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Monday, July 30, 2012


Somerville's OPENAIR Circus presents its 2012 Big Top performance August 3 - 5, 2012 The OPENAIR Circus will amaze and amuse audiences this weekend, under the big top at Nunziato Field near Union Square. Performances cap off 6 weeks of summer classes offered by the Circus in three Somerville parks. Over 200 children, teens, and adults have been learning skills like stilting, juggling, acrobalance, and more. This year's show features music, dance, and inspiration from around the world. Performances dates and times are: 7PM on Friday, August 3. 2PM and 7PM on Saturday, August 4. 2PM on Sunday, August 5. All performances are at Nunziato Field, on the intersection of Summer St. and Vinal Ave. near Union Square in Somerville. Suggested donation is $3.00! A better deal on family fun cannot be found. The show runs about two hours with intermission. Refreshments, souvenirs, and circus equipment will be available for purchase. The circus receives support from the Somerville Arts Council, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the City of Somerville, numerous volunteers, and the community at large. To learn more, go to The Circus is also available for workshops and birthday parties.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Dear Somerville Arts Council, I am seeking local artist submissions for my thesis project in Museum Studies at the Harvard Extension School. Below is the submission form for my virtual exhibition project. Please let me know if you would be willing to distribute this among your artists. Thanks very much and please let me know if there are any questions. Best, Anna Visualizing Self: Virtual Art Exhibition Submission Form Project Overview Seeking artists to submit a digital image of a unique, original work of art for a virtual exhibition project exploring notions of gender identity, ambiguity and expressions of the visual self. This project is conceived as a master’s degree thesis in Museum Studies for publication in print and web. The goal is to explore, challenge and ideally enlighten museum visitors to various visual explorations of gender and the visual self. The selected work will be featured in the exhibition. Artists will have full credit and published links to website in both printed and web based versions. Guidelines Art museums are key spaces to discuss and confront methods of acceptance, tolerance, and public understanding. The challenge is to envision the museum space as performative, immersed in shifting changes of visual interpretation. With these concepts in mind artists are challenged to create an original work of art that expresses perception of gender identity within a museum space as both public and private. Explore ‘ gender’ as a more fluid concept that moves away from the confines of biological definitions of ‘sex’ as distinctly male and female. Submission Requirements and Deadlines Hi-resolution CD digital image of art. (300dpi) Work of art can be any format or media in construction. Final image submissions are due Monday September 3, 2012 Artists will be notified of work selection on Monday September 17, 2012. Artist Information Name______________________________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________ City_________________________________State_______________Zip_________________ Phone/Cell__________________________________________________________________ Email_______________________________________________________________________ Work Submission Details Title_______________________________________________________________________ Medium and substrate________________________________________________________ Date Completed_____________________________________________________________ Size_______________________________________________________________________ Questions/Comments Contact Anna Kovacs E-mail:

Friday, July 27, 2012


East Somerville family dental office is seeking local artists to display work. This is a new startup dental office located at the Broadway/McGrath highway intersection currently in construction and set to open July 9. Seeking one or more artists to display a total of approximately 20 pieces on the walls of the waiting room, treatment rooms, and hallways. Art can rotate out every 3-6 months. Artists will be compensated for their time in delivering, hanging, and titling their pieces and are welcome to sell their art. Work should be framed and ready to hang. Please note that East Somerville is a low- to moderate-income family community and the dental office treats all ages. To be considered please send: Name, address, Phone number; 3 to 4 jpgs of your work Website, if available Please send to: Dr. Wagner at You may call the office at (617) 623-2100 with questions. Thank you! -- Thanks so much! Best, Rosie Wagner, DDS Smiles By Rosie 6 Kensington Ave. Somerville, MA 02145 (617) 623-2100 Twitter: Facebook:


Monday, July 30, 2012, 6 to 7:30 pm Water Purification Facility front door 250 Fresh Pond Parkway Chip Norton, Watershed Manager for the Cambridge Water Department, will give a walking tour of Fresh Pond Reservation’s recently restored areas as well as ongoing and future project areas. He will answer your questions about watershed management at Fresh Pond using maps and diagrams to help illustrate the goals of major projects. To register, call 617-349-6489 or e-mail


Somerville Arts Council Call: Craft Vendors Wanted! Hungry Tiger Street Festival A Festival of Food and Culture in Union Square Saturday, August 11th, 6-10pm Application Deadline: Friday, August 3rd, 2012 Event Description The Hungry Tiger Street Festival, now it it’s second year, transforms Union Square into a night market like those of East Asia or Europe. Local restaurants selling small street food and fire throwers draw in a big crowd. We’ll keep the fun alive with face painting, buskars, interactive booths, face painting, and more. What we’re looking for you to add is a unique spin on craft vending. Specifically items a customer can wear or carry with them (think masks, hair accessories, fake moustaches, buttons, maybe bags or purses, and especially anything that lights up). This is a really fun night market, we look forward to some interesting applications! Please read the details of the attached application and then cut and paste the vendor application into an email. Make the email to Meagan O'Brien, Meagan O'Brien ArtsUnion Coordinator Somerville Arts Council


The Riverside Gallery is seeking work of high artistic merit, by New England artists of African descent, for a juried show of contemporary art. The Black community is the historical constituency of the Cambridge Community Center, home of the Riverside Gallery. Artists are encouraged to submit work. The show will run Sep - Nov 2012. Entry fee. Application form available via email:

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Join us for a celebration of the genius of Archibald Query who invented Fluff here in Union Square in 1917. Artists, musical and theatrical performers, culinary geniuses and the general public pay tribute this great American creation in a madcap festival. The annual event includes a performance stage and games stage, participatory activities, and craft and food vendors. Sponsors: Sponsors accepted at many levels including sponsorship of stages and banners. All contributions are tax deductible and support the ongoing work of Union Square Main Streets Vendors: This is a juried vendor process. Application must be postmarked by Friday, August 31, 2012. Selection of vendors is based on quality, creativity, product variety, appropriateness to the event and space availability. Craft vendors are strongly encouraged to present handmade products that relate to the festival’s theme. Food vendors are strongly encouraged to present food products that use Marshmallow Fluff as an ingredient such as ice cream, whoopie pies and original recipes. Festival organizers reserve the right as sole purveyor at the festival of fluffernutter sandwiches and rice krispie treats. Food vendors must be licensed by the City of Somerville or other municipality and vendors are expected to comply with all health department regulations. Applications and materials due by Friday, August 31, 2012. Complete details along with links to vendor application are at the Union Square Main Streets website:

Sunday, July 22, 2012


The president's birthday is coming up and we are going to celebrate by bringing together artists, somervillians and Obama supporters alike to make t-shirts. There will be three designs chosen to become silk screens and on August 4th - we will have a bring your own t-shirt, bag, sweatshirt, whatever you want - and screen print it - party, hosted by the Washington Street Art Center in Union Square. First, President Obama needs your designs! We are looking for submissions in 3 categories: 1) Somerville for Obama design 2) Artists for Obama design 3) General Obama 2012 design Your designs should be vector based and fit on an 8" x 10" area. We also ask that your lines are not too thin, as it makes it more challenging to convert to silk screen. We want to see how creative you can get! Send your ideas to by July 27, 2012. And come to the event - August 4th:


Call for Vendors and Artists SomerStreets series: Sunday, July 29th (The Armory on Highland Ave) Sunday, August 19th (Rt.16) Sunday, September 9th (Shore Drive) Sunday, Oct. 28th (Somerville Ave) Noon-4:00 pm (Rain or Shine Event) The City is looking for vendors a to participate in SomerStreets, one of the area’s largest public events where we close the streets to cars and open them to residents. Deadline: Monday prior to event Send an e-mail to with “SomerStreets call for craft vendors” as the header. Provide the following info: Name of artist or company The SomerStreets event(s) you are interested in 3. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax and website (if applicable) 4. Brief description and 3-5 low resolution jpgs of items to be sold (if applicable) 5. Somerville affiliation (if any) 6. Web site or MySpace url. Each participant will have a 10 X 10 space at the event and will be located within hubs of activity on various city streets and plazas. The cost to participate in the event is $20.00 or for $30.00 if you would like a 6’ table and 2 chairs. Please make checks out to the City Somerville and write SomerStreets and the date(s) of events in the “For” line. Mail or drop off forms: SomerStreets Attn: Carlene Campbell-Hegarty, Communications City of Somerville 93 Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02143

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Please come to see my Watercolors, Pastels & Pencil drawings at the Art Shows I will be participating in this summer! 31st Annual Art-on-Bartlett Mall July 28 – July 29, 10 – 4 High St & Pond St (exit 57 on Rte 95N, MA-113) Newburyport, MA 59th Annual Greeley Park Art Exhibition Aug 18 – Aug 19, 10 – 5 Greeley Park, Concord St, Nashua. NH 38th Annual Andover Art in the Park Sept 15th 10 – 4 Central Park Chestnut & Bartlett Streets Andover, MA Booth #56 *(rain date 9/16)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


SEVENTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ACTIVIST STREET BANDS October 5 through 8, 2012 a wide variety of events planned in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston (MOST EVENTS) FREE AND OPEN TO ALL (Somerville, Cambridge & Boston, MA) With already over 30 activist street bands coming from near and far, the seventh annual HONK! Festival ( may prove to be the most outrageous urban gathering yet! This election year’s HONK! will be held from October 5 through October 8 (encompassing Columbus Day Weekend), just in time to playfully kick some butt while seriously attempting to inspire action in a world that yearns for change. The preliminary HONK! schedule, which will be finalized in early September, can be found at Many outdoor and indoor concerts (mostly free) will be held throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston, along with one very large and several mini parades, and a symposium for those who crave some sit-down in-depth discussion about the HONK! phenomena -- instigated in 2006 in Davis Square Somerville and now sweeping the nation (annual HONKs now in Austin, Seattle, Brooklyn, Providence) -- and its impact on the social-political landscape. The current roster of this year’s HONK! bands is located specifically at They hail from as far away as Italy, New Orleans, and Vancouver, to as near as Somerville and Jamaica Plain! Up-to-date information on bands and their HONK! performance schedules will be posted on,,, and by calling 617-383-HONK (4665). As of this writing, a few summer activities are also in place, for anyone who would like to get an early jump on the HONK! bandwagon: HONK! Kickstarter campaign: details can be found at The goal this year is to reach $12,000 by mid-August. Last year, HONK! far exceeded a similar fundraising campaign. Individuals can donate and subscribe to receive notices by going through the HONK! website. HONK! Parade planning: the first meeting is to be held on Thurs., July 26, 7-9 pm, at Sprout & Co., 339R Summer St. near Davis Square, Somerville ( Join with other community groups and individuals for a meeting to brainstorm about different ways to make visually stunning and evocative street parades during the HONK! Festival; including a new evening lantern parade in Davis Square neighborhoods, and the Sunday “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes, and Feet” Parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square, featuring 30 street bands and 31 community groups. If interested, contact HONK! T-shirt design: a call is going out to all those who have an artistic desire to design this year’s HONK! T-shirt. The deadline for submissions is August 15. Send queries and original design submissions to For more background information on HONK! and its origins, visit


SomerStreets series: Sunday, July 29th (The Armory on Highland Ave) Sunday, August 19th (Rt.16) Sunday, September 9th (Shore Drive) Sunday, Oct. 28th (Somerville Ave) Noon-4:00 pm (Rain or Shine Event) The City is looking for musicians, performance artists, dancers, visual artists, storytellers and all creative people to participate in SomerStreets, one of the area’s largest public events where we close the streets to cars and open them to residents. Deadline: Monday prior to event How to Apply: By Email: If you can share support material (music samples, video clips, press clippings) via your website or MySpace, please apply by email. Send an email to with “SomerStreets call for talent” as the header. Provide the following info: Name of artist or group SomerStreets you’d like to participate in 3. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax and website (if applicable) 4. Brief description of performance 5. Technical requirements (beyond typical stage, sound) 6. Number of artists/performers 7. Fee requested and length of performance time 8. Somerville affiliation (if any) 9. Web site or MySpace url. By mail: Please send information (answer questions 1-9 above) on a single piece of paper Mail or drop off forms: SomerStreets Attn: Carlene Campbell 93 Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02143


Hubway’s Birthday Bash Date: July 24, 2012 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Launched in July 2011 with 600 bicycles and an eye towards expanding into Boston neighborhoods and surrounding communities, Hubway provides Boston with an accessible and green transit option. Celebrate Hubway’s first birthday at BSA Space—mingle with other bike lovers and experience special demonstrations, including Boloco’s bike-powered smoothie maker and Taza’s famous Chococycle. Ride your bike to the celebration and enjoy free bike valet parking courtesy of Commonwheels. Sponsors and supporters include BSA Space, Equal Exchange Café, Taza Chocolate, and more.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Tour de France Viewing Party Date: July 22, 2012 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Stop by BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) on Sunday, July 22, at 1:00 pm to enjoy the recap showing of the final stage of the Tour de France, Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees, from earlier that morning. Enjoy refreshments and explore the BSA’s latest exhibit, Let’s Talk About Bikes, which showcases the craft of local bike manufacturers, and investigates themes of production, use and impact surrounding urban cycling. This event is free and open to all; no RSVP required.


Please join VSA Massachusetts at our next All Access Pass tour on July 19th to learn more about our work towards educational and cultural inclusion in the arts. The event, including a tour of the Open Door Gallery, will last one hour. To reserve a spot and request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, contact Kati Blair Kotrc at 617-350-7713 x101 or VSA MA is located at the NonProfit Center at 89 South St, Boston, MA 02111, just past the corner of Essex St. We are one block from South Station on the MBTA Red Line.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Inside Hotel Commonwealth 502c Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215 Phone: 617-267-8929 OPENING THURSDAY, JULY 12TH Panopticon Gallery is proud to present our Summer Group Exhibition Extravaganza, on display from July 12 - September 11, 2012 featuring photographs by Neal Rantoul, Fran Forman, Larry Pratt, Martin Schreiber, Samuel Quinn, William Wegman, Hiroshi Watanabe, Michael Donnor, Suzanne Revy, Bill Franson, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Stephen Sheffield, Kevin Van Aelst, Gustav Hoiland, Roger Farrington, Alexander Harding, Glen Scheffer, Erik Schubert, Brian Kaplan, Kirsty O'Keeffe, Emmanuelle Germain, Mimi Youn and Jesseca Ferguson. The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, July 12th, 5:30-7:30pm. EMERGING ARTIST | FEATURED Orianna Reardon Orianna Reardon is a recent graduate from the New England School of Photography. Orianna has been working on a series of self-portraits and experimenting with both large and small format cameras, including Polaroid and the new Impossible Project film. Reardon's images are dark, mysterious and in some instances very revealing. Photographs from the artist immersed in the landscape are juxtaposed with staged images in a studio setting. Just when you think you know what she is doing, she changes direction with a click of the shutter. Images by Orianna will be on display from July 12 - September 11th. Come meet her at the opening reception! COMING SOON Harold Feinstein | A Retrospective Nazraeli Press has been hard at work finishing up the long awaited monograph Harold Feinstein A Retrospective and with it comes our exhibition! Harold Feinstein | A Retrospective will be on display at Panopticon Gallery from September 14 - October 31, 2012. More news and book signing announcement to follow! Pre-Order your copy now! Visit: Nazraeli Press NOW REPRESENTING Keiko Hiromi For the last five years, I have had the opportunity to watch Keiko Hiromi grow as an artist. I first looked at images from her Jacques Cabaret portfolio when I was working at the Photographic Resource Center. Keiko would call every few months and ask if Jim Fitts and I could sit down with her and look through her box of prints. Dedication, determination and hard work pays off. This summer, Keiko will be exhibiting some of her work at the Arles Photography Open Salon at Galerie Huit in France. Panopticon Gallery intern Marianne Salza recently sat down with Keiko and wrote this blog post titled, Queens of the Lime Light. Click HERE to Read it. GALLERY NEWS » Heidi Kirkpatrick, Rachel Phillips, and Lindsey Beal will have a three-person exhibition at StoneCrop Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine opening Saturday, July 7th. » William Wegman will have a large museum exhibition titled Hello Nature at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art from July 13 through October 21. » CBS Boston calls Panopticon Gallery one of Boston' Best Photography Galleries! » The 18th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography will feature photographs by Panopticon Gallery photographers Brian Kaplan, Stella Johnson and Keiko Hiromi. OPENING RECEPTION will be on Thursday, July 19th at 7pm. » See photographs by William Wegman in the exhibition Best In Show on display at Lanoue Fine Art on Newbury St. in Boston from July 14 - August 11th. OPENING RECEPTION will be on Saturday, July 14th from 12-4pm. This exhibition will benefit the MSPCA. » Neal Rantoul's portfolio Martha's Vineyard Aerial Photographs has been chosen for the permanent collection of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. » The Boston A-List has nominated us for Best Art Gallery in Boston. We still need YOUR VOTE. If you have a moment, click on the link then click on the Yellow Vote Now tag. Many thanks!!! » As we aim to expand our social media presence, we urge you to: Like Us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Pin It on Pinterest Read about our artists on our gallery Blog. Watch videos on our YouTube channel. Share it on Tumblr Panopticon Gallery Inside Hotel Commonwealth 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 617-267-8929 Hours: Tue–Sat 9:30-4:30pm


ArtBEAT 2012 is quickly approaching. We will be needing volunteers to help sell our famous dogtags on Friday evening July 20 and Saturday July 21 during the day. Below, you will find a detail description of the dogtag position. Whether it is solo or with a friend, it is always a fun time. If you are interested, please contact Heather at or call 617-625-6600 x-2985 if you have questions. Thanks so much and hope to see you at ArtBEAT 2012 Dog Tag Sales (Roaming) --Out of all the positions, this one is most crucial! We need folks who are friendly, outgoing and comfortable approaching festival goers; if this isn't you, let the volunteer coordinator know and we can hopefully find another job for you. --After checking in with volunteer coordinator, check in with the dog tag banker to receive a cash bank and dog tags. Dog tags cost $3 and we'll give you a bag of 30. --Circulate at festival selling dog tags. Call out/or as you chat with people say: "please support the festival, support the arts council, buy a dog tag for $3." Let folks know buying a dog tag helps keep this free public festival running, year after year. A dog tag also serves as a ticket for indoor dance performances at the Somerville Theatre. About ArtBEAT 2012 During the heat of summer, artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals. ArtBeat includes music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole lot more. About the theme Migration Migration evokes many ideas: movement, immigration, Monarch butterflies fluttering en masse and New England snowbirds heading to Florida's balmy shores. We encourage artists to explore migration in various ways. Visual artists might explore: how forms morph and move—like atoms within a molecule, for example. Dancers might explore flight patterns of migratory birds. Other ideas include an interactive map project in which Somervillians trace their migratory route to Somerville. Migration also can be explored from environmental, geo-political and inter-galactic angles. We look forward to your creative interpretations of this year's theme!


Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg Street, Somerville, ESCAPE ARTIST, July 12 – August 18, Opening Reception, Thursday, July 12, 6 – 8pm. A Brickbottom Artists’ Association (BAA) Members’ Exhibition. The summer offers us a chance for escape from the "real world" by going on vacation, to the beach or to catch up on some light reading. This year the BAA member show theme is entitled Escape Artist. We'll exhibit work with subjects that deal with escape; get-a-ways, surrealism, fantasy narratives or invented worlds. Sometimes, the solitude in ones’ studio brings out the escape artist in all of us. Come and see how these artists visually depict their escapes. Exhibiting Artists: Sherry Autor, Lois Blood Bennett, Amy Cain, Jean Cain, David Colombo, Warren Dent, Daniela DesLauriers, Damien DiBona, Chris Engles, Lois Fiore, Jen Fries, George Gabin, Wally Gilbert, Lou Gippetti, Lynda Goldberg, Pier Gustafson, Charlotte Kaplan, Elissa Katler, Pauline Lim, Mark Luiggi, Cynthia Maurice, Ted Prato, Dan Rocha, Obie Simonis, Martha Stone, David Tonnesen. Work includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, assemblage, sculpture, and ceramics.

Sunday, July 08, 2012


Opensound, a monthly concert series of improvised and experimental music Next Concert: Friday, July 13, 2012 __________________________________________________________________ ACOUSTIC meets ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC a special concert jointly sponsered by Vortex and Opensound Special guest: Matt Samolis, flute and: The know trio: Gary Fieldman, drumset/percussion Dan Shaud, french horn Ima Jonsdittir, violin Electro-Acoustic musicians: Max Lord, synth Andrea Pensado, laptop and more Michael Rosenstein, amplified objects Ken Ueno, extended throat techniques and microphone Lou Cohen, laptop/wiimote Sonic Sandbox: Forrest Larson, electronics Todd Brunel, clarinets David Brown, percussion/didgiridoo Tom Casale, double bass ______________________________________________ Friday July 13, 2012 Nave Gallery Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville MA 617 625 4823 For directions and parking: Doors open at 7:30. / music at 8:00 p.m. $10 admission ________________________________________________________ Opensound is a monthly concert series that explores improvised and experimental music, bringing artists from disparate backgrounds together for unique events in Somerville MA. The process of improvisation combines the distinctive voices of its individual performers. The music that results is often surprising, unconventional and dynamic. It s not uncommon to hear music made of electronic crackles, noisy multi-phonics, gurgling, hissing, quiet vocalized gibberish, atonal noodling, bowed metal, blowing sounds, post-everything harmony, and a thousand shades of hullabaloo. You may also see video and dance cohabitating with buzzes, clicks, drones, wooshes, and bleeps in a bizarre galaxy of pitch and spectra! __________________________________________________________________ Some Bios Ken Ueno (born 1970) is an American composer. He studied at the United States Military Academy. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in Film Scoring/Composition Summa Cum Laude, from Boston Unlversity with a M.M., fromYale School of Music with a M.M.A., and from Harvard University with a Ph.D. He has composed orchestral works, for jazz big band and woodwind quintet, and two dance pieces for the Boston Conservatory. He performed at the Flea, New York City. Ueno is a recipient of the 2010/2011 Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. As a performer, Ueno is active as a throat-singing vocalist and performing with live electronics. Todd Brunel is an innovative, critically acclaimed clarinetist and saxophonist, who performs extensively as a crossover classical and jazz musician. As a jazz/improvisational performer and composer, he produces The Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, a 2010-11 grant recipient from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cambridge Arts Council and the Somerville Arts Council. The Vortex Series has also been chosen as the jazz "pick of the week" in the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe. More information available on the web: Like us on Facebook Links: 2. 3. Sent to — [4]why did I get this? [5]unsubscribe from this list | [6]update subscription preferences Opensound · Union Square · Somerville, MA 02143 Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp Links: 4. 5. 6.


Thousands of artist from around the world participate in the Art House Co-op’s Sketchbook Project, and the fruits of their labor are coming to LynnArts! On July 6th through 8th visit the Time Warner Gallery at LynnArts for a peak inside hundreds of sketchbooks filled with drawings, doodles, collages, paintings, poems, stories and more. Artists participating in the Sketchbook Project receive a blank sketchbook and fill it with it what they wish. Once completed the sketchbook is sent back to the Sketchbook Project headquarters, travels around North America to different galleries, museums, state fairs and more, and then finds a permanent home in the Brooklyn Art Library where patrons can check out the sketchbooks for themselves. This exciting exhibition will only be on display for three days, be sure to get in and peruse these treasure troves of artistic ideas and talents. Exhibition Times: Friday, July 6th: 3:00pm – 7:00pm Saturday, July 7th: 12:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday, July 8th: 12:00pm – 4:00pm More information: and Contact Bea Modisett with any questions:


Blue Cloud Gallery, a local Somerville store offering handcrafted gifts from local artisans, is excited to announce a once in a lifetime opportunity for customers to discover the beautiful pottery creations of Massachusetts artist, Warren Smith. Blue Cloud Gallery is found in the heart of Ball Square in Somerville at 713 Broadway and offers a unique and personal way for customers to become familiar with the crafts and handiwork of local artists. The store, operated by fine art photographer Betsy Lenora, works directly with artists to consign select pieces, providing local talent with an all-new pathway of support and patronage. During the month of July, the gallery will showcase pieces by nationally-exhibited potter Warren Smith, whose works will be discounted by ten percent for the duration of the month. Warren Smith's record of excellence in the world of artistic pottery is constantly growing. He holds degrees from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Rhode Island School of Design. He also apprenticed with John Baymore of River Bend Pottery. After more than forty years of international exhibitions and special events, his reputation as an expert in the field is firmly established, but Smith shows no signs of stopping the continuing evolution of his craft. His pieces are influenced by Japanese and early American folk pottery, combining the humble spirit of organic, handcrafted work with a richly-cultured visual flair. The bowls, mugs, and vases in his portfolio are unique for valuing both artistic beauty and everyday utility - they are food safe, and easily used in microwave and conventional ovens. Harkening back to a time of humble folk aesthetics, these pieces offer customers daily beauty without sacrificing their practical needs. Blue Cloud Gallery's ten percent off discount on Warren Smith's artistic creations is intended to bring attention to these breathtaking pieces. The store rarely discounts artwork, but Betsy Lenora and Warren Smith feel that such a promotion embodies the humble sensibilities of Smith's pottery, and gives visitors a rare opportunity to experience the quiet strength of these pieces for themselves. The promotion ends on July 31, and so you are encouraged to stop in soon to experience the fruits of Smith's life work. Store hours: Tues - Sat. 11-7, Sun. 11-5. Note:Blue Cloud Gallery will be closed 7/1-7/4. 617-776-2700

Friday, July 06, 2012


Uncover What's Next for the Creative Economy CreativeNEXT is a series of 21 state-wide events held bythe Massachusetts Creative Economy Council, an advisory Council to the Legislature and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and a variety of local partners. The MA Creative Economy Council is tasked to develop a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the creative economy in Massachusetts. Working with the Creative Economy Industry Director this listening tour will help to guide the future priorities of the Council. The greater Boston event, co-hosted by the Artisan's Asylum and Union Square Main Streets, will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm at the Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville. Join colleagues in a discussion on furthering the visionary growth of your business and other creative industries across the state. Who should attend? Businesses, Organizations, and Individuals working in: Marketing: Advertising and marketing agencies and professionals Architecture: Architecture firms and architects Visual Arts + Craft: Museums, galleries, theatres and curators, artists, + artisans Design: Industrial, interior, graphic, web, fashion firms and designers Film + Media: Film, TV, animation, and radio businesses and talent Video Game: Companies, programmers, and individuals producing games Music + Performance: Venues, producers, and performers Publishing: Content creation, editors, writers and distributors What's on the agenda? You are! We want to hear from you, about you, as we explore future opportunities for like-minded businesses within the creative landscape. Through a round table discussion we hope to gain valuable insights concerning the growth and sustainability of your business within the state of Massachusetts. For more information and to register your space:

Thursday, July 05, 2012


Come to Gallery 321 this Saturday 7-10PM for the opening of our latest show,  "Me And My Friends Make Art" featuring new work by WSAC members. Each participating artist from the Washington Street Art Center invited one friend to join them in this show; each artist is presenting one new piece of work.

Artists include:

Jill Comer/Erin Bennett
Megan Mary Creamer/Jennifer Ferreira
Marissa Falco/Sarah Coyne
Danielle Festa/Leah Cunningham
Alex Feinstein/Brian Hart
Lee Kilpatrick/Jamie D. Medeiros 
Lauren Leone/Suzanne Brushart
Tara Lumb/Yuliya Reshetnyak
Spiridoula Politis/Janelle Jette
Anna Warrock/Irma Wagner

The show will be up from July 7th through 31st. The gallery is open every Saturday from 12-4, and by appointment. WSAC is accessible on the 86 bus route through Union Square along with the 91, 87, and several other routes. The gallery is short walk from Harvard, Central or Porter stations on the redline, and for drivers there is ample free parking behind WSAC.

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