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Thursday, August 14, 2014


Theatre@First announces auditions for

Written by Eurpides
Translated by Edith Hamilton
Presented by special arrangement with W. W. Norton & Company

Auditions: September 2 & 3, by appointment only (slots at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm). Callbacks, if necessary, will be on Thursday, September 4th, from 7p - 10p.

Audition Location: Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.
Please note that parking is by permit only on William St. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.

Audition Information: For complete audition information, including character descriptions and show requirements, please visit our website at .Theatre@First Auditions

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About the Show
Performance Info: Performances will take place at Unity Somerville in Davis Square, November 14-22.
About the Play: In 415 B.C.E., Athens had just begun the Sicilian Expedition, which would become one of its greatest military disasters. Sickened by the senseless destruction, Euripides was moved to write what remains one of the most powerful indictments of war the world has ever known: The Trojan Women. Set only two days after the Greeks infiltrated Troy with their wooden horse, the play explores the true reason why men go to war and who their actions affect the most. Among the once noble women who now wait to be taken to Greece as slaves are Hecuba the aging queen, Cassandra the mad prophetess, Andromache who was once the wife of a hero, and the dangerously beautiful Helen of Troy herself.


We are looking for folks to help us program our new M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Bus (Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport).

About the MUSCRAT
The city of Somerville, led by the Somerville Arts Council, has bought an old school bus, which has been transformed into a Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport (M.U.S.C.R.A.T). We anticipate that the inside will be used to conduct roaming art classes, performance art or dance, while the outside could be used to screen films or host concerts. The intent for our M.U.S.C.R.A.T. is to create a flexible roving catalyst for creation.

Perhaps you'd like to…

-create a comix workshop for youth in an underserved area; this might take place at Mystic River Housing, for example
-produce a dance performance in or around the bus in an unlikely location
-host a public craft night inside the bus

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Official Call
For more details and the official call to Producers, go here:

Rachel Strutt
Program Manager
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
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Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

Jimmy Tingle on Robin Williams and events

Dear Friends,

As we mourn the tragic death of beloved comedian, actor, and philanthropist, Robin WIlliams, let us remember that for every star on Hollywood Boulevard affected by substance abuse and depression, there are millions in this country and around the world who suffer in relative obscurity.

If there is one positive development that may come out of this tragedy, it is the heightened awareness around depression, mental health and substance abuse issues plaguing the human condition.

Fortunately for us in the United States under the new healthcare law, it has never been easier and more affordable to get treatment for substance abuse, mental health issues or depression. If you or a loved one needs help and wants help, call your local hospital,
health clinic, or 12-Step program. They are all in the phone book and on the web.

Get the help you need. There's no shame in asking for help.

Thank you Robin for your life, your work, your genius sense of humor and your generosity.
God bless you and your loved ones and Rest In Peace.


Robin Williams And Mental Health


Robin was a great friend of Mort Sahl, who is coming to the Regent Theater on August 22nd and 24th. As a friend of The Regent and of Mort, we are offering all of you on The Tingle Email List a $10.00 discount on tickets to this event.

GO TO and USE THE CODE "TINGLE" to access the discount.


Aug 16

"Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation

Truro, MA
Payomet Performing Arts Center

Aug 24
"Making Comic Sense" - 3 NIGHTS ONLY! Wellfleet, MA
Harbor Stage Company Tickets
Aug 25
"Making Comic Sense" - 3 NIGHTS ONLY! Wellfleet, MA
Harbor Stage Company Tickets
Aug 26
"Making Comic Sense" - 3 NIGHTS ONLY! Wellfleet, MA
Harbor Stage Company Tickets
Sep 6
"Making Comic Sense" Northampton, MA
Iron Horse Music Hall Tickets
Sep 13
"Making Comic Sense" Fundraiser for Weymouth Democratic Town Committee Weymouth, MA
Weymouth Elks Club Tickets
Sep 20
"Making Comic Sense" - Fundraiser for the Chelmsford Center for the Arts Chelmsford, MA
Chelmsford Center for the Arts Tickets
Sep 27
"Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation Natick, MA
The Center for Arts in Natick Tickets


Cambridge Arts makes annual awards of $200-$2000 to support access to professional arts and culture events for Cambridge youth through Field Trip Grants and supports individual artists and organizations through Project Grants. Project Grants are awarded in two categories: Creating & Presenting and Education & Access. Entry fee.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014



Abstract (Photo) Expressionists

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Elizabeth Ellenwood, Wire Sketches, 2014
The artists that we have selected for the Abstract (Photo) Expressionists exhibition look at line, shape, texture, design and color in very unique ways. This exhibition features work by artists: Keith Johnson, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Alexander Harding, Jerry Reed, Paul Wainwright, Andrea Stone, Suzette Bross, Louis Henri Pingitore and Ioanna Tourkantonis.


Michael Donnor | Paper Truths

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Michael Donnor, images in the exhibition Paper Truths
Throughout the summer come see this amazing solo exhibition by Michael Donnor. It features images from his Notes on a Paper Universe, and Silent Moan series.

This work was recently featured on LENSCRATCH and on Elin Spring's blog, What Will You Remember?


Bradford Washburn | Vintage Contact Prints

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We're delighted to be exhibiting a collection of 100 vintage contact prints by Bradford Washburn. Many of these images have never been seen by the public, exhibited, or printed in books. For the first time, Panopticon Gallery will be mounting an exhibition of this work, along side "colossal" images from the Washburn Estate and the Decaneas Archive. This exhibition will open on September 12th.

This exhibition is sponsored by:

panopticon imaging

» Photographer, Mountaineer, Cartographer. More than anything, he was:
Bradford Washburn: A Trailblazer.
» The website GoodReads has a great list of photography books. If you are:
Looking for something to Read, check out this blog post.
» Our former intern has gone on to bigger and better things. Check out her work:
Artists Profile: Laura Knapp.
» Part of the Abstract (Photo) Expressionists exhibition:
Andrea Stone: Shades of Purple.
» Also on view as part of the Abstract (Photo) Expressionists exhibition:
An Interview with Jerry Reed.
» Want to go on a photography retreat with Keith Johnson? Check out:
17th Annual Star Island Retreat in New Hampshire.
» If you are thinking about earning an MFA in Photography, check out the
New Hampshire Institute of Art Low-Residency MFA in Photography program.
» The Book Instant Connections: Essays and Interviews on Photography is slowly becoming a hit amongst emerging artist and photography students. Please consider checking it out.
Panopticon Gallery
Inside Hotel Commonwealth
502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Hours: Tue–Sat 9:00-3:00pm


The deadline for application for our new Artist-in-Residence program is a week from tomorrow!

The Umbrella is proud to launch our Artist-in-Residence program for the 2014-2015 season. We are currently accepting submissions from artists of all media in the first five years of their career who are not enrolled full-time in an academic program.

The Umbrella’s Artist-in-Residence program provides free studio space and housing for a new artist to develop their work while connecting to the Greater Boston art community. The selected artist will commit to regular, active, and productive use of the studio space starting September 2014. In addition, the artist will be expected to participate in two open studio weekends and give three evening presentations to the community over the course of the year. At the end of the year, the artist will mount an exhibition of their work from the program and produce a digital portfolio, which will become part of The Umbrella archive.

The artist-in-residence will be awarded a 132 square foot studio with a shared lobby space, and will have the opportunity to live rent-free in a single bedroom cottage within walking distance of The Umbrella. To apply, visit

Please forward this email to your networks or anyone you think may be interested in applying for this exciting new program.

Hope you're enjoying this fabulous weather!


Copyright © 2014 The Umbrella Community Arts Center, All rights reserved.
Thank you for your continued support of The Umbrella Community Arts Center.

Our mailing address is:
The Umbrella Community Arts Center
40 Stow Street
Concord, MA 01742

Friday, August 08, 2014

SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL Ignite Festival - August 9, 2014

Cactus juice, Potato Candy and Fire

What more could you ask for? You'll find these things at the Art Council's Ignite festival, held this Saturday night in Union Square.

Check out the Ignite Top 8 List at our Nibble blog for 8 darn good reasons why you don't want to miss this festival. This post gives the latest deets on the festival.

Rachel Strutt
Program Manager
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
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Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

Thursday, July 31, 2014



Summer Shakespeare heats up in Somerville
Theatre@First's Henry the 4th combines two of Shakespeare's greatest history plays—and a feisty female Falstaff--into one thrilling night of theatre at Unity Somerville on August 21-30.

After seizing the English throne, King Henry IV rebuilds the kingdom and despairs over his heir's dissipated life in the London slums. Prince Hal spends his time carousing with the bawdy Joan Falstaff and her gang of thieves and misfits, but he is far more than the scoundrel he seems. When the king's former allies rebel against him, Hal plans to redeem himself in his father's eyes. By facing Hotspur, the rebel leader, Hal at last has a chance to prove himself!

Starring Melissa Ehlers as Dame Joan Falstaff, the cast of talented local actors features exciting newcomers and familiar Theatre@First faces including Mike Haddad as King Henry, Jared Hite as Prince Hal, Ari Herbstman as the rebel Hotspur, Renée Johnson as Mistress Quickly and Andrea Aptecker as Lady Northumberland.

Director Shelley MacAskill continues to explore the gender and scope of Henry IV after adapting and directing an all-female one-act version for
Festival@First: Shaken-Up Shakespeare in 2010. She has worked with Theatre@First since 2007 as producer, designer, or crew for numerous productions.

Since its founding in 2003, Theatre@First has become Somerville’s community theatre, filling a vital niche in the thriving Davis Square arts scene and drawing on the talents and support of local individuals and organizations.

For tickets and more information about
Henry the 4th and Theatre@First, visit
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​​8pm evening shows:
Thursday August 21
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August 22
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August 23

August 27
Thursday August 28
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August 29

4pm matinee show:
Saturday August 30

Unity Somerville
6 William St, Somerville

TICKETS: $15 for adults
$12 for students/seniors.
Group discounts available.


Celebrate the start of Fall, and the creative community at the Cambridge Art Association and the New School of Music with a day of festivities on Sunday, September 21! There will be a variety of engaging activities, including art demos, music making and more at 25 Lowell Street.

Open House: 2-5pm
NSM Concert: 3-4pm in the Concert Gallery
Post Concert Reception: 4-5pm in the Kathryn Schultz Gallery


Wednesday, October 29, 12-1pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery
Mark Hopkins, photographer and CAA Artist Member presents "Good Graffiti: A Sampling Spanish Street Art"

Friday, November 14, 12-1pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery
Clara Lieu, RISD Professor and author of "Learn, Create, and Teach: A Guide to Building a Creative Life" and columnist for the Huffington Post's "Ask the Art Professor" discusses aher book, and how you can build a creative life.

$20 for CAA Artist Members and Friend Members; $25 for not yet members

Includes sandwiches and refreshments!

Click here for online registration or call 617-876-0246


Making Books with Kathy Lobo

Thursday, September 18, 7-9pm
at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Come and spend two hours exploring book structures with CAA member Kathy Lobo. Some structures will explore how to transform a piece of paper (maybe bring a "reject" print or drawing) into a book, or to create a sculptural book of collaged images/components. A variety of book structures will be shared and taught. You will go home with some mini "sample" books that will hopefully serve to inspire you to continue making books and later to participate in a Cambridge Art Association book show - Books Abound - scheduled for March 2015.

Limited to 16 participants.

September Third Thursday is $10 for Cambridge Art Association Artist and Friend Members; $15 for not-yet-members

October & November:
Social Media for Artists, presented by CCTV

Click here to register or call 617-876-0246


Intro to Digital Painting with Betty Glick

6 weeks - October 9-November
(class meets from 10am - 1pm each Wednesday)

This is an exciting drawing and painting class using an iPad and the painting app "Procreate". Digital painting has found its way into the processes of many contemporary painters, including David Hockney and Amy Sillman. The unique features of the digital medium permit any type of expression or style, allow us to manipulate opacity and color and to distort and import images.

Fees: $200 for CAA Artist and Friend Members; $225 for not-yet members
Click here to register or call 617-876-0246
Creative Collaboration with Maud Morgan Arts
Working with Master Printers
October 25 & 26
November 22& 23

9am-4pm each day
Fee: $200/day + $25/ day materials fee
Visit Maud Morgan Arts to register today. Space is limited.

Sunday Open Studio - Drawing with a Model
Every Sunday at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Fee: $15 drop-in fee

Find more information on our Workshops page


70th Fall Salon
Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30pm in both galleries
Award presentation at 7pm at University Place Gallery

Members Prize Show - juried by Al Miner (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Friday, October 10, 6-8pm at University Place Gallery

Time Travelers
Small Group Show featuring work by Stephen Martin, Conny Goelz-Schmitt and Lorraine Sullivan
Thursday, October 2, 6-8pm at Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Motion Envisioned
Small Group Show featuring work by Beatriz Grayson, Robert Hesse, and Ruth Lieberherr
Saturday, November 15 3-5pm at Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Friday, December 5, 6-8pm, in both galleries

Find out more on our website


Celebrate 70 years of the Cambridge Art Association by donating $7, $70, $700 or $7,000 today! Every dollar counts as we continue our work to support and promote the visual arts in Cambridge - and beyond.


Dig Boston featured Winter at the Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square.

The exhibit is on view until August 16.

Gallery hours
Thursday: 6-8
Friday: 6-8
Saturday 1-5
Or by appointment (contact


Wednesday, July 30, 2014


The Space in Between: Art, Green Space and the Public Realm

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Art, Green Space and the Public Realm: 4 Speakers Featured at 2nd Symposium on Thursday, July 31

The Space in Between: Art, Green Space and the Public Realm
The second of three neighborhood-organized symposia features four speakers to share ideas that reimagine the public realm in Union Square.

Union Square Neighbors (USN) in collaboration with Union Square Main Streets (USMS) will hold the second of three neighborhood-organized events entitled The Space in Between: Art, Green Space and the Public Realm, on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. USN and USMS have asked members of the creative community in Somerville and around greater Boston to talk about projects that make public spaces delightful for all. Four speakers will give short 8-minute presentations about built work or work in progress followed by a small group discussion. This week’s speakers include:

Rob Trumbour, founder of Art Forming, a Boston-based collective of artists, educators and design professionals who are rooted in the conception, fabrication, and installation of multi-sensory public art and architecture intended to foster individual contemplation and open public dialog.

Jason Turgeon,a resident of Roxbury’s Fort Hill neighborhood and the producer of the free Greenway arts festival Figment. Jason is also a national expert on energy efficient sewage treatment, anaerobic digestion, and
the complexities of modern waste management.

Shauna Gillies-Smith, Founding Principal of Ground, a landscape design practice with a focus on artful landscapes and a specialization in urban projects and large-scale green roofs.

Peter Rose, Principal at Peter Rose + Partners, an internationally-recognized, award-winning architecture and urban design firm. The scale of his projects has varied from large urban design projects, such as the Old Port of Montreal Waterfront Master Plan, to smaller renovations and additions.

The first “Space in Between” symposium on July 24 drew approximately 30 people who live and work in Union Square. Participants generated diverse ideas on art and green space that help identify Union Square
and facilitate people’s participation in the space. Ideas included a discussion on the unexpected surprises, imagery, and functional infrastructure that give Union Square its character. Ideas for the future included pop-up installations, pocket gardens and rooms, human scale and auditory projects, and use of paths and alleys to create spaces that allow for interaction, participation, and interpretation.

USN and USMS welcome everyone to attend. The presentations and ideas generated in the symposia will be documented and available online through both USN and USMS websites as a resource for City planning efforts and the US2 master developer team.

The events will be held in Union Square at:
CrossFit Somerville
35 Prospect Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Speaker and Volunteer Opportunities:
For speaker and volunteer opportunities, please
contact Shu Talun at

About Union Square Neighbors:
Union Square Neighbors (USN) is a grassroots, independent neighborhood association dedicated to helping residents and stakeholders of Union Square shape the future of their community. Our vision is for a healthier, greener, and more vibrant Union Square that includes buildings and places that reflect the inventive, unique, and historic character that people loveabout our neighborhood. We seek to help inform and engage neighbors
in these issues, and to advocate to protect what make Union Square such a great place to live today while helping to bring an even better tomorrow.

About Union Square Main Streets: Union Square Main Streets creates a vibrant neighborhood by enhancing the Union Square business district and surrounding neighborhoods through active community collaboration. By highlighting the artistic and ethnic strengths of the neighborhood we seek to drive commercial and economic development. We celebrate food — local and international, our own eclectic creative sensibilities, and the dense, unique fabric of our New England square that blossomed before there was such a thing as smart growth.

Shu Talun,
Union Square Neighbors

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


(See below for your complementary PhotoShop training consultation, as well as the limited time offer to learn how you can benefit from drum scanning of film and original art.)

I would like to invite you to view my photography and printing services at First Friday Open Studios, this Friday, August 1st, from 5-9 pm, at 450 Harrison Ave., Studio 227, Boston, MA.

For the next 2 months, I am proud and excited to also host the photography of Stephen Lewontin, a photographer, engineer, painter, and former photojournalist who lives and works in the Boston area. I have worked closely with Steve preparing the photos for this exhibit, beginning with drum scanning his vintage slides and negatives and consulting on photo selection. I edited the images to emphasize and clarify his vision, reviewed the proofs with him, and did the final prints and framing. Those of you who have been in my studio over the last year will have seen proofs of his dramatic photos from Chile, Central America and around the world!

Monday, July 28, 2014


Upcoming Union Square International Market Tours!

As part of our ArtsUnion project, the Somerville Arts Council gives tours of Union Square international food markets. Join us and learn where to find ingredients like Nepalese timur (a fragrant spice used in pickles), squid ink pasta and Haitian akasan (a cornmeal drink). Beyond discovering the culinary exotica available in Union Square, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville. Each tour visits three markets and we’ll point out others along the way. Featured markets include: Casa de Carne, Well Foods Plus Halal Market, La Internacional, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilian Buffet and the Reliable Market. Without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti!
Remaining 2014 Market Tour Dates:

Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30pm-8pm
Thursday, August 7th, 6:30pm-8pm
Tuesday, August 12th, 6:30pm-8pm
Tuesday, August 26th, 6:30pm-8pm
Saturday, Sept. 13th, 1-2:30pm
Cost: Totally FREE!

How to sign up: send an email to letting us know what date and how many people you'd like to sign up!


Is anyone doing a project/s incorporating keys and need some?

I have around 100 keys (house key) size, and around 100 of the smaller cabinet size keys, weighing a couple of pounds.

If anyone could use these for a project, just email me at:

Or if no one wants them and has ideas on how to best recycle, also let me know.

Friday, July 25, 2014


Open House for Prospective Members!

Are you currently homeschooling? Interested in homeschooling? Looking for an alternative option for next year? If so, come by our open house next weekend to check out the Center for Semiconducted Learning, our year-round homeschooling center for kids who are looking for alternatives to school.

Open House @ Center for Semiconducted Learning
Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville MA
Saturday August 2, 12-2 pm.

CSCL is a year-round immersive program for kids who want to make, build, play, and engage with a variety of traditional academic subjects in non-traditional ways. We run a community space with lots of tools, resources and projects, designed to meet a range of homeschooling needs. We'd love to meet you and your family!

RSVP HERE: CSCL Open House + Family Day

"Meet and Greet" Homeschooling Series

Starting in August 2014, we're offering a series of free community workshops to parents and families who are considering homeschooling / alternative education to network and build relationships with other homeschoolers in the Somerville area. Each workshop will highlight some topic in alternative education, with a short presentation and time and shared discussion.

Thursday August 7, 6-8 pm @ Parts and Crafts

Our first workshop will feature Kelly Taylor, who will be sharing her experiences in unschooling her oldest kid, as well as homeschooling parents who've opted to go this route with their kids. What is unschooling? How do you define it? How has it worked for you? Free and open to the public.

Thursday August 21, 6-8 pm @ Parts and Crafts

For parents who are planning to start homeschooling in the fall and want help writing up their plan for the local school board. We'll have some samples of different kinds of plans -- fully fleshed out, super skeletal -- and will hear from some parents on their experiences getting their plans authorized by the local school committee.

Thursday September 25, 6-8 pm @ Parts and Crafts

How much math to you want to be doing? Do you want to be doing math at all to start out? If yes, what curricula do you pick from? (there are so many!) We don't have the answers, but we do have a reasonable amount of experience helping kids transition from in-school to self-directed math work. In this workshop we'll introduce a couple of options we use at Parts and Crafts, share our experiences on the pros and cons of each, and hear from some homeschooling families on what's worked for them.

CSCL is currently enrolling for Fall 2014!

If you're interested in coming by for a visit, email contact@partsandcrafts to set up a time in August! Visiting hours are 3-5:30 (i.e. after camp hours) -- please call ahead and we'll arrange for a staff member to give you a tour and talk a bit about how the program works. Day visits are possible but need to be arranged in advance.



AUGUST PROGRAMS offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water Department

Saturday, August 2 – Wildflower Identification using Newcomb's Wildflower Guide

Saturdays, August 2 and 9 - Volunteer Adventures at Fresh Pond with Ranger Jean

Monday, August 4 – Tour of the Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility

Monday, August 4 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Pod-a-Palooza!

Thursday, August 7 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Caterpillar Check-up & Release Preparation

Every Thursday in August – Wake-Up and Weed!

Friday, August 8 – Experience Fresh Pond through Nature Journaling

Sunday August 10 – Preparing to Honk!

Monday, August 11 – Community Weed-out: The Grateful Dead-Head

Monday, August 18 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Pod Patrol

Saturday, August 23 – Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Butterfly Release Ceremony

Monday, August 25 – Composting 101

Complete descriptions with registration and meeting place information are posted on the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation website at:

If you wish to attend a program, please sign up using the registration information included in the description for that program.

You can scroll down the webpage for links to other information:

· Cambridge Water Department volunteer opportunities and other 2014 programs.

· Grow Native Massachusetts Website

· Cambridge Recycling Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I am delighted to report my painting Change, Ballston Beach has been selected for the New England Collective V Juried Show at Galatea Fine Art. Here are the particulars...

Galatea Fine Art
460 Harrison Ave., Boston MA
August 1–30, 2014
Gallery Hours: Wed.–Fri. noon–6pm, Sat. & Sun. noon–5pm

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday Aug. 1, 6–8pm

Galatea Fine Art is among the group of galleries in SoWa on Harrison Ave and the opening reception will be part of the First Fridays festivities. I'd love to see you there!

To view more of my paintings:

Please watch for an interview with yours truly coming soon in the online literary magazine, Wilderness House Literary Review. Last I heard the interview would be in the Sept. issue.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Monday, July 21, 2014


WMBR is looking for designs to use on fundraising swag.

WMBR is a college/community radio station affiliated with MIT. We are a local, non-commercial station, broadcasting at 88.1fm, and online at

We are 100% volunteer, with no paid staff. This is rare - even among other local college and public stations. Our only sources of income are listener donations and a small stipend from MIT.

Each November, we host a week-long fundraising drive to replenish our capital budget and keep the station on air for another year. Typically, we offer various wmbr-branded premiums to donors -- t-shirts, bumper stickers, and the like -- as our way of saying thanks and for them to wear in support of the station.

Each year we choose different designs for these premiums, which is where you come in! We are reaching out to the local artist community for logos or other images. While we can't provide cash payment, any designers whose images we use will receive publicity via on-air mentions and on our website, as well as ample samples of their work on the actual premiums. In addition, you'll be helping out one of the premiere radio stations in the region.

If you're interested in helping us out, please respond by Friday, August 22. Reply to us at

with a jpeg or link to your proposed design. Rough drafts are welcome if accompanied by examples of other finished work.

You can see examples of previously used artwork here:

(you don't need to have a facebook account to view these)

We've had a great response when we've reached out to this community in previous years. Thanks for your consideration and please feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel might be interested!

~Jon Bernhardt and the rest of the WMBR fundraising crew

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I am looking for volunteer artists to street-paint squares measuring 4' x 6' during Artbeat ( on Saturday, July 19th starting at 9am. These squares have been sponsored by individuals to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through donations made to the Pan Mass Challenge, which raises money for life-saving cancer research through an annual bike-a-thon.

During the Street Painting Festival Fundraiser, street painters will transform sections of DAVIS SQUARE using chalk-pastels on pavement to create vibrant and colorful, large scale images.

I am looking for interested individuals/artists design and chalk-paint the square with a hatch-themed image. The sponsors' name will be showcased at the top and artists are encouraged to sign their work. This is an interactive experience with the spectators of your artwork.

If interested please contact me directly at or (805) 458-2649. I can provide more information and confirm your participation via phone call or email and allocate your square in the festival.

Come celebrate the arts and help the Pan Mass Challenge and Dana Farber Institute while painting the streets of Somerville!


Lots of cool shows coming up this Summer and Fall, including some great fundraisers and benefits.

Part of my evolving mission as a performer and small business (staff of 1) is to help raise "spirits, funds, and awareness for non-profits, charities and progressive social causes."

The working title of this new idea is:

Tingle! More than Entertainment

Our Mission is Your Mission

If you're looking to do a fundraiser -- no matter how big or small -- we may be able to help on a "sliding scale basis."

This year we have helped meet or exceed fundraising goals for several organizations, including Mount Auborn Hospital, Fenway Health, Mass Homeless Coalition, Boston Harbor Association, Women's Bar Association, Cambridge Community Services, and many more.

Just fill out the booking form and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Hope to see you soon, and in the words of Steve Jobs in his legendary commencement address at Stanford University, "stay hungry, stay foolish."

Hungry? Foolish? I'm already there. Yesterday I biked 10 miles and swam for 30 minutes, then ate like a horse and gained 3 pounds. Hungry, foolish, it's me!

Upcoming Shows
20 Jul 2014 "There's a Comedian in the Church" - Fundraiser for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Wellfleet, MA Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall Buy ticket
21 Jul 2014 "Making Comic Sense" Nantucket, MA Bennett Hall - The Theater Workshop of Nantucket Buy ticket
23 Jul 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore Gala Fundraiser Truro, MA Payomet Performing Arts Center Buy ticket
27 Jul 2014 36th Annual Possible Dreams Auction for Martha's Vineyard Community Services Edgartown, MA Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha's Vineyard Buy ticket
02 Aug 2014 2014 Summer Cocktails and Auction Event to Benefit Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA The Grange Hall Buy ticket
16 Aug 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation Truro, MA Payomet Performing Arts Center Buy ticket
06 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall Buy ticket
13 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" Fundraiser for Weymouth Democratic Town Committee Weymouth, MA Weymouth Elks Club Buy ticket
20 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - Fundraiser for the Chelmsford Center for the Arts Chelmsford, MA Chelmsford Center for the Arts Buy ticket
27 Sep 2014 "Making Comic Sense" - An Evening of Comedy, Commentary, and Conversation Natick, MA The Center for Arts in Natick Buy ticket

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