Arts & Culture Casting Calls for July 12 to July 18, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Exploded View, a dynamic group of women artists and writers working together to create original performance and exhibitions, is curating a community art show called “PaperJam: A Month-Long Riff on Paper,” to premier at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls during the month of September.

Artists living in western Massachusetts are invited to submit artwork on, about or related to paper, its personal or local significance or their creative interpretation thereof.

To participate, email up to three JPEG images, with a brief description of each, including the title, dimensions and materials, along with your name, address and phone number, to explodedviewma@gmail.com by Aug. 22. The drop-off date for accepted work will be Sept. 1, with a reception on Sept. 9. Participants who are able to donate $5 to help with reception costs may do so at drop-off time, but there are no submission fees.

The Shelburne Arts Co-opinvites inquiries from local artists who are interested in submitting work for jury as potential working members. All art and craft media are considered.

Submissions will be considered until Nov. 30. Visit www.shelburneartscoop.com for submission procedures and details.

For more information, contact Flo Rosenstock by phone at 413-256-1840, by email at sac01370@gmail.com or visit the Shelburne Arts Co-op at 26 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls.

Northampton-based PaintBox Theatreis presenting “Pirates” and “The Little Mermaid” this summer, and is seeking child artists to paint pictures that will be projected onto an overhead screen as part of each performance.

To participate, first email pbtpics@gmail.com stating which show your child/children would like to make artwork for. Children can choose a picture from a list, or have a picture assigned to them. Though children can select three pictures, only one will be assigned to them.

Finished pictures should be scanned and then emailed, along with a photo of the child with his/her artwork.


Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery is looking for bands to perform at its Burger Fest on Saturday, July 21.

For more information, email deniseEbarstow@gmail.com, call 413-586-2142 or visit the store at 172 Hockanum Road in Hadley.


The Ashfield FilmFest is accepting short films for its September competition. This year, the event is branching out to include residents of Shelburne and Buckland.

Residents of Shelburne, Buckland or Ashfield can submit a film five minutes or less about any topic. Nonresidents can submit a five-minute film, but must reference Ashfield somehow in the film (such as being set in Ashfield or including an Ashfield resident).

Submissions are due Aug. 3. All films must conform to a PG rating and be suitable to general audiences. Music must be original, public domain or used with written permission from the copyright holder. Full written permissions, including the participants, copyrighted materials and music, must be submitted with the entry. Entrants retain all copyrights for their materials.

Submit full resolution HD copies of your movie as a .mov or .m4v data file on either a USB drive or on a data DVD. Submissions are non-returnable.

Submit videos along with an entry form by mail to Ashfield FilmFest, P.O. Box 337, Ashfield, MA 01330. Visit bit.ly/2HHqsNx for more information or for an entry form.


Poets on the East and West coasts are invited to submit poems for publication in “Land’s End: A Bi-Coastal Poetry Anthology.”

This is a general poetry anthology, so no theme is required. Poets can submit up to three poems each, at 100 lines or less, by July 25 by emailing landsendpoetry@gmail.com.

Poets should write their state of residence in the subject line, include their submissions as attachments, and also paste the text into the body of their email. Submissions must be accompanied by a short one- to two-line biography about the poet written in the third person.


Footlights at the Falls is looking for help with its set and sound for the September production of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Ushers will also be needed.

Performances will be held Sept. 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 at Shelburne’s Memorial Hall. For more information, contact producer Jackie Walsh at 413-625-9413.


The Bernardston Kiwanis Club is seeking artists, craftspeople and specialty food purveyors for its two-day Scarecrow in the Park event on Oct. 20 and 21.

The booth fee for the two-day weekend is $45 per 10-by-10-foot space and $70 for a 10-by-20-foot space. It is expected that artists will commit to the whole weekend, however, a limited number of single-day applications will be accepted at the full weekend price.

To receive an application for booth space in a Word or PDF format, or if you have questions, email scarecrowinthepark@gmail.com. Details are also available on the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page.

Organizers of the Montague Old Home Days, scheduled for mid-August, are seeking vendors. To register or for more information, call Peg Bridges at 413-367-2061.


The Annual League of Women Voters Book Sale starts July 27. Donate books by dropping them off at Fort River School, 70 South East St. in Amherst, through July 15.

Call 413-800-5897 or email trishfarr45@gmail.com for more information.