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Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Illuminations is a rotating art exhibit housed in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, designed to enhance our environment of care. We feature the work of several local artists, representing various media, for four months at a time. Works are chosen that shed light on the human experience and inspire viewers to expand their vision of life. The exhibit is intended to offer enlightenment and encouragement to patients, families, staff and friends of the Cancer Center as they receive care, provide care, or accompany loved ones.



Let your creativity run wild with ideas for photos of your Zero-Sort toter recycling cart. We’re looking for both serious and silly photos of your toter either in use or, perhaps, out on the town. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Somerville Winter Farmers Market and some unusual bragging rights: the Mayor will personally pick up your recycling.



We are now assembling a schedule of art classes for young people for our February and April School Vacation Week 2012 pARTicipate! Arts Program. These sessions will run from February 20 through February 24, 2012 and April 16 through April 20, 2012. If you are interested in teaching a class, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal no later than Friday, December 16, 2011 by 5 PM. It is a unique opportunity for you to join the growing community of artists at the Armory that have provided a vast array of arts and cultural programming to-date.

Arts at the Armory staff will be responsible for the registration of your class, acting as a liaison between you and the students. You have the option of offering classes for the entire week period (for each school vacation week) or tailoring your proposal to meet your scheduling and other needs within this time-frame. You can propose single or multiple class sessions either for youth. Enclosed is our application where you can provide additional information.

If you should have any questions regarding the above or the attached application, please contact us at Arts at the Armory 617.718.2191 or send us an e-mail:


Debra McLaughlin, Executive Director
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue Suite 1-A
Somerville MA 02143



Kingsley Park Public Meeting - Inventory & Analysis, Fresh Pond Reservation

Protecting the Cambridge Water Supply Since 1889

Cambridge Water Department
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349 - 6489

Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

West Cambridge Youth Center
680 Huron Avenue

Site Improvements

Meeting Agenda

1. Presentation of Site Inventory & Analysis

2. Comments, Discussion & Questions

3. Next Steps

This will be the first in a series of public forums to solicit input from site users throughout the design process.

The goals of the upcoming Kingsley Park Site Improvements Project are to improve drainage, stabilize eroding slopes, restore the landscape, and improve areas for active and passive use.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Groundwork Somerville is getting ready to tap the city's sugar maple's again as part of the 2012 Somerville Maple Syrup Project. We are looking for an amazing design for this year's t-shirts and posters!

We hope you got a chance to see last last year’s year’s wonderful Maple Syrup Project T-Shirts (still available for sale, $12). The fact is, they’ve been the same for too many years in a row. In preparation for the 2012 syurping season, we are asking you, community program participants and fans, to help design a brand new shirt.

Please send 8.5″x11″ white paper with black ink or marker drawings.* Scan at 300 dpi and email to or mail a hard copy to Groundwork Somerville c/o Tai Dinnan; 21 Properzi Way, Suite O; Somerville, MA; 02143.

Entries are Due by November December 1st and winners will be announced at the Maple Syrup Project Brunch on December 3rd! Write your name, email and/or phone number on the back of the paper with pencil. We will select 3-4 of the illustrations that best portray the Somerville Maple Syrup Project and combine them onto next year’s shirt. Trees, tools, buckets, boilers, and kids having fun would all make great images.

(*black on white will ensure high quality scans, ink and T will be colorful again – don’t worry!) In fact, we’re also taking suggestions for fabric and ink suggestions, along with type of apparel (long-sleeve T, hoodie, etc.).

learn more here or email
-Chris Mancini


Meet the denizens of Somerville's hotbed of creative businesses - from chocolate makers to letterpress printers and everything in between - at a holiday open house at 561 Windsor Street. Shop local for the holidays and maybe take up fencing while you're at it!

The event is free and open to the public. Free off-street parking is available.

Sunday, December 4 from 12 to 4pm.
561 Windsor Street, Somerville, 02143

For more information about the participating studios please visit our facebook event page:

Sunday, November 27, 2011


2 Days Only!!
Saturday, December 3rd ~ 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 4th ~ 11am-6pm

at Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA

* Global Fair Trade Crafts from India and Africa
* Festive scarves, mirrored fabric lampshades and Indian imports
* Women of India ~ Libana's 2012 Wall Calendar
* Libana CDs and Songbooks
* Art prints of photos from the journey to India
* Food, fun and cameo performances
by Libana throughout the day!

The Holiday Marketplace idea was hatched in February while visiting an artist
collective in Gujurat, India. We are excited to introduce some of the
dazzling traditional crafts created by women artisans in India
to friends and fans here in Boston. Your holiday purchase will support women and
the arts worldwide ~ including Libana and the artisans of Barefoot College
( and SEWA/Self-Employed Women's Association (!

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square (Somerville Ave.), Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square)

For directions and parking:
Do not use Mapquest!

Union Square also has wonderful ethnic food markets and restaurants for lunch
or dinner, so come to Somerville and make a fun day of it!
Here are a few of the many choices:
* India Palace
* Sweet Ginger (Thai)
* Machu Picchu (Peruvian)
* Machu Picchu Charcoal Grill (regional cooking style)
* El Potro
* Sherman Cafe
* Bloc 11

Visit for more info.
See you there!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Read Libana's Blog on our trip to India!
Global Music, Connecting Cultures:
Stories from the Rajasthani Road

Monday, November 21, 2011


MassCreative's mission is to advocate for the nonprofit arts, humanities, and sciences in Massachusetts by seeking state, federal, and local funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, and Local Cultural Councils. MassCreative works to build and maintain a vital network of nonprofit organizations, businesses, creative entrepreneurs, artists and sector supporters; building strategic alliances in support of the nonprofit cultural sector.

Over the past 20 months a representative group from the field has conducted research, convened stakeholders, surveyed the field and crafted a finely tuned advocacy organization for the 21st century. With support from the Boston Foundation we have created a strong institutional framework for MassCreative comprised of three key elements:

An Action Network - a coalition of advocates representing 12 regions spread across Massachusetts that will serve as our grassroots organizers.
An Advisory Board that will guide the organization through its startup stage as we set our agenda, build membership, and widen our base of support.
Staff, led by an executive director, to serve as MassCreative's chief executive officer.

We believe this structure reflects a powerful foundation and vision for MassCreative and ensures a sustainable advocacy organization that will build upon our sector's strengths and values.

Through the creation of an Action Network our goal is to work side-by-side with the MCC to build and maintain a vital statewide network of arts and cultural organizations as well as businesses and creative entrepreneurs, while building strategic alliances across sectors; and working with public agencies at local, state, and federal levels to increase and expand public and private resources.

Next week we will publicly launch our search for the executive director. Additional information will be released on the roll out of this initiative. We hope you will join this effort and consider supporting MassCreative with your time and/or resources.

Stay tuned for the public announcement, and please contact F. Javier Torres with any questions in the meantime.


Paul Grogan Anita Walker
President Executive Director
The Boston Foundation Massachusetts Cultural Council

Implementation Team Members:

Irene Buck
Susan Halter
Veronique LeMelle
Greg Liakos
Charlie McDermott
LZ Nunn
Catherine Peterson
Jonathon Rappaport
Troy Siebels
Zakiya Thomas
F. Javier Torres
Jason Weeks
Megan Whilden
Erin Williams


You are cordially invited to join us for the grand opening of Artisan's Asylum new 25,000 square foot facility at 10 Tyler Street, Somerville MA!

After an arduous five months of preparation and thousands of hours of volunteer work, the walls are built, the shops set up, renters moved in and classes are running. We couldn't be more overjoyed with the beautiful new space, and we want to share it with you! Come join us Saturday, December 3: the new facility will be open to the public all afternoon, with tours and exhibits and food and full Asylum services (which you've missed so much these last months) finally available.

What: Artisan's Asylum Public Opening
Where: 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143
When: Saturday, December 3, 1-5pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public! Bring friends!

You'll be able to check out our facilities, meet our staff and members, see all the work members are doing, sign up for daily and monthly memberships, register for our next round of classes, and purchase gift certificates and unlimited class passes just in time for the holiday season.

We'll have food, drink, and music, and we hope to see you there!

-Gui Cavalcanti

Friday, November 18, 2011


SLAM Holiday Artist Market

Spaces are still available for the Dec 3rd and Dec 10th Holiday Artist Markets
at The Burren in Davis square. If you would like to participate send an email to:

for more information about the market.

SLAM is in its second year and has been offering local artists a place to show and

sell their work as well as an opportunity for the public to find a wide variety of art
and handmade goods including: painting, photography, jewelry, book bindery,
handmade soaps, glass, textiles, ceramics and artisan foods.

Check out the SLAM website:

SOMERVILLE OPEN STUDIOS - November 19-20, 2011

Brickbottom Artist Building, 1 Fitchburg Street, Somerville,

and neighboring Joy Street Studios with close to 100 artists will be opening their doors to the public this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 from 12-6. Everyone is welcome! Map and artist list is available on website.

Monday, November 14, 2011


Spaces are still available for the Dec 3rd and Dec 10th Holiday Artist Markets at The Burren in Davis square. If you would like to participate send me an email and I will contact you with more information about the market. SLAM is in its second year and has been offering local artists a place to show and sell their work as well as an opportunity for the public to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods including: painting, photography, jewelry, book bindery, handmade soaps, glass, textiles, ceramics and artisan foods.



Wednesday, November 09, 2011


LynnArts Fabulous Holiday Show & Sale
November 19-December 30
Opening Reception, Saturday, December 3, 2-4pm

This December, LynnArts, Inc. is once again sponsoring a holiday exhibition and sale featuring fine arts and crafts. The galleries will be filled with a selection of beautiful and affordable paintings, photographs, pottery, sculpture, cards and more, with many pieces priced at under $100.

The exhibition and sale runs from November 19 through December 30. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am-5 pm, Thursday 10 am -8 pm and Saturday 11 am - 4 pm.

The opening reception will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 2-4pm with live music provided by the Erinn Brown Duo. So come enjoy holiday cheer, fine art and friends and pick up a few one-of-a-kind gifts for your family, all while supporting local artists and your local arts agency.

LynnArts, Inc. is located at 25 Exchange Street in Lynn’s Central Square and is easily accessible by public transportation. Wheelchair access is available at the rear lower-level entry with prior notice. For more information on the LynnArts Fabulous Holiday Show & Sale or other LynnArts programs and events, please call LynnArts, Inc. at 781-598-5244.

Holiday Art Studio Open House
November 19, 11-4pm

In conjunction with the opening of the Holiday Sale and the Lydia Pinkham Open Studios, LynnArts will be hosting an Open Studios on Saturday, November 19 from 11-4. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, musicians and performers that make LynnArts their home.

The Lynn Mural Project
November 7-Spring 2012

This week the transformation of the side of our building began when artists David Fichter, Yetti Frenkel, and Joshua Winer started painting their mural on the side of our building. A three year project that has engaged the community as co-creators in this 17” mural, the project will be completed in spring 2012 with the installation of a 12 mosaic panels that have been created in the Lynn schools and in a community workshop at LynnArts. You can watch the artists and see the panels which have already been created all this week (November 7-11) at LynnArts.


“Small Works” – affordably priced original work! at the Riverside Gallery in Cambridge


“Small Works” – a show of affordably priced original work. This show is targeted to holiday sales, and will include a significant number of works sold by auction.


Riverside Gallery
5 Callender Street
Cambridge 02139


Drop off work Nov 13, 14
Opening Sunday Dec 4 or 11
Mid-November 2011 to mid-January 2012


¨ You must pre-register for this show, and receive confirmation from the Gallery in order to participate. Gallery willrespond usually within one week of receiving your registration.
¨ Staffed drop-off time for art works is Sunday Nov 13, 1-3 PM. You may also bring work on Monday afternoon, Nov 14. Details will be sent to accepted artists.
¨ Artists Reception will be in December, probably 4th or 11th. There is no parking restriction on Sundays.
¨ The show runs until mid-January.
¨ All work must be original - reproductions are not invited.
¨ All work must be for sale.
¨ All work must be 2-D, or able to hang on the wall.
¨ Pieces must be ready to hang; they may be framed and wired, or they may be sealed in clearbags, matted or not, and accompanied by a bulldog-type clip which you provide. The gallery will not be able to do any modifications of your work to make it hangable.
¨ All artists must provide wall labels (details will be sent.)
¨ There is no fee for participation; when work is sold, the Gallery keeps 30% and gives 70% to the artist.
¨ We suggest a range $25-$250 as the most likely to sell, but you may submit works outside of this range.
¨ Artists must help out in two or more ways: helping to hang the show, gallery-sitting, providing refreshments, promotional publicity for the show.
¨ The Gallery expects artists to read instructions thoroughly, and to be courteous and responsible.
¨ The Riverside Gallery is open M-F 9-2, and some Sundays 12-4.
¨ The Riverside Gallery is hosted by the Cambridge Community Center, which serves a broad population, including young children. The Riverside Gallery is very grateful for the venue, and accepts the constraints of not displaying artworks including graphic violence, or graphic erotic works.
¨ Depending on the number of artists accepted, we anticipate artists will be able to display 4-8 small works, or fewer larger works. Work may be replaced when sold.
¨ Preference factors for participant selection include: reading and following instructions, suitability of work for show, behaving courteously and responsibly, living or working in Cambridge.
¨ We encourage artists to offer at least half of their work at auction; minimum bid may be set. This has been a successful way of stimulating sales, and making for an exciting show, and at the same time, getting our art into the hands of appreciative art-lovers.

Details will be sent later.

To Register, submit the following information by email *
No phone calls.
If your Registration is not complete, or cannot be read, the Gallery will not confirm you as a participant.

Required Registration information:
Artist's full name:
Address - street:
Address - city, state, zip:
size range of work you would submit:
cost range of work you would submit:

which tasks you can help with: helping to hang the show, gallery-sitting, providing refreshments, promotional publicity for the show, administrative work for the gallery about or under 25-word description of your art work:

Optional information:
your website or urls with images of your work:
Specify yes or no if we may use them for publicity:
other venues where you have shown in the last 5 years:
urls with your artist's statement which we may use for publicity:

* If you do not have email, you may submit your registration, typed or printed, on paper to:
Riverside Gallery @ Cambridge Community Center
5 Callender Street
Cambridge MA 02139

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Bare Bones: The Oldest Profession - ONE NIGHT ONLY! - November 17, 2011

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First presents

The Oldest Profession
a play by Paula Vogel
directed by Lisë Stern

starring Cindy Bell, Susan Fendell, Sandi McDonald, Gilly Rosenthal,
and Dayenne Walters!

Five amazing actors take the stage as a group of elderly prostitutes
discussing their diminishing clientele, increased competition, and
aching joints. With wit, compassion, and humor, they struggle to
adjust to changing circumstances.

You won't want to miss this funny, moving and thought-provoking performance!

Thursday, November 17th at 8pm
Unity Somerville
6 William St @ College Ave

Suggested donation $5
No reservations required

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