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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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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
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
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
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*.
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
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.
Raft of the Medusa
Théodore Géricault, 1818–1819
491 × 717 cm, 193.3 × 282.3 inches
Musée du Louvre,
Mural at Green Street cafe, Jeff Mack
Big Hair, circa 1990
DISCLAIMER--This is not an advertisement. My meal was paid for by
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.
GROUP SHOW /
SMALL WORKS AT THE OXBOW
GROUP SHOW / SMALL WORKS
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
Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 413.586.6300
Gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday 12–5
PROPELLERS @ THE APOLLO and more Swingin' New
Year's Eve fun
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
December 31, 2006 (New Year's Eve!)
Propellers play again for dinner and dancing at The Blue Heron Restaurant in
Sunderland, Massachusetts, from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am. Lovely atmosphere, fabulous
food! Reservations required (413-665-2102).
For schedule updates, song
samples, photos, info, check: www.havetodance.com/otones
ABSTRACTION Ben Jenkins,
Photographs, Kate Jenkins, Monoprints and Paintings
Ben Jenkins, Photographs
Kate Jenkins, Monoprints and
Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Ground Floor Gallery
the new Main Entrance and proceed to the hallway leading to
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
Mt. Tom from
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
View the exhibition, "Mt. Tom from Mt. Tom's" at Mt. Tom's
Homemade Ice Cream, 34 Cottage Street, Easthampton. Through December 30th.
"Mt. Tom Sunset" from photographer Jim
Gallery shows Hayne Bayless Opening
Reception Friday, January 12, 5-8
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.
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
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
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
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
PIANO COMPLETED and ready
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.
Paintings for Small Spaces” Reception on
Saturday, January 6th from 5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
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.
information about the show, call Jane Barrientos at 736-8882.
one of my smaller poaintings for point of reference. Image is actual
THE NEW YEAR an
assemblage of things which strike me
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
"Be bold in what you stand for and careful what you fall
RUTH BOORSTIN in The Wall Street Journal
"I have often been
adrift, but I have always stayed afloat."
DAVID BERRY, The Whales of
"A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid
JEAN de La FONTAINE
"Discipline is remembering what you
"Genius is another word for magic, and the whole
point of magic is that it is inexplicable."
MARGOT FONTEYN, The Magic of
"Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them."
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."
difference btween the impossible and the possible lies in a person's
"There are no shortcuts to any place
"The harder you fall, the higher you
"The dicontented man finds no easy
"We work to become, not to
"We cannot become what we need to be by
remaining what we are."
MAX DE PREE
"Time has a wonderful way of
weeding out the trivial."
RICHARD BEN SAPIR
"You never know when
you're making a memory."
RICKIE LEE JONES
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
VENCENT VAN GOGH
I am not an adventurer by choice but by
VINCENT VAN GOGH
looking for volunteers Meeting
Saturday, January 27th 2007, from 4 to 7 pm.
from Ed Check:
Dear Friends and Neighbors of Easthampton,
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
I invite you to join us at CitySpace in Town Hall
on Saturday, January 27th 2007, from 4 to 7 pm.
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
I look forward to seeing you there,
THANKS TO REALLY SPECIAL PEOPLE SuperFriends
of Jamoka and this newsletter.
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
from the Jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon
If I somehow missed anyone please let me know. I get
I somehow forgot to list Debin's extremely generous contribution till
DENNING AND CHARLES ENOS
KATHY SERVICE &
AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory
of our artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness
Day, December 1st
HILARY PRICE & KERRY
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES
(Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
Avian Art for Cartoons, Comic Books, and Animation December
4-29 at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
Ducks: Avian Art for Cartoons, Comic Books, and Animation
December and running through 29 December, E. J. Barnes will be exhibiting her
bird paintings at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce at 28 Amity Street (the
Amherst Cinema building) in Amherst, MA.
Included will be original
gouache artwork from her 2001 animated film, Leatherwing Bat, and watercolors
for her 2005 comic book, Birds of the Baltic.
Thursday, 7 December, 5--8pm, an Amherst ArtWalk event.
of Commerce is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30am--4:30pm.
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
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.
Expands Small Business Support
CDC Expands Small Business Support With State Economic Stimulus
Northampton, MA November 29, 2006: Valley Community Development
Corporation (Valley CDC), a community-based non-profit organization providing
housing and small business development support, has received a grant from the
Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology. The grant will enable Valley
CDC to expand the free technical assistance counseling and support it currently
provides to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Valley CDC was one of only 16
non-profit agencies statewide to qualify for an Economic Stimulus grant in this
first round of funding.
Valley CDC has been helping entrepreneurs start
new enterprises and expand existing small businesses for more than 18 years.
Federal Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) funds received from Northampton
and Easthampton has limited Valley CDC to working with low and moderate income
individuals and small businesses with no more than 5 employees in those two
communities. Since 2003, Valley CDC has counseled more than 250 individuals and
businesses, and helped them acquire more than $470,000 in funding from
conventional banks and community loan funds. Valley CDC’s clients include
companies in many diverse businesses, including restaurants, manufacturers,
beauty salons, spas, artists and artisans, clothing designers, and retailers.
The new Economic Stimulus grant will enable Valley CDC to expand its small
business support programs to include Amherst and Hadley, two additional
communities currently served by Valley CDC’s housing programs. This free
business assistance service will now be available to anyone, regardless of their
income, and can now serve existing businesses with up to 20 employees.
According to Joanne Campbell, Executive Director of Valley CDC, “We are
very excited to be able to expand our small business technical services to reach
an under-served segment of small businesses and to expand into the two other
cities we support. The initial grant of $75,000 will fund Valley CDC’s expanded
service offerings until June 30, 2007. We are hopeful that the legislature will
recognize the economic benefits that all Massachusetts communities gain from
their investment in local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and continue to
fund the program beyond that date.”
Valley CDC offices are located at 30
Market Street in Northampton, 413 586-5855 Ext. 14, and 116 Pleasant Street,
Eastworks Suite 325, Easthampton, 413 529-0420. Gene R. Talsky is the Director,
Small Business Development, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information
contact: Gene R. Talsky, 413 529-0420
SMITH'S MOVIE PICS Mandela and
de Klerk (1997 TV)
and de Klerk (1997 TV)
directed by Joseph Sargent
Written by Richard
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
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.
NEWSLETTER IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL
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
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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *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: email@example.com
*Three Rivers Community College Reviewing Work for Exhibitions, CT
Three Rivers Community College in Norwich
Connecticut is accepting portfolios to review for 1-to-2 month exhibitions. No
fee. For consideration, sent 10-20 slides, resume, statement, and return postage
to: Sandra Jeknavorian, Instructor of Art, Three Rivers Community College,
Thames Valley Campus, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT, 06360 /
The artists' community Yaddo encourages artists from all nations and
of all backgrounds to apply for admission for its residency program.
Established in 1900 by Spencer and Katrina Trask, Yaddo has a simple
mission: to offer creative artists uninterrupted time to work, good working
conditions, and a supportive environment. Residencies vary in length, lasting up
to two months. The average stay is five weeks, and the minimum is two weeks.
There is no fee for residencies. Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are
working at the professional level in their fields; an abiding principle at Yaddo
is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artists'
work and professional promise. The January 1 deadline is for residencies
starting mid-May of the 2007 through February of 2008. For complete information
and to download application materials, visit the web site, http://yaddo.org/yaddo/
MacDowell Colony, application due January 15, 2006, was founded in Peterborough,
New Hampshire, in 1907, with a mission to nurture the arts by offering creative
individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce
enduring works of the imagination.
More than 250 writers, composers,
visual artists, photographers, printmakers, filmmakers, architects,
interdisciplinary artists, and those collaborating on creative works come to the
Colony each year from all parts of the United States and abroad. Colonists
receive room, board, and the exclusive use of a studio. In addition to ideal
working conditions, artists-in-residence benefit from the experience of living
in a community of exceptional artists. The maximum length of residence is two
months; an average stay is four weeks. There are between 20 and 30 artists at
MacDowell at any given time; arrivals and departures are ongoing. For more
information and complete application guidelines, visit the web site,
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JOIN
TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE IN BOSTON FROM APRIL 27 TO APRIL 29, 2007 FOR THE
CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bazaar Productions/ The
Berkshire Fringe is now accepting submissions of dynamic works of theater, dance
and mutli-media performance for its 2007 season.
The third annual festival
held in Great Barrington, MA will present 21 days of original performances, free
workshops, and artist discussions by and with emerging artists from across the
United States. The Berkshire Fringe provides a unique opportunity for emerging
and early-career artists from around the country to present work in a fresh and
Founded in 2003 by a cohort of Berkshire natives
and graduates of Simon's Rock College, Bazaar Productions, Inc (Sara Kathryn
Katzoff, Timothy Ryan Olson and Peter Wise) aims to fill a growing need in the
community for exciting new work at affordable ticket prices. The Berkshire
Fringe continues to grow into a bustling community and has featured more than
two dozen new works and events that have blended genres, represented new styles,
and delved into traditions underrepresented in the mainstream.
the festival will take place during July and August and will invite six
companies or individuals to participate. Performers from all backgrounds and
disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Bazaar Productions is also
dedicated to focusing funds and resources to create an exemplary experience for
all participating artists. The festival is scheduled so that performers can see
each other's work, can participate in each other's workshops and can share ideas
and experiences. These initiatives establish a center for artistic exchange
while providing accessible, affordable and unparalleled cultural enrichment to
Perspective or interested applicants may visit www.berkshirefringe.org
for more information and to obtain an application. Inquiries can be answered
by e-mailing co-artistic director Sara Katzoff at sara(at)berkshirefringe.org or
calling the offices of Bazaar Productions at (413) 320-4175. The deadline for
applications is Februray 15, 2007. All applications must be received by February
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GALLERY A3 SEEKING
Gallery A3 is a contemporary fine art gallery exhibiting
work by Valley artists. Members show work in various media including
photography, painting, collage, print-making, mixed-media and sculpture. Gallery
A3 is a member-run cooperative currently looking for a few new artists to
complete its membership. Applications are available at Gallery A3, 28 Amity
Street in Amherst during the hours of 12-6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic application. For more information call Keith
Hollingworth at 413-549-0865 or the gallery at 413-256-4250. The next
application deadline is 6:00 pm, December 30 at Gallery A3.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART WALK
Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly, self-guided walking tour of
arts and culture, has added a proposal page to its website where visual, music
and performance artists can outline what they would like to show or perform if
given the opportunity.
All the locations that participate in Art Walk
Easthampton can view the submissions for possible inclusion in an upcoming
event. The talent describes the work, provides images, identifies the types of
venues they would like to be in, the dates they are available and provides
contact information. If there's a match between the submission and the venue's
interest, the venue contacts the talent directly to handle booking arrangements.
The proposal form is available at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org
and is open to all local and regional artists.
Kanazawa city is launching the
second public sculpture competition, Kanazawa "Machinaka" Sculpture
, to create a new urban space with an artistic atmosphere
and to revitalize the district along the main street. The street, identified as
"Art Avenue," stretches from Kanazawa station to 21st Century Museum of
Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and the winning pieces are to be placed along this
The competition is now inviting submissions for innovative
sculptural pieces to fulfill the aim of the competition. Application forms,
outlining full details for the competition, are available on our website at http://www.city.kanazawa.ishikawa.jp/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARTISTS WANTED TO
DISPLAY IN HISTORIC BUILDING DEADLINE:
December 15, 2006
Amherst Public Art Commission runs 6th Annual Competition in its Vising Art
PAINTINGS, COLLAGE, PHOTOGRAPHS MIXED MEDIA &
PRINTS (NO GICLEE) EXHIBITION:
4 ONE PERSON EXHIBITS FOR 3 MONTHS
EACH ($100 HONORARIUM EACH) DISPLAYED IN AMHERST TOWN HALL COMPETITION
1) Please submit 10 images in slides, photographs, color
xeroes or CD. Indicate name, title, media dimensions and dates on all material.
Include a SASE if you wish the materials returned. Applicants must submit work
that is already completed and will be available for sale during the exhibition.
In the event of sales, APAC requests a 20% donations from proceeds so we can
continue this honorarium and commission artwork for the 250th anniversary of
2) Deadline for applications is December 15, 2006
. Send the
application (available at email@example.com) to The Amherst Public Art
Commission, Jones Library 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002
3) An honorarium of
$100 will be given to each of the 4 artists, which the artist can use as for
publicity, transportation or hanging costs. APAC can not assume these costs but
will assist with installation as needed.
4) Interested applicants may want
to visit Town Hall on Boltwood Walk in the center of downtown Amherst to see the
DIMENSIONS FOR POSSIBLE LOCATIONS WITHIN TOWN HALL
Floor - Boltwood Ave. Entrance Lobby between entrance doors: a) 7'W x 6.5'H b0
4'W x 6.5H
Alcove Opposite Elevator: 70"W x 5'H
First Floor Hallway a)
6'8" W x 4'5'H, b) 3"7"W x 3'10"H (wall to right of Human Resources
c) 7'10"W x 5'3"H (wall to right of the Meeting Room) d) 5'4"W x 5'3"
H (wall next to Accounting office)
Lower Level Lobby - Main Street Entrance
a) 2 walls, both 6'W x 5'H
There is a large landing with generous wall
space on the stairwell, the second floor. Also wall space on stairwell on two
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2007 MASTER
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM APRIL 16 - MAY 6 (application deadline:
January 12, 2007)
Robert Dick, composer/flutist
TBA (Visual Artist)MAY 14 - JUNE 3 (application deadline:
February 9, 2007)
Michael Burkard, poet
Thomas Struth, visual artistJULY 23 - AUGUST 12
(application deadline: March 16, 2007)
Maria Elena Gonzalez, visual artist
composerOCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 4 (application deadline: May 25, 2007)
Paul Pfeiffer, visual artist
Sarah Skaggs, choreographer
Jan 13, 2007 MASTER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
for residency, May 15 - Jun 4, 2007. For more info, please contact: Atlantic
Center, 1414 Art Center Av, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168 OR 800-393-6975 OR
A nice offer from Joe Blumenthal of Downtown Sounds
who generously would like to have artists display their work there. (Downtown
Sounds, 21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the Pleasant St. Theater)
The window is quite large, and has three panels, each one about 6' X 6',
and is about 24" deep. It is exposed to intense sunlight in the morning; the
heat of the sun plus the narrowness of the window make it inappropriate to
display most musical instruments.
However, the sunlight doesn't hurt
most artwork since it's only exposed for a month to six weeks. I normally pay
$150 to the artist who installs the window, and work out a consignment agreement
for the store to take a percentage of the price if the art is for sale and we
manage to sell some of it.
The artwork can be freestanding, lean against
a wall at the back of the window that's about three feet high, or (if it's not
heavy) be hung from the ceiling.
It's great when the art can have a musical
theme, but it's not necessary. Because of its highly visible commercial
location, the work should have a mainstream appeal and not have themes which
could be offensive. Small pieces don't work well since the window is so large.
If one of your readers is interested in displaying in this context,
please have them contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone
at 413- 586-0998.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs + Image
Registry The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is the largest
public funder of arts and culture in the country. The Percent for Art artist
slide registry is an up-to-date and important component of the Program. The
registry is consulted by the architects, panelists, and City agencies for each
project. The Percent for Art staff prepares a slide presentation from the
registry for each panel meeting. The registry is open to any professional visual
artist residing in the United States. Deadline: On-going Information: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/panyc/
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