Distinguished poet John Hodgen will give a reading of his work on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm at The Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton, MA. The reading is offered by the Princeton Arts Society in conjunction with its annual Small Works Holiday Show and Sale. Hodgen, who teaches English and creative writing at Assumption College in Worcester, is the award-winning author of four volumes of poetry. Among other awards, he has won the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, the Bluestem Award, and the Balcones Poetry Prize.He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. This event is made possible by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Sheehan Hall, a new dormitory currently under construction at WSU, has been allotted spaces (and money) for the installation of new art. Preference will be given to Worcester artists (teaming with one is permitted). The Worcester State University Art Committee, charged with the selection of the proposals, is calling for works that are either large-scale and permanently incorporated into the building's design, or for smaller works that are demountable and independent of the wall surface.
The full call for proposals, with all details and requirements, can be found here.
Each artist selected will enter into a contract with the Massachusetts State College Building Association, and shall be paid a commission of up to $5,000 if selected to produce and install their piece.
For more information, contact: architect Lisa Ferreira Q&A period ends December 12, 2013 Submit by Monday, January 6th, 2014
Below are the details of our annual Small Works Show and Holiday Sale. Please consider including some of your work for sale in the show, and/or donating a work for the PAS to sell for its own benefit. Your contribution will help fund workshops and presentations throughout the year. 6 x 6” canvases are available in the PAS Room at the Princeton Center if you would like to use one to create a painting to donate.
Dropoff days for show items are Saturday, November 30 from 1 to 5 pm, and Tuesday, December 3 from 9 am to noon.
And whether you participate in the show or not, please come!
Len Haug reports that he was awarded an Honorable Mention for a paper mosaic painting of a Princeton scene titled "The Corner Maple" at the 64th Annual Newton Public Library Awards Show. In addition, "Hanging Out" was juried into the highly competitive Frances N. Roddy Open Juried Show in Concord. Lastly, "Morning Sunlight Knocking on My Cottage Door" (image not included) was juried into and awarded 2nd Place at the 5th Annual Friends of the Agawam Public Library Art Exhibit.
Hey Day was very successful in spite of the uncertainty of early morning weather. While the number of attendees may have been lower than last year, there was a good turnout. The use of two rooms in the Crocker House and the adjacent classroom (instead of the large barn) worked out really well and it seemed that throughout the day we had a steady flow of traffic moving in and out of all three "galleries." We had over 25 participating artists and over 65 pieces of art on display, not counting the work on exhibit by our demonstrating artists (Andrea Driscoll, Pam Short, and Heather March). We sold over twelve pieces of art and were able, as a result, to also call this event a financially successful undertaking for some of our artists, for the Society, and for Mass Audubon (with whom we share the monies raised).
I would like to thank the following members for their assistance in making this event so successful, starting with Janice Rayner, who helped me throughout all phases of the event. I would also like to thank Diane Ulman Pedersen for the use of her panels that made it possible to exhibit all of the work, to Lou and Mary Trostel for their staffing of Gallery "3", to Judy Tyler for marketing and promoting the show, to Claire Golding and Beth Mellor for their communications support, and to Naoko Gomi for her help in accounting for all of the deposits and disbursements associated with the show.
Of course the show could never have taken place without the participation of our artists. Thanks to all of our artists (including new PAS members Sharon Koski, Debra Luoma, Nancy McBride, and Stephen Stimson). A special thanks to Jean Murphy who generously donated a painting titled "Birches of Princeton" with all proceeds benefiting the Princeton Arts Society. The raffle was limited to 25 tickets at $5.00 per chance. Jean also staffed the raffle table while promoting the upcoming Portrait Marathon.
Exhibiting and demonstrating artists included Bayda Asbridge, Bruce Dean, Judy Dino, Andrea Driscoll, Mary Dunn, Len Haug, Ann Howe, David Hummon, George Kelley, Naida Knox, Sharon Koski, David Lucht, Debra Luoma, Heather March, Nancy McBride, Lori MacDonald, Jean Murphy, James O'Rourke, Diane Pedersen, Linda Phelps, Joann Talbot Quinn, Janice Rayner, Barbara Roberts, Pam Short, Lauren and Stephen Stimson, Sid Solomon, Jean Strock, Judy Tyler, and Kathleen Vuona.
Finally, we are fortunate to have the support of the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mass Audubon staff who values and supports our participation in this wonderful event and have done everything possible to help us put our best foot forward.
Thanks to all. Forgive me if I have inadvertently forgotten to give credit to any one else.