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Thursday, March 27, 2014


These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
You will receive information on parking when you register. Registration information is below.

Leap into Spring!
with Kid's Walks at Fresh Pond Reservation

Dates: Fridays, April 4 to June 6
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave.

Join CWD staff on ambles to discover the wildlife and sights of Fresh Pond! Possible exploits include puddle- jumping, nature crafts, insect safaris, and storytime. Please come ready for adventure with your grownup(s), your own drink and snack, and clothes that are OK to get a little dirty. We hope you can come play! Heavy rain, thunder, and/or extreme heat cancels.

For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 /

Migratory Bird Walk #1

Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 am
Meeting Place: Register for parking and meeting information

Among the migrating birds that are passing through at this time of year, we might see several species of waterfowl, as well as songbirds, including a variety of warblers. In addition, many of our summer residents will have returned: tree swallows, catbirds, phoebes, vireos, orioles, grackles and red-winged blackbirds. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important meeting and parking information, email Elizabeth at or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.

Earth Day Community Weed-out
The Great Garlic Mustard Muster!

Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Meet at Maher Park (650 Concord Ave.), weeding at Black's Nook

Join our Community Weed-Out kick-off! We'll tackle insidious garlic mustard with shovels to free up our woodland floor for native groundcover species like wild violet. No experience necessary and all tools are provided! Long sleeves, pants and a water bottle are recommended. Latecomers are welcome; please find us at the Black's Nook bulletin board. Parking is available at the Maher Park lot. No need to register - just come!.

Migratory Bird Walk #2

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place: Register for parking and meeting information

Every bird walk is unique and an opportunity for surprises. That is part of the thrill of birding! We only can guess in advance what we might see and hear. At this time of year many of the birds are courting and claiming territories, so we will probably hear plenty of bird song. Beginners welcome, and we can lend you binoculars. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important meeting and parking information, email Elizabeth Wylde at or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.

Cambridge Water(shed) Works
A Big-Picture Adventure in our Water Address

Date: Monday, April 28
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

You may have had the chance to see our waterworks treatment process in action, but do you know how our watershed brings water to the treatment facility? What is a watershed and water address anyway? Join us for an interactive and hands-on workshop about where our water comes from and how watersheds work. This program is appropriate for ages 8 through adult. Come ready to experiment and get involved, and don't forget to register with Kirsten at or (617) 349-6489! Registration Required - Please register by NOON, Friday, April 25.

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Medium: Photography (Color or B&W, Film or Digital) Theme: Transform/Transformation Submission Process How? Drop-off up to three pieces framed and ready-to-hang with max. 24î on the longest side. When? ===> During March 27 & 28 from 6 - 9 PM or March 29 from 10 AM - 2 PM. Entry fee.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

WEST END MUSEUM EVENTS - March 25-31, 2014

Greetings from the West End Museum!

There are some great events happening this week. Tonight we are featuring a Book Talk on "Child Labor in Greater Boston 1880-1920". A unique look into the city during the late 19th/early 20th century. Mark your calendars for March 31 as the museum kicks off its first Irish Heritage Celebration. This is a free event featuring former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn.

As always you can see our full range of upcoming events and exhibitions here. For even more museum info, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

This week

Book Talk: Child Labor in Greater Boston
Tuesday, Mar. 25
6:30 - 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

From its earliest days, Boston decreed that its children be taught to read and write English and understand the laws. In 1826, free and compulsory education was introduced. On reaching 14 years of age, many children left school to find full-time work. Fearing that these children would end up in low-paying, dead-end jobs, Boston Public Schools added trade schools to teach craft skills-carpentry, printing, and metalwork for boys; dressmaking, cooking, and embroidery for girls. The national struggle to ban child labor began in the mid-19th century and ended with the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Read more on our website >>

Current Exhibitions

Relics of a Bygone Era: Exploring the Hotel Manger/Madison
Feb. 4 - March 22
EXTENDED to April 5th!
Members Gallery
Cost: FREE

The 500-room Hotel Manger opened at North Station in August of 1930. Its design was an example of the Moderne style of architecture, developed by Boston native, Louis Sullivan. This exhibit features original postcards, pamphlets, and photographs, as well as actual pieces of the hotel. One of the highlights is a series of photographs showing the demolition of the hotel.

Read more on our website >>

A Neighborhood in Transition
Jan. 21 - May 10
Cost: FREE

This exhibit continues to follow the demolition of an additional thirty acres of residential housing, along with Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square, to make way for the Hurley/Lindemann Building and Government Center. Charles Frani's photographs show not only a neighborhood in transition, but a city in transition. The exhibit captures images of residents and business owners in the midst of eviction; going about their daily chores, or fleeing their homes, as if nothing out the ordinary is taking place.

Read more on our website >>

The Last Tenement
Cost: FREE

"The Last Tenement" exhibition, originally set up in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and relocated to the West End Museum in 2006, is now permanently housed in its own dedicated 1100 square foot space.

Read more on our website >>

Save The Date!

West End Museum Irish Heritage Month Celebration
Monday, Mar. 31
6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

The West End Museum will host its inaugural Irish Heritage Month celebration on Monday, March 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will include light refreshments. Former Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn (1984-1993)-who left City Hall to serve as the United States Ambassador to The Vatican (1993-1997)-will attend as an event honoree. The Museum will also honor Martin Lomasney and Daniel Whelton.

Read more on our website >>

Panel Discussion and short film: The problems with displacement
Tuesday, Apr. 8
6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

The West End Museum explores the psychological toll of urban renewal projects on the people in-between. Featuring three Old West Enders and a resident of the New York Streets discussing their experiences with development projects; the panel will put a human face on the urban renewal projects in Boston.
Read more on our website >>

Support the Museum

2014 Annual Appeal!!
Support the West End Museum!

2013 was another year of significant growth and expansion for the West End Museum. This year alone, the museum mounted three major exhibits in our large exhibition area, as well as four exhibits in our Members' Gallery.

We have a fundraising goal of $50,000 for our inaugural appeal. Any amount, large or small, that you can donate will help to ensure that the museum can continue to provide a rich experience to the West End community as well as the city of Boston. Your donation is critical, not only with assisting the museum in providing fresh programming, but especially in keeping the museum and its mission alive.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Cool stuff that's happening this week!

Movie Night @ Parts and Crafts!
Thursday March 27, 6-8 pm
Join us for our monthly movie night. This week we're watching the Wizards of Speed and Time, a 1989 feature-length film about the attempts of a special effects wizard to make a feature-length film. Cost: $5 suggested for pizza.

Kung Fu Wellness
Thursday afterschool, 3-5 pm
We still have some slots left in this sweet new afterschool class -- come learn basic basic techniques with hand forms, body stances, various kicks and punches. $10-20 session, sliding scale.

For a full list of afterschool options, check out our website!

Upcoming workshops @ Parts and Crafts!

Workshop: Imaginary Maps!
Saturday March 29, 1-3 pm
A map-making workshop like you've never seen it before, pairing fractals, biology, the patterns of cells and neurons with worlds of our own devising. Hosted by Emily Garfield, a local artist specializing in cartography and flights of fancy. Come for open shop, stay for the workshop! $10-20 suggested, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

PLOTS Toolshed Raising: March Mapping Madness!
Sunday March 30, 12-4 pm
A full day of mapping with the Public Lab for Open Science and Technology! We'll head down to Union Square at noon to photograph the future MBTA Green Line Site, with the main space open for PLOTS meetup on water quality, thermal imaging and mapknitting. Free / by donation, all are welcome!

Mineways @ Parts and Crafts
Saturday April 12, 1-3 pm
A 3D printing workshop using Minecraft to make models. Along the way you'll learn how 3D printing works, how objects get sent to the printer, and what the rules are for this way of making things. $10-20 suggested sliding scale

3D printing @ Maud Morgan Art Center
April 21-24, 4-6 pm
Design your own gidgit-gadget, or even something useful like a keychain or a candlestick! This four-session crash course in 3D printing will kids through the initial phases of sketching and modeling their own creations. $150 for the week, open to kids age 10-13.

Enrollment is open for April Vacation Week!

What: April Vacation Week!
When: April 21-25, 9 – 3 pm
Cost: $75-300, sliding scale ($25 for early care, $50 for late care)

What is April vacation camp? 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?



YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City, April 10

On April 10, The Welcome Project hosts the 5th annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City celebration at Arts at the Armory at 7 pm. This year, nine immigrant-run restaurants will provide tastings from around the world, yet close to home. Live Peruvian music will be performed by Son Del Sol. We’ll present the 2nd annual Intercultural City Award to Regina Bertholdo, director of the Parent Information Center (PIC) at the Somerville Public Schools and a tireless advocate and champion for Somerville’s diverse immigrant community. Tickets in advance are $35 and $40 at the door. Find out more and get your tickets at

The nine restaurants participating in the 2014 YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City are:
Aguacate Verde, Mexican, Porter Square; Fasika, Ethiopian, East Somerville; Istanbul’lu, Turkish, Teele Square; Los Paisanos, Central American, East Somerville; Masala, Indian and Nepali, Teele Square; The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery, Portuguese, Union Square; Sabur, Mediterranean, Teele Square; Vinny’s at Night, Italian, East Somerville; Yak & Yeti, Nepali and Indian, Ball Square. All participating restaurants are part of the city's Shape Up Approved -- Eat Well program, offering healthier options at their eateries.

All proceeds benefit immigrant youth and adults participating in Welcome Project programs such as English classes, youth interpreter training, and the International Parents' Group.

In 2013, YUM was selected by as one of its "favorite 15 quirky Boston area events." Don't miss the 2014 edition on April 10. Find more information and buy your tickets at


The folks behind MAKE OUT! will be hosting MAKECATION, a wonderful April vacation camp for kids 9+ at the Somerville Armory.

Best, Amy & Aimee

Please see the information below.

Come take a MAKECATION, an incredible journey into making at the Somerville Center for Arts at the Armory.

Over the course of four days you will:

-make your own sewing kit complete with all the fixings

-dye yarn with Kool Aid

-print on fabric with stamps

-learn to crochet & hand stitch

We are Aimee & Amy and we know that participating in MAKECATION will inspire

you to tap into your own creativity and nurture your confidence. Come get your

hands dirty, learn some amazing skills & make new friends. We can’t wait to meet


**PLEASE REGISTER BY APRIL 14, 2014. Maximum class size is 10 **



Dear Somerville Community Artists and Entrepreneurs:

Agassiz Cooperative Preschool is a liberal, progressive preschool with a deep commitment to education and the arts. Agassiz runs on a modest budget, and the scale and number of scholarships it can offer to local pre-school-aged children are dependent on our fundraising efforts. We moved to Somerville just three years ago and aim to establish an exciting annual community event that celebrates creativity in our community while raising needed funds to continue to make Agassiz Preschool an affordable choice for as many children as possible.

Agassiz Preschool’s Art-for-Education Event will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 2 to 5 pm, on the corner of Spring and Summer Streets in Somerville. Organized and hosted by the kids, parents, and teachers of Agassiz, and open to the school’s neighbors and the general public, this dynamic and creative event will showcase local and “repurposed” art in a fun and relaxed silent auction, from which all proceeds will go to support enrollment of community children at Agassiz.

We are seeking donations of original artworks or repurposed art (the paintings/prints/sculpture stored in your basement or attic) from the artists, artisans, and “amateur collectors” in our community. We know that artists are besieged with requests for donations and we want you to know that we have the highest respect for the value of your work. In the spirit of cooperation and appreciation, we offer a proceed-sharing option. If you donate a piece of art or craft to our Art-for-Education Event, we will return to you 25% or 0% (your choice) of the amount it raises. We hope this helps indicate our appreciation for your valuable work and our commitment to a sustainable, mutually beneficial relationship with the Somerville arts community.

As a donor, you will also be a part of Art for Education’s many publicity activities, which will include a mix of public relations efforts: Marketing through the web and email; posters and flyers; direct mail; advertising; press; features on our Facebook page; and event-based press activities. Details of the April 12th event are being finalized, but this year there will be live music, delicious fare from a variety of Somerville’s culinary masters, tasty local brews, crafts for kids, and a Photo Booth (appropriate for all ages!). We will prominently display your donated piece with your name, studio address, web address, contact information, and any information or images you would like to include on a wall plaque, as well as in the auction booklet and on our website.

If you are participating in this year’s Somerville Open Studios, we will note in our materials that your art will also be available for viewing at that time.We hope to have many contributions from visual arts and crafts as well as tickets, memberships, and classes relevant to the arts. Thank you so much for considering any donation. Your generous gift will help us to secure additional gifts, create excitement about this year’s event, and continue to provide arts-based, early education to the children in your community. Note: Agassiz Preschool is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible.

If you're willing to donate or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me directly. We will also be more than happy to pick up any donation from you in person.

Many thanks for your consideration,

Shelley Barandes
Agassiz mom and owner, designer at Albertine Press

Albertine Press - letterpress printing & design |
@albertinepress | |
tel 617 666 7395 | fax 617 666 7396

Friday, March 14, 2014


Looking for a Somerville artist to design an award to be given to a member of the dance community for their service and contribution.

This year's recipient of the Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion award is Dance Collective (with 3 individuals representing: Judith Chaffee, Martha Armstrong Gray, and Dawn Kramer).

We are looking for an award that is classy, made with glass, metal, or other sculptural material. Our benefit is April 11, so the deadline would be before then. Since we are awarding 3 individuals this year, we would need 3 copies of the same award personalized with each name somewhere. In the past we have made a framed award and have decided this year we want to go a different route (more three-dimensional).

Our budget is $50 per award.

Please write: with your interest and what you would propose.

Thank you!

-Callie Chapman
Somerville Dance Artist and Marketing/Design Coordinator - Boston Dance Alliance

For more information about who we are, visit our website:

Our past recipients:


The Somerville Arts Council and the Nave Gallery present HATCH:
A call to artists to decorate eggs in hopes of raising awareness to state legislators to fund the arts. The Hatch project is part of statewide campaign led by MASSCreative to increase public support for the arts, cultural and creative sector. Communities across the Commonwealth are working throughout the spring budget season to urge legislators to make arts a priority. To help convey this idea, artists would decorate 4” papier mache eggs with a message of why the arts are important which will be delivered to state legislators in mid April. It is our hope to get as many artists to participate in the process as possible.

Join us at one of these workshops:
Egg Decorating Workshops
Sunday, March 23rd- 3-5 pm, Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd

Thursday, April 3rd, 6-9pm, Mudflat, 81 Broadway
(For this workshop, space is limited. RSVPs are recommended, but not required. Snack and refreshments will be provided)

About: The Hatch project is part of statewide campaign led by MASSCreative to increase public support for the arts, cultural and creative sector. Communities across the Commonwealth are working throughout the spring budget season to urge legislators to make arts a priority.

Our project: Hatch! Somerville artists will create dozens of “art eggs,” which will be delivered to state legislators in mid April. We envision that artists will transform paper mâché eggs, slightly bigger than your average chicken eggs, into vibrant works of art using a variety of mediums. Once decorated, the eggs will be placed in nests, nestled among messages from Somervillians. Each message will start with: “$ for the Arts = [blank].” We’ll deliver the eggs to Governor Deval Patrick and state senators and representatives who comprise the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The idea being – if legislators take care of their eggs (I.e., fund the arts), creativity will hatch!

Goal: We hope Hatch! will influence legislators to fund the arts more fully. The project also will garner press for Somerville’s arts community and promote: Somerville Open Studios; the ArtBeat festival (Hatch is this year’s theme!); and the individual artists who decorate the eggs.

How to get involved: Come to one of our workshops! We will have a variety of materials available but if you have particular materials you’d like to work with, please bring them; we also recommend that you come armed with ideas to decorate your egg. If possible, please RSVP to Heather Balchunas and let her know which workshop you’ll be attending. There is also the possibility to decorate an egg on your own time, in your studio. Contact Heather to work out logistics with her.
Heather’s email:

Sunday, March 09, 2014


Seeking artists of various media for the first annual juried “Into the Mystic” Environmental Art and Film Festival for June 20-22, 2014 which will be held at Hyatt Place, 116 Riverside Ave, Medford. The opening reception is Friday, June 20th from 6-9 pm. The festival is a collaboration of MACI, Green Medford, Mystic River Watershed Association, The City of Medford’s Office of Energy and Environment, and the Friends of the Mystic River. Entry fee.

Details available from:

Mike Oliver


Saturday, March 08, 2014


Join us on Friday, March 14th from 5:30-7:30pm for the opening reception for our three new exhibitions.

In the main gallery: W-O-R-D-P-L-A-Y, photographs and mixed media pieces by Frank Armstrong, Bill Franson, Eva Timothy, Mimi Youn, Stephen Sheffield, Rachel Phillips, Samuel Quinn, Nikki Segarra, Shannon McDonald, Randall Armor, and Glen Scheffer.



This is the third year that we will be featuring photographs by students in Stephen Sheffield's Black & White class at the New England School of Photography. Located in Kenmore Square, New England School of Photography (NESOP) offers a full time, two year intensive Professional Photography Program for those seeking a career in photography and photographic workshops in a variety of disciplines at all levels from basic camera instruction to advanced digital imaging. NESOP's Professional Photography Program is a balanced, comprehensive program focusing exclusively on photography to provide practical technical and business photographic training while nurturing the student’s creative development.
(text courtesy NESOP website)


Rich Cortez

Our Emerging Artist | FEATURED will be Rich Cortez, a senior at the New Hampshire Institute of Art who creates surrealistic imagery that blends creative portraiture with nature and the landscape.

Panopticon Gallery
Inside Hotel Commonwealth
502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Hours: Tue–Sat 9:00-3:00pm

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