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Casting Calls: creative opportunities

CASTING CALLS is a free listing of creative opportunities in our area that runs on a weekly Entertainment page. Items must include relevant dates to be run. The deadline is the previous Thursday, by 8 a.m. Email is the best way to submit, features@recorder.com. Questions? Call (413) 772-0261, ext. 276.

Artists

STONELEIGH-BURNHAM SCHOOL Arts Department is accepting submissions for individual or group shows for 2013-2015. The gallery exhibits two shows per year, mid-September through October or early January through February. Exhibits use from 80 to 130 linear feet of wall-space. Artists must present a gallery talk to the school community. Women artist encouraged to apply. Send a cd of jpeg images resume, statement of interest, and/or a weblink to Linda Mahoney, Art Department chair at lmahoney@sbschool.org by Feb. 25.

THE GREENFIELD GATEWAY SCULPTURE Project announces its first competition for sculptures designed to welcome visitors and residents to Greenfield. Over the next four years, the Project plans to site four sculptures in key areas around town. The first sculpture will be placed on Deerfield Street on the open area near the corner of Meridian Street in the fall 2013. Open to all Pioneer Valley artists. Applications, including two or three dimensional models of the planned sculpture, are due on Feb. 4. The applications are available by contacting Project Chair Susan Worgaftik at suworg@comcast.net.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY is accepting applications from artists for rotating exhibits in the Lane Reading Room. The Lane Room offers approximately 30 linear feet of wall space and use of the adjacent open shelving. Application packets available at the library or online at www.sunderlandpublic-library.com.
665-2642.

Grants

THE XEC FOUNDATION seeks grant applications from local, qualified nonprofit organizations. Applicants must be located in western Massachusetts and have a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status. Established in 1992 by Peter Laird, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Northampton-based foundation has awarded in excess of 2.7 million dollars since its first grant cycle. Grants are $5,000 and under. There is no set focus, but proposals that support the arts, children or literacy are of particular interest.

Deadline is Jan. 31. More information available at www.xericfoundation.org.

Miscellaneous

HISTORIC DEERFIELD is interviewing for Guides. They are seeking individuals who like working with people and who are interested in history, museums, or the decorative arts to apply to become museum guides. Contact Amanda Rivera Lopez, Director of Museum Education and Interpretation to find out more about guiding at Historic Deerfield. arlopez@historic-deerfield.org, 775-7216. www.historic-deerfield.org.

NASAMI FARM is trying to locate local artisans creating garden-related products to carry in its Garden Shop. Local artisans creating hand-blown hummingbird feeders and vases, hand-thrown ceramic pots and vases, hand-forged pot hangers, and other locally produced garden-related products are encouraged to contact Terry Morrow with images and pricing at
tmorrow@newengland-wild.org.

Singers

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY CHORUS, under the direction of Crystalline Ruby Muse, is seeking singers for its Winter Season. The chorus’ repertoire will include songs from a wide-range of musical genres. No auditions required. Chorus rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in Greenfield through March 19. A Spring Concert will take place March 23. Tuition is $80 to $120 sliding scale, $60 students and seniors. For more information or to register, contact Muse at 339-4299 or crystallineruby@yahoo.com or www.greenfieldcommunity chorus.com.

KEENE N.H. BARBERSHOP CHORUS is looking for men who love to sing. Meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the basement of UCC Church, white church at north end of Main Street, Keene, N.H. Guests welcome. For more information, call Gary Regan at 413-648-9470 or www.nedistrict.org/keene.

MAK’HELA, the Jewish Chorus of Western Mass., Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton. Choral singers for all voice parts. Mak’hela performs diverse music from Jewish heritage: classical tradition, sacred and secular music, folk and world music, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. Rehearsal every Tuesday evening. 567-3297, www.makhela.org.

SINGING BOWL GROUP, Himalayan Views, in the Tibetan Plaza, 265 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, invites the public to a singing bowl group the first Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your own bowls, or play ours. Learn how to make them sing and play as a group for relaxation and healing. All welcome, including children. Free. 665-5550.

Writers

DEADLINE EXTENDED for Slate Roof Press Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winner will become an active member of the press and will have his/her chapbook published by Slate Roof, a member runt for profit collaborative. They publish limited edition, art quality chapbooks with letterpress covers; beautiful books by an award-winning bookmaker. Winners make a three-year commitment to the press, including monthly meetings in Greenfield, and share work responsibilities for many aspects of publishing. $20 reading fee. Deadline Feb. 15. For full contest guidelines: www.slateroofpress.com.

LOCAL AUTHORS: Himalayan Views, The Tibetan Plaza, 265 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, seeks published books written by local authors. We currently sell titles by several local authors in addition to large selection of Buddhist-related material. Email himalayanviews@gmail.com or call 665-5550.

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