Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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 Pacifica Radio out of Berkeley, CA.

For programs and times see www.valleyfree or specifically,

I upload copies of our show each week to and post them on my website at 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 Wednesdays.

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.

KAREN DOLMANISTH @ University Gallery, Fine Arts Center,
March 2, Thursday, 5 pm, 2006
PRESENT, In The Moment

March 2, Thursday, 5 pm, 2006
University Gallery, Fine Arts Center,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

An Ephemeral Ground Work Drawing and Meditative Task-based Performance Piece

12- 5 pm

Followed by the Artist's Slide Talk Presentation


For more information: email

The Black & White work of:

Geoff Bluh
Christine Pratt
Frank Ward

at The Valley Photo Center
MARCH 1 - 31

Artists' Reception
Friday, March 3, 6-8 pm

1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA

William Blizzard Gallery presents


Springfield College,
263 Alden Street,

MARCH 5: 2- 4 PM

Springfield, MA 413 748-3000

Gallery Hours: Monday- Friday 9 am-5pm or by arrangement
for directions
Wilbraham Hall(#23)

Summer in the UK

The official website will be up soon. But for now there is info already up at

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 own
Bruce Barone

The slide show version of my book /Famous People Famous Places/
(an unedited *first preview*)
Will be premiered (with music) Wednesday, March 1, 2006,
In Eastworks . 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

North Adams Center for DeTourism
CALL FOR ENTRY! (postmark deadline MARCH 30)
North Adams 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 economy...

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 methodologies.

Send proposals and artwork to:

The Contemporary Artists Center
189 Beaver Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Questions? Call the CAC at 413.663.9555

HCC's Taber Gallery to exhibit
Burn Unit: works by Jeff DeRose and Mike Martindell

HOLYOKE – 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.

This 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.

All over.
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 area.


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;
~~A.P.E. 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 work by:

Cynthia Consentino
Travis Louie
Walton Ford
Elliot Offner
Robin Freedenfeld
John Roy
Laurie Hogin
Jeff Koons
Nanny Vonnegut

William Baczek Fine Arts

36 Main Street • Northampton, MA 01060 • 413-587-9880

Attleboro Arts Museum
"Call for Artists: 8th Annual Juried Small Works

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 awards.

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 works.

For prospectus email the museum or send a SASE to:
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street,
Attleboro, MA. 02703
Attn: Dore VanDyke, Executive Director

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.

Shipping Costs:
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.

at The Elevens in Northampton, on Friday March 17 @ 7 PM
Rocket Girl 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 & roll.

Li’l BeeDee & 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

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RESOLVIS déménage le 1er mars 2006
Pourquoi prendre 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 nouvelles coordonnées.

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
GALLERY 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 during 2006.

· 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

Carsten Holler at MASSMOCA
Amusement Park
Carsten Holler at MASSMOCA

Amusement Park

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 5 gallery.

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.

Holler 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.

"His view 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 2006.

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