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Saturday, October 18, 2014


Shawn Carey and I are running a fundraiser to help out Norman Smith with the Snowy Owl Project.
The event will be held at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum on Saturday, November 15th starting at 4:30pm (detailed in the picture/flier below.) Norman will have a live Barn Owl (yes - Barn, not Barred), which I'm really looking forward to seeing.

An RSVP is requires as we need to know how much food to get... If you plan on going contact Shawn Carey at
I'm fairly sure that Norman broke his record last year when capturing (and relocating) the snowies from Logan Airport. If you want to read more about the Snowy Owl Project, you can go here:

This webpage has a lot of information about GPS tracked Snowy Owls from around North America, including several that Norman has released:

We (Shawn and I) are doing this in place of our usual November Photo Share. So if you've been to that, you have some idea of what is involved. Fun people with a passion for nature combined with great photos (often from around the world!)
I hope you can make it, I expect it will be an interesting and fun evening - along with helping out a great project.


Eric Smith

Friday, October 17, 2014


Hello. Somerville Arts community.

I’d like to let you know there is an space opportunity that looks pretty good and we were told by the landlord that they would welcome studio artists.

The unit is 8-12 Main Street in Winter Hill. Here is more of a description:

The unit occupies the entire front above a liquor store and has great lighting. The unit consists of the larger, tiled room that is about 500 square feet plus two smaller rooms which are about 200 square feet each.

Unit also has a working kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC is all up to date. It is accessible by the front through a stairwell and a back second stairwell. As for abutters, no major issue with retail tenants on the ground floor. The other residential tenants on the second floor have Bible study three days a week, but nothing too major.

In terms of leasing, the owner is flexible with leasing. Ideally, would like $1000 a month gross and a longer-term lease. Utilities are all negotiable.

The unit is available now.

If you are interested in this unit please contact me and Maxwell MacCarthy, cced above. Max is a new member of our City team and is a Urban Revitalization Specialist, within the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development.

Thank you. And hope you all are doing well.

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone


Hello Artists,

Spaces are available for the Saturday, October 25th SLAM Halloween Artist Market.

SLAM is in its fifth year and offers local artists a place to show and sell their work, as well as an opportunity for local residents to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods in one location.

If you would like to exhibit your work at SLAM Email Me:

for more information or go to: Exhibit @ SLAM

All media is considered.

For more market information and exhibit details, check out the SLAM Website.


The Boston International Kids Film Festival takes place over the weekend of November 7-9 at the Somerville Theatre and at Tufts University. The aim of the festival is to showcase great films from around the world that were all made for, by or about kids (ages 10 and up), and to link professional filmmakers with their next generation counterparts, through films and workshops on filmmaking and media literacy skills.

Come meet some great LOCAL filmmakers and take a workshop! See you there!


Sunday, October 26th, 3-5PM – Artists Reception Riverside Gallery: Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge MA 02139. We are honored to have as jurors for this year’s exhibit James Montford, Laura L. Montgomery, and Gilda Sharp-Etteh. The media in our 2014 show include some familiar materials, but with innovative and compelling methods and perspectives.


SONGS ABOUT PARENTS & CHILDREN - October 17-18, 2014

Don't miss these seasoned cabaret artists in an all new show:

Songs About Parents and Children
A joyful mosaic of songs and stories about being a parent. . .and being a child.

Friday, October 17
Saturday, October 18

“Few singers captivate an audience as quickly and convincingly as MccMillan can.
He presents his repertoire with a beguilingly intimate approach all his own.”
— Jules Becker, New England Entertainment Digest

Will and Doug breathe new life into a wide variety of songs including "I Can't Give You
Anything But Love" (from The Blackbirds of 1928), "William Wants a Doll" (from Free
To Be You And Me), "Plant A Radish" (from The Fantasticks), "Carefully Taught"
(from South Pacific), "Easier to Love" (from Baby), and "Not While I’m Around"
(from Sweeney Todd) as well as pop songs such as “That’s The Way I’ve Always
Heard It Would Be” by Carly Simon and “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell.

$15 in advance (available until 2pm the day of each show)
$20 (cash only) at the door
For 10/17 advance tickets,
For 10/18 advance tickets,
For more info: 617-628-0916

“By the end of the show, audience members were wiping tears and clapping madly.
Now that’s amore.” — Aiden Fitzgerald, Boston Herald

Listen at A Musical Life On Planet Earth
To see Will on YouTube:

THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square--
next to G&T Tailoring, three doors away from Somerville Grooves,
across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from Citizens Bank)
For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ACTON OPEN STUDIOS - October 19-20, 2014

Somerville bead & fiber artist Pat Iverson and the other members of the Beads Without End cooperative will be participating in Acton Open Studios this weekend.

Crocheted beadwork, jewelry, origami, rug hooking, ethnic embroidery, and other wonderful things at *our* location.
Luscious other artwork at other locations in Acton, MA

Beads Without End:
Pat Iverson, Martha Forsyth, & Kathryn Black
237 Central St, Acton Ma
October 19 -20,2014 noon-6pm (we stay open later than "official" hours of noon-5)

further information at
click on "map" for the brochure & map

-Pat Iverson


Hello. Listserve members, come out and support your local El Sistema music program. A great program, staff, and kids.

And if you have a desire, make a donation today.


Dear Sistema Somerville Supporter,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the fall weather. We have lots in store and much to share with you here at El Sistema Somerville.

Our first concert of the 2014-2015 season will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7PM in the East Somerville Community School. Works to be performed include fiddle, fun, and folk pieces to celebrate the Harvest Season. Please come out and enjoy performances by El Sistema Somerville students, mentors, community ensemble, and faculty.

Harvest Concert Flier by El Sistema Somerville violist, Zia Halawa.

We are excited to announce the generous support of the Mifflin Memorial Fund in the foundation of “Musicians with a Mission,” an initiative that places skilled professional musicians with outstanding young student musicians for weekly private lessons. El Sistema Somerville will accept applications and hire ten professional musicians to provide weekly private lessons throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Interested musicians are invited to send a letter of inquiry to Diane Cline. The deadline for application is November 15, 2014.

On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, two El Sistema Somerville students performed with the Longy Side-by-Side orchestra, in honor of Maestro José Antonio Abreu at Bard College. During the event, Maestro Abreu was awarded an honorary doctorate and addressed the students with caring, inspiring remarks.

​Briselda Matias Ramirez, El Sistema Somerville student, meets and performs for the founder of El Sistema.

Thank you for your on-going support and enthusiasm. We hope you'll join us soon and help us spread the word!

Musically yours,


Diane E. Cline, Director

El Sistema Somerville
creating citizens, artists, teachers, and scholars

East Somerville Community School
50 Cross Street
Somerville, MA 02145
617-629-5400 X 3716

Find us online:, Facebook, & Twitter


Do you have stories about Somerville Ave and Union Square?

Then Get on Board the M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Storytelling Bus!

Somerville Cable Access Television (SCATV) is teaming up with the Somerville Arts Council to gather stories about Union Square and Somerville Ave., then and now.
What did this thoroughfare used to be like? How does that compare with today, and what do you see in the future?

Join us at the Monster Mashed Up @ SomerStreets on Sunday, October 19 (along Somerville Ave). from noon to 2:30 p.m. to board the M.U.S.C.R.A.T Bus and take part in phase one of what will be an ongoing, citywide oral history project. Stories will be shared with the public via videos that will air on SCATV and will be available as short videos on SCATV and SAC websites. For more information please contact Erica Jones SCATV, at

MUSCRAT storytelling will take place from noon to 2:30. The whole SomerStreets event will take place from noon to 4pm. Full festival details here:

Rachel Strutt
Cultural Director
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Somerville Poet Laureate Application and Overview

Statement of Purpose
The City of Somerville announces the creation of a Poet Laureate for Somerville. The City views the position as a means to further enhance the profile of poets and poetry in the city and beyond. The Poet Laureate is expected to bring poetry to segments of Somerville's community that have less access or exposure to poetry: senior citizens, youth, schools and communities. The Poet Laureate will be a person of vision with the ability to enact his/her vision.

The Poet Laureate will serve for a two-year term and will be provided an honorarium of $2,000 per year. A contract will be derived with expectations detailed as to the public benefit required of the position, which will be jointly determined with the final applicant and review committee. The expectation is that the position will support and expand poetry in the city. The Somerville Arts Council/City of Somerville will support the Laureate in networking within the community but actual work must be accomplished by the chosen candidate.

How to apply
Deadline: Postmarked by November 17, 2014

Candidates for Somerville Poet Laureate must provide the following:

One page contact info sheet with name, address, phone number, email, website (if applicable)
Proof of residence demonstrated by sending a copy of a utility bill, lease, phone bill. (a jpg image of a current bill or statement is fine if emailing application, or a photocopy of statement if mailing application)
Curriculum Vitae / Poetry-Related Bio
Up to 20 pages of original poetry
One to three-page vision statement with details as to how you will implement the public benefit component.

How to submit

Either email PDFs of the above items to Gregory Jenkins at with Poet Laureate in the subject header:
Or mail the following documents to: Somerville Poet Laureate, Somerville Arts Council, 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145

Selection Process for Poet Laureate of Somerville

A committee, comprised of local poets, teachers, and arts administrators, will review the applications based on the evaluation criteria and select no fewer than three and no more than six applications to be finalists. Finalists will be interviewed in December with the expectation that they will further refine their proposed vision and public component for the position. The interview process will also provide the selection committee the ability to inquire more of the candidate. Based on the four criteria below, the committee will select a final candidate and alternate who will be presented to Mayor Joseph Curtatone for his approval.

Evaluation Process for Poet Laureate Nomination

The Poet Laureate will be reviewed and chosen on the basis of the four criteria (percentage weights included):

· Excellence in craftsmanship, as demonstrated by submitted original poems (25%)
· Providing a vision for the position. How will you work with the community, schools, nonprofit or municipal arts and service departments. Please convey your vision for the position with details of outreach and collaborations. (25%)
· Professional achievement in the field of poetry. Merit shall be proven by publication credits either in small press or large press publications; at least one collection, full size or chapbook published by a small press or large press; also, awards or recognition such as grants, fellowships, prizes, and/or other recognition. (25%)
· A history of actively promulgating the visibility of poetry in Somerville’s neighborhoods and literary communities through readings, publications, promotion of events, public presentations and/or workshops and other types of teaching and literary community involvement. (25%)

City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I want to promote a new project that a friend and I are starting, called Somerville Song Circle. We will host community song circles at The Green Room in Union Square, where anyone can come & sing together. We will teach rounds, chants & partner songs from around the world. Here is our website with more details, and where you can sign up for our mailing list:

And you can like us on Facebook:

Please join us for our first 2 community sings on Wed, Nov 5 and Fri, Dec 5.

Thank you!
Vicky Reichert & Anney Barrett

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPOOKY ART SHOW FOR KIDS - October 21-25, 2014

KIDS! Display your Halloween Art
Drop off your Artwork
Oct. 21st thru Oct. Oct. 25th
11am - 7pm
713 Broadway, Ball SQ
across from SoundBites

Sunday Oct. 26th, 1-3pm
with cider & cookies




Youth Arts Arise, our series of FREE art workshops for youth ages 11-19, is up and running with an exciting workshop schedule, and we still have spaces available!

We had great participation in our first workshop and we have a few openings for Tuesday participants. We are also looking for more participants to fill our Monday workshops, which start November 3rd.

Attached to this email is a program flyer, an informational letter, and the registration form (which can also be found on our website). We appreciate your help in getting the word out about Youth Arts Arise – we would love for this opportunity to reach as many youth as possible in the Somerville community!

All best,

Bridget Galway
Education Programs Coordinator

Friday, October 10, 2014


Cambridge Art Association
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact: Erin Becker, Director

October 9, 2014, Cambridge MA: The Cambridge Art Association is pleased to announce our 70TH Members' Prize Show, juried by Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on view October 10 through November 15, 2014, at University Place Gallery (124 Mt Auburn Street, Harvard Square).

From 220 pieces submitted by 133 Cambridge Art Association Artist Members, Mr. Miner selected 61 artworks in various media. Mr. Miner also awarded 5 Artist of the Year awards to: Bill Briggs, Jeanine Pastore, Zoe Perry-Wood, Amy Brett Waltch and Fay Lamson Hannon. These five artists will be featured in a group exhibit at the Cambridge Art Association in 2016. The show opens to the public on Friday, October 10, with a reception that evening from 6-8pm; awards will be presented at 7pm.

From Al Miner:

Serving as this year's juror for the Members' Prize Show was an honor and a pleasure; as a Cambridge resident myself I was especially pleased to see so many strong entries. I travel frequently in my role as an institutional curator. When visiting other cities I'm often asked, what is the art scene like in Greater Boston? I tell them what I've known for four years now: the art scene here may be small, but it's vibrant - a close knit community of talented people working in a variety of mediums who have a lot to say. How could a city with such esteemed museums, renowned art schools, and creative thinkers be any other way? This exhibition is a testament to that energy and diversity, which I sought to reflect when awarding the prizes. Abstraction, representation, beauty, humor, printmaking, painting, and photography can all be seen among them. Congratulations to all the artists whose works activate these walls and to the Cambridge Art Association as they celebrate seventy years serving this community and its artists.

Also on view:

Time Travelers - a small group show with work by Stephen Martin, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, and Lorraine Sullivan
October 2-30, 2014.

Upcoming Exhibits:

Motion Envisioned - a small group show with work by Bea Grayson, Bob Hesse, and Ruth Lieberherr
November 4-29, 2014. Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 1-3pm at Kathryn Schultz Gallery

PLATINUM - Northeast Open Show, juried by Alise Upitis (Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Art Center)
December 4, 2014 - January 16, 2015. Opening reception Friday, December 5, 6-8pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery and University Place Gallery.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

GLOUCESTER GALLERY EXHIBITION - October 11 - February 1, 2015

Portraits of a Working Waterfront at Cape Ann Museum
in Gloucester, Massachusetts October 11th through February 1st, 2015

John Sanfilippo by Jim Hooper, digital inkjet print, 2013. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of the photographer, 2014.

Gloucester, Massachusetts is famous for a plethora of things, two of which strike us: it is home to both America's original seaport and the oldest working art colony in North America. The marriage of these two will be taking place in the upcoming exhibition at Cape Ann Museum, Portraits of a Working Waterfront. The exhibit, which is presented in partnership with the Northeast Seafood Coalition, is made up of 75 photographs of men and women who make their livings working in the Gloucester seaport. The images were made by photographer Jim Hooper over an 18-month period and include a wide range of individuals involved in the in-shore and off-shore groundfish fishery and in the shore side businesses which support them. After successfully completing a large community-based portrait in Providence, Rhode Island, Hooper's friend Nonie Brady suggested he tell the story of the people of Gloucester. Hooper himself had always been drawn to the area by the city's famed past and by the determination and spirit of the people who draw their living from the sea today. "Nonie's idea struck a nerve," Hooper explained. "During my youth, I spent a season as first mate and 'puller' on a commercial tuna fishing boat in the Pacific. This formative experience gave me a special appreciation for the men and women who earn their livings from the sea, so the idea of photographing the people of Gloucester's fabled waterfront resonated with me completely." Hooper and a friend packed up his photography studio and moved into a building on Gloucester's Fish Pier where they made over 70 portraits of 150+ members of Gloucester's fishing fleet, a project that resulted in a powerful and thought-provoking portfolio of the people that live the narrative of Gloucester's fishing industry today. Portraits of a Working Waterfront will be on view Saturday, October 11th through Sunday, February 1st at the Cape Ann Museum. A series of educational and outreach programs will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, including an artist talk with Jim Hooper himself on Saturday, November 8th at 2pm at the museum.

GUILD OF BOSTON ARTISTS EXHIBITION - October 9 - November 1, 2014

Guild of Boston Artists

Robert Douglas Hunter; arrangement with a Seth Thomas Clock; oil on canvas.

The Guild of Boston Artists will honor the late Robert Douglas Hunter with a Retrospective October 9 - November 1. Paintings spanning a 60 year career will be shown, many for sale. An evening of tributes from former students on October 16 and a talk about his paintings on October 25.

162 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116


"North American Open Show" October 15th through November 8th. Juror: Alvaro Castagnet. Painting demos / gallery talks. If you like watercolors you will love this show. Monday - Saturday 10 - 4pm, Sundays 12 - 4pm.

Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

FRAMINGHAM GALLERY EXHIBITION - October 2 - November 2, 2014

Fountain Street Fine Art

Mary Spencer, Jack Singing in the Wind, charcoal on paper
Sara Fine-Wilson, Milk Bone With Rubble, mixed media sculpture

Mary Spencer and Sara Fine-Wilson
Gaze and Extension
Through November 2
Reception October 18, 5 - 7 PM

Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street, Framingham MA

Mary Spencer's drawings investigate gaze as an extension of the heart and a porthole to the past; Sara Fine-Wilson's sculptures explore visual history and expand a sense of reach.


Harvard Museums of Science & Culture/Peabody Museum

Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures

From maces, clubs, daggers, and spears, to shields, helmets, and entire suits of armor, see more than 150 striking examples of weapons that are also extraordinary works of art.

Opening Saturday, October 18

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

AMESBURY GALLERY EXHIBITION - October 24 - November 11, 2014

Blue Wave Art Gallery

"Unlock: A Very non-PC Exhibit." Visual, political commentary on our culture, the environment and politics.

Mitchel Ahern, Augustus Goertz, Greg Kitterle,
Dave Magdalenski, Asia Scudder, Carol Wintle.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 24, 2014
5:00 - 9:00 pm
Runs thru November 11, 2014

Blue Wave Art Gallery
52 Main St. Amesbury, MA 01913

(978) 834 -6070/(405) 826-0181 (Cell)

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