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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Artist Opportunity - Muralist Wanted

Owner a new yogurt shop in Davis Square is looking for a muralist to help decorate one of their walls, located at 260 Elm Street (Starbuck Plaza alley way). Artwork would be on one of the side walls of the interior of the shop with the dimensions of 8 feet high and 18 feet long. Proposed theme would depict landmarks related to Somerville such as: Trum Field, Tufts, Prospect Square, etc. In anticipation of a busy summer season, they would to start the process as soon as possible. Interested candidates should send samples or links to their website along with a short description and sketch of their proposed ideas. For more information and submissions, please contact

Joe Benson at



LynnArts, Inc. Galleries
25 Exchange St. Lynn, 01901

March 30 – May 3

Opening: Saturday, March 30, 2-4pm

Please join us for the opening of PAINT, a show highlighting painting in all its forms; from watercolor to oils, from realism to abstraction. Featuring 30 local artists, this show was juried by Deborah Greel of the Marblehead Arts Association.

Jennifer Ashworth

Coordinator of Operations | LynnArts, Inc.

25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA 01901

781.598.5244 |

Monday, March 25, 2013


Cambridge Arts Council April Calendar of Events

Tom Yuill (Left) Lo Galluccio (Right)
Hear the candidates for the next Cambridge Poet Populist
and place your vote!

Third Public Reading
Wednesday, April 3, 9-10pm (arrive at 7:15 to ensure seating)
Cantab, 738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Poetry Jam & Final Reading
Wednesday, April 24, 7-9pm
Middle East Corner, 480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

CAC Gallery Exhibitions

Artist Books Exhibition - Part 2
March 6 - April 30, 2013
CAC Gallery, 344 Broadway, Cambridge
See the second set of 80 books of the 3-part exhibition.

Reading & Conversation with Beau Beausoleil and Maysoon Pachachi
Monday, April 1, 2013 6pm
CAC Gallery, 344 Broadway, Cambridge
San Francisco-based poet, bookseller, and founder of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, Beau Beausoleil will read from the anthology and discuss the project. Other readers include London-based Iraqi filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi and project book artists.

Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Join London-based Iraqi filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi for a screening and discussion of her remarkable documentary film Our Feelings Took the Pictures: Open Shutters Iraq. Beau Beausoleil, San Francisco-based poet, bookseller, and founder of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, will join Pachachi in a discussion about the film and the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project.

Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway Cambridge
Filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi will discuss the challenges and triumphs of contemporary filmmaking in Baghdad. The award-winning short, A Candle for the Shabandar Café (by Emad Ali, student at the Independent Film & Television College co-founded in Baghdad by Ms. Pachachi) and others will be screened, with a discussion to follow.

Visit website for more information, event listings, images and video:

Cambridge Poetry Jam 2013

Cambridge Poetry Jam Pt. 1
Tuesday, April 23, 5-8pm
Theme: Youth Reign @ Central Sq. Library

Cambridge Poetry Jam Pt. 2
Wednesday, April 24, 7-9pm
Theme: GrownFolksRock @ The Middle East Corner

For more details, please visit: or call: 857-236-8493

Boston Center for the Arts
Call for Presentations - Arts Professionals' Breakfast
May 7, 2013
The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce a call for presentations for our second annual Arts Professionals' Breakfast. This is a unique platform for arts professionals and arts organizations to network and share innovative practices and collaborative efforts across Massachusetts with leaders in the field.

The Arts Professionals' Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Hamersley's Bistro on the BCA campus. Recognizing the best in arts administration throughout Massachusetts, this sector-wide event includes the following goals:

- To acknowledge innovative practices by arts administrators that are crucial to the continuity and vitality of the arts and culture sector

- To provide opportunities for professional networking, workforce development and sector unity

Sign up to feature your initiative or RSVP to attend the event and learn more about the wonderful things happening in Arts Administration.

For more information and to download the submission form, go to

Submissions must be received via email by 5pm Friday, April 5, 2013. Please email your project to Amy E. Davidson, Trusts and Foundations Manager at: - subject line: Arts Professionals' Breakfast Presentation.
Cambridge Arts Council
City Hall Annex
344 Broadway, 2nd Fl.
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Cambridge Arts Council is supported in part by the
City of Cambridge, Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency,
New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and
many corporate and individual donors.

The Cambridge Arts Council exists to ensure that the
arts remain vital for people living, working, and visiting Cambridge.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


RECENT WORK by Danielle Festa is currently on exhibit in the SCATV Gallery for the month of March. Festa is fascinated with what people wear. She isn’t being judgmental. She is just curious about what our clothing (choices) reveals about us and how those choices influence our views of others.

Danielle Festa describes her approach to painting as conceptual realism. This artist works from her own photographs. She uses a series of portraits to explore how a single piece cloth, a brand name, or single piece of clothing can shape the way others see us. Ms Festa has found creative ways to incorporate the fabric into her paintings. She cut, tied, and glued fabric together, painted on denim and animal print silks. Danielle also wove a spectacular red hat for her grandmother’s ‘portrait, and dressed her up her boyfriend’s business casual white shirt with a real stripped tie!

Check out Danielle Festa’s ART AT SCATV interview with Janet Cormier which will be aired on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM on Channel 3 or online at then click the Gallery tab.

RECENT WORK by Danielle Festa will be on exhibit in the SCATV Gallery from March 4 – March 27, 2013. The SCATV Gallery is located at 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA. Gallery hours are Monday thru Thursday Noon – 10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and closed on Sundays and holidays

Somerville artists interested in appearing as a guest for ART AT SCATV and exhibiting in the SCATV Gallery should contact Janet Cormier, Art @SCATV Host and Curator, or Wendy Blom, Executive Director SCATV.


The deadline for the Salon 21 show at the Nave Gallery has been extended to April 1, 2012.
If you have any questions, please respond to this email. This exhibit will be open during SOS weekend.

Please see the details below:

The Nave Gallery
155 Powderhouse Blvd
Somerville, MA 02144

Salon 21
April 26 - May 12
Reception, Friday, April 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Curated by Michelle Fiorenza

The Nave Gallery is pleased to announce a call for entries for, “Salon 21,” a 21st Century Artists Salon open to artists in all media.The exhibition will be open during Somerville Open Studios (SOS), one of Massachusetts' largest open studio events. You do not need to be a Somerville resident to apply.

Entries should be no larger than 21" x 21". Accepted pieces should be delivered to the Nave Gallery located inside of the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church (155 Powder House Blvd, outside of Teele Sq.) ready to hang. Small 3D work to be displayed on pedestals may also be submitted. Sales are encouraged, with a 30% gallery commission. The show will be promoted as an affordable and great way to add to or start a personal art collection. Artwork should be priced $500.00 and under.

Please send 3 jpegs to Each jpeg should be 1200 pixels in the long dimension.
Name the jpeg files "#_NAME.jpg" where # is the submission number and NAME is your last name.
Please include an image list with your jpeg submission email, indicating submission number, title, size, process, and year.

There is a $15 submission fee (non refundable), paid with Paypal or with check. Paypal is available at Checks should be sent to The Nave Gallery, Att: Michelle
Fiorenza (Salon 21), 155 Powder House Boulevard, Somerville, MA 02144.

Calendar and submission details

No work larger than 21x21 will be accepted
Work must be delivered framed or ready to install
Deadline for entries: Monday, April 1, 2012
Notification: Tuesday, March 22 by email
Work to be delivered: Saturday, April 13 at The Nave Gallery
Show dates: Friday, April 26 - Friday, May 12
Opening reception: Friday, April 26, 6:30 to 8:30
Pick-up of work: TBD

Friday, March 22, 2013


Join us April 5th - 7th for Miller Streets Biannual Open Studios!
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Dear friends and members of the press,

Miller Street Artist Studios is pleased to announce our biannual Open Studios weekend celebration. We would be honored if you considered coverage for our event. Below you will find a detailed description.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope you may be able to come and support us during our opening night or days thereafter.

- Miller Street Artist Studios


Miller Street Studios presents:
After Dark / In the Daylight Open Studios
a member organized 3 day celebration of the thriving local arts community within Miller Street studios

Friday - April 5Th, 5-10pm
Ken Fields & Friends to perform

Saturday - April 6Th, 12-5pm
Sunday - April 7Th, 12-5pm


Somerville - April 5-7, 2013: Miller Street Open Studios is pleased to present its biannual 3 day event where the public is once again invited to peruse, purchase, and meet the artists of 11 Miller Street. This year’s event has grown in numbers and diversity; offering works from 36 members, vastly ranging in medium and process. We are home to professional painters, print makers, photographers, illustrators and designers, digital imaging artists, glass and ceramic artists, animators, bookbinders, a music studio, and home-base for an emerging artist collective.

Continuing in Miller Street’s annual After Dark tradition, participating members will host an open studios kick off party Friday evening, April 5Th from 5-10pm. Performing in conjunction with the kick-off party will be renown saxophonist and composer Ken Field & Friends. This night of art, music and refreshments is not to be missed!

Following Friday’s launch, open studios will continue through the weekend. Beginning Saturday, April 6Th at noon, studios will be open to the public through 5pm, repeating again on Sunday.


You can never have too much art.
And you don't have to travel to Brooklyn or Berlin to see it.
Support your local art galleries and artists!

Nursery Rhymes Presented by Super Precious Art Gallery
A two day exhibit, March 22-23

Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA

Ana Benaroya, Emily Chionchio, Monkey Chow, Rita Csizmadia, Ira F. Cummings, Vaughn Fender, Jessica Frease, Ryan Frease, Matt Hunsberger, Matt Kaiser, Josh LaFayette, Lauren May, Walker Miller, Dave Ortega, and Chris Piascik

Friday, March 22, 7-9 pm

Friday, 7-9 pm
Saturday, 1-5 pm


The Great Fiber Swap and Wrap Around 2013 Kick Off
To Benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition

Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA

Saturday, 1-5 pm

*Note: You can also drop off items at the Fiber Swap for our upcoming Annual Flea Market on April 27th. All proceeds support Nave Gallery and Nave Annex Programming. Have you thought about Spring Cleaning?

Memory Palace
Exhibition through March 30th

Nave Annex (Davis Square), 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Natalie Andrew, Kathy Desmond, Chris French, Lee Kilpatrick, Amy Lovera, Rachel Shatil, Chadwick Williams

Friday, 6-8 pm (meet artist Amy Lovera this evening)
Saturday, 2-8 pm
Sunday, 2-5 pm
Also open WED-THUR 6-8 pm


In spite of blizzards and snowstorms...

72 people came every week to paint during the Winter Term

and now we invite you to see what we've done during the past ten weeks

Sunday, March 24, 2-5

40 Quincy Street, Union Square

THE Katherine Martin Widmer SCHOOL OF PAINTING


The Somerville Arts Council presents an ArtsUnion event:

Storied Nights in Somerville

Saturday, March 23 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square (11 Bow Street)
A spoken word show that bring together writers and storytellers
Storied nights is a series of two spoken word shows, on March 23rd and April 6th, both 7-9pm at Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square (11 Bow Street, Somerville). The series is hosted by Daniel Gewertz and brings together some of the area's finest prose writers and storytellers, two breeds of wordsmiths not usually seen on the same stage.

March 23rd you will see Stephen McCauley and Andrew Goldstein, storytellers Katie Liesener and Michael Mack, memorist Daniel Gewertz & songwriter Thea Hopkins.

April 6th look forward to Novelist Elizabeth Searle, memoirist Daniel Gewertz, Ethan Gilsdorf & Elaine Mar, & storytellers Randy Ross & Judah Leblang.

The town of Somerville is bound to be a topic in several of the tales!

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone


Hi Folks:

We need action on this issue!! The expanded Bottle Bill legislation has been stalled and blocked by some of our elected officials for some 16 years! World War II only took 4 years!

Join us on Saturday, April 6th at 7pm for some great comedy, music and conversation as we rally to push for passage of an expanded Bottle Bill.

What is the "expanded" Bottle Bill, you ask?

The Bottle Bill has been around for 30 years, and it is by far the state's most effective recycling and litter control program. It's a great bill, BUT it doesn't cover water, tea, or other non-carbonated beverages. That's what we're pushing for on April 6th - an expanded Bottle Bill!

The Battle for the Bottle Bill started for me last July during this curbside "debate" at The Statehouse. I was outnumbered 2 to 1, but so what!

Check it out!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


SAC & Inside-OUT Gallery March window showcase:
The Outside the Lines Studio

This month, the Somerville Arts Council and the Inside-OUT Gallery showcase the work of Outside the Lines Studios, an organization dedicated to creating artistic community for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities that enables them explore their own unique talents in a supportive environment.

Outside the Lines Studio (OTL) is an arts-based alternative day program, collectively run by artists, for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Their mission is to provide a creative, supportive community, where each individual can explore their own unique potential in a way that best suits their interests, talents, and learning styles. In addition to expressive therapy, job-training, and community integration, we provide opportunities for our individuals to gain recognition and income as artists. 85% proceeds go directly to the individual artist.

OTL works with individuals with a range of disabilities, and provide support according to each person's skills and interests. Many individuals have challenging behavioral and/ or health issues that have hindered success in a traditional day program, yet have easily found their niche in a laid back, communal environment. This alternative approach to learning focuses on the studio as a dynamic community in which each member has unique value. From creating sculptures out of shredded documents, to serving tea to co-workers, to participating in a yard clean-up, to just simply being good company, there is opportunity for everyone.

Outside the studio, artists are encouraged to explore their community by taking trips to local museums, farms and parks, attending concerts, shopping for supplies, and weekly yoga classes. We also provide opportunity for 1:1 outings per request, and a variety of daily group activities, including art, gardening, music, and movement. In addition, individuals who participate in the art component are considered professional artists, and have the opportunity to show and sell their work in our gallery and in the local community. They are supported by a team of trained artists that strive to integrate our studio into the larger art community by encouraging and developing relationships between OTL artists and patrons.

If you would like more information about shows and community events at Outside the Lines Studios visit:

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.


Historic Somerville Presents:

The Mystic River: A Natural and Human History

a talk by Prof. Richard Beinecke

Sunday, March 24th, 2013
2:00-3:00PM, reception to follow
at the Somerville Museum
One Westwood Rd in Somerville

For more information, see attached flyer or contact:
See you there!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Groundwork Somerville is looking for art for a silent auction at our annual Gala on Friday, April 5th from 7-10pm at the Center for the Arts at the Armory.

Each year in the late winter/early spring, Groundwork Somerville hosts a celebration to highlight its accomplishments and to raise funds which help keep operations functioning during what is typically a funding lull. A highlight of the gala is the silent art auction. Photographs, fine art, clothing and accessories are just a sample of previous work that has been sold. By submitting to our silent art auction, Artists gain exposure to approximately 140 people from a cross section of our community: longtime advocates, new community members, local government, large, small and independent business owners, to name a few.

The default proceed share is 50/50 to artist/creator and Groundwork Somerville. Artists may choose to donate 100% of the proceeds to GWS. The Silent Auction coordinator will begin dispersing proceeds within seven days of the gala.


The Nave Gallery will host a group exhibition on March 22nd and 23rd at its main gallery space in Teele Square. Featuring over a dozen local and national artists from the Super Precious Art Gallery, Nursery Rhymes asks artists to create poster print illustrations inspired by their favorite nursery rhymes from childhood.

An opening reception will take place Friday, March 22nd, 2013, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

More information about the show can be found here:
And guests may RSVP at the Facebook page here:

Nave Gallery (Teele Square)
155 Powderhouse Blvd
Somerville, MA 02144

Exhibition Dates and Hours:
March 22-23, 2013
Friday, 7-9 P; Saturday, 1-5 PM

Super Precious Art Gallery presents regular group shows around a specific theme, from 20th Century American Writers to Propaganda for Non-Politicians to the New Year's Resolutions of a favorite character. The art is created by a group of talented artists from around the country, and is generally presented as a poster print. Super Precious Art Gallery currently resides online only at, but celebrates each opening with a pop up gallery night at bars, coffee shops, and art spaces around Boston.

Aaron Cohen
Somerville, MA
Here's what I think is going on:
But also:

Monday, March 18, 2013


Nonie Gadsden: The Victorian Society presents "The Women of the Saturday Evening Girls Pottery"
Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm-7:30pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: $15 (VSA/NE and West End Museum members $10)

Historical talk about a philanthropic off-shoot of the Paul Revere Pottery in Boston, which saw poor immigrant girls decorating earthenware in the early 1900s.

Register on our website >>

Museum Talk by Stephanie Schorow: "Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits"
Saturday, March 23rd at 6:30-7:30pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: $10 Non-Members, $5 Members

The Ward 8 is known as the cocktail invented in Boston to honor Martin Lomasney of the West End. That's the legend. The truth is a bit more complicated, but no less intoxicating...

Read more about Stephanie Schorow's book and about the talk at Union Park Press >> then Register on our website >>

Miguel Rosales: "The Future of Boston Bridges"
Thursday, April 4th at 6:30pm-7:30pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: FREE

Presentation of designs for new pedestrian bridges along the Charles River Basin that will increase connectivity between the historic neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and the West End with the Esplanade.

Register on our website >>

Family Walking Tour: Boston Bridges Walking Tour
Saturday April, 6th 2013 at 11am-1pm
Meet at the West End Museum
Cost: $15 per family

Boston is full of amazing bridges: some are huge, some that move, some are old, some are new. Every one of them has a story to tell. Come with us on a tour of some of these great structures.

Register on our website >>

Panel Discussion: "The Long Span"
Saturday, April 6th at 2pm-4pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: FREE

A group of Engineers, architects and city planners discuss construction techniques of historic bridges. Panelists to be announced.

Register on our website >>

Looking ahead
"The West End: From Early Immigration to Urban Excess"
Wed, April 10 at 6pm - 7pm
at BPL in Copley Square
Cost: FREE

Walking Tour: "Tracing Boston's Original Shoreline" >>
Sat, April 20, 2013 at 11am - 1pm
(RAIN DATE: Saturday April 27, 2013 at 11am-1pm)
Meet at The West End Museum
Cost: $15 ($7 members)

Sunday, March 17, 2013



Saturday, March 30, 2 to 4:30 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, lower level of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Take a walk with naturalists Larry Millman, Tom Murray, and Elizabeth Wylde as we explore the Reservation, searching for fungi, insects, plants, birds, and anything else that shows signs of life in these lengthening days of early spring. There is a lot happening in, on, and above ground! We may even find some species that are new to our Reservation species lists. Dress for the weather and wear boots for walking off-path. Register for important parking information.


Call for Artists for the Inside-Out Gallery ( Davis Square CVS window) for July Window

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. It is the goal of the Somerville Arts Council to showcase the cultural diversity that community has to offer.

We are looking for artists or guest curators to showcase works for July to coordinate with the ArtBEAT theme which is Micro.

Below, you will find information on the festival and this year's theme. We are open to possibilities. If there are people who have an amazing idea would like to submit as a group or individuals working to develop a theme-- all ideas are welcome. Let you imagination go wild. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

About ArtBEAT
ArtBeat is Somerville's annual multi-media street party! The festival showcases the City's diverse and vibrant arts communities and attracts ten thousand visitors to Davis Square. Presented by the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. ArtBeat is now it's 27th year and features an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, food, performance and interactive activities. More than 80 regional and local craft and fine art vendors will be selected to showcase their work during the Saturday afternoon.

2013 theme: micro
Thinking big has been done. So this year, we invite you to think small. "Micro" evokes many things: microscopes, microwaves, microgrooves, micro-beers, micro-grants (like kickstarter) and perhaps even Micronesia! Visual artists might explore infinitesimally small patterns/forms or how smaller pieces can be integrated into a larger work—think Chuck Close portraits. Ultimately, we are interested in exploring how small things might attract oversized impact and attention. We look forward to your creative interpretation of this theme!
All mediums welcome: drawing, painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, film, etc.

How to submit:
Please send 5 jpegs of your work to
For group proposals/installations, please send a short description of your idea with a sketch or photographs of what you intend to do .
Include size, medium, and your contact information (Name, phone number, and email address)
Please note due to size restrictions and space limitations, not all applications will be accepted.
All work must be ready to hang.
Deadline for Submissions is Monday May 17, 2013

For questions feel free to contact Heather Balchunas, 617-625-6600 x-2985


Joe’s Jazz & Blues Fest

Call for Talent

The Somerville Arts Council is looking for jazz and blues acts to perform at our fifth annual city-wide jazz festival. Get involved so you don’t miss out!

Festival dates: June 16-22, 2013

Joe’s Jazz and Blues Festival is back this year. Kicking off on Sunday, June 16th, the festival will make its way through local hotspots throughout the week, and close with an all-day free concert at Powderhouse Park on June 22th. We are looking for amazing talent to perform at the city concert on the 22nd at Powderhouse Park (raindate, 23th). This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your unique jazz and blues sounds--we want everything from swampy Cajun to Ethiopian Jazz. Prefer­ence will be given to bands with a Somerville connection. Please note, if you have played in the past two years, we are only considering new applicants.

Deadline: April 1

How to Apply:

By Email: Send to with “Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest Application” as the header.

Provide the following info :

1. Name of artist or group

2. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and mailing address, & phone

3. Brief description of performance

4. Technical requirements (beyond typical stage, sound)

5. Number of artists/performers

6. Fee requested for one 50 minute set

7. Somerville affiliation (if any)

8. Web site or MySpace url. Or if needed send mp3s.

All applications will be reviewed by a jury.

Deadline: April 1

We will contact chosen artists by April 16th.

Please contact Tori Costa at with any questions. We hope you will join us in this fantastic celebration of jazz, blues, and Somerville.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Painter Nancy McCarthy will jury Artists Group of Charlestown's Spring Show, open to two and three dimensional recent work. Application and submission fee.




The City of Somerville is seeking local artists to design a new Somerville Spring Clean Up logo. The new logo will be featured on the Spring Clean-Up t-shirts, City website and social media, and in local print media. The City seeks an image that conveys the environment and civic clean-up in Somerville; but one that is not too “busy.” The graphic can, but is not required to, include the words “Somerville Spring Clean-up,” and should reproduce well in newsprint. Use of color is strongly encouraged.

Top submissions will be reviewed by a panel of City staff, with the final winner receiving a $200.00 stipend.

Interested applicants should submit a sketch or low-res .jpeg with their name, address and telephone number to Carlene Campbell-Hegarty, Director of Community Relations at

by no later than Monday, March 25th.

For more information, call 617-625-6600 ext 2600.

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

Thursday, March 14, 2013


"Teens have something important to say":
Free Teen Creative Writing Program at Somerville Public Library

Are you a teen who likes to write stories about aliens, blogs, flash fiction, or poems? Are you interested in becoming a novelist, short story writer or poet?

Somerville Public Library's Teen Creative Writing Program will offer teens writing exercises to flex their writing muscles in a fun, low-pressure, supportive environment.

The Somerville Public Library is pleased to announce the start of a free Teen Creative Writing Program, designed for any teen aged 13-17. The program will be offered once per month on Sundays, beginning Sunday, March 24, from 1pm to 4pm. Seven three-hour, stand-alone sessions will be offered.

The sessions will be run by Somerville writers Ethan Gilsdorf and Becky Tuch, who will lead writing exercises in a variety of genres, from fantasy fiction to lyric poetry.

No previous writing experience is needed. Students are encouraged to come as they are and need not attend all seven sessions. Materials and lunch will be provided.

Advance sign-up is requested. To register, please contact Marita Coombs, Somerville Public Library, 617-623-5000 x 2942, Additional program dates are Sunday, April 14, Sunday May 19, and Sunday, June 9. The final three session dates will be announced at a future time.

More info and how to sign up:

"We'll provide unexpected writing prompts to get teens to generate as much new work in as short a time as possible," said Gilsdorf, an essayist, journalist and author of the book "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks." "Teens have something important to say."

Both Gilsdorf and Tuch are published writers, and teach at Grub Street Writers, Boston's independent creative writing center. Both have extensive experience teaching teens creative writing.

"Nothing inspires me more than my students, at all ages and all stages of their writing careers," said Becky Tuch, a fiction writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and has taught fiction to kids, teens, and adults throughout Boston. "As a Somerville resident myself, I can't wait to teach and learn from the young writers in the area."

The Teen Creative Writing Program is funded by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, as well as the Friends of the Library.

More information about the instructors:

Becky Tuch has received literature fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Somerville Arts Council, awards from Briar Cliff Review, Byline Magazine, and The Tennessee Writers Alliance, and her fiction has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize and Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award. Other stories and essays have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Hobart, Quarter After Eight, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor of The Review Review, a website which has twice been listed by Writer's Digest as "Best of the Best" among 101 Best Websites for Writers. She is also one of the founders of the writing and publishing blog, Beyond the Margins.

Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher and geek. He wrote the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories, essays and reviews regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe,,,, and WBUR's Cognescenti blog. He is a book and film critic for the Boston Globe and is the film columnist for Art New England. An award-winning poet, he has published poems in Poetry, The Southern Review, and The North American Review, and several anthologies. He is co-founder of Grub Street's Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP) and teaches creative writing workshops at Grub Street, where he also serves on the Board of Directors.



A Curated Show, open to any artist 17 and older

Saturday, March 30-Friday, May 3, 2013

Opening reception: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 2-4 PM

Juror: Deborah Greel

Entry Fee: $5.00 each piece, maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Non-refundable
Ribbons Awarded


Media: “Paint. noun 1. a substance composed of solid coloring matter suspended in a liquid medium and applied as a protective or decorative coating to various surfaces, or to canvas or other materials in producing a work of art”.

Size limitation: There are no size limitations for this show, except entry through a standard door.

Conditions: Work submitted for consideration must be in physical form and delivered to LynnArts during the stated drop off times. Do not transmit work electronically or submit on CD, etc. All work must be original, ready for hanging or display. No wall anchors. Heavy work and work requiring special installation must be installed by the artist. Work previously exhibited in this gallery will not be accepted. LynnArts takes pride in your work: we will not accept broken or damaged work/frames. The galleries are a family, friendly venue; LynnArts reserves the right to refuse any work that may be objectionable to the community at large.

Drop-off: Thursday, March 21, 11am-7pm, Friday, March 22, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, March 23 11am-4pm at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Each piece should include the following on the back: artist’s name, title of piece, medium and price. In addition, please fill out an Artist Inventory List, available at, and submit your artists resume and statement with the work.

Notification: All artists will be notified by e-mail if your work is accepted the week of Monday, March 25. If you do not have an e-mail address, you will be called; (please provide a working contact number).

Work not accepted: Must be picked up Thursday, March 28 or Friday, March 29 during regular business hours.

Accepted work: Unsold work may be picked up on Saturday, May 4 or by special arrangement.

Commission: LynnArts, Inc. retains a 25% commission on all work sold during the exhibit.

Liability: Artwork will be insured upon arrival at LynnArts. We reserve the right not to insure works that are damaged or structurally unsound. Works left at LynnArts beyond the stated pick-up date are not insured and will no longer be the responsibility of LynnArts.

LynnArts, Inc. is a private non-profit arts organization located in Lynn’s Central Square at 25 Exchange Street. The building houses two large and airy gallery spaces as well as a black-box rehearsal/performance space and several artist studios. The LynnArts office welcomes queries regarding artist exhibition proposals, membership, teaching opportunities, and rental of office and studio space. For more information, please contact Jennifer Ashworth at 781.598.5244. Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-4, Thursday, 11-7, Saturday, 11-4.
Gallery hours are subject to change, please call before visiting.

Jennifer Ashworth

Coordinator of Operations | LynnArts, Inc.

25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA 01901

781.598.5244 |

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


CALL FOR ARTIST participation in our weekly markets. We seek unique, one-of-a-kind works and wares from artists for weekly markets. May 18, 2013 through the September 21, 2013 jewelry, wearables, unique ceramics and other crafts will fill ASSEMBLED: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA. Entry fee.



Sunday, March 10, 2013


Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St.,,, 617-776-3410, Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, noon - 5:00.

CONTROL: Feminist artists Clara Lieu, and Carolyn Marsden, explore the limits of control over women's lives in today's post 9/11 and post great recession chaotic world. Curated by Dr. Maruta Z. Vitols.

March 7 - April 13, Opening Reception: This Sunday, March 10, 4 - 6pm. Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, March 07, 2013


The 2nd Annual Art Show & Auction at Agassiz Preschool on Summer Street is April 6, 2013. We are hoping for donations of visual arts and crafts, as well as classes, tickets, and memberships relevant to the arts.

WE KNOW ARTISTS ARE BESIEGED WITH REQUESTS FOR DONATIONS. We very much appreciate the value of your work. We will return 25% of the sale price to you, if you choose. We are very grateful for your consideration!

Last year over 200 people attended the art show, which raised thousands of dollars. We hope to make the art show an exciting, annual event.

Please contact

to make a donation, or with any comments or questions. Thank you!

Monday, March 04, 2013


Family Workshop: "Mini Future City Day: Create the Transport of Your Dreams"
Saturday, March 9th 2013
at The West End Museum
Cost: Free

Make your dreams come to life! On a giant plan of Boston, you will have the chance to dream up the ultimate transportation system of the future using all sorts of arts and craft supplies. Then you will have the chance to share your creativity by showing off how it works. Through this event, you'll learn how people get around Boston today, how that came to be, and how you could put your own ideas into practice!

Read more & register on our website >>

Walking Tour: "Swing and Slide"
Sat, March 16, 2013, 11am - 1pm
RAIN DATE: Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 11am-1pm
Meet at The West End Museum
Cost: $15 ($7 members)

Revealing the engineering feats of Boston's moving bridges! Join us on a tour that focuses on the mechanics of the draw bridge, as they swing open or slide apart. Led by exhibition curator Duane Lucia, we'll take in the Charles River Dam, Charlestown Bridge, Northern Avenue Swing Bridge and Summer Street Retractile Bridge.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

ASK THE DETECTIVE - March 8, 2013

An evening of stories, conversation and questions with David Prum, an actor and private investigator who has been working in and around Boston for over 25 years, and has a unique perspective on crime and criminals. Prum's work – mainly for public defense attorneys, with the occasional salacious surveillance – has touched on all aspects of crime in the Boston area, from the obscure to the well known, and he brings a deeply humane mixture of humor and realism to stories about people who are usually either glamorized or dismissed.

Enlivening the rich texture of Prum's stories about his years out on the streets and in the courts is his perspective that the basic human desire for self-dramatization – which drew him to theatre and which shapes the way many of us live – is the engine behind many criminal acts. "An underappreciated aspect of crime," he says, "is its narrative quality." Criminals' often inhuman behavior is driven by the very human desire to have a role in a real life story, on a large social level, or in the life of the person they're committing the crime against. Or, as Prum also says, "a lot of crime is just bad performance art."

After an introductory talk about the life of a private investigator, Prum will be interviewed about several cases by John Thompson, who is currently working for Prum, and writing a book about him called Exile Street. Following the interview, Prum will take questions from the audience. The evening will end with Prum singing "The Lush Life." This event is supported by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. $5 donation to the Café.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Call for Artists, Crafts, & Artisans - July 20, 2013

ArtBEAT 2013: Micro

This year for ArtBEAT, Micro is the next BIG thing. We are in the midst of preparing for our annual ArtBEAT Festival. Below, you will find information about the festival as well as a description of the theme this year this year.

This year for ArtBEAT, Micro is the next BIG thing. We are in the midst of preparing for our annual ArtBEAT Festival. Below, you will find information about the festival as well as a description of the theme this year this year.

You may download the application from our website by visiting:

When reviewing the application, please remember the following:

*Applications must be submitted by mail. Digital submissions will not be considered.
*The deadline for submissions is April 1. Submissions must be postmarked for that date.
*This is a juried process. Make sure that your application includes strong support materials.
*Be aware of your prices. The vendors that are successful include items with variety of different price points.
* Include 5 slides, jpegs (72 dpi max.), or photos that are well-focused and show good detail.
* Make sure enclosed application form is completely filled out.
* First time applicants: Include résumé or description of your training & recent juried show history.
* Send all this material in a 9" x 11" envelope.
*To minimize any risk of loss or damage in the return of your support materials, make sure yourself-addressed envelope has sufficient postage and is properly sized.

Saturday July 20th

Davis Square, Somerville MA

(Rain Date: Sunday July 21st)

ArtBeat is Somerville's annual multi-media street party! The festival showcases the City's diverse and vibrant arts communities and attracts ten thousand visitors to Davis Square. Presented by the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. ArtBeat is now it's 27th year and features an electic mix of music, dance, theater, food, performance and interactive activities.

More than 80 regional and local craft and fine art vendors will be selected to showcase their work during the Saturday afternoon.

2013 theme: micro

Thinking big has been done. So this year, we invite you to think small. “Micro” evokes many things: microscopes, microwaves, microgrooves, micro-beers, micro-grants (like kickstarter) and perhaps even Micronesia! Visual artists might explore infinitesimally small patterns or forms. Tech wizards might create projects exploring the power of microprocessors or a symphony of microwave ovens heating up various food items. Dancers might explore small, subtle gestures or work within a confined space. Other ideas include exploring the localvore movement, which promotes shopping and living on a local/micro scale. Ultimately, we are interested in exploring how small things might attract oversized impact and attention. We look forward to your creative interpretation of this theme!

Click HERE to view the Premium Art Deadlines List.

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