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Friday, January 30, 2009


Press contact: Janet Bailey, 617.971.9383 []
Creative Collisions of Art + Technology
are on display at the 2009
Boston Cyberarts Festival
Tenth anniversary Festival features
increased focus on art in cyberspace

Boston, MA - Exhibitions and performances by artists who use computer technology as an integral part of their work are once again on display at the sixth Boston Cyberarts Festival, taking place April 24-May 10, 2009. The Festival, a collaboration of visual and performing artists, cultural organizations, educators, and high-technology
professionals, takes place at museums, galleries, theatres, schools, and public spaces in and around the Boston area, and online at

The first Boston Cyberarts Festival took place ten years ago, in 1999, and since
that time the biennial event has become an eagerly-anticipated part of the Boston-area
arts and technology scene. George Fifield, Director of Boston Cyberarts, noted:
"The Boston area has been a center of art and technology for decades, since the
pioneering work done by institutions like WGBH, Polaroid, and the MIT Media Lab.
We're proud that for the past decade we have been able to shine a spotlight on
both the rich history of art and technology, and on the visions for the future."
One of the key features of this year's Festival is an increased emphasis on art
in cyberspace. Among the events and exhibitions that can be enjoyed on the web
* Loops: A Dance & Technology Project: Artists will be repurposing and reinterpreting
Merce Cunningham's "Loops," using open-source software created from the motion-capture
of the Cunningham work. The results will be available to view online, in exhibition
at the MIT Museum, and in a live performance.
* HyperArtSpace Gallery: Boston Cyberarts' own online gallery will be the site
of a series of curated exhibitions of web-based artwork.
* Second Life: Boston Cyberarts is planning an array of projects in the virtual
environment of Second Life. At least one of these exhibitions, organized by Lily
& Honglei, will also be on view in the gallery at U. Mass Dartmouth.
A rich array of events and exhibitions in many art forms are also on tap for the
2009 Festival.
* Visual art has always been a central part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. Among
the 2009 non-virtual offerings are a major exhibition of the video art of Mary Ellen
Strom and Ann Carlson at the DeCordova Museum; "Syntax," an exhibition of photographers
and new media artists at the Photographic Resource Center; and "Losing Ground" featuring
the works of Dorothy Simpson Krause at the South Shore Art Center.
* Virtual reality is featured in several exhibitions. At the Goethe Institut, Tamiko
Thiel and Teresa Reuter's "Virtuelle Mauer / ReConstructing the Wall" uses interactive
3D computer graphics to allow users to experience a section of the former Berlin
Wall. The Cambridge Arts Council's gallery will feature Mark Skwarek and Joseph
Hocking's "Children of Arcadia," which allows visitors to walk into and through
a Baroque painting.
* Electronic music offerings this year include the Electro-Acoustic Music Festival
at the Longy School of Music. The event is being organized by Jeremy VanBuskirk,
head of the school's Computer Music Studio in celebration of the Studio's tenth
* Youth programming takes place in collaboration with the Cloud Foundation in Boston's
Back Bay.
The closing weekend of the Festival features a gala celebration and awards ceremony
on May 8, at which artists and arts patrons can meet and mingle. For the second
time, Boston Cyberarts presents the IBM Innovation Awards to the top three events
or exhibitions of the year.
"Boston Cyberarts has played a unique and vital role in showcasing cutting-edge
programming at so many of the arts and educational venues across our region," says
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "In doing so, the Festival also celebrates the long
history of technology and innovation that is one of the hallmarks of the history
of Boston." The Festival is an important contributor to the region's economy:
independent studies conducted in 2003, 2005, and 2007 demonstrated that each of
the three Festivals, with a budget of less than $200,000, generated a total economic
impact of over $2 million.
The Festival's website, at [],
is the portal to information and conversations among artists, arts patrons, and
the general public. The site contains a searchable list of events and exhibitions,
which is being updated continually as events are added to the roster. The site also
includes a social networking site just for people interested in cyberart (
a blog where individuals can comment on Festival events, and connections to major
social networking sites. During the two weeks of the Festival, patrons are also
able to obtain information in person at CyberArtCentral, the Festival headquarters.
A guide to Festival activities is also available in the April 24 edition of the
Boston Phoenix.
For further information, contact the Festival office at 617.524.8495, email
[], or visit [].
# # #
Cyberart encompasses any artistic endeavor in which computer technology is used
to expand artistic possibilities - that is, where the computer's unique capabilities
are integral elements of the creative process in the same way that paint, photographic
film, musical instruments, and other materials have always been used to express
an artist's vision. The Boston Cyberarts Festival, launched by George Fifield in
1999 with seed funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is the only Festival
in the world that encompasses all art forms, including both visual and performing
arts, film, video, electronic literature, public art, and web art.
Boston Cyberarts is grateful for the support of many generous individuals and institutions,
including The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the LEF Foundation, IBM,
the Massachusetts Cultural Council, ArtsBoston, and the Phoenix Media Communications
# # #
Press contact: Janet Bailey, 617.971.9383, []
# # #
Boston Cyberarts Festival
Administrative Offices: 9 Myrtle Street, Boston, MA 02130
Telephone 617.524.8495
Fax 617.524.9968 [] []

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Cooperative Artists Institute
Using the Arts to Solve Problems Since 1970

CAI NewsNotes is a quarterly e-communication to let CAI Core Community members and friends know about news, program successes, and upcoming activities. 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 E-mail:
Fax: 617-522-7122 Website:

CAI News Notes January/February, 2009
The Peace Drum Project:
The Peace Drum Project is going full-tilt this year with an energetic and diverse group of teens including Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors representing eight Boston high schools (Latin Academy, English High, West Roxbury Education Center, Hyde Park High, Madison Park, John D. O'Bryant, University High, and City on a Hill Charter School.) Two graduates of the project are working with us as staff this year - Alex Menjivar from Jamaica Plain is a Project Intern, and Nidia Flores from Hyde Park— who is a Junior at Regis College — will help to conduct the Spanish elder interviews and assist in transcribing their stories. Natalie Chudacoff from Lesley College is also serving as a Project Intern and 'web wizard' this year.

We started off the school year with a fun Duck Boat Tour courtesy of the Mass DRC, and we hope to continue our tradition of attending a Blue Man Group performance as well! A group of Peace Drum teens are enrolled in a Community Partnership project at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They have been visiting the museum and drawing the Court Yard and various exhibition items. Some of their work will be included in a community exhibition at the museum in June. Thanks to tickets donated by Ballet/Rox a group of Peace Drum teens and graduates were able to attend the Urban Nutcracker in December to rave reviews. And, coming up this month, Susan Thompson, textile artist from AAMARP Studios, will begin an in depth print-making series with the teens. These prints will be part of the community exhibit at the Gardner Museum as well as being on display at the Peace Drum Awards Event in the spring.

Obstacles from the weather to the economy have presented challenges in starting our work with the elders this year. We are currently scheduled to begin our interviews in February with elders from around Jamaica Plain including folks from Julia Martin House, Nate Smith House, Farnsworth House, Bromley Apartments, and— new this year— we hope to include individual elders from the neighborhoods around these buildings.

Mark your calendars for the Peace Drum Annual Awards Celebration! The festive event will take place at Julia Martin House again this year from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, June 2. In the meantime, you can check out last year's drums and read the elder's stories at The website now gives you a chance to read all 70 stories about the lives of the elders we have worked with since 2000.

Thanks to our funders for their support this year. The Peace Drum Project would not be possible without the generous ongoing support of funders like The Janey Fund and the Alice Willard Dorr Foundation, which have both supported the project since it's beginning. This year, we were also very pleased to receive a grant from the John H. and H. Naomi Tomforhde Foundation, as well as support from many generous individual donors.
If you would like to volunteer or sponsor a youth in the project, call Susan at 617-524-6378.

Tribal Rhythms® Touring & Residency Programs:

Tribal Rhythms Residency at the Doran Elementary School in Fall River
A Tribal Rhythms Residency at the Doran School in Fall River is part of Fall River's Creative Schools project, bringing together the resources of the school, the Arts and Cultural Experiences (ACE) program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and the Tribal Rhythms Company — an MCC Creative Teaching Partner. The Residency, runs from October through April, and will use the Tribal Rhythms Curriculum to help staff improve school climate and promote academic achievement, especially in language arts. Tribal Rhythms artists will work with the entire school community, but the primary focus is on the fourth grade students and teachers. TR professional development workshops will help teachers strengthen skills for using storytelling, dance, music, theater, and visual arts experiences with their students by connecting the artists' performances and in-classroom activities to the schools academic curriculum. Tribal Rhythms was chosen based on the program's demonstrated ability to align the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, students' need for cultural experiences, the goals of the Student Improvement Plan (SIP), and the goals of Fall River's District Improvement Plan (DIP). The project is being coordinated by a team, including TR Senior Program Developer Curtis Jones, Doran School Principal, Maria Pontes, and Doran School visual arts teacher, Rochelle Pettenati.

The Tribal Rhythms Touring Company has been having a busy touring season this year. During the fall, mini-residency programs took place at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Lower School (Cambridge) and Brimmer & May School (Chestnut Hill.) Recent TR touring programs have visited schools in Abington, Arlington, Chelsea, Hudson, Reading, Sterling, Tyngsborough and Weymouth, and have visited housing developments in Worcester, Lowell and Attleboro. Programs are scheduled between now and March in Wareham, Woburn, Sharon, Lexington, and at all of the elementary Schools in Braintree.

Tribal Rhythms programs help schools and after-school programs strengthen their sense of community and help children learn the values of caring, cooperation and respect. Activities use the Arts to help schools address a range of issues from bullying and cliques to empowering children with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Tribal Rhythms is FUN, but it is also one of CAI's key tools for addressing some of today's most urgent problems created by family and community fragmentation. To learn more, call CAI at 617-524-6378, or go to

The Tribal Rhythms Community Partnership provides professional development, curriculum workshops, and residency programs to 16 Boston area OST programs. The project helps after-school staff use the Tribal Rhythms curriculum as a thematic framework for organizing activities and techniques that help children develop positive behavior. The project provides an early intervention violence prevention strategy that helps children build self-esteem and confidence, resolve conflicts peacefully, develop leadership and critical-thinking skills, and learn to express themselves through performing and visual arts. A recent series of workshops at Hawthorne Youth & Community Center in Roxbury helped to strengthen community-building and Peace-making skills for HYCC children ages 5-12. For more information about TRCP, call CAI at 617-524-6378 or go to

The Partnership to Achieve Whole School Change:

School Climate Mini-Residency at Boston's Charles Sumner & Charles Taylor Schools: The goal of this winter-spring Mini Residency in both schools is to help teachers use Tribal Rhythms® and Second Step® to teach the kinds of social skills that enhance their students' learning. Within each of the participating classrooms, Partnership artist/educators use the curricula of both programs to model for school staff the teaching of empathy and impulse control and how to help students control aggressive behavior. The use of TR community-building performing and visual arts are key to the success of the residency, because they create the kind of positive relationships that make the love of learning possible. The residency will also help teachers merge social skills, academics, and the arts into seamless classroom activities to engage more of the student's cognitive, emotional, and physical ways of knowing. Children feel safe enough to learn and become excited about school and learning. For more information about the project, contact Curtis at 617-524-6378.

Board of Directors News:
At the January Board of Directors meeting, Gerry Lake of Brookline was elected CAI's new Board President, succeeding Berta R. Berriz, Ed.D. Board members thanked Berta for her long and excellent leadership as she passed the torch. Gerry, brings his experience in Accounting and Finance to the position, as well as his experience working at several arts and social-justice organizations in Boston. Gerry has been an ardent supporter and advocate of CAI's work, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2003.

CAI is part of CommunityWorks, a cooperative fundraising effort among 32 grass roots organizations committed to finding immediate and long-range solutions to social problems. Supporting CommunityWorks through workplace payroll contributions is like investing in a whole portfolio of social justice and economic change. Check out CW's website for a list of member groups, or to see if you are connected to any of the work sites or universities that have CW campaigns this year.

CAI Most Wanted List:
Thanks to Advisory Board member David F. Young for donating a Mac G4 computer recently. CAI still needs a Mac G4 laptop to use in programs. If you have a Mac compatible Zip Drive that uses Iomega 100 or 250 zip discs, we'd love to take it off you hands. We would even trade the box of 750MB discs we bought by mistake for 100 or 250MB discs! If you have any of these and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, call Susan or Janet at 617-524-6378.

Volunteer Opportunities & Internships:
CAI needs volunteers to help with office administration, grants development, and program support activities. If you have a few hours a week or a day, and 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 617-524-6378.

CAI Internships for Spring and Summer semester to learn through working in the Tribal Rhythms Touring program, Partnership for Whole School Change, Marketing & Public Relations, and Grants Development . Peace Drum Internships will be open for the Fall of 2009. For more information check out CAI's website under Internships, or call Susan at 617-524-6378.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


L a u r e l S p a r k s

P l e a s u r e D o m e

February 6 - March 13, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 7th 5 - 7 pm

Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to present “Pleasure Dome”, a new series of abstract paintings by Laurel Sparks on view from February 6 – March 10, 2009. Inspired by the color and lunacy of queer experimental film from the sixties and seventies, this series embodies and disembodies decadent glamour. Like a scene from a Kenneth Anger film, mists of toxic color and puddles of glitter evoke a Dionysian atmosphere that attracts and repels.

As in previous work, silhouettes of Venetian chandeliers are festooned with radiant white and day-glo pours. Spectral forms emerge and dissolve within vividly patterned backgrounds. Like a botched Rorschach, symmetries fragment and contours burst into smears of punky color, pigment flecks, and glitter. Surfaces are either too empty or over decorated, juxtaposing raw canvas with brush marks, crusty marble dust, and gold and fecal blobs that ooze pom-poms, plastic objects and wads of paper.

Elegant, yet irreverent these paintings dare us to embrace their uncivilized beauty.

Image: Archangel, 2008, acrylic, silver enamel, marble dust, glitter, paper mache, small objects, feathers, markers pigment, unpainted canvas, 48 x 55"

Howard Yezerski Gallery
460 Harrison Ave.
Boston MA


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CAMBRIDGE ART GALLERY EXHIBITION - February 13 - March 15, 2009

Visual Art Exhibit / Book Release
“Heads and Tales”
13 February through 15 March 2009
Opening Reception: 13 February, 2009, 6-9 pm
Media Contact: Mary Curtin, 617-241-9664, 617-470-5867 (cell),
Pierre Menard Gallery contact: Nathan Censullo, 617-868-2033,
[high res digital images available upon request]

Heads and Tales

exhibition featuring
photographs of sculptures
created by

Heide Hatry

along with the release of a
collaborative anthology
“tales” written by
27 prominent & emerging writers
illustrated with“heads” by Heide Hatry

exhibition runs 13 February through 15 March

Opening Reception (with added attractions)
Book Release Party:
Friday, 13 February, 6-9 pm

all at
Pierre Menard Gallery

“They say the human face is the door to the soul.
‘Heads and Tales’ gives a moving and original view on this subject.
Who are we really?”
(Marina Abramovic)

“Heide Hatry is a force of nature
She is an artist and a humanist who is making
a selfless contribution to life.
And that is what art has always been about.”
(Joel-Peter Witkin)

(Cambridge, MA) Pierre Menard Gallery presents Heads and Tales; visual art exhibit featuring photographs of “heads” by Heide Hatry, along with the release of a collaborative literary anthology, illustrated by Hatry and including “tales” written by 27 prominent & emerging writers. 13 February through 15 March, with an opening reception (with added attractions) on 13 February, 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

Pierre Menard Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition and corresponding book release of Heads and Tales, both conceived by Heide Hatry and held in conjunction with various literary events (readings, book signings, and the premiere of a play) which are to be scheduled during the run.

The portraits in the book Heads and Tales are photographic documentations of sculptures Hatry made out of animal skin and body parts. Hatry’s intention in the anthology is to make the photographic portraits as life-like as possible, vivid and sometimes disposed in positions suggesting movement. She uses untreated pigskin to cover her clay sculptures, adding raw meat for the lips and fresh pig eyes, in order that the resulting portrait appears as if a model is looking at the viewer with a vital expression, which the photographer has just captured.

In fact, a photographer taking a picture of a model prepares for the moment in a way more or less similar to what Hatry has done with her sculptures — the model is made up, hair done just so, and the appropriate lighting and pose are deliberately chosen. Or, if you prefer, Hatry’s approach can be described as being reminiscent of what a mortician does in preparing a corpse for viewing — creating the illusion of life where there is none.

For Hatry, taking photos of her sculptures is like reconstructing life. It simulates a simulation by fabricating an image of a fake face, an image calculated to deceive the viewer, especially since taxidermy [from the Greek, taxis (order or arrangement) and derma (skin)] and photography work so well together. The fake image appears convincing because one expects to see what one is used to seeing. The portrait of a face staring into the camera or captured in a snapshot simply doesn't conjure thoughts of death, even though we are often, in fact, looking at the living image of the dead when we view a photograph. Every photograph is a memento mori, and of course we like to forget that reminder of death, so we are easily persuaded that these images represent real, living people.

Hatry intended through her sculptures to provide springboards for stories, reminiscences or meditations on the lives of women. She asked a number of writers to select the image of one of her women and create a life for her. As the visual work addresses issues of violence, death and gender identity, the writing reflects similar concerns as they are specific to women, not necessarily from an obviously politically fraught or polemical perspective, but more typically resorting to fantasy, satire, irony and other subversive modes of presentation to disrupt the hegemony of the everyday and release the power of its horror.

Most of the color photographs in the exhibition are 20”x30” in size, with a few that are more life-size (12”x18”). During the opening reception, there will also be a “live sculpture” on display, along with the showing of two videos, one focused on how the sculptures were prepared and the other featuring a sculpture used in a surprising manner.

The exhibition is accompanied by the book Heads and Tales, published by Charta Art Books (Milan/New York, 2009), a “collaborative anthology” with an Introduction by Catharine MacKinnon; “Heads” photographs by Heide Hatry; and “Tales” texts written by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, Roberta Allen, Jennifer Belle, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Svetlana Boym, Rebecca Brown, Mary Caponegro, Thalia Field, Lo Galluccio, Diana George, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Jessica Hagedorn, Elizabeth Hand, Heather Hartley, Joanna Howard, Katia Kapovich, Lydia Millet, Micaela Morrissette, Carol Novack, Julie Oakes, Barbara Purcell, Selah Saterstrom, Johannah Schmid, Iris Smyles, Luisa Valenzuela, Anna Wexler and Can Xue.

Heide Hatry is a visual artist and curator. She grew up in Germany, where she studied art at various art schools and art history at the University of Heidelberg. After she moved to NYC in 2003 she has curated several exhibitions in Germany, Spain and the USA (notably “Skin” at the Goethe Institut in New York, the Heidelberger Kunstverein and Galeria Tribeca in Madrid, Spain; “Out of the Box” at Elga Wimmer PCC in NYC, “Carolee Schneemann, Early and Recent Work, A Survey” at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, MA and “Meat After Meat Joy” at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, NYC). She has shown her own work at museums and galleries in those countries as well and edited more than a dozen books and art catalogues. Kehrer Verlag published her book Skin in 2005.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Fort Point of View at the 119 Gallery in Lowell is an exhibit of work created by
25 artists living and working in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston.
Curated by Joanne Kaliontzis

January 13- February 6, 2009
Reception: Saturday January 17, 3-6pm

119 Gallery
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12-5pm
For directions go to

For a preview of works on view go to:


Feelin’ Lucky? Share the love with Mass Theatrica in (Un)Lucky in Love, a Valentine’s Day concert paying tribute the joys and pains regarding matters of the heart. Join us for some of Broadway’s most (un)romantic classics on Sunday, February 15, 2009, 4:00 PM at LynnArts, in the Neal Rantoul Vault Theatre, 25 Exchange Street , Lynn , MA.
Featured artists include Michael Belle, Thomas René Brennan, Lydian DeVere, Bethany Tammaro Condon, Stephanie Mann, Emily Quane, Jennifer Rizzo, Angeliki Theoharis, Todd Yard, and Karla Kelley, piano. Come and hear selections from Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Carousel, Pirates of Penzance, Gershwin hits and lots more!

Admission is $15, $13 seniors and students. For more information about the program, please contact Mass Theatrica: phone: 508-757-8515, email: or website For directions to LynnArts, visit their website at

Friday, January 09, 2009

MOBIUS PRESENTATION - January 10, 2009

experimental simulSkype@mobius
Boston - Chicago - Taiwan

Friday January 9, 2009
Experimental SimulSkype
@Mobius/Taipei Artist Village/Brown Rice

Boston: 11pm-12:30am EST
Taiwan: 12noon-1:30pm (Saturday)
Chicago: 10pm-11:30pm CST

Brown Rice/Taipei Artist Village/Mobius
Telematic Skip
@ 3 remote sites simultaneously

BOSTON: 11pm-12:30am EST
Mobius - 725 Harrison Ave
Bob Raymond (MAG) -- video
Lewis Gesner (MAG) -- toothpicks
Tom Plsek (MAG) -- trombone
Jane Wang (MAG) -- double bass and toys
possible guest: Grant Smith -- toys

TAIWAN: 12noon-1:30pm Saturday Jan 10th
Taipei Artist Village
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang -- vocals
Hui-Chun Lin -- cello
Elita Lin -- dance

CHICAGO: 10pm-11:30pm CST
Brown Rice - 4432 N. Kedzie Ave
Brent Gutzeit -- electronics, guitar
Dan Godston -- trumpet, small instruments
Steve Maxwell Jr. -- drums
Patrick Dinnen -- upright bass
with tech support by Chad Clark

Telematic Skip, instigated by Dan Godston (CHICAGO - Brown Rice), involves performers who are in remote locations with a live audio and video feed between those locations. The initial plan is to use Skype but this could change to another live medium for communication depending on the circumstances -- stay tuned.

Telematic Skip will be broadcast live, at

Brown Rice
Lin Hui Chun
Taipei Artist Village

FRESH POND RESERVATION ART SHOW - February 27 - March 8, 2009

Elizabeth Wylde and members of the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation Planning Committee
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
and Neville Place Assisted Living Facility

invite you to participate in


Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 8

Neville Place, 650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Reception: Friday, February 27, 6 to 8 pm,
in the Country Kitchen (basement floor) at Neville Place

Additional Exhibit Hours: Saturday Feb. 28 to Saturday, March 7, 4 to 8 pm;
Sunday, March 8, 4 to 7 pm

Please join us for this exciting exhibit of art related to Fresh Pond Reservation. Works will include paintings, drawings, photos, sculpture, jewelry, poetry and journaling.

Professional, amateur, and children's art will all be accepted. The exhibit is free and for the public to enjoy.

To participate as an art contributor or a volunteer, and for additional information, visit the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation website at

You may also email Elizabeth Wylde at with questions, or call 617-349-6489 and leave your name and phone number for a return call.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Call to Artists for 10th Anniversary of West Medford Open Studios

The West Medford Open Studios committee is looking for artists to participate in the a 10th anniversary of the WMOS art show that will take place on April 25&26. WMOS is a celebration of the arts that features visual work as well as live original readings by local writers and musical performances. The committee is seeking local and non-local artists to submit applications by the February 8, 2009 deadline. Applications are available on the website at

Using homes and community spaces throughout West Medford, WMOS has provided artists with a venue to show and sell their work with the community. Visitors are provided with free maps to all the sites and events of the weekend. The maps will be available on the website and throughout the community.

The West Medford Open Studios event has been expanding every year since the first year a small group of artists/neighbors organized it in 2000. In the 9 years since, WMOS has grown into a much larger celebration of the arts, attracting hundreds of visitors from Medford and many surrounding communities. In 2008 there were over 60 participants including visual artists, writers, student artists, and musicians.

West Medford Open Studios is a non-profit organization and is supported by the artists that are in involved in this program, a grant from the Medford Arts Council, friends of WMOS and local businesses.

For more information about West Medford Open Studios visit

Or contact Tanya Howard at (781)483-3605.


It's time to get together again to network and celebrate, and to honor our selected peers who have achieved excellence in their work through dedication to our industry. It’s a Magical Evening long remembered.

IMAGINE is pleased to announce the following "Imaginnaires" so called because they are rich in creativity, thoughts and ideas. They are dedicated, insightful, and generous of themselves and their resources, which they use to serve our industry. They are:

Bestor Cram is a writer, shooter, teacher, director, producer and the leader of Northern Light Productions, which he founded in Boston, MA in 1982. The company is celebrating 27 years of immersion in the Documentary Arts. With a staff of 25, Northern Light produces work for museum exhibits and television broadcast. As an independent filmmaker, Bestor’s work is screened at festivals world wide. This past year saw the release of 5 Northern Light feature documentaries. Ernest Thompson will present.

Lyda Kuth is a founding board member and Executive Director of the LEF Foundation. Since 2001, LEF has provided support for independent video and filmmakers in New England through their Moving Image Fund, with over $1,800,000 in grants distributed. Under her guidance LEF reaches out to other industry related organizations and works closely with the New England Film community. Representative Brian Wallace will present.

John MacNeil formed Moody Street Pictures five years ago with a goal to build a collaborative of producers, camera operators, directors and editors. A long-time cameraman, both he and John Rule worked for Brian Heller at Boston Camera in 1982. He went on to found the Boston Film Factory now both companies are a part of Rule Broadcast. An industry leader and producer he has become an advocate for the industry.

Brian Heller will present.

Angela Peri started Boston Casting, Inc. about 17 years ago after her acting adventures in Italy, a casting job for CINEMA PARADISO, a stint as a stand-up comic, and working for a another top-casting agency in Boston, she wanted to start her own business. Deciding between a restaurant and a casting agency, she chose the later and directors and actors alike are happy with her decision. Christy Cashman will present.

Congratulations! We view each of them as making a significant difference to our industry in New England. We are so very fortunate to have them in our midst and they inspire us all!

Please join me honoring our newest “Imaginnaires” at IMAGINE’s Industry New Year's Celebration Awards Gala:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Regattabar at the Charles Hotel

7 PM (other details attached)

Click here for details and to RSVP, or reply to this email. Remember, $49.95 pays for your 2009 IMAGINE subscription; the party is at no charge for our 2009 Subscribers!

I look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 12, 2009.

Please feel free to forward this message to your friends, and my very best to you for this New Year,

Carol Patton


Imagine Publishing, Inc.
185 Mt. Auburn St., Ste 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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