ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES, DETOURISM, LIL' ROCKET GIRL, VALLEY FREE
RADIO, AMUSEMENT PARK ART & MORE
This is Amy and I at the VFR World Headquarters Broadcast Station in Florence.
For those of you who listened last week when we played, "Heaven
must be missing angels..." and then announced that we had cranked
it up in the studio and danced to it, these are those pictures.
Nice sound system in the studio!
Although I think the radio makes me look fat. Amy looks like Lynda
Carter, as usual.
I recommend that everyone check out VFR, a.k.a., WXOJ-LP, 103.3
FM, at all times. There are some great programs and almost
all are put on by local volunteers. The rest are downloads from
Radio out of Berkeley, CA.
and times see www.valleyfree
radio.org or specifically, valleyfreeradio.org/schedule.html.
I upload copies of our show each week to yousendit.com and post
them on my website at www.fridgequeen.com.
Links are good for 2 weeks from the date uploaded and exp. dates
are noted next to the links. Or listen to us live from 8-9 am
Our show is about local art stuff and we announce many items
from this newsletter. We also play some pretty great music so
that we can clear our throats, run to the bathroom, and scratch
our heads at the many buttons to push.
@ University Gallery, Fine Arts Center,
Thursday, 5 pm, 2006
& White work of:
at The Valley Photo Center
MARCH 1 - 31
Friday, March 3, 6-8 pm
1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA
MARCH 5 FROM 2-4 PM
CYNTHIA GUILD @ BLIZZARD GALLERY
||William Blizzard Gallery presents
CYNTHIA GUILD:"NIGHT PASSAGE"
263 Alden Street,
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY,
MARCH 5: 2- 4 PM
Springfield, MA 413 748-3000
Gallery Hours: Monday- Friday 9 am-5pm or by arrangement
The official website will be up soon. But for now
there is info already up at www.janohighway.com
ART FARM 2006 Middle Rocombe Farm, Stokeinteignhead, Newton Abbot
- OS: SX 909693
The Art Farm Project is a selected event, organised and run by
31 artists/makers living/working within an 18 mile radius of Middle
Rocombe Farm, east of Exeter, including all of the districts of
Teignbridge and Torbay and part of South Hams and Dartmoor.
Artists and volunteers involved with The Art Farm Projects, have
transformed redundant buildings into exhibition spaces and performance
areas, turned fields into sculpture parks and created environmental
and site specific art. These unusual events attracted over seven
thousand visitors and achieved significant national and regional
media attention, enabled artists to exchange skills, develop new
relationships and sell/promote their work.
A visioning meeting of artists in 2005 has created a new stimulus
for midsummer 2006 - to take the farm buildings and 30 acres of
farmland as its inspiration, inviting artists/makers to respond
to its situation and context. Middle Rocombe Farm is waiting to
be transformed once more into an exciting hub of creativity, a
place of excellence for challenging visual and performance art.
COMING SOON-->More info on Sensory cob wall and twinkly
turret with mosaics Art Farm group project 2005-6
Maybe next year they will do a collaborative with the artists
of our Valley!?
Wednesday, March 1ST at 6:00 P.M.
||From our very
The slide show version of my book /Famous People Famous
(an unedited *first preview*)
Will be premiered (with music) Wednesday, March 1, 2006,
. Beer, Wine and Food Will be served.
Dada & Surrealist movies will also be shown
Time will be @ 6PM, Suite 2320
Second floor, Above The Blue Moon
Adams Center for DeTourism
ENTRY! (postmark deadline MARCH 30)
Center for DeTourism
CALL FOR ENTRY! (postmark deadline MARCH 30)
Join the DeTourism Center and rework the circuits of bucolic tourism!
Calling all miscreant mailers, drunk walking tour guides, peripatetic
monster truckers, wayward window displayers, hand-me-down postcard
makers, failed theme park conceivers, bad news bumper sticker
makers, and all ye who just have their doubts about the tourist
Cultural tourism has been heralded as the saving grace of post-manufacturing
towns, but what exactly are people touring? What is worth seeing
and what isn't? Why would one travel three hours to feast ones
eyes? What role do artists have in these efforts and what roles
are boring? 'What,' asks the DeTourism Center, 'is interesting
about touring?' And maybe even more importantly, who wins, who
loses, who is worth looking at and who isn't? And how do we redirect
attentions? The DeTourism Center is unorthodox in that it isn't
interested in booming economies or pragmatic functionality. It
won't get you from here to there and it won't necessarily find
you the best vacation package. From field guides for divining
water to alternative maps for finding love in North Adams, the
DeTourism Center is almost mystical in its anti-intuitive, pro-meander
Send proposals and artwork to:
The Contemporary Artists Center
189 Beaver Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Questions? Call the CAC at 413.663.9555
Or firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecac.org/calls.html
AND MICHAEL MARTINDELL @ TABER GALLERY AT HCC
TALK MARCH 8, 11-1 PM
Taber Gallery to exhibit
Burn Unit: works by Jeff DeRose and Mike Martindell
– The public is invited to view Burn Unit: an exhibition
of mixed media digital photography and welded steel sculptures
by Jeff DeRose and Mike Martindell, February 27 to March
30 in the Taber Gallery of Holyoke Community College.
exhibition is free and open to all. DeRose and Martindell
will SPEAK during an opening reception, March 8, 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
The Taber Gallery is located on the second floor of the
Donahue Building, next to the HCC library and is open Monday
through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A former biomedical engineer, DeRose's
mixed media photography reflects his long held a fascination
with fire and its use as an agent of transformation and
purification. Martindell's haunting
steel sculptures have been shown in various venues around
the valley since he graduated from the University of Massachusetts
with a journalism degree in 1995. In addition to his work
as an art preparator for the University of Hartford's Joseloff
Gallery, Martindell creates custom artwork for private homes
and commercial businesses. Both artists use fire or heat,
though disparately, in their work.
ARTS NIGHT OUT, FRIDAY MARCH 10
Northampton continues its Arts Night Out program Friday,
March 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., offering open galleries
at 20 locations, all within a short walk in the city's downtown
PLEASE NOTE THAT, BECAUSE OF A CALENDAR CONFLICT WITH RELIGIOUS
HOLIDAYS, APRIL ARTS NIGHT OUT WILL OCCUR ON THE FIRST FRIDAY
OF THE MONTH, APRIL 7, RATHER THAN ON THE SECOND FRIDAY.
IN MAY, IT WILL RETURN TO ITS CUSTOMARY DATE.
Highlighted in March are several galleries:
~~The first, The Old Courthouse Gallery, 99 Main Street,
a new addition to the gallery roster, offers original provocative
and often comic statements of collage artist and Chesterfield
resident Michael Metzger;
~~At Alfredo's Gallery, 6 Crafts Avenue, the exhibit
is entitled "In Praise of Clouds," works by Howard Karger,
considered one of the finest landscape photographers in
New England. Also showing will be works of Elsa Vitols;
~~Skera, 221 Main Street, will feature the highly
decorated ceramic trays, vases and bowl by Mary Vaughn Blake
of South Hadley;
Gallery, Thorne's Market, third floor, offers two exhibitions—"The
Mountain and the Garden: The Contemplative Practice of Visual
Arts," with works by John Berry, Carrie Bergman, Rene Theberge,
Rose Sackey- Milligan, Lisa Berry and Lila Palivoda; and
"People and Places: Recent Paintings of People and their
Surroundings," by Heidi DiEntremont;
~~Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, will have still
lifes as well as landscapes painted in recent years in Vermont
and Italy by Martha Armstrong, who has taught at Smith and
Mount Holyoke colleges as well as institutions further afield,
and lives in Hatfield;
~~Michelson's Gallery, 132 Main Street, offers "Nature
is Majesty," paintings by Thomas Locker, who has spent his
life in service to two great passions—painting and nature.
His profound love and respect for the natural world is reflected
in both his paintings and book illustrations; this award-winning
artist will give a lecture at 7 p.m. at the gallery, as
part of Arts Night Out;
One of my favorites--->See Cynthia Consentino at William
Baczek Gallery as part of
ANIMAL KIGNDOM, February 23 - March 26, 2006, including
William Baczek Fine Arts
36 Main Street • Northampton, MA 01060
email@example.com • 413-587-9880
Artists: 8th Annual Juried Small Works
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Exhibition" 2006-02-20 until 2006-03-23
Attleboro, MA, USA United States of America Jurors: Katherine
French, Director of the Danforth Museum, Framingham Ma. , Nancy
Whipple Grinnell, Curator, The Newport Art Museum, RI. $600 cash
The exhibition is open to all Artists. Artwork should be no larger
than 18"x 18" x 18" including the frame. All media, both 2 and
3 dimensional, including photography and original digital work.
A non-refundable entry fee of $15 for members or $25 for non-members
entitles the artist to submit up to two slide entries or two hand-delivered
For prospectus email the museum or send a SASE to:
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street,
Attleboro, MA. 02703
Attn: Dore VanDyke, Executive Director
8TH ANNUAL JURIED SMALL WORKS
MAY 2 TO MAY 26, 2006
The exhibition is open to all Artists. Artwork should be no larger
than 18"x 18" x 18" including the frame. All media, both 2 and
3 dimensional, including photography, and original digital work.
ENTRY FEE (Two Works only)
$15 for Museum Members, $25 for Non-Members
For sculpture submissions we will accept two views of each submission.
ENTRY FEE MUST ACCOMPANY your entry forms.
Please make checks payable to the Attleboro Arts Museum
All sales of artwork will be subject to the Attleboro Arts Museum's
commission of 30% for members, 40% for non-members. Work does
not need to be for sale.
The Attleboro Museum will insure all work during the date of arrival
at the Museum through the stated pickup dates. The maximum insurance
coverage is for the artist's value of $2,500 with a $500 deductible
payable by the artist.
The Museum is not responsible for loss in shipping or for work
left beyond the required pickup date.
Artists are responsible for all shipping fees. Please enclose
adequate postage for return of your work or make arrangements
with FedEx or UPS for return shipping.
NOTE: a $10 handling fee will be charged for all work shipped
to the Museum. This fee is to help defray the costs related to
the packing and handling of your artwork. If you live within driving
distance of the Museum we encourage you to hand deliver your work.
BETSY-DAWN WILLIAMS DEBUT
at The Elevens
in Northampton, on Friday March 17 @ 7 PM
Betsy-Dawn Williams, set to Blast Off
Recently signed to the roots music label El Toro Records in
Barcelona, Spain and armed with her new CD release, “Rocket
Girl”, Betsy-Dawn Williams is letting the cat out of the bag
at The Elevens in Northampton, on Friday March 17.
Williams, who’s musical meanderings are embedded in roots music,
and known for playing in the honkytonk band Girl Howdy, and the
zydeco-influenced R&B band Slippery Sneakers, will be showing
her rockin’ side with this new project, “Li’l BeeDee & the
Big Melodee Combo”.
Joining her will be Jeff Potter on piano, who once teamed
up with BeeDee in a former roots rock band project, is back on
the track getting the rock & roll train going again.
Also on hand will be Graham Tichy (son of Commander Cody
guitarman John Tichy) on lead guitar, who is well known in the
Albany area as the premier rockabilly guitar cat, along with Jimmy
Haggerty on string bass and Clark Howell on drums.
Potter, Tichy & Haggerty comprised the core of musicians on
her CD “Rocket Girl”. These guys are the kind of players who really
showcase the rockabilly sound that keeps the “roll” in rock &
& The Big Melodee Combo hit the stage at 7pm, Friday March
17, 2006 $8 at the door. The Elevens is at 140 Pleasant
Street, Northampton, MA
COMING--SHOP EARLY AND BEAT THE WEB CROWDS
I have found
the perfect site for easter gift buying
is my favorite new site this week and what opportune timing with
a holiday coming up.
le 1er mars 2006
un risque de le décevoir? Vous servir est un plaisir !
From my pal Dwight in Montreal-
RESOLVIS déménage le 1er mars 2006, voir ci-dessous nos
RESOLVIS is moving March 1st, 2006. See our new address
and telephone below.
Votre client vous a demandé de faire la mise en page d’un
document en langue étrangère que vous ne connaissez pas?
Il a confiance en vous pour bien faire ce travail.
|Pourquoi prendre un risque de le décevoir? Confier plutôt ce travail à
une équipe de spécialistes en typographie qui fait de la
mise en page de document en langue étagère, depuis plus
de 25 ans.
Notre travail est de préserver votre réputation de professionnel
de haut calibre. Resolvis peut faire la mise en page de toutes les langues étrangères en
autant que cette langue existe dans une fonte d’imprimerie.
Bien sûr, Resolvis continue d’offrir à ses clients les services
d’analyse linguistique, de solutions multi- plateformes
et de programmation HTML.
Your client has asked you to format a document in a foreign
language you don’t speak let alone understand? She is trusting
you to get it right.
Why take a risk? Put your trust in a team that has over
25 years experience formatting foreign languages into fine
typography. Our job is to ensure that your reputation for
perfection goes undisputed.
Resolvis can format any language in the world so long as
it has a font.
Besides foreign language typesetting, Resolvis continues
to offer the services our clients have come to depend upon:
linguistic analysis, cross-platform solutions and HTML programming.
Vous servir est un plaisir !
It has been our pleasure to serve you.
Dwight Smith & Robert Viens
For more information
or to ask Dwight how his fabulous novel is coming email:
CALL FOR ARTISTS
2006 - Berlin / Paris
Sommerwende International Arts Festival and more
twenty-four, Europe’s premier gallery for autodidactic and
undiscovered artists from around the world, is pleased to announce
its call for entries for 2006.
This year’s call is open to artists working in any genre, including,
but not limited to: painting; sculpture; photography; video
&/or audio installations; assemblage; mixed media and film;
as well as performance art.
In addition to applications for its regular schedule of solo exhibitions
in Berlin & Paris, the gallery is accepting applications for
the following programs and group shows to be presented in Berlin
· 2006 International Assemblage Artist Exhibition
· 2006 Sommerwende International Arts Festival
· 2006 Open Studio Project - Berlin
· 2006 TransATLantic Project - Berlin / Atlanta
· 2006 Self-curated Exhibition Program
Details for all our exhibiting opportunities can be found at:
Beginning in 2003, GALLERY twenty-four has organised this annual
exhibition concentrating on exposing assemblage art to the international
art market of Berlin, Germany. With its expansion into Paris,
France the gallery will be able to exhibit a portion of this world
class exhibition in Paris, as well.
Annually over 50 artists from a myriad of countries exhibit their
works for a four week period in the Berlin facilities of the gallery.
Subsequently, pieces chosen for first, second and third place
prizes, as well as those receiving honorable mention awards will
be exhibited in the Paris gallery. Additionally, artists compete
for the award of best in show and cash and prizes valued at over
EU10,000. making this one of the most distinguished exhibitions
for Assemblage Art in existence today.
Further details: www.assemblag
GALLERY twenty-four / B E R L I N, Krossener Strasse 34, 10245
Berlin Tel +49 (30) 516 583 53 GALLERY twenty-four / P A R I S,
30 rue Durantin 75018 Paris Tel +33 (0) 1 42 58 00 69
Holler at MASSMOCA
Creating a vast environment of slow-turning carnival midway
rides, Carsten Holler explores the effects of spatial and
temporal disorientation with a new installation opening
at Mass Moca on January 21, 2006. For the large, multi-part
installation, Holler has installed five full-sized amusement
park rides familiar from childhood - a Gravitron, bumper
cars, a Twister and more - in Mass Mocas massive Building
Slowing their velocity, light patterns, and music Holler
unsettles the viewer's mind much as conventional amusement
parks unsettle the body through radical changes in gravity,
direction, and bodily orientation.
has been challenging his viewers' assumptions for years
with installations and sculptures that deliberately induce
doubt and confusion. Originally trained and employed as
a scientist, Holler often positions his work as an experiment.
But, with no data recorded, measurements taken, or objective
results achieved, he allows visitors to experiment with
themselves, addressing complex relationships with time
and space through direct interaction.
of the museum as a space of experimentation and incremental
change goes right to the heart of Mass Moca's mission...and
we'll be hanging on for dear life," said Joseph Thompson,
Mass Moca's Director. "The amusement park - already a
site of physiological and psychological confusion, unease,
and ineffable strangeness - gets further refracted and
warped in Carsten's hands.
Although this work is experienced through sight and sound,
our staff has been surprised how visceral and physical
the effect can be. Your body enters a space of shifting
times and places, and your mind follows. Amusement parks
have a dark underbelly, which this work embraces. Though
foreboding for some, the experience is otherwordly, pleasantly
disorienting, and profoundly theatrical."
"I plan to use the extended installation and exhibition
period afforded by Mass Moca to introduce constant but
subtle change in the show," said Holler. "Every day a
new constellation will be on display with the rides running
at different speeds and directions. Thus each day will
be unique, suggesting the possibility of perpetual change.
I want to avoid a fixed pattern of how the rides run,
as it is precisely the scenario of a million possibilities
that interests me."
The modified rides will be displayed as "kinetic" sculptures,
and will not be operated as functioning rides. A large
Mirror Wall (2005) at the end of the space will reflect
the whole Amusement Park, doubling the apparent length
of the gallery, already nearly 300 feet long. Small differences
in the angles of the glass mirror tiles will introduce
discord. Behind Mirror Wall, a video installation in which
visitors see themselves projected three times at slightly
different and always changing time delays, will accompany
the installation of rides (Turning Infrared Room, 2005).
In addition, Revolving Doors (2003) will be installed
on the second floor in which five interlocking revolving
mirrored doors produce a multitude of reflections of the
viewer, the environment, and the doors themselves.
The exhibition will remain on view through October
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