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Monday, October 30, 2017

Kingston Gallery, Artist Call- Gray Area

Call for Artwork: Gray Area 

Juried by a committee of six Kingston Gallery artists: 
Mira CantorSusan EmmersonJulie S GrahamVeronica A PérezJamal Thorne, and Chantal Zakari

Kingston Gallery is calling for new work for an exhibition entitled Gray Area. In such a time of great uncertainty there is a growing feeling of unease; we reside in the spaces between a world of absolutes. The collection of work in Gray Area addresses a range of situations not readily conforming to an existing set of rules. As the color gray encompasses a multitude of mutable tonalities, both coloristically and metaphorically, the show will offer some creative clarity.
Gray Area 
Online Submission DeadlineNovember 22, 2017 by 5:00 pm 
NotificationDecember 15, 2017 by email
Delivery of Work
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm  
Monday, January 29, 2018, 10:00 am-2:00 pm 
ExhibitionJanuary 31-February 25, 2018 
Opening ReceptionFebruary 2, 2018, 5:00-8:00 pm
Pick-up Work
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm 
Monday, February 26, 2018, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Number of entries allowed per artist: up to 5 images
Submission Fee: $35.00
All media will be considered. Submission is by online jpegs that should not exceed 1200 pixels in the longest dimension and should not exceed 5MB. Selected artwork must be dropped off and picked up at the gallery; no shipping. The gallery is not responsible for damage to artwork that is poorly displayed or damaged in transit. All 2D work should be ready to hang, and works on paper must be framed. Artists are responsible for the display of digital media (monitors, etc) and 3D work must include a list of needs such as pedestals, mounts, etc. There is no minimum size requirement, but once installed, work may not exceed 6 feet in height. The gallery will take a 50% commission. Artwork must represent the jpegs submitted online, and, if framed, look professional: i.e., no clip frames. Please email with any questions. 
A maximum of 5 entries per artist may be submitted for consideration.  
Please prepare carefully; no revisions are possible after submission is complete.
Submit Here

“By Artists, For Artists” Survey closes on November 1st! Make your voice heard!

“By Artists, For Artists” Survey closes on November 1st! Make your voice heard!

Calling Massachusetts artists of all disciplines! 
The “By Artists, For Artists” Survey closes on November 1st!
Make your voice heard!
And urge others to take the survey!
MALC needs your answers to be able to advocate to policy makers!

Take the “By Artists, For Artists” Survey

To take the survey and how to spread the word:
Artmorpheus and the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC), have collaborated to create on-line tool, By Artists for Artists, to better determine how many artists of all disciplines, makers, and creative entrepreneurs are living and working in Massachusetts and to better assess their needs.
The survey is using a broad and inclusive definition of artists working in all disciplines. It encompasses: visual artists, musicians, composers, writers, poets, playwrights, new media artists, film makers, crafts people, actors, singers, performance artists, graphic designers, lighting designers, dancers, choreographers, and the like. The 2017 survey was also expanded to include makers and creative entrepreneurs*.
The project builds on the 2009 "Stand Up and Be Counted" project, the first-ever Massachusetts statewide survey of working artists of all disciplines. The 3,500 working artists who participated in the 2009 survey helped to change policies to benefit the communities of the creative sector.
This privately funded survey tool has three goals and key uses: 1) it is an online questionnaire tool that can act a survey  and collect data from of individual artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs 2) it is an online questionnaire tool that can act as an economic impact study of individual artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs on a state level, local-city/town level, and a discipline level. 3) it is an online questionnaire tool that can act as a census of individual artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs on a state level, local-city/town level, and a discipline level.
Cities & Towns and organizations can use this free tool as a census of its creative sector, as a tool to inform its policy making, and to grow their creative economy!
Everyone’s help is needed in getting the word out across the Commonwealth. Unlike many studies, all of the aggregate data collected from this tool will be shared.
The project is funded in part by grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and private donations. One must be a resident of Massachusetts to complete the survey. If you would like more information, please contact the Kathleen Bitetti or Liora Beer at
For more in depth information, please see the press release

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Creative Opportunity

Looking for performers to act as human pedestals at the reception of the exhibit Restructured at Nave Annex in Somerville 

WHEN:  Friday, November 17, 5-8 pm

WHERE:  Nave Annex, 53 Chester Street, Davis Square Somerville

WHAT:  Perform as Unidentified Women during the reception of the upcoming exhibit Restructured, featuring artworks that question the definition of feminist art. Included will be 4 of my wearable headwear sculptures that examine the forces that have shaped women’s identities since the 18th century. For the reception we are looking for three participants to act as human pedestals. They will stand motionless, draped with something nondescript from the neck down (that I will provide), and be placeholders for the hat sculptures. Since one isn’t able to see out of the hats, you won’t be walking around. Instead the models will stand still and subtly change their position every few minutes without warning creating for the viewer a sense of uncertainty and mystery about who or what is present, or not.

WHO:  If this sounds like fun and you would like to participate, please contact Jodi Colella at for more information about the exhibit and performance. We will need four individuals to act as pedestals for four of the headwear pieces.

Visit to see more about these artworks and the performance at Historic Northampton last year.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Knitted, crocheted and sewn donations wanted to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition

Knitted, Crocheted and Sewn Donations Wanted to Benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition
November 1-17, 2017
The Nave Gallery is seeking knitted, crocheted, and sewn donations for the 10th annual Wrap Around, our sale of affordable handmade goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC).

Each year, through the generosity of our community, we raise approximately $3,000 for the Somerville Homeless Coalition. We are looking for donations of gloves, hats, scarves, toys or anything else that you have fun making!

Learn more
Contributions can be dropped off from November 1-17, 2017 at the following locations:

Nave Annex53 Chester St, Somerville, MA (you can leave it in the vestibule if the gallery is not open)
Workbar Union31 Union Square, Somerville, MA (Monday-Friday8:30 am-5:30 pm)
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Giving@First:: A 24-Hour Play Festival for Hurricane Relief

​Theatre@First takes the stage with six brand new short plays to raise money for hurricane disaster relief!

Giving@First: A 24-Hour Play Festival for Hurricane Relief
Saturday, October 14th at 8pm
Suggested Donation $20

Giving@First is a one-night-only festival of short plays that will be created from page to stage within a 24-hour period. Our talented team of more than 20 writers, directors, and actors will scramble overnight and all day long to create a full festival from scratch! This play-in-a-day event will be a unique experience to see live theatre that is fun, frantic, unforgettable, and for an important cause!
All donations and sales collected at this event will be given to Americares' Hurricane Disaster Relief efforts, which directly aids survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. For every $10 they receive, Americares provides $200 in aid. Help us make a difference in the lives of those in need.
To learn more about Americares and their work, visit their website,
For more information about Giving@First, visit

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

GrownUp StoryTime - Share your Short Stories...

We're looking for stories for the monthly GrownUp StoryTime.  Send us your stories for the Ghostly GhUST and hear them read aloud on October 26th 7-8 pm @Aeronaut Brewery.

Not sure what this is all about?  Keep reading....

Call for writers/storytellers Grown Up Story Time is an hour of funny, heartwarming, crazy, amazing stories read aloud.
Where do those stories come from?....YOU
What we need from you: Stories!! Fact/Fiction - and everything in between, we want your stories!
Do you have a classic go-to story you tell to all your new friends? A story that your significant other can recite verbatim? Are you a closeted Oprah fan fiction writer? Time to write it down and share it with a new audience. Or perhaps something you are embarrassed to tell but would make a great "Anonymous" submission.
Stories that are chosen will be distributed among curated readers who will read them aloud at the next Grown Up Story Time event. See your story come to life and hear it with a new voice...
Tips to make your story stand out: Stories typically take from 3 to 10 minutes to read, which means max word count is about 1500 and shorter is definitely better (7-8 stories will be read at the event so time is a thing.) Think about your reader - punctuation/grammar should express your voice not your eight-grade English teachers (or your three year old brothers). We aren't judging just trying to make it easier on the reader. Topics? Anything goes. Remember this is Grown-Up story time. We can handle anything you throw at us. Please send stories to (stories received before October 15th will be considered for the October 26th show)

Friday, October 06, 2017

Voice Lab: A Workshop in Voice & Movement Exploration & Experimentation with Mali Sastri on Saturday 10/14 @ Third Life Studio

Voice Lab: 
A Workshop in Voice & Movement Exploration & Experimentation
with Mali Sastri

       Saturday October 14th10:30-4:30pm
       $100 ~ a limited number of sliding scale spots available
                  on an as-needed basis
      For more information or to register, email

a laboratory for all things VOICE
• a space to explore and experiment with the intersections between Voice, Movement, and Psyche
• for anyone - nonsingers to professionals - seeking to discover and recover aspects of the physical as well as metaphorical voice

The voice is a unique instrument ~ player and played-upon are one and the same. The voice reflects both psychic and physical states and has the ability to convey simultaneously both what you mean and how you mean it.

Through guided exploration, improvisatory games, and combined vocal and movement exercises, Mali Sastri leads a workshop grounded in the expressive arts modality of Voice Movement Therapy, aiming to increase vocal flexibility, dexterity, relaxation, confidence and trust in the power of your own, authentic voice, and to forge a deeper emotional and psychological connection to the words and sounds you sing and speak.

Bringing  years of teaching and performing experience, Mali (a registered VMT practitioner, and a singer and composer) provides a safe and supportive environment for exploration and creativity.


THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of 
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square--
next to Union Square Tailoring, three doors away from 
Grooves, across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank 
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from 
Citizens Bank--and next to the new Workbar location).

For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

Thursday, October 05, 2017

LCC grant applications are due on Oct. 16th

Hello.  Somerville artists and organizations only a long week until the LCC grant applications are due on Oct. 16th.  

As you know the Somerville Arts Council distributes approximately $50,000 each year in local cultural council grants to the community.    This year is no different.  

If you have an idea for a high school art residency, a public art project, or simply want a fellowship to support your own work, an LCC grant is the answer.    Projects can apply up to $3,000 and fellowships up to $2,000.    The application is simple—around 10 questions, a straightforward budget, and a request for support material you should already be in possession.   

And you must read our local guidelines first:  

If you have questions, call us---but read our local guidelines prior to calling!!

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

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