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Monday, September 8, 2014

Florence Night Out - Friday, September 19, 5:30-8:30pm

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Pop-Up Mobile Art Boxes Take Art to the Streets at 3rd FLORENCE NIGHT OUT 
A fun, free event that celebrates community through art, dance, music, film and local business

FLORENCE, MA – Interactive Mobile Art Boxes, where artworks explode from within the box, will delight all ages at this fall’s FLORENCE NIGHT OUT (FNO), Friday, September 19, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Florence artist and lead organizer Donnabelle Casis is co-curating the event with local writer and Co-Director of The Creativity Center at Hampshire College Carla Costa, to create a dynamic lineup. Donnabelle teamed up with Tony Gleason, Florence resident and owner of DIY Mobile Box, to have six “Mobile Art Boxes” (MABs). MABs are 8’x8’x16’ pop-up temporary art spaces that will house interactive, multimedia installations by artists: John Slepian (performance art), Jake Meginsky (sound art/installation), Maggie Nowinski (video), Chris Nelson (installation), Sally Curcio & Anne LaPrade Suethe (installation), The Quarry & The Coast with Mount Emult aka Matthew Newman (short films). MABs will occupy surprising areas all over downtown Florence. 

• Artists from the Arts & Industries/Pine Street Studios Building will participate with open studios, demonstrations, and sales, 221 Pine Street.
.• Kimberly Bourque, a Master of Occupational Therapy student at Bay Path University, completed her summer field work with the Enrichment Center. She compiled a local peace art tile project entitled “Resiliency” created by 12 brain injury patients. See it at the Florence Arts & Business Center, 140 Pine Street 
.• Art Always will have a craft table for children accompanied by an adult from 5:30-6:30 pm at Arts & Industries, 221 Pine Street.
• Diane Nevinsmith artist reception at Cup & Top, 1 Main Street
• Jim Gipe photograph exhibit at Pivot Media, 70 Maple Street
• Open studios: Sean Greene with guest artist Philip Knoll, Richard Lloyd, Phoebe Berkel, guest artist Brian Maryansky, 30 North Maple Street 
• Martin Bridge paintings at Upton-Massamont Coldwell Banker, 93 Main Street
• Used book sale to benefit a literacy organization, Writer's Mill, 34 North Maple
• Family Fun Magazine will have fun games and activities, Main Street
• Wine & Canvas will offer free painting sessions at the Florence Arts & Business Center. Sessions will begin every half hour starting at 5:30pm – 8:30, 140 Pine Street.

• Kelly Silliman of the tinydance project, in collaboration with Charnice Charmant, will present “Tangled Layers”, Main Street.
• The Bakers, The Fawns and Rick Murnane will perform at the Florence Civic Center, Park Street.
• Free Range Cats will play at Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, 92 Main Street.
• Russell Kaback will perform on the porch from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Tranquility Day Spa, 40 Main Street.
• Teri Anderson of Dance Northampton will teach zydeco dance lessons from 6:00 – 6:50 pm, and Zydeco Connection will play great music from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at the VFW, 18 Meadow Street.
• Electric Ride bike demos on the bike path, Electric Ride Electric Bike Rentals, 30 North Maple
• Northampton High School Improv Troupe from 5:30 - 6:30pm, Cup and Top Cafe, 1 Main Street
• Full Circle Bike Shop will demo bikes at the Florence Dental parking lot from 5:30-7:30 pm, 41 Main Street. FCBS will have a post-FNO movie screening at the shop starting at 8:30pm, 141 North Main Street.

• Cup & Top Cafe will have a special menu highlighting local harvests, 1 Main Street
• JJ’s Tavern will offer an Oktoberfest menu, 99 Main Street.
• Cooper’s Corner will provide a beer and wine tasting, 31 Main Street.
.• First Church will provide refreshments at the Florence Arts & Business Center, 140 Pine Street.

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