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Friday, August 31, 2012

SOMERVILLE BIKE FEST - September 8, 2012

We have another great event coming up for those who would like to help out. On September 8 in UNION Sq, we will be having SPOKES : Somerville Bike Fest. We will need volunteers from 5-7pm and 7-9pm to help with the: Decorate your bike table ( Bike Bling) craft table - 5-7pm Somerville Arts Council information table 5-7pm shift and 7-9pm shift It is definitely going to be a good time. Contact Heather at if you would like to help. Event Info Spokes 2012: A Somerville Bike Fest! Event Date: Saturday, September 8 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Rain Date Sept 9) Ride, repair and relish in Somerville's bicycle culture! SPOKES will feature free bike maintenance workshops, bicycle goods, info on bike activism/awareness, bike art and more. Come share your love of all things bicycle and all things Somerville! 3:00-5:00pm: The Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead a "Tasting Tour of Somerville" bike ride through the streets of Somerville to benefit the Welcome Project. Check out the Facebook event page for details: 5:00-7:00pm: Bike repair workshops, vendors, bike activism info, and more. 7:30-9:00pm: Free bike-in movie screening of "PeeWee's Big Adventure." Dinner/snacks sold by Lefty's Silver Food Cart, Culinary Cruisers and the TAZA Chococycle. Picnic blankets encouraged. 9:00pm: S.C.U.L. invites civilian bike craft to come along for a post-event night ride through the city. There will be music. Festival details and updates can be found on the SPOKES Facebook page:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


2013 LCC grant guidelines, applications and information sessions announced Local Cultural Council (LCC) money is awarded by the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) once a year to support artists, schools, organizations, and special projects in Somerville. Grants are awarded for projects, fellowships, and educational residencies. In addition, the SAC offers grants specifically to Somerville schools in support of cultural fieldtrips. Somerville LCC program grants are reviewed by SAC board members and local peers with expertise in the appropriate disciplines. Each year new panelists are convened to review new submissions. Applicants must use the SAC's application forms--not the generic MCC/LCC application. Applicants must follow local guidelines for each new year. LCC guidelines and applications can be found here: All applications must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 15th. We also offer grant information sessions. If you have ideas about a project but not sure how to plan one or if you merely have questions about our application forms, these meetings are a great way to meet with staff and learn more. Wed. Sept 12, 3:30-5 pm Somerville Public Library Central Branch/79 Highland Ave. Thurs. Sept 20, 6-7:30 pm Somerville Public Library West Branch/40 College Ave. Mon. Sept 24, 6-7:30 pm Cross Street Senior Center 165 Broadway For more information see our website:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Somerville Riverfest Exhibitor Information-Artist Registration - September 15, 2012

Riverfest is an all day festival hosted by Assembly Row and the City of Somerville. It includes local artists (that’s you!) food trucks, a live local music stage with performances all day, a children’s fun area with performances and activities, and a Ford Edsel car show. Hang out with us until dusk and enjoy a memorable fireworks show over the Mystic. Where: Riverfest is held on Assembly Square Drive and the Riverfront park along the Mystic River. Exhibitors will be set up along the new Assembly Square Drive. A registration table will be set up at the rotary in the Assembly Row information tent. When: Saturday, September 15, 2012. 12PM- 8PM* *registration will open at 9am for exhibitors. All booths must be set up and vehicles removed from Assembly Square Drive by 11:30PM. Fireworks will go off at sunset; around 8PM. Exhibitors may begin to close up shop at 8PM and must be finished by 9PM. Attendees: While this is our 5th Riverfest, it is our first year with local artists joining in on the fun. We are expecting a few thousand attendees to fill our streets and buy your wares! Fee: $50 registration fee payable by check to: Federal Realty Investment Trust, (memo: Riverfest). Mail to: Federal Realty Investment Trust, Attn: Sarah Campbell, 5 Middlesex Ave, Suite 401, Somerville, MA 02145 Registration: Register online at To download a copy of the registration form, go to

A Bike Tasting Tour of Somerville! - September 1, 2012

International market tours in Union Square Mini Nibble Book Parties every Thursday Evening What the Fluff? Festival Get all the details at Nibble: Rachel Strutt Program Manager Somerville Arts Council p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325 Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture: Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

Friday, August 17, 2012

Call for Art - Salem Art Association's 6th Annual PEM Complement Show

"Off the Top of Your Head" September 8- September 30, 2012 Carriage Barn of the Andrew‐Safford House Washington Square, Salem, MA (across from Hawthorne Hotel) JUROR: PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM Paula B. Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research, will jury the show. Artwork drop off Sunday, September 2, 4pm-6pm and Tuesday, September 4, 4pm-7pm at the Carriage Barn Download the details and forms from the "Calls for Art" page of our website There is no entry fee for active members of Salem Art Association. To become a member of Salem Arts Association and see other benefits of membership, please visit our website. ------------------------------------------------------------- Salem Arts Association

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Massachusetts Creative Economy Council Conference - August 23, 2012

CreativeNEXT is a series of 21 state-wide events held by the 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:
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

Friday, August 10, 2012


Artisan's Asylum has been hosting a class called Project Hexapod for the past four months. In it, three professional roboticists (myself included) have taught 15 students how to design, prototype, simulate, and fabricate large scale robots, and the net results is that we've designed Stompy; a 4,000 pound, 18-foot wide, 135 horsepower, 6-legged robot that seats two. We're now raising funds to build the robot, and could use your help to get to our goal! The robot is being developed because we think it's awesome, because we've all wanted to ride a giant walking robot, and because we want to take it to all the local fairs and parades, but it turns out that the technology has incredibly practical purposes. With 6 force-sensitive legs and a ground clearance of 6 feet, the robot will be able to walk over broken terrain that varies from mountainous areas, to rubble piles, to water up to 7 or 8 feet deep - everywhere existing vehicles can't go. It will be able to carry up to 1,000 pounds at a 2-3 mph pace while doing so, and up to 4,000 pounds at a 1 mph pace. This is important because in disaster zones like Haiti's Port Au Prince, it's taken more than three years to clear the rubble out of some areas - meaning throughout that entire time, people have had to have been rescued or resupplied by helicopter, because no ground vehicle could reach them. That means that it will, in fact, be the only ground vehicle capable of navigating the McGrath underpass during heavy rains! Tuition for the class was used to build prototype legs and develop the powerplant to the point where we were confident the whole system was going to work. Now, we're looking to raise $65,000 to build the full-scale robot. I would be incredibly grateful if you would take the time to check out the Kickstarter, and pass it along to any friends you think might get a kick out of developing giant robots! Thanks much, Somerville! -- Gui Cavalcanti, President Artisan's Asylum, Inc. Cell: (857) 389-7669

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Upcoming Union Square Food Market Tours - August 14, 2012

As part of our ArtsUnion project, the Somerville Arts Council gives tours of Union Square international food markets. Join us and learn where to find ingredients like Nepalese timur (a fragrant spice used in pickles), squid ink pasta and Haitian akasan (a cornmeal drink). Beyond discovering the culinary exotica available in Union Square, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville. Each tour visits three markets and we’ll point out others along the way. Featured markets include: Casa de Carne, Well Foods Plus Halal Market, La Internacional, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilian Buffet and the Reliable Market. Without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti! Dates: Tues, August 14th, 6pm-7:30pm Sat, September 1st, 2pm-3:30pm Thur, September 13th, 6pm-7:30pm Cost: free How to sign up: send an email to

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Call for Entries: The BIG BAD - August 25, 2012

The Nave Gallery October 6–28, 2012 Curated by Jenn Harrington The most wicked adversaries of our imagination return again and again—Buffy the Vampire Slayer's The Master, Mayor Richard Wilkins III, Glory, The First; Dr. Who's the Daleks, the Cybermen, Bad Wolf; Harry Potter's He Who Must Not Be Named; and Battlestar Galactica's "all this has happened before, and all this will happen again." Never mind the classic agents of nightmares—the Devil, the Grim Reaper, the Undead, and untold more. And while our mayor may not ascend into an actual enormous snake, and our lovers do not usually turn to soulless vampires bent on destroying the world via demon-resurrection, and our best friend's eyes don't normally flick to black due to dark magic, there is some authenticity in those images. In a land not so far away, where everything seems quite big and terribly bad, The Nave Gallery asks artists to submit work that mirrors their vision of The BIG BAD. Whether it be the repo man, banks, politicians, the ex, the evil step-parent, the monster in the closet, the tick-tock of a bad heart—we are looking for true representations of the foes that wreck our homes, our health, our families, our childhoods. The bump in the dark of night, the shadow lurking in the corner of your eye, those things that haunt us even if we've buried it four times over, The BIG BAD aspires to show that the real-world adversaries threatening our ruin are close companions to the phantoms locked in our imaginations. Visual artists working in all 2-D and 3-D media (including video and installation) are invited to submit work. Applicants must submit: • Up to four (4) images of work relating to this theme submitted as jpeg files on a CD-Rom (300 dpi). An image list including title, dimension, media, and date for each work submitted. For digital submissions, please label each file (artistname)(title).jpg. All disks must be labeled with the artist’s name, title, dimension and medium • One paragraph describing your interpretation of how your piece represents the theme of this show • A current artist’s CV • $15 entry fee payable to The Nave Gallery (NOT refundable) • SASE with adequate postage for return of materials Mail entries to: The Nave Gallery (Attn: Jenn Harrington), 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144 Calendar August 25, 2012 Entries Due September 1, 2012 Notification of Acceptance September 26, 2012 Delivery of artwork October 6–28, 2012 Exhibition will be on display October 6, 2012 Opening Reception November 3, 2012 Return of Artwork


SAC and the Inside-OUT gallery Artist of the Month Grace Durnford The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to have Grace Durnford as the featured artist for August. Her work is inspired by pattern and form that work effortilessly with an urban landscape-- a perfect fit for Davis Square. About the Inside-Out Gallery The Inside-Out Gallery is located in the CVS Window in Davis Square, a unique space that allows the public to view an eclectic array of works from artists and local organizations each month. The mission of the Somerville Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city. About the Artist: GRACE DURNFORD Constantly drawn to the beauty of the mundane, overlooked and unexpected my recent work has been inspired by the linear forms and patterns I find in the urban landscape all around me. The work in this show is a combination of pieces from multiple collections, each of which focuses on a specific visual element of the environment, but all of which share a similar aesthetic sensibility. Combining exactingly rendered colored pencil drawing with highly abstracted and simplified forms I strive in all my work to create pieces whose clean edged simplicity bellies their complex construction. Machine sewn lines are used throughout to depict the webs of wires and power lines that form a kind of energetic netting connecting each image to a world that exists beyond the edges of the page or canvas. Not truly city-scapes in the traditional sense I think of my work as almost more of portrait series of the inanimate objects that make-up the backdrop of daily life, bearing silent witness to the human activity all around them. Grace Durnford received her BFA in Fine Art from Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in Textile Design. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the greater Boston area as well as New York. She was selected from among hundreds of applicants to participate in the first Community Sponsored Art (CSArt) season in 2011 and was one of a handful of local artists to receive a 2012 Artist Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council & Massachusetts Cultural Council. Find contact information and more works at

Sunday, August 05, 2012


Join the Somerville Bicycle Committee as they lead riders through the squares of Somerville, stopping at six restaurants to sample a smattering of local flavors! This will be a leisurely bike ride suitable for all levels.

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 8th, 3:00-5:00pm. Starts in Union Square Plaza.

TICKETS: $30 per rider. To reserve tickets, please email: with rider's full names. Spots are limited to 40 and will fill on first come, first served basis. All riders will also receive a free YUM card ($10 value), which will give you 10% off at various immigrant-run restaurants in Somerville: (

BENEFIT: We're thrilled that proceeds will benefit The Welcome Project: here in Somerville. Info on the option to be a "sponsored" rider will be emailed with your RSVP confirmation.

FOR MORE INFO: on the Tasting Ride check out

SPOKES 2012: The Tasting Tour of Somerville will precede the SPOKES 2012 Bike Fest happening the same day in Union Square Plaza from 5-9pm. Ride, repair and relish in Somerville’s bicycle culture! For more info on SPOKES check out:

The Tasting Ride is brought to you by the Somerville Arts Council, the Somerville Bicycle Committee and ShapeUp Somerville.

We hope you'll join this tasty ride for a great cause!

Jacy Edelman
SPOKES 2012 Organizer
Somerville Arts Council Board Member

Saturday, August 04, 2012


Blue Cloud Gallery, a unique art and handcraft gallery in Ball Square, is featuring the work of artist Christine Cachia Cummings throughout the month of August. Ms. Cummings is known for her incredible, whimsical, sculptured wooden clocks. Her clocks are sculpted from one solid piece of basswood into playful, intertwining colorful organic shapes reminiscent of Dr. Seuss illustrations. The fun continues on the reverse side which is carved just as finely as the front. Christine designed a swing door allowing easy access for a quick time change. The various shapes work together in a harmonious and lyrical manner. Her clocks are beautiful works of art in addition to being functional timepieces. Cummings graduated from the Swain School of Design with a Bachelors of Sculpture Degree as well as receiving a Bachelors Degree in Art Education at the University of Massachusetts. "I am passionate about creating; it is my being; my authentic self!" says Christine Cachia Cummings. "When I walk into my wood studio, the smells evoke this stirring inside me to create! When I hold a brush in my hand, I breath easier...I am happiest when I am listening to my inner self, creating art. This is where I begin my journey: picking up the pencil and letting the energy flow out of my finger tips onto the page. From there, the two-inch sketch will lead to a much larger, 20-inch sketch onto a huge chunk of wood. My family are my inspiration. Having faith in God has given me strength to pursue this somewhat crazy road. We all are given the gift of time...I choose to live it with Love, Happiness and Passion." Her work is in private collections all over the world. Christine also creates custom orders for weddings, graduations and even music studios. "Each clock has its own personality. They are fun, cartoon-like and charming! Looking at them reminds me of Alice in Wonderland," said owner Betsy Lenora. There will be a collection of Christine Cachia Cummings' work at Blue Cloud Gallery throughout the month of August. "Bring the kids to see them after a day at the beach." You can view photos of Christine's clocks at About the company: Blue Cloud Gallery, located in the heart of Ball Square, Somerville, invites the public to explore the many interesting handcrafted gifts created by local artisans. This unique store, owned and operated by fine art photographer Betsy Lenora, supports local artists and helps the community discover fine artwork. As a premier provider of art for sale in the Boston area, Betsy takes pride in the local artists and their art she represents. Come and be inspired by the ever-expanding array of fun and functional items designed, created and produced to delight every visitor. For more information visit her website at Hours Tues. - Sat.11-7, Sun. 11-5; Closed Mondays 713 Broadway, Ball Sq. Somerville 617-776-2700

Thursday, August 02, 2012


RAW:natural born artists presents "RADIATE" ! You are cordially invited to attend... Thursday, August 9 at 7pm until 10pm @ The Estate 1 Boylston Place Boston Featuring 41 local Boston and NYC artists! The showcase will consist of: FASHION SHOW: Featuring MLR Artist Management FASHION PRESENTATION: By Kush Groove Clothing Co. ACCESSORIES SHOW FEATURED: By Marquis De lange ACCESSORIES DESIGN PRESENTATION: By Shék FILM: By Creative Genius LIVE MUSIC: by Kiirstin Marilyn and Heavy Drum Committee (HDC) ART GALLERY: kristilyn, Daniel Benayun, Timothy Duffy, Rajiv Ramaiah, Shawna Spady, Skizabeth, Amanda Delanski, Matthew Keller, Darin Blake, Lorna Stell, Laura Obscura, Plato, Canned Cumulus, Greg Easton Photography, Faolan Photography. What is RAW? RAW is an indie arts organization for artists, by artists. Every month RAW hand selects and showcases artists in film, fashion, music, art, performing art, hairstyling, makeup artistry and photography. RAW creates a one night showcase event that features local creativity in all of its flavors. Visit for more information. To purchase tickets please go to 21 + COCKTAIL ATTIRE EVENT THIS IS RAW BOSTON’S 1 YEAR OLD BIRTHDAY PARTY. 18 RAW Alumni Artist will be showcasing their work along with the other 23 above artists. COME CELEBRIGHT WITH US! Tickets are only $10 on line and $15 at the door!

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