Arts & Culture Casting Calls for Oct. 4 to Oct. 10, 2018

Published: 10/3/2018 2:32:00 PM

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 for submission procedures and details.

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

Organizers of Scarecrow in the Park, the fall festival held every October in Bernardston’s Cushman Park, are seeking creative people to participate in this year’s scarecrow contest.

The two-day event will be held Oct. 20 and 21, and scarecrows must be in place by noon on Oct. 19, as judging will take place soon after. The five scarecrow categories are: scariest, funniest, prettiest, most interesting use of materials, and the rotating category, which is art this year. All categories come with a $100 prize for the winner. In addition, Bear Country Radio will award a $100 Big Y gift card to the maker of the best “Bearcrow.”

One $10 registration fee enters each scarecrow display in all six categories. Anyone of any age is welcome to participate. Money raised during Scarecrow in the Park will benefit the Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s scholarship fund.

Booths are also still available for artists, craftspeople and specialty food vendors. 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 Details are also available on the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page.

FAB Fashion Passion, the first Turners Falls event dedicated to the culture of high fashion, is seeking designers and boutiques to participate in an Oct. 13 fashion show.

The designer/boutique fee is $500 and includes visibility in FAB Fashion Passion advertising, participation in the catwalk show and space at the show venue.

For more information, contact Richie Richardson by phone at 413-863-5587 or 347-495-3935, or by email at Alternatively, visit

The ARTeens After School Program at the Shelburne Falls Art Garden is accepting applications until Oct. 10.

ARTeens is a pay-what-you-can after school program for teenagers who love making art. Each of the seven weekly sessions (starting the week of Oct. 23) provides extended art-making time and individualized instruction in a studio with professional supplies. The program emphasizes personal responsibility and self-direction. Teens explore and critique the world around them, develop their own voices and share ideas.

Applications are available at and at local schools. For more information, call 413-625-2782.

The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls is seeking submissions for a community exhibit called Talkin’ Trash, which will run from Nov. 10 to Dec. 8.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to make art about, with or from something that would normally be discarded. The Art Garden will accept one piece per person, or more if space is available. Size restrictions apply.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 3. Call 413-625-2782 with questions, if the artwork is large or if you are interested in doing a performance at the opening reception.


Children ages 5 and older, along with their parents or guardians, are invited to participate in the 34th annual “Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration” that will be performed at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Dec. 7, 8 and 9.

“Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration” is a family show; cast members are families in reality as well as on stage. The cast includes a third generation of performers.

Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11; and at the Shea Theater from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2.

For more information, email To see a video and pictures of past performances, visit


The Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts is holding rehearsals for its fall season on Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. in Northampton.

David Kaynor and Annika Amstutz direct the group. Musicians of all abilities, not just fiddlers, are invited to try a rehearsal at no charge.

Email for more information.


Eggtooth Productions is seeking proposals from artists for its 2019 Radical Interconnectedness Festival.

The production company invites stories that engage issues of race, age, gender, religion, economic class and other aspects of cultural identity that have been suppressed. A wide range of artistic expression will be considered such as music, dance, theatrical, visual, immersive and installation.

Commission is $500. Eggtooth will supply the venue, audience and promotions.

Email proposals to by Oct. 31.


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