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Friday, August 18, 2017

[somartscouncil] Ignite Festival, Mofongo: Tomorrrow! - [somartscouncil]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

POUR. PUSH. LAYER. ::: a show by Jeannie Motherwell

Painter Jeannie Motherwell of Joy Street Studios will present an exhibit of new works at Rafius Fane Gallery in SoWA, September 1st - October 21st, opening reception Friday, September 1st, 6-8PM.

Motherwell  has been working with acrylic on Claybord, and the pigments both fall into and skirt above the surface: there is sheen, depth, resistance, engulfment; and the imagery itself pulls to both the cosmological and the granular. She’s amazed by creation— oceans and skies in changing weather, Hubble-type images of the universe— and captures its vast space and three-dimensional energy. The sea, sky and earth influence her palette, and black—long one of her favorite colors—contributes to the balance of warmth and steeliness in her abstract paintings, and to their evocation of solidity and transparency, motion and stillness. Motherwell inherited a love of painting from her father, Robert Motherwell, and stepmother, Helen Frankenthaler, two pillars of mid-century abstraction.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Call for Vendors! 2017 Fluff Festival - DEADLINE TODAY!

Dear Potential FluffCentennial Vendor, Today is the deadline for vendor applications for the 2017 Fluff Festival. This year's festival will take place on Saturday, September 23rd f(rain date 9/24) from 3-7PM. The Fluff Festival is right around the corner and is shaping up to be a very exciting event.  This year's theme is "FluffCentennial, Inspiring the Next Century of Union Square Invention." This year is a particularly special year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the invention of Fluff and we want YOU to be part of the festivities. Last year, we had over 15,000 attendees from the Greater Boston Area and with this year's anniversary, we are expecting record crowds and great coverage. We have confirmed WBUR as our media sponsor and we have an amazing line up of judges for this year's Cooking Contest, including Lisa Hughes from WBZ-TV, Rachel Blumenthal from EaterBoston, Anthony Brooks from WBUR and Andy Husbands from the Smoke Shop. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of one of the biggest festival in the Greater Boston Area! Apply today to be a FluffCentennial Vendor.  Attached is the vendor application. Application is also available online at org/2017fluffvendor/. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Looking forward to receiving your application! Tiffany Leung

Thursday, August 10, 2017

SAC and the Inside-OUT gallery present: A Retrospective of ArtBeat Fashion by AC Kemp

Somerville Arts Council & the Inside-OUT Gallery present
A Retrospective of ArtBeat Fashion by AC Kemp

Ralph Lauren once said, “Fashion is about something that comes from within you.” This month’s Inside-Out gallery embraces that mantra featuring a retrospective of A.C. Kemp’s eighteen years of costumes for the annual Somerville ArtBeat festival. Each year since 2000, our local fashionista, dons a new garment to go with that year’s theme— such as an art bee for “ArtBeast,” a costume covered in Monarch butterflies for “Migration” and a Marie Antoinette-style dress decorated with fabric beets and carrots for “Roots,” among many others. Every creation is a walking piece of wearable art. In this exhibit, AC brings her imagination to life to showcases some of her beloved favorites in a series of whimsical vignettes. Each piece is suspended in their own fantasy setting, surrounded by fiber art props specially-made for this installation.

Join AC Kemp for a small reception with light refreshments
Date & Time: Sunday, August 13  from 4-6pm
Location: In front of the Inside-OUT Gallery window (CVS Window) in Davis Square

About the Artist
Among A.C. Kemp’s first sewing projects were elaborate Elizabethan costumes which she made by hand for her dolls. Taught by her mother, an art teacher and accomplished seamstress, she began making her own clothes in elementary school. In high school and college, she began to make costumes for local theater productions in her hometown of Jackson, Michigan. After moving to Somerville in 1989, a class in pattern-making at the Cambridge Center for Adult education helped her to realize increasingly complex original designs.

Although a busy schedule as a full-time lecturer in English Language Studies at MIT keeps her from sewing everyday clothes as often as she’d like, volunteering for the ArtBeat festival every year has given A.C. an opportunity to take on wildly ambitious costume projects. “July is the perfect time to indulge in a week-long creative binge,” she says. “The festival comes after spring semester has wound down, but well before I have to be ready for fall.” Although some of the fun of the costumes is their ephemeral quality— they are normally only seen on the day of ArtBeat—this show has given her the chance to show them to a larger audience in life-size fiber art scenes.   A.C. is already looking forward to Artbeat 2018.

About the Inside-Out Gallery

Initiated in 2009, The Inside-Out Gallery is located in the CVS Window in Davis Square, a unique space that allows the public to view an eclectic array of works from artists and local organizations each month. The mission of the Somerville Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city.

Heather Balchunas
Somerville Arts Council
Office Manager

T@F Seeks Actors for The Magic Fire

Theatre@First's fall show is the New England premiere of The Magic Fire by Lillian Groag.

Set in Buenos Aires in 1952, The Magic Fire explores the connections between music and memory, weaving a spell of tango and opera around the secrets we keep from our children and the love that holds families together around the world.  

Actors of all ethnicities are welcome and actors over 40 are particularly encouraged to audition. 

Monday, August 28th
Tuesday, August 29th
7-10pm at Unity Somerville

Please visit our website for more information and sign up to audition today!

Mark your calendar for our performances, November 10-18.

[somartscouncil] Somerville Poet Bert Stern interviewed about his new collection of poetry coming this fall by the Ibbetson Street Press - [somartscouncil]

Starlabfest - Eighth Annual Music & Arts Festival

The Eighth Annual Starlabfest Music & Arts Festival!

An all day outdoor party showcasing national and local bands, comedians, and artists.

Performances from:
and more TBA!

We will be joined by local vendors selling vintage clothing, records and more in a flea market curated by High Energy Vintage. 

The fine folks at Bit Bar Salem will be on hand with a pop-up video arcade (set on free play!) 

Scott Brothers New American Meat Co. will be cooking up free food, including veggie options!

Beer, wine, cider, bottled water, and cold brew will be available.

Brought to you in part by the fine folks at Safe Responsible Movers and High Energy Vintage.

All Ages Welcome / 21+ with valid ID to drink.

Cash and Debit accepted for day of show admission and beverage sales. 

The festival will take place at 10 Poplar St., just outside of Union Square, the home of the Somerville Arts Councilʼs ARTfarm project 

Visit for more info

Connect with us on social media @starlabfest or using the #starlabfest tag, general questions email

Seeking entries on artistic collaboration (deadline 8/15)

DEADLINE: August 15, 2017
The Nave Gallery is pleased to welcome back Karl Stephan, curator of Wall to Wall: Art Builds Communities, and Bianca Broxton in a new show based on artistic collaboration.

Wall to Wall II: Working Together (W2W II), focuses on the practice, process and benefits of artistic collaboration, especially across disciplines. The goal of W2W II is to model and encourage artistic and social collaboration among artists and non-artists alike.

The Nave seeks entries of collaborative art for this show.


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Visual Journaling Workshop

The next Visual Journaling Workshop is a week away: Tuesday, August 157-9:00 pm. Please forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested, thanks!

Visual Journaling Workshop

Come and tap into your intuition in a supportive community! Here’s what Albert Einstein says about intuition:
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”
– Albert Einstein
WHENTuesday, August 157-9:00 pm.
WHERE: Sholeh Regna's Studio, 6 Vernon St. Studio #35, Somerville, MA

HONK! Festival 2017 -- save the dates: October 6-8, 2017



October 6 through 8, 2017

a wide variety of events planned
in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston


"Best of Boston for 2017:
Best Street Festival"
(Boston Magazine)

Time to mark the calendar for the twelfth annual HONK! Festival (, based in Davis Sq. Somerville, with events happening from October 6-8 throughout the neighborhoods of Somerville, as well as in Cambridge and Boston. HONK! is a rousing socio-political music spectacle which features social activist street bands from all over the world, who come together to share their different approaches in merrily instigating positive changes in their communities.

The full list of participating bands, along with an overview of all activities taking place, will be available soon after Labor Day weekend.

Basic details for now:

HONK! Festival
Festival of activist street bands.
October 6-8, 2017
Various neighborhoods throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.
Rain or shine; free and open to all.
For further information:, 617-383-HONK (4665).

Friday, August 04, 2017

Open Call- Newbury Street Pop-Up

We are a group of designers looking for 1-2  artists/designers to join our 
Newbury Street Pop-up shop from 9th September to 15th September (During OPEN NEWBURY, Date flexible 1-2 days). Upscale location

Ideally your product/art should have an average selling price around $150-$200 
The pop-up shop would cost $650 for a week. You will get your own dedicated space
to merchandize and sell your stuff.

Great way to launch your product or find new customers!
We will be promoting the Pop-up in amazing ways.
For further details or to express interest email-
Contact by August 12th, 2017

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Call for Writers - GrownUp StoryTime - GUSTY Nights

Call for writers Grown Up Story Time is an hour of funny, heartwarming, crazy, amazing stories read aloud.
Where do those stories come from?....YOU
What we need from you: Stories!! Fact/Fiction - and everything in between, we want your stories!
Stories that are chosen will be distributed among curated readers who will read them aloud at the next Grown Up Story Time event. See your story come to life and hear it with a new voice...Stories received by August 9th will be considered for the August 23rd show (Event details here).

Do you have a classic go-to story you tell to all your new friends? A story that your significant other can recite verbatim? Are you a closeted Oprah fan fiction writer? Time to write it down and share it with a new audience. Or perhaps something you are embarrassed to tell but would make a great "Anonymous" submission.

Tips to make your story stand out:
Stories typically take from 3 to 10 minutes to read, which means max word count is about 1500 and shorter is definitely better (7-8 stories will be read at the event so time is a thing.) Think about your reader - punctuation/grammar should express your voice not your eight-grade English teachers (or your three year old brothers). We aren't judging just trying to make it easier on the reader. Topics? Anything goes. Remember this is Grown-Up story time. We can handle anything you throw at us.
Please send stories to 14 days prior to the upcoming event.
Deadline for stories to be considered for the August 23rd show is August 9th.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

African Dance w/Alice Heller (Aug 3rd) & Rhiannon! Vocal Improvisation Workshops (Aug 12 &13): Register Soon!!!

It is an honor for Third Life Studio to host the amazing inspirational teaching and singing of Rhiannon--coming up on August 12 & 13! Living in Hawaii, she doesn't make it East too often, so this is an incredible opportunity to work with one of the best teachers of vocal improv around. I first heard Rhiannon sing back in the 70's as the lead singer with the women's jazz ensemble Alive! She has sung for years with Bobbi McFerrin and many other such musical luminaries. Although I have yet to personally work with Rhiannon (and am looking forward to this!), I know many people who have--and their praise of her knows no bounds.

There is a workshop on Saturday for more experienced singers, and a "dive into the waters" workshop on Sunday open to everyone. Take a look and see what works best for you, but I do hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and come sing!!! All details are below.

PLEASE HELP BY SHARING THIS EMAIL FAR AND WIDE--we want to make this an incredible experience for Rhiannon, as well as for everyone who comes to sing!

With a full belief in the vibrational, creative power of singing to heal and create change,  

Vocal River Workshop
with Rhiannon

       Saturday August 12, 10am-1pm, (lunch break), 2:30-5:30pm
       $150; click here to register

For strong, experienced singers & vocal teachers who want to be more engaged in improvisation. You will deepen your improvisational vocabulary and intuitive skills inventing personal and ensemble music including solo work, song form, small ensemble exercises, and group collaborations using exercises from Rhiannon's book Vocal River. Hoping to meet new singers as well as refresh relationships with returning friends. Bring your ears, heart, mind and voice.

Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation and storytelling to audiences for over four decades paving a unique path as an independent artist. Collaborations include the all-women’s jazz ensemble Alive!, a cappella ensembles SoVoSo and WeBe3, Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra, the instrumental trio Spontaneous, duets with pianist Laurence Hobgood, and improvised performance pieces with Japanese dancer Shizuno Nasu:The Ocean Regards Us All As One. Rhiannon’s book about her life and teaching methods, Vocal River, The Skill and Spirit of Improvisation, was published in 2013. Rhiannon lives and works on her farm on the Big Island of Hawai’i, currently building a teaching/performance space, Ha Lau Leo Nani, The Gathering Place, honoring culture and community. 

"Rhiannon is incredibly brilliant and fun. I trust her musical instincts completely. Delve in deeply!" - BOBBY MCFERRIN 


Step into the Circle 
with Rhiannon

       Sunday August 131:30-5:30pm
       $100; click here to register

This workshop is open to all singers who have solid musical skills, good pitch and rhythm and want to expand their vocal and improvisational experience. Rhiannon brings new singers into the world of improvisation using Circle Singing as the musical foundation. The singing continues for long stretches, creating a rich, deep and joyful experience. We will also find our unique and personal sound, working alone, in pairs, and in ensemble as we meld intuition and invention with skill and heart.

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 Union Square Tailoring, three doors away from 
Grooves, across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank 
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from 
Citizens Bank--and next to the new Workbar location).

For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

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