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Thursday, December 18, 2014

CALL FOR PUBLIC ART PROPOSALS - January 31, 2015

The City of Somerville, acting by and through the Somerville Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), is seeking the services of a designer/fabricator to provide design, fabrication, and installation oversight services for custom seating area and public art on a new plaza to be constructed near Davis Square in Somerville, MA. The City intends to include creatively designed and fabricated benches and sculptural elements to build on Davis Square’s creative aesthetic and connection to the arts community. The work produced from this process is intended to be functional and to distinguish Somerville for its inclusion of artists and the arts in everyday life.

Details:

http://tinyurl.com/SDSBP-RFQ
anosnik@somervillema.gov

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CALLING ALL CAMBRIDGE MASS ARTISTS! – January 31, 2015

Visual and performing artists who live, work or have a studio in Cambridge are invited to participate in the 7th annual city-wide Cambridge Arts Open Studios May 9th and 10th. Early bird discounts for artists registering by December 31!

Details:

617-349-4385
http://www.cambridgeartscouncil.org/openstudios

FIRST NIGHT GRAND PROCESSION IN BOSTON - December 31, 2014

For many years, OPENAIR Circus of Somerville has marched, stilted, danced, carried bird puppets, pushed strollers, thrown confetti, and generally had a great time in the First Night Grand Procession in Boston.

Others of all ages are invited to join us this year. If you can't stilt, you can carry a bird puppet, throw confetti, pull the confetti carts, or engage the crowd. Small people often elicit great appreciation and cheers.

We'll be joined by some members of the Somerville High band with music to keep us happy and in time.

The parade starts at 5:30 pm on December 31 in front of the Hynes Convention Center, and goes down Boylston St to Charles, and ends around 7, in time for the fireworks.

We'll have tunics and maybe hats for everyone -- but you have to let us know you're coming, and pick up costumes that morning.

If you know how to stilt -- or are willing to learn before then -- we can provide stilts too.

Let me know if you want to come, or have questions!

Hope to see you then!

Pat Jehlen
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MONTHLY CASH POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC - December 18, 2014

Books of Hope's Monthly Cash Poetry Slam and Open Mic is happening this Thursday, December 18th, 7pm at the Mystic Learning Center!

Bring a story, a friend, and an open mind; we'll provide the DJ, the pizza and some of the hottest feature performers in the city!

We'll also be offering a prize for best Poet-Tweet- your thoughts, in your words, in 140 characters or less!

See you there,
Books of Hope

Monday, December 15, 2014

SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT - December 18, 2014

You are invited to:
Somerville High School’s Winter Concert!!!!
December 18th, 2014 at 7pm
SHS Auditorium, 81 Highland Avenue
World Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble
Drumline, Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, Hand Bell Choir and Orchestra!

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Richard G. Saunders
Director of Music
Somerville Public Schools
81 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
rsaunders@k12.somerville.ma.us
617-625-6600 x6143

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS EVENT PRODUCERS

ArtsUnion 2015 Event Series

Ever wish to create your own event — with funding? Here’s your opportunity!
ArtsUnion is looking for creative individuals, organizations and Union Square Business owners to create, produce and manage events that will take place indoors (or outdoors!) in Union Square—in businesses, public spaces or other venues—from February through early May 2015. Working with the Somerville Arts Council, produc­ers will be responsible for: selecting a theme, lining up talent and/or creating activities, planning and managing the event, and helping promote the event. The Somerville Arts Council will provide a budget, determined by the needs of the event/series and marketing support. We will entertain stipends in the range from $400 to $1,500, however, this is negotiable based on your production expenses.

See the attached application or go to our website to download the application.

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SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL 2014 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH - December 15, 2014

Come join the Somerville Arts Council as we celebrate the 2014 Artists of the Month!

Details:
Arts at the Armory cafe
191 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA
7pm
***FREE!!***
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/316672671852021/
Website: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artistmonth/2014gala

We'll be celebrating these fine Artists of the Month:

January: Ethan Gilsdorf
February: Sophia Ainslie
March: Mary Bichner
April: Anil Natyaveda
May: Greer Muldowney
June: Peter Jehlen
July: Brendan Burns
August: Jody Weber
September: James Weinberg
October: Elio DeLuca
November: Gilmore Tamny
December: Martha Friend

Hope to see you there

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NAVE GALLERY ARTIST TALK - December 11, 2014

Join us this evening for an artist talk at the Nave Annex in Davis Square led by curators Amy Pett and Ellen Solari!
Free and open to the public!

ARTIST TALK:
Thursday, December 11; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

LOCATION:
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

ABOUT:
Vessels curators Amy Pett and Ellen Solari discuss fiber art and what the theme of “vessels” means to the show. Exhibition artists including Joetta Maue, Susan Gaylord, Mary Geisser and Allison Linnea Rabin will join the discussion and talk about their artwork and process.discuss fiber art and what the theme of “vessels” means to the show. Artists included in the show will join the discussion and talk about their artwork.

More on the exhibit:
http://navegallery.org/wp/vessels-an-exhibition-of-fiber-art/

CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION 70th CELEBRATION - December 18, 2014

CELEBRATE CAA at 70!

Thursday, December 18, 6-8pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery

You're invited to celebrate 70 years of the CAA, and raise money for our Annual Fund and programs at a festive, 1940s-inspired cocktail party. Purchase your ticket today, and join us for cocktails, snacks, and live entertainment from Dan Gabel and the Abletones!

Raffle items include:
A weekend at a rustic Vermont cabin, including wine and a Formaggio Kitchen Gift Card; 2014 Illy Artist Series espresso cups; an Artist swag bag, with entries into shows at Maud Morgan Arts and Gallery 263; and more!

Tickets:
$40 per person or $75 for two tickets, with advanced purchase
$50 day of and at the door

Cash bar. Photo booth. So much more.

Click here

http://www.cambridgeart.org/70th-celebration/

to purchase tickets, and celebrate the Cambridge Art Association!

UNIVERSITY PLACE GALLERY EXHIBITION - Dec 4 - Jan 16, 2015

PLATINUM - JURIED BY ALISE UPITIS, ASSISTANT CURATOR OF THE MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER

DECEMBER 4, 2014 - JANUARY 16, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5th, 6-8pm, Awards presented at 7pm, University Place Gallery, At the Kathryn Schultz and University Place Galleries

December 5, 2014: PLATINUM celebrates 70 years of the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) with a compelling show of work by artists from all corners of the Northeastern United States. PLATINUM's juror, Alise Upitis, carefully considered over 800 pieces of artwork submitted by 268 artists from the Northeast. Her selections - 56 in total - embody the concept of PLATINUM, as well as the breadth and depth of expression exhibited by the entrants. She presents a beautiful show that ushers in a new year and an important moment for the Association.


As part of the CAA at 70 exhibition year, PLATINUM celebrates the spirit of the many artists who have supported - and been supported by - CAA over the years - and the many benefactors who make it possible for the Association to carry out a mission to foster support and promote artists within the community for 70 more years.

From Alise Upitis:

Platinum Patriarch, father of Wynton, Jason, Branford and Dafeao Marsalis was drawn by Carolyn Newberger during a 2014 concert at Tanglewood, at which Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Dafeao Marsalis were performing together. Following the concert, Newberger asked for Ellis' signature on her work, and the sketch includes a pairing of his and her signatures. I find the work particularly significant as an investigation of authenticity. Photography is prohibited at Tanglewood concerts, and Newberger's deft capture of Ellis' playing is an unaffected gesture in a space without cameras. The pairing of signatures also operates as dual authentication of the document, a gesture, I might add, that is also quite humorous.

Selfie 01 by Kay Dolezal may be the best of its genre I have seen. Its merit is in part the difficulty of deciphering how it was made. My first impression was that this is a photo of a TV screen showing an image of a woman at a microphone and a reflection of the photographer shooting with a fairly early digital camera. Yet is that dust on the TV screen, or dust on an analog film negative or print? It is rare to see a selfie as a physical print at its proper ratio. There is also an important continuity between the technology that produced the image and its content-the woman in white is clearly camera ready, no crew at work is visible in the shot on TV, while the reflection of the photographer-and the background of what appears to be the photographer's studio-returns artistic labor to the production of the image.

I selected several works that invoke the traditional form of the landscape or seascape, of which Kathryn Geismar's Beautiful Disaster 1 is an outstanding example. The work has a temporality that is difficult to locate, evoking an ocean with a burning oil slick in the present or near future as well as historical seaborne tragedies, in line with J.M.W. Turner's 1840 The Slave Ship. Her painting, and other included works in these genres, engages the relationship between human and nonhuman, commonly thought in terms of culture and nature. This is not new to these types of works, but those I selected have a particular significance to contemporary concerns-the undecidable temporality of Geismar's included-such as the edge habitat depicted in Michele J. Kenna's Hidden Backwoods or the object-oriented ontology considered through Hyperobject I by Dinora Justice.

I selected Spinneklub (Spin Club) by Astrid Reischwitz for Best in Show for its strength in connecting historical and contemporary photographic practices to the history of female labor. The pose and framing of Reischwitz's old family photo is in disjuncture with her carefully staged and beautifully shot photo of her family's domestic wares. Yet there remains a striking formal affinity in the depiction of patterns, details of handmade family textiles, which is reinforced by her use of photos of these patterns to frame the other photos in the composite. It is also a fine investigation of the limits of specific mediums, such as how the representation of textiles can relate to the materials of textiles and the, largely female, labor that makes these fabrics possible."

Images available by request

Contact: Erin Becker, Director
info@cambridgeart.org

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MAGOUN SQUARE JEWELERS & ARTISTS POP-UP STORE

Call To Jewelers & Artists
Be part of a new pop-up store in Magoun Square!

Cleuder Morais, the new owner of Imperial Jewelry, a jewelry retail, custom design and repair shop in Magoun Square, is currently offering a portion of his 645 square-feet retail floor space for Somerville artists. Here's the deal:

Timeframe: The owner is seeking to pilot a 3 month opportunity for artists between Dec 2014 - Feb 2015 with an opportunity to extend the time.
Hours: The store is currently open from 9:30am - 7:30pm Monday-Saturday. Artists are welcome to showcase and sell their work throughout those hours or arrange to showcase only during certain hours.
Display: Within the 645 square feet retail floor space, the artist will have access to a width 59", depth 19" and height 11" glass display, wall shelf.
Artists: While jewelers are preferred, the opportunity is open to all artists.
Vendor Fee Arrangements: The owner is seeking 10-20% commission for vendor sales at the retail store. However, the arrangement can be
negotiated based upon additional mutual benefits for each business.
Time Requirements: The artist can feel free to sell their own work, or the owner of Imperial Jewelry is happy to sell their work.
Promotion/Public Events: The owner would like to work with artists interested in collaborating on promotional and public events.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Adriana Fernandes.
Email: afernandes@somervillema.gov

Rachel Strutt
Cultural Director
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
www.somervilleartscouncil.org
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Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

SOMERVILLE SEEKS SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER - January 8, 2015

City of Somerville
Special Events Manager

The position is responsible for managing community, civic, and cultural events for the City of Somerville and specifically for the Somerville Arts Council (SAC). Employee is required to perform similar or related duties. Plans, coordinates and manages art, cultural, and civic events and programs. Designs and generates brochures, posters, and press releases. Serves as Program Manager for City events which include but are not limited to Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, Mayor’s Spring Clean Up, Fireworks, Family Fun Day, SomDog, Spring Fling, Dogfest and Pet Pallooza, SomerStreets, and others as assigned. Participates in Somerville Art Council event planning and implementation of programming including but not limited to ArtsUnion, ArtBeat, Illuminations Tour, and other SAC events as assigned. Employee is expected to work evenings and weekends. Employee is expected to work with a broad cross section of the public, business community, and residents, and other arts and cultural workers in the sector. Attend board and advisory meetings as assigned.

Qualifications:

BA degree in arts or humanities field, and five (5) years experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

3-5 years of community event planning and extensive knowledge of surrounding community and issues facing them.

Ability to meet and deal with the public effectively and appropriately; ability to handle problems effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to deal appropriately with employees, officials, other elected officials and members of the general public; ability to plan, manage and execute public events and programs.

Excellent communication and writing skills; computer skills. Skill in handling pressure and adhering to time lines, working independently and being organized.

Salary: $60,000 per year; paid weekly at $1,153.85; plus benefits.

Send resume along with a cover letter by January 8, 2015, to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov


THE CITY OF SOMERVILLE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

RIFRAKT GALLERY ANNUAL HOLIDAY ART SALE - December 14, 2014

Join us Sunday, December 14, 2014 for our annual Holiday Art Sale! View this email in your browser

Seasons Greetings Friends!

It may have been awhile since you have heard from the Rifrákt family, but we have certainly kept busy. We would like to share with you our upcoming Holiday Art Fair which will take place this Sunday, December 14th, from 12pm - 6pm.

This year we join our fellow artists and artisans and welcome Deirdre of The Willow Path Tarot and Vanessa Mayer, masseuse! There will be live music by Dan Blakeslee, Adrian Emberley, and friends as well. Admission is FREE!

The Rifrákt Family PhotoBooth is back for another installation!
We are creating a wild holiday set for you to pose within and perhaps utilize some of our many props, costumes and goodies! The PhotoBooth is a fun public art installation and supported by donation to our Pay-What-You-Think-It's-Worth fund. Visitors are encouraged to take their own photos, group photos, or selfies with our new Rifrákt set!

Art For Sale!
Each Rifrákt family member will be selling their original and fine art reproductions!
Aaron Morris will have his work in print, magnet, and postcard form. Cary Hulbert will have photogravuers and etchings for sale. Chris O'Neill will have holiday cards and personalized ornaments for sale. Sarah Gay O'Neill will have prints and hats for sale. Stephanie Goode will have framed and individual prints for sale. Get a sneak peak below!


collage © Aaron Morris, 2014

photogravure © Cary Hulbert, 2014

illustration © Chris O'Neill, 2014

ink on paper © Sarah Gay, 2014

archival pigment print © Stephanie Goode, 2014
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Monday, December 08, 2014

SOMERVILLE ILLUMINATIONS BIKE TOUR - December 13, 2014

A wintry night ride amongst warmly lit homes.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Somerville High School
Main Entrance

Meet at 5:50pm
Depart at 6pm

A Somerville Arts Council and Bicycle Committee Event.

Holiday lights, costumes and festive cheer encouraged.

$5 Donation Suggested.

Bike lights required & dress warmly.

Heavy rain, snow, wind or ice cancels.


CALL FOR SMALL WORK SALON 2015: Word + Image - February 15, 2015

The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, invites Boston area artists to submit work for an exhibition juried by Maria Magdalena Campos – Pons, distinguished artist and long time Professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Show dates: April 10 – May 15, 2015. Entry fee.

Details:

http://www.maudmorganarts.org

SOMERVILLE TOOL LIBRARY - December 13, 2014

The Somerville Tool Library is a community-supported lending library for household tools for local residents, businesses, artists and homeowners. We're located at 577 Somerville Ave., inside Parts and Crafts. We will be opening February 7th 2015 and offering tool trainings and workshops in addition to tool lending. We're actively soliciting members, tool donations and volunteers for this exciting community project. Stop by Parts and Crafts on Saturday December 13th from 12-2PM to learn more or visit our The Somerville Tool Library to get involved.

The Somerville Tool Library
Join the Somerville Tool Library The Somerville Tool library is a tool lending library located at Parts and Crafts in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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Friday, December 05, 2014

SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY PLANNING SERIES - December 17, 2014

Somerville by Design: Union Square
Community planning series starts December 17th!
6:30 PM at the Old Post Office Building, 237 Washington Street

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the "Somerville by Design" neighborhood planning effort in Union Square, which will result in a neighborhood plan that informs zoning and future development. How do you see the future of Union Square? We need your input! For much more info, go here:

http://www.somervillebydesign.com/

Crowdsourcing Event
December 17
Old Post Office
The process will kick off with a Crowdsourcing event on December 17th at 6:30 PM at the Old Post Office. The goal of this event is to ask local stakeholders to help establish channels of communication within the existing social fabric of the neighborhood.

Visioning Sessions
January 7 & 31
Old Post Office
There will be two visioning meetings, with identical agendas. The first is on Wednesday, January 7th at 6:30 PM. The second meeting will be on January 31, with a 9:00 AM walking tour and followed by a 10:00 AM visioning meeting. We are holding this meeting twice to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to share their vision for the future of Union Square.

Development Opportunities & Constraints Workshops
February 4, 11, 18 & 25
Location TBD
Four workshops will be held to gain insight into key development issues such as traffic and parking, project financing, architectural possibilities, and market conditions. These workshops will be lead jointly by the City and the US2 master development team. Workshops will be held every Wednesday in February at 6:30 PM, including February 4, 11, 18, and 25. Specific topics and workshop location will be forthcoming.

Design Charrette
March 9, 10, & 11
Old Post Office
We will hold an "open studio" design charrette in the Old Post Office from March 9th through the 11th. Contribute your ideas to City staff and designers for the future of the Union Square neighborhood. We will work together to generate as many ideas as possible, and at a "Pin-Up Presentation" on March 11th, you will be able to review all of the ideas and provide important feedback.

Plan Open House
May 13
Old Post Office
During the spring we will refine the neighborhood plan based on stakeholder feedback, and present these final ideas back to the community on May 13th.

At all events, we will have updates on the green line expansion, US2 station-area projects, and other evolving work that is of interest to residents and impacts this planning effort.

Find out more about Somerville by Design at www.somervillebydesign.com and contribute to the conversation through social media with #PlanUnionSquare.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

AARDVARK JAZZ CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT - December 20, 2014

Somerville flutist Peter H. Bloom invites you to the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra’s Christmas concert December 20 at Emmanuel Church, Boston.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: An American Christmas
The Aardvark 42nd Annual Christmas Concert
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Admission: $20 at the door
Information: 617-776-8778 or 617-452-3205. www.aardvarkjazz.com
Proceeds to benefit Poor People’s United Fund

Lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington’s finest reed sections. JazzTimes

A signature event in the Boston holiday season for more than 40 years, Aardvark’s Christmas Concert December 20 will feature selections from the magnificent Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite – an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic. The band will also perform William Billings' Shepherd's Carol, American carols and spirituals, and selections from Mark Harvey’s Bethlehem Counterpoint, including The Prophet, inspired by legendary social activist Kip Tiernan (1926-2011). Proceeds will benefit Poor People’s United Fund, an organization that Tiernan co-founded, which fights poverty and homelessness through education, advocacy, support to grassroots service organizations, and emergency assistance to families and individuals.

One of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, Aardvark performs widely, has premiered more than 150 works, and has released 12 CDs to worldwide acclaim, including 7 discs on the prestigious Leo Records label. Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass, Jimmy Leach/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

Expansive harmony, brilliant music…an exceptional big band CultureJazz.Fr (France)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks
Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director, 617 776 8778 or delamotte-amw@comcast.net
www.aardvarkjazz.com

SOMERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY LABOR POSTER EXHIBIT - December 3-29, 2014

An international labor poster exhibit

From the collection of STEPHEN LEWIS
at
Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Ave.
Dec. 3 through Dec. 29 2014
Open Mon. through Thu. 9 am to 9 pm, Fri. 9 am to 6pm.
Sat. 9 am to 5 pm, Sun. 1 pm to 5 pm
Free Admission, fully accessible. For information call 617/623-5000
Free admission, fully accessible

This project is supported in part by a grant from: Roofers Union Local 33 and Martin Callaghan

SOMERVILLE YOUTH ART EXHIBITION - December 22, 2014

Our first semester of Youth Arts Arise has been a huge success, and we’re gearing up for our first showcase! The showcase is a fantastic opportunity for the community to view the participants’ work and celebrate their achievements from the fall semester of workshops.

The showcase will be held on Monday, December 22 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Armory.

Attached is an invitation with more details – hope to see you there!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at education@artsatthearmory.org or 617-718-2191.

Thanks,
Bridget Galway
Education Programs Coordinator
education@artsatthearmory.org

Special thanks to Shaws, Whole Foods, JP Licks, Redbones, and Q’s Nuts for refreshment donations!
Huge shout out to The Boston Foundation for supporting Youth Arts Arise.
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