December 23, 2006 --Covering events from 12/23/06 through 1/8/2007 (ish)
An homage


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Happy Holidays Everyone! I leave tomorrow for 3 weeks in San Francisco. My special friends Hans and Bob are flying me out for 3 weeks of visit and happiness. I will be doing the newsletter from there in addition to my current client websites so keep sending me stuff and it will be posted. Thank you all for being part of this community! XOXO - Mo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

December 23, 2006
I love reading restaurant reviews, especially when they teeter on the brink of impossibly overblown philosophical musings and sexual double entendres, and I have been thinking lately that I'd like to write my own food reviews for this newsletter (and for practice, in case someone hires me as a restaurant reviewer. I totally need a job) and so I thought I'd start with my first, and hopefully not last, dinner at the Green Street Cafe. I am not sure when it is closing but I hear it may be soon. So it's last call for the Green Street Cafe.

Anyway, Thursday evening I had dinner at the Green Street cafe as the lucky guest of Jeff Mack, who you might remember as the painter of the mural at Green Street Cafe and/or as local children's book illustrator extraordinaire . Those of you who have met him will also attest to his refreshingly genuine and deliciously (this *is* an overblown food review) amiable nature.

I loved the idea of the mural call for proposals at GSC and promoted it extensively in this newsletter, which is how Jeff found it. What a beautiful and supremely dignified vehicle for the owners of GSC, facing closure due to the whole of Green Street being leveled to make a new engineering complex for Smith College, to call attention to a seemingly unfair and emotional situation which affects not just all the business owners on Green Street but the entire community as well. The folks at GSC graciously turned a bitter situation into a poignant farewell celebration to and for the community, as evidenced by the fabulous and endless array of food and wine offered up for free and with exquisite grace at the mural reception.

I see the mural as a larger than life letter of farewell and good tidings to their staff, patrons and neighbors.

Rather than depict the closing of GSC as a scandalous occurrence as, perhaps, the Théodore Géricault painting (pictured), "The Raft of the Medusa", which caused great scandal in its time as some saw it as a scathing indictment of the French government's lethargic and ineffectual attempts to save the shipwrecked passengers of the Medusa, Jeff Mack's stunning mural depicts the owners and staff at a bittersweet "Last Supper" with plates scraped clean and scraps of baguette cast despondently aside on a forlornly linened table, littered with the remnants of a sumptuous, gastronomic series finale.

We started with a bottle of the Sipp Mack Pinot Blanc, Alsace, 2004. This is Jeff's favorite wine and, since I know him to be a humble and balanced person, I am certain it was not a narcissistic, doppelgangerish, choice of self-serving wine. He did not for a minute gaze into his wineglass searching for a glimpse of himself as evidence of his existence. That was me, actually.

The wine was expertly decanted by our server Danielle and was exquisitely light and refreshing; a perfectly understated, fermented red carpet (though it was a white) for the rich and intense cuisine to follow, strutting past the endlessly popping flashbulbs of our gustatory anticipation.

We started the food journey with Salt Cod Fritters w/celeriac remoulade over greens (drizzled with the tears of a clown) and topped with cashews chopped with Sartrerian exuberance. (Sartre was a closet foodie, once writing in his diaries; "I have realized that the traditional omelet form (eggs and cheese) is bourgeois. Today I tried making one out of cigarette, some coffee, and four tiny stones. I fed it to Malraux, who puked. I am encouraged, but my journey is still long".)

Anyway, back to the Fritters, they were succulent, rich, and perfectly salty with a slightly crunchy exterior, as true french *gastronomie* will be, perfectly balanced with the greens and the view of the mural over Jeff's head.

And then, a surprise! The chef sent out an unsolicited offering of braised pork belly balanced precariously atop a sweet potato pancake (as metaphor for the precarious nature of life) and red cabbage, artfully shredded as so many dashed hopes, in an odeful dance of joy to the persistence of epicurianism in time, in spite of looming *progress*.

We followed this with the Mussels Mariner, a swanky soiree of impossibly tiny diced carrots smacking of lofty ideals and divine truth, steaming mussels with shells outstretched in a hopeful, yearning plea to the universe, all while languishing idly in a garlic cream sauce. Six syllables; succulent and sublime.

Next, amid olfactory trumpetary announcement, arrived warm duck leg confit salad with red radicchio curls (spurring nostalgia for the 80's and my fantastically permed, gravity-defying hair in those days, pictured) jauntily topped with a poetically jiggly, solitary poached egg, like so many heroes who have stood alone before it.

Escargot and potato pancake in parchment followed, with spunky snails happily exhibiting their glee at being freed from their parchment prison with outbursts of garlic-enhanced steam and herbal tra la las.

We finished the meal with coffee (strong and forthright, with perfectly chilled cream), vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce and a pot of chocolate. All providing a luscious after party to an extraordinary repast.

The ambiance is perfect simplicity, in balance with the perfect complexity of the cuisine. Wood floors, wood tables and chairs, soft lighting and simple decor. Simplicity done to perfection, as a Matisse-like dance where the joy lies in the dance rather than the adornment of the dancers. I will miss the Green Street Cafe. My friend Maureen Scanlon absolutely adores it and she *knows*. I once said I'd pay $100 for her pesto. Thank you Green Street Cafe. Thank you Jeff Mack.

Pictured- The Raft of the Medusa
Théodore Géricault, 1818–1819
oil on canvas
491 × 717 cm, 193.3 × 282.3 inches
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Mural at Green Street cafe, Jeff Mack

Big Hair, circa 1990

DISCLAIMER--This is not an advertisement. My meal was paid for by Jeff Mack out of his stipend for creating the mural, and not by the Green Street Cafe. It is actually meant more as a thinly-veiled commentary on the cost of *progress* and the loss of one of the last few independently-owned restaurants in the community. And, at the end of the day, all the events I post here are *advertisements* for the artists and events covered.


Martha Armstrong, Chris Bagg, Sarah Belchetz-Swenson, Ruth Bernard, David Bradford, Tim de Christopher, Harriet Diamond, Brian Chu, Joanna Dunn, Lindsey Fogg-Willits, Fran Kidder, Justin Kim, Phil Lawrence, Stanley Lewis, Judith Mann, David Marshall, Margaret McCann, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Marion Miller, Lydia Nettler, Barbara Neulinger, Gary Niswonger, Cathy Osman, Marjorie Portnow, Lorna Ritz, Gina Sawin, Tim Segar, Judith Shaffer, Arnold Skolnick, John Solem, Claudia Sperry, Cyndy Sperry, Ricker Winsor

December 22, 2006–January 7, 2007
275 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 413.586.6300
Gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday 12–5

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

Ben Jenkins, Photographs, Kate Jenkins, Monoprints and Paintings
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 through December 30
border="0" Mt. Tom from Mt. Tom's

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

The Artisan Gallery shows Hayne Bayless
Opening Reception Friday, January 12, 5-8
1223_teapot.jpg The Artisan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit of the award-winning, hand built ceramics of Hayne Bayless.

As a full time potter for the past 15 years, Hayne has an envious list of awards including: the Grand Prize, Worcester Center for Crafts, Award of Excellence, Smithsonian Craft Show, and Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, Best Ceramics in Show.

Another indication of the esteem in which his work is held is the long list of books and publications that reference his work. Books include: Design Language, Interpretive Edition, Tim McCreight, 2006; Objects for Use, Paul J. Smith, 2001; and the Art of Contemporary Pottery, Kevin Hluch, 2001. The periodical list includes: Studio Potter, American Craft, Ceramics Monthly (10 times), Clay Times and many others.

He has also garnered a reputation among his peers and the craft knowledgeable public as one of the most accomplished ceramic artists working today.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the work of a contemporary ceramics master.

His work will be on exhibit Friday, January 12 through Sunday, February 25

Opening Reception with the artist during Artwalk: Friday, January 12, 5-8

My work in clay draws on my desire to make everyday objects that go beyond everyday use. Function is as much a part of their value to me as any aesthetic concerns. How my pots work is at least as important to me as how they look or how they feel.

The pots are not so much about balance and harmony, although that does happen, but more about tension. I love what spawns in the friction between what I want the material to do and what it would rather do. The unintended result, often misread as a mistake and so dismissed, is one of the most fertile sources of new ideas. The trick is not to fool with clay’s inherent desire to be expressive. Pay attention to the clay, not only for the sake of each piece, but because the clay will “offer” or “impose” its own suggestions of new forms and ways to work.

I like what Constantin Brancusi wrote in 1927: “Each material has its own life ... we must not try to make materials speak our language, we must go with them to the point where others will understand their language.” The techniques of hand-building let me take advantage of clay’s ability to capture gesture and movement, its power to record processes. I’m intrigued by what happens when clay is rolled, stretched, pressed, incised, inlayed, extruded, bent, cut and put back together.

I get lots of inspiration from Shang and Zhou Dynasty ritual bronzes, Jomon-period pots, English and Colonial silver, pewter and tinware, contemporary architecture and sculpture, Andean folk music and 1960s rhythm & blues. The common thread running through these disparate sources is a love of form, rhythm and a delight in disregarding limits. --Hayne Bayless

and ready for auction
1218_silas.jpg From Silas Kopf of Easthampton-

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.


“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.

an assemblage of things which strike me
"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it."

"Be bold in what you stand for and careful what you fall for."
RUTH BOORSTIN in The Wall Street Journal

"I have often been adrift, but I have always stayed afloat."
DAVID BERRY, The Whales of August

"A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."

"Discipline is remembering what you want."

"Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable."
MARGOT FONTEYN, The Magic of Dance

"Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them."
HUGH MILLER, Snow on the Wind

"What isn't tried won't work."

"I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate."

"In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope."

"Having it all doesn't necessarily mean having it all at once."

"The difference btween the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

"The harder you fall, the higher you bounce."

"The dicontented man finds no easy chair."

"We work to become, not to aquire."

"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."

"Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial."

"You never know when you're making a memory."

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.

I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.

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

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.

I somehow forgot to list Debin's extremely generous contribution till now.
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.

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

Mandela and de Klerk (1997 TV)
1218_movie.jpg Mandela and de Klerk (1997 TV)
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.


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

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

*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


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.

Show Postcards and the like can be mailed to:
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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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