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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Cambridge, MA... French-based Mali-raised filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissasko, whose shorts, documentaries and feature-length fiction film explore the exile experience and the relationship between African and Western societies, will be an Abramowitz Artist-in-Residence from April 20-May 1 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will present a free public talk at MIT titled "L'EXIL une richesse pour l'Humanité" (Exile: The Wealth of Humanity") on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in Room 6-120 (enter from 77 Massachusetts Ave.). The talk is co-sponsored by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.

On Monday, April 20, Sissako will also speak at the Harvard Film Archive's screening of "Bamako," at 7 p.m. at the Carpenter Center at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge. Tickets are $10.

Sissako was born in 1961 in Kiffa, Mauritania and raised in Mali, his father's homeland. Before moving to Paris, where he now resides, Sissako studied at the VGIK Film Institute in Moscow, where "Le Jeu," a film he made as a graduation assignment, won the prize for best short at the Giornate del Cinema Africano of Perugia in 1991.

In 1998 he made his first feature film, ‘La vie sur Terre’, which was shown in Cannes as part of the series ‘Quinzaine des réalisateurs’. Half documentary and half fiction, this film depicts village life in Mali -- far removed from events of the world -- and reflects on the complicated relationship between Europe and Africa.

Sissako’s latest feature, "Bamako," depicts a trial, held in the Malian capital of Bamako, where the defendant is Western capitalism itself, facing charges that it has forcibly kept a decolonized Africa impoverished and oppressed. Alternating between the monologues that make up the testimony and a series of episodes from the daily life that continues around the trial – and sometimes interrupts (or even undermines) the proceedings – Sissako continues to explore the intertwining of public and private, global and local, modern and traditional so central to his earlier films.

In an interview with Kwame Anthony Applah for African Film NY, Sissako asserted, "Art is not the truth. I do not think creation has a mission to tell the truth. I am very aware that we live in an unjust world not engaged in finding the truth. I am aware that one can be totally destitute, and yet it is in that state of destitution that one finds human dignity, fundamental values."

The Abramowitz Memorial Lecture, presented by the Office of the Arts, was established at MIT through the generosity and imagination of William L. Abramowitz '35 as a memorial to his father. It has been sustained since his death by the devoted interest of his wife and children. Since 1961, the Series has brought renowned performing artists and writers to MIT to perform, present public lectures, and collaborate with students in free programs.

For more information, call 617/253-2787 (ARTS).

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


The Nave Gallery
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd
Somerville, MA 02144
Press contact: Susan Berstler

Exhibit dates: 2-26 April 2009
Opening reception & artists talk, 2 April 2009

Free and open to the public.
High res images available upon request.


(Somerville, MA) Waterfall is an international collaboration between three
artists, Pirjo Heino (Finland), Karmela Berg (Israel), and Ellen Schön
(USA) who first met through the Transcultural Tile Exchange project in
2004. As the 2009 Transcultural Exchanges International Opportunities in
the Arts Conference takes place in Boston this April, these three artists
are reuniting at the Nave Gallery to create an exhibit and performance that
uses “water” as a metaphor for life.

Water is viewed by the trio as both transformative and healing, as well as
a tangible resource which needs to be protected. Components of Waterfall

• Three floor-to-ceiling silk panels, representing the artists’
different conceptions of waterfalls
• An interactive installation/ performance of upside down empty cups in
the form of a water droplet, evoking water as the source of life, whose
absence we cannot endure
• A film by Karmela Berg, with sculptor, Avi Sperber, and artist and
therapist, Aliza Gilboa, documenting their environmental art that focuses
on the scarcity of water resource in Israel

The title, Waterfall conveys both the idea of abundant water AND water at
risk. The final component of the exhibition refers to this risk as artists
globally were asked to donate a image of their interpretation of water.
Prints will be sold for $35 and all proceeds will be donated to WaterAid,
an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to overcome
poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe
water, sanitation and hygiene education.

Photos are still being received but as of this date, over 70 artists from
15 countries have contributed their artwork of water.

Waterfall will then travel to Art Gallery Ripustus in Hämeenlinna, Finland
from June 2-28, 2009 and later to Tel Aviv, Israel (venue TBA). Waterfall
is part of the TransCultural Exchange's world-wide Project entitled Here,
There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art of the Future. The TCEs project
is designed to encourage artists to work collaboratively, culminating in a
series of international exhibitions, a catalog, and a panel discussion at
the International Opportunities in the Arts conference in April 2009.

More info & directions:

Check out our Facebook Page -- just search for "Nave Gallery"


Water Dances

public hoop-dancing events to the fresh waters of Cambridge

performed by the Hua Hoop Light Show

with participation and choreography from the Boston Hoop Troop



Event begins @ Sunset : 6:59 pm Hoopers gather 1/2 hour before

Cancelled by torrential rain and freezing cold

Meet at the Weir Meadow

Access from the footpath on Huron Ave. across from Park St.

By public transportation: #75 bus stops on Huron Ave. across from Park St.

By car: Limited parking on Huron Ave. and Park St.

.What is a Water Dance?

A public, hoop-dancing event that give thanks to the fresh waters of Cambridge. This Water Dance is to Fresh Pond, a source of drinking water for the city.

Who are the members of the Hula Hoop Light Show and how can I participate?

You are, if you participate in a Water Dance. COME HOOP. People of all ages are welcome. If you can hoop you can be a Water Dancer. B.Y.O.H. (bring your own hoop) if you have one, especially LED hoops. Some hoops will be available Residents of Cambridge and people who can do cool hoop moves are especially welcome. Hooper gather ½ hour before sunset to learn a simple choreographed dance. Pease wear black clothing and sturdy shoes/boots (it could still be muddy).


Or COME OFFER YOUR GRATITUDE in song, poetry and praise.


Want to participate?

Contact the artist: or 413-369-9985

Water Dances is part of Artforce! Cambridge, a group of emerging artists exploring public art. Our Public Art Lab is at the Cambridge Arts Council Gallery (344 Broadway) from March 10 to April 17. To get up-dated information about the Water Dances and to learn about the other projects, visit:

Other Water Dances

Fri. March 20 (the spring equinox) CAMBRIDGE COMMON Sunset: 6:57

Sun. March 29 LITTLE RIVER @ ALEWIFE RESERVATION Sunset: 7:07 pm

Sun. April 5 Jerry's Pond (aka Jerry's Pit) Sunset: 7:15 pm

Please Note: April 5th is the rain date for the Water Dance at the Little River at Alewife

Reservation…if it did not get rained out, the Water Dance on April 5th will be at Jerry’s Pond.

Sun. April 12 TBA Sunset: 7:23 pm

Sun. April 19 Grand Finale Charles River Sunset: 7:23 pm


Please join me at the opening reception for a Drawing Show at Sacramento St Gallery. The show features the drawings of Jane Sherrill (yours truly), Ellen Stutman and Raul Gonzales. Here are the particulars...

A Drawing Show
Sacramento St. Gallery
Agassiz Baldwin Community Center
20 Sacramento St.
Cambridge MA 02138

March 29-May 1, 2009
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 29, 4-6 pm

For more information about Sacramento St Gallery please visit or call 617.349.6287.

Coming Soon...
Mark your calendars!
Somerville Open Studios
Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, noon-6 pm

Now that winter is finally giving up, come on out and view some art!

Hope to see you Sunday, March 29, 4-6 pm, Sacramento St Gallery!


Jane Sherrill
Visual Artist
20 Vernon St., 6-West
Somerville MA 02145

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Cyberarts in the Fenway
1330 boylstonWe're delighted to report that CyberArtCentral, the central headquarters and visitor center for the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival, will be located on the ground floor of 1330 Boylston, a brand-new luxury apartment building in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. CyberArtCentral will occupy a spacious corner storefront location that is convenient for visitors and provides excellent visibility for people passing by.

Visitors to CyberArtCentral will be able to pick up information about the Festival, learn more about specific exhibitions and events, talk to Festival volunteers, and purchase Festival merchandise. In addition, the space will host an exhibition of artwork by area digital media art students, which is being organized by Boston Cyberarts staff.

"We are grateful to Samuels & Associates for making space available in this sparkling new building," said Festival Director George Fifield. "It will provide a fitting space for display of artwork, and a welcoming environment for our visitors." Of particular note is that the first weekend of the Festival coincides with a three-game home stand against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, right across the street -- so we figure there will be plenty of people walking by.

1330 Boylston, which opened in August, 2008, features 200 modern apartment residences and several retailers and restaurants. It is Samuels & Associates' second high profile project in the Fenway neighborhood; the other is the Fenway Triangle Trilogy, open since 2006. More information on 1330 Boylston Street is available at

axiomOne of the many ways that participating Festival organizations think outside the box is by scheduling their exhibitions to start before the official Festival start date. You can get an early view of a terrific exhibition at AXIOM, beginning March 27.

"PARSE:Visualizing Data That Makes Us Human" features the work of artists who who use data to create works that present new perspectives on the underlying information. The artists in PARSE sort, separate and amalgamate information, creating intricate visualizations in of our brainwaves during REM sleep, our genetic code, our social ICONS, and even our carnal desires. Their representations capture anew both some of what's unique in each person, as well as what we all share. The show is curated by AXIOM Founding Director Heidi Kayser and features works by artists Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, Jason Salavon, Ben Fry, and Jen Hall.

There's an opening reception on Friday March 27 and the exhibition runs through May 10. The AXIOM Center for New & Experimental Media is located at 141 Green Street in Jamaica Plain. For more information call 617-653-7774, email, or visit

Syntax at the PRC
prc syntaxAlso later this month the Photographic Resource Center at BU opens its Festival show called "Syntax." This group exhibition brings together work that addresses the concept of digital information and systems -- their meaning and aesthetics -- in their work. "Syntax" considers artists who address or create new forms of digital syntax via computer programs or through some sort of digital processing or selection.

The PRC is a long-time friend of the Festival and has produced some of the most acclaimed and popular shows we've had. They participated in the very first Festival in 1999 by hosting a digitally-themed version of their annual juried exhibition. This year, the PRC pays homage to these beginnings by meditating on digital language itself. Featured artists come from all around the US and include Patricia Ambrogi, Leigh Brodie, Benno Friedman, Meggan Gould, Brian Piana, Mark J. Stock, Luke Strosnider, and Matthew Swarts.

The exhibition opens on March 27, and there's an opening reception on April 2. The PRC is located at 820 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. For more information call 617.975.0600 or visit

Kudos to Filthy Fluno!
filthy flunoOur friend Jeff Lipsky (aka Filthy Fluno in Second Life, at left) was the subject of an extensive article in a recent New York Times Magazine called "Portrait of the Artist as an Avatar." The article is an interesting description, for both experts and the uninitiated, of the virtual world of Second Life and the folks who inhabit it.

Filthy Fluno's virtual environment Artropolis in Second Life is a well-established artists's colony, featuring art, music, performance spaces, exhibition spaces, and artist residents. Artropolis will be the site of a major Cyberarts Festival exhibition, being organized by Filthy himself along with John Lester, Carmin Karasic, and Melita Podesta, and featuring work by many artists. Some of the work will also be on view in the non-virtual world, including the CounterpART Gallery in Lowell and the gallery at U. Mass Dartmouth.

To read the text of the New York Times article (and to see a photo of what Jeff looks like in the non-virtual world), click here.

Virtual reality is a major theme at this year's Festival, including works that will be seen at the Goethe Institut and the Cambridge Arts Council. More information to follow ... so stay tuned!

Follow us around
There's a lot going on in this year's Festival, and we want to be sure you know all about it! Our Cybercorrespondents are fanning out around the area, interviewing artists and getting the advance scoop on the events and exhibitions. It will all be posted on our Artist Blog starting later this month, so keep in touch. You may also want to set yourself up now to follow us on Twitter -- we're not tweeting yet, but we're putting together a Twitter team of artists who will be tweeting from various events and exhibitions once the Festival gets going. social network

And don't forget that you can start right now communicating with other fans of cyberart through our own conversational network. Or friend us on Facebook. In the coming weeks we're also planning to set up a Flickr center where you'll be able to upload your favorite photos from the Festival -- or the world of cyberart in general.

We'll be adding more ways to be in touch as the Festival gets closer, and we want to hear from you!

Become a sponsor!
BCF logoSponsoring the Boston Cyberarts Festival is a great way for corporations to connect with our creative, tech-savvy audience, and to be part of this great region-wide collaboration. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for the next Boston Cyberarts Festival, contact George Fifield at 617.524.2109 or

We are so very grateful to the following long-time sponsors:

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
LEF Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council, John & Abigail Adams Arts Fund
Phoenix Media Communications Group
Tech Superpowers

And many other generous institutions and individuals. Isn't it time for YOUR company to join us?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WOMEN IN PRINT - Mar 9 - Apr 17, 2009

Bunker Hill Community College Presents:

An Exhibition of Boston-area Women Printmakers

Featuring the work by:

Coco Berkman Blair Boudreau Susan Axe-Bronk Catherine Carter Priscilla Claus

Barbara Ford-Doyle Linda Dunn Esther Garcia-Eder Tamar Etingen

Virginia Fitzgerald Katharine Furst Randy Garber Judy Hochberg

Jennifer Hughes Lynne Johnson Charlotte Kaplan Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld

Fiona Logusch Angie Melchin Rachel Mello Jackie Miller Carolyn Muskat

Ellen Shattuck-Pierce Nancy Popper Amy McGregor-Radin Rani Sarin

Danielle Shaheen Erin Smith Jeanne Williamson

Artists’ Reception:

Thursday, March 12th, 6:00 – 8:00p.m.

March 9th through April 17th

Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 26, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. “Let’s Talk About Prints”

WOMEN in FILM: Thursday April 2nd, 6:30pm

Current works by women filmmakers, exploring women’s issues

Including film shorts by:

Ashley Shuyler, Michelle Rawlings, Jessica Gidal, and guest curator, Rinat Harel

Panel discussion to follow

For more information contact:

Ms. Laura L. Montgomery, M.F.A.
BHCC Art Gallery
Adjunct Professor, Visual and Media Arts Department
Bunker Hill Community College
Office of the President
250 New Rutherford Avenue
Boston, MA 02129


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Thursday, March 05, 2009

MILLER STREET OPEN STUDIOS 2009 - April 24-25, 2009

An Evening and A Day

Friday, APRIL 24, 6 - 10 pm and Saturday, APRIL 25, noon - 5 pm.

Join us for "AFTER DARK" (a Miller Street tradition!)
Friday April 24th - an evening of art, music and refreshments, featuring Ken Field and band.

And the Open Studios continue on Saturday, April 25th, 12 - 5 pm.

Miller Street Studios is a community of professional artists. This year's event is our largest ever, with over 30 artists participating. Works on view and for sale, including: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, animation, kinetic artworks, clay, bookbinding, letterpress printing, photography, a violin studio, and more.
We will be conducting our bi-annual sale of one-of-a-kind, handmade artist's books. New this year, a raffle on Friday night!

11 MILLER STREET, SOMERVILLE, MA 02143 (Cambridge/Somerville line)
Adjacent to the Star Market (275 Beacon Street);
10 minute walk from Porter Sq. T.

For more information on participating artists/directions/parking:


FREE and open to the public.

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