau Institute. All the marquetry was done with hand sawn woods that grow in New England, many of them from the forest near Walden Pond. It was such a big project that I thought I would take the opportunity to share the picture with friends.

Yours,
Silas

“Small Paintings for Small Spaces”
Reception on Saturday, January 6th from 5:00 -­ 6:45 p.m.
1218_monalisa.jpg The Majestic Theater in West Springfield will be hosting an art show “Small Paintings for Small Spaces” during the production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Holyoke Art League members will exhibit paintings 9 x 12 or smaller.
There will be an opening reception for the show on Saturday, January 6th from 5:00 -­ 6:45 p.m. The public is invited at that time to meet some of the artists who have contributed paintings.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical will run from January 4th through February 14th, 2007.
Hours to view the show are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. ­ 5:00 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. ­ 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. and before all performances.

For more information about the show, call Jane Barrientos at 736-8882.

Pictured, one of my smaller poaintings for point of reference. Image is actual size.

YOUNG AT HEART BBC DOCUMENTARY
A must watch, in order to be fixed.
1218_chorus.gif Here it is again, from The Department of Redundancy Department. In case you skipped over the intro.

This is an excerpt from the upcoming BBC documentary on the Young @ Heart Chorus. This part was filmed at the Academy of Music in Northampton. They did a beautiful thing... (also, check out the bottom right corner of screen at 12 secs into it)

"Coldplay's" "Fix you" by The Young @ Heart Chorus.

Note-Thank you Alyssa Dee Kraus for sharing this with us. I watched it 6 times and cried every time. It is just too beautiful. And I noticed there were audience members crying as well. Thank you for this little gift. A rare gem. Is life not the most beautiful thing ever?

CitySpace looking for volunteers
Meeting Saturday, January 27th 2007, from 4 to 7 pm.
A message from Ed Check:

Dear Friends and Neighbors of Easthampton,

I’m writing to tell you about a new nonprofit group in which Will Bundy, the owner of EastWorks, Barbara Murphy, and myself are organizing for the old Town Hall building in Easthampton. Many of you know this historic building is empty after the city moved its offices to Payson Avenue. Will and the Mayor have agreed on tentative plans for a community art space in Town Hall as well as renting space to other businesses. The new group in charge of running this space is called CitySpace, and currently, I am helping Will and Barbara with finding volunteers for this new nonprofit group. CitySpace Inc. will be looking for active board members and will also need professional advisors to help with fundraising and development needs.

I invite you to join us at CitySpace in Town Hall on Saturday, January 27th 2007, from 4 to 7 pm.

Jean-Pierre Pasche from Eastmont Framing & Gallery, who is our first tenant, has agreed to host this gathering. At this time we will give a tour of the building and explain our goals for CitySpace. I am very excited about this new group and hope you can join us.

I look forward to seeing you there,

Ed Check

PARIS 2007 CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION
SCAM ALERT
Forwarded to me by Tim DeChristopher-

Dear Members and Subscribers,

I am writing to inform you of a scam that has been brought to my attention. You may have received an email similar to the one below, or some correspondence with this group indicating that they are in some way affiliated with the ISC. Please be aware that this is a scam and the ISC has no connection with this group of people.

Useful articles;
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag05/ julaug_05/webspecs/grant_selling.shtml

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On behalf of the organizing committee of PARIS 2007 CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION, I wish to thank you once again for accepting to honour us with your presence. To ensure that the exhibition becomes a huge success come June 2007 the organizing committee has set into motion various programmers to help you have a wonderful exhibition here in Paris.

One of these is the hiring of a reliable exhibition management company in Beijing, China known as Unique Exhibition Managers Limited (BECA approved) to organize and undertake the following functions:-

Note- it goes on and on but you get the idea. SCAM!

SPECIAL THANKS TO REALLY SPECIAL PEOPLE
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.

If I somehow missed anyone please let me know. I get scatterbrained lately.

SUSAN BERGERON-WEST
CHARLES STERN
JANET FRAIDSTERN
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES ENOS
LARRY SLEZAK
TERRY ROONEY
ANNE BURTON
DEAN NIMMER
BILL MYERS
KATHLEEN TRESTKA
ANITA HUNT
KATHY SERVICE & TIM DECHRISTOPHER
DAVID SMITH
JEFF MACK
LYNN PETERFREUND
BRADLEY FOX
KAREN AXELROD
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
KELSEY FLYNN
LYN HORAN
HILARY PRICE & KERRY LABOUNTY
BRONWEN HODGKINSON
BRIANA TAYLOR
DORIS MADSEN
BETSY DAWN WILLIAMS
MARY WITT
JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES (Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
DARYL LAFLEUR

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.

WAIT, WEREN'T WE GOING TO SECEDE?
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.

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

DWIGHT SMITH'S MOVIE PICS
Mandela and de Klerk (1997 TV)
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directed by Joseph Sargent
Written by Richard Wesley
Starring Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine


During a week when self-proclaimed pundits and media experts are ganging up on Jimmy Carter for daring to use the word apartheid in his book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, I found this film was not only quite apropos but was equally enlightening and inspiring. (see my article Satori in Tel Aviv at benigngirl.com ) Who else but Sidney Poitier could play Nelson Mandela? The way he nails Mandela’s accent is eery, as if Poitier were more Mandela than Mandela. Like the way so many people now think Ghandhi looks like Ben Kinsley?! And Michael Caine was one of the few actors who could match and balance the inimitable brilliance and power of Poitier.

Together with an excellent script, these two thespian titans reveal a whole aspect to the relationship between de Klerk and Mandela that I’d never been aware of. We are use to seeing Mandela as the soft-spoken prince of peace and here we get to see the relentless power of his personality and his imperviousness to being intimidated by anyone, including the president of South Africa. Caine offers a glimpse into the enormous humanity underlying the character of de Klerk as he concedes to Mandela, and thus pays the ultimate price of his political career for the sake of resolution to a conflict that could have easily spun madly out of control had there been someone like P.W. Botha in his place.

The film’s primary focus is on the time shortly before Mandela’s release up to the point where he becomes president and within that context concentrates on the relationship between de Klerk and Mandela in the wanning days of apartheid. Definitely worth seeing if only to understand a bit more about one of the most dramatic and miraculous events in 2oth century politics. On a lesser note, though the film does treat what we already know about Winnie Mandela, played by Tina Lifford, I would have wanted to know more. How easy could it have been to be the wife of this emblematic hero living out in the world of everyday hostilities and for twenty-five years struggling to be your husband’s spokesperson to the world? The film tends to blithely accuse her in the same way as has been the custom to date and I’m not convinced.

THIS NEWSLETTER IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL

STUDIO OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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.

CALLS FOR ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
December 31, 2006 SEEKING ARTIST'S PROPOSALS FOR SUMMER RESIDENCY As a Blue Sky Project Artist-In-Residence, you will cross-pollinate with other practicing artists, collaborate with teens, expand your ideas and add artistic breadth and depth to the McHenry County community. Artists gather for eight weeks from mid-June to mid August in McHenry County, located 60 miles from downtown Chicago. Your recent studio practice and new ideas should provide the foundation for your activities. Stipend: $6000 Additional $1000 working budget per project, that does not go to the artist, for supplies, materials to implement project, etc.. Does not include costs associated with preparing project for exhibition, which are covered by the project. Deadline for application is February 5, 2007. Contact: Blue Sky Project OR http://www.blueskyart.org
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Sep 01, 2007 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Seeking visual artists, writers, and composers for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-wk-long residencies, Jan 1 - Jun 15, 2008. Free housing and studio space and a $100/wk stipend. For application and complete guidelines please contact: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410 OR 402-874-9600 OR http://www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org OR info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org
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*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
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*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
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*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
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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.
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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.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JOIN TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE IN BOSTON FROM APRIL 27 TO APRIL 29, 2007 FOR THE CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS
http://transculturalexchange.org/conference_2007.htm
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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.
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GALLERY A3 SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

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.
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SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART WALK EASTHAMPTON
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.
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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
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ARTISTS WANTED TO DISPLAY IN HISTORIC BUILDING
DEADLINE: December 15, 2006
The Amherst Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual Competition in its Vising Art Program
MEDIUM: 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 GUIDELINE:
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.

DIMENSIONS FOR POSSIBLE LOCATIONS WITHIN TOWN HALL
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.
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2007 MASTER ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
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
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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
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ONGOING
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.
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ONGOING.
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

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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
1 a : EXQUISITE, CHOICE b : EXOTIC, RARE
2 : excessively refined : AFFECTED
3 : PRETENTIOUS, OVERBLOWN

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.

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