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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


East Somerville Main Streets is currently seeking a new Executive Director:

The East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) board of directors seeks a self-motivated, entrepreneurial, passionate, and purposeful Executive Director to partner with the Board in impacting the future of East Somerville through the Main Streets program. The Director will continue ESMS’s strong past of implementing best practices in economic and community development and of delivering successful assets-based development in a multicultural neighborhood. They will also develop and execute cultural economic development plans; creating innovative initiatives to tell the story of our community and to develop and promote our community’s unique brand.
The Director will be able to think critically and innovatively about the future of East Somerville at this changing time, and what the role of ESMS will be in that change. They will be responsible for the implementation of existing programs, as well as making recommendations for innovation in the following core areas: grassroots program investment, neighborhood communications, business technical assistance, community advocacy and fundraising.

About ESMS: East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to improve the life of our community by creating investment, connection and pride in our main streets. We work from the idea that you cannot have strong community without a strong heart and center for that community in the business district. Our work is achieved by building a coalition of residents, local government, business- and property-owners and community groups who all have a stake in the growth of our community. Together we strengthen the role of East Somerville’s business districts as community and commercial centers and unique cultural destinations.

See FULL Job Description on our website


Carrie Dancy Niemy
Executive Director
East Somerville Main Streets
114 Broadway - Suite 112
Somerville, MA 02145
617.623.3869 -

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East Somerville Main Streets' mission is to improve the life of our community by building investment, connection and pride in our main street. Join us today, become a supporter!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


It is ART that makes life, makes interest, makes importance,
and I know of no substitute for the force and beauty of its process
~ Henry James

Hello !

In this season of thanks, I want to thank YOU for the many ways you have supported your community at the Cambridge Art Association in 2014.

In 2014, the Association:
Featured 17 exhibitions of local and regional work in our two gallery spaces - the Kathryn Schultz Gallery and University Place Gallery - including exhibits juried by Dr. James Welu (Worcester Art Museum), Camilo Alvarez (samson projects), Al Miner (MFA Boston), and Dana Salvo (Clark Gallery); member-organized small group shows, including Mined/Matter, Time Travelers, and Motion Envisioned

Astrid Reischwitz, Spinneklub
Best in Show, PLATINUM
Welcomed 80 new Artist Members to the Association!
Launched a Creativity Lab - in partnership with Kyle Browne of the Cambridge Creativity Commons and Gately Youth Center - serving nearly 20 Cambridge youth in an out-of-school time program designed to promote creative thinking and hands-on learning, while connecting local youth to working artists and culminating in an exhibit at University Place Gallery
Established a partnership with Cambridge Community Television to co-present a Social Media for Artists Series (on our Third Thursdays) and continued our Creative Collaboration printmaking weekends with Maud Morgan Arts
Introduced a new, Lunch & Learn series, featuring creative-minded guest speakers
And received a $25,000 gift to establish the Irving W. and Charlotte F. Rabb Scholarship Fund, which will provide 4 full Artist Member scholarships annually, as well as a $1000 scholarship each year for a graduating Cambridge Rindge and Latin School student. Read more about the Rabb Scholarship in our Press Release
In spite of our many successes, we continue to operate at a deficit - due to uneven art sales and other factors affected by the still-struggling economy. In an effort to create a sustainable future for the Association, we are undertaking a strategic planning process, working with consultants from ESC New England, beginning next month. Your support is more crucial now than ever, as we look to build on the wonderfully rich history of the Association and ensure its long, prosperous future.

Our successes are not just made possible by you - they are for you, and for the art-makers in our community. If you have not done so already, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today, and support YOUR Cambridge Art Association.

Thank you!

Erin Becker
Norma Jean Calderwood Director
Cambridge Art Association


The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra,
Cynthia Woods, Music Director,
welcomes you to our 40th season's Holiday Pops!
"Twas the Night Before Christmas," "Sleigh Ride,"The Nutcracker Suite, and more... even a guest appearance from Santa!

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM
The Center for the Arts at the Armory

With Kimberly Moller, soprano and Cody Ingram, tenor, singing seasonal favorites and songs from Into the Woods and My Fair Lady.
We are proud to spotlight the Helping Hand Food Pantry at St. James Episcopal Church. Please bring a canned good to donate to Helping Hand at the concert.

Tickets are on sale at here. Please join us in celebration of 40 years of service in your community.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community music organization that provides a welcoming environment for players and audiences through outstanding concerts, events and social action. As the only community orchestra performing in Cambridge or Somerville, it presents reasonably priced concerts for the general public and free outreach concerts for audiences who might not otherwise hear live classical music. Over 80 CSO musicians and our audiences hail from Somerville, Cambridge and surrounding communities.

Monday, November 24, 2014


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

Sunday, December 14 – Autumn Bird Walk – led by Nancy Guppy

A complete description with registration information is posted on the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation website at

ART BASEL BOSTON 2014 EXHIBITION - December 6-7, 2014

SweeTree Ink Gallery 281A Mt Auburn St Watertown Ma

Sat Dec 6 5pm-12am Sun Dec 7 2pm-8pm

2nd annual 2 day Mini Art Fair in Boston featuring the best in local and national contemporary art, showing over 35 artists work, Live music performances by Psychotic Dog, Jess Jarva, Katie Coriander and Live comedy from Owen Linders and guests, tons of art to see, experience and explore! Live silk screening on sunday at 3pm so bring things to get printed and watch it happen live, so make sure you bring something cool to get printed! Free and open to the Public, Refreshments will be served!

in conjunction with Stonybrook Fine Arts who are also having their own Holiday open house event on Sun Dec 7 noon-6pm

sponsored by
The Sound Museum
WEMF radio


Tuesday, December 16th, 7-9pm, "Getting to Know Your Characters"

Join writer and Somerville Arts Council Fellowship recipient Whitney Scharer for a free 2-hour creative writing workshop called “Getting to Know Your Characters.” 

In this workshop, we will discuss ways of describing a character memorably and distinctly, and will explore some tools that help us get to know our characters well before we even put them on the page. We will look at examples (both good and bad) from published stories, discuss the authors’ techniques, and do some guided writing exercises that will help us get to know our characters better and describe them to the reader in compelling ways. The workshop is for fiction writers who are writing in the short fiction or novel form.
Free! At the Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. The workshop will take place in the conference room. Please email

to sign up.

CALL FOR ABSTRACT ART - December 1, 2014

This show is open to all 2D and 3D artists who work in the abstract. Work must be original and have been completed in the past three years. All work must be for sale. The Umbrella takes 25% of each sale and the balance will be paid at the end of the show. Entry fee.


Friday, November 21, 2014


It is with great pleasure that I announce Cambridge Art Association's Winter/Spring 2015 Exhibition schedule! As part of our CAA at 70 exhibition year, these exhibits serve to showcase the talents of the broad and diverse creative communities - locally and nationally - that are served by the Association. The range of talent both presenting and curating work in the coming season - Michael Rush (Broad Art Museum at Michigan State), Ali Ringenburg (Sloane Merrill Gallery), Stephen Tourlentes (MassArt), Alexander Campos (The Center for Book Arts, NY) - underscores the wealth of support within our community for emerging and mid-career artists.

Our Artist Members are the great strength of the Association. This coming spring, we will showcase two groups of artists members at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery - Fields of Viewpoints (Covert, Duffy, Selesnick, White) in March; and Gilbert, Gilbert & Morse (Wally Gilbert, Celia Gilbert, and Diana Morse) in April.

Our 70th exhibition year culminates with a series of important shows - the 14th National Prize Show, juried by Michael Rush; our annual New Members Show; and Just Around the (Charles) Riverbend, presented in conjunction with, and celebrating 40 years of the People for Riverbend Park Trust.

We hope you will stop by one of the galleries, connect with local art and artists, and continue supporting the Cambridge Art Association!

Erin Becker
Norma Jean Calderwood Director

Creative Collaboration - Maud Morgan Pop-Up Show

January 21-29, 2015 at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery | Closing reception, January 29, 5:30-7:30pm

A process show of work produced in a series of weekend workshops held at Maud Morgan Arts in Fall 2014.


February 5 - March 5, 2015 at University Place Gallery | Opening reception Friday, March 6, 5:30-7:30pm

A members' juried show, juried by Ali Ringenburg,
Owner & Director, Sloane Merrill Gallery (Boston MA)


February 5 - 27, 2015 at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery
| Opening reception Wednesday, February 11, 6-8pm

A Members' Small Group Show, featuring work by David Covert, Kevin Duffy, Kristin Selesnick, and Pat White

"Four artists whose work reflects various ranges, prospects, scans, scopes, observations, interpretations, and involvement. Four artists whose landscapes are seen from a distance, close up; from an impressionist approach to effecting detail; from realism to simplified stylization; from excavating abstractions from stone and reducing to essentials; from translating road trip views into powerful paintings; from the reduction of landscape to unique elements. Four artists whose work has a common textural feel, informed by the natural world through personal experiences: landscapes re-imagined."


March 7 - 31, 2014 at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery | Opening reception Saturday, March 7 1-3pm

A Juried Open Show, juried by Alexander Campos, Director and Curator, The Center for Book Arts (New York, NY)

We invite artists to explore both the form and function of the book, to consider not just the codex, but also the range of possibilities that exist both within and outside of the traditional structure of the book form.


March 12 - April 17, 2015 at University Place Gallery
| Opening reception Friday, March 13 6-8pm

A National Juried Photography Show, juried by Stephen Tourlentes

View the prospectus, and enter today.


April 3 - 30, 2015 at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery | Reception Sunday, April 19, 2-4pm
A Members' Small Group Show featuring Wally Gilbert, Celia Gilbert, and Diana Morse.

CAA at 70

April 23 - May 8, 2015 at University Place Gallery | Reception Friday, May 8, 6-8pm
Curated by Erin Becker, Norma Jean Calderwood Director and Cory Shea, Assistant Director

A musing on Cambridge Art Association's past, present, and future.


May 15 - June 25, 2015 at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery and University Place Gallery
| Opening Reception Friday, May 15, 6-8pm

A National Juried Show, juried by Dr. Michael Rush, Founding Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University


July 7 - August 27, 2015 at University Place Gallery
| Opening Reception Friday, July 10, 5-8pm

Celebrating 40 years of the People of Riverbend Park Trust and the legacy of Isabella Halsted. This show is open to the general public, and welcomes all images of and inspired by the Charles River.

Learn more about Riverbend Park and the 40 anniversary of the Trust.


July 7 - 24, 2015 at Kathryn Schultz Gallery
| Opening Reception Friday, July 10, 5-8pm


The Somerville Arts Council and Parts and Crafts announces a MUSCRAT Kids Maker series
Come out and check out our Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport vehicle as she hosts Parts and Crafts for a series of kids maker workshops. Learn more about electronics, woodworking and craft projects with Parks and Crafts staff.

We’re bring the MUSCRAT bus into the neighborhoods for this FREE series.
All workshops will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Sat. Nov. 22, Clarendon Hill parking lot, 268 Power House Blvd.

For more information about the MUSCRAT and this series go to:
For more information about Parts and Crafts go to:

Thanks to Somerville Housing Authority, Mystic Learning Center, Welcome Project, Haitian Coalition, & City DPW and Traffic and Parking.


Despite her untimely passing over 3 1/2 years ago,
Cambridge/Somerville animator Karen Aqua's legacy lives on through
her wonderful films and artwork. A large number of Karen's color
pastel drawings have been lovingly framed and displayed, and will be
available for viewing and for sale on Sunday December 14th from 1-6pm
at Miller Street Studios in Somerville. This work includes artwork
originally created for Sesame Street and for her independent animated
films, as well as several larger works that Karen created during
breaks between films.

Sunday December 14th, 2014, 1-6pm
Miller Street Studios
11 Miller Street
Somerville, MA

There is a Facebook event page here:

If you can register there that you will be there, it will help me to
know how many people to expect.

Also for sale will be copies of the DVD compilation of Karen's films,
of which a small number remain.

It makes me very happy to have Karen's work out in the world. Please
feel free to stop by simply to view this collection of her wonderful
creations, and to join me in celebrating Karen's inspiring life.

Note that several other artists at 11 Miller St will also be opening
their studios at the same time, including Annie Silverman and
Alessandra Mariano.

All best,
Ken Field * *


We are thrilled to share news of a concert featuring works by 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Composition Fellows & Finalists!


Saturday, November 22, 2014
Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA
Doors open 7:00, Concert begins at 7:30

Tamar Diesendruck
Derek Hurst
Evan Johnson
Ron Smith
James Bergin
Lou Bunk
David Kechley
Lew Spratlan

Works: Caccia (Gotcha!), Sixteen Cross Sections of Three Themes, 3 pieces for violin, Darkening Images, The What of the How, Supplement, Torsion for amplified viola and electronics, and Something Suspici ous for bass clarinet and electronics.

The concert was organized by Lou Bunk and Derek Hurst and features Rane Moore on clarinet/bass clarinet. She is joined by Ashleigh Gordon (viola), Shaw Pong Liu and Emily Kalish (violins). The event is supported with funding by the Somerville Arts Council.

A Facebook link to share:


The Argenziano School PTA in Union Sq, Somerville is excited to announce our first holiday craft fair. It will be held on Friday, December 12th from 6:30-9:30 pm in the school cafeteria and gym. Admission to the craft fair will be free to the general public. The event will be combined with our annual craft & cocoa for our students - we will have a separate area designated for children to make a craft and enjoy some winter goodies.

We would like to invite area crafters to join our event. You can fill out an application here:

Only handmade items will be considered.

The cost to rent a table is $25 plus a donation for our raffle table. Set-up for the event will begin at 5:30pm.

Please feel free to contact

with any questions.


The Board of Directors of Union Square Main Streets seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization through a new period of neighborhood change.

Union Square Main Streets (USMS) was founded in 2005 when residents and business owners came together with representatives of the city government to revive their neighborhood as a commercial and community center. Over the past ten years Mimi Graney served as the organization’s Executive Director. During that time USMS launched and grew signature programs including the Union Square Farmers Market and the annual Fluff Festival, and helped dozens of new businesses open in what is now a nationally recognized creative hub. The organization and the neighborhood is on the cusp of significant changes as long term efforts move into new phases; the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) has broken ground on the long-awaited Green Line Extension, which will significantly improve public transit access between Union Square and downtown Boston, and the enacting of a revitalization plan promises 2.3 million square feet of new transit oriented development across seven blocks near that station slated to open in late 2018.

Reporting to the USMS Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day to day operations of USMS and serves as an external champion, organization builder, and internal manager during this period of exciting growth.

See the job description and how to apply here:

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Call to Artists: Request for Qualifications

Cambridge Arts Council’s Digital Public Art Registry

Submissions: Ongoing (Recommended: December 15, 2014)

The Public Art Program of the Cambridge Arts Council is calling all artists interested in working in the public realm to enter our digital artist registry.

Registration is free and easy – upload digital files of work samples and complete a form of biographic information and you will be considered for all future public art commissions.

For the December 15 deadline, we are particularly seeking qualifications from artists interested in designing and building structures suitable for integration into new designs for parks and to serve the City’s current goal of integrating open, intergenerational play.

Since 1979, we have commissioned artists for percent-for-art projects large and small throughout the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. We continuously seek greater diversity in our programs and urge artists of all backgrounds, locales, and working in any medium to become part of our registry.

How to Submit:
Submit images of past work and biographical information at Once entered in the Cambridge Arts Council artist registry you will remain eligible for all future public art commissions with the City of Cambridge.

For more information about the Cambridge Arts Council please visit For technical support using Slideroom, please email For other questions please contact Public Art Administrator, Jeremy Gaucher, at

SCHOOL OF HONK - November 23, 2014

This Sunday, Nov 23 at sprout (339R Summer St.)

As usual, we will begin at 3 pm offering individual help on particular songs. At 3:30, we'll run through Rock Anthem, Cariñito, Ghostbusters and Do Watcha Wanna, and take some turns at some simple solos and improvisation. Then around 4:15, we'll step off again for another parade around the neighborhood. As always, everyone is encouraged to bring refreshments or any other treat they want to share with the group.

Recordings and sheet music available on our Facebook Page .

Hope to see you all Sunday!

on behalf of the School of HONK!

Join our band!

WHO: Anyone, of any age or musical experience, who wants to have fun playing loud and lively music, mostly outside, to support our community. Families encouraged to join.

WHAT: Bring any acoustic instrument you like (or we can find one for you). We’ll play all musical genres, drawing especially from world street band traditions as well as American popular music.

WHEN: Every Sunday afternoon, 3-5 pm, beginning October 26.

WHERE: sprout at 339R Summer St. in Somerville.

COST: No fee - donations of any amount accepted.

QUESTIONS: / 617-977-4894

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


A catastrophe befell my store yesterday when someone tripped and knocked my shelving unit full of pottery over :- (

I'd like to make "lemonade" out of the beautiful shards by calling on any of you mosaic artists or other creative types to literally "pick up the pieces" and turn this unfortunate situation into artwork.

Please stop by Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball SQ any time and salvage what you can. My hours are Tues. thru Fri. 11-7, Sat. 10-6 and Sun. 10-4.

I would feel a whole lot better if something good could come out of this!


Betsy Lenora
owner, Blue Cloud Gallery


1st Annual Holiday Greeting Recording at SCATV: Saturday, November 22nd, 10am-3:30pm. Reserve your spot today to ensure you get this free video!

You are invited to the SCATV studios for our 1st annual Holiday Greeting festivities! Come with your family, friends, neighbors, work friends or solo to record your holiday greeting this season!

Where will it air?

Once the videos are completely done, we will upload all the videos to our Youtube page and you can share this short video with friends, family and neighbors. It will also be aired on Channel 3 which streams live on our website.

If you wish to have a digital file, you will need to schedule a time to visit SCATV studios the following week and you can bring a thumb drive with you to transfer the file.

For more information, contact us at or at 617.628.8826.


Just Submit Online: An Artist's Guide to Electronic Exhibition Submissions

Part 4 of the Social Media for Artists Series
Presented in collaboration with Cambridge Community Television
$10 for CAA and CCTV Members, $15 for non-members

In this workshop, learn about the common rules and guidelines for submitting your artwork to exhibitions online. The class will take a look at some specific platforms, as well as provide general information about how to prepare your digital stills and video for online submission. If time permits, the instructor will go over researching online exhibition opportunities.

Click here to register today!

*Pre-registration recommended.

Artist Talk: Motion Envisioned
A discussion with the artists: Bea Grayson, Bob Hesse, and Ruth Lieberherr

Artwork courtesy of Bob Hesse

Kathryn Schultz Gallery and Offices 25 Lowell Street Cambridge MA 02138

University Place Gallery 124 Mt Auburn Street Cambridge MA 02138 * 617-876-0246 *

Monday, November 17, 2014


The Somerville Arts Council is please to support and announce:

Concert of Work by MCC Composers

We are thrilled to share news of a concert featuring works by 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Composition Fellows & Finalists!


Saturday, November 22, 2014
Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA
Doors open 7:00, Concert begins at 7:30

Tamar Diesendruck
Derek Hurst
Evan Johnson
Ron Smith
James Bergin
Lou Bunk
David Kechley
Lew Spratlan

Works: Caccia (Gotcha!), Sixteen Cross Sections of Three Themes, 3 pieces for violin, Darkening Images, The What of the How, Supplement, Torsion for amplified viola and electronics, and Something Suspicious for bass clarinet and electronics.

The concert was organized by Lou Bunk and Derek Hurst and features Rane Moore on clarinet/bass clarinet. She is joined by Ashleigh Gordon (viola), Shaw Pong Liu and Emily Kalish (violins). The event is supported with funding by the Somerville Arts Council.

A Facebook link to share:

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


Coro Dante, an Italian language chorus at the Dante Alighieri Center in Cambridge, is presenting its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 5pm. Admission is free.

Pianist and Assistant Conductor Cheryl Forest Morganson and some of the singers live in Somerville. New singers are always welcome. Further details from:

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