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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOMERVILLE ART IN THE GARDEN REGISTRATION - May 12, 2014

The Somerville Arts Council’s Art in the Garden Registration now available

(download form here: http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/sacfiles/imce/editor/AIG2014registration_dataform.pdf)

Art in the Garden, our summer art and nature education program for children, will begin July 7th, 2014 offering six distinct themed weeks.

Registration will start April 14th and end May 12th. Confirmations will be made on May 14th. We are no longer registering first come, first serve. All applications will be reviewed together after May 12th.

Due to high demand for this program, this year you may only register for up to four weeks, but may receive less. Our goal is to make this program accessible to more families.

For Somerville residents youth aged 6-11 only, this program includes art, gardening, nature activities, and a weekly fieldtrip, is held at the beautiful Community Growing Center at Vinal Avenue (b/w Summer and Highland). The program takes place on Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 to 3:00. A program engaged with art, environmental education and recreation.

Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge (field trip days will require a bag lunch) by the Somerville Food Service.

For more information on themes, fieldtrips, and fees, download the pdf registration.

http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artinthegarden

Monday, April 14, 2014

SOMERVILLE NAVE GALLERY EXHIBITION - April 18 - May 4, 2014

Somerville artist, and curator of "Painting Intricacies," Resa Blatman:

"Whether old-fashioned or new-fashioned, painting is alive and flourishing — feverishly, outrageously, subtly, skillfully — throughout Somerville and the world beyond.

In Painting Intricacies you'll see hyper-detailed paintings; soft yet intensely marked narrative paintings; and crisp, thoughtful, abstract paintings. All are made with great meticulousness and a deep affection for the art of painting. Their creators work with a flat surface and a brush. They may add a few other elements or use other tools, but the majority of the work is done with a fundamental and profound passion, not unlike the paintings of centuries ago. But the work here is made today — in a very different time, in a smaller and faster and ever-changing world. The modes, styles, and concepts vary drastically from one artist's work to another, but they all come to the same conclusion: the artists love to make smart, stimulating, beautiful paintings."

The exhibit runs April 18-May4, 2014
Artists' reception: Friday, April 18th, 5:30-8pm
The Nave Gallery Annex
53 Chester Street
Somerville (grey house to the left of Red Bones)

The 30 artists include:
John Campbell
Xiaowei Chen
Dana Clancy
Nicole Duennebier
Sean Dunstan-Halliday
Claire Elliott
Maree Emberton
Emily Eveleth
Chloë Feldman Emison
Andrew Fish
Mira Gerard
John Guthrie
Anne Harris
TD Heavican
Cathy Lees
Damon Lehrer
Susan Lichtman
CJ Lori
Elizabeth Menges
Jarrett Min Davis
Bea Modisett
Caleb Neelon
David Palmquist
Susan Richards
Donna Savastio
Lynda Schlosberg
Candice Smith Corby
Jordan Stabile
Jeff Stauder
Dido Thayer

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CALL FOR UNION SQUARE ART PROJECT PROPOSALS - April 21, 2014

2014 ArtsUnion Summer/Fall Producers Call

If you have ever had an idea for a great cultural, creative, technology, or any other event idea we are interested in working with you to make it happen. Whether you are an individual or a organization we welcome applications from all sorts of producers - and if you have a question then email megart04@gmail.com and just ask!

The application is for co-producers to work with us for the Summer/Fall ArtsUnion event series. All events must happen in/around Union Square, Somerville.

http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/sacfiles/imce/editor/artsunion/ArtsUnionProducerCall2014.pdf

Monday, April 07, 2014

SOMERVILLE TOY CAMERA FESTIVAL - April 22, 2014

The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its second annual toy camera fest. Images of any subject matter made with a "toy" camera (any low-end, low-tech, limited-control camera) will be accepted. The festival will take place in June 2014 at five locations throughout Somerville, MA. You do not need to be a Somerville resident to apply. Entry fee.

Details:

http://somervilletoycamera.org

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

WEST END MUSEUM APRIL EVENTS - April 2014

Greetings from the West End Museum!

A big thank-you to all who joined us for our Irish Heritage Month Celebration. Look for the photos on our Facebook page! We are heading into April with some great events. Coming next week we are hosting native West Enders for a film and discussion on the psycholgical effects of urban renewal. Reminder: this is the the last week for the Hotel Manger/Madison exhibit. Check it out!

As always you can see our full range of upcoming events and exhibitions here. For even more museum info, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Panel Discussion and short film: The problems with displacement
Tuesday, Apr. 8
6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE


The West End Museum explores the psychological toll of urban renewal projects on the people in-between. Featuring three Old West Enders and a resident of the New York Streets discussing their experiences with development projects; the panel will put a human face on the urban renewal projects in Boston.
Read more on our website >>

Current Exhibitions

Relics of a Bygone Era: Exploring the Hotel Manger/Madison
Feb. 4 - March 22
EXTENDED to April 5th!
Members Gallery
Cost: FREE

The 500-room Hotel Manger opened at North Station in August of 1930. Its design was an example of the Moderne style of architecture, developed by Boston native, Louis Sullivan. This exhibit features original postcards, pamphlets, and photographs, as well as actual pieces of the hotel. One of the highlights is a series of photographs showing the demolition of the hotel.

Read more on our website >>

A Neighborhood in Transition
Jan. 21 - May 10
Cost: FREE

This exhibit continues to follow the demolition of an additional thirty acres of residential housing, along with Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square, to make way for the Hurley/Lindemann Building and Government Center. Charles Frani's photographs show not only a neighborhood in transition, but a city in transition. The exhibit captures images of residents and business owners in the midst of eviction; going about their daily chores, or fleeing their homes, as if nothing out the ordinary is taking place.

Read more on our website >>

The Last Tenement
Ongoing
Cost: FREE

"The Last Tenement" exhibition, originally set up in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and relocated to the West End Museum in 2006, is now permanently housed in its own dedicated 1100 square foot space.

Read more on our website >>

Save The Date!

Walking Tour: "The Lost Boston"
Saturday, Apr. 12
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $7 Members / $15 Non-members


This tour will introduce attendees to the story of Boston's lost neighborhood, The West End. In 1959 an entire neighborhood with hundreds of dwellings, businesses, houses of worship and thousands of people was destroyed as part of the federal Urban Renewal program and replaced by high rise apartments.

We will visit surviving landmarks of the West End and learn about the people of the West End, the debate over the destruction of the neighborhood and the fate of those who lived there.

Read more on our website >>

Book Talk: "Boston's Orange Line"
Tuesday, Apr. 15
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE


Since 1901, the configuration of the rail system Bostonians now know as the MBTA's Orange Line has evolved in response to changes in the city, society, and technology. In their recent book about the Orange Line, Andrew Elder and Jeremy C. Fox explore the line's role in the lives of Bostonians and how it and other rail lines have changed alongside broader trends in urban living. In this presentation, Elder and Fox will use photos tracing the history and paths of the line to discuss the recent history of Boston and evolving attitudes toward city living. Signed copies of Boston's Orange Line will be available for $21.99.

Read more on our website >>


Support the Museum

2014 Annual Appeal!!
Support the West End Museum!

2013 was another year of significant growth and expansion for the West End Museum. This year alone, the museum mounted three major exhibits in our large exhibition area, as well as four exhibits in our Members' Gallery.

We have a fundraising goal of $50,000 for our inaugural appeal. Any amount, large or small, that you can donate will help to ensure that the museum can continue to provide a rich experience to the West End community as well as the city of Boston. Your donation is critical, not only with assisting the museum in providing fresh programming, but especially in keeping the museum and its mission alive.

BOSTON AREA BUILD A BIRDHOUSE PROJECT - April 26, 2014

Calling all Somerville Artists / Designers! We need your help!

It's cold outside and you could use a great project to do for Spring!

We've launched the Somerville Birdhouse Project -- open to all of Boston! It's a community development / public art project with the goal of putting as many birdhouses as we can make for permanent art display (and living!) in Somerville. Our goal is to build community both for us human-folk and for the birds!

We need hands to build creative birdhouses and we can also use help putting them up on April 26th!

We are encouraging people to build birdhouses and then submit them to be put up in trees in a semi-permanent art gallery around Somerville.

Check out a video about the project here! -- http://youtu.be/icB84-rMzU0

Sign up for the project at: www.trycyclegames.com/register.html

Join us on facebook at www.facebook.com/somervillebird
Twitter: @somervillebird

BOSTON FIRST FRIDAY OPEN STUDIOS - April 4, 2014

I would like to invite you to view my photographs and my printing services at First Friday Open Studios, this Friday, April 4th, from 5-9 pm, at 450 Harrison Ave., Studio 227, Boston, MA.

This month will be your last chance to view the photography of Eric Almquist, longtime photographer and former member of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Resource Center. In addition to printing the photos for this exhibit, I have also done extensive Photoshop training with Eric, as well as scanned many of his large and medium format negatives. Those of you who came the last two months know how impressive his photography is!

Consumer Vernacular: Views from the Marketplace

This exhibit focuses on the everyday things we see in our lives as consumers--and the beauty that one can find around every marketplace. I travel a lot for my business, and I try to take a camera with me when I can. I admire things that I see every day, often in the most unlikely places--a street lined with rental bikes, a lollipop stand, a wall of tourist souvenirs, or a hat shop. In the rush of things, we often overlook the fascinating or the beautiful in daily life. So these photographs were taken not of subjects I actively sought out, but just of things that presented themselves to me as I was grabbing a cup of coffee at the airport, walking down a street, or having lunch.

I've been involved seriously in photography for almost 50 years, and I began the switch to digital about a decade ago. When it came to editing and printing, I really didn't know what I was doing, so I got a referral to Bill Morse. Two years ago I began to work with Bill to learn to use Photoshop properly and how to do things digitally that I used to do in the darkroom. Bill has been invaluable in teaching me skills that I could never have learned from books and instructional videos--using curves, masks, gradients, sharpening, and LAB color. And he has helped me to apply these as subtly as possible to make my work better. He has also drum-scanned many of my old negatives and has printed the photographs you'll see in this show. Working with Bill has been one of the best educational experiences I've ever had.

Eric Almquist: almquist.eric@gmail.com

As always this month, in addition to new prints from my personal collection, I will continue to feature newly restored and printed photographs of early 20th century China from the archive of my Grandfather, William Leete. I will also have new examples of client work, both photography and Fine-Art reproductions.

Over from Japan, 1927; Photo William Leete; Restoration and Print ©2014 William Morse

Finally, the building's 20 galleries and more than 60 artists' studios will be open. There is off street parking at 500 Harrison Avenue as well as on street parking. The MBTA Silver Line stop is East Berkeley, just one block away.

See you Friday!

Bill Morse

Wm. Morse Editions
A Fine-Art Printmaking Studio
450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 227
Boston, MA 02118

Bill@MorseEditions.com (617) 429-3298 web: www.MorseEditions.com

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CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CELEBRATION - April 12, 2014

We know this is a busy time of year, and there are lots of amazing events next Saturday night, April 12th. So I would like to thank you, in advance, for spending your night supporting the Cambridge Art Association at our Annual Gala, now at Arlington Town Hall!

In addition to delicious comestibles from Miss Jeanie's, an open wine and beer bar, and entertainment from the Egg Rock Quartet, we have some truly fantastic auction items lined up - including a behind the scenes tour of Worcester Art Museum with our National Prize Show Juror, and Director Emeritus at WAM, Dr. James Welu.

It's a once in a lifetime chance to check out the newly opened arms and armor collection acquired from the Higgins Armory, and learn about the museum from the man who knows it best!

Other exciting items include:
Getaways in the Berkshires, Vermont, and on Lake Winnipesaukee
A case of Veuve Clicquot to celebrate your next milestone
A one of a kind silver plate print of Maud Morgan, by well known local photographer Michael Silve (his work appears in the collections of the Harvard Art Museums)
Tickets to see your World Champion Red Sox
And many other chances to wine & dine, learn a new skill, and jump start your art collection!

Every dollar raised on April 12th goes toward funding:

Our Exhibition Program providing 20 opportunities each year for local artists to display their artwork

Our Creativity Lab an outreach initiative supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cambridge Arts Council, and Cambridge Community Foundation, that provides out of school time visual arts instruction and an exhibition opportunity for Cambridge Youth

Our Scholarship Fund which provides membership dues and entry fee waivers for up to 10 artists per year, as well as a college scholarship for a graduating Cambridge Rindge and Latin student.

Over the past 10 years, we've raised over $300,000 to support Cambridge Art Association programs at this festive event! I hope you will join us this year, and help to launch our CAA at 70 Campaign, celebrating the amazing artists and supporters we have been so lucky to have over the course of the past 70 years!

Already purchased your tickets? THANK YOU!

And if you have not, I hope you will purchase your ticket today, either online, or over the phone (617-876-0246) and support the next 70 years at the Cambridge Art Association.

I look forward to seeing your on April 12th!

Erin Becker
Norma Jean Calderwood Director
Cambridge Art Association

If you are unable to attend - we will miss you! I hope you will also consider making a donation to our Exhibition Fund, Creativity Lab or Scholarship Fund. Every dollar really does count!

CAMBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSEUM BENEFIT GALA - April 6, 2014

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra ("CSO") invites you to attend:

CSO Night at the Museum Benefit Gala
Sunday April 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

· Stroll the museum’s galleries, which will be open just for our guests
· Listen to a variety of music ensembles (including our own Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players and special guests such as The Klezniks, a Klezmer band)
· Enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar
· Enter a raffle or bid on an array of items in our silent auction
· Bring the kids for this event. Our prices are family-friendly too!
· Support the work of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Tickets at www.cambridgesymphony.org and at the door: Adult $30; Children 12-and-under $15.

About the Cambridge Symphony: did you know?
The CSO is the only community orchestra performing in Cambridge or Somerville.

The CSO’s current season includes 3 affordably-priced orchestra concerts at the Somerville Armory and a free chamber music concert at the Somerville Public Library;

CSO Music Director Cynthia Woods is Somerville-based, and a goodly number (about 15) of the CSO's volunteer musicians call Somerville their home;

CSO’s symphonic orchestra rehearses weekly in Somerville;

Every year the CSO provides free concerts at area libraries, assisted living residences, and schools and after-school programs, and keeps its ticket prices affordable for its regular concerts.

CSO offers many free tickets to students of low-to-moderate income families through social service organizations.

CSO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community music organization, and needs your support to keep these programs alive!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

FRESH POND RESERVATION EVENTS - April 2014

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
You will receive information on parking when you register. Registration information is below.

Leap into Spring!
with Kid's Walks at Fresh Pond Reservation

Dates: Fridays, April 4 to June 6
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave.

Join CWD staff on ambles to discover the wildlife and sights of Fresh Pond! Possible exploits include puddle- jumping, nature crafts, insect safaris, and storytime. Please come ready for adventure with your grownup(s), your own drink and snack, and clothes that are OK to get a little dirty. We hope you can come play! Heavy rain, thunder, and/or extreme heat cancels.

For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov


Migratory Bird Walk #1

Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 am
Meeting Place: Register for parking and meeting information

Among the migrating birds that are passing through at this time of year, we might see several species of waterfowl, as well as songbirds, including a variety of warblers. In addition, many of our summer residents will have returned: tree swallows, catbirds, phoebes, vireos, orioles, grackles and red-winged blackbirds. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important meeting and parking information, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.



Earth Day Community Weed-out
The Great Garlic Mustard Muster!

Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Meet at Maher Park (650 Concord Ave.), weeding at Black's Nook

Join our Community Weed-Out kick-off! We'll tackle insidious garlic mustard with shovels to free up our woodland floor for native groundcover species like wild violet. No experience necessary and all tools are provided! Long sleeves, pants and a water bottle are recommended. Latecomers are welcome; please find us at the Black's Nook bulletin board. Parking is available at the Maher Park lot. No need to register - just come!.



Migratory Bird Walk #2

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place: Register for parking and meeting information

Every bird walk is unique and an opportunity for surprises. That is part of the thrill of birding! We only can guess in advance what we might see and hear. At this time of year many of the birds are courting and claiming territories, so we will probably hear plenty of bird song. Beginners welcome, and we can lend you binoculars. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important meeting and parking information, email Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.


Cambridge Water(shed) Works
A Big-Picture Adventure in our Water Address

Date: Monday, April 28
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

You may have had the chance to see our waterworks treatment process in action, but do you know how our watershed brings water to the treatment facility? What is a watershed and water address anyway? Join us for an interactive and hands-on workshop about where our water comes from and how watersheds work. This program is appropriate for ages 8 through adult. Come ready to experiment and get involved, and don't forget to register with Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489! Registration Required - Please register by NOON, Friday, April 25.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend:
You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration.
Follow registration directions included with each program description

To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

CALL FOR ART AT WASHINGTON STREET - March 29, 2014

Medium: Photography (Color or B&W, Film or Digital) Theme: Transform/Transformation Submission Process How? Drop-off up to three pieces framed and ready-to-hang with max. 24î on the longest side. When? ===> During March 27 & 28 from 6 - 9 PM or March 29 from 10 AM - 2 PM. Entry fee.

Details:

http://tinyurl.com/qbx46kp
wsartshows@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

WEST END MUSEUM EVENTS - March 25-31, 2014

Greetings from the West End Museum!

There are some great events happening this week. Tonight we are featuring a Book Talk on "Child Labor in Greater Boston 1880-1920". A unique look into the city during the late 19th/early 20th century. Mark your calendars for March 31 as the museum kicks off its first Irish Heritage Celebration. This is a free event featuring former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn.

As always you can see our full range of upcoming events and exhibitions here. For even more museum info, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

This week

Book Talk: Child Labor in Greater Boston
Tuesday, Mar. 25
6:30 - 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

From its earliest days, Boston decreed that its children be taught to read and write English and understand the laws. In 1826, free and compulsory education was introduced. On reaching 14 years of age, many children left school to find full-time work. Fearing that these children would end up in low-paying, dead-end jobs, Boston Public Schools added trade schools to teach craft skills-carpentry, printing, and metalwork for boys; dressmaking, cooking, and embroidery for girls. The national struggle to ban child labor began in the mid-19th century and ended with the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Read more on our website >>

Current Exhibitions

Relics of a Bygone Era: Exploring the Hotel Manger/Madison
Feb. 4 - March 22
EXTENDED to April 5th!
Members Gallery
Cost: FREE

The 500-room Hotel Manger opened at North Station in August of 1930. Its design was an example of the Moderne style of architecture, developed by Boston native, Louis Sullivan. This exhibit features original postcards, pamphlets, and photographs, as well as actual pieces of the hotel. One of the highlights is a series of photographs showing the demolition of the hotel.

Read more on our website >>

A Neighborhood in Transition
Jan. 21 - May 10
Cost: FREE

This exhibit continues to follow the demolition of an additional thirty acres of residential housing, along with Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square, to make way for the Hurley/Lindemann Building and Government Center. Charles Frani's photographs show not only a neighborhood in transition, but a city in transition. The exhibit captures images of residents and business owners in the midst of eviction; going about their daily chores, or fleeing their homes, as if nothing out the ordinary is taking place.

Read more on our website >>

The Last Tenement
Ongoing
Cost: FREE

"The Last Tenement" exhibition, originally set up in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and relocated to the West End Museum in 2006, is now permanently housed in its own dedicated 1100 square foot space.

Read more on our website >>

Save The Date!

West End Museum Irish Heritage Month Celebration
Monday, Mar. 31
6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE


The West End Museum will host its inaugural Irish Heritage Month celebration on Monday, March 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will include light refreshments. Former Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn (1984-1993)-who left City Hall to serve as the United States Ambassador to The Vatican (1993-1997)-will attend as an event honoree. The Museum will also honor Martin Lomasney and Daniel Whelton.

Read more on our website >>

Panel Discussion and short film: The problems with displacement
Tuesday, Apr. 8
6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE


The West End Museum explores the psychological toll of urban renewal projects on the people in-between. Featuring three Old West Enders and a resident of the New York Streets discussing their experiences with development projects; the panel will put a human face on the urban renewal projects in Boston.
Read more on our website >>

Support the Museum

2014 Annual Appeal!!
Support the West End Museum!

2013 was another year of significant growth and expansion for the West End Museum. This year alone, the museum mounted three major exhibits in our large exhibition area, as well as four exhibits in our Members' Gallery.

We have a fundraising goal of $50,000 for our inaugural appeal. Any amount, large or small, that you can donate will help to ensure that the museum can continue to provide a rich experience to the West End community as well as the city of Boston. Your donation is critical, not only with assisting the museum in providing fresh programming, but especially in keeping the museum and its mission alive.

Monday, March 24, 2014

PARTS & CRAFTS EVENTS THIS WEEK - March 21-27, 2014

Cool stuff that's happening this week!

Movie Night @ Parts and Crafts!
Thursday March 27, 6-8 pm
Join us for our monthly movie night. This week we're watching the Wizards of Speed and Time, a 1989 feature-length film about the attempts of a special effects wizard to make a feature-length film. Cost: $5 suggested for pizza.

Kung Fu Wellness
Thursday afterschool, 3-5 pm
We still have some slots left in this sweet new afterschool class -- come learn basic basic techniques with hand forms, body stances, various kicks and punches. $10-20 session, sliding scale.

For a full list of afterschool options, check out our website www.partsandcrafts.org!

Upcoming workshops @ Parts and Crafts!

Workshop: Imaginary Maps!
Saturday March 29, 1-3 pm
A map-making workshop like you've never seen it before, pairing fractals, biology, the patterns of cells and neurons with worlds of our own devising. Hosted by Emily Garfield, a local artist specializing in cartography and flights of fancy. Come for open shop, stay for the workshop! $10-20 suggested, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

PLOTS Toolshed Raising: March Mapping Madness!
Sunday March 30, 12-4 pm
A full day of mapping with the Public Lab for Open Science and Technology! We'll head down to Union Square at noon to photograph the future MBTA Green Line Site, with the main space open for PLOTS meetup on water quality, thermal imaging and mapknitting. Free / by donation, all are welcome!

Mineways @ Parts and Crafts
Saturday April 12, 1-3 pm
A 3D printing workshop using Minecraft to make models. Along the way you'll learn how 3D printing works, how objects get sent to the printer, and what the rules are for this way of making things. $10-20 suggested sliding scale

3D printing @ Maud Morgan Art Center
April 21-24, 4-6 pm
Design your own gidgit-gadget, or even something useful like a keychain or a candlestick! This four-session crash course in 3D printing will kids through the initial phases of sketching and modeling their own creations. $150 for the week, open to kids age 10-13.

Enrollment is open for April Vacation Week!

What: April Vacation Week!
When: April 21-25, 9 – 3 pm
Cost: $75-300, sliding scale ($25 for early care, $50 for late care)

What is April vacation camp? A whole week of invention and creation! We’ll have our electronics workbench, art table, a bunch of hand-tools, building supplies, scrap materials, air pumps, hot glue, duct tape, etc. Printers will be taken apart, bread will be baked, LEDs and motors will be glued to things, there may very well be giant cardboard sculptures. Who knows?

--
www.partsandcrafts.org

SOMERVILLE IMMIGRANT RESTAURANT FOOD FEST - April 10, 2014

YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City, April 10

On April 10, The Welcome Project hosts the 5th annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City celebration at Arts at the Armory at 7 pm. This year, nine immigrant-run restaurants will provide tastings from around the world, yet close to home. Live Peruvian music will be performed by Son Del Sol. We’ll present the 2nd annual Intercultural City Award to Regina Bertholdo, director of the Parent Information Center (PIC) at the Somerville Public Schools and a tireless advocate and champion for Somerville’s diverse immigrant community. Tickets in advance are $35 and $40 at the door. Find out more and get your tickets at www.yumsomerville.org.

The nine restaurants participating in the 2014 YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City are:
Aguacate Verde, Mexican, Porter Square; Fasika, Ethiopian, East Somerville; Istanbul’lu, Turkish, Teele Square; Los Paisanos, Central American, East Somerville; Masala, Indian and Nepali, Teele Square; The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery, Portuguese, Union Square; Sabur, Mediterranean, Teele Square; Vinny’s at Night, Italian, East Somerville; Yak & Yeti, Nepali and Indian, Ball Square. All participating restaurants are part of the city's Shape Up Approved -- Eat Well program, offering healthier options at their eateries.

All proceeds benefit immigrant youth and adults participating in Welcome Project programs such as English classes, youth interpreter training, and the International Parents' Group.

In 2013, YUM was selected by boston.com as one of its "favorite 15 quirky Boston area events." Don't miss the 2014 edition on April 10. Find more information and buy your tickets at www.yumsomerville.org.

MAKECATION FOR APRIL SCHOOL VACATION - April 14, 2014

The folks behind MAKE OUT! will be hosting MAKECATION, a wonderful April vacation camp for kids 9+ at the Somerville Armory.

Best, Amy & Aimee

Please see the information below.

Come take a MAKECATION, an incredible journey into making at the Somerville Center for Arts at the Armory.

Over the course of four days you will:

-make your own sewing kit complete with all the fixings

-dye yarn with Kool Aid

-print on fabric with stamps

-learn to crochet & hand stitch

We are Aimee & Amy and we know that participating in MAKECATION will inspire

you to tap into your own creativity and nurture your confidence. Come get your

hands dirty, learn some amazing skills & make new friends. We can’t wait to meet

you!

**PLEASE REGISTER BY APRIL 14, 2014. Maximum class size is 10 **

Contact: amyloustein@gmail.com

AGASSIZ COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL FUNDRAISER CALL FOR ART - April 12, 2014

Dear Somerville Community Artists and Entrepreneurs:

Agassiz Cooperative Preschool is a liberal, progressive preschool with a deep commitment to education and the arts. Agassiz runs on a modest budget, and the scale and number of scholarships it can offer to local pre-school-aged children are dependent on our fundraising efforts. We moved to Somerville just three years ago and aim to establish an exciting annual community event that celebrates creativity in our community while raising needed funds to continue to make Agassiz Preschool an affordable choice for as many children as possible.

Agassiz Preschool’s Art-for-Education Event will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm, on the corner of Spring and Summer Streets in Somerville. Organized and hosted by the kids, parents, and teachers of Agassiz, and open to the school’s neighbors and the general public, this dynamic and creative event will showcase local and “repurposed” art in a fun and relaxed silent auction, from which all proceeds will go to support enrollment of community children at Agassiz.

We are seeking donations of original artworks or repurposed art (the paintings/prints/sculpture stored in your basement or attic) from the artists, artisans, and “amateur collectors” in our community. We know that artists are besieged with requests for donations and we want you to know that we have the highest respect for the value of your work. In the spirit of cooperation and appreciation, we offer a proceed-sharing option. If you donate a piece of art or craft to our Art-for-Education Event, we will return to you 25% or 0% (your choice) of the amount it raises. We hope this helps indicate our appreciation for your valuable work and our commitment to a sustainable, mutually beneficial relationship with the Somerville arts community.

As a donor, you will also be a part of Art for Education’s many publicity activities, which will include a mix of public relations efforts: Marketing through the web and email; posters and flyers; direct mail; advertising; press; features on our Facebook page; and event-based press activities. Details of the April 12th event are being finalized, but this year there will be live music, delicious fare from a variety of Somerville’s culinary masters, tasty local brews, crafts for kids, and a Photo Booth (appropriate for all ages!). We will prominently display your donated piece with your name, studio address, web address, contact information, and any information or images you would like to include on a wall plaque, as well as in the auction booklet and on our website.

If you are participating in this year’s Somerville Open Studios, we will note in our materials that your art will also be available for viewing at that time.We hope to have many contributions from visual arts and crafts as well as tickets, memberships, and classes relevant to the arts. Thank you so much for considering any donation. Your generous gift will help us to secure additional gifts, create excitement about this year’s event, and continue to provide arts-based, early education to the children in your community. Note: Agassiz Preschool is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible.

If you're willing to donate or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me directly. We will also be more than happy to pick up any donation from you in person.

Many thanks for your consideration,

Shelley Barandes
Agassiz mom and owner, designer at Albertine Press

Albertine Press - letterpress printing & design
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Friday, March 14, 2014

SEEKING SOMERVILLE ARTIST/DESIGNER - April 2, 2014

Looking for a Somerville artist to design an award to be given to a member of the dance community for their service and contribution.

This year's recipient of the Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion award is Dance Collective (with 3 individuals representing: Judith Chaffee, Martha Armstrong Gray, and Dawn Kramer).

We are looking for an award that is classy, made with glass, metal, or other sculptural material. Our benefit is April 11, so the deadline would be before then. Since we are awarding 3 individuals this year, we would need 3 copies of the same award personalized with each name somewhere. In the past we have made a framed award and have decided this year we want to go a different route (more three-dimensional).

Our budget is $50 per award.

Please write: cchapman@bostondancealliance.org with your interest and what you would propose.

Thank you!

-Callie Chapman
Somerville Dance Artist and Marketing/Design Coordinator - Boston Dance Alliance

For more information about who we are, visit our website: www.bostondancealliance.org.

Our past recipients: http://www.bostondancealliance.org/BDA%20Dance%20Champions

CALLING ALL SOMERVILLE ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS - March 23, 2014

The Somerville Arts Council and the Nave Gallery present HATCH:
A call to artists to decorate eggs in hopes of raising awareness to state legislators to fund the arts. The Hatch project is part of statewide campaign led by MASSCreative to increase public support for the arts, cultural and creative sector. Communities across the Commonwealth are working throughout the spring budget season to urge legislators to make arts a priority. To help convey this idea, artists would decorate 4” papier mache eggs with a message of why the arts are important which will be delivered to state legislators in mid April. It is our hope to get as many artists to participate in the process as possible.

Join us at one of these workshops:
Egg Decorating Workshops
Sunday, March 23rd- 3-5 pm, Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd

Thursday, April 3rd, 6-9pm, Mudflat, 81 Broadway
(For this workshop, space is limited. RSVPs are recommended, but not required. Snack and refreshments will be provided)

http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/hatch

About: The Hatch project is part of statewide campaign led by MASSCreative to increase public support for the arts, cultural and creative sector. Communities across the Commonwealth are working throughout the spring budget season to urge legislators to make arts a priority.

Our project: Hatch! Somerville artists will create dozens of “art eggs,” which will be delivered to state legislators in mid April. We envision that artists will transform paper mâché eggs, slightly bigger than your average chicken eggs, into vibrant works of art using a variety of mediums. Once decorated, the eggs will be placed in nests, nestled among messages from Somervillians. Each message will start with: “$ for the Arts = [blank].” We’ll deliver the eggs to Governor Deval Patrick and state senators and representatives who comprise the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The idea being – if legislators take care of their eggs (I.e., fund the arts), creativity will hatch!

Goal: We hope Hatch! will influence legislators to fund the arts more fully. The project also will garner press for Somerville’s arts community and promote: Somerville Open Studios; the ArtBeat festival (Hatch is this year’s theme!); and the individual artists who decorate the eggs.

How to get involved: Come to one of our workshops! We will have a variety of materials available but if you have particular materials you’d like to work with, please bring them; we also recommend that you come armed with ideas to decorate your egg. If possible, please RSVP to Heather Balchunas and let her know which workshop you’ll be attending. There is also the possibility to decorate an egg on your own time, in your studio. Contact Heather to work out logistics with her.
Heather’s email: hbalchunas@somervillema.gov

Sunday, March 09, 2014

MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL ART & FILM FESTIVAL - April 15, 2014

Seeking artists of various media for the first annual juried “Into the Mystic” Environmental Art and Film Festival for June 20-22, 2014 which will be held at Hyatt Place, 116 Riverside Ave, Medford. The opening reception is Friday, June 20th from 6-9 pm. The festival is a collaboration of MACI, Green Medford, Mystic River Watershed Association, The City of Medford’s Office of Energy and Environment, and the Friends of the Mystic River. Entry fee.

Details available from:

Mike Oliver

617-605-7325
info@mysticartgallery.org

Saturday, March 08, 2014

PANOPTICON GALLERY EXHIBITION OPENINGS - March 14, 2014

Join us on Friday, March 14th from 5:30-7:30pm for the opening reception for our three new exhibitions.

In the main gallery: W-O-R-D-P-L-A-Y, photographs and mixed media pieces by Frank Armstrong, Bill Franson, Eva Timothy, Mimi Youn, Stephen Sheffield, Rachel Phillips, Samuel Quinn, Nikki Segarra, Shannon McDonald, Randall Armor, and Glen Scheffer.

IN THE PRIVATE ROOM

N-E-S-O-P

This is the third year that we will be featuring photographs by students in Stephen Sheffield's Black & White class at the New England School of Photography. Located in Kenmore Square, New England School of Photography (NESOP) offers a full time, two year intensive Professional Photography Program for those seeking a career in photography and photographic workshops in a variety of disciplines at all levels from basic camera instruction to advanced digital imaging. NESOP's Professional Photography Program is a balanced, comprehensive program focusing exclusively on photography to provide practical technical and business photographic training while nurturing the student’s creative development.
(text courtesy NESOP website)

EMERGING ARTIST | FEATURED

Rich Cortez

Our Emerging Artist | FEATURED will be Rich Cortez, a senior at the New Hampshire Institute of Art who creates surrealistic imagery that blends creative portraiture with nature and the landscape.


Panopticon Gallery
Inside Hotel Commonwealth
502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
617-267-8929
Hours: Tue–Sat 9:00-3:00pm
info@panopticongallery.com

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