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THE ARTFUL MIND December 2013

Monthly Berkshire Artzine

Since 1994

Phil Pryjma St. Francis Gallery, Lee, MA Photography by Jane Feldman

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museums & galleries

510 WARREN STREET GALLERY hudson, nY • 518-822-0510 The featured exhibit for December is nina lipkowtiz. “Pixels & Poultry” iPaintings and Watercolor.reception for Artist Sat. Dec 7, 12-3pm. A.P.E. GALLERY northampton, MA The Stations of The Cross. Paintings by Charles Miller. December 17- January 4, 2014. Artist reception: Thursday, December 19th 5-7pm, closed Mondays, December 24-26th and Jan.1. Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Sundays 12-5, fridays, 12-8 ART ON MAIN 271 Main St., Gt. Barrington, MA • Deborah hanson, watercolors. Through December 27.

BER.KSHIRE ART GALLERY 80 railroad St, Gt Barrington, MA • 528-2690 19th and early 20th Century American & european art and sculpture, contemporary artists DEB KOFFMAN’S LITTLE GALLERY front St., houtaontic, MA Stephanie Anderson: new Drawings

DENISE B. CHANDLER FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY at “inspiration of the Spirit”at St. francis Gallery in lee, MA. Through Jan 6. reception Dec 7, 3-6pm. FRONT STREET GALLERY front St., housatonic, MA • 413-274-6607 / 413-528-9546, or cell at 413-429-7141 housatonic Gallery for students and artists. featuring watercolors by Kate Knapp (Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment)

GALLERY 25 311 north St., Pittsfield, MA, Studio #9 413-442-7718, or 413-841-1659 (cell); website:, email: “Winter”, a solo show of Marguerite Bride’s new watercolors will be on exhibit at Gallery 25 during the month of December through mid-January. The opening reception will be held on friday, December 6 from 6-8 pm in conjunction with Pittsfield’s frist fridays Artswalks. GOOD PURPOSE GALLERY 40 Main Street, lee, MA / “emerging light”, by Dmitri freund. Through January 2, 2014

MARGUERITE BRIDE nuarts Studios, Studio #9, 311 north Street, Pittsfield, MA • 413-841-1659 / A return solo at Gallery 25 in Pittsfield for all of December and a weekend holiday show sponsored by Alchemy initiative December 7 – 8 at the Masonic hall in Pittsfield. in addition Bride has 10 winter paintings on display at north Adams hospital October – April.

MORGAN LEHMAN GALLERY / nicole Cohen: Domestic Concerns. December 12, 2013 - January 25, 2014 NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM rte 183, Stockbridge, MA .8 413-298-4100 Open year-round.

OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 Country route 22, Ghent, nY • Artist Jane Dickson to Speak at Omi. "Out of here" exhibition extended to December 15, 2013 Dickson's current exhibit at Omi, Out of here: Paintings 1999-2013 - five large-scale oil paintings on AstroTurf inspired by Dickson's travels in the hudson Valley - thru December 15, 2013

OPALKA GALLERY Sage Colleges, Troy, nY An Armory Show. An exhibition and installation by Ken ragsdale and Michael Oatman. Through December 15

OXBOW GALLERY 273 Pleasant St., northampton, MA • 413-586-6300 front room: painter Janet Palin Back room: Against the Grain. A group show of small works by members of Oxbow Gallery and their guests. December 5-Jan 5. Opening Arts night Out, December 13, 5-8 pm

SABINE VOLLMER VON FALKEN Sabine Photo Art • 413-298-4933, A TAnGO DiArY, photo show, January 3- february 15, 2014 at no. SiX DePOT GAllerY, 6 Depot Street , West Stockbridge, Ma 01266. Café & Gallery hrs 8-4, closed Tuesdays, tel: 413 232-0205. Opening reception for the artist January 10, 57pm. Tango demonstration, 7-8pm, MilOnGA 8-10 sponsored by TangoPulse.

SCHANTZ GALLERIES 3 elm St, Stockbridge, MA • 413-298-3044 A destination for those seeking premier artists working in glass. (11 - 5 daily) SOHN FINE ART GALLERY 6 elm Street, Stockbridge, MA “nude”, October 4th, 2013 - february 2014

SPRINGFIELD MUSEUM 21 edwards Street, Springfield, MA •413-263-6800 evocative watercolors by artist Josie Vargas. The exhibit, titled fiesta: flora and fauna from Puerto rico, will be on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of fine Arts from September 10 through May 11, 2014 ST. FRANCIS GALLERY 1370 Pleasant St, rte 102, lee, MA • 413-717-5199 inSPirATiOn of the SPiriT, nov 22 - Jan 6, reception Dec 7, 36pm THE STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK INSTITUTE 255 South St. Williamstown, MA 150th anniversary of edvard Munch's birth with a screening of "Munch 150," part of the "exhibition: Great Art on Screen" series.

Jan. 19, 2013, 7:30pm. The Berkshire Concert Choir performs Dvorak's "Mass in D," "Songs of nature," "Goin' home," and more. Carlton e. Maaia ii, Artistic Director; Jennifer lester, organ. first Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Congregational, 27 east St., Pittsfield, Mass. THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Castle St., Gt. Barrington, MA • 413-528-0100 Jan. 30. london's national Theater Presents Coriolanus in hD


INDOOR FARMERS AND CRAFT MARKET Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center 340 Whitehall road, Albany, nY • -518-438-6651 Starts Sunday, December 15, 11 am - 2 pm. Stop by for delicious foods and beautiful crafts.

OLD NORTH FESTIVAL CHORUS MARBLEHEAD 8 Stacey Street, Marblehead MA • 781-639-4832 33rd Annual holiday Concert. Directed by Maria VanKalken. Dec 7 and 8, 8pm at Old north Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead, MA

MONTEREY MA. STUDIO TOUR Dec 7, 10am-4pm. The 5th Annual tour. Start at Monterey General Store, or roadside Diner, pick up map and follow. After library, closed tea session from 7 - 9pm.



Send in your calendar submissions by December 15 for the JANUARY issue of The Artful Mind artzine! “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.” – Unknown

WILLIAM BACZEK FINE ARTS 36 Main St., northampton MA ph 413-587-9880 Mallory lake and eric Wert, nov 13 - Dec 14.


CLOSE ENOUNTERS WITH MUSIC Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Castle St., Gt. Barrington, MA 800-843-0778 / “The Miraculous Violin—An evening with Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe” - a legendary violin in the hands of a master, and a dazzling holiday program with music of Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Castelnuovo-Tedesco will be heard on Saturday, December 21, at 6PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center with Angela Yoffe as his chamber music partner. PALACE THEATRE Clinton Avenue, Albany, nY • 518-465-3334 Trailer Park Boys, The Dear Santa Claus Tour featuring ricky, Julian, Bubbles, randy and Mr. lahey POINT OF VIEW PLAYERS JCC, Whitehall rd, Albany, nY Theatre time: The ODD COUPLE (female Version) by Neil Simon. Showtime JAnuArY 16, 18 & 19. Directed by iris Singer. THE BERKSHIRE CONCERT CHOIR Pittsfield, MA • 413-442-6120


ninA liPKOWiTz

Pixels & Poultry

iPad Paintings and Watercolors

Featured Artist December 6 - December 29, 2013

Artist Reception December 7, 12 - 3pm

510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, New York 518-822-0510 NiNaLiPkOwiTz.cOM 510warrENSTgaLLEry@gMaiL.cOM 510warrENSTgaLLEry.cOM

Hours: First Saturday of the month, 12-8pm. The rest of the month: Friday & Saturday 12-6 Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment

Saturday Dec. 7... all evening for The Hudson Winter Walk from 12-8pm


Kate Knapp

Painting Classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings 10 - 1pm at the Studio and Thursday mornings 10am - 1pm out in the field.

Open to all.

413-274-6607 413-429-7141 (cell) 413-528-9546 Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-5 or by appointment FRONT STREET, downtown HOUSATONIC, MA

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Denise B Chandler Fine Art Photography


The Perfect Holiday Gift Limited Edition Prints

Framed and Unframed Various Sizes Available

Blank cards

Perfect for Any Occasion

St. Francis Gallery



On view at the

November 22 THROUGH

January 6, 2014


Artist Reception December 7• 3 - 6pm


1370 Pleasant Street, Route 102, Lee, MA Next to Fire Station

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Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas, 1967. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections ©NRFA.

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December 2013

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose....xoxo!


Phil Pryjma, St. Francis Gallery Photography by Jane Feldman

Phil Pryjma / St. Francis Gallery Harryet Candee...18

Planet Waves for November Eric Francis.....14 Richard Britell: Coromo .....18

Simply Sasha Sasha Seymour......19

Architecture & Arcadia Stephen Dietemann..... 19 Contributing Writers and Monthly Columnists Eunice Agar, Richard Britell Stephen Gerard Dietemann Eric Francis, Sasha Seymour

Photographers Stephen Donaldson, Lee Everett, Jane Feldman, Sabine Vollmer von Falken, Cassandra Sohn Publisher Harryet Candee

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Box 985, Great Barrington, MA 01230 413-528-5628 All submissions for January due :: December 17, 2013 (email or call) FYI: ©Copyright laws in effect throughout The Artful Mind for logo & all graphics including text material. Copyright laws for photographers and writers throughout The Artful Mind. Permission to reprint is required in all instances. In any case the issue does not appear on the stands as planned due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, advertisers will be compensated on a one to one basis. Disclaimer rights available upon request. Serving the Art community with the intention of enhancing communication

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Welcome to The Music Store’s 13th year of doing business in Great Barrington! We are fortunate to enjoy the most wonderful musical community around and the best customers any local store could hope for! Thank you all!! As we begin the season of light and giving, The Music Store continues to offer some extraordinary and unusual neW instruments. for travelers, the incomparable Composite Acoustic Cargo guitar: made of 100% carbon graphite, in one piece, this pint sized guitar offers full-sized acoustic sound and professional grade electronics for the perfect gigging and traveling instrument in an almost indestructible body - aptly called the forever Guitar! And for the performer, try some of its bigger cousins . . . . for Guitarists seeking unique handmade premium instruments, The Music Store offers guitars by American luthier Dana Bourgeois and introducing Steel and classical guitars by irish luthier John Beckett. for instrumentalists in search of the unusual, The Music Store offers the unique Dr. easy’s Sonic Boxes - cigar box guitars made from recycled ingredients and vintage cigar boxes, the Serenity Bamboo flutes - cane and walking stick flutes which are handmade in Stockbridge, fluke and flea ukuleles - handmade in Sheffield, Catania Thumb Pianos, Gourd Pianos, fishtix and Catspaws - handmade in Pennsylvania, and a host of other varied and exciting instruments for musicians of all ages and abilities. Acclaimed as one of the area’s best music stores, The Music Store specializes in fine, folk and unusual musical instruments, accessories, supplies and music motif gifts. Music lovers and professional and amateur musicians alike will find an exciting array of both new and used name-brand and hand-made instruments, extraordinary folk instruments and one of the northeast's finest selections of strings and reeds. Professional musicians seeking the finest or unusual strings or accessories are welcome to call in advance. We will make every effort to satisfy the need! Music Store customers enjoy fine luthier handmade classical and steel string guitars as well as guitars from other fine lines including Alvarez, Avalon, Breedlove, Composite Acoustic, fender, loar, luna, rainsong, recording King and Takamine. Acoustic and electric guitars from entry to professional level instruments are available. famous named guitars and basses join less-well known brands which appeal to those seeking high quality but are on tight budgets, providing any guitarist a tempting cornucopia of playing possibilities. new and used student orchestral and band instruments are available, including violins from $159 to $3000. An extensive array of international strings and reeds provides choices for the newest student to the symphonic performer. Children's instruments, as well as a fine line of international percussion including middle eastern and hand made African instruments along with many choices of industry standard drum heads, stands, and sticks, as well as tuners,

forks and metronomes can be found as well. All new instruments are backed by The Music Store's lifetime warranty which provides free set-up and adjustments on any new instrument sold. for repair and restoration and maintenance of fine stringed instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins and the like - The Music Store's repair shop offers expert luthiery at reasonable prices on instruments of all levels, as well as authorized repairs on lowden and Takamine guitars. Those in search of the perfect present for music lovers will find a treasure trove of gift favorites such as bumper stickers (“Driver Singing,” “Go home and Practice,” Tune it or Die” and more), tee shirts, caps, scarves, miniature musical instruments and instrument magnets, music motif mugs, socks, totes and ties. Small bronze and metal musician statues and cuddly ‘Music lover’ stuffed animals, lapel pins and earrings add additional possibilities to gift giving customers. A proud server of the community for over eleven years, The Music Store's warm and friendly staff are available for help in tuning, stringing or instrument repair. help in choosing tuners, capos, mutes shoulder rests and strings is as happily given as help in selecting instruments themselves. Our mission is to support and encourage our musical community, so consultation and advice are always free. for capos to kazoos, guiros to congas, rainsticks to rosin, bows to bodhrans, mandolins to microphones, reeds to rods, Strats to stands, local artist's CDs and harmonicas to picture frames and music motif ornaments, instruments and more. The Music Store is the place to be. For a magical, musical experience, visit The Music Store at 87 Railroad Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, open in October Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 6, and on Sundays from 12 to 5. Call 413-528-2460 or email us at We at The Music Store wish you peace and harmony throughout 2014 and beyond.

















Pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors…..abstract and representational…..landscapes, still lifes and portraits….a unique variety of painting technique and styles….you will be transported to another world and see things in a way you never have before…. join us and experience something different. Painting classes continue on Monday and Wednesday mornings 10-1:30pm at the studio and Thursday mornings out in the field. These classes are open to all...come to one or come again if it works for you. All levels and materials welcome. Classes at front Street are for those wishing to learn, those who just want to be involved in the pure enjoyment of art, and/or those who have some experience under their belt. A teacher for many years, Kate Knapp has a keen sense of each student’s artistic needs to take a step beyond. Perfect setting for setting up still lifes; lighting and space are excellent. Kate Knapp’s paintings are also on display at 510 Warren St. Gallery in hudson, nY. Please stop by to see all the many works of art by exceptional artists. Front Street, Housatonic, MA. Gallery open by appointment or chance. 413-528-9546 or 413-429-7141 (cell).

jane feldman


it was the Age of Discovery & the era of enlightenment. exploration around the world in the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries fueled a fascination with Botany, natural history & flora. emissaries fanned out across the globe gathering specimens of exotic flowers & fauna to be catalogued by preeminent naturalists & bound into grand volumes. for these great books brilliant illustrations were drawn & carved into copper plates, hand-printed & individually colored by some of the most excellent artists of all time. These magnificent original prints will be the focus of Art et industrie’s spring exhibition at the Great Barrington Train Station, entitled BirDS, BuGS & BOTAnY™. featured will be selected works from some of the greatest Botanical illustrators of the Golden Age of Botany, including early hand-colored flower engravings by Sydenham edwards for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine from the 1780’s forward, Stipple-engravings By Pierre J.f. Turpin for Chaumeton’s 1815 flore Medicale, rare contemporaneous examples by ‘The raphael of flowers’ Pierre-Joseph redouté, spectacular hand-colored orchids by John nugent fitch for robert Warner’s 1882 The Orchid Album, lavish lithographs from van houtte’s mid-19th c. flore Des Serres and others. Also featured will be select original J.J. Audubon handcolored bird-prints from his 1840 Octavo edition of The Birds of America together with full-size re-creations of the original havell engravings from the rare Amsterdam edition, as well as wonderful works from Shaw & nodder’s 1790-1814 naturalist’s Miscellany, stunning engravings of shells, incredible early renderings of butterflies, moths, bees & spiders. All these & many more will be presented together with a selection of fine reproductions on Greeting Cards, Giclees & scarves at our newest location next to the Farmer’s Market at the Old Great Barrington Train Station.


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Websites have amazing potential as blank canvases, ready to show the world who you are and what you represent. Sadly, far too often, this is not the case - being that most websites today are nothing more than cookie-cutter imitations of the ones next door. Templated blandness. What waste! i believe that each website should be a unique statement, filling that blank canvas with something that sings of the person it represents. That’s why at Boxfree i design websites using code from the ground up, never fill-in-the-blank templates. i design a site that expresses your vision. When you use Boxfree to design your website, it will be your website and yours alone. Check out some of my work samples at and see if you don’t agree. Boxfree also specializes in adding animations to existing sites. The web is a wonderful venue for movement, but all too often it is only used to portray static pictures that express no vibrancy or action. Animation changes that. i take your existing website and add motion to it, giving it the vitality it deserves to make it jump out at a visitor and grab their attention. My rates are extremely reasonable. You’ll be amazed at how inexpensive it can be to bring your tired site to life through animations, or design a new site from the ground up. Mention that you found me through The Artful Mind and get 10% off your design. I look forward to working together. Steven May -


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“inspiration of the Spirit” is the current group show at St francis Gallery, in lee, Massachusetts and it promises to capture the essence of the coming season. Denise B Chandler will be exhibiting new work that reflects her own personal inspirations that she encounters as Berkshire County resident during the winter season. Chandler is a fine art contemporary photographer with an attraction to color, shape, form, and movement. for those familiar with her work, they will find the images she has selected for this group exhibition to be a bit of a departure. The Canoe Meadow images, the Draft horse images and “The Sleigh rally” are looked at from standing back and not the tight focus that is usually exhibited by this artist. The images were made in naturally low light environments creating an ethereal feel that does indeed inspire one’s spirit. Denise B Chandler fine Art Photography will also be part of the Great Barrington Arts Market’s “Delightful and Delectable” exhibition at the historic Great Barrington Train Station on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of December. Chandler is a lifelong resident of lenox, MA. She is a graduate of the university of Massachusetts and completed the Photography residency Program at Maine Media Workshops and College and continues her photography training with nationally and internationally recognized Master photographers. her fine art limited edition images are giclée prints that are printed on fine art papers locally by Sohn fine Art Gallery and Giclée Printing in Stockbridge, MA. All images are available for sale. For more information please contact Denise B Chandler Fine Art Photography: email – Website:

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ST. FRANCIS GALLERY Artist White, (cropped to show detail)


After seven years of working for artists and photographers as Berkshire Digital, we have changed our name to collins|editions. We are a fine art reproduction service that offers the highest quality digital photography & reproduction of paintings as well as Giclée printing on archival papers and canvas with sizes up to 42” x 90”. Artists & photographers use us to create limited editions of their images. Private collectors and galleries use us to document their collections. Whether the reproduction needs are for archiving, printing, books, magazines, postcards or internet use, BD adheres to very strict color controls along with delivering stunning detail by using either a large format camera with a Better light™ digital scanning back for making giclee prints as well as the best DSlr cameras for publication & internet uses. in addition to the photography and printing services, collins|editions also offers graphic design, enabling clients to create show announcements, post cards and brochures. The website, has a complete overview, lots of information and pricing. The owner, fred Collins, has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years having had studios in Boston and Stamford. he offers 20 years of experience with Photoshop™ enabling retouching, restoration and enhancement. The studio is located in Mt Washington but dropoff and Pu can be arranged at other locations. Collins|editions studio, 220 East St, Mt Washington, Massachusetts; 413-644-9663,


influenced by this season of celebration our new show, inspiration of the Spirit, reflects this message in varied works by local artists. included in the art displayed is a selection of drawings from prison inmates collected by Phyllis Kornfeld. She worked closely with the two artists presented and also many others incarcerated in our “correctional” facilities. Another inmate’s mother contributed her autistic son’s drawings from the house of Corrections in Berkshire County. Their spirit- living to create and creating to live out of very little available supplies- enriches these works. from the other artists presented a good many of their artistic statements represent the need to break free from imposed boundaries. Whether these boundaries are outright imprisonment, personal struggles, physical limitations, or attempting to push the boundaries of creative expression and vision to new insights and ideas, the artists are joined together in a common drive to produce inspirational art. Artists highlighted in this show besides are standing artists are: Guy Beining, Denise Chandler, rick Costello, Dimitri freund, Jean Germain, Paul Grubard, Michael iovieno, Sean McCusker, Bruce McDonald, Mark Mellinger, Monica Miller, Anne Pasko, Walter Pasko, Bob Plant, Jack Sadoway, Jim Singellis, Paul Solovay, Maureen Sutter, Sharon Vidal, ronnie White, Terry Wise. This show will be the gallery’s last for this season- going into January. The reception for the artists will be Saturday, December 7 from 3-6pm. The gallery will then close for the months of february and March as a loyal group of travelers embarks on their yearly project to support the peoples of Kenya. These trips and supplies funded by profits from the gallery and many other donations echo the same theme-inspiration of the spirit. One might ask why such a foreign venture? it is because it creates the same “artistic tension” of forcing one outside of the normal realm and comfort zone into a space where traditional thinking and action are shaken up and pushed into a new creative realm. This group’s goal of giving hope and creative energy is similar to the artists in the gallery, and so receiving it back in kind enriches the lives in both cultures here and in Kenya. The hope is to bring this renewed enthusiasm back to the gallery for an exciting new season starting April 1, 2014. St. Francis Gallery, 1370 Pleasant St., Rte 102, Lee, MA. 413-717-5199. Open Friday to Monday 11am - 5:30pm and by appointment.

Nina Lipkowitz, IPad Art ( below), Watercolor Rooster (above)


nina lipkowitz will be the featured artist at 510 Warren Street Gallery in hudson, nY for the month of December. She will be exhibiting two bodies of work, varied in technique: whimsical watercolor portraits of roosters, and archival pigment prints made from her playful and lyrical iPad paintings. roosters - their piercing eyes, the cock of their heads: imbued with almost human qualities. nina lipkowitz’s paintings are of roosters, but they are not about roosters. her iPad work at first glance may appear to be different in intent, but on a deeper level they are the same. These abstract images are painted, not with watercolor, brush, pen and ink, but with her finger on the touch screen of an Apple iPad using the Brushes painting App. They are not about an iPad, although they are created on an iPad. like her watercolors, these images are filled with the joy of painting: an interplay between line, color, gesture and light created on an always-available, never-ending backlit canvas. Pixels & Poultry will be on view from friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 29. nina’s reception will be on Saturday, December 7 from 12-3pm, followed by the fabulous hudson Winter Walk. Don’t miss the whole afternoon and evening of festivities, both in the Gallery and up and down Warren Street, followed by fireworks at 8pm. in 2013, lipkowitz’s watercolors have been exhibited in group shows at 510 Warren Street Gallery in hudson, nY; Sanford Smith fine Art and Art On MainBarnbrook Gallery in Great Barrington, MA; front Street Gallery in housatonic; and in Pittsfield at the lichtenstein Center for the Arts. her iPaintings: Meditations in light & Color were featured in a one-woman show at the Works Gallery, Madison Avenue, nYC. 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street, Hudson. NEW HOURS: First Saturday of each month, 12-8pm. The rest of the month: Friday & Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment: 518-822-0510. Email:; Website: and


every master of photography has a gift for seeing the world in a particular way. Sabine’s talent lies is choosing the subject matter, the subtleties of lighting and the nuance of the location. her eye for detail results in timeless imagery. it is to no surprise that she is a sought-after documentary and editorial photographer with a talent for bringing introspection to the art of life style photography. She is the interviewer, catalyst and image-maker.  it all comes to life in her newest show, which was created over a span of ten years. A TAnGO DiArY explores the mellow addictive quality and intense passion of the dance of Tango. Traveling to Buenos Aires, Sabine studied Argentine Tango herself and became a welcomed insider within the tango community both there and in the united States. This show celebrates the profound impact the dance and the people made upon her, as well as the openness of her subjects as she documented the community. A TANGO DIARY, photo show, January 3- February 15, 2014 at No. SIX DEPOT GALLERY, 6 Depot Street , West Stockbridge, Ma 01266 Café & Gallery hrs 8-4, closed Tuesdays, tel: 413 232-0205 Opening / Reception for the artist January 10, 5-7pm Tango demonstration, 7-8pm, MilOnGA 8-10 sponsored by TangoPulse. Sabine is a member of The American Society of Media Photographers asmp. The international Center of Photography iCP and the Wedding Photojournalist Association, WPJA. For more info please contact the Studio,, tel. 413 298 4933


John lipkowitz, a retired new York City attorney with his wife nina has traveled widely to many parts of the world during the past fifteen years. now living in Great Barrington they continue traveling, most recently to iceland and Greenland. An ardent photographer, John has exhibited his work at Art on Main at Barnbrook Gallery, the Berkshire Gold and Silversmith and Bard College at Simon’s rock all in Great Barrington as well as other locales in the area. A founding member of 510 Warren Street Gallery in hudson. Geologically the newest of nations, iceland was volcanically “born” about 16 million years ago and continues to form from several volcanoes classified as active. Just south of the Arctic Circle, iceland is home to several glaciers and the second largest ice cap in europe. Melting glaciers and abundant rainfall produce dozens of waterfalls spread around this island country. Although the growing season is short, more than two months of constant daylight during iceland’s summer enable continuous growth and resultant lush vegetation. iceland is literally powered by underground geothermal steam and hot water, some of which reaches the surface as interesting and colorful mineral deposits and mud pots. 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY.


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dom to be a part of the daily lives of so many people in this ethnically strong community with its colorful sights, sounds and smells. This diverse “playground” was my environment for these formative years along with a good deal of freedom to explore and be with many of it’s characters learning and fascinated by the amazing variety and differences of this cast of people.

Who’s voice still lingers on within you throughout the years? The one that filled a void for creative inspiration? Phil: Very far from what you would consider a traditional exposure to art education, literature, music, or any of the fine arts, i had very little, but this void was filled with an unusual creativity especially from my father. his abilities were almost mythical. he could make anything from what others would deem as castoffs. With almost nothing to start with, what emerged from his workshop were fantastic toys and creations admired by many, but never described as art by anyone in the family. What was the common thread you discovered between nonart and art related studies? Phil: i majored in physics and math in an engineering school. i had only one humanities course, and my professors thought english was my second language. however, this one course fortunately exposed me to two artists, lee Bonticou and Alexander Calder. i felt they shared the same understanding i had about the creative joys of science and engineering. i actually met Alexander Calder who graduated from the same engineering school i attended and had similar courses. it was then that i learned there is an overlap to all of our learning experiences. Physics and math gave me a language that allowed me to “speak” about things that are far beyond imagination in places and spaces in the universe that we could never picture. Yet these sciences also have a recognizable kinship to the very realms that we touch and feel. They can explain things such as dark matter and dark energy that is believed to comprise more than ninety five percent of the universe, and interacts to give structure and light and hence the beauty of all the objects around us. Mathematics allows me to speak about parts of the world i cannot even fully grasp. These sciences are always exploring the “edge.” They are constantly taking themselves apart and rediscovering or recreating the sense of what is real. These sciences seem designed to question, challenge and explore, and is not that what art is all about? Believing is seeing. not finding what we are looking for, but seeing what we could not see before. What was right in front of us all the time. i think i am learning that what i know now will be different tomorrow and will embellish my understanding of art with a new freshness.


ST. frAnCiS GAllerY

Interview by Harryet Candee Photographs by Jane Feldman

Harryet Candee: Phil, how in the world did you come up with the idea to take an old church and turn it into a gallery? Phil Pryjma: i guess the beginning could be a chicken and egg story, so i am not very clear about how i did get to here and now. i remember passing the St. francis Chapel for several years with its for Sale sign prominently in front, wondering why no one had yet bought this beautiful building. i decided impulsively to put in a bid and low and behold. After a full year of working with a dedicated carpenter, Jim D’Aniello, from Pittsfield and a team of retired school personnel turned painters, along with many other inspired people, a remarkable gallery somehow emerged. The building, both inside and out, had always seemed so magical

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even before we polished it up. having a rich history as a spiritual place, it somehow felt like it was meant to display beautiful works of art as well—as if the space had a life of its own that directed the entire creative process. Along the course, there were doubts, anxieties, fears, costly repairs and complicated building codes that made me question the entire plan, but there were also people giving me support and encouragement…my wife, Maureen, family, good friends and neighbors…so here we are.

Childhood experiences overflow one way or another into our adult years. How would this be true for you? Phil: My distorted nostalgia leads me to believe that i was lucky to have spent my early childhood surrounded by a colorful and expressive large italian family in an equally colorful and alive predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. i had the free-

Phil, you have so many people supporting your artistic endeavors at St. Francis. It must be quiet challenging at times to get the year’s worth of exhibitions up and running each month, with themes, artists’ receptions, etcetera, successfully. It must be a relief to know you have that magic happening. So, who are some of these encouraging fellas that are helping to make it all happen? Phil: i am very lucky to continue to be surrounded by a whole cast of “characters” in my life. As i mentioned before, my harshest and most honest critic and yet my best supporter, Maureen, my large family, and a strong contingent of kind and caring friends gathered in the Berkshires and elsewhere who have encouraged my creativity and spirit. Many others who, although they have died, remain a very strong presence still… my grandparents, and special teachers…their voices seem even stronger now. now i am surrounded by creative friends like painter, Scott Taylor, who has both encouraged and guided me from the beginning, and artist, Kathy Gideon, who cheers from the sidelines even when there is no touchdown. There are countless others who give and support. Did you know ahead of time how you wanted to run St. Francis gallery? Phil: This most recent adventure in my life, starting an art gallery, was a leap into the unknown and has allowed me to enter this without any preconceived ideas of how it should be done. As you well know this could also lead to catastrophe. But the gallery seemed to have a spirit of its own and became a creation of many people, an entire community. Much like any artwork, it became a process of unfolding with the guidance and support

Phil with paintings by Jim Singelis, one of many great artists at St. Francis

Phil Pryjma saying “Hi” to photographer, Jane, as she snaps from the balcony/studio upstairs

of the artists who emerged from the Berkshire hills. And it wasn’t long before this process multiplied exponentially. it grew in both numbers and excitement. i was and continue to be fascinated with each new artist who joins. Their work, stories, creativity and their souls seem to be absorbed into the gallery. This wonderful influence engages others and myself. it seems to have a life force of it’s own, almost as if it were feeding upon and recycling this creative energy to further encourage more adventurous and exciting works of art. it is as if it has started on a journey of exploration and discovery that is still continuing.

How do you and the St. Francis artists feel about the ‘Art of Selling Art’? Phil: Selling art is sometimes like trying to sell the cocoon that the butterfly emerged from, but i know the artists i represent speak eloquently and authentically for the spirit of their times. And they seek to persuade, please, inform, inspire, jolt, and to be recognized especially by their peers. They hope that their work will seep into the public consciousness, and they will make a living at it.

Phil, what is the link between you, St. Francis Gallery and Africa? Phil: Yes, the Africa link…again another chicken and egg story. i have been making trips to Kenya for several years now to do work with AiDS orphanages and people in the slums and rural

areas as well; a small group of mainly Berkshirites have been doing projects in health care, education, and agriculture. The main energy came from people like Bob Kirkman, Gordon Clark and Karen Smith as an inspirational starting point evolving into the creation of the SAWA SAWA foundation, a non-profit dedicated to these same goals. recently a large container of goods was shipped to nairobi, and distributed to projects all over the region- more projects and people become involved each year. The gallery’s role has been to highlight and make people aware of these projects and to give donations from its profits to the foundation as well as funnel local donations of money, goods and services. Much of the direction is guided by the example of the gallery’s namesake, Saint francis, someone who gave of himself to help others in need. Can i tell you an interesting story…

Go for it, Phil! Phil: We were just outside the slums of nairobi at Mogra rescue Center, where the children who live in the slums go each day for food and education. We didn’t have the supplies needed for a work project scheduled for that day. We decided to improvise and gathered some rudimentary supplies, paper, tape and markers with the children following. As soon as we started i began to question, “These people need food, shelter, health care etc., maybe this project is inadequate when the needs are so pressing and perhaps they will see this doing artwork with their children

as a useless endeavor.” Well, the response was completely to the contrary. The adults present marveled at the productions of the children. They seemed enthralled. The enthusiasm and joy of the children even pulled in some of the adults to join in the projects. The creativity present was fantastic. The project generated such a reverberation that two years later when we returned to drop off new supplies, it was remembered as a significant event at the center. The recall was about how the spirits of the children were uplifted. The principal of the center was amazed at how much it uplifted the spirits of the staff of the school and the people watching. The artworks themselves made a harsh environment seem so different. This shifted my own thinking… something i knew all the time but did not believe because of some our society’s beliefs that art is frivolous and an extraneous activity. Art, any art, enhances the spirit. i believe this is the most powerful gift people can be given, and then continue to give to themselves. St. francis Gallery has come full circle in this process of giving to others to give the same spirit back to the community we live in with the artists and the people who visit. Art has an enormously powerful effect on all people and we will continue with projects here and in Kenya. A wonderful work of art that i encountered in Africa was the creation and vision of a Jesuit, father DeAngelo, who never lived to see its completion. The village is in a rural area and consists of over 700 AiDS orphans and or children with AiDS. it is enThe ArTful MinD DeCeMBer 2013 • 11

can also be a curse…everything you find can be turned into artwork. This could be good for the global environment, to have less refuse, but your local one can become quite messy. Your workroom can easily become a collection of the strangest pieces and a source of angst for anyone living with an ever-expanding collection of discarded objects “destined” to become part of or the stimulus for a new creation.

Phil, what’s your message you would like to pass on to Artful Mind readers? Phil: My message? Art is an internal desire that seems to connect me to a sense of timelessness and not less than everything that exists. When it happens, “it appears to be so simple and almost basic yet at the same time so unique that you marvel that it appeared to come from nowhere. it appears as something that was always there, but somehow seen for the first time. it includes everything that was there before it. for me it is a reminder of our significance and our insignificance at the same time. it can also recall the wisdom that seems to be contained in the universe, and simultaneously how little we really know as well. When art is created at that moment all the distractions seem to be peeled away, and the boundaries between things are broken so there is less separation between the artist and everything else. Art is all of these paradoxes, but it is a process and not really a thing or an object… you need to know the whole story. That is why the gallery works… the story about the process is important, but yet at the same time words seem not enough to tell the whole story. i believe art is spiritual. i believe the Berkshires are full of artists beJack Bennie and Phil. Artist: Mia Munzer La Compte Photo: jane Feldman cause not only does it attract them, it creates them…it fosters the drive tirely “off the grid” in terms of sustaining energy resources, and to create and the drive to express. is supervised and guided by a very small handful of young workIs there anything that comes to mind that you fear? ers and no more than twenty pairs of elderly grandmothers caring Phil: i fear established religions that do not allow you to question for them in homes that they build themselves. The creative and incessant, unnecessary, mindless paperwork, my cell phone and industrious nature of the village is remarkable. The blending the computer. with the environment…learning how to work with nature and not against it with exciting creativity is hard to believe. This What is your general reaction when meeting new artists many individuals especially children and grandmothers excited wishing to get more involved in your gallery? about their future and living in harmony is echoed in their song Phil: i love being surprised by who enters the gallery and what and dance when they perform each Sunday being thankful for they have to show me, how excited and alive they are, and their what they have. This is something we all could learn, and “mispassion for creating that is easily contagious. sionaries” from this community in Africa could actually come here to teach us. I know you have a “Phil Pryjma” manner and style when se-

Do you have time to do your own art? Phil: i don’t believe any artist has enough time for their own artwork because even if you do artwork full time it doesn’t seem to be enough. But i have learned that the process of art covers almost any range of creative expression. The gallery itself becomes a part of my artwork, presenting beautiful works, arranging space, display and passing on the excitement and joy of art to others. i love to explore the possibilities of objects to be repurposed, recreated or used in unusual ways. To me the joy of art is this process. however, being a collage artist or an assemblage artist

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lecting artists for St. Francis. Do you actually ask St. Francis for help in choosing, or what is the manner in which you go by for picking out the best art… (keeping in mind, I know you want art to sell)…Can you enlighten us a little on what your decisions are usually based upon? Phil: i think it is all about taste- good taste, bad taste. remember when you first start to develop any taste, like wine. i remember sangria. i thought it was great at one time. But now… i guess it’s easy for bad taste to become good and good taste to become bad, boring. it’s like evolution. There are a lot of guesses, but no one knows where it is actually going or what will emerge next. i love a bit of bad taste, especially something with guts. i

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guess i admire defiant people. i like what is “eye opening,” refreshing- especially something that surprises like humor; something that makes you smile…the unusual. Art should also have dignity, be carefree, uncontrived, have imperfections, force you to explore, and it should be impermanent. The gallery is an imperfect harmony of multiple and varied works. it’s a never-ending project. it is never finished. Sometimes it possesses an accidental beauty. it contains fragments lying around that create the question, “What is art?” and never answers it. i have learned that art needs to say two things at the same time…the real and the artificial, and make you wonder. The gallery includes a lot of creations. So the question should be, “is this art, does it belong here?” This peculiar phenomenon of illumination called art should be taken with a grain of salt but never ridiculed or minimized. The church is a setting with soul and with the art is a dynamite combination. it is meant for everyone to explore, as taste can be quite arbitrary. St. Francis’s stained glass windows are jaw- dropping-beautiful. Rich with theme and variation straight from the bible’s spirit…. What’s your take on them? Phil: The stain glass windows were purchased in the mid-fifties and were designed by french artist M. Andre Meriel-Bussy, and executed at Chartres. All the windows represent scenes from the life of Saint francis who saw unity in all things and claimed brotherhood with all. every window has a symbolic or actual cruciform pattern. each window depicts a special meaning or miracle. One window demonstrates not only the ability to care for the poor, but also those things we fear. The wolf of Gobbio and the starving thieves in the forest of Monte Casale were fed to quell their hunger. This paradoxical nature is present in all the windows. Many visitors stop by the gallery to admire and learn about the windows, and the windows easily blend with the artwork sometimes in surprising and unanticipated ways. Is there a particular artist that you follow? Phil: Mother nature and Children for their simple creations.

Just wondering…. do you feel there is a bigger difference between men and women as we get older and wiser? Phil: i am not too sure about this one…this man and woman thing. Most of my friends would agree i think that it’s good to be unsure about this answer and not really know, but keep asking good questions. The other part of the question— as we grow through life i think we realize both, how quick it is and how wonderful it is, like the cherry blossom…beautiful and fleeting. What do you eat for breakfast? Phil: The breakfast of champions.

Do you have any pets? Phil: Do you want a little white dog left on my doorstep?…Saint francis would have had a hard time loving this one. i did have a monkey and an African Grey parrot, both of which i think were more clever than me. What kind of music do you listen to? Phil: Come to the gallery.

Phil, do you think you lived another life at some point in time? Phil: i once went to a psychic, the witch at Sandwich out on the Cape at my wife’s urging. She was known to be able to see past lives. After a long period of quiet concentration, she told me much to my surprise that i was a “nubie” and never had any past life before. So i guess i’m here and now, learning and inventing it for the first time. ~ Thank you Phil, and thank you, S t.F ran cis!



regular exercise is an essential component of optimal health and functioning. Sharon True, owner of WholePerson Movement, understands that the physical work of doing visual or performing art can take a toll on the body, whether it’s chronic pain from repetitive movement, a recurring injury, or stiffness and discomfort from overuse. With her artist clients she focuses on developing core support for the specific movements involved in making their work so there is less pain and strain. in the personalized, one-on-one workouts True offers in her Pilates studio she guides both artist and other clients to become masters of their own body movement. They learn to become conscious of the inner experience and process of doing an exercise, as well as of its precise outer form. True’s customized workouts stretch and strengthen muscles, promote concentration, reduce stress, and deepen understanding of the body. Clients leave her studio not only feeling taller, stronger, and rejuvenated but also prepared to apply Pilates principles to daily life. More broadly, True’s approach empowers people to make the most of the body they have. She welcomes the opportunity to find a way to help your body function at its best, from elite artists and performers to people confronting serious impediments to the active lifestyle they want to live. True is a registered somatic movement therapist, certified laban movement analyst, and a certified Pilates and Pelvic floor Pilates (Pfilates) instructor. She has been teaching Pilates-based workouts for over 15 years, first at Canyon ranch in the Berkshires and then in her own fully-equipped Pilates studio in Great Barrington. These years of teaching, together with her commitment to continuing her own education, give clients the benefit of a vast array of experience to effectively address their goals and concerns. She is an expert partner and guide in the discovery of an exercise program that works and is a pleasure to do. Act now to find core support for the activities you love, and to start making the most of the body you have. Also consider core support for the person you love, with a holiday gift certificate. Contact Sharon True at, or phone 413-528-2465, 9 AM-9 PM.



“Winter”, a solo show of Marguerite Bride’s new watercolors will be on exhibit at Gallery 25 during the month of December through mid-January. The opening reception will be held on friday, December 6 from 6-8 pm in conjunction with Pittsfield’s frist fridays Artswalks. in addition to original paintings, a selection of Bride’s reproductions, cards and holiday ornaments will be available for holiday shopping. A new shipment of ornaments bearing Bride’s painting, Christmas on Park Square 1912 just arrived. These ornaments are in limited supply and once they are gone, they are really gone.. During the winter the gallery has limited open hours (open Thursday, friday and Saturdays from 12 – 5pm), however private viewings are always available by contacting the artist. Bride has long been a lover of winter and takes particular pleasure in painting wintery scenes. “it’s hard not to find a beautiful scene to paint living in the Berkshires, and winter is particularly special. nothing is worse than a winter without snow…i say, bring it on!” Bride’s winter scenes have graced the covers of multiple winter magazines, holiday ornaments, even Mary Verdi’s holiday CD. And new paintings have been added to her snowy collection. Marguerite Bride, 311 North Street, Pittsfield, Studio #9. Open for First Fridays Artswalks, and by appointment. Call 413-442-7718, or 413-8411659 (cell); website: /


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Planet Waves

Aries (March 20-April 19)

We live in a time when everything comes down to power. every question, action taken, or choice made becomes a question of power over others, or whether an individual has the strength to stand up to it. it would be one thing if this were just the king and his men. it’s now every major corporation and countless events that unfold on the individual and intimate levels of existence. Sex becomes a question of rape. food becomes a matter of mass poisoning. rule One is: you do it if you can. This comes at a price, which is self-mastery. As long as the name of society’s game is domination of others, we will overlook that the essential mission of arriving on earth in a body is to be the master of your consciousness, your choices and to the greatest extent possible, your destiny. That theme comes into focus now, and as your ruling planet Mars moves into libra and then into aspect with the historic uranus-Pluto square, this theme will remain in focus for the foreseeable future. it is true that many forces in your personality are leading you to feel less than stable, though that is precisely what you must learn to harvest and focus with discipline and a true commitment to self-reinvention, clarity and the ability to direct your will.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)

You are right in that zone where self-respect and respect for authority merge into the same thing. You have wanted and indeed needed to level the playing field of life for a long time; to experience some sense of your own presence with other talented people on a peer-to-peer level. What you are learning is that the human property that facilitates that experience comes from you. it’s your recognition of your own gifts and your own potential that allows you to recognize the talent and leadership of others as something inherently human rather than mythical or supernatural. if you perceive authority as a leadership quality, as aptitude and as a hard-won achievement, you will be more inclined to be its student and to crave cultivating those same qualities in yourself. What you’re about to experience is an opportunity to dismantle and understand the familial experiences that led you in the other

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direction — to mystify those who seemed powerful; to distance yourself from them; to feel anything but equal. As you identify and discard various internalized structures, especially the authority structures of your family, you will free up energy, time and space. That will come in handy as you discover not only talents but also a profound desire to make your contribution to society.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)

it is time for you to think bigger, which means with a long-range vision and focusing your sense of mission. This is setting a high standard in a world where 140-character messages by rank idiots make world news, but so be it. Over the next few weeks, information is likely to come through that has nothing to do with your work-a-day world, your circle of friends or any of your usual patterns of conversation. You will be getting big-picture information at the same time you experience a kind of earthquake around the values that guide your life. Go deeper, not for an hour or for a special occasion, but rather take your whole existence into the realm of active meaning. When you recognize that something you feel or think is true, or when you have an experience that changes you, start making decisions — immediately — based on what you have learned or discovered. Stop yourself from making excuses not to. it would be helpful if you were to take notes, by which i mean carry a notebook and use it, because there are some observations you will make that will evade memory. These are things you will want to remember, indeed, things for which you may have searched a lifetime.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You may notice that certain people you are intimate with are willing to go places you never imagined they would. That’s a cosmic signal that you are ready to go places that you never dreamed of, both in intimate situations and ordinary life. This is not a passing trend. You are embarking on one of the most significant phases of your life, when it comes to your ability to deepen your intimacy, your capacity for empathy and most of all, for experiencing some emotional balance in

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

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your relationships with others. While it may not be possible to insist that others know where you’re coming from at all times, you can understand yourself in the context of another person’s life, which is almost as good. A perceptive ability is opening up that is allowing you to see how others see you and to sense who you are to them. Before long you will be able to time travel with this experience, and look back over the course of your life and benefit from the awareness of how others experienced you, even when you were a child. This depth of understanding will help you adjust your emotional reality, and experience the feeling of actually belonging in the world. That you do is a true fact. To feel that way is a privilege.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)

You may feel like you’ve got an unusual amount of work piled on you, however the way to think of this is as approaching a truly significant achievement. There may be something you’ve wanted to accomplish for years, and you now have that potential. it will help if you get busywork out of the way, avoid running around on errands or doing everyone else’s job. That is to say, keep yourself on a routine of constantly prioritizing and reassessing your priority scheme. The point of this, if it’s not obvious, is to eliminate as many unnecessary activities as possible and direct your energy to what you know matters. if you are uncertain, knock it down the priority list and focus on what you are confident you want to do or know you must accomplish. One thing i can tell you is that by thinking things through and letting your mind do most of the work, you can spare yourself a lot of pointless effort and wasted time. i don’t mean worrying, which you’re better at than you let on. i mean thinking of your goals, desires and the circumstances of your life as puzzles you want to solve, and getting your thoughts together before you take action. A sketch on the back of an envelope may be enough.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)

Authentic creativity requires meltdowns, breakdowns, risks taken, the collapse of the known order and, sooner or later, total submission to the creative process. Well, not the creative process, but your process of birthing yourself into a new stage of your existence, which happens in tandem with what you create. As you go through this, you may have the sensation of betraying authority. That, in turn, could lead to the insidious feeling of guilt, intermingled with the pleasure of creation, liberation or sex, as if what you are doing is ‘so right but so wrong’. here is a clue: it cannot be both. The right and the wrong you perceive are servants of different masters. So you need to ask yourself, who is the inner voice expressing disapproval (in the form of guilt or fear) and what is the source of the feeling that you really are expressing or exploring something meaningful? All the art in the world leads to this one theme: who has authority for the creation of your life and the expression of your life force? if it is ‘someone else’ then it would make perfect sense for you to feel bad about it. if it’s you, then it makes perfect sense for you to feel beautiful, perhaps a little shaken up, vulnerable and rather unusual.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) events of this month can serve either as a hologram or miniature model for what you can do with yourself during the coming year or, alternately, as an example of what you do not want. There’s likely to be some mix of the two, though i am inclined to think that you are about to discover the benefits of actually asserting yourself. i suggest you do this in your own style (well, that’s always what you do) but don’t let the concept of style include any form of passivity, compromise before the conversation, or getting snagged up in your contemplation/indecision thing. The idea here is to be bold and take a chance. This is where what i will call the reverb factor comes in. When you assert yourself, you’re likely to get a little echo back, in the form of some disapproval from someone. This verges on being a universal phenomenon, and it’s a potential stumbling point for those at a new phase of experimenting with their will and influence. The problem is that it’s enough to keep most people in their shell, silencing their opinions or otherwise refusing to ruffle feathers. Yet overcoming this seems

to be the whole point of your astrology this month, and the phenomenon lasts well into next summer. Start the ruffling now and you’ll get some valuable practice.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) if you over-focus on the concept of sex in one relationship, you may miss the point of the whole human sexual experiment. That point (the little arrow on the Scorpio symbol) is how every aspect of life is fundamentally creative; how creativity always requires some transformation or movement of resources (which could be called ‘destructive’ to the form that existed before); and that any form of sex, or art, or expression will unquestionably offend someone, somewhere. Therefore, that someone may be offended by some aspect of your personal expression cannot be a valid criteria for determining the appropriateness of something. Once you catch that little riff, you will become a revolutionary, particularly where the stuffy, rigid thought forms of your parents or other caregivers are concerned. Those shadow figures are unlikely ever to give you direct permission to exist. So i suggest you open your aperture, open your mind and allow experience to happen. Daring to express yourself passionately, against the rules, is the one dependable thing that will crack all the stifling patterns that have you doing the box step — not waiting for permission or approval from anyone. As Ginsberg suggested, Art recalls the memory / of [your] true existence / to whoever has forgotten / that Being is the one thing / all the universe shouts. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) The more you retreat, the more you’re putting yourself into position for maximum contact and action. it may seem like a paradox; however, we both know you’re determined to experience those very things, despite what appears to be a certain emotional hesitancy. When the spark meets the fuel, however, your specific frame of mind will not make a difference, except for how much fun you have when the time comes. So whatever you are doing with your emotional energy, however you feel about putting yourself forward and embracing your feelings and those of others, i suggest you count yourself as moving in the direction of what you know you want the most, whether you think you’re doing it or not. You are in a rare, beautiful position to learn the nature of trust where intimate exchanges are concerned. Part of that trust involves understanding that you have the power to opt in and also to opt out. This state of being often exists for you only in potential; only right now that potential is more like low-hanging fruit. i recognize that you don’t necessarily want to get overly caught up in someone else’s world, and in that you have options. You know that every relationship involves taking a chance. What is not said often enough is that not daring also involves a risk as well.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) You are rapidly moving toward a breakthrough. Since this is something you have initiated but cannot control, i suggest focusing on aligning your intentions with your actions, every single time you make a move. it is debatable whether control even exists. What you can be certain exists is the potential to guide your existence and your creative power one step at a time, one decision at a time, in a series of conscious steps. This is a little like rock climbing or rafting or any other noncompetitive sport. You know your goal, you have your basic approach, and then you deal with the questions and challenges of the moment in the moment you are living them. This is the most efficient — and fun — way to get to your destination. it’s also the best

way, at the moment, to align your life with what you want. i am suggesting this as an alternate to control dramas, resistance, power struggles and other huge wastes of energy and focusing power. Your chart is set up for incremental progress that all of a sudden manifests as a kind of crest that feels like you suddenly overcame some huge obstacle; really, all you can ever do is look forward and take one step at a time.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)

rather than project your values onto a ‘cause’ or going overboard to express your devotion to a relationship, i suggest you take an even bolder step: embody what matters to you the most. We all know the human tendency to have high ideals in some abstract dimension — and those born under your sign are especially susceptible. You can apply this to any desire to become a better person, or the notion that you will accomplish something great in the future. i suggest you skip the whole ‘becoming’ thing and go right into being. This may seem like a leap, but really, it’s a kind of un-leap. Try gathering your existence, your values, your desires into the present moment and noticing how you feel, and where you are. i know you may be experiencing a powerful need to lead by example, which implies demonstrating a level of certainty. i would propose that certainty is the last thing you want now, and the last thing that’s in the stars. You are however in a moment of dancing with some rich, fertile uncertainty, which will do more to nourish you than any goal-setting or devotion to anything outside yourself. Stay with the feeling and have faith what it will give birth to, in each moment as you live it.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) remind yourself at all times, whenever you need to, that you are the one who directs the shape and flow of your life. More significantly, you provide the shape and color to the vital force that comes through you. The more you honor these ideas, the more influence you will have over your life. Yet they will not be real to you until you put them into practice, and get some experience doing so. This will necessitate a change of orientation from focusing primarily on the activity and relationships in your life, to your actual existence. Your core relationship is to yourself, though i assure you that this violates every rule of our society — this, despite the prevalence of narcissism and self-obsession, which has nothing to do with the concept of a core relationship. narcissism is a mockery, and in truth it’s always about someone else. One of the biggest and best favors you can do for yourself this month and for the coming year is to focus your vision. have some concept of what you want to be doing, and then refine it regularly as you process additional experiences and information. This is not merely a psychological exercise; it’s working with a manifestation principle. You can be a passive recipient of your experience, or you can vision yourself into existence. ~ Read Eric Francis daily at

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart" - Helen Keller Read

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Continued from the November Issue of The Artful Mind by richard Britell

That night Coromo found himself at home sitting in front of his new french landscape Painting easel and wondering how on earth one did a painting, having never considered the thing before. like anyone else who is new to it, he began timidly drawing with a pencil, and for a subject he decided on a picture of a bus full of tourists driving down the street in front of the resort. he worked at the drawing for about an hour and gave up in despair. in his tangle of lines he could find neither bus nor tourists. All Coromo wanted to do was a painting the same as a child might, with no details or proportions, and he wanted it to look happy and simple

like the crayon drawings children were always doing but he found that it was impossible to fake being a child. Over the period of a week he did six paintings, and each was worse than the one before. if he painted a car it looked like a truck, and if he painted a boy it looked like a man. his figures never fit on the canvas and they all looked like they had feet attached at the knees.Trees all looked like stalks of broccoli, and it bothered him that his flowers were taller than his houses, but he didn't care because he was just going to give them all to the three sisters as a gift so what did it matter? But it did matter, it was his vanity. At the end of a week Coromo was a person transformed, he sat in front of his easel and the look of concentration on his face, and the furrow on his forehead was unmistakable, he had fallen into a trap like so many before him, and by accident had become an artist. finally he finished his last canvas for he only had the six that came with the set. The idea came to him in a dream. he painted a picture of a man in a little boat and both man and boat are about to be swallowed up by a big fish with lots of sharp teeth. ever since the three sisters had returned home, all they talked about was their vacation and what they would be doing when they went back. in these conversations the name Coromo kept being mentioned in one way or another. it was the youngest, unmarried sister, who had spent time in the woods with him, and she refused to say anything about it, but the older married sisters brought Coromo up so often that their husbands became irritated. finally one of the husbands said, “What’s all this talk about Coromo, you mention Coromo more often that rush limbaugh mentions Obama.” The husbands, by the way, were great fans of limbaugh, but the wives could take it or leave it. At the last minute the two husbands laid down the law, they were not going to go back to “Coromo’s resort.” The reason they gave was because the golf course was not finished, and that was the purpose of the vacation anyway. The youngest sister had absolutely no reaction to this decision, and you would have sworn, if you had seen her, that it made no difference to her at all.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

Back at the resort Coromo often went into the room reserved for guests to surf on the computers. Most of the guests had laptops and wi-fi, but the few who didn't used the computer room. he had an e-mail account he set up shortly after the sisters left, and here he received many thousands of e-mail messages from the younger sister. i refuse to give you any of the details of those emails, i think it would be wrong. how would you like it if you were involved in an e-mail correspondence with someone, and in your e-mail were all sorts of talk about skin texture, kissing, “the stars at night looking down on us both,” and that mawkish sort of thing, and then you found some of it printed out for anyone to read on the internet? i bet you would be upset wouldn’t you? i am going to respect their privacy and say nothing about their messages except to point out that even though Coromo had 6435 messages in his in-box from his new friend, not one of them mentioned that the sisters were going to Aruba that year for their vacation. Coromo was in for a big disappointment that year, but it would all work out for the best in the end. his relationship with that younger sister would have never worked out anyway; they just did not have enough in common. When the week arrived when Coromo expected the sisters to be at the resort he started bringing his six paintings to work with him. During the day he left them all at the bussing station in a stack, expecting any instant to see the sisters enter the dining room. The entire week went by and the sisters did not appear, meanwhile he noticed a complete absence of e-mail messages from his friend. i can't tell you how many times he disappeared from his post at work to run into the computer room to look for a note, but no note came. he would click the re-set-page link over and over again to no avail. finally on the last day of the week he was expecting the sisters he got a single message informing him that he had won the British lottery, and he could claim his six million dollars in prize money. This was how upset he was, the fact that he had won six million dollars in the lottery did not cheer him up at all, although he did read the message and filled out the necessary information to claim his prize. i am not going to tell you about Coromo's hurt feelings; if you have been stood-up, and given no explanation then you know how he felt. The third sister simply did not have the heart to tell him she was not coming. The fact that she was unable to write to him should have told him how serious her feelings were, but it had the opposite effect. On the last day of the week he expected the sisters to arrive he came back from one of his trips to the computer room to find a woman looking at his paintings, standing at his bussing station. The woman who was looking at Coromo's paintings; how can i describe her? She was like a three hundred pound version of Tallulah Bankhead, and like Tallulah all of her gestures were exaggerated, and all of her remarks were overly dramatic. She was a cartoon of herself. She was the type of woman who would stop a stranger in the street to ask about their shoes, and then proceed to invite them to dinner. She would call 9-1-1 because a baby was crying in a restaurant. She would give a hundred dollar bill to a bum, but tell him to his face that he stank. She was very smart, she was clever and observant, she was ugly, wore too much lipstick, put on as if she had the palsy. her husband looked like Stan laurel, walked three paces behind her, never contradicted her, and loved her very much. it was this woman who demanded to know who the person was that had painted the paintings. She said to Coromo, "Who painted these pictures young man?” Coromo replied, “They were painted by some children in my village, and they are a gift for some women who visited my village last year.” "You're a liar,” said Tallulah. “look, whomever painted this thing has rubbed out the leg of the figure, and painted it in at a different angle! Adults, who always hate their own pictures, make these kinds of changes.” Coromo was shocked at this woman’s observations, and asked, “how do you know this?” And now Mrs. Tallulah lied by saying, “i read a book about art one time and that was what it said.” This was a complete lie, but she did not want him to know the answer to his question. She was an art dealer from new York and her specialty was buying and selling self-taught and outsider art, so when she contemplated the purchase of pictures by naive people she never let them to know her intentions. -Richard Britell

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Architecture & Arcadia Stephen Gerard Dietemann

Architecture and Therapy The idea for this article has been evolving for as long as i have focused my practice as an architect on residential design. i realized quite early on that residential design involved a great many of the skills that i had witnessed first hand practiced by my therapist during psychotherapy. Clients approach an architect because they need direction; they want to change their lives in some manner and they realize that changing/building their house is a critical aspect of such change. As an architect, however, i somewhat jokingly tell my clients that i am trying to, “read their minds”, when i actually mean, “understand your unexpressed desires and needs”. My goal is to create a house that truly reflects not only their way of life but their deeper yearnings as well, the need for safety or recognition for instance. i do this initially by talking with the clients (usually a couple), and asking them about their space needs and ideas of how the house should work for them. This usually includes photographs from magazines and books as well as their specific and general ideas. however, early on i also understood that one of the couple’s concept of an ideal house was sometimes not shared by the other, and that would result in many months of design struggle at the very least. To help avoid that problem i developed a questionnaire that i give each couple and ask them to answer the questions separately. After completion, they then are asked to compare answers and this usually heads off problems since basic conflicts are discovered before design starts. Of course, interpreting the results is critical and that process requires skills not taught in architecture school. The questionnaire starts off with a quote by frank lloyd

Wright that i have always felt said it all. When asked his reaction to a comment by the great european modernist architect, le Corbusier, that, “a house is a machine for living.” Wright replied, “Yes, but only to the extent that the human heart is just a pump.” in short, le Corbusier’s reductivist concept of the house was greatly insufficient in Wright’s view. Wright recognized the multi-layered nature of the house, its deeply psychological nature, both a practical hedge against the elements and a place to live, eat and sleep, but also — and perhaps even more importantly — a fortress of the unconscious. it is not by chance that dreams are so often set in a house (familiar in the dream but often unfamiliar when awake) and that a careful analysis of that house can tell a therapist a great deal about you and where you are psychologically. My own dreams have involved mansions – at some times magnificent and at other, decrepit – as well as huts, caves, and even platforms set impossibly high above the ground. Many of my short stories have been set in these dream places precisely because all fiction is a form of dream and the ‘homes’ of my dreams are as real as my ‘real’ home; they are both me. As an architect, if i can meld the ‘real’ (practical) house and the ‘dream’ (unconscious, mythic) houses, the result is a home that truly works for my clients. Given the above, i have recently wondered why the design of a house might not be an effective form of therapy in itself. An actual house is unnecessary for this process, of course. That’s good: if you thought therapy was expensive, try building a house. in any event, the therapist might start by having the client design

a house for themselves from scratch. Such a house should not reflect the house they actually reside in, but a house that manifests their life as it is lived psychologically. That house would be carefully designed, then examined and discussed. After this a ‘new house’ would be designed. This house would reflect what the client wants his or her ‘house’ to be. in essence it would indicate the distance between where the client is and where they wish to be. Maybe the new house is simply a studio, sun lit, with large expanses of glass (openness, individuality, clarity) whereas the ‘old house might’ have been a typically dark pseudo-colonial (a house of conformity and fear). Most people start therapy because they feel trapped in some way and what greater trap is there, both consciously and unconsciously, than the ‘old house’? it is a practical metaphor for what is wrong in one’s life, whereas the ‘new house’ represents the possibility of escaping that trap; a new house, a new life. Such a process could well reveal many blocks and fears that the client has placed in his or her own way, as well as the direction they really want their life to go. i hope to expand on this concept and welcome any suggestions, especially from therapists. At the very least, if an architect needs be part therapist, why shouldn’t a therapist be part architect? ~Stephen Dietemann

Simply Sasha

by Sasha Seymour

Stuffing, for the rest of us!

i love stuffing! however because i am a vegetarian, i rarely get a chance to enjoy it at family get gatherings because the stuffing is usually baked in a turkey soaking up all that turkey juice! So i decided a while back that i was going to bring my own meatless stuffing to holiday parties to share with everyone. even the die-hard meat lovers in my clan love this recipe, and i hope you will too! -1 loaf of day-old bread, torn into small pieces -1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup -1 10.5 oz can vege broth (or your own!) -1 Tbsp water -1 tsp parsley and sage -salt and pepper, to taste -1/4 cup dried cranberries -1/2 cup fresh mushrooms -1/2 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. Mix all the ingredients together and form into a loaf. 2. Place it in a foil lined pan and bake for about an hour in a 350 degree oven 3. Slice it like a meatloaf and serve it to your friends!

Enjoy & happy holidays!

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AMeThYST DiAMOnD flOrAl rinG, lAurie DOnOVAn

GOlDSMiTh, fine JeWelrY AnD GeMS

laurie Donovan has been designing and creating jewelry for over 35 years; during this time she created numerous pieces of jewelry either for private customers or collections for galleries throughout the country. using gold, silver, or platinum, Donovan creates unique pieces of jewelry inspired by the shapes and colors in nature, often emulating the perfect asymmetrical balance found in our Berkshire landscape. The beautiful colors of the most pristine gemstones in the world have been at her disposal to provide the focal point to the piece, or to inspire textures and colors of precious metals. Gems provided by a local cutter include the most beautiful tourmalines of all colors, sunny yellow heliodor, fancy colored zircons, Caribbean blue aquamarines, and burgundy colored garnets, to name a few. however, she has set spectacular opals, the deepest soft richness of the finest sapphires, and “the truest red rubies i have ever seen. none can be placed above another because they are all truly unique and beautiful” states Donovan. her plans for the new store are to continue to provide the same quality and service of jewelry that has been provided at this location in lenox for over 35 years. “i intend to emphasize custom orders in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere.” laurie Donovan is excited to be back in lenox and have a home for her business and “i am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and friends…. i enjoy working with people, solving jewelry problems, and providing a unique service.” Laurie Donovan Designs, 81 Church Street, Lenox, Massachusetts. Call 413-637-1589 or 413-637-1572, or Website:


“The Miraculous Violin—An evening with Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe” - a legendary violin in the hands of a master, and a dazzling holiday program with music of Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Castelnuovo-Tedesco will be heard on Saturday, December 21, at 6PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center with Angela Yoffe as his chamber music partner. in technique and sensibility, violinist Vadim Gluzman harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, while demonstrating the passion and energy of the 21st century. lauded by both critics and audiences as a performer of depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance, he has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe. Gluzman’s warm tone, developed out of his miraculous “ex-leopold Auer” Strad (on which the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto was premiered!) takes its inspiration from the timeless examples of Mischa elman, nathan Milstein and David Oistrakh. Ticket information for “The Miraculous Violin—An evening with Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe”Tickets, $45 (Orchestra and Mezzanine) and $25 (Balcony), are available at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office, 413-528-0100; through Close encounters With Music at 800-843-0778; or by emailing Subscriptions are $225 ($195 for seniors) for a series of 6 concerts, and include a free subscribers-only exclusive event. Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Close encounters With Music concerts are broadcast on WMhT-fM, and weekly broadcasts of “Classical Music According to Yehuda” are broadcast on WAMC northeast radio and at For more information about Close Encounters with Music and its 2013–2014 concert schedule, visit

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