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Friday, December 26, 2014

CALL FOR SOMERVILLE WRITERS, POETS, ARTISTS

I would love to interview Somerville writers, poets, and artists for my column in The Somerville News.:" Off the Shelf" The column is online and in print:
http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/community-arts and carried at over 100 locations in the city

The paper is carried at over 100 locations throughout the city. If you have an interesting story--I would love to meet and speak to you....


Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene http://dougholder.blogspot.com
Doug Holder CV http://dougholderresume.blogspot.com
Ibbetson Street Press http://ibbetsonpress.com
Ibbetson Street Online Bookstore http://lulu.com/ibbetsonpress
Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer http://poettopoetwritertowriter.blogspot.com
Doug Holder's Column in The Somerville Times ( Online and Print) http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/community-arts

Monday, December 22, 2014

SMALL WORKS CALL FOR BOSTON AREA ARTISTS - February 15, 2015

The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, invites Boston area artists to submit work for an exhibition juried by Maria Magdalena Campos - Pons, distinguished artist and long time Professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Show dates: April 10 - May 15, 2015. Entry fee.

Details:

http://maudmorgan.com/gallery/smallworks2015_call.htm

CALL FOR ARTISTS: IMAGES OF GRIEF AND HEALING - May 31, 2015

The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts invites artists to submit work for an exhibition that explores the ideas of loss, grief and ultimately healing. Art making has the ability to move people along their journey of grief and loss into a more balanced place of healing and hope. In the face of tragedy, the creative process can help recalibrate a mourner's life. Entry fee.

Details:

http://maudmorgan.com/gallery/imagesgriefhealing2015_call.htm

FRESH POND RESERVATION JANUARY 2015 EVENTS

JANUARY 2015 PROGRAMS

offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water Department

New Year’s Day Bird Walk – Thursday, January 1 – Led by Nancy Guppy

Film Screening: Dirt! The Movie – Monday, January 12 – Kirsten Lindquist

Whole Tree Identification – Saturday, January 17 – Susan Coolidge and Elizabeth Wylde

Annual Potluck Supper and Members’ Meeting – Sunday, January 18 – Planning Committee

Eyes on Algae at Fresh Pond – Monday, January 26 – Julie Coffey

A complete description with registration information is posted on the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation website at:

http://www.friendsoffreshpond.org/upcomingprograms.htm

FOOD INDUSTRY CAREERS - December 30, 2014

The City of Somerville/Somerville Arts Council, in collaboration with Kitchen Inc, is launching a Nibble Entrepreneurship Program (NEP). It is geared toward people in immigrant communities who are interested in pursuing food industry careers – whether it's catering, teaching cooking classes, restaurants, food production, etc. It will be a series of workshops and also a mentoring program; held at Kitchen Inc, in Union Square. We will launch this pilot program in January of 2015. If you are interested in this program, or know other folks who might be, see below.

This is an extension of our Nibble culinary/cultural programming, which includes market tours, cooking classes and food festivals. The Arts Council recognizes the valuable intersection between food and culture in providing ongoing diverse cultural programming and as a driving force of cultural economic development.

More about the Program
The City of Somerville is launching a program to help members of the immigrant community learn about possible career opportunities in the food industry. So, if you like to cook and are interested in pursuing a culinary career — starting a catering company, selling your food at markets/festivals or in stores, teaching cooking classes, etc. — you may be interested in this series. This will be an 8-week program that meets once a week; the sessions will be taught by a rotating group of city employees, business professionals and food business owners.

Most likely we’ll meet on a Monday or Tuesday evening, 6-8pm, beginning in January of 2015. Location will be Kitchen Inc., 201 Somerville Ave. COST: This program costs $100; but qualified applicants will receive financial support and will only have to pay $25

How to apply
Send an email to rachel@somerivlleartscouncil.org and we will send you an application

Deadline to apply
December 30, 2014; although please get in applications asap

How we will select participants
This is a small pilot program; we hope to select 8 participants. Preference may be given to Somerville residents who have solid cooking experience and either speak English or are enrolled ESL classes. We will let you know when we receive your application; we may follow up with an interview.


Rachel Strutt
Cultural Director
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
www.somervilleartscouncil.org
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at
www.somervilleartscouncil.org/nibble
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

CARNEY GALLERY REGIS COLLEGE - November 10 - January 23, 2015

Christiane Corcelle - Enrich the Moment

November 10–January 23
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Reception: Saturday, December 6, noon–3 pm

Christiane Corcelle has been collecting used tea bags, their wrappers and labels for years. She transforms volumes of these everyday items into stunning installations. The repeated use of the structural elements of the tea bag (wrapper, label, tab, string, bag with tea and emptied) reveal hidden complexities of distinction and variation. Corcelle comments, “As a group the pieces are unified, cohesive, and coherent, but individually they are all unique.”

Corcelle’s forms are handmade and irregular rather than manufactured and hard-edged. Her rigorous commitment to her chosen material creates a tension between perceptions of the individual elements and the whole. Small safety pins, rough wire forms, tiny strings, and tea bags with added found objects transcend their materiality and become something completely new. According to Corcelle, “The elements blend, almost threatening each other, creating a prototype that is rich, edgy, and commanding all at once.”

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS FUNDING GUIDELINES

National Endowment for the Arts 2015 Funding Guidelines Posted
Arts Works and Challenge America Have February, April, and July 2015 Deadlines


Washington, DC — Guidelines and application materials for two National Endowment for the Arts funding categories have been posted on the NEA's website. The 2015 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2016. Any non-profit 501(c)3 organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community with at least a three year programming history is eligible to apply for project-based support through these two programs. Together, Art Works and Challenge America constitute approximately 75 percent of the NEA's annual direct grantmaking (exclusive of state and regional partnership agreements).

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS
Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2014, the NEA supported 1799 grants totaling $49.4 million through Art Works. The deadlines for Art Works applications are February 19 and July 23, 2015 depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support.

Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations-those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. In fiscal year 2014, Challenge America funded 147 grants totaling $1.47 million. The deadline for Challenge America is April 16, 2015.

Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.

PAST ART WORKS AND CHALLENGE AMERICA GRANTS
To see the kinds of projects supported through these two categories, go to the Recent Grants section of the NEA website.

WEBINARS: SIGN UP AND ARCHIVES
In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works and Challenge America funding categories, including how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff.

The Art Works webinar is scheduled for January 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Challenge America session will be on March 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. To sign up for either or both webinars, go to the webinar section of the NEA website.

Both webinars will be archived shortly after each event and posted on the NEA website in the webinar section.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CALL FOR PUBLIC ART PROPOSALS - January 31, 2015

The City of Somerville, acting by and through the Somerville Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), is seeking the services of a designer/fabricator to provide design, fabrication, and installation oversight services for custom seating area and public art on a new plaza to be constructed near Davis Square in Somerville, MA. The City intends to include creatively designed and fabricated benches and sculptural elements to build on Davis Square’s creative aesthetic and connection to the arts community. The work produced from this process is intended to be functional and to distinguish Somerville for its inclusion of artists and the arts in everyday life.

Details:

http://tinyurl.com/SDSBP-RFQ
anosnik@somervillema.gov

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CALLING ALL CAMBRIDGE MASS ARTISTS! – January 31, 2015

Visual and performing artists who live, work or have a studio in Cambridge are invited to participate in the 7th annual city-wide Cambridge Arts Open Studios May 9th and 10th. Early bird discounts for artists registering by December 31!

Details:

617-349-4385
http://www.cambridgeartscouncil.org/openstudios

FIRST NIGHT GRAND PROCESSION IN BOSTON - December 31, 2014

For many years, OPENAIR Circus of Somerville has marched, stilted, danced, carried bird puppets, pushed strollers, thrown confetti, and generally had a great time in the First Night Grand Procession in Boston.

Others of all ages are invited to join us this year. If you can't stilt, you can carry a bird puppet, throw confetti, pull the confetti carts, or engage the crowd. Small people often elicit great appreciation and cheers.

We'll be joined by some members of the Somerville High band with music to keep us happy and in time.

The parade starts at 5:30 pm on December 31 in front of the Hynes Convention Center, and goes down Boylston St to Charles, and ends around 7, in time for the fireworks.

We'll have tunics and maybe hats for everyone -- but you have to let us know you're coming, and pick up costumes that morning.

If you know how to stilt -- or are willing to learn before then -- we can provide stilts too.

Let me know if you want to come, or have questions!

Hope to see you then!

Pat Jehlen
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MONTHLY CASH POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC - December 18, 2014

Books of Hope's Monthly Cash Poetry Slam and Open Mic is happening this Thursday, December 18th, 7pm at the Mystic Learning Center!

Bring a story, a friend, and an open mind; we'll provide the DJ, the pizza and some of the hottest feature performers in the city!

We'll also be offering a prize for best Poet-Tweet- your thoughts, in your words, in 140 characters or less!

See you there,
Books of Hope

Monday, December 15, 2014

SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT - December 18, 2014

You are invited to:
Somerville High School’s Winter Concert!!!!
December 18th, 2014 at 7pm
SHS Auditorium, 81 Highland Avenue
World Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble
Drumline, Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, Hand Bell Choir and Orchestra!

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Richard G. Saunders
Director of Music
Somerville Public Schools
81 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
rsaunders@k12.somerville.ma.us
617-625-6600 x6143

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS EVENT PRODUCERS

ArtsUnion 2015 Event Series

Ever wish to create your own event — with funding? Here’s your opportunity!
ArtsUnion is looking for creative individuals, organizations and Union Square Business owners to create, produce and manage events that will take place indoors (or outdoors!) in Union Square—in businesses, public spaces or other venues—from February through early May 2015. Working with the Somerville Arts Council, produc­ers will be responsible for: selecting a theme, lining up talent and/or creating activities, planning and managing the event, and helping promote the event. The Somerville Arts Council will provide a budget, determined by the needs of the event/series and marketing support. We will entertain stipends in the range from $400 to $1,500, however, this is negotiable based on your production expenses.

See the attached application or go to our website to download the application.

View attachments on the web:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/somartscouncil/conversations/messages/11095

Posted by: "meagan o'brien"

SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL 2014 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH - December 15, 2014

Come join the Somerville Arts Council as we celebrate the 2014 Artists of the Month!

Details:
Arts at the Armory cafe
191 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA
7pm
***FREE!!***
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/316672671852021/
Website: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artistmonth/2014gala

We'll be celebrating these fine Artists of the Month:

January: Ethan Gilsdorf
February: Sophia Ainslie
March: Mary Bichner
April: Anil Natyaveda
May: Greer Muldowney
June: Peter Jehlen
July: Brendan Burns
August: Jody Weber
September: James Weinberg
October: Elio DeLuca
November: Gilmore Tamny
December: Martha Friend

Hope to see you there

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NAVE GALLERY ARTIST TALK - December 11, 2014

Join us this evening for an artist talk at the Nave Annex in Davis Square led by curators Amy Pett and Ellen Solari!
Free and open to the public!

ARTIST TALK:
Thursday, December 11; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

LOCATION:
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

ABOUT:
Vessels curators Amy Pett and Ellen Solari discuss fiber art and what the theme of “vessels” means to the show. Exhibition artists including Joetta Maue, Susan Gaylord, Mary Geisser and Allison Linnea Rabin will join the discussion and talk about their artwork and process.discuss fiber art and what the theme of “vessels” means to the show. Artists included in the show will join the discussion and talk about their artwork.

More on the exhibit:
http://navegallery.org/wp/vessels-an-exhibition-of-fiber-art/

CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION 70th CELEBRATION - December 18, 2014

CELEBRATE CAA at 70!

Thursday, December 18, 6-8pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery

You're invited to celebrate 70 years of the CAA, and raise money for our Annual Fund and programs at a festive, 1940s-inspired cocktail party. Purchase your ticket today, and join us for cocktails, snacks, and live entertainment from Dan Gabel and the Abletones!

Raffle items include:
A weekend at a rustic Vermont cabin, including wine and a Formaggio Kitchen Gift Card; 2014 Illy Artist Series espresso cups; an Artist swag bag, with entries into shows at Maud Morgan Arts and Gallery 263; and more!

Tickets:
$40 per person or $75 for two tickets, with advanced purchase
$50 day of and at the door

Cash bar. Photo booth. So much more.

Click here

http://www.cambridgeart.org/70th-celebration/

to purchase tickets, and celebrate the Cambridge Art Association!

UNIVERSITY PLACE GALLERY EXHIBITION - Dec 4 - Jan 16, 2015

PLATINUM - JURIED BY ALISE UPITIS, ASSISTANT CURATOR OF THE MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER

DECEMBER 4, 2014 - JANUARY 16, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5th, 6-8pm, Awards presented at 7pm, University Place Gallery, At the Kathryn Schultz and University Place Galleries

December 5, 2014: PLATINUM celebrates 70 years of the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) with a compelling show of work by artists from all corners of the Northeastern United States. PLATINUM's juror, Alise Upitis, carefully considered over 800 pieces of artwork submitted by 268 artists from the Northeast. Her selections - 56 in total - embody the concept of PLATINUM, as well as the breadth and depth of expression exhibited by the entrants. She presents a beautiful show that ushers in a new year and an important moment for the Association.


As part of the CAA at 70 exhibition year, PLATINUM celebrates the spirit of the many artists who have supported - and been supported by - CAA over the years - and the many benefactors who make it possible for the Association to carry out a mission to foster support and promote artists within the community for 70 more years.

From Alise Upitis:

Platinum Patriarch, father of Wynton, Jason, Branford and Dafeao Marsalis was drawn by Carolyn Newberger during a 2014 concert at Tanglewood, at which Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Dafeao Marsalis were performing together. Following the concert, Newberger asked for Ellis' signature on her work, and the sketch includes a pairing of his and her signatures. I find the work particularly significant as an investigation of authenticity. Photography is prohibited at Tanglewood concerts, and Newberger's deft capture of Ellis' playing is an unaffected gesture in a space without cameras. The pairing of signatures also operates as dual authentication of the document, a gesture, I might add, that is also quite humorous.

Selfie 01 by Kay Dolezal may be the best of its genre I have seen. Its merit is in part the difficulty of deciphering how it was made. My first impression was that this is a photo of a TV screen showing an image of a woman at a microphone and a reflection of the photographer shooting with a fairly early digital camera. Yet is that dust on the TV screen, or dust on an analog film negative or print? It is rare to see a selfie as a physical print at its proper ratio. There is also an important continuity between the technology that produced the image and its content-the woman in white is clearly camera ready, no crew at work is visible in the shot on TV, while the reflection of the photographer-and the background of what appears to be the photographer's studio-returns artistic labor to the production of the image.

I selected several works that invoke the traditional form of the landscape or seascape, of which Kathryn Geismar's Beautiful Disaster 1 is an outstanding example. The work has a temporality that is difficult to locate, evoking an ocean with a burning oil slick in the present or near future as well as historical seaborne tragedies, in line with J.M.W. Turner's 1840 The Slave Ship. Her painting, and other included works in these genres, engages the relationship between human and nonhuman, commonly thought in terms of culture and nature. This is not new to these types of works, but those I selected have a particular significance to contemporary concerns-the undecidable temporality of Geismar's included-such as the edge habitat depicted in Michele J. Kenna's Hidden Backwoods or the object-oriented ontology considered through Hyperobject I by Dinora Justice.

I selected Spinneklub (Spin Club) by Astrid Reischwitz for Best in Show for its strength in connecting historical and contemporary photographic practices to the history of female labor. The pose and framing of Reischwitz's old family photo is in disjuncture with her carefully staged and beautifully shot photo of her family's domestic wares. Yet there remains a striking formal affinity in the depiction of patterns, details of handmade family textiles, which is reinforced by her use of photos of these patterns to frame the other photos in the composite. It is also a fine investigation of the limits of specific mediums, such as how the representation of textiles can relate to the materials of textiles and the, largely female, labor that makes these fabrics possible."

Images available by request

Contact: Erin Becker, Director
info@cambridgeart.org

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MAGOUN SQUARE JEWELERS & ARTISTS POP-UP STORE

Call To Jewelers & Artists
Be part of a new pop-up store in Magoun Square!

Cleuder Morais, the new owner of Imperial Jewelry, a jewelry retail, custom design and repair shop in Magoun Square, is currently offering a portion of his 645 square-feet retail floor space for Somerville artists. Here's the deal:

Timeframe: The owner is seeking to pilot a 3 month opportunity for artists between Dec 2014 - Feb 2015 with an opportunity to extend the time.
Hours: The store is currently open from 9:30am - 7:30pm Monday-Saturday. Artists are welcome to showcase and sell their work throughout those hours or arrange to showcase only during certain hours.
Display: Within the 645 square feet retail floor space, the artist will have access to a width 59", depth 19" and height 11" glass display, wall shelf.
Artists: While jewelers are preferred, the opportunity is open to all artists.
Vendor Fee Arrangements: The owner is seeking 10-20% commission for vendor sales at the retail store. However, the arrangement can be
negotiated based upon additional mutual benefits for each business.
Time Requirements: The artist can feel free to sell their own work, or the owner of Imperial Jewelry is happy to sell their work.
Promotion/Public Events: The owner would like to work with artists interested in collaborating on promotional and public events.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Adriana Fernandes.
Email: afernandes@somervillema.gov

Rachel Strutt
Cultural Director
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
www.somervilleartscouncil.org
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at
www.somervilleartscouncil.org/nibble
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

SOMERVILLE SEEKS SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER - January 8, 2015

City of Somerville
Special Events Manager

The position is responsible for managing community, civic, and cultural events for the City of Somerville and specifically for the Somerville Arts Council (SAC). Employee is required to perform similar or related duties. Plans, coordinates and manages art, cultural, and civic events and programs. Designs and generates brochures, posters, and press releases. Serves as Program Manager for City events which include but are not limited to Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, Mayor’s Spring Clean Up, Fireworks, Family Fun Day, SomDog, Spring Fling, Dogfest and Pet Pallooza, SomerStreets, and others as assigned. Participates in Somerville Art Council event planning and implementation of programming including but not limited to ArtsUnion, ArtBeat, Illuminations Tour, and other SAC events as assigned. Employee is expected to work evenings and weekends. Employee is expected to work with a broad cross section of the public, business community, and residents, and other arts and cultural workers in the sector. Attend board and advisory meetings as assigned.

Qualifications:

BA degree in arts or humanities field, and five (5) years experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

3-5 years of community event planning and extensive knowledge of surrounding community and issues facing them.

Ability to meet and deal with the public effectively and appropriately; ability to handle problems effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to deal appropriately with employees, officials, other elected officials and members of the general public; ability to plan, manage and execute public events and programs.

Excellent communication and writing skills; computer skills. Skill in handling pressure and adhering to time lines, working independently and being organized.

Salary: $60,000 per year; paid weekly at $1,153.85; plus benefits.

Send resume along with a cover letter by January 8, 2015, to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov


THE CITY OF SOMERVILLE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

RIFRAKT GALLERY ANNUAL HOLIDAY ART SALE - December 14, 2014

Join us Sunday, December 14, 2014 for our annual Holiday Art Sale! View this email in your browser

Seasons Greetings Friends!

It may have been awhile since you have heard from the Rifrákt family, but we have certainly kept busy. We would like to share with you our upcoming Holiday Art Fair which will take place this Sunday, December 14th, from 12pm - 6pm.

This year we join our fellow artists and artisans and welcome Deirdre of The Willow Path Tarot and Vanessa Mayer, masseuse! There will be live music by Dan Blakeslee, Adrian Emberley, and friends as well. Admission is FREE!

The Rifrákt Family PhotoBooth is back for another installation!
We are creating a wild holiday set for you to pose within and perhaps utilize some of our many props, costumes and goodies! The PhotoBooth is a fun public art installation and supported by donation to our Pay-What-You-Think-It's-Worth fund. Visitors are encouraged to take their own photos, group photos, or selfies with our new Rifrákt set!

Art For Sale!
Each Rifrákt family member will be selling their original and fine art reproductions!
Aaron Morris will have his work in print, magnet, and postcard form. Cary Hulbert will have photogravuers and etchings for sale. Chris O'Neill will have holiday cards and personalized ornaments for sale. Sarah Gay O'Neill will have prints and hats for sale. Stephanie Goode will have framed and individual prints for sale. Get a sneak peak below!


collage © Aaron Morris, 2014

photogravure © Cary Hulbert, 2014

illustration © Chris O'Neill, 2014

ink on paper © Sarah Gay, 2014

archival pigment print © Stephanie Goode, 2014
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Monday, December 08, 2014

SOMERVILLE ILLUMINATIONS BIKE TOUR - December 13, 2014

A wintry night ride amongst warmly lit homes.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Somerville High School
Main Entrance

Meet at 5:50pm
Depart at 6pm

A Somerville Arts Council and Bicycle Committee Event.

Holiday lights, costumes and festive cheer encouraged.

$5 Donation Suggested.

Bike lights required & dress warmly.

Heavy rain, snow, wind or ice cancels.


CALL FOR SMALL WORK SALON 2015: Word + Image - February 15, 2015

The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, invites Boston area artists to submit work for an exhibition juried by Maria Magdalena Campos – Pons, distinguished artist and long time Professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Show dates: April 10 – May 15, 2015. Entry fee.

Details:

http://www.maudmorganarts.org

SOMERVILLE TOOL LIBRARY - December 13, 2014

The Somerville Tool Library is a community-supported lending library for household tools for local residents, businesses, artists and homeowners. We're located at 577 Somerville Ave., inside Parts and Crafts. We will be opening February 7th 2015 and offering tool trainings and workshops in addition to tool lending. We're actively soliciting members, tool donations and volunteers for this exciting community project. Stop by Parts and Crafts on Saturday December 13th from 12-2PM to learn more or visit our The Somerville Tool Library to get involved.

The Somerville Tool Library
Join the Somerville Tool Library The Somerville Tool library is a tool lending library located at Parts and Crafts in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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Friday, December 05, 2014

SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY PLANNING SERIES - December 17, 2014

Somerville by Design: Union Square
Community planning series starts December 17th!
6:30 PM at the Old Post Office Building, 237 Washington Street

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the "Somerville by Design" neighborhood planning effort in Union Square, which will result in a neighborhood plan that informs zoning and future development. How do you see the future of Union Square? We need your input! For much more info, go here:

http://www.somervillebydesign.com/

Crowdsourcing Event
December 17
Old Post Office
The process will kick off with a Crowdsourcing event on December 17th at 6:30 PM at the Old Post Office. The goal of this event is to ask local stakeholders to help establish channels of communication within the existing social fabric of the neighborhood.

Visioning Sessions
January 7 & 31
Old Post Office
There will be two visioning meetings, with identical agendas. The first is on Wednesday, January 7th at 6:30 PM. The second meeting will be on January 31, with a 9:00 AM walking tour and followed by a 10:00 AM visioning meeting. We are holding this meeting twice to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to share their vision for the future of Union Square.

Development Opportunities & Constraints Workshops
February 4, 11, 18 & 25
Location TBD
Four workshops will be held to gain insight into key development issues such as traffic and parking, project financing, architectural possibilities, and market conditions. These workshops will be lead jointly by the City and the US2 master development team. Workshops will be held every Wednesday in February at 6:30 PM, including February 4, 11, 18, and 25. Specific topics and workshop location will be forthcoming.

Design Charrette
March 9, 10, & 11
Old Post Office
We will hold an "open studio" design charrette in the Old Post Office from March 9th through the 11th. Contribute your ideas to City staff and designers for the future of the Union Square neighborhood. We will work together to generate as many ideas as possible, and at a "Pin-Up Presentation" on March 11th, you will be able to review all of the ideas and provide important feedback.

Plan Open House
May 13
Old Post Office
During the spring we will refine the neighborhood plan based on stakeholder feedback, and present these final ideas back to the community on May 13th.

At all events, we will have updates on the green line expansion, US2 station-area projects, and other evolving work that is of interest to residents and impacts this planning effort.

Find out more about Somerville by Design at www.somervillebydesign.com and contribute to the conversation through social media with #PlanUnionSquare.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

AARDVARK JAZZ CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT - December 20, 2014

Somerville flutist Peter H. Bloom invites you to the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra’s Christmas concert December 20 at Emmanuel Church, Boston.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: An American Christmas
The Aardvark 42nd Annual Christmas Concert
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Admission: $20 at the door
Information: 617-776-8778 or 617-452-3205. www.aardvarkjazz.com
Proceeds to benefit Poor People’s United Fund

Lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington’s finest reed sections. JazzTimes

A signature event in the Boston holiday season for more than 40 years, Aardvark’s Christmas Concert December 20 will feature selections from the magnificent Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite – an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic. The band will also perform William Billings' Shepherd's Carol, American carols and spirituals, and selections from Mark Harvey’s Bethlehem Counterpoint, including The Prophet, inspired by legendary social activist Kip Tiernan (1926-2011). Proceeds will benefit Poor People’s United Fund, an organization that Tiernan co-founded, which fights poverty and homelessness through education, advocacy, support to grassroots service organizations, and emergency assistance to families and individuals.

One of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, Aardvark performs widely, has premiered more than 150 works, and has released 12 CDs to worldwide acclaim, including 7 discs on the prestigious Leo Records label. Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass, Jimmy Leach/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

Expansive harmony, brilliant music…an exceptional big band CultureJazz.Fr (France)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks
Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director, 617 776 8778 or delamotte-amw@comcast.net
www.aardvarkjazz.com

SOMERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY LABOR POSTER EXHIBIT - December 3-29, 2014

An international labor poster exhibit

From the collection of STEPHEN LEWIS
at
Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Ave.
Dec. 3 through Dec. 29 2014
Open Mon. through Thu. 9 am to 9 pm, Fri. 9 am to 6pm.
Sat. 9 am to 5 pm, Sun. 1 pm to 5 pm
Free Admission, fully accessible. For information call 617/623-5000
Free admission, fully accessible

This project is supported in part by a grant from: Roofers Union Local 33 and Martin Callaghan

SOMERVILLE YOUTH ART EXHIBITION - December 22, 2014

Our first semester of Youth Arts Arise has been a huge success, and we’re gearing up for our first showcase! The showcase is a fantastic opportunity for the community to view the participants’ work and celebrate their achievements from the fall semester of workshops.

The showcase will be held on Monday, December 22 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Armory.

Attached is an invitation with more details – hope to see you there!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at education@artsatthearmory.org or 617-718-2191.

Thanks,
Bridget Galway
Education Programs Coordinator
education@artsatthearmory.org

Special thanks to Shaws, Whole Foods, JP Licks, Redbones, and Q’s Nuts for refreshment donations!
Huge shout out to The Boston Foundation for supporting Youth Arts Arise.
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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND ART SHOW - December 6, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014,
3:00 to 8:00 pm
Judith Prager and John O'Brien
7 Belmont Place, Somerville -near Porter Square

Special "Inventory Sale" - many paintings on sale for $50, $100 AND $200!
12 minute walk from Porter Square T

More than 100 paintings, abstracts, landscapes, still life, and more...
Refreshments and stimulating conversation...

www.pragerart.com

www.jobrienart.com

Judith Prager
www.pragerart.com
www.pragerbodymind.com
617-491-1350
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PIPELINE IDEAS COMPETITION - December 31, 2014

$1,000 prize plus commission to fabricate and install. Dazzle us with your creative ideas to re-use massive cast iron water pump components for functional items like seating or bike racks, way-finding and signage, or sculpture. One winning entry will receive $1,000 just for the idea. Fabrication and installation budget and schedule will be contingent upon agreement with the artist. The goal is to commission the winner to fabricate and install the work in a new park overlooking the scenic Charles River, in Medfield, Massachusetts. Entry fee.

Details:

http://medfieldculture.org/2014/11/25/ideas-competition-pipeline
JeanMineo@aol.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

PICTURE PLACE GALLERY EXHIBITION - December 5-27, 2014

Emily Garfield: Cityspaces

November 29 - December 27, 2014

Opening reception Friday December 5, 7-10pm

Picture Place Gallery
320A Harvard Street, Brookline MA
617-277-4357

Cityspaces is a showcase of recent and past artwork by Somerville artist Emily Garfield, who works with maplike imagery to create drawings that evoke aerial views of imagined places. Works in the show are drawn from the predominant Cityspace series, spanning the last five years of the artist's work. More recent work has brought her maplike markmaking into more abstract paintings and drawings that reference both maps and also other natural and human patterns like cells and networks.

Emily Garfield is originally from New York City and has resided in Somerville since 2009. She has a BA in Visual Art from Brown University, where she also studied visual perception, aesthetics and Japanese studies, including a semester learning traditional Japanese arts in Nagoya. She has exhibited extensively in the Boston area, including City Hall, and her last solo exhibition was a large overview exhibition at Bloc 11 in Somerville. Emily was the coordinator for Somerville Open Studios 2014. She draws at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, where she is also a board member.

For further information, please see emilygarfield.com

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NAVE GALLERY FIBER ART EXHIBITION - December 3-21, 2014

Vessels
An Exhibition of Fiber Art
December 3-21, 2014
Curated by Amy Pett and Ellen Solari

Opening Reception
Sunday, December 7
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Nave Gallery Annex, Davis Square
53 Chester St.,Somerville

Directions Facebook Exhibition

Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday, 2:00 pm-8:00 pm; Sunday,2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Artist Talk
Thursday, December 11
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Artists
Jo Atherton, Donna Beck, Louise Berliner, Emily Brodrick, Emily Dvorin, Eileen Doughty,
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Mary Geisser, Carol Greenwood, Sue Hale, Deborah Kruger,
Ingrid Lincoln, Joetta Maue, Ashley Occhino,Allison Rabin, Ellen Ramsey, Amanda Yamashita

Somerville Mural Project Seeks Artists - December 31, 2014

Are you interested in designing and painting a mural? Please contribute to the Somerville Mural Project!

Opportunity for artists to:

Produce vibrant art that will be seen by the whole city of Somerville and reflect values of the community.
Lead a team of volunteers in painting the mural you design.
Gain publicity.
After the mural is finished, a print of your image will be made and sold to benefit YOU.
Your signature and a biography about you will be hung next to the mural.
The Somerville Murals Project is a public arts collaborative that is bringing together local artists, community members and funding to beautify public spaces throughout the City of Somerville. The vision is to work in partnership with local businesses, the Somerville Arts council, volunteer groups and professional artists to paint murals on 8’ X 10’ exterior plywood sheets throughout Somerville. The murals will make the city more vibrant and represent community values which members of the community will be welcomed to share during an upcoming community meeting about the project. The project’s goal is for people to feel a deeper connection to their community and be reminded of the diversity and beauty of their city. This project will create bright, beautiful art installations throughout our city. The murals will demonstrate to citizens and visitors to Somerville the city’s commitment to the arts and its community.

To learn more, please email smgiffin@gmail.com

YANKEE SWAP AT THE SOMERVILLE ARMORY CAFE - December 9, 2014

OHHHH the weather outside is frightening
so you better MAKE OUT!

December 9th, 2014 Tuesday evening from 6:30 - 9:30 Somerville Armory Cafe

We will be having a Yankee Swap/White Elephant gift exchange starting at 6:45. Participation is not mandatory but good times, happiness and laughs are much appreciated.

We are equal opportunity makers, welcoming any and all creative processes!
Everyone is welcome please come and bring a pal if you like.
Happy Holidays
love
to
make
YANKEE SWAP RULES:
No yarn (made items are cool : })
No purchasing the gift (regift is fine)
No food


MAKE OUT! on ravelry

amyloustein.com

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Posted by: Amy Lou Stein

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

SOMERVILLE SCATV SEEKS NEWS STAFF - December 10, 2014

Join the Somerville Neighborhood News team,
a community service production of SCATV.
If you care about local news and want to advance your skills, we invite you to sign up to learn how to professionally read from a teleprompter and a get a taste of what it's like to be a news anchor! This is a great way to volunteer and contribute to the City's only TV news show!

Details on getting involved:

News anchor training – Dec. 10, 6-7:30 pm
You must RSVP by Friday Dec. 5th to
News Director Jane Regan – news@scatvsomerville.org



​All the best,
Erica Jones​

--
Membership & Community Outreach Coordinator
connect. create. communicate.

Somerville Community Access TV
scatvsomerville.org
SCATV Facebook

Somerville Neighborhood News
somervilleneighborhoodnews.org
SNN Facebook

Boston Free Radio
bostonfreeradio.com
BFR Facebook
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Posted by: Erica Jones

MUDFLAT OPEN STUDIO & POTTERY SALE - December 5-14, 2014

Mudflat Open Studio & Pottery Sale
81 Broadway, East Somerville
near Sullivan Station on the Orange line

December 5-14, 2014
Opening Reception, Friday December 5, 6-10 pm

Featuring the functional & sculptural clay work of
96 Mudflat artists.
Purchase unique, affordable handmade pottery gifts
for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

For more info:
http://mudflat.org/general/sales.htm
--
Lynn Gervens
Executive Director
Mudflat Pottery School, Inc.
81 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
617-628-0589
www.mudflat.org
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BRICKBOTTOM ARTISTS BOOKS EXHIBITION - December 4 - January 16, 2015

Resonance: books in time II, from December 4, 2014 - January 16, 2015 in the Brickbottom Gallery. This is an exhibition of individual and collaborative artists' books by Ann Forbush, Ania Gilmore and Annie Zeybekoglu. Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6, 4-6pm.
Come join us!

Brickbottom Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday, noon - 5pm, www.brickbottom.com
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Posted by: "Brickbottom Artists Association"

ARTISAN'S ASYLUM WINTER OPEN STUDIOS - December 6-7, 2014

Artisan’s Asylum Winter Open Studios
December 6th 12-6pm & December 7th 12-4pm
10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Artisan’s Asylum is holding its third annual Winter Open Studios. It’s free, open to the public, and families are welcome. Dozens of makers, crafters, jewelers, engineers and artists will participate.

Come tour workshops and studios, observe demonstrations, and purchase unique artwork. Expect to see R2-D2, bizarre bikes, robots, collages, and other assorted shenanigans. Watch welders and jewelry workers first hand, take a tour, sign up for classes.

Artisan’s Asylum is one of the largest collaborative maker/art/hacker spaces in the USA, with robust shop facilities for and classes in a wide range of media including woodworking, metalworking, electronics, robotics, silk-screening and more.

Jess Muise
jess@artisansasylum.com
617-284-6878

Monday, December 01, 2014

SOMERVILLE HOMELESS COALITION BENEFIT - December 3, 2014

Join us this Wednesday for a great show to benefit the SOMERVILLE HOMELESS COALITION.

This will be a yearly event. It will be the first Wednesday of December & will feature a wide variety of local & visiting talent. The purpose is to raise funds for the Somerville Homeless Coalition while celebrating the diversity of live music in this wonderful space.

The line up will be added to & it will be a spectacular night.
Robbie O'Connell & Aoife Clancy, Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Maeve Gilchrist with Nic Gareiss, Ry Cavanaugh, Deadstring Ensemble, Danielle Miraglia & Tom Bianch, Cat in the Moon...with more to be added!

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RAFFLE FOR A GREAT HANDMADE QUILT

Also this year, we have a raffle for a queen size quilt lovingly hand-pieced & labeled by Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild. The back of the quilt features a sweet village scene with additional star blocks. For tickets go to: Raffle River

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So even though you can’t be there in person, you can still see the live show...

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AUTHENTIC MEXICAN BREAKFAST POP-UP - December 6, 2014

A Taste of Culinary Entrepreneurship: Authentic Mexican Breakfast Pop-Up!
This Saturday, Dec. 6, 9am-12pm
Kitchen Inc., 201 Somerville Ave. (across the street from Target)

FOR ONE DAY ONLY Estela Caldeza (Somerville Resident, Tu y Yo alum, and star Nibble Cooking Instructor) will be serving up piping hot tamales and spiced Mexican coffee at Kitchen Inc. This will be her third pop-up restaurant at the culinary incubator space, but her first breakfast event! Estela will be offering 2 fresh Tamales and a homemade beverage for just $10, available first come first serve. Tamale options are: Oxaquenos (chicken seasoned with yerba santa and chiles, wrapped in banana leaves), Mole (chicken with Estela’s famous mole sauce), or sweet Mexican chocolate tamale. Wash it all down with an authentic Cafe de la Olla (coffee sweetened with piloncillo and spiced up with cinnamon and orange zest) or a warm cup of Ponche (a hot holiday punch featuring hibiscus tea with apples, tamarind, and cinnamon). Que Rico! Our doors open at 9am -- line up early to satisfy your culinary cravings — and support Estela's culinary dreams. You know what they say - the early bird gets the tamale!


Rachel Strutt
Cultural Director
Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
www.somervilleartscouncil.org
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at
www.somervilleartscouncil.org/nibble
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

SOMERVILLE DECEMBER ARTIST OF THE MONTH - December 15, 2014

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the December Artist of the Month, Martha Friend.

“I work with found materials of every sort and description and create assemblages with them. I’m quite low tech although someday I plan to learn how to weld. I love to work with rust, old metal objects, ephemera, rocks, organic detritus of all kinds (milkweed, shells, driftwood), sparkly things, vintage finds, and old costume jewelry. I make dioramas, mobiles, wall pieces, sculptures, and some functional items like lamps and floor cloths….”

For a full interview and images go to: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artistmonth/friend

Congrats to all 12 2014 artists. And be sure to come to our event on Dec. 15 at the Armory cafe to celebrate and hear from all 2014 artists (more info to follow)

A special thanks to Tim Devin, Valeria Amato, Michael Epstein, and Jenn Harrington for coordination of this series.

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

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