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Sunday, September 30, 2007

RESA BLATMAN ART EXHIBITION - October 23 - November 16, 2007

I'm writing to invite you to my first solo show since graduating from Boston University in 2006. My exhibit, "Lavish Birds," will include some small work on panel and paper, and several large, new and elaborately detailed paintings. I think you'll enjoy the exhibit -- you'll experience a lush, visual feast of fruit, flora, birds, dragon flies, and other assorted bugs! Bring your family and friends to the artist reception on Saturday, October 27th, from 2-4 pm. Wheelock College is near Emmanuel College, and the Landmark Mall (old Sears building in the Fenway). Please click on the link below for directions and information.

Here are the details:
Opening reception, Saturday, October 27th, 2-4 PM
Resa Blatman : Lavish Birds
Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College
180 The Riverway
Boston, MA 02215

Exhibit duration: October 23rd - November 16th, 2007 (3 weeks)
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5 PM
Gallery telephone: 617-879-2219

Public transportation suggested: Green line D train to Longwood or Fenway stop.

There is parking at the Landmark Mall, or sometimes on The Riverway. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions about the work, please contact me directly. If you need directions or have questions about Wheelock, contact the college at the link and number above. If you'd like a postcard of the event sent to you, email me with your mailing address and I'll send one out. In the meantime, feel free to visit my website to see the work online....

Best wishes, and I truly look forward to seeing you on the 27th!!


[ resa blatman ]
cell: 617 331 3119




This October at the Howard Yezerski Gallery, Hannah Barrett pulls back the curtain to reveal a Secret Society. The Secret Society suggests an alternative to the 19th century we are familiar with from history books. Instead of Gibson girls this world is peopled with hermaphrodites and drag kings.

Since 2000 Barrett has been painting invented portraits that are based on collages. Using sections from photographs or paintings, she reassembles these various parts into a new figure of ambiguous gender, pushing conventional male/female roles in portraiture.

Rather than fusing two known subjects to create a hybrid as she has done in the past, the Secret Society hosts a group of totally invented characters. Who these people are and the types of lives they lead are revealed by their facial expressions, gestures, and fashion. The painted details provide just enough information to prompt our imaginations to fill in the rest of the characters stories.

Howard Yezerski Gallery
14 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

617.262.0550 p
617.262.2444 f

Thursday, September 27, 2007


It's a Marshmallow world in Union Square! Archibald Query invented Fluff right here in 1917 so we're hosting a madcap festival on Saturday, September 29 from 4 pm to 7 pm on Union Square Plaza.

Raindate is Sunday, September 30. The event is free.

Join musical and theatrical performers, inventors, and humorists as we pay yummy homage to this great American foodstuff. This event is presented by the Somerville Arts Council's ArtsUnion and produced by Union Square Main Streets.

You can join the festivities by mixing a gooey concoction for the cooking contest. Bring your best batch of fluffy goodness at 4 pm to register. You could win the grand prize -- a tour of the Durkee Mower Fluff factory, a unique trophy and other special prizes.

While the judges taste and evaluate, kick up your heels to the music of Adriel Azure and his Dream Indigo Orchestra, B for Brontosaurus and Thunderpants Johnson's Hillbilly Orchestra. Be mesmermized by the talents of Thru the Keyhole cuties performing as The Flufferettes.

Or take part in Fluff-inspired silliness from the main stage or in our sideshow. MC Myq Kaplan will oversee the races for the Fluff Lick- Off and Blind Man's Fluff. Try your hand at Fluff Bowling. Take your chances in a game of Fluff Roulette at the hands of "The Tuna Fluffer." Win tickets for excellent prizes large and small, silly and sensational.

Of course we'll have fluffernutters and rice krispie treats as well as Fluffy Chocolate ice cream created special for the event by Toscanini's. We whip up the festivities even further with special Fluff stuff for sale too.

Stick around after the festival to whet your whistle with a "Fluffachino" at PAs Lounge, a "Coney Island Men's Room" at The Independent or a coffee at Sherman Cafe. Maybe linger for dinner at one of our excellent ethnic restaurants.

Union Square is where Washington St, Somerville Avenue and Prospect Street meet in Somerville. Take your bike or walk. If you need to drive, there will be parking at the Argenziano School on Washington St.

Get every sweet detail at

We're seeking festival volunteers. If you can volunteer for an hour or two during the event you'll receive treats and a feeling of sugary civic pride. Contact for more info.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Open to all youth age 13-18 from Massachusetts. All artwork must be ready to hang, original work executed by the artist within the last two years. All works selected for the exhibit will be entered into The Art Connection Portfolio of Art for local nonprofits. Accepted works are to be delivered directly to 13FOREST Gallery in Medford. No entry fee.


13FOREST Gallery
13 Forest St
Medford MA 02155

ART EXHIBITION & CONCERT - October 20, 2007

Key Signatures

new artwork by Somerville artist Melanie Maz
an exploration of music in color--based on Christian Schubart's Ideas on an Aestheticism of the Art of Music(1806) & inspired by the music of Brahms, Bach, Dvorak, and more

Art Opening & Chamber Music Concert by the Serenata Chamber Musicians
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 7:30pm

New School of Music, Nicholas Van Slyck Concert Gallery, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge, MA
open to the public; $10 suggested donation (proceeds support the Serenata Chamber Musicians)

Artwork will be on display in the gallery from October 14-November 16, 2007
more info about this event at and

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The AIR Program Presents
Weather You Remember
DATE: Thursday September 27th, 2007
TIME: 7pm
WHERE: The Godine Gallery @ The Massachusetts College of Art

Please join us and participate in the beginning stages of Maura Jasper's Weather You Remember project, an online collection of "weather reports" delivered by senior citizens as they recall and comment on weather for the location they most identify as "home". Relying only on personal experience and memory, participants in this project are asked to consider cultural, climate, economic and other changes they have witnessed as indicators of present and future "weather" conditions. Using the same "bluescreen" technique employed in standard televised weather reporting, participants are video taped in front of hand drawn animated maps that reference the experiences and points of interest they are discussing.

We are bringing this event to the Godine Family Gallery @ MassArt for the first time. Please follow the signs and enter MassArt through the North Building entrance on Evans Way.

We'll see you there!

Maura Jasper is a conceptual multimedia artist whose work investigates how pop cultures and histories shape and inform identity. She has exhibited and screened work widely in the United States and overseas, including at Artist's Space, Threadwaxing Space, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Centre for Contemporary Images in Geneva. She is probably best known for her work as a co-founder of Punk Rock Aerobics, the DIY workout. Currently she is a graduate student at Massachusetts College of Art's Studio for Interrelated Media.

Learn more....
About the Berwick Research Institute

The Berwick Research Institute is a 501c3 non-profit art organization composed of individual artists, writers, musicians and cultural workers . The Berwick's mission is to support artists and projects that require investigation, dialogue, and support from an artistic community.

The Artist-in-Research program seeks to support artists involved in the early stages of projects that require investigation, dialogue, and support from an artistic community. The AIR Program is particularly interested in working with artists whose work explores contemporary and experimental genres such as electronics, sound, installation, performance, film, video, and other time-based media. The AIR Program supports projects that have already been conceptualized, but need time, money and critical feedback to complete.

Bonnie Bastien - Co-Curator for the AIR Program

Rosie Branson Gill - Co-Curator for the AIR Program

The AIR Program is generously supported by the LEF Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

CALL FOR HALLOWEEN ACTORS - September 29 - October 28, 2007

Performers are wanted for the world premiere of Somerville’s Haunted House.

Halloween Horrorville is recruiting actors and designers for it’s upcoming season. Dates are October 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th and 28th. Classes will be given free of charge to participants in special effects and horror make-up as well as acting scary. All positions will receive a stipend.

Designers are also needed to help decorate and create the spooky and scary atmosphere of Horrorville. If you think scaring people is an art, then come and be creative and creepy with us.

The first meeting will be on Saturday September 29th at 300 Somerville Ave, right in the heart of Union Square at 7pm.

For more information and directions visit us on the web at

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Date: Monday, September 17
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Front Door
Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Learn how water from Fresh Pond is purified into drinking water. Tim MacDonald, Manager of Water Operations for the Cambridge Water Department, will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend. You will receive important information on parking after you register. E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call (617) 349-4793 and leave your name and phone number

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation

Saturday, September 15, 2007

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN EXHIBITION - October 12 - November 25, 2007

October 12-November 25
Pierre Menard Gallery

Opening reception (with artist present)
Friday, October 12, 6-9 pm

curated by Heide Hatry

(Cambridge, MA) Pierre Menard Gallery presents Carolee Schneemann: a selection of recent and early work. October 12-November 25, with an opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 12, 6-9 pm. Regular gallery hours: open daily, 12-8 pm. Free and open to the public. Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow Street, Cambridge. For more information, 617-868-2033 or

Multi-media American artist Carolee Schneemann, a pioneer of avant-garde filmmaking and video art, is the progenitrix of what is now known as performance art, particularly feminist performance art. The Pierre Menard Gallery’s exhibition will include numerous works, including paintings, that have never been exhibited, as well as a number of pieces for which she is renowned, including footage of her happenings and multi-media installations

For the last four-plus decades, Schneemann has consistently been in the forefront, exploring new forms of artistic expression long before they have become established. Her efforts cause a ripple that often takes years to finally register in the mainstream. By the mid-1970s, Schneemann’s work had already anticipated the field of women’s studies and its critique of patriarchal institutions. In the 1980s, she was one of the first to experiment with virtual environments. Schneemann is among the chief standard bearers of the iconoclastic, or more recently the “transgressive” tradition, which has punctuated the history of culture.

Throughout all her years of exploration, Schneemann has always been a painter, and she regards painting as the source of all of her work, however complex or disparate. In the late fifties, she was working in an abstract expressionist / neo-dada mode, producing a large volume of powerful paintings and drawings, always somehow concerned with kinesis as a subject. The exhibition at the Pierre Menard Gallery will attempt to clarify the relationship between painting, in the broad sense in which Schneemann avows its primacy in her work, and the extremely varied art in many media she has created in over a long and productive career.

As the limits of conventional painting to convey movement, time, emotion, force and passion became ever more evident, Schneemann experimented with new modes of approaching the broader range of experience to which painting was a stranger except by analogy. Her early three-dimensional constructions and later installations are often motorized or integrated with film. In Up to and Including her Limits (1974), her body itself, suspended from a harness, becomes a paintbrush. In happenings like Meat Joy (1964) and performances like Interior Scroll (1975) bodies, hers and others’, are by turns anarchically, ritualistically, or symbolically covered with blood as a pigment. While her iconic film works, Fuses (1964-1967), Viet Flakes (1965), and Snows (1967), apply painterly techniques directly onto the film surface to produce extraordinary tonal and emotional effects.

In spite of her fame and the volume of scholarship her work has attracted, Schneemann has long labored in virtual isolation, neglected, often vilified, by both the established art market and the museum world. But what the commercial world has shunned, the alternative art world has embraced and championed. Her work is legendary and to this day, she continues to provoke as she explores female sexuality in relation to art-making, ritual, and culture.

Included in the Pierre Menard Gallery exhibition will be the following, some rarely if ever seen:
Devour (on 2 projectors)
Fuses (on 1 projector)
Eye Body (photographs)
Viet Flakes (on 1 projector)
Snows (installation)
Vulva's Morphia (installation)
Dark Pond, 2001-2005 (painting/digital print series)
Body Collage (on 1 projector)
Portrait Partial (photographs)
Maximus Gloucester (painting/Installation)
Meat Joy (on 1 projector)
Jane Brackhage (painting)
Pontormo (painting)

A catalog, with essays written by David Levi Strauss and Thryza Goodeve, will accompany this exhibition at the Pierre Menard Gallery.

Other events are being planned throughout the Boston-area in conjunction with this exhibit at the Pierre Menard Gallery. Details have not been finalized at the time of this announcement. The events include:
--a free public lecture given by Schneemann and sponsored by the Harvard College Women’s Center [] (Tuesday, October 9th; specific location on campus and time TBD);
--a film night of Schneemann’s work held at Mass. College of Art [], curated by Saul Levine (specific date and time TBD; location: Mass Art Film Dept. Screening Room 1, East Hall, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston);
--a live performance tribute night dedicated to Schneemann and her influence, held at Studio Soto [], curated by Jed Speare (specific date and time TBD; location: 63 Melcher St, 1st Floor, Boston).
Updated information on these events will be available on the Pierre Menard Gallery website – and will be announced in a separate press release.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


9th Annual Benefit Concert

Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund

Jazz/Blues Singer Kevin Mahogany

Detroit Diva Kathy Kosins

Sax Legend Red Holloway

Friday, September 28, 2007 at 8 PM

Sanders Theatre, Harvard Square

Concert Tickets $18/$23 ($10 students/seniors)

Pre concert reception $75

Box Office 617-496-2222

Info or tickets online:


Upcoming Exhibitions at Panopticon Gallery

Eyes on the Past: Images from the
Collection of Historic New England

September 6th - November 5th, 2007
Reception September 20th, 5-7 pm

Eyes on the Past is a rich exhibition featuring historic photographs by noted photographers: Baldwin Coolidge, Emma Coleman and Nathaniel L. Stebbins. From quirky snapshots to historic documents these images highlight the gems held within Historic New England's nationally recognized collection. Founded in 1910, by William Sumner Appleton, Historic New England's Library and Archives now holds more than 350,000 photographs. This exhibition features selected images from this vast archive printed for the first time as collectable, archival inkjet reproduction prints. Prints are sold with a certificate of authenticity. A portion of the sales benefits the educational and preservation efforts of Historic New England.

Panoramic Photographs: Boston, New York City
Photographs by John Woolf

September 6th - November 5th, 2007
Reception September 20th, 5-7 pm

These large black & white panoramic photographs, produced from 2005 to 2007, attempt to capture the architectural and spatial complexity of these two great cities, Boston and New York City. From the infrastructure of tunnels, bridges and roads to three centuries of buildings these cities are a complex mixture of old and new. Some of these show a wide sweep - up to 180 degree arc - which unwrap the complex scene of streets, buildings and open spaces; while others are tighter views of the overlapping variety of architectural styles. - John Woolf

Enjoy the Show!
Tony Decaneas & Shannon McDonald

Panopticon Gallery of Photography
502c Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
t 617-267 8929

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Barbara Krakow Gallery
Our listings for the fall are as follows:

Fred Sandback: Four Forms
8 September - 17 October, 2007

Julian Opie
20 October - 28 November, 2007

Bill Thompson
1 December - 16 January, 2007

and here's the press release for the Sandback show:

***For Immediate Release***
Four Forms
September 8 - October 17, 2007

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5:30

Barbara Krakow Gallery opens its 2007-2008 season with a show of works by Fred Sandback. "Four Forms" presents works that focus on four forms that Sandback explored over the course of his career. Encompassing sculptures made of yarn, a relief of painted wood, drawings and prints, the exhibition will explore Sandback's exploration of "progress".

There isn't any program in my work.
No going from worse to better or simpler to more complicated.
On the other hand it's always different.
So instead of saying I've made something new, I'll say I've made something more"
Fred Sandback, ca. early 1970's

The entire show will be viewable on our website ( In the meantime, if you need any further images or information, please contact the gallery via email ( or by phone (617 262 4490).

Fred Sandback (1943-2003)
Untitled (Sculptural Study, Three-part Wall Construction), ca. 1985/2007
acylic yarn on wall
wall dimensions are 95 1/2 inches tall by 122 inches wide

Andrew Witkin
Barbara Krakow Gallery
10 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

P - 617 262 4490

F - 617 262 8971

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Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5:30


See paintings by Somerville artist Pauline Lim at the following places:

8/14 - 10/18/07: Group show at Gallery Penumbra, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA

8/23 - 9/19/07: BAAK Gallery, Harvard Square

8/31 - 9/30/07: The Biscuit (formerly Toscanini & Sons), 406 Washington St., Somerville, on the Cambridge-Somerville border

9/4 - 9/30/07: Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Somerville

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

THEATER IN BOSTON - September 2007

Just as it's back-to-college time in Boston and Cambridge, it's back-to-theater time as well.

The Huntington Theatre kicks off its season (the last under Nicholas Martin's leadership) with Campbell Scott soloing in Ronan Noone's comedy The Atheist, about an ambitious journalist whose career-capping exposé ends up backfiring (September 19-30), and John Buchan's antic comedy The 39 Steps, a 2007 Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Hitchcock's 1935 masterpiece, in which four actors (including Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Ferrin) take on over 150 roles.

Harvard's American Repertory Theatre is supplementing its operatic double-bill of Don Juan Giovanni and Figaro -- produced in concert with Minneapolis's Theatre de la Jeune Lune (through October 6) -- with the neo-variety show Sxip's Hour of Charm, at the Zero Arrow club (September 14-30). The lineup changes weekly, with home-grown indie-diva Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls starring the first weekend.

Former ART artistic director Robert Brustein has been appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University, which will host his latest play, The English Channel (September 6-15), depicting a beleaguered Shakespeare amid the plague of 1593. After its Boston run, the play moves to the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha's Vineyard (September 19-29).

Musical offerings abound this month, including two works by Stephen Sondheim: Boston's premiere chanteuse, Norton Award-winner Leigh Barrett, stars as Mama Rose in Gypsy at Stoneham Theatre (September 13-30), while Boston Theatre Works tackles A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (September 20-October 20) at the BCA. On the non-Sondheim front, Lyric Stage is doing Man of La Mancha (September 7-October 14), with Christopher Chew in the title role. Speakeasy Stage offers the pro-gay-rights romp Zanna Don't! (September 14-October 13). New Rep is doing Jonathan Larson's pre-Rent chamber musical tick, tick...BOOM! in its alt-friendly Downstage space (September 22-October 21). The North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly revives the crowd-pleasing Forever Plaid (September 18-October 7), and Worcester's Foothills Theatre mounts the Kander and Ebb revue The World Goes 'Round (September 22-October 14).

Even the touring shows have a musical bent: The Opera House hosts a return engagement of Wicked (September 12-November 11), and the Cutler Majestic welcomes Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano (September 21-30). Plus, the plucky little opera company Intermezzo mounts a world premiere of Thomas Oboe Lee's The Inman Diaries (September 14-16), drawn from the 155 tomes recorded by 20th-century Boston recluse Arthur Crew Inman.

Other intriguing endeavors include New Rep's 60th-anniversary revival of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Rachel Harker as Blanche and the appropriately menacing Todd Alan Johnson as Stanley (September 11-October 7). The well-regarded Nora Theatre Company presents Steven Berkoff's two-hander The Secret Love Life of Ophelia (September 3-30), and the brand-new Fort Point Channel Theatre takes on Sarah Kane's suicide study 4:48 Psychosis (September 6-15).

Rhode Island gears up again with The Elephant Man at the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket (September 6-October 7), and, at Providence's Trinity Rep, a 20th-anniversary revival of former artistic director Adrian Hall's adaptation of All the King's Men (September 14 -October 21).

Cape Cod's Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre serves up David Mamet's American Buffalo (September 19-October 14), reimagined with an all-black cast. Meanwhile, at the company's summers-only Harbor Stage will be A. R. Gurney's Indian Blood (September 12-October 14).

Provincetown is gearing up for the second annual Tennessee Williams Festival (September 27-30). Highlights include a reading by Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones), a coffee klatsch with John Guare, and a panoply of performances, including the world premiere of Julie Atlas Muz's The Pronoun "I" and a planned reprise of Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans' hysterical homage, The Plexiglass Menagerie.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


7th Annual "Great Glass Pumpkin Patch" October 5-6;
10th Annual Page Hazlegrove Lecture in Glass Art October 11

Cambridge, MA... It's a bumper crop you won't want to bump too hard. Over 1,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins, squashes and gourds in all sizes, shapes, colors and designs will transform a grassy court at MIT into a colorful “Great Glass Pumpkin Patch” on Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, in front of MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue.

Visitors of all ages are invited to stroll through the "pumpkin patch" on MIT’s Kresge Oval and choose their favorite autumnal orb Prices range from $20-$200, depending on the piece’s size and complexity. Many of the works feature not only vivid colors, but swirls, stripes, spots, curlicues and unusual stems.

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch begins with a preview reception (no sales) on Friday, October 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, October 6, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., shoppers and browsers are invited to stroll through the "pumpkin patch" and purchase their favorite autumnal orb.

(Rain date is Sunday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The glass pumpkins were created by students and instructors in MIT's Glass Lab, where members of the MIT community learn and practice the art of glassblowing. Proceeds from this event benefit the Lab, an art program connected with MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Pumpkin-making is overseen by glass artist Peter Houk, director of the the MIT Glass Lab in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch came to MIT in 2001 after a residency in the Glass Lab by 14 members of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). The Bay Area Glass Institute (a non-profit corporation located in San Jose, CA), was founded in 1995 by San Jose State graduate Bobby Bowes and MIT alumnus Mike Binnard.
Every week or so, beginning, intermediate, and advanced students work together for a few hours in teams of six or seven to produce pumpkins for the sale. Production for the October event continues steadily throughout the year in order to achieve the goal of 1,000-1,200 pumpkins.

For more information--including an illustrated step-by-step description of "How To Make a Pumpkin," see:, or call (617) 253-5309.

Color images are available.


Dante Marioni, a second-generation glass artist whose massive sculptural vessels combine classic forms with contemporary aesthetics and colors will present the 10th Annual Page Hazlegrove Lecture in Glass Art on Thursday, Oct. 11. The talk is at 7 p.m. in Room 46-3002 (McGovern Center, 43 Vassar St.).

In 1993 Marioni was one of 72 artists whose work was selected for inclusion in The White House Collection of American Craft. His current work includes large vessel forms, some nearly three feet tall. With shapes inspired by classic Greek urns, these pieces are freely blown, without the use of molds.

For more information, call (617) 253-5309 or see

Lynn Heinemann, MIT Office of the Arts
(617) 253-5351, e-mail

5th Grade Art Exhibition - September 4-9, 2007

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School 5th graders to exhibit "Metaphor of Me"

From Tuesday September 4th to Sunday September 9th, the self-
portraits of Prospect Hill Academy 5th grade students will be on
exhibit at the Brickbottom Gallery. The exhibited work will be the
result of an interdisciplinary artist-in-residence program led by
renowned Brickbottom artist Debra Weisberg. Over three workshops for
each of the three 5th grade classes, students will learn about
metaphors and symbolic expression in portraiture (with an emphasis
on Surrealist self-portraiture), create a mixed media self-portrait
of themselves in a dream or nightmare, describe their experience,
practice their obtained vocabulary, chronicle their artistic choices
in ongoing journal writing, and conclude by writing a short story as
a companion to their self-portrait. The overarching goal of the
program is to utilize and analyze the process of artistic expression
to improve student figurative writing skills and exhibit both the
artwork and final writing as independently successful but
interrelated pieces.

This is the second collaboration between Debra Weisberg and Prospect
Hill Academy. The first project, completed in 2004, resulted
in "Lost in Creation", a successful 8th grade exhibit of artwork and
writing at Brickbottom Gallery.

A reception for the student's families and the community at large
will be held on Thursday September 6th from 5:00-7:00pm at the
Brickbottom Gallery.

This program is supported in part by grant from the Somerville Art
Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural

LATE SUMMER BIRD WALK - September 8, 2007

Date: Saturday, September 8
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 am
Meeting Place: Neville Place Driveway
650 Concord Avenue

As the weather cools down, bird activity picks up. We may even see some early migrating warblers. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend, and we will show you how to use them.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend. You will receive important information on parking after you register. E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call (617) 349-4793 and leave your name and phone number

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation

Sunday, September 02, 2007


Using the Arts to Solve Problems Since 1970

CAI NewsNotes from Cooperative Artists Institute is an e-communication
sent bi-monthly to let core community members and friends know about
news, upcoming activities and "hot tips" from core community members.
Please let us know if your e-mail address changes so we can keep you
up-to-date on our list. Phone: 617-524-6378 Fax 617-522-7122
E-mail: Website:

CAI NewsNotes September, 2007

UPCOMING MEETINGS & Announcements:

CAI Board of Directors Meeting, Mon., Sept. 10 at 7:00 PM

CAI Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser, Sat., Sept. 15 from 10:00 AM
(Rain Date, 9/16)

If you have cleaned out your attic or cellar during the summer, WE CAN
USE YOUR STUFF for our Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser! Drop offs can be
made the week of September 10. We also need VOLUNTEERS to help the day
of the yard sale with setting up and clean up. Call Susan ( at
617-524-6378) if you'd like to volunteer, or to arrange a time for
dropping stuff off. Last year's yard sale was a great success thanks
to your help, and we're hoping to top our success with another
fabulous, fun yard sale this year.

Tribal Rhythms Celebrations is gearing up again this fall to travel to
schools, community centers and housing developments across Eastern MA
bringing fun, music, stories and an appreciation of the meaning of
community to people of all ages. For detailed information on TR
offerings, go to If
you would like to preview a Celebration performance, or if your school,
after-school, church group, or network of friends that needs a fun
filled, community-building, hands-on arts experience, call CAI at

The Peace Drum Project wrapped up last season with a wonderful Awards
Ceremony at Julia Martin House in Jamaica Plain. Bielka Liriano,
graduate of East Boston High School was awarded the Charles M. Holley
Memorial Scholarship for her achievements during the year. She will be
attending Wheelock College this fall.

The Peace Drum Project is looking for a new home for when we start up
again in October. Because of changes in space-use and a new school-day
schedule at English High School, the project will not be meeting there
this year. We are looking for space close to the T Orange Line so
that teens from various high schools have an easy time getting to and
from sessions. We need a large well-lit room with a sink, access to
rest rooms, and some storage space. If you have ideas or contacts,
call Susan at 617-524-6378.

The Jamaica Plain Gazette ran a nice article on the Peace Drum in
their Senior Life Issue published on July 20. Check out the wonderful
elder's stories and the teen and elder drums from last year's Peace
Drum Project at
We are looking forward to plenty of exciting adventures and leadership
development with the teens, and rewarding encounters with a new group
of local elders in this our eighth year of the Peace Drum Project.

Special thanks to our generous Peace Drum benefactors — Nancy Doherty,
Mary Higgins, Kyra Montagu, Ginny O'Neill, Judy Steinbergh, and Maida
Williams — who helped several individual Peace Drum youth accomplish
important goals last year.

News from The Partnership will be coming soon in another newsletter.

Volunteer Opportunities & Internships:
CAI needs volunteers to help with office, grants development, and
program support activities. If you have a few hours a week or a day
you'd like to help out with short term tasks such as on-line research,
data entry, promotional mailings, or program support call us at

CAI Internships are available for Fall and Winter semesters to work in
The Peace Drum Project, Tribal Rhythms Touring program, Partnership for
Whole School Change, Marketing & Public Relations, and Grants
Development For more information check out CAI's website under
Internships, or call Susan at 617-524-6378.

CAI is in process with a three-year strategic plan for a transition to
new leadership for the organization. This will help us expand and
broaden the reach of current programs as well as developing new
programs and projects for the future. The plan includes additional
personnel to increase the organization's development and grants
writing, administrative efficiency, and marketing expertise. It also
includes more training for younger program artists who can then move
into leadership positions in CAI programs such as Tribal Rhythms and
The Peace Drum Project. We've received a grant from Bank of America to
start the process, and plan to submit more proposals this fall seeking
support from other foundations to help implement the plan fully over
the next three years. Current founders and Senior Staff will continue
to provide organizational stability by training and supporting new
staff, and continuing the development of new program materials and
publications as part of the CAI Team. If you have friends or good
contacts in the local foundation community, we would love to talk with
you. Nothing helps more than people from outside the organization
advocating on CAI's behalf. Call Curtis or Susan at 617-524-6378 if you
have ideas and/or contacts.

CAI is part of CommunityWorks , an independent cooperative partnership
of 27 grass roots organizations working for social and economic
justice. CW supports a part of CAI's operating expenses and organizes
collaborative fundraising activities throughout the year, including the
workplace campaign in September and October. CW is always looking for
new opportunities to approach employers and/or work sites to introduce
employees to CW members as possible recipients of payroll
contributions. Call Pam or Gail at 617-423-9555 or check out the CW

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