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Thursday, October 30, 2014


Stop. Look. Shoot. Original Photography will have its first ever exhibition of photos at the Unitarian Church of Medford, 147 High Street, Medford, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 22 from 2-6 p.m. Everybody welcome!




The Arlington Book Festival is this Saturday, November 1.

There's lots of great stuff happening and it's all free. I'm moderating a panel about creating children's books (don't tell them I live in Somerville!):

10:00 Authoring Children’s Books (Reading Room)
There’s magic and mystery in creating great books for kids.

Panel moderator: Jef Czekaj, award-winning children’s author
Panelists: Miriam Glassman, Sarah Lamstein, Adam J.B. Lane, Stephen Sanzo

We'll be discussing the process of creating children's books, from initial idea all the way to publication.

info here:


I have one space available in our large shared studio at 6 Vernon Street, on the 2nd floor. It is one of
5 spaces in a large room. The available space is about 10’ wide, and 13’ deep.

The studio has windows, but this space is not at the window.
There is some overhead fluorescent lighting, and artists can bring their own additional

The space is available starting in Nov. and the rent for this space is
$187/month, which covers rent, electricity, and insurance. The other
artists in the studio are doing painting, printmaking, woven paper, and mixed media.

All artists in the building have the opportunity to participate in Open
Studios at Vernon Street each fall, and in Somerville Open Studios
each May. This year’s fall Open Studio dates are Dec 6-7.

I am looking for an artist who does plan to participate in the open studios,
since it’s a better draw for the studio, if all of us are showing.

If interested, please write and give some information about yourself and
your media, what kind of situation you are looking for, and any


Happy Halloween Everyone!

The Armory of Horror at Arts at the Armory is looking for volunteers to bring friendly but spooky faces to Family Fun Day, on Nov. 1st. If you want to go all-out scary, it's not too late to join the nightmare scare techs and deranged characters in the evening sessions of the haunted Maze (Oct 30 - Nov 1). We've got a great maze crew, but for Halloween weekend, we could use a few more helpers! If you are interested in joining us, please check off your availability here.

Volunteer Roles

Family Fun Day - Nov 1 (from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Kid-friendly characters: The nightly maze is SCARY. For Family Fun Day, we need less creepy characters to inhabit the maze and hand out trick-or-treat candy.

​Arts and crafts helpers: Oversee and assist our younger visitors with a range of arts and crafts activities.
Costumes (kid-friendly!) preferred.​​

The​ nightly Haunted Maze (Oct 30, 31, Nov 1; 5-10:30 pm)

Scary characters and Pranksters: Be the heart and soul of our haunted maze! Dress up in costume, lurk in wait, and SCARE our guests. Bring your own costume, or we can provide one.

Scare Techs: Don't want to be visible? We need people behind the scenes pulling levers to make the mechanical scares work their magic! Come dressed in black.​​​

All Volunteers recieve two free tickets per day to give to friends and family for this event.

Matthew Martino

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Cupcakes, cookies, cake, truffles and more. If you’ve got a sweet spot for the Somerville Homeless Coalition and your heart goes pity pat at the thought of sugar, we’d love your help!

Wrap Around Dessert Reception
Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville
November 16th, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

The Nave Gallery, a volunteer-run exhibition space that showcases the work of local and regional artists and musicians, is hosting Wrap Around

a sale of affordable handmade knitted/crocheted/sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Wrap Around will take place November 15-December 14, with a Dessert Reception on Sundayy, November 16, from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.

We need desserts for the reception! If you’re interested in donating a sweet for this sweet event, please email, and let us know! We’ll gratefully give our thanks by listing you on our website.

Tori Costa
Marketing Professional


The city of Somerville, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone is pleased to offer an affordable homeownership studio unit for sale for $91,885.

88 Wheatland St, Unit #1 is in the Winter Hill neighborhood. This studio unit is part of an 8 unit development that was built in 2000. The unit is well-designed, includes a washer/dryer, central air conditioning, and one deeded parking space. Appliances are white and also include a dishwasher.

All are welcome to apply. Applicants who live or work full-time in Somerville will receive a preference in the lottery.

Eligible applicants must earn less than $47,450 for one person or $54,200 for 2 people. See flier for details.

An Information Session will be held on Thursday, October 30th at 6 pm at the Public Library, Central Branch, Conference Room. Applications will be available at the conclusion of the Info Session.

RSVP at 617.625.6600 x 2577.


Vicki Wairi
Program Specialist
City of Somerville
Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development
Housing Division
50 Evergreen Av
Somerville, MA 02145
617.625.6600 x 2588
Fax: 617. 666.8035

HOW ARTISTS CAN USE THE WEB - November 20, 2014

The Artist's Website: Building Your Website with WIX for Artists
Wednesday, October 29th 6:00PM - 9:00PM, $20/$30
at Cambridge Community Television
438 Massachusetts Avenue
Can't code HTML? Don't have thousands to shell out for a beautiful web design? You can build your own interactive website using Wix. This hands-on workshop will walk you through the web-building program including how to find, purchase, and connect a domain name, how to pick a template, how to create web pages, pricing structures, and how to enable e-commerce and blogs.

Engaging Facebook: How to Make (and Keep) Your Artist Page Compelling
Tuesday, November 4th 6:00PM - 9:00PM, $20/$30
at Cambridge Community Television
438 Massachusetts Avenue
Facebook has over a billion active users and is the most utilized social networking site in the world. Many artists and organizations today are successfully utilizing it as a marketing tool, and as one of the primary means of connecting with others. Learn how to construct a professional presence on facebook, and how to take advantage of this incredibly popular tool to connect with a potential audience.

"Just Submit Online": An Artist's Guide to Electronic Exhibition Submissions
Thursday, November 20th 6:30PM - 8:30PM, $10/$15
at the Cambridge Art Association
25 Lowell Street
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.

Representing the Real Online: Techniques and Strategies for Photographing Your Art Work for the Web
Sunday, December 7th 6:00PM - 9:00PM, $20/$30
at Cambridge Community Television
438 Massachusetts Avenue
In this course we will discuss best practices for photographing your art work (2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work) for use online. Basic lighting and digital photography technique will be explored as well as a brief review of file formats. This class will include a tour of the resources available to you at CCTV.

Networking and Resume Building for Artists: How LinkedIN Works
Wednesday, January 7th 6:00PM - 9:00PM, $20/$30
at Cambridge Community Television
438 Massachusetts Avenue
In this three-hour workshop, learn how to use the world's largest professional networking site to showcase your career as an artist. We'll cover how to create a dynamic profile and how to connect with fellow artists, curators and gallerists. Participants must bring a copy of their arts resume.

Social Media Strategy: Creating and Maintaining Your Online Presence
Thursday, January 15th 6:30PM - 8:30PM, $10/$15
at Cambridge Art Association
25 Lowell Street
Okay, so you've got your website, your facebook page, your twitter account, etc. How do you make these platforms work together to represent you? How do you keep your online presence active and engaging? In this workshop, learn strategies for sustaining your identity online, including how to find and build an audience and how to keep them coming back for more.

Monday, October 27, 2014


The Armory's Youth Arts Arise program is looking for local artist instructors to instruct our winter session workshops in a wide range of disciplines, including both visual and performing arts. Workshops are currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm, January - March.

Youth Arts Arise is a free arts education program that offers multi-disciplinary artistic workshops after school and during the summer for youth ages 11-19. Older youth will have an opportunity to participate in a mentoring/peer leadership role. Workshop themes will encourage self-exploration through investigation of the participants' individual and cultural identity as well as exploring other cultures, traditions, and diversity.

Artist instructors will teach either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Workshops take up two or three Tuesdays or Wednesdays, depending on the time needed to accomplish the project. The stipend for artist instructors is $60 per workshop day.

Are you an artist who'd like to teach in the program? Contact us! Email or call (617) 718-2191.


Bridget Galway
Education Programs Coordinator




Hello there,
I hope this message finds you well. Over the years, Vernon Street Studios has been recognized as an artistic community well known throughout the area for the quality of work produced by artists with established reputations as well as exciting newcomers. Located in an historic 19th-century brick industrial building, Vernon Street housed the first group of artists in Somerville to open their studios to the public in 1974. This year marks our 40th Anniversary of Vernon Street Open Studios, one of the oldest open studios events in the Greater Boston area. To honor this milestone, we will be having a special exhibit from mid- November to December at the Somerville Museum, featuring some of the original artists at Vernon as well as current residents. These founding artists are also invited to participate in Vernon Street Open Studios on December 6th & 7th. It will be an exciting event that will highlight the evolution and transitions this creative landmark has encountered through the years. For promotional purposes, I have attached a link to the Vernon Street website for access to hi-res photos. Feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule an interview or to take a tour of the building. We hope that you can join us for this momentous occasion.
Heather Balchunas

Studio Coordinator, Vernon Street Studios

Vernon Street Open Studios

Time: December 6 & 7, 2014

(Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm)

Location: 6 & 20 Vernon Street, Somerville, MA 02145

Vernon Street Artists’ Anniversary Exhibit
Location: Somerville Museum
1 Westwood Road
Somerville, MA
November 14 - December 31, 2014
Opening Reception:
Friday, November 14 , 7-9 pm

Celebrating 40 years of creativity & art ......

On December 6 & 7, Vernon Street Studios will host their annual open studios (which has become a much anticipated annual event).

Over the years, Vernon Street Studios has been recognized as a community well known throughout the area for the quality of work produced by artists with established reputations as well as exciting newcomers. Located in an historic 19th-century brick industrial building, Vernon Street housed the first group of artists in Somerville to open their studios to the public in 1974. This year marks our 40th Anniversary of Vernon Street Open Studios, one of the oldest open studios events in the Greater Boston area. To honor this milestone, we will be having a special exhibit from mid- November to December at the Somerville Museum, featuring some of the original artists at Vernon as well as current residents. These founding artists are also invited to participate in Open Studios on December 6 & 7. It will be an exciting event that will highlight the evolution and transitions this creative landmark has encountered through the years. During this showcase for the arts, mid-career and emerging artists working across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft media – including painting, photography, print-making, sculpture, glass, fiber, jewelry, furniture, and ceramics – will exhibit and sell their work ….just in time for the holiday season.

The Open Studios event allows attendees to learn about the creative process, interact with artists in the spaces where they create, purchase original artwork, and discover new talent.

The studios are located in the Rogers Foam facility, which is comprised of two buildings on the corner of Central and Vernon Streets. Parking is available in the large lot behind the buildings.

For more info visit:

300 dpi images available

To download visit:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KIDS' SPOOKY ART SHOW! - October 2014

The opening will be Sunday Oct. 26th, 1 - 3 PM
All Entrants will get a FREE Goodies Bag!
Just drop off your scary artwork any time next week between 11 AM & 7 PM (except for Tues.)

Kids of all ages welcome!

713 Broadway, Ball SQ


Dear Colleagues,

I write to let you know of exciting staffing changes at Barr Foundation in the arts and culture program. We will have two open positions in the Arts & Culture Program: Program Assistant and a newly created position of Program Officer.

Program Assistant
Lauren Woody, our great Program Assistant, will be leaving Barr Foundation to take a wonderful new position at Pilot House Family Philanthropy Office. If you have interacted with Lauren, you can appreciate how her gracious professionalism and astute insights have contributed mightily to our team and the Foundation.

Attached is the Program Assistant job announcement which has a deadline of November 7th. I ask you to quickly and thoughtfully reach out to your networks and help us find qualified candidates. You'll see that the position requires a minimum of two years working in arts and culture, so your contacts will be invaluable.

Please note that all inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: Denise Gillespie, Director of Human Resources,

Program Officer
As our portfolio has greatly grown, we are creating a Arts & Culture Program Officer position. We will be conducting a national search - the job announcement and search details will be released soon.

In the meanwhile, I also ask for your patience through this transition.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Warm regards,
San San


Community Note: City Seeking Applications for Vacant Somerville Redevelopment Authority Position

SOMERVILLE - The Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA) is seeking applicants to fill a current vacancy in the five-member board. The SRA is an entity created under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The SRA has a total of five members, four of whom are appointed by the Mayor and one of whom is appointed by the Governor. The members serve staggered terms of three years each. Each member must be a Somerville resident.

Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 121B, redevelopment authorities have the power to declare that an area is substandard, decadent, and/or blighted, to prepare an urban renewal plan for the redevelopment of that area, and to implement the goals of that plan. In recent years, the SRA has been instrumental in the success of the Assembly Row project and, most recently, the Union Square Revitalization Plan .

Interested applicants should send a statement of interest and resume to by Friday, Nov. 7. Ideal candidates will have experience in any or all of the following fields: community planning; public transportation; transit-oriented development; real estate development; housing or financial services; and design and architecture.


Hello, Arts Council community!

Do you enjoy watching locally made videos?
Do you have a video you want screened for feedback?
Do you like popcorn from a microwave?
Do you want to just come to show your support for local creatives?

Pefect! Come next Monday, on October 27th at 7pm, to the Rough Cut Media Screening at SCATV (90 Union Square). This is a fun event, where media-makers from all walks of life can share their video work in progress to be screened for feedback. You can take it or leave it but nonetheless it is an opportunity to pitch your work, watch other people's videos and to network! We hope to see you at SCATV!

RSVP here!

Erica Jones
Membership & Outreach Coordinator
"connect. create. communicate."

Somerville Community Access TV
SCATV Facebook

Somerville Neighborhood News
SNN Facebook

Boston Free Radio
BFR Facebook

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CALL FOR The Big C THEMED ART - November 17, 2014

Cancer does not discriminate and it will inevitably affect each and every one of us in one way or another. The many emotions associated with this disease can both bring us together and tear us apart. Where there is loss there is anger, where there is strength there is support and where there is perseverance there is hope. In this call for art we want to see the many faces associated with The Big C. Entry fee.


Friday, October 24, 2014


"I’m putting together an art show/sale event at the Marriott Custom House next to Faneuil Hall in Boston on Sunday November 30, 2014 (biggest shopping weekend of the year) and am looking for 40 Artists to participate.
Here are the details: I found an awesome classy place, the Marriott Custom House next to Faneuil Hall and steps outside the Blue Line T stop off of State St. It’s going to cost me $2500 with all the rental costs, bartender cost, security costs, taxes and fees. This works out to $62.50 per artist and I am making 0$ on this just to be 100% clear. For this price you’ll get the following:
1) Showcase your art in the famous Marriot Custom House from 1 PM to 8 PM.
a) Set up from 12 noon to 1 PM and break down after 8 PM, leaving by 9PM.
b) Since street parking is free on Sunday, and it’s the peak shopping weekend, Faneuil Hall area will be overflowing with shoppers.
2) I’ll rent out the 2nd and 3rd center open floor areas and the Counting Room.
a) 13 artists will fit on the 2nd floor open rotunda area.
b) 18 will fit in the Counting Room, behind the bar area (that why it’s important to rent a bartender; when people drink, they’re more likely to buy Art in a relaxed social setting).
c) 9 artists will fit on the 3rd floor and this will be where the music is.
d) I’m trying to even out the foot traffic so all areas get the same chance to makes sales and get noticed.
3) I’ll work on getting a few classical music players to play for free during our time here, to play in half hour blocks as back fill music. I was told many of the Berkley student might do this for free just so they can get exposure to play in public.
4) I’m looking for free help to promote this; it can be any free air play, free mention in the newspaper, and social media sites like Patch, Event Bright, Twitter, Facebook etc. I can post in a ton of groups but we need a lot more than that.
5) Looking to see if we should partner this with a local charity to get more publicity?
8) Its open and free to the public and we’d get a lot of the 84 Marriott Custom House residents who are, need I say, very well off to um really rich. This is some serious exposure - most of us never get to have exposure to a rich clientele.
9) Artist would use a 4 foot wide by 2 feet deep by 6 foot tall area to accommodate a table or easels. We'd like all Artists to sit/stand in front of their area, meaning the table etc. would be against the wall to make better use of more space. You’ll have to provide your own table, small folding chair and/or easels.
11) Please feel free to forward this to any artist you know. If any of you can offer any free help, I’m open to this.
12) Please contact me via e-mail
Biagio Occhino
artist @ Blue Cloud Gallery
713 Broadway, Ball SQ


Tomorrow The Department of Play and the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts will be at the Union Sq Farmers market 10-1 on the cobblestones near SCAT.

Come build structures with giant foam blocks created at the Artisans Asylum, and tour the vintage trailer that is MMoAA.

It's also knife sharpening day, so bring knives, tools, and scissors to have the sharpened while you shop..... or play!

MaryCat, market manager

All the Details here:
Block Party

Humans will establish a colony on Mars in 2024. Inspired by Somerville’s vibrant city life, experts on Martian urban development seek Somervillians’ help in designing the planet’s first cities.

Department of Play and The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts are hosting “Block Party” to enlist residents’ imagination and transmit the spirit of community to Mars.

Come join us on Saturday October 25th at the Union Square Farmer’s Market between 10am and 1pm. We’ll build prototypes of the future martian city out of giant foam blocks. The resulting models will be photographed. The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, an itinerant museum of personal objects and their histories, will archive the pictures as part of their collection.

The Department of Play is a Cambridge-based collective. We create temporary play zones in cities. We believe in the transformative power of play and shared fun. By engaging socially diverse city residents through play, we question existing patterns of social segregation. We provide a space of encounter where people can experience and enjoy sharing each other’s differences.

The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts (MMoAA) is a touring museum of personal objects and their histories. Housed in a small vintage trailer, MMoAA travels from town to town, conducting an “archeology of the present” that uncovers objects of significant (and insignificant) connection to everyday American life.

Block Party play blocks were created at Artisan's Asylum in Somerville. The event is hosted by Union Square Farmers Market

Come build with us!
Posted by: MaryCatherine


I typically write you to tell you about an upcoming event at the Cambridge Art Association or to ask you for a contribution to support our work. Today I write to you with a different message - but one that is important to not just the Cambridge Art Association, but to the regional creative community.

Today, October 24th is Arts Matter Day. I hope you will do two things to voice your support of the arts in Massachusetts, and the importance of the arts in your life.

First, I hope you will please sign the Arts Matter pledge

to show the candidates that arts matter to you and should matter in this election.

Second - We want to hear from you why the #ArtsMatter! I hope you will Tweet @cambridgeartorg with why the #ArtsMatter to you and/or tag Cambridge Art Association on Facebook with why the #ArtsMatter to you. Our favorite Tweet and Facebook post will each win a 2015 Cambridge Art Association Calendar, featuring work by local and regional artists who are members of the Cambridge Art Association.

Thank you for supporting the Arts - and the Cambridge Art Association. It is because of YOU that the #ArtsMatter to ME.


Erin Becker
Norma Jean Calderwood Director
Cambridge Art Association


Members Prize Show - juried by Al Miner (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Through November 15, at University Place Gallery

Time Travelers
Small Group Show featuring work by Stephen Martin, Conny Goelz-Schmitt and Lorraine Sullivan
Through October 30, at Kathryn Schultz Gallery

See our upcoming shows on our website ...


The Somerville Arts Council and Parts and Crafts announces a MUSCRAT Kids Maker series

Come out and check out our Multi Use Somerville Community Roaming 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. Oct. 25, Mystic Activity Center parking lot, 530 Mystic Ave.
Sat. Nov. 1, Mystic Activity Center parking lot, 530 Mystic Ave.
Sat. Nov. 8, Capuano School, 150 Glenn Street
Sat. Nov. 15, Clarendon Hill parking lot, 268 Powerhouse Blvd.
Sat. Nov. 22, Clarendon Hill parking lot, 268 Powerhouse 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.


We have a big weekend at the Nave. This will be the last weekend for Bibliophilia, a show about book art curated by Hannah Verlin at the Nave Annex in Davis Square. There will be an artist talk on Sunday.

Also, we're excited to have Scott Ainslie, a well-know blues activist, play at the Nave Gallery in Teele Square on Sunday. There will be a reception at 5:00 pm, with a concert at 6:00 pm.

October 2-26, 2014
Curated by: Hannah Verlin

Artist Talk: Sunday, October 26; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nave Annex, Davis Square, 53 Chester St, Somerville

Directions Exhibition Artist Talk

Artists: Caroline Bagenal, Kate Barber, Ana Campos, Cathy Durso, Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer, Ann Forbush, Rebekah Lord Gardiner, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Liz Hilt, Sarah Hulsey, Jenn Libby, Kathy Lobo, Claire Marcus, Joyce McDaniel, Leighton McWilliams, Abbie Read, Ian Sampson, Susan Schmidt

Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice
October 5 - November 2, 2014
Curated by: Karl Gufstason

Blues as Truth-Telling, featuring Scott Ainslie: Sunday, October 26; 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Nave Gallery, Teele Square; 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville

Directions Exhibition Blues as Truth-Telling

Artists: Nancy Hall Brooks, Chantal Bruchez-Hall, Nancy Crasco, David Feingold, Helena Gijsbers van Wijk, Karen Gutfreund, Neil Horsky, Lou Jones, Shaun Lynch, Claire Marcus, Claire Roll, Adrienne Sloane, Michael Spencer, Steven Stark, Taryn Wells

In May, 2014, the Nave Gallery marked its 10 year anniversary at The Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church.
Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice, is a celebration of this partnership and an assertion that art is a vehicle through which conversations on social change can be held, compelling people to action.

SpaceFinder Mass IS HERE!

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC) is excited to announce the launch of SpaceFinder Mass: A free online platform that enables artists and creative spaces to connect with one another

Created by Fractured Atlas and established in numerous cities nationwide, the A&BC is bringing this service to our area with the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and in collaboration with StageSource and Boston Dance Alliance

SpaceFinder's advanced search function enables venues to promote their space based on technical specifications, pricing, availability, the type of events suitable for their space and more. These filter capabilities assure that organizations receive inquiries from renters serious and educated about what their space has to offer. For example, SpaceFinder New York has achieved a 73% match rate!

Creating your listing on SpaceFinder Mass is simple:

Visit click "List Your Space" to sign up for your free organization account and complete your organization profile.

Fill out your organization info and create a space listing. After completing your organization profile and space listings, the A&BC will review and publish your listing. Your listing will be online and available for potential renters to find you within three to four business days!

Questions? Please contact us at:

Or, for technical assistance, contact:
Heather Balchunas
Office Manager
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985

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