The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Young@Heart Chorus Now Hiring Director of Development


YOUNG@HEART NOW HIRING DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
DEADLINE TO APPLY: AUGUST 1, 2018

Job Description
The job of the Director of Development is to establish, manage, and develop public and private philanthropy for the Young at Heart Chorus, Inc, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. You must be able to raise money. Your performance is evaluated by the amount of money you raise for the organization. This is not simply a grant-writing position. We are looking for someone with a track record of successfully generating new revenue and who is willing and able to quickly build relationships with those individuals and corporations who have the financial capacity to contribute significant dollars to the Young at Heart Chorus. The right individual for this position will not hesitate to "make the ask."

The Development Director is charged with maximizing the financial gift support to the institution by seeking public and private contributions in order to increase the overall capacity of the Young at Heart. They will also be responsible for establishing and implementing a wide range of advancement policies and procedures for individual donors, family funds, corporations, and foundations, with an emphasis on identifying, writing, and submitting successful grant applications.

Applicant must understand, appreciate, and be able to articulate the future, ongoing, and past work of the Young at Heart Chorus. Applicant must possess very strong writing, proofreading and collaborative abilities with great attention to detail. The Development Director will serve under the supervision of the Executive Director and the Director of Operations of Young at Heart, Inc. The Development Director will function with a high degree of independence, keeping supervisors informed of their work. Completed work is reviewed for soundness of overall approach and alignment with the mission, needs and direction of the organization.

Duties
Responsible for managing and coordinating all fundraising activities for Young at Heart. In this capacity, he or she will work closely with supervisors in establishing private funding priorities and advise them on trends in the philanthropic world which affect organizational priorities. Responsible for creating and implementing a sound development plan and set of procedures, to ensure the efficient pursuit of private and public funding.

Responsible for coordinating and managing the relationship of the institution with corporations, foundations and individuals from who funds are sought for various programs and projects of the organization.

Must possess an understanding of current philanthropic and public relations interests of individuals, foundations or corporations, acquired through regular contact with those individuals and organizations. In turn, he or she maintains the necessary relations program to keep the institution name and achievements alive in the minds of individuals, corporate and foundation executives and board members.

Candidate must be very experienced and up-to-date on current fundraising strategies and the changing goals and interests of corporate and foundation philanthropy to allow the organization to respond to shifting priorities and develop opportunistic interests into requests for funding.

Responsible for planning fundraising strategy and for carrying out specific projects. Identifies potential sponsors and settles on the appropriate targets for funding. Either alone or with other organization personnel, approaches individuals, corporate and foundation officials and negotiates the terms of their support to the organization.

Maintains records of all past and current approaches to outside funding sources so as to avoid unnecessary and undesirable conflicts. Creates and manages a funder database for individual, corporate, and foundation donor cultivation. Responsible for all administrative work related to grant applications, final reports, thank you letters, and all necessary communication.

The job will begin September 3, 2018. After 6 months the job performance will be evaluated and a decision will be made to continue or terminate.

Director of Development will work out of our administrative office at 30 North Maple Street in Florence, Massachusetts. For more information about the organization visit www.youngatheartchorus.com

Qualifications
Preferred 5 years Development experience and a Bachelor's Degree.

Compensation
$30,000 - 18 hours per week, non-benefitted

Please email a resume and cover letter before August 1, 2018 to admin@youngatheartchorus.com










Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC trumpeter Joe Magnarelli


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features NYC trumpeter Joe Magnarelli
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3rd, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St.  Northampton.

Joe Magnarelli is a master of the trumpet, has beautiful ideas and BIG ears (he listens and can play the moment so well and effortlessly it's wild). Joe has been one of the first call players in NYC for a while now and plays often with our friends Gary Smulyan and Grant Stewart and many others. We are no doubt in for a real treat. Joining Joe George and me will be drummer Peter Moutis from Exeter, NH. Peter is an old friend and a very special drummer and we are thrilled to have him filling in while Jon is out and about. http://www.joemagnarelli.com/index.html

Also, a reminder that the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares is gearing up for their new season and here is a link to their upcoming concerts. www.jazzshares.org.

And, the next Soundworks Gathering at the Flywheel in Easthampton is Thursday, July 5th.

Upcoming Guest Artists:

7/3 - Joe Magnarelli - trumpet with Peter Moutis on drums
7/10 - Sheryl Bailey - guitar with Claire Arenius on drums
7/17 - Erik Lawrence - sax and flute (Jon back on drums)
7/24 - Benny Sharoni- tenor
7/31 - Freddie Bryant - guitar

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/Northampt onJazzWorkshop

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Springfield, MA Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Springfield Cultural Partnership


Springfield, MA Job Opportunity:
Executive Director, Springfield Cultural Partnership

The Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP), the umbrella organization for the Springfield Central Cultural District, seeks a full-time creative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial Director to manage, promote, and fundraise for the Partnership’s initiatives. These include: establishing annual and long-term goals for arts and culture to make Springfield the center for creative arts in the region, and establishing networks among cultural, business, educational, and governmental organizations. This role is 35 hours/week, results-oriented, flexible, and requires some evening and weekend commitments.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Springfield offering grants for downtown public art displays



SPRINGFIELD -- The city is offering grants for the installation of public art displays in the Cultural District downtown, seeking art that is "inspirational and positive in nature" and that reflects a city-inspired theme.

The city anticipates awarding multiple grants, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each and totaling $25,000, under the city's federally funded Community Development Block Grant program.

All bids are due by July 31 at 2 p.m. at the Office of Procurement at City Hall. Complete bid packages are available by calling 413-787-6290.


L.A. Dance Project: 2245 Choreographic Residencies


Deadline: June 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm PST.

Designed for early to mid-career choreographers, this program supports three projects in initial stages of development. The focus is on providing artists with space and time to dive into a generative process and formulate their impulses. Individuals, companies, and collaboratives are encouraged to submit applications for dance and multidisciplinary projects that combine dance with technology, visual art, installation, music, or other mediums. Projects should not be previously performed or presented and not require additional technical support.

If selected, artists receive one week of rehearsal in the 55’ x 54’ main studio at 2245. The facility includes a sound system, sprung marley floor, central AC system, private changing rooms, and parking. The week will culminate with an informal public presentation and conversation with the artist, supported and promoted by LADP.


Only complete applications submitted through the online form will be considered.

Applications are reviewed by a panel comprised of LADP artistic staff and creative collaborators.


D+R Residencies at Automata

Deadline: Monday, July 23, 2018 at 11:29pm PST

Offered by Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata 

The program is designed to provide vital infrastructure for Los Angeles based artists, and places emphasis on work that reflects/connects to the unique histories, environments, communities, issues and artistic legacies that define it.

Selected projects receive 24-hour access to dedicated space for a one- or two-week period at Automata in Los Angeles’ Chinatown District, as well as additional financial support in the form of a modest stipend. Automata is an alternative performance space/gallery, suitable for small to mid-scale projects, that either need minimal technical infrastructure or construct their own systems of design and installation.

About the D+R Residency Program:
Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata offer development residencies for Southern California artists creating new works in contemporary live performance. We encourage applicants whose projects align with our missions—works that explore the intersections of object performance, media, visual art, sound art, experimental writing and live performance, and/or employ innovative approaches to collaboration, technology and social engagement. The program is designed to provide vital infrastructure for Los Angeles based artists, and places emphasis on work that reflects/connects to the unique histories, environments, communities, issues and artistic legacies that define it.

Each residency will be crafted in collaboration with the proposed project’s artistic team, who are asked to identify specific areas of research, development and/or collaboration, along with a minimum of one point of public engagement, which may take the form of conversations, workshops, showings or other activities open to the public. In addition to supporting the quality of works being developed, we also seek to extend the dialogue about contemporary performance, as well as connecting institutions, audiences and students to the creative life of artists.


World-famous luthier’s Red Sox guitar lands in Western MA

Harvey Leach's "Reverse the Curse" guitar now at Goat Peak Strings

Easthampton, Mass. - Many wagers were placed before the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, but few outcomes compare to the artistry of world-renowned luthier and inlay artist Harvey Leach’s  “Reverse the Curse” guitar, which is now for sale at Goat Peak Strings in Easthampton, Mass.

In 1999, California-based luthier, inlay artist, and avid Boston Red Sox fan, Harvey Leach, put forth a wager that when and if the team ever won the World Series again, he would do a special commemorative inlaid guitar for the cost of one of his basic builds. Fast forward to 2004, the Red Sox win the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, and an anonymous buyer emerges.

The build begins with wood from cedar wine casks made in 1918, the last year the Red Sox won the World Series with Babe Ruth before trading the star player to the New York Yankees. Leach used the highest quality walnut for the back and sides, and bound the guitar with bloodwood for all the years of suffering Red Sox fans had to endure.

Some of the most collectible and desired guitars ever built are adorned with Leach’s inlay artwork. Most notably, Leach contributed his artistry to the 1.5 millionth C.F. Martin Guitar ever made:  the famous Leonardo Da Vinci Guitar which is insured for over a million dollars and kept in Martin's personal museum. The Reverse the Curse guitar fretboard features the Red Sox logo eclipsing the Yankees’, followed by the year 2004 in roman numerals. The neck is topped with a kokopelli motif made to look like MVP Manny Ramírez. Leach designed a diamond-shaped sound hole featuring 2004’s playoffs teams at each base pad: the Yankees, Houston Astros, and St. Louis Cardinals.

One of the services provided at Goat Peak Strings is the brokering of valuable and rare stringed instruments like the Leach guitar. Co-owner Alex Gray has been in the business of instrument collection for many years and has accumulated contacts nationwide. He’s an official contributor for Vintage Guitar Magazine’s “Price Guide.”

For a closer look, check out Goat Peak Strings on YouTube.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Call to Visual Artists: Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project



SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL:

Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project is a project designed to increase the presence of public art in Amherst and the Amherst Center Cultural District by inviting artists to create unique and imaginative paintings on three designated utility boxes in downtown Amherst.


“Electrify Amherst! is a great opportunity to bring more public art into downtown Amherst and for artists and the Amherst community to connect,” said Amherst Public Art Commission member Amy Crawley “We want Electrify Amherst! to showcase some of the many talented artists in our community and celebrate our town.” Three selected artists will receive a stipend of $350 each.


Artists can submit proposals for Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project until the July 15 DEADLINE. The three selected artists will be determined by a 5-person jury that will consist of two members of the Amherst Public Art Commission, 1-2 downtown business owners, and 1-2 local artists.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Northampton Arts Council Awards $20,000 in ArtsEZ Grants



The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 27 grants totaling $20,000 in support of a variety of projects from funds raised through event-programing within the Northampton community. Our signature events include the Silver Chord Bowl, Summer Concert Series in Downtown Northampton/Paradise City Cultural District, Transperformance, RETROFaire, and First Night Northampton. The funding of these projects would not have been made possible without our community members who continue to show up in support of our benefit events and the sponsors and donors who contribute time and again. Each year we are in awe of the outstanding applications we have the honor of reviewing, and unfortunately we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 57 requests for almost $71,120 of funding. This year grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happier Valley Comedy Show Presents SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED

VALLEY’S FINEST ACTORS FACE OFF WITH IMPISH IMPROVISERS in a Happier Valley Comedy Show: SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED



WHAT: A Happier Valley Comedy Show: Scripted/Unscripted 
WHEN: Saturday July 14th, show at 8:00pm, doors at 7:30pm
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060
How Much? Tickets are $13 at the door

Some people call it an actor’s nightmare, but some of the Pioneer Valley’s premier actors call it a high-flyin’ night of staged adventure. And nobody knows how it’s going to turn out until the show begins. Happier Valley Comedy’s production of SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED combines one actor performing from a script line by line with one improviser making it all up on the spot because they have no idea what play the actor is reading from. The results are one wild and wooly show... and their most popular. “With a cast of 12 teeming with talent, this show always attracts lots of attention,” says Pam Victor, Head of Happiness of Happier Valley Comedy. “It’s by far our most popular show.”


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Now Accepting First Night 2019 Applications


The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 34th annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2018.

One of the ways to be considered as a performer for First Night 2019, is to fill out our NEW online form. If you are interested please click here.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered is August 31, 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Have You Registered for ValleyCreates?


Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

CHOOSE ONE OF OUR TWO FREE INFO SESSIONS

Nueva Esperanza l Holyoke, MAMonday, June 25th 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Hawks And Reed l Greenfield, MAThursday, June 28th 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Learn about ValleyCreates trainings and grant opportunities
Hear how similar trainings have helped other nonprofits flourish
Network with other arts and creativity nonprofits

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps
WHEN: Tuesday, June 26th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

This week we are pleased to welcome back for the second time a wonderful and eclectic saxophonist who makes his home in both NYC and Portland, OR. Rob Scheps has performed/recorded with everyone from Henry Threadgill and Julius Hemphill to Gil Evans, Jaki Byard and Dianne Reaves and even PDQ Bach. It should be a lot of fun and pretty amazing to boot I'm sure. http://www.robscheps.8m.net. Joining Rob, George and I will be his good friend and frequent collaborator, also from NY, drummer Jesse Simpson.

A little bit about our guest drummer who is also a pianist. Jesse hails from Graton, CA and now based in Brooklyn. After growing up performing around the San Francisco Bay Area, studying with legendary drummer Donald Bailey, he moved to New York in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, graduating in 2010. Since that time, Jesse has performed alongside Louie Bellson, backed comedians Fred Armisen and Janeane Garafalo and played with Marc Copland, Kevin Hays, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Chris Cheek and many more. He regularly performs in New York as well as on tour with many different groups in Europe.

Upcoming Guest Artists:

6/26 - Rob Scheps - saxes with Jesse Simpson on drums
7/3 - Joe Magnarelli - trumpet with Peter Moutis on drums
7/10 - Sheryl Bailey - guitar
7/17 - Erik Lawrence - sax and flute
7/24 - Benny Sharoni- tenor
7/31 - Freddie Bryant - guitar

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/Northampt onJazzWorkshop

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Forbes Staff Member Receives Competitive Award


Dylan Gaffney, Senior Library Assistant at the Forbes Library, has been awarded the 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year award by the Massachusetts Library Association. This competitive annual award is given to one library support staffer who has gone above and beyond. Dylan impressed the nominating committee with his work at both the local and statewide levels, and received a complimentary 1 year membership to the American Library Association.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama



WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama 
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.



Our favorite jazz couple will be performing with us on the 19th. Vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama make a great musical team when they perform together and we are thrilled to have them back for their 6th appearance at the Workshop. Over Ralph's impressive career starting with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra – now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – he has honed the craft of sonic blending. This also applies to his blending with his wife on the bandstand. Nicole has a beautiful sense of swing and an infectious and uplifting stage presence and together things just take off and fire up. Joining us will be the great drummer Jimmy Madison. We can't wait to play all three of them again. Hope you can make it for really fun show.


Call for Artists: Main Street Reimagined



Request for Public Art and Streetscape Element Design Proposals


Your opinion matters and we want to hear it. The City of Worcester is now accepting proposals from artists and designers for the creation of a series of public art features for the Main Street Reimagined Project.

The intent of Main Street Reimagined is to supplement the new streetscape with custom public art installations - including functional and decorative elements - to add interest to and activate the public space. Public art installations will reflect elements of Worcester's history, culture and community in creative and interesting ways through the themes of creativity, innovation and revolution.

"As we continue to make our downtown a lively and walkable 18-hour destination, public art will be a major component of our strategy," said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. "This project is a great opportunity for local and regional artists to help make visual and functional enhancements to Main Street."

The project seeks to incorporate both functional and decorative art at locations throughout the mile-long corridor. The City seeks proposals for five different categories of installations:

  • Artistic screening
  • Lighting Installation 
  • Activity Nodes
  • Benches 
  • Bicycle Racks 

Eligibility: Open to all artists, artist teams, and design professionals with experience in public art and monumental features. Professionals residing in or with studio space in the city of Worcester and the New England region are encouraged to apply.


Download the RFP Bid Details.
Artists/designers who want to bid are responsible to check HERE for addenda.
With questions, please contact the City's Purchasing Director Chris Gagliastro.

Deadline: July 13, 2018, 10 a.m.

More details about the RFP may be found at http://www.worcesterma.gov/main-street-reimagined.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mass Development Collaborative Workspace Program: Grant Round Open Now



The goal of the Collaborative Workspace Program is to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities, by supporting infrastructure that fuels community-based innovation. Eligible collaborative workspace applicants may apply for either Seed Grants for predevelopment and feasibility work, or Fit-out Grants for building improvements and equipment purchases.

We are excited to announce the opening of our third competitive funding round on June 11, 2018. Proposals are due in electronic format via email at cowork@massdevelopment.com no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, July 20, 2018. Funding decisions are expected to be announced at the end of September.

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE RFP

SIGN UP FOR PROGRAM NEWS AND UPDATES


For more information, contact:
cowork@massdevelopment.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

This Week @33 Hawley


WHAT: NCMC's High Definition in Concert
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA
WHEN: Wednesday, June 13th, 7:30pm

High Definition, a vocal ensemble of the Northampton Community Music Center, presents its season finale. Under the direction of Catherine Kay,High Definition sings a cappella music for women’s voices of all genres. Its current set includes music spanning five centuries. From the sacred to political, jazz to folk, profound to irreverent, there is something for everyone in a High Definition program.

Donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the NCMC Scholarship Fund.





WHAT: "THIS" with Mary Beth Booker, Kathy Couch, Lauren Horn, Madison Palffey & Michelle Huber
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St., Northampton MA
WHEN: Friday June 15 & Saturday June 16, 8:00pm

“THIS” is a continuation of a February 2018 project facilitated by Peter Schmitz that provides space and time at 33 Hawley Street for two informal showings of creative work by area artists. Highlighting artists whose work is rarely seen or artists who are known in different mediums other than movement performance work, “THIS” creates a platform for the development of new and ongoing work. 

Tickets:  $10 suggested donation at the door.

Survival Drive at Edwards Church this Saturday


WHAT: Survival Drive
WHERE: Edwards Church 297 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday June 16th 9am-2pm

DONATE TENTS & CAMPING GEAR FOR THE HOMELESS OF HAMPSHIRE COUNTY 

Next Saturday, drop off your old tents, tarps, blankets, boots, pots, lanterns, really anything that could help someone survive the Spring, Summer and Fall until the shelter re-opens. And if you don't have a garage filled with stuff like that, please consider a monetary donation. ALL funds will go directly to buying gear and distributing it to those who need it. This is a totally volunteer effort of heart to help those who have nowhere else to go. At a time when the world is seemingly more and more cold by the day, this is a small gesture that can provide someone with some comfort and coverage against the elements in a last line of defense. Thank you for reading this.

Since homeless shelters are closed for the spring, summer and fall seasons, we want to give those without shelter as much of the bare-minimum-necessities that we as a community can pull together. It’s a great reason to declutter your basement, attic or trunk. It’s an even greater excuse to upgrade your gear by doing a good thing for a person whose basic survival depends on it.

No gear to give but still want to help? Donate money now by clicking on the DonorBox link below. All funds go towards purchasing tents and gear: https://donorbox.org/survival-drive-01060

Questions? contact: survivaldrive01060@gmail.com

Green Street Brew Open Rehearsal


WHAT: Green Street Brew Open Rehearsal
WHERE: Florence Civic Center, 90 Parks St Florence MA
WHEN: June 13th 7:00pm

Local a cappella group Green Street Brew is expanding. The group is looking to add sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Open Rehearsal begins with group warm up and some singing followed by refreshments and Q & A with members. Afterwards anyone interested in singing can sign up for a formal audition to be held later in June. For questions and info contact: GSB Director Todd Fruth at Fruth.todd@gmail.com

Make Music Day / Fête de la Musique Northampton


WHAT: Make Music Day/Fête de la Musique Northampton
WHEN: June 21st
WHERE: Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 and Forbes Library Lawn, 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060.

Part performance, part participation, all fun!

Featuring The Massachusetts Walking Tour, Vernon Valiquette & Liam Hurley, on the west lawn at Forbes Library, and in Pulaski Park with NCMC Band and Western Mass. Fiddle Orchestra, plus: AEIOUkes at both locations!

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part.

Free performances and participatory music-making gatherings will take place all day in Pulaski Park and the Forbes Library lawn.


Check the facebook event for updates

Interested in performing a short acoustic set in the afternoon at Forbes Lawn?
Contact arts@forbeslibrary.org.

FREE for everyone! Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, bring the kids, bring a ukulele!



Event Schedule:

FORBES LIBRARY LAWN

1-5 PM: Acoustic Open Lawn: You make the music!

5-6 PM: Vernon Valiquette & Liam Hurley

6-8 PM: The Massachusetts Walking Tour featuring local guest artists



PULASKI PARK

morning: Northampton Community Music Center Band

afternoon: AEIOUkes

early evening: Fiddle Orchestra of Western Mass.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hilltown Open Studio Tour


WHAT: Hilltown Open Studio Tour
WHEN: Saturday June 23rd, 10am-5pm and Sunday June 24th, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Full studio tour map available here

The Hilltown Arts Alliance is pleased to launch their first ever Open Studio Tour this spring and welcome visitors to view their work as well as the great beauty of the region.  The tour will wind its way amongst majestic mountain views, streams, timeless backroads and old growth forests to visit the work places of some of our finest artists.  Guests will get a glimpse into both the creative process and the physical work which make up the daily lives of these creative and visionary “Hilltowners”.
There will be 26 artists participating at 24 locations, plus a group exhibition at the Cummington Community House Gallery.  Hilltown Open Studio Tour is taking place in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Plainfield, North Chester, and Worthington.  This is the first year of what is hoped to be an annual event.

"As artists we spend hours alone working in the studio creating our art. We welcome the opportunity to share it with the public and give them a glimpse into our private workspace,” explains participant Peggy Klineman for her passion to make this event part of the Hilltown arts scene.

Participating artists include: 
Cyndy Sperry - paintings, drawings, prints
Valerie Claff - watercolor landscapes
Peggy Klineman - shredded paper paintings, works on paper, drawings 
Kevin O'Connor - collage
Larry Slezak - mixed media works on paper, assemblages & collages
Judith Bowerman - prints, paintings
Elizabeth Whyte Schulze -  basketry sculpture
David Marshall - paintings
Studio at East Branch - Frances Henry and Walter Korzec - watercolor, drawings, woodblock, abstract expressionist paintings, assemblage, drawings
Robert Sweeney - oil paintings
Olwen Dowling -  oil and watercolor paintings, Copper Intaglio prints
Gloria Conwell- photography, fused glass: tiles, dishes, knobs, jewelry, sculpture
Jen Parrish-Hill - handcrafted amulet jewelry of stained glass and clay
Kathy Ford - quilt art, fabric art
Kathryn Jensen- watercolor landscapes
Jeanne Johns - portrait paintings
Michael Melle - life size figure sculptures, drawings, paintings
Susan Flores -  metal Sculpture
Alexandra F. Cherau - watercolors, monotypes, monoprints, goose eggs, bird baths and gardens
June Ferrin - watercolor paintings
Natalie Stafford - watercolors
Community House Gallery -  group show of various medium
Beckie Kravetz - figurative and garden sculptures, masks
Leni Fried - printmaking, scrolls, notecards, The Bagshare Project
Mark Shapiro at Stonepool pottery -  wood-fired, salt-glazed pottery
Mara Superior Guest Artist at Project Art - ceramic art and sculpture
The weekend will include unique workshops and demonstrations– please see the website for the full  schedule.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kate Bavelock at kateb@hilltowncdc.org.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Serious Play Alumni Reunion



What: Serious Play Alumni Reunion, Staged Reading of Caryl Churchill's play Faraway 
When: June 30th, 8:00pm start time (arrive by 7:45pm)
Where: The Northampton Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

We are looking forward to celebrating 25+ years of creative theatre-making with all of you at the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley St, Northampton (just down the road from Spoletos restaurant). Many of you have signed up and there is still time to be on the list. SO phone Sheryl at 413-588-7439, and if you don't get her on the line, leave a message that you are coming.

Each alum and one guest will be welcomed at the side door of the Arts Trust building just off the free parking lot. Everything is free but there may need to be a cash bar with beer, wine, and sparkling water. Food is being prepared by many friends of Serious Play. If you wish to bring a special dip or snack- go for it.

June 30th logistics:
All arrive at 33 Hawley St by 7:45pm for an 8pm alumni staged reading of Caryl Churchill's strange and unsettling play FARAWAY. I have become so interested in Churchill's work. We will be in an 80 audience air conditioned room, since the upstairs theatre is not as yet complete. There will be alumni, collaborating artists, and invited guests.

We are dedicating the Serious Play Alumni Reunion to the memory of ensemble alum Dane Botfield, who we lost this past year. We will be welcoming with open arms Belinda Botfield (Dane's wife) to our celebration.

Immediately following the staged reading, we will open up the room to enjoy an informal party where we can talk, relax, and catch up with one another. Do not dress up.

NOTE- As part of the Staged Reading there will be an "Alumni Procession" of 15 Alumni. These alumni will be receiving an e-mail soon with specific "procession" details as to all black clothing, and a quick rehearsal during the day at 33 Hawley. It is a movement procession with no speaking, simple and important.
The participants are:
Libby Kelly Oberlin
Maria Hudak Smith
Toby Vera Bercovici
Constance Leslie
Rich Vaden
Julissa Rodriguez
Martha Richards
Libby Augarten
Patrick Ryan
Matt Haas
Elizabeth Solomon
Nanette Mendieta
Rand Foerester
Kermit Dunkelberg
Axel Cruz

Reunion Continues on Sunday...

What: Informal Alumni Gathering
When: Sunday, July 1st, 12:00-4:00pm
Where: APE Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton, MA

From noon to 4pm on Sunday, those who can are welcome to come over to 126 Main St (the APE Gallery) where we will continue our reconnections and share new work of alumni. Bring your coffee and join us!


QUESTIONS- Please phone Sheryl at 413-588-7439

SIGN UP NOW by calling Sheryl at 413-588-7439, there is still time!
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Sending much appreciation to all of you for making the effort to be with us-

Sheryl & Robin and Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Call for Entry: Those Who Can, Teach


Deadline: September 1, 2018

Exhibition Dates: November 2018  (Exact dates TBD)

Opening Reception: TBD

Location: Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

Curated By: Melissa Chaney, Amanda Kilton, Elizabeth Menges

About:
This show is a celebration of artists who teach grades K-12. We often spend so much time and energy motivating and helping our students create, that we risk neglecting our own craft. Our jobs require us to assume various roles–nurturer, parent, and coach–and achieve a myriad of goals–to inspire, teach technique and regulate students of varying emotional, social, and developmental levels. We do all of this because it is important work, but in our field, teaching others often overshadows our own artistic development. This show is a reminder to ourselves and to others that the reason we teach is because we value the creative process. In order to support our students we must devote time to our own artistic practice. Our teaching feeds our art making and our art making feeds our teaching. This symbiotic relationship allows us to lead by example and helps us seek the difficult balance between giving to others through teaching and giving to our own work as artists.

How to Submit Your Work:
– There is a $15 submission fee per artist, payable through Paypal. Paypal is available here. Please include “Those Who Can, Teach” in the note field
– A maximum of three pieces may be entered for consideration
– Complete the online submission form at https://tinyurl.com/yby7dl3b

If you have trouble filling out the form or uploading images, please contact info@navegallery.org.


Call to Artists: 2018 Somerville Toy Camera Festival




Exhibition Date: September 2018
Exhibition Locations: Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery, and Washington Street Gallery
Juried By: Jennifer Shaw

The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its sixth annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography.

Images of any subject matter, made with a “toy” camera – any low-tech camera with no or very limited exposure control, such as pinhole, Holga, Diana/Diana clones, Brownie, Ansco, disposable cameras – are eligible. The key criteria are plastic lenses and a lack of reliable exposure control. Straight Polaroid-type images, or images made with cell phones, digital cameras, or film cameras with full exposure control (such as the Lomo LC series), will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: June 24, 2018
Photographers will be notified by: July 20, 2018
Selected work must be received by: August 31, 2018

All shows will open by September 8, 2018. Gallery-specific opening dates and related events to be announced.

The final placement of work will be decided by the organizing committee. Accepted pieces must be delivered to the respective gallery framed and wired for hanging (or ready and equipped for display, in the case of viewing devices, constructions, etc). Artists are responsible for cost of shipping to and from the gallery.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
– There is a $25 submission fee per artist. Payment is made through the Nave Gallery – please include STCF in the memo
– A maximum of five pieces may be entered for consideration

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS HERE



Northampton Recovery Center Weekly Update



The number of new visitors to the Northampton Recovery Center is picking up every week.  Our new groups are filling up!

New this coming week is a mindfulness group on Friday at 3pm with Bill Butcher.  Bill will lead this for the remaining three weeks in June, and then will resume in September.  We are happy to have mindfulness back in our toolbox.

And Jack McEleny has also volunteered to come back to facilitate mindfulness groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays coming up later in the month. (click here to see full calendar of events)




                                                

Don't forget to Save the Date for our Grand Opening at 2 Gleason Plaza on Wednesday, June 20 from 2:00 - 5:00pm.  Light refreshments will be available. 

New Location at 2 Gleason Plaza: 



Group Sing On July 27



Group Sing on Friday June 8th during Arts Night Out  (photo by Lisa Downing)
WHAT: Group Sing
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn, 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060
WHEN: July 27th, from 7:00-9:00pm

The next Group Sing is Friday, July 27, in the shade of the two remaining large Oaks on the front lawn of Forbes Library. Led by Jim Armenti, this group sing will take place under a full moon.

Free and open to the public.



We're back at the air-conditioned Northampton Senior Center on Wednesday August 1, 7:00-9:00pm, with Joe Blumenthal and the A-E-I-O-Ukes.

Always free and open to the community.
Mark your calendars. 

Vive La France! "Arts Night Out En Plein Air" falls on Eve of Bastille Day





Kathleen Hession: photo credit Ellen Augarten

WHAT: Arts Night Out En Plein Air Painting Festival on Eve of Bastille Day
WHEN: July 13th, from 4-8pm
WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA


"En plein air” is a French term referring to the act of painting outdoors with natural subjects and light. On Friday, July 13, ten notable local artists will showcase their skills al fresco throughout the late afternoon and evening as part of what has become an annual festival for downtown Northampton--Arts Night Out En Plein Air. Please join Linda Babcock, Susan Barocas, Valerie Bassett, Jeffrey Gatrall, Paula Gottlieb, Kathleen Hession, Robert Markey, Robert Masla, Scott Prior, and Deborah Rubin in the open air “studio of Pulaski Park 4-8 pm.

By happy coincidence, July’s Arts Night Out falls on the eve of Bastille Day, a national day of celebration in France and a great opportunity to add a little French flare to the occasion. Everything is free and interactive as artists welcome onlookers to watch them work on original pieces and engage in conversation about the technique. Robert Masla, in cooperation with Northampton’s own Royal Talens paints and Chartpak, Inc., will be offering hands-on, paint-along demonstrations in watercolor and water mixable oils using Fredrix All-Media Paint Board. The public is also invited to create their own en plein air paintings by borrowing one of 20 water color kits for an hour at a time.

The festival also hosts Prone to Mischief, a group of street musicians known for their colorful costumes and high energy. The band will keep the atmosphere lively by channeling its inner French Quarter.

This community event is produced in cooperation with the Downtown Northampton Association. It is funded in part by the Festivals Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Northampton Arts Council and Florence Bank.

Details and selected artist statements at www.nohoarts.org

Summer Block Party 2018



WHAT: Summer Block Party
WHERE: Main Street, Downtown Northampton, MA.
WHEN: July 7th, from 6-9pm

Join us for a downtown Northampton Summer Block Party!

We’re closing Main Street and filling it with family-friendly entertainment, live music and more!

Jesus Pagan and Conjunto Barrio will perform on lower Main Street, near Dirty Truth and La Veracruzana. New this year there will be a rock climbing wall and bounce house! Look for them near Sam's Pizza and the Green Bean.

Wonder what else you'll find? Please check the Northampton DNA website and facebook pages for regular updates.

Upcoming Valley Dance Events: Workshop + Film + VIDAM + Pollinate


WHAT: Dance Workshop + Film + VIDAM + Pollinate
WHERE: Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts 25 Main St, 3rd Floor, Northampton, MA.
WHEN: June 16 & 17th

CI Workshop 1-5pm

"Five Ways In" film to follow @ 5-7pm

VIDAM Saturday Night 8-10pm w/ Tony Silva

POLLINATE Afternoon BLOOM Sunday 2-4pm

Alyssa has been teaching Contact Improvisation internationally and this will be her first Northampton Teaching. Get ready to dive in deeply to more creative choices and playful connections!

Alyssa was one of the co-directors of the film 'Five Ways In'. She is excited to share it after we watch the film "Fall After Newton". She will facilitate a short discussion of what the founders of CI were exploring and how we experience CI nowadays. This afternoon will give us a range of textures to improvise with at VIDAM in the evening.

It's a great weekend of Movement choices in Northampton, MA Come for one event or stay for the weekend!


Scout Cuomo Summer Art Classes


WHAT: Scout Cuomo Summer Art Classes
WHERE: Arts & Industry Building Florence, MA
WHEN: Wednesdays: July 25th, Aug. 1st, Aug. 8th, Aug 15th, Aug 22nd: 5-8pm

What will you create this summer?

This 5 week program will teach you how to paint on large glass surfaces. During our class time together, will learn how to paint a resin layered painting on a refurbished rolled glass window. All materials will be provided. Over the course of 5 three hour classes, we will break down the painting process and learn color techniques to help you create your own large and lovely painting

Ages 15 & up!

Spaces are held on a first come, first serve basis once a registration form & full payment are received (online payment).

Sessions will be held WEDNESDAYS: July 25th, Aug. 1st, Aug. 8th, Aug 15th, Aug 22nd: 5-8pm.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Panopera & Music at the Crossroads present: "Prophets, Preachers and Prayers"


WHAT:  Panopera & Music at the Crossroads present:
              "Prophets, Preachers and Prayers: selections from operas and oratorios"
WHEN: June 15th, at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Edwards Church, 297 Main St,. Northampton MA

"Prophets, Preachers and Prayers: selections from operas and oratorios", featuring the Edwards Church choir and some of the area's finest singers and instrumentalists. Panopera regulars Alan Schneider, tenor, Katherine Saik, soprano, and Chris Mortensen and Fleur Barnes-Rowell, horn, will participate, as well as returning guests Sarah Briggs (Carmen), Ramsey Kurdi (Carmen), Jenna Rae (Tosca), and Hugh Keelan (Tosca, La Boheme).

Admisson is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Cathedral in the Night.

The concert will take place at Edwards Church, 297 Main St,. Northampton MA

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Third Annual Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration



WHAT: Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration 
WHERE: Pulaski Park, Main St. Northampton, MA.
WHEN: July 7th at 1:00 PM 

CIRCLE UP FOR THE EARTH on Interdependence Day!

The third annual Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration will be held on July 7th at 1PM at Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Giant puppets, music, and audience participation will be woven into what MuZen Theater event producers Beth Fairservis and Stephen Katz are calling “Circle Up for the Earth”. Through meditation, community council, spontaneous theater and song, Circle Up participants are guided to rebalance individual and collective relationships with Life on Earth.

The community is encouraged to contribute to the Circle Up by arriving with flowers in hand at 12 noon in one of four nearby locations. At 1 PM everyone will parade from the Four Directions with MuZen giant puppets to Pulaski Park. While Stephen Katz underscores the event with layered cello music, Beth Fairservis will lead the group from sitting in silence, to conversation and community interaction about our relationship to the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Water, and especially, Fire. A dragon on a bicycle, a Polar Bear, Mother Earth, the Sun, and a Flying Tree will accompany the processions and bear witness to the events that unfold as we come to terms with what it takes to transform ourselves and our way of life.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings Offered to the Cultural Sector


Recent news has reminded us that the nonprofit cultural sector is not immune to problems of sexual harassment in the workplace. We have reached out to our sister state agency, the Mass Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), to offer education and training to ensure our cultural nonprofits are meeting the highest standards in sexual harassment prevention. The trainings will be presented by Jeremy Scheiner of MCAD. In each region a morning session and an identical afternoon session will be offered. Please register for one session as soon as possible if you are interested in participating as each training will be capped at 40 participants.

Description: This specialized training focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace. The course touches briefly on overview topics: the protected identity categories, disparate treatment, harassment (both sexual and non-sexual), disability/religious accommodations, liability, and the MCAD process. After getting a quick overview of Massachusetts anti-discrimination law, participants will do a deep dive into techniques and tools for addressing sexual harassment. Topics include: nuances in the sexual harassment legal standard, reviewing your organization’s sexual harassment policy and code of conduct, and bystander intervention.

About the Trainer: Jeremy Scheiner is the Director of Training for MCAD. As the Director of Training, Jeremy is charged with all training, outreach, and education efforts across the Commonwealth on behalf of the MCAD. Since he started his role, Jeremy has conducted approximately 100 trainings and trained over 2,000 people. Jeremy started his career as a 4th grade teacher in Lawrence, MA. After spending several years in the classroom, Jeremy began working with adults as a full-time diversity, equity, and inclusivity trainer. Among many things, Jeremy designed and led over 50 diversity, equity, and inclusivity professional development sessions for over 450 professionals. Jeremy has an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University and a B. A. in Education Studies and Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Scheduled Trainings:

Cape Cod
June 20th, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm, Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis MA 02638

Western Massachusetts
June 26th, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm, MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA way, North Adams, MA 01247

Greater Boston
June 28th, 9:30am-12:30pm OR 1pm-4pm, The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116

Register



Crowdsourced Cinema Sign-Ups Now Open


Crowdsourced Cinema Sign-Ups Now Open

Yesterday, June 6th starting at 7pm, NCTV opened sign-ups for Crowdsourced Cinema: Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This year they are trying something new and allowing teams to pick their own scenes.Sign-ups are on CrowdsourcedCinema.com. There will be a quick form to fill out.

Scenes are first-come, first-served, and sign-ups are open until every scene is taken. Take a look at the scenes ahead of time and have a few alternates in mind in case the one you want is taken.

Completed scenes will be due end of summer, and there will be a screening party in the fall. More info at crowdsourcedcinema.com



Unified Special Olympics School Day Games at NHS



WHAT:  Unified Special Olympics School Day Games
WHERE: Northampton High School 80 Elm St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: June 11 from 9:30am-12:30pm

The Northampton Public Schools will be hosting the local area's first Unified Special Olympics School Day Games on June 11 from 9:30am-12:30pm at Northampton High School. Students from eight local districts will participate in accessible and modified events including throwing, jumping, yard games, relay races, and an obstacle course. 

This is a milestone year for Special Olympics as they are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and they are excited about the partnerships that have been built in the first 50 years and are looking forward to the new growth and opportunity in years to come. While NPS has hosted the School Day Games in the past, this is the first year when the events will be unified, having students with disabilities participating on teams alongside their peers without disabilities. The goal is for students to participate in sports together as peers and equals. 

Over 25 students from Northampton High School are volunteering to run the stations, and over 200 students will be participating as athletes. Students have been part of the planning process to help ensure events are accessible to those with physical disabilities. For example, the wood shop department of NHS is providing a catapult for students who cannot throw a ball that will allow them to press a switch to launch a ball across the field. The Unified School Day Games is an exciting entry into the field of Unified sports for NPS, as other schools in the area have added Unified Sports teams, and NHS will be starting a Unified Basketball team this coming fall. The School Day Games will include an opening ceremony with the National Anthem performed by an NHS student, and the Northampton Arts Council and faculty from NHS are teaming up to provide music (chosen by student participants) to be played throughout the event.

 NPS is proud to be hosting the event and grateful for partnering with Special Olympics. Special Olympics MA is a year-round organization offering inclusive sports and training opportunities in 23 sports across the state. To get involved in your local community visit www.specialolympicsma.org for more information.

Antenna Cloud Farm's exciting 2018 season


Friday, June 8, marks the kickoff event for Antenna Cloud Farm's exciting 2018 season, with an outdoor concert by LADAMA, an internationally-acclaimed roots/pop/folk collective that hails from across Latin America. They have been in residence for the past two weeks so we've had quite a few sneak peeks...this show is going to be spectacular! (that link will take you to a live Facebook stream from Antenna Cloud Farm)

Valley Community Development's Community Block Party


WHAT: Valley Community Development's Community Block Party
WHEN: June 23, 2018 1:00-4:00 PM
WHERE: Old Courthouse Lawn, corner of Main & King Streets Northampton, MA.

FREE & Open to the Public

Live Music by The Job Creators & Bomba de Aqui

Hula Hooping

Community Art Project

Food by La Veracruzana

Free $100 Stop & Shop Gift Card Raffle

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/383725052033335/

Green River Festival at Arts Night Out June 8


WHAT: Green River Festival 2018 Pop Up Show
WHEN: Arts Night Out - June 8th 5-8pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park Main Street Northampton, MA
                Rain Location: The Parlor Room 32 Masonic St. Northampton, MA.

Featuring:

Twisted Pine (EP Release Show)
http://www.twistedpineband.com

The Sea The Sea
https://www.theseathesea.com


Free Show! Come out for your chance to WIN TICKETS to Green River Fest!
Deep Discounts on festival merchandise & memorabilia.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Open Eye Series Presents: Ben Balcom at Studio 4


WHAT: Open Eye Series Presents: Ben Balcom
WHEN: Sunday June 10th at 7 PM - 9:30 PM
WHERE: Studio4 25 Main Street Northampton, MA.

Open Eye Screening Series is thrilled to host a program of Ben Balcom's films at Studio 4 in Northampton MA, on Sunday June 10th. I was asked by Jesus Vio to program a night of film in conjunction to Loren Burke's month long painting exhibit titled, Bucolic Plague. The film maker who immediately came to mind was Ben Balcom, whose films create surreal, emotionally and existentially familiar, densely layered and unique worlds that parallel Loren's current retrospect. I first became interested in Ben's work after attending a screening of his films the Grange Series in Moodus, CT two years ago, since then several of his films have been screened in Western MA as part of the Good Night's Sleep Series, and I'm thrilled to be able to bring a full program of his work to the Western Mass/Berkshire County film and art community as part of Open Eye Screening Series. We are lucky enough to catch him on the East Coast for this event, so please join us for a Q&A after the screening, and please come to check out Loren's art before the screening!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/234541627294836/

Ben Balcom @ Studio 4

TRT = 70.5 minutes

Notes from the Interior 11 minutes, 16mm, 2015
Wandering through the body puzzling out a system of symbols. The trouble is, affect resists signification outright. The inside and outside become muddled when you start to feel your body in relation to the image.

Celestial Object 9 minutes, 16mm/digital, 2014
These are the playful renderings of a naturalist, sketches of the moon made at night during it’s various phases. Initially the camera attempts to capture this phenomena in a rigorous, objective fashion, but as the study progresses and strategies are exhausted the information gathered becomes noise; all these measurements become scribbles.

Ceol (Ruinsong) 5 minutes, 16mm/digital, 2014
A day trip to the ruins of Duntulm Castle on the Isle of Skye yields a kaleidoscopic song of distant memories. Shot frame-by-frame and hand-processed, this film attempts to account for the gaps between history and memory on a personal level.

A Symptom 6.5 minutes, 16mm/digital, 2014
This short, diagrammatic film is situated where the subject can grasp nothing, flickering between the visible and sayable. By determining the scope of what discourse repeats, it prepares the question of what symptoms repeat.

Turning a Sphere Inside Out 2 minutes, digital, 2014
This is how you turn a sphere inside out.

In a Circle Around Me, The Sequence of Years 8.5 minutes, digital, 2018
{no synopsis yet}

Our Own Private Universe 11 minutes, 16mm/digital, 2016
Our language is unreliable. Is meaning adding up or emptying out? Through these possible scenes we simply need these actors to play their parts in order to mask the wilting of a fiction. They talk all at once. What do they say? Which lives do they speak of? To have been is not enough for them. Our dialogue is uncertain. In the meantime, let them converse calmly, since they are incapable of keeping silent.

Speculations 17.5 minutes, 16mm/digital, 2016
A portrait of Bellona, somewhere in the middle west. Catastrophe lingers in the periphery. Shadows crossing shadows, standing side by side. Some of these people we used to meet at random while out working or walking. They talk about feeling their way through this precarious place. Most of them are gone now. The city soaks them up.

Ben Balcom was born in Massachusetts and raised in Illinois. He received his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He makes experimental films that use visual and linguistic abstraction to examine inherited genres of knowledge. His films and videos have been exhibited worldwide in such venues as the European Media Art Festival, Media City Film Festival, Anti-Matter Media Arts, Alchemy Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Slamdance. Ben currently teaches at UW-Milwaukee and is the technical director for the Milwaukee Film Festival. He is also a co-founder and programmer of Microlights Cinema. Since 2013, Microlights has hosted nearly 30 film and video artists from around the world. He was the recipient of the 2015 Mary Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists

SHELTER curated by B.Z. Reily and Nan Fleming at A.P.E.



WHAT: SHELTER curated by B.Z. Reily and Nan Fleming
WHERE: June 5 – 30, 2018
               Artist Reception: Friday, June 8: 5-8 pm, Norhtampton Arts Night Out
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA.

SHELTER, curated by B.Z. Reily and Nan Fleming, will include eight Pioneer Valley women artists who use recycled or re-purposed materials in their work. Participating artists include Pat Bennett, Harriet Diamond, Nan Fleming, Heather Hall, Amy Johnquest, Louise Laplante, B.Z. Reily and Abby Reiser.

This project and installation will explore the timely topic of SHELTER using metal, clay, wood, paper and fibers. There are many ways to think about shelter - besides the general definition of housing - there is protection, refuge, asylum, sanctuary and safety to consider. With the wide range of materials and techniques used by the artists, this project will be both diverse and unified by the commitment to use common, scrap or unusual objects in innovative ways.

SHELTER will invite participation and community engagement with interactive public events, including fundraising for a local organization dedicated to shelter.

Stories of Shelter

In conjunction with the Shelter Show, there will be a public special event on Thursday, June 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the gallery. Local writers and storyteller will read or tell stories related to the broad definition of shelter. Participating artists are Julie Wagner, John Porcino, Kathy Brown, Maya Rivera, and Sandy Diaz. John Reily (Johnny Memphis).

Free and open to the public

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