Monday, May 6, 2013
Gere performs chamber music, composes wacky puppet shows and teaches string instruments elementary school students.
Marji Gere, a violinist with the Boston Public Quartet, has been named May's Artist of the Month by the Somerville Arts Council. Gere teaches string instruments to elementary school students in Mattapan and works with pianist Dan Sedgwick to perform recitals, explore xenharmonic tunings and compose puppet shows, according to an announcement from the Arts Council. She also directs "An Exciting Event," described as "an unwieldy and wacky chamber ensemble of musician-puppeteers." She has degrees in music and English from University of Iowa and a master's degree in arts education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the announcement says. Somerville Arts Council Launches 'Artist of the Month' Series Susan Berstler Chosen as …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Anyone can participate, and there will be prizes.
With Somerville Open Studios happening the first weekend of May, two Somerville residents are embarking on an ambitious project: to map all public art in the city of Somerville. They're not doing it alone. In fact, they could use your help. Emily Bhargava and Luisa Beck, along with the Somerville Arts Council, are organizing a scavenger hunt that takes place during the month of May. Its aim is to create a map that catalogues the city's public art. The idea started because "both of us wanted this map," said Bhargava. Somerville is filled with murals, statues, monuments, mosaics, stained glass and other works of art, some of them in well-traveled locations, some of them tucked away. They're asking people to find a piece of artwork, take a …
Monday, April 1, 2013
A Somerville novelist, short story writer and essayist is the Somerville Arts Council's April Artist of the Month.
Ben Brooks, author of The Icebox, a novel, along with more than 80 short stories and essays, has been named Artist of the Month by the Somerville Arts Council. Brooks' work has been published in the Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, The Florida Review, Chicago Review, American Short Fiction, Other Voices, Confrontation, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, according to an email from the Somerville Arts Council. His work has won the Nelson Algren Award and the O. Henry Prize, the announcement says. Brooks has a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and he's currently a teacher and senior writer-in-residence at Emerson College, …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Blatman's work has been featured in magazines and online, and she recently participated in a two person show at Northeastern University.
Resa Blatman, whose work often depicts nature and eleboarte, colorful designs, is the March Artist of the Month, according to an announcement from the Somerville Arts Council. Blatman has had her work featured in numerous magazines and online journals, and she recently participated in a two-person show, "Landscape Remade," at Northeastern University, the announcement says. Blatman holds an MFA in painting from Boston University and has taught graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 1997, according to the announcement. The Somerville Arts Council selects artists of the month throughout the year, and in December it will hold a public reception to honor all 12 artists. You can see more of Blatman's work at her …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Check out some scenes from this past weekend's Somerville Copy Cat Festival.
Hundreds of cat lovers, some young, some old, attended not one, but two shows at the first ever Somerville Copy Cat Festival, put on by the Somerville Arts Council. The show, which took place Sunday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, featured cat stories, a costume contest, face painting, a show of locally produced cat videos, and even a famous cat: The Red Line's Stroller Cat. Also, check out some photos of the Copy Cat Festival here, and feel free to add your own photos and videos.
The Somerville Copy Cat festival hosted by the Somerville Arts Council drew cat lovers from all over Greater Boston to Highland Avenue on Sunday.
The first (annual?) Somerville Copy Cat festival hosted by the Somerville Arts Council drew cat lovers from all over Greater Boston to the Arts at the Amory on Highland Avenue on Sunday. With time for cat storytelling, locally produced cat videos, a cat costume contest, face painting and more, and an appearance from "Stoller Cat," the Red Line famous feline, the festival was a sight to see. Check out the photos to see some of the sights from the festival. Also, feel free to add your own.
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Brazilian native and Somerville resident has performed for the president of Brazil, played at Carnegie Hall and traveled the world with his music.
The Somerville Arts Council has announced its February artist of the month: Precussionist Marcus Santos. Here's what the Arts Council says about Santos: A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus Santos is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown’s Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. Marcus performed for the president of Brazil, TEDx and with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. He has been honored with the Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music in 2004. Marcus has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for social change in universities and conventions…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The cooking series will teach students cooking techniques and recipes from around the world.
Saturday, January 19
The Somerville Arts Council has announced it's launching a new cooking series called "Culinary Travels." The cooking series will teach students how to make dishes from around the world, all with ingredients found right here in Somerville. Here's the list of classes from the Somerville Arts Council: Nibble started with a blog about food and culture in Union Square. The blog spawned a book, and now we are thrilled to extend Nibble to include culinary classes. Yes indeed, we are teaming up with Home- made Modern Co. (formerly City Chicks) and Kitchen Inc. in Union Square to launch a new series of cook- ing classes! Here is your chance to take a culinary spin around the globe by learning how to craft beautiful sushi, make a traditional Nepali …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Berstler is known for her work at the Nave Gallery and Project MUM.
Somerville artist Susan Berstler, a visual artist known for her work at Teele Square's Nave Gallery and for Project MUM, where people dance under the McGrath Highway, has been chosen as they city's January artist of the month. The Somerville Arts Council officially announced its selection on Jan. 7, according to an email from the city arts organization. The Somerville Arts Council will select artists of the month throughout the year, and in December it will hold a public reception to honor all 12 artists. If you're interested in Berstler's work, check out her website.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Organizers are seeking entries. You and your cat could be famous.
UPDATE, JAN 15: The Somerville Copy Cat Festival has changed its venue. It will now take place at The Center for Arts at the Armory. Cat lovers, and lovers of cat YouTube videos, your time has come. The Somerville Arts Council and SCATV are planning the first ever Somerville Copy Cat Festival, which will feature cat videos, cat photos, cat limericks and cat stories. The festival takes place Feb. 17 at Uniun in Union Square, and organizers are seeking entries. Here's the announcement from the Somerville Arts Council: Somerville Copy Cat Festival 4-6pm, Feb. 16th, 2013, Uniun, 3 Sanborn Court, Union Square Co-produced by the Somerville Arts Council and SCATV as part of the ArtsUnion Winter Series Call for Cat Videos, Cat Photos, Cat …