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Sunday, December 22, 2013


The Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting 2014 Artist Fellowship applications in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting. The Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously judged grants of $10,000 and finalist awards of $500, providing direct support to individual Massachusetts artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Entry fee.



Arlington Recreation in coordination with Arlington Public Art and Arlington Center for the Arts, is pleased to announce its first art exhibition in a local park. We are seeking proposals for temporary outdoor sculptures to be considered for installation in Menotomy Rocks Park near Arlington Center. These artworks will serve to engage the public in considering the relationship between art and the environment.

The exhibition area will be on the lawn up to the pond facing Jason Street.

Artists do not have to be Arlington residents.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, May 3 – Monday, May 26, 2014 with an opening reception on Sunday, May 4 from 3 to 5 pm.

Art work will be chosen based on quality, durability and suitability for an outdoor public environment, as well as safety of the public.

Application process: Artists may enter up to three existing works and/or installation proposals for new work for consideration by January 31, 2014, on a CD. Info and entry form:

Adria Arch
Chair, Arlington Public Art

Sunday, December 08, 2013


“From Me To You”

December 8

5PM                                                                                                                                         Riverside Gallery @

Cambridge Community Center                                                                                                5 Callender


Cambridge MA 02139                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ­gallery.html

“From Me To You”  

The Riverside Gallery is pleased to announce its winter show, “From Me To You” just in time for the holiday
season! This exhibition was formulated specially with the gift giving season in mind. “From Me To You” is our
small works show where all of our pieces are practical, beautiful, and reasonably priced.

A variety of art media are represented in the exhibit including photography, acrylic, and watercolor . This selected
array of work promises to be a thought provoking and entertaining exhibition.

The Riverside Gallery is in its 4th year of producing fine arts exhibitions in its space at the Cambridge Community
Center. Through the years, the Center has been a place to be with friends, to make music, to play basketball, to try
arts and crafts, to learn leadership skills and to discuss community issues, and has provided services to 3rd, 4th
and 5th family generations.

The Riverside Gallery hosts shows of fine art year­round, providing opportunities for local and regional artists to
exhibit their work.  We welcome all art­lovers and those with the desire to learn more about the arts to attend our
receptions and enjoy live music, refreshments, amazing art work, and an opportunity to spend time with your
friends, meet new friends, and talk to the artists about their work. This will be a perfect chance to learn more and
experience more of the wonderful world of the arts.

Our show “From Me To You” includes art by:

•          Hilary Tait Norod ­ Oil Painting with Charcoal, Pastel, Graphite, Spray paint, wax, and collage

•          Carlos Arzaga – Photography of the

•          Blake Brasher ­ Colorful abstract watercolor and ink paintings on paper

•          Susan Johnson ­ Photography

•          Olivia Baldwin   ­  Acrylic paintings on Wood/Canvas

Bring your friends, connect with the vibrant artist community of Cambridge and beyond, meet new friends, enjoy

some tasty snacks and great art, celebrate the community connections of the Cambridge Community Center.

Please join us:

Sunday December 8th, 2013, 3:00­5:00PM                                                                                                                  

Riverside Gallery, at the Cambridge Community Center                                                                                          5
Callender Street                                                                                                                                                   
Cambridge 02139                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Carol E. Moses, Director; Julie Hall, Curator                                                                                            contact:


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Thursday, December 05, 2013


Come by WSAC this Saturday from 7-10pm for the opening of our latest show, the fabric-based "Threadbare", by Lauren Leone, Marissa Falco, and Courtney McKenna.

If you are around earlier in the day, you can check out open studios at WSAC.



Washington Street Art Center

321 Washington Street

Somerville, MA 02143


Gallery 321 @ The Washington Street Art Center Presents:

Threadbare: Recent works by Marissa Falco, Lauren Leone, and Courtney

Washington Street Art Center

December 7–28

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 7, 7:00-10:00pm.

ON VIEW: December 7–28, Saturdays 12–4 pm, and by appointment


For high-resolution photos and/or interviews, the press should contact
Lauren Leone, or (401) 864-6422.

SOMERVILLE, MA – Threadbare, an exhibit of new works by Marissa Falco,
Lauren Leone, and Courtney McKenna, will be on display at the Washington
Street Art Center from December 7–28, 2013.

Marissa Falco's most recent work reflects on the process of creating
communities and building connections between individuals. She uses the
medium of quilting to draw parallels between traditional quilting bees and
forms of relating in the present day. As a quilt is constructed of
different fabric patterns and textures, each member of a community brings
elements of their own experience and history to the circle of which they
are a part. Falco considers different ways in which she relates to various
groups, and how she and other participants create a shared history by
combining elements of their individual pasts. Forms inspired by geometry
speak to the structure and stability that community relationships may
provide to the individual.

Lauren Leone’s new work is a reflection on her recent health concerns and
the multitude of doctor’s appointments she has attended in an attempt to
find answers. By carefully rendering a portrait of each of her medical
providers, Leone successfully gets all the doctors together in one room - a
goal that a fragmented healthcare system makes virtually impossible. The
slow, deliberate process of embroidering provides a sense of control and
intimacy in the face of a system that often feels disempowering and
alienating, and can leave the patient feeling frustrated and afraid. Equal
parts tongue-in-cheek and careful reflection, Leone employs both humor and
the meditative properties of embroidery to find catharsis.

Courtney McKenna uses subtle and elegant embroidery to explore the
conceptual connections between the structure of a woman's body and the
homes they create. Quiet and suggestive, McKenna combines traditional
needlework techniques with naturally aged linens and unsophisticated
cotton. These materials bring forth thoughts of cloth close to the body,
and cloth close to the home. The artist's thousands of tiny, ornate
stitches construct in density into vivid anatomical and structural
illustrations. McKenna's work speaks to the energy and concentration we
commit to things beyond ourselves, and the way structure of the body and
home are manipulated.

Opening reception for Threadbare will be held December 7, 7:00–10:00 p.m.,
and will be on view to the public 12–4 p.m. on Saturdays in December at the
Washington Street Art Center -

The Washington Street Art Center houses Gallery 321; hosts studio space for
more than twenty visual artists; and presents exhibitions, concerts, film
series, and other art initiatives. The Center participates in Somerville
Open Studios each May and an annual open studios and craft fair in
December. The Washington Street Art Center is located between Union Square
and Beacon Street; a five-minute walk from Union Square and a ten-minute
walk from Harvard Square (two blocks from Beacon Street). The Center is
near, or on, the following bus routes: 83, 85, 86, 87, 91, and CT2.
Parking is free and ample.


Stained Glass Contraptions. Saturday December 7, 1-3 pm. A crash course in making beautiful objects with Terry Murray the Inventor Mentor! Learn to cut and solder stained glass to design and create your own artwork or decorations, or build solder-free mosaics. Just in time for the gift-giving season! $10-20, sliding scale, come early for open shop!
Open House: Center for Semiconducted Learning! Saturday December 13, 1-3 pm. Do you love learning but hate school? Looking to take a more self-directed route? If so, we want to talk to you! The Parts and Crafts Center for Semiconducted Learning is a year-round resource center offering classes, workshops, and self-directed learning opportunities for kids ages 7-13. We're open to homeschoolers, unschoolers, and everyone in between, and are currently enrolling for spring semester -- come to our open house on Saturday 12/13 to find out more about our program!
Saturday Open Shop. Saturdays in December, 12/7 and 12/13, 12-2 pm. Every Saturday we open up our shop, from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. to families and other curious folks who want to come in, look around, and make something (or make something happen!) We’ll have a few projects around, and spend the afternoon building and hanging out together. Come by and make something! Free / by donation. NOTE: There is no open shop on Saturday 12/21 -- we'll resume after the holidays on 1/11.
Kids Street Band. Sundays in December, 12/8 and 12/14, 3-5 pm. Stomp your feet and make some noise! A Honk-style kids band that plays simple, danceable tunes; we learn by ear, and we learn together. Led by Dylan Foley, this band is open to anyone, no experience necessary. Bring an instrument if you have one. Free / by donation. NOTE: There is no kids band on Sunday 12/22 - we'll resume after the holidays on 1/12.


You asked for them, so here they are! Three new minecraft modding classes, starting this week and running through the end of January. Minecraft modding has historically filled up quite quickly -- typically within 48 hours of announcing - so sign up early to reserve your spot!
December 2013 - Advanced class. Tuesday afternoons, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17. $75. A 3-session follow-up to any of our previous beginner Minecraft Modding classes. This class is specifically for people who have attended one of the beginner classes, as we will be starting the class with code that we wrote during these past sessions. 8 spots available.
January 2014 - Beginner class. Tuesday afternoons, 3:00pm to 5:00pm 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28. $100. A 4-session computer programming class based around creating mods for Minecraft. Making mods involves writing, or rewriting, Java source code, and is a fantastic way to learn about how large scale, structured software projects come to be. Participants in this class don't need to already know Java, but they should be familiar with programming and computation in some context (Scratch, for instance), and should be able to read and type. 8 spots available.
January 2014 - Advanced class. Saturdays mornings, 10:00 to 11:30, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25.A 4-session follow-up to any of our previous beginner Minecraft Modding classes. This class is specifically for people who have attended one of the beginner classes, as we will be starting the class with code that we wrote during these past sessions. 8 spots available.
Please note: While we have a number of Parts and Crafts computers available, we encourage kids to bring laptops so they they can get them set up for doing more programming at home.

Enrollment is open for February camp! Typically this fills up pretty quickly as well, so sign up now to reserve your spot!


A whole week of invention and creation! We’ll have our electronics workbench, art table, a bunch of hand-tools, building supplies, scrap materials, air pumps, hot glue, duct tape, etc. Printers will be taken apart, bread will be baked, LEDs and motors will be glued to things, there may very well be giant cardboard sculptures. Who knows? February 17-21, 9-3 pm, $75-300, sliding scale (early and late care available, $25/50 for the week)


Our next round of afterschool workshops is starting up this January --- we'll run a short session (6 weeks) leading up to February camp, and then another session between February and April vacation. Fall programs have been a blast so far, and we're excited to be offering another round following winter break. Details below! For questions, email contact@partsandcrafts.rog.
Monday: Open Shop. 6 sessions, January 6 – February 10, 3-5pm. We’ll have our electronics workbench and basic shop setup, plus hot glue guns, wood scraps, LEDs, motors, googly eyes, various other building materials, plus some projects to get you started. Sample projects might include: bristlebots, motorcars, boffer swords, marshmallow launchers, and various projects of your own devising. Cost: $60-120 sliding scale ($10-20/session drop-in rate)
Tuesday: Computer Club. 6 sessions, January 7 – February 11, 3-5pm. A weekly meet-up for kids who like to code. We use Scratch, a graphical based programming language that is easy to use, as an introduction to programming, then switch over to Python or Java for more advanced projects. We have some computers, but typically not nearly enough — so if kids have laptops, they should bring them! Cost: $60-120 sliding scale ($10-20/session drop-in rate)
Wednesday Circus + Art with Kieran and Kelly. 6 sessions, January 8-February 12. Want to learn to juggle? Make jewelry? Balance things on your nose? Decontextualize noun phrases? Then Wednesdays might be for you. An afterschool hangout for climbing trees, playing wacky word games, and going to the park to play deliberately. Cost: $60-120 sliding scale ($10-20/session drop-in rate)
Thursday: Functional DIY. 6 sessions, January 9 – February 13, 3-5pm. Books, shoes, bags, clothes, hats… If you’ve ever thought “Hey, that’s a cool thing! I want to make one of those!” then Tuesdays in January at Parts & Crafts are for you! We’ll be making artistically visually pleasing yet completely functional objects that you can really use! Cost: $60-120 sliding scale ($10-20/session drop-in rate)
Friday: Board Games! 6 sessions, January 10 – February 14, 3-5pm.Calling all gamers! It’s the end of the week, and time to kick back and play some serious strategy games. Risk, Axis and Allies, Hey that’s my Fish, and Magic: the Gathering, with lots of other games thrown into the mix. Cost: $60-120 sliding scale ($10-20/session drop-in rate)

Wednesday, December 04, 2013


Hello. I want to thank you all for participating in the Somerville Creative Economy Survey. We’ve received great results, which you can view here:

We will close the survey at the end of Friday, the 6th, so I wanted to make one last push. If you haven’t taken this survey, please do.

Umass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis will soon start to draft final results. This data, and other data collected from Labor Dept, and comparables in other Cities and regions, will help us to better explain Somerville’s creative economy.

Again, thanks very much. And when Umass finishes preliminary data I’ll get it back out to the group.

So… one last chance please conduct the survey, and please forward to others who may have not conducted the survey, the link is below.

Start Survey:


1-3 pm Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts. Bring unexpected items to create a collaborative still life that will inspire your own composition. Exhibition artist Aileen O. Erickson guides participants through experimentation with charcoal and black and white watercolors. NO experience necessary. Programmed with The Infinite Space of the Possible. NO entry fee, Registration required



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