Concert of Work by MCC Composers

October 31st, 2014

We are thrilled to share news of a concert featuring works by 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Composition Fellows & Finalists!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA
Doors open 7:00, Concert begins at 7:30

Composers:
Tamar Diesendruck
Derek Hurst
Evan Johnson
Ron Smith
James Bergin
Lou Bunk
David Kechley
Lew Spratlan

Works: Sixteen Cross Sections of Three Themes, 3 pieces for violin, Darkening Images, The What of the How, Supplement, Torsion for amplified viola and electronics, and Something Suspicious for bass clarinet and electronics.

The concert was organized by Lou Bunk and Derek Hurst and features Rane Moore on clarinet/bass clarinet. She is joined by Ashleigh Gordon (viola), Shaw Pong Liu and Emily Kalish (violins). The event is supported with funding by the Somerville Arts Council.

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Artists Under the Dome

October 29th, 2014

DSC00780 Artists Under the Dome The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition’s 8th Annual Artists Under the Dome event will be held Wednesday, November 12 from 10am–2pm in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. This event will provide artists of all disciplines with the opportunity to meet and become more engaged with legislators and their staff. There will be networking at a brown bag lunch, time for artists to visit their legislators’ offices, and an opportunity to watch the House in session. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Learn more and register.

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Commonwealth Reading Series at Back Pages Books in Waltham Oct 30

October 29th, 2014

The 2014 Commonwealth Reading Series continues at the Back Pages Books (Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7 PM, 289 Moody Street, Waltham MA). Event RSVP (optional).

The series highlights MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists in literature. The 10/30 event in Waltham features Carol Berg, Steven Edwards, Anna V.Q. Ross, Stephen Tapscott, and Linda K. Wertheimer. This reading, like all events in the series, is free and open to the public.

A brief sampling of work by Thursday’s featured writers and poets…

 

Learn more about the Commonwealth Reading Series.

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Problem-solving Artist Opportunities

October 28th, 2014

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“Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.” – famous quote by ArtSake (or possibly John Adams or Benjamin Franklin).

Short Fiction Entries are being accepted for the Indiana Review’s Fiction Prize. Winner receives $1,000 and publication. Roxane Gay will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words. Learn more. Questions, contact inreview@indiana.edu
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Call for Art The Cambridge Art Association is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Platinum. All mediums accepted: 2D, 3D and video multimedia work. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2014 (5pm)

Time-Based Digital Media The Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance is currently accepting entries for their exhibition, LEGEND: A Tribute to AIDS Awareness Month. The exhibition will coincide with World AIDS Day / AIDS Awareness Month through personal responses to contemporary notions of difference. This may include, but is not limited to, topics such as LGBTQIA issues, living with HIV/AIDS, or physical/mental health awareness. Artists/filmmakers can submit time-based digital media; submissions must be 15 minutes or shorter. Learn more. Questions, contact info@blaa.us
Deadline: November 16, 2014

Photographers Wheaton College is now accepting entries for their exhibition Wheaton Biennial 2015: Framing Photography. Work by artists in all stages of their careers will be considered. The juror is Kristen Gresh. They are seeking a diverse range of experimental work, collectively evoking an open-ended reconsideration of the boundaries of photography. Learn more.
Deadline: November 24, 2015

Artists and Writers Residency The Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown offers residencies to both writers and visual artists. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014 (Writing Fellowship)
Deadline: January 31, 2015 (Visual Arts Fellowship)

Individual Artists Support Grant The Adolph and Esther Gottleib Foundation is currently accepting applications for their Individual Support Grants. Applicants must have at least 20+ years of art-making, and a demonstrated financial need. Learn more.
Deadline: December 15, 2014

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Commonwealth Reading Series at Jones Library in Amherst Oct 28

October 24th, 2014

The 2014 Commonwealth Reading Series continues at the Jones Library (Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7 PM, 43 Amity Street, Amherst MA), in an event co-sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum.

The series highlights MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists in literature. The 10/28 event in Amherst features Sari Boren, Steven Cramer, and Joseph Spece, and we are honored to have Sabina Murray, who won an MCC fellowship in 2002, as a special guest. This reading, like all events in the series, is free and open to the public.

A brief sampling of work by Tuesday’s featured writers and poets…

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Learn more about the Commonwealth Reading Series.

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Artist Profile: Bob Oppenheim

October 23rd, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Artists Fellows and Finalists in Painting, October 28 – November 15, 2014 at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA (opening reception Thurs, Nov. 6, 6-8:30 PM). The installation will be curated by independent curator, FLUX.Boston creator, and NAC Board member Liz Devlin in collaboration with NAC Exhibitions Director Kathleen Smith Redman. Bob Oppenheim is one of the 15 painters that will be included in this exhibition. Let’s find out a little more about his work.

Flayed 12x9 2014 (3)

In 2003 I introduced sewing into my studio practice, a process that acted as a metaphor for loss and served as the perfect vehicle for conveying a feeling of transience, instability and uncertainty. Tearing, mending, destroying and repairing were all part of the process.

Levitas 10x8 2014 (4)

Needle marks scarred the surface and the stitches attached painted canvas, fabric and clothing to the ground. Sewing became the primary drawing tool. My sewing is crude: unrefined. A quilt maker who visited my studio told me that I do everything she tries not to do: so don’t ask me to hem a pair of pants.

Scramble 12x12 2014 (4)
As these paintings evolved dots emerged. They supported the linear structure, served as a means of attaching loose threads and acted as color notes which infused the paintings with a rhythmic structure. In some work holes in the canvas expose the panel and allow color to escape from the surface below.

Twitter 12x12 2014

The most recent work is conceptually cool and warm: they explore these contradictions. A field of color is constructed from layers of paint. The surface is modulated and cohabits with marks and a complex network of threads.

Whisper 12x9 2014

Most of my work is modest in scale. I want to develop a feeling of intimacy.
That sense of intimacy, brought to a level beyond my expectation was recently described by a person who recently purchased a very small painting. The owner carried it from one room to room much like a reliquary or icon. I love the unexpected.

Bob Oppenheim, 2014

Images courtesy Miller Yezerski Gallery. Photo credit: Will Howcroft. Bob Oppenheim’s paintings, from top to bottom: Flayed, 12″ x 9″, 2014; Levitas, 10″ x 8″, 2014; Scramble, 12″ x 12″, 2014; Twitter, 12″ x 12″, 2014; Whisper, 12″ x 9″, 2014.

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Commonwealth Reading Series Launches at Cambridge Public Library Oct 23

October 21st, 2014

This week, the 2014 Commonwealth Reading Series launches at Cambridge Public Library (Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7 PM, 449 Broadway, Cambridge MA).

The series highlights MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists in literature. This event features Susan Bernhard, William Giraldi, Tanya Larkin, Danielle Legros Georges, Thomas H. McNeely, and Karen Skolfield and, like all events in the series, is free and open to the public.

A brief sampling of work by Thursday’s featured writers and poets…

 

Learn more about the Commonwealth Reading Series.

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Artist Opportunities Back in the Day

October 21st, 2014

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The original Jamaica Plain Porchfest participants rocking out.

Call for Arts Advocacy Arts Matter Day is October 24. Arts matter in Massachusetts and should matter in our state elections. Now help MASSCreative prove it. Build the buzz around arts and cultural issues this election season and make the candidates take notice. Share your #ArtsMatter story by sharing this message with your networks. Learn more.

Short Fiction Glimmer Train Press is currently accepting entries for their Very Short Fiction Award. A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a very short story. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Exhibition Proposals The Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester seeks exhibition proposals for their 2015/16 season. A number of four-week exhibition slots are available for either year. Exhibition and curatorial opportunities are open to RNAC members and non-members. Solo shows and group exhibitions accepted. The space is suited for two-dimensional work and small sculpture; interested artists should be familiar with the space before submitting a proposal. Learn more. For guidelines, contact art@rockyneckartcolony.org

Call for Boston-Area Artists Under 30 The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking the work of artists from the Greater Boston area under the age of 30 years old. The 30 Under 30 Exhibition is designed to display and encourage the dialogue of 30 young artists in the Boston area. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2014

Massachusetts Artists Assets for Artists has announced its fall 2014 program cycle for artists living or operating their creative business anywhere in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines whose practice would benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. (Income and household asset guidelines also apply.) Learn more.
Deadline: November 7, 2014

Of Note: The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition’s 8th Annual Artists Under the Dome Event on November 12th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m at the Massachusetts State House.

Exhibition Proposals The Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI, is currently accepting exhibition proposals for solo and group shows for their 2015-2017 seasons. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

Northeast-based Playwrights All Northeast-based playwrights are invited to submit to The Provincetown Theater’s Winter Readings Series of original work. Plays may be collections of short plays, one-acts, or full length plays no longer than 90 minutes. Playwrights must be involved in the production of the reading. Plays may not have been previously staged. Learn more.
Deadline: December 2, 2014

Artist Residency Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine, offers a two-week residency program and intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. All of the studios will be staffed by technicians who can assist with projects, and residents can move between studios as needed. Learn more. Applications will not be accepted until January 1, 2015. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Image credit: From the J. Paul Getty Museum. Gerrit van Honthorst, Flemish, 1622, Oil on panel, 121 5/8 x 44 7/8 in.

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Anne Neely on the Stories of Water

October 20th, 2014


Anne Neely creates work for Water Stories, now on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 21), artist Anne Neely will be in conversation with Robert Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association, at The Broad Institute in Cambridge. The event is part of Catalyst Conversation, a series exploring the dialogue between art and science.

Stories Waters Tell: Anne Neely and Robert Zimmerman
Tuesday, October 21
6:00-7:00 pm
Reception to follow

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
7 Cambridge Center
Monadnock Room
Cambridge, MA 02142
RSVP here

Video: Water Stories from Bryan Barton on Vimeo.

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Artist Profile: Linda Mieko Allen

October 20th, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Artists Fellows and Finalists in Painting, October 28 – November 15, 2014 at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA (opening reception Thurs, Nov. 6, 6-8:30 PM). The installation will be curated by independent curator, FLUX.Boston creator, and NAC Board member Liz Devlin in collaboration with NAC Exhibitions Director Kathleen Smith Redman. Linda Mieko Allen is one of the 15 painters that will be included in this exhibition. We caught up with Linda to find out a little more about her work.

I have spent the last few years in the studio developing a process involving paint manipulation and transfer in combination with drawing. Recent work from the Figmenta series are ongoing investigations into concepts of place and displacement. Space, tensions, transitional states and contradictions are key elements in these hybrid works of paint manipulations and drawing. The works are very thin acrylic paint/ink film with other media on aluminum or wood panels which are dense but light at the same time, very detailed, serious and intense mark-making. I configure natural phenomena and formation and construct/deconstruct the invented scape/architecture physically and psychologically as to challenge and transform the viewers experience. You get glimpses of land formation and architectonics, yet as soon as you think you have discovered something recognizable, the work dissolves into abstraction… or a figment.

Figmenta refers to that which is momentary, fleeting or ghost like.

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