Monday, January 09, 2006

10 Years, 100 Milestones!

10 Years, 100 Milestones!
Celebrating the special places & people of Essex County

Celebrate your organization!
2006 marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Essex National Heritage Area! To celebrate the
occasion, the ENHC will shine a spotlight on the 100 remarkable people, places and organizations that
make the Area such a special place to live - 100 Milestones!
Throughout the year, in all aspects of its work, the ENHC will honor the organizations, sites and events
that, over the last decade, have come to connect people to place in new and creative ways.</br>
You can play a role! We're accepting nominations for 100 Milestones that occurred in the
region during the last 10 years. What are milestones? They are stories about people and
organizations that have worked to foster a greater appreciation of our regional heritage and that have
enhanced the quality of life for all who live here. Organizations like yours! And people like you!

Mary Williamson
Submit Your Milestone!-


Some examples to inspire you:
The Wenham Museum, who through energetic programming, has evolved from a quiet historical society to a dynamic community-wide resource.

Harold Burnham / Essex Shipbuilding, who by continuing to work in a traditional industry while meeting modern demands, is helping to preserve distinctive regional heritage.

The Coastal Trails Coalition, a group of citizens from four communities who have joined together in an effort to re-invent old rail trails as bicycle and pedestrian trails for all to enjoy.

Peabody Essex Museum, who by re-imaging its role within the community, has instilled a greater sense of appreciation for the region's contribution to national and world history.

Send us your nomination!

Send ( in your Milestone nominations by January 31, 2006, and don't be too shy to nominate your organization. The 100 Milestones will be publicly
announced on June 1, 2006 at the ENHC's 10th Anniversary celebration event, featuring Senator
Edward M. Kennedy. The 100 Milestones will also be publicized in print and on the ENHC website
throughout the anniversary year. Email ( or call 978-740-0444 with any
questions or comments.

National Non-Toxic Printmaking Exhibit

Redbrick's upcoming show, "The Printed Image: A National Non-Toxic
Printmaking Exhibit" will feature a nationwide selection of printmakers
who are leaders of modern printmaking. Artists participating in this
exhibit are exploring and founding new, environmentally friendly and
health-minded techniques within a medium thousands of years old. Artists
from all over the country are joining Redbrick to support these new
developments in printmaking, and I urge you to join us and let the
community know about this great opportunity to see art history in the
making. Spread the word about this event by including it in your
website, calendar, bulletin board, or newsletter, and be sure to mark
the exhibit dates on your calendar so you can come and see it for

National artists Dan Weldon, founder of Solarplate printmaking; Marion
Behr, founder of the Electro Etch printmaking process; Susan Rostow,
creator of the Akua Kolor printmaking ink series; and Mitch Lyons,
leader in clay monoprinting are joined by local artists Gail Hercher of
Beverly, MA; Eleanor Appleyard of Marblehead, MA; and Suzie Papin of
Boxford, MA in this exciting event.

The Printed Image: A National Non-Toxic Printmaking Exhibit
Show on View: January 14 - March 3, 2006
Gallery: Redbrick Art Center | 95 Rantoul Street | Beverly, MA 01915

You can view the press release for this event at:

Please feel free to contact me with questions or to request images.


Joanna R. Heath
Redbrick Art Center
95 Rantoul St.
Beverly, MA 01984

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Essex National Heritage Commission

January 1, 2006

The Essex National Heritage Commission announces its 2006 Partnership Grant Round

The Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC) Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to foster collaboration between organizations that share the ENHC's mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources in the region. Since its creation in 1998, the program has awarded $1.2 million to 190 projects in 33 of 34 Essex National Heritage Area communities.

ENHC will be accepting Partnership Grant applications starting the first week of January. All grant information is posted on the ENHC website. Application guidelines, criteria, and forms will be mailed by request only. Non-profit organizations and municipalities that share the mission of ENHC are encouraged to apply.

More Information...
Introducing the Thomas M. Leonard Partnership Grant for Education The Thomas M. Leonard Partnership Grant for Education was established in recognition of founding ENHC President Tom Leonard and is designed to
nurture the future stewards of the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County. This annual grant will be awarded to a qualifying non-profit organization targeting under-served youth ages 8-16 in Essex County.

More Information...

Due Date has Changed
This year the due date for applications is March 1,2006. This is a change from previous years when the application was due the first week in April. ENHC will not be accepting applications after this due date.

More Information...
2006 Application is Printer Friendly
Application guidelines and criteria are now available in pdf format making it easier to print only the information you need. The application and budget forms are also in pdf format and can be filled out online and then printed.

More Information...

Please remember to send applications and proposals in before or on March 1st. ENHC looks forward to receiving many wonderful grant proposals from the great organizations and institutions throughout Essex County.

Ben Murphy
Essex National Heritage Commission

Monday, December 19, 2005

Call for Work

Frame 301
A Street-Side Art Installation at the 301 Gallery, Beverly, M.A.

Call for Work

Frame 301, a unique art installation space occupying the street-side window of Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, is seeking artist proposals for the 2006 calendar year. Although there is no theme to Frame 301, the project promotes innovative, original, and site-specific installations. Each of the selected artists will be exhibited for a month-long period, beginning in January 2006.

Interested artists please submit:

• Proposal for window installation, including a written description and visual examples
of how the artist intends the installation to appear.

• Resume with complete artist contact information.

Materials will be kept on file. If you would like your materials returned, please include a suitable self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The Basics
• Proposed projects must fit within the size dimensions of 8’7” x 18’ x 36”.

• Selected work must be on view for the duration of the month assigned to the artist.

• Selected artists agree to allow their installation to be photographed for media use with
the understanding that proper credit will accompany the images.

• Pending approval from the Beverly Cultural Council, a stipend of $50.00 will be
provided to each of the selected artists to offset the cost of materials.

All entries must be sent to the project manager for consideration at least two months before the proposal would be installed, pending selection. However, entries are accepted immediately for January and February installations.

Kristen Zeiser

Montserrat Gallery
23 Essex Street
P.O. Box 26
Beverly, MA 01915

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Artist Grants from Mass Cultural Council

The deadline for artists' grants from the MCC is
December 9th. I understand that the application for
these grants is very simple and straightforward.
Please go to the following URL for more information:

Disciplines eligible to apply in FY2006 are:
Drawing/Printmaking/Artist Books
Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Traditional Arts
Postmark Deadline: Dec. 9, 2005

These are individual artists' grants.


Absolutely Art Fest in Acton, MA, May 13, 2006. Location: Parker Damon School lobby and cafetorium, Acton, (new, attractive school with ample parking). We are seeking artists to submit three images for consideration in drawing, painting, sculpture, metal, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass, photography, paper and mixed media. The deadline for entries is February 15, 2006. Entry fee $25.00. The booth fee for accepted artists is $25.00 for 10?x10? space. Artists provide booths, tables, display units. No commissions taken. Requests for entry form to: Absolutely Art, P.O. Box 753, Acton, MA 01720-0753, or download form at:

From John Caggiano

Senate Bill Lets Artists Claim Price for Gifts
Artists who donate their work to a museum would earn a tax deduction based on full fair market value under the measure.

Currently such work receives only a deduction based on the cost of materials unless it is donated posthumously by the estates.

The measure was approved as an amendment to a broader $59.6 billion tax relief bill passed by the Senate early Friday. It now goes to a House-Senate conference committee. The House version of the tax relief bill does not include the arts provision, but the senators who introduced the amendment - Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Pete V. Domenici, a New Mexico Republican - said they were hopeful that the committee would support it.

Under the bill, artists could donate their work during their lifetimes at full market value provided that it is properly appraised and handed over at least 18 months after it is created.

The provision seems likely to open the way for more acquisitions by cash-strapped museums. "It's very important for cultural institutions and libraries to be able to be the recipient of these works of art that otherwise might go into private hands," said Mimi Gaudieri, the executive director of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

"Especially for small to midsize institutions with modest acquisition funds, as a gift from the artists, it's a great opportunity to enhance their collections," Ms. Gaudieri said.

The donated work must be related to the purpose or function of the museum or charitable organization receiving the donation.

Mr. Schumer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, said the measure would even the playing field for arts donors. "Right now, artists are better off waiting until after they die to donate their works to a charity or a museum," he said, adding that the amendment "fixes that problem and treats artists the same as anyone else who works hard and wants to donate something to charity at the fair market or appraised value."

Arts professionals described the measure as long overdue. "Artists donate to cultural nonprofits or other nonprofits, and all they get is the cost of their materials," said Tom Healy, president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which represents arts groups downtown. "If you have a painting that's worth $5,000, you may be able to deduct $20 for the canvas."

As long as the work is physically tangible, it can be contributed as a deduction, said Robert L. Lynch, president and chief executive of Americans for the Arts, an advocacy group. "A score has value just like a painting," he said.

Applying the provision may present challenges for the Internal Revenue Service, given that appraising a work of creativity is often a highly subjective process. "It's a pretty new day in tax policy," said Dean A. Zerbe, a senior tax lawyer and investigator for the Senate Finance Committee. "It has the potential for people to want to go back and expand it."

He suggested that some professionals might seek a deduction for a product like a legal brief or a medical operation. "It's something the house will have to look at closely," Mr. Zerbe said.

The bill also comes with stricter rules for the qualifications of appraisers. "The public is now going to be made aware of what a qualified appraiser is," said Fran Zeman, the former chairwoman of the personal property committee of the American Society of Appraisers. "It's important for everyone to understand the importance of using someone who is qualified."

Ms. Zeman said that noncash contributions to charitable groups are often overvalued. The Internal Revenue Service has grappled with the valuation of donations ranging from automobiles to frequent-flier miles.

Mark W. Everson, the I.R.S. commissioner, raised that issue in testimony last spring before the Senate Finance Committee. "Valuation issues are often difficult," he said. "Overvaluations may arise from taxpayer error or abuse as well as from aggressive taxpayer positions."

From Pat Lowrey Collins

In brief "Mother & Child" is a concert of motets, mass settings, and music of Hanukkah and Christmas. Some carols you'll know, some will be new to you… they are all "Joyful Music of the Season." The singers will be joined by piano, organ, bassoon and 2 flutes! Please join us on either Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham, 149 Asbury St., Hamilton, or on Dec. 4 at 4:00 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church,166 High St., Newburyport.
Tickets will be available at the door or you can purchase them from me or online and receive a discount. Adults $20Seniors $15, 21 and under free. Details are at Cantemus.
We've been working long and hard to prepare this concert and truly hope you'll be able to share it with us.
Pat Collins

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Welcome to the New NSAA Artists Information Blog!

This new blog has been set up for the Artist Members of the North Shore Arts Association of Gloucester Massachusetts. On it members can post information about their latest awards and accomplishments, openings of exhibitions, workshops they will be conducting, etc. etc.

To have access to this blog you need to have a free membership set up which you can do by emailing Kathleen at Once you have your access information and instructions you can post as you like. Anyone - artist member or not - can post comments to the entries by using the Comment link at the bottom of each post. All posts will be archived and saved for six months. You can also add pictures to your posts by using the photo feature on the Create screen.

If you are not comfortable posting to the internet, you may still send your announcements by snail mail or email to Kathleen or to the Gallery Director.

Thanks for participating.