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Phil Pryjma, The St. Francis Gallery, Lee, MA


  • Phil PryjmaSt. Francis Gallery, Lee, MA

    Photography by Jane Feldman

    December 2013 Monthly Berkshire Artzine Since 1994


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    museums & galleries510 WARREN STREET GALLERYhudson, nY 518-822-0510The featured exhibit for December is nina lipkowtiz. Pixels &Poultry iPaintings and Watercolor.reception for Artist Sat. Dec 7,12-3pm.

    A.P.E. GALLERYnorthampton, MAThe Stations of The Cross. Paintings by Charles Miller. December17- January 4, 2014. Artist reception: Thursday, December 19th5-7pm, closed Mondays, December 24-26th and Jan.1.Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Sundays 12-5, fridays, 12-8

    ART ON MAIN271 Main St., Gt. Barrington, MA www.artonmain.blogspot.comDeborah hanson, watercolors. Through December 27.

    BER.KSHIRE ART GALLERY80 railroad St, Gt Barrington, MA 528-2690www.berkshireartgallery.com19th and early 20th Century American & european art and sculp-ture, contemporary artists

    DEB KOFFMANS LITTLE GALLERYfront St., houtaontic, MAStephanie Anderson: new Drawings

    DENISE B. CHANDLERFINE ART PHOTOGRAPHYat info@denisebchandler.cominspiration of the Spiritat St. francis Gallery in lee, MA.

    Through Jan 6. reception Dec 7, 3-6pm.

    FRONT STREET GALLERYfront St., housatonic, MA 413-274-6607 / 413-528-9546, or cellat 413-429-7141housatonic Gallery for students and artists. featuring watercolors

    by Kate Knapp (Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment)

    GALLERY 25311 north St., Pittsfield, MA, Studio #9413-442-7718, or 413-841-1659 (cell);, email: margebride@aol.comWinter, a solo show of Marguerite Brides new watercolors willbe on exhibit at Gallery 25 during the month of December throughmid-January. The opening reception will be held on friday, Decem-ber 6 from 6-8 pm in conjunction with Pittsfields frist fridaysArtswalks.

    GOOD PURPOSE GALLERY40 Main Street, lee, MA / emerging light, by Dmitri freund. Through January 2, 2014

    MARGUERITE BRIDEnuarts Studios, Studio #9, 311 north Street, Pittsfield, MA 413-841-1659 / margebride-paintings.comA return solo at Gallery 25 in Pittsfield for all of December and aweekend holiday show sponsored by Alchemy initiative December7 8 at the Masonic hall in Pittsfield. in addition Bride has 10 win-ter paintings on display at north Adams hospital October April.

    MORGAN LEHMAN /morganlehmangallery.comnicole Cohen: Domestic Concerns. December 12, 2013 - January25, 2014

    NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUMrte 183, Stockbridge, MA .8 413-298-4100Open year-round.

    OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER1405 Country route 22, Ghent, nY www.artomiartscenter.orgArtist 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'stravels in the hudson Valley - thru December 15, 2013

    OPALKA GALLERYSage Colleges, Troy, nYAn Armory Show. An exhibition and installation by Ken ragsdaleand Michael Oatman. Through December 15

    OXBOW GALLERY273 Pleasant St., northampton, MA 413-586-6300front room: painter Janet PalinBack room: Against the Grain. A group show of small works bymembers of Oxbow Gallery and their guests. December 5-Jan 5.Opening Arts night Out, December 13, 5-8 pm

    SABINE VOLLMER VON FALKENSabine Photo Art 413-298-4933, info@sabinephotoart.comA TAnGO DiArY, photo show, January 3- february 15, 2014at no. SiX DePOT GAllerY, 6 Depot Street , West Stockbridge,Ma 01266. Caf & 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 byTangoPulse.

    SCHANTZ GALLERIES3 elm St, Stockbridge, MA 413-298-3044 A destination for those seeking premier artists working in glass. (11- 5 daily)

    SOHN FINE ART GALLERY6 elm Street, Stockbridge, MAnude, October 4th, 2013 - february 2014

    SPRINGFIELD MUSEUM21 edwards Street, Springfield, MA 413-263-6800evocative watercolors by artist Josie Vargas. The exhibit, titled fi-esta: flora and fauna from Puerto rico, will be on display at theMichele and Donald DAmour Museum of fine Arts from Septem-ber 10 through May 11, 2014

    ST. FRANCIS GALLERY1370 Pleasant St, rte 102, lee, MA 413-717-5199inSPirATiOn of the SPiriT, nov 22 - Jan 6, reception Dec 7, 3-6pm

    THE STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK INSTITUTE255 South St. Williamstown, MA150th anniversary of edvard Munch's birth with a screening of"Munch 150," part of the "exhibition: Great Art on Screen" series.

    WILLIAM BACZEK FINE ARTS36 Main St., northampton MA ph 413-587-9880Mallory lake and eric Wert, nov 13 - Dec 14.

    music/theatreCLOSE ENOUNTERS WITH MUSICMahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Castle St., Gt. Barrington, MA800-843-0778 / cewmusic@aol.comThe Miraculous ViolinAn evening with Vadim Gluzman and An-gela Yoffe - a legendary violin in the hands of a master, and a daz-zling holiday program with music of Mozart, Stravinsky,Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Castelnuovo-Tedesco will be heard onSaturday, December 21, at 6PM at the Mahaiwe Performing ArtsCenter with Angela Yoffe as his chamber music partner.

    PALACE THEATRE Clinton Avenue, Albany, nY 518-465-3334Trailer Park Boys, The Dear Santa Claus Tour featuring ricky, Ju-lian, Bubbles, randy and Mr. lahey

    POINT OF VIEW PLAYERSJCC, Whitehall rd, Albany, nYTheatre time: The ODD COUPLE (female Version) by NeilSimon. Showtime JAnuArY 16, 18 & 19. Directed by irisSinger.

    THE BERKSHIRE CONCERT CHOIRPittsfield, MA 413-442-6120

    Jan. 19, 2013, 7:30pm. The Berkshire Concert Choir performsDvorak's "Mass in D," "Songs of nature," "Goin' home," andmore. Carlton e. Maaia ii, Artistic Director; Jennifer lester,organ. first Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Congregational, 27 eastSt., Pittsfield, Mass.

    THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTERCastle St., Gt. Barrington, MA 413-528-0100Jan. 30. london's national Theater Presents Coriolanus in hD

    eventsINDOOR FARMERS AND CRAFT MARKETSidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center340 Whitehall road, Albany, nY -518-438-6651 Starts Sunday, December 15, 11 am - 2 pm. Stop by for deliciousfoods and beautiful crafts.

    OLD NORTH FESTIVAL CHORUSMARBLEHEAD8 Stacey Street, Marblehead MA 781-639-4832 33rd Annual holiday Concert. Directed by Maria VanKalken. Dec7 and 8, 8pm at Old north Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead,MA

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

    workshopsSABINE VOLLMER VON FALKENPhOTOGrAPhiC WOrKShOPS 413-298-4933,

    Send in your calendar submissions by December 15 for the JANUARY issue of The Artful Mind artzine!


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    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) 413-528-9546Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-5 or by appointmentFRONT STREET, downtown HOUSATONIC, MA

    Kate Knapp




    518-822-0510HOURS: FRI & SAT 12-6, SUNDAY 12-5 OR/AND BY APPOINTMENT

    John Lipkowitz, Farm Road

    ninA liPKOWiTzPixels &Poultry

    iPad Paintings and Watercolors

    Featured ArtistDecember 6 - December 29, 2013Artist Reception December 7, 12 - 3pm

    510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, New York 518-822-0510

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    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


    Denise B ChandlerFine Art Photography

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    St. FrancisGalleryNovember 22

    THROUGHJanuary 6, 2014Artist Reception

    December 7 3 - 6pm

    1370 Pleasant Street, Route 102, Lee, MANext to Fire Station

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  • THE MUSIC STOREWelcome to The Music Stores 13th year of doing business

    in Great Barrington! We are fortunate to enjoy the most won-derful musical community around and the best customers anylocal store could hope for! Thank you all!!

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    Acclaimed as one of the areas best music stores,The Music Store specializes in fine, folk and unusualmusical instruments, accessories, supplies and musicmotif gifts. Music lovers and professional and ama-teur musicians alike will find an exciting array ofboth new and used name-brand and hand-made in-struments, extraordinary folk instruments and one ofthe northeast's finest selections of strings and reeds.Professional musicians seeking the finest or unusualstrings or accessories are welcome to call in advance.We will make every effort to satisfy the need!

    Music Store customers enjoy fine luthier hand-made classical and steel string guitars as well as gui-tars from other fine lines including Alvarez, Avalon,Breedlove, Composite Acoustic, fender, loar, luna,rainsong, recording King and Takamine. Acousticand electric guitars from entry to professional levelinstruments are available. famous named guitarsand basses join less-well known brands which appealto those seeking high quality but are on tight budgets,providing any guitarist a tempting cornucopia ofplaying possibilities.

    new and used student orchestral and band instru-ments are available, including violins from $159 to$3000. An extensive array of international stringsand reeds provides choices for the newest student tothe symphonic performer. Children's instruments, aswell as a fine line of international percussion includ-ing middle eastern and hand made African instru-ments along with many choices of industry standarddrum 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 life-

    time warranty which provides free set-up and adjustments onany new instrument sold. for repair and restoration and main-tenance of fine stringed instruments - guitars, banjos, man-dolins and the like - The Music Store's repair shop offersexpert luthiery at reasonable prices on instruments of all lev-els, as well as authorized repairs on lowden and Takamineguitars.

    Those in search of the perfect present for music loverswill find a treasure trove of gift favorites such as bumperstickers (Driver Singing, Go home and Practice, Tune itor Die and more), tee shirts, caps, scarves, miniature musicalinstruments and instrument magnets, music motif mugs,socks, totes and ties. Small bronze and metal musician statuesand cuddly Music lover stuffed animals, lapel pins and ear-rings 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 forhelp in tuning, stringing or instrument repair. help in choos-ing tuners, capos, mutes shoulder rests and strings is as hap-pily given as help in selecting instruments themselves. Ourmission 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 pictureframes and music motif ornaments, instruments and more.

    The Music Store is the place to be. For a magical, musicalexperience, visit The Music Store at 87 Railroad Street inGreat Barrington, Massachusetts, open in October Wednes-days through Saturdays from 10 to 6, and on Sundays from12 to 5. Call 413-528-2460 or email us at

    We at The Music Store wish you peace and harmonythroughout 2014 and beyond.

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    Phil Pryjma / St. Francis GalleryHarryet 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

    Copy Editor Marguerite Bride

    Advertising and Graphic Design Harryet Candee

    Box 985, Great Barrington, MA 413-528-5628All submissions for January due :: December 17, 2013 (email or call)

    FYI: Copyright laws in effect throughout The Artful Mind for logo & allgraphics including text material. Copyright laws for photographers and writ-ers throughout The Artful Mind. Permission to reprint is required in all in-stances. In any case the issue does not appear on the stands as planned dueto unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, advertisers will be com-pensated on a one to one basis. Disclaimer rights available upon request.Serving the Art community with the intention of enhancing communication

    THE ARTFUL MINDartzine

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

    December 2013

    Phil Pryjma, St. Francis GalleryPhotography by Jane Feldman

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    it was the Age of Discovery & the era of enlightenment.exploration around the world in the 17th, 18th & 19th cen-turies fueled a fascination with Botany, natural history &flora. emissaries fanned out across the globe gathering spec-imens of exotic flowers & fauna to be catalogued by preem-inent naturalists & bound into grand volumes. for these greatbooks brilliant illustrations were drawn & carved into copperplates, hand-printed & individually colored by some of themost excellent artists of all time.

    These magnificent original prints will be the focus of Artet industries spring exhibition at the Great Barrington TrainStation, entitled BirDS, BuGS & BOTAnY.

    featured will be selected works from some of the greatestBotanical illustrators of the Golden Age of Botany, includingearly hand-colored flower engravings by Sydenham ed-wards for Curtiss Botanical Magazine from the 1780s for-ward, Stipple-engravings By Pierre J.f. Turpin forChaumetons 1815 flore Medicale, rare contemporaneousexamples by The raphael of flowers Pierre-Joseph red-out, spectacular hand-colored orchids by John nugent fitchfor robert Warners 1882 The Orchid Album, lavish litho-graphs from van houttes mid-19th c. flore Des Serres andothers.

    Also featured will be select original J.J. Audubon hand-colored bird-prints from his 1840 Octavo edition of TheBirds of America together with full-size re-creations of theoriginal havell engrav-ings from the rare Ams-terdam edition, as wellas wonderful worksfrom Shaw & nodders1790-1814 naturalistsMiscellany, stunningengravings of shells, in-credible early render-ings of butterflies,moths, bees & spiders.

    All these & manymore will be presentedtogether with a selectionof fine reproductions onGreeting Cards, Giclees& scarves at our newestlocation next to theFarmers Market at theOld Great BarringtonTrain Station.

    BOXFREE WEB DESIGNWebsites 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 web-sites today are nothing more than cookie-cutter imitations ofthe 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 per-son it represents. Thats why at Boxfree i design websitesusing code from the ground up, never fill-in-the-blank tem-plates. i design a site that expresses your vision. When youuse Boxfree to design your website, it will be your websiteand yours alone. Check out some of my work samples and see if you dont agree.

    Boxfree also specializes in adding animations to existingsites. The web is a wonderful venue for movement, but alltoo often it is only used to portray static pictures that expressno vibrancy or action. Animation changes that. i take yourexisting website and add motion to it, giving it the vitality itdeserves to make it jump out at a visitor and grab their at-tention.

    My rates are extremely reasonable. Youll be amazed athow inexpensive it can be to bring your tired site to lifethrough animations, or design a new site from the ground up.

    Mention that you found me through The Artful Mind andget 10% off your design. I look forward to working together. Steven May -


    Pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors..abstract and rep-resentational..landscapes, still lifes and portraits.a uniquevariety of painting technique and will be trans-ported to another world and see things in a way you never havebefore. join us and experience something different.

    Painting classes continue on Monday and Wednesdaymornings 10-1:30pm at the studio and Thursday mornings outin the field. These classes are open to all...come to one or comeagain if it works for you. All levels and materials welcome.

    Classes at front Street are for those wishing to learn, thosewho 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 ofeach students artistic needs to take a step beyond. Perfect set-ting for setting up still lifes; lighting and space are excellent.

    Kate Knapps paintings are also on display at 510 WarrenSt. Gallery in hudson, nY. Please stop by to see all the manyworks of art by exceptional artists.

    Front Street, Housatonic, MA. Gallery open by appointmentor chance. 413-528-9546 or 413-429-7141 (cell).

    KATe KnAPP, BriDGe ST. BriDGe

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    BERKSHIRE DIGITALAfter seven years of working for artists and photogra-

    phers as Berkshire Digital, we have changed our name tocollins|editions. We are a fine art reproduction service thatoffers the highest quality digital photography & reproduc-tion of paintings as well as Gicle printing on archival pa-pers and canvas with sizes up to 42 x 90. Artists &photographers use us to create limited editions of their im-ages. Private collectors and galleries use us to documenttheir collections. Whether the reproduction needs are forarchiving, printing, books, magazines, postcards or internetuse, BD adheres to very strict color controls along with de-livering stunning detail by using either a large format cam-era with a Better light digital scanning back for makinggiclee prints as well as the best DSlr cameras for publica-tion & internet uses.

    in addition to the photography and printing services,collins|editions also offers graphic design, enabling clientsto create show announcements, post cards and brochures.The website, has a completeoverview, lots of information and pricing.

    The owner, fred Collins, has been a commercial pho-tographer for over 30 years having had studios in Bostonand Stamford. he offers 20 years of experience with Pho-toshop enabling retouching, restoration and enhance-ment. The studio is located in Mt Washington but dropoffand Pu can be arranged at other locations.Collins|editions studio, 220 East St, Mt Washington, Mas-sachusetts; 413-644-9663,


    inspiration of the Spirit is the current group show at Stfrancis Gallery, in lee, Massachusetts and it promises tocapture the essence of the coming season. Denise B Chan-dler will be exhibiting new work that reflects her own per-sonal inspirations that she encounters as Berkshire Countyresident during the winter season.

    Chandler is a fine art contemporary photographer withan attraction to color, shape, form, and movement. for thosefamiliar with her work, they will find the images she has se-lected for this group exhibition to be a bit of a departure.The Canoe Meadow images, the Draft horse images andThe Sleigh rally are looked at from standing back and notthe tight focus that is usually exhibited by this artist. Theimages were made in naturally low light environments cre-ating an ethereal feel that does indeed inspire ones spirit.Denise B Chandler fine Art Photography will also be partof the Great Barrington Arts Markets Delightful and De-lectable exhibition at the historic Great Barrington TrainStation on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of December.

    Chandler is a lifelong resident of lenox, MA. She is agraduate of the university of Massachusetts and completedthe Photography residency Program at Maine Media Work-shops and College and continues her photography trainingwith nationally and internationally recognized Master pho-tographers. her fine art limited edition images are gicleprints that are printed on fine art papers locally by Sohn fineArt Gallery and Gicle Printing in Stockbridge, MA.

    All images are available for sale. For more informa-tion please contact Denise B Chandler Fine Art Photogra-phy: email


    influenced by this season of celebration our new show,inspiration of the Spirit, reflects this message in varied worksby local artists. included in the art displayed is a selectionof drawings from prison inmates collected by Phyllis Korn-feld. She worked closely with the two artists presented andalso many others incarcerated in our correctional facilities.Another inmates mother contributed her autistic sons draw-ings from the house of Corrections in Berkshire County.Their spirit- living to create and creating to live out of verylittle available supplies- enriches these works.

    from the other artists presented a good many of their artis-tic statements represent the need to break free from imposedboundaries. Whether these boundaries are outright impris-onment, personal struggles, physical limitations, or attempt-ing to push the boundaries of creative expression and visionto new insights and ideas, the artists are joined together in acommon drive to produce inspirational art. Artists high-lighted in this show besides are standing artists are:Guy Beining, Denise Chandler, rick Costello, Dimitri fre-und, Jean Germain, Paul Grubard, Michael iovieno, SeanMcCusker, Bruce McDonald, Mark Mellinger, MonicaMiller, 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 gallerys last for this season- goinginto January. The reception for the artists will be Saturday,December 7 from 3-6pm.

    The gallery will then close for the months of februaryand March as a loyal group of travelers embarks on theiryearly project to support the peoples of Kenya. These tripsand supplies funded by profits from the gallery and manyother donations echo the same theme-inspiration of the spirit.One might ask why such a foreign venture? it is because itcreates the same artistic tension of forcing one outside ofthe normal realm and comfort zone into a space where tradi-tional thinking and action are shaken up and pushed into anew creative realm. This groups goal of giving hope andcreative energy is similar to the artists in the gallery, and soreceiving it back in kind enriches the lives in both cultureshere and in Kenya. The hope is to bring this renewed enthu-siasm back to the gallery for an exciting new season startingApril 1, 2014.

    St. Francis Gallery, 1370 Pleasant St., Rte 102, Lee, MA.413-717-5199. Open Friday to Monday 11am - 5:30pm andby appointment.

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    SABINE PHOTO ARTevery master of photography has a gift for seeing the

    world in a particular way. Sabines talent lies is choosing thesubject matter, the subtleties of lighting and the nuance ofthe location. her eye for detail results in timeless imagery.

    it is to no surprise that she is a sought-after documentaryand editorial photographer with a talent for bringing intro-spection to the art of life style photography. She is the inter-viewer, catalyst and image-maker.

    it all comes to life in her newest show, which was createdover a span of ten years. A TAnGO DiArY explores themellow addictive quality and intense passion ofthe danceof Tango.

    Traveling to Buenos Aires, Sabine studied ArgentineTango herself and became a welcomed insider within thetango community both there and in the united States. Thisshow celebrates the profound impact the dance and the peo-ple made upon her, as well as the openness of her subjectsas she documented the community.A TANGO DIARY, photo show, January 3- February 15,2014at No. SIX DEPOT GALLERY, 6 Depot Street , West Stock-bridge, Ma 01266Caf & Gallery hrs 8-4, closed Tuesdays,tel: 413 232-0205Opening / Reception for the artist January 10, 5-7pmTango demonstration, 7-8pm, MilOnGA 8-10 sponsoredby TangoPulse. Sabine is a member of The American Society of Media Pho-tographers asmp. The international Center of PhotographyiCP and the Wedding Photojournalist Association, WPJA.

    For more info please contact the Studio,, tel. 413 298 4933

    SHARON TRUE, M.A., C.M.A., R.S.M.T.Somatic Movement Therapist and

    Certified Pilates and Pfilates TM (Pelvic Floor Pilates) Instructor

    Private, Conscious Exercise Workouts for all ages and abilities featuring fully-equipped Pilates studio

    in a quiet, country setting in Great Barrington

    Classes at Kilpatrick Athletic Center (KAC) at Simons Rock College

    Pilates Mat Class Beg/Int. Tuesdays 5-6:00 PMPelvic Floor Fitness Class Beg/Int. Wednesdays 6-7:00 PM

    JOHN LIPKOWITZJohn lipkowitz, a retired new York City attorney with

    his wife nina has traveled widely to many parts of the worldduring the past fifteen years. now living in Great Barringtonthey continue traveling, most recently to iceland and Green-land. An ardent photographer, John has exhibited his workat Art on Main at Barnbrook Gallery, the Berkshire Gold andSilversmith and Bard College at Simons rock all in GreatBarrington as well as other locales in the area. A foundingmember of 510 Warren Street Gallery in hudson.

    Geologically the newest of nations, iceland was volcani-cally born about 16 million years ago and continues toform from several volcanoes classified as active. Just southof the Arctic Circle, iceland is home to several glaciers andthe second largest ice cap in europe. Melting glaciers andabundant rainfall produce dozens of waterfalls spread aroundthis island country. Although the growing season is short,more than two months of constant daylight during icelandssummer enable continuous growth and resultant lush vege-tation. iceland is literally powered by underground geother-mal steam and hot water, some of which reaches the surfaceas interesting and colorful mineral deposits and mud pots.

    510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY.

    rAinBOW fAllS, JOhn liPKOWiTz


    nina lipkowitz will be the featured artist at 510 WarrenStreet Gallery in hudson, nY for the month of December.She will be exhibiting two bodies of work, varied in tech-nique: whimsical watercolor portraits of roosters, andarchival pigment prints made from her playful and lyricaliPad paintings.

    roosters - their piercing eyes, the cock of their heads: im-bued with almost human qualities. nina lipkowitzs paint-ings are of roosters, but they are not about roosters. her iPadwork at first glance may appear to be different in intent, buton a deeper level they are the same. These abstract imagesare painted, not with watercolor, brush, pen and ink, but withher finger on the touch screen of an Apple iPad using theBrushes painting App. They are not about an iPad, althoughthey are created on an iPad. like her watercolors, these im-ages are filled with the joy of painting: an interplay betweenline, color, gesture and light created on an always-available,never-ending backlit canvas.

    Pixels & Poultry will be on view from friday, December6 through Sunday, December 29. ninas reception will be onSaturday, December 7 from 12-3pm, followed by the fabu-lous hudson Winter Walk. Dont miss the whole afternoonand evening of festivities, both in the Gallery and up anddown Warren Street, followed by fireworks at 8pm.

    in 2013, lipkowitzs watercolors have been exhibited ingroup shows at 510 Warren StreetGallery in hudson, nY; SanfordSmith fine Art and Art On Main-Barnbrook Gallery in Great Bar-rington, MA; front Street Galleryin housatonic; and in Pittsfield atthe lichtenstein Center for theArts. her iPaintings: Meditationsin light & Color were featured ina one-woman show at the WorksGallery, Madison Avenue, nYC.

    510 Warren Street Gallery,510 Warren Street, Hudson.NEW HOURS: First Saturday ofeach month, 12-8pm. The rest ofthe month: Friday & Saturday12-6 and Sunday 12-5pm or byappointment:; Website:

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

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    Interview by Harryet CandeePhotographs by Jane Feldman

    Harryet Candee: Phil, how in the world did you come upwith the idea to take an old church and turn it into a gallery?Phil Pryjma: i guess the beginning could be a chicken and eggstory, 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 withits for Sale sign prominently in front, wondering why no onehad yet bought this beautiful building. i decided impulsively toput in a bid and low and behold. After a full year of working witha dedicated carpenter, Jim DAniello, from Pittsfield and a teamof retired school personnel turned painters, along with manyother inspired people, a remarkable gallery somehow emerged.The building, both inside and out, had always seemed so magical

    even before we polished it up. having a rich history as a spiritualplace, it somehow felt like it was meant to display beautifulworks of art as wellas if the space had a life of its own that di-rected the entire creative process. Along the course, there weredoubts, anxieties, fears, costly repairs and complicated buildingcodes that made me question the entire plan, but there were alsopeople giving me support and encouragementmy wife, Mau-reen, family, good friends and neighborsso here we are.

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

    dom to be a part of the daily lives of so many people in this eth-nically strong community with its colorful sights, sounds andsmells. This diverse playground was my environment forthese formative years along with a good deal of freedom to ex-plore and be with many of its characters learning and fascinatedby the amazing variety and differences of this cast of people.

    Whos 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 expo-sure to art education, literature, music, or any of the fine arts, ihad very little, but this void was filled with an unusual creativityespecially from my father. his abilities were almost mythical.he could make anything from what others would deem ascastoffs. With almost nothing to start with, what emerged fromhis 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 non-art and art related studies?Phil: i majored in physics and math in an engineering school. ihad only one humanities course, and my professors thought eng-lish was my second language. however, this one course fortu-nately exposed me to two artists, lee Bonticou and AlexanderCalder. i felt they shared the same understanding i had aboutthe creative joys of science and engineering. i actually metAlexander Calder who graduated from the same engineeringschool i attended and had similar courses. it was then that ilearned there is an overlap to all of our learning experiences.

    Physics and math gave me a language that allowed me tospeak about things that are far beyond imagination in placesand spaces in the universe that we could never picture. Yet thesesciences also have a recognizable kinship to the very realms thatwe touch and feel. They can explain things such as dark matterand dark energy that is believed to comprise more than ninetyfive percent of the universe, and interacts to give structure andlight and hence the beauty of all the objects around us.

    Mathematics allows me to speak about parts of the world icannot even fully grasp. These sciences are always exploringthe edge. They are constantly taking themselves apart and re-discovering or recreating the sense of what is real. These sci-ences seem designed to question, challenge and explore, and isnot that what art is all about? Believing is seeing. not findingwhat 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 learningthat what i know now will be different tomorrow and will em-bellish my understanding of art with a new freshness.

    Phil, you have so many people supporting your artistic en-deavors at St. Francis. It must be quiet challenging at timesto get the years worth of exhibitions up and running eachmonth, 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 helpingto make it all happen?Phil: i am very lucky to continue to be surrounded by a wholecast of characters in my life. As i mentioned before, my harsh-est and most honest critic and yet my best supporter, Maureen,my large family, and a strong contingent of kind and caringfriends gathered in the Berkshires and elsewhere who have en-couraged my creativity and spirit. Many others who, althoughthey have died, remain a very strong presence still my grand-parents, and special teacherstheir voices seem even strongernow.

    now i am surrounded by creative friends like painter, ScottTaylor, who has both encouraged and guided me from the be-ginning, and artist, Kathy Gideon, who cheers from the sidelineseven when there is no touchdown. There are countless otherswho give and support.

    Did you know ahead of time how you wanted to run St. Fran-cis gallery?Phil: This most recent adventure in my life, starting an artgallery, was a leap into the unknown and has allowed me to enterthis without any preconceived ideas of how it should be done.As you well know this could also lead to catastrophe. But thegallery seemed to have a spirit of its own and became a creationof many people, an entire community. Much like any artwork,it became a process of unfolding with the guidance and support


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    of the artists who emerged from the Berkshire hills. And it was-nt long before this process multiplied exponentially. it grew inboth numbers and excitement. i was and continue to be fasci-nated with each new artist who joins. Their work, stories, cre-ativity and their souls seem to be absorbed into the gallery. Thiswonderful influence engages others and myself. it seems to havea life force of its own, almost as if it were feeding upon and re-cycling this creative energy to further encourage more adventur-ous and exciting works of art. it is as if it has started on a journeyof exploration and discovery that is still continuing.

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

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

    areas as well; a small group of mainly Berkshirites have beendoing projects in health care, education, and agriculture. Themain energy came from people like Bob Kirkman, Gordon Clarkand Karen Smith as an inspirational starting point evolving intothe creation of the SAWA SAWA foundation, a non-profit ded-icated to these same goals. recently a large container of goodswas shipped to nairobi, and distributed to projects all over theregion- more projects and people become involved each year.The gallerys role has been to highlight and make people awareof these projects and to give donations from its profits to thefoundation as well as funnel local donations of money, goodsand services. Much of the direction is guided by the example ofthe gallerys namesake, Saint francis, someone who gave ofhimself to help others in need. Can i tell you an interestingstory

    Go for it, Phil!Phil: We were just outside the slums of nairobi at Mogra rescueCenter, where the children who live in the slums go each day forfood and education. We didnt have the supplies needed for awork project scheduled for that day. We decided to improviseand gathered some rudimentary supplies, paper, tape and markerswith the children following. As soon as we started i began toquestion, These people need food, shelter, health care etc.,maybe this project is inadequate when the needs are so pressingand perhaps they will see this doing artwork with their children

    as a useless endeavor. Well, the response was completely to thecontrary. The adults present marveled at the productions of thechildren. They seemed enthralled. The enthusiasm and joy ofthe children even pulled in some of the adults to join in the proj-ects. The creativity present was fantastic. The project generatedsuch a reverberation that two years later when we returned todrop off new supplies, it was remembered as a significant eventat the center. The recall was about how the spirits of the childrenwere uplifted. The principal of the center was amazed at howmuch it uplifted the spirits of the staff of the school and the peo-ple watching. The artworks themselves made a harsh environ-ment seem so different. This shifted my own thinkingsomething i knew all the time but did not believe because ofsome our societys beliefs that art is frivolous and an extraneousactivity. Art, any art, enhances the spirit. i believe this is themost powerful gift people can be given, and then continue togive to themselves.

    St. francis Gallery has come full circle in this process of giv-ing to others to give the same spirit back to the community welive in with the artists and the people who visit. Art has an enor-mously powerful effect on all people and we will continue withprojects here and in Kenya.

    A wonderful work of art that i encountered in Africa was thecreation and vision of a Jesuit, father DeAngelo, who never livedto see its completion. The village is in a rural area and consistsof over 700 AiDS orphans and or children with AiDS. it is en-

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

    Phil Pryjma saying Hi tophotographer, Jane, as she

    snaps from the balcony/studio upstairs

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    tirely off the grid in terms of sustaining energy resources, andis supervised and guided by a very small handful of young work-ers and no more than twenty pairs of elderly grandmothers caringfor them in homes that they build themselves. The creative andindustrious nature of the village is remarkable. The blendingwith the environmentlearning how to work with nature andnot against it with exciting creativity is hard to believe. Thismany individuals especially children and grandmothers excitedabout their future and living in harmony is echoed in their songand dance when they perform each Sunday being thankful forwhat they have. This is something we all could learn, and mis-sionaries from this community in Africa could actually comehere to teach us.

    Do you have time to do your own art? Phil: i dont believe any artist has enough time for their own art-work because even if you do artwork full time it doesnt seem tobe enough. But i have learned that the process of art covers al-most any range of creative expression. The gallery itself be-comes a part of my artwork, presenting beautiful works,arranging space, display and passing on the excitement and joyof 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 thisprocess. however, being a collage artist or an assemblage artist

    can also be a curseeverythingyou find can be turned into art-work. This could be good for theglobal environment, to have lessrefuse, but your local one can be-come quite messy. Your work-room can easily become acollection of the strangest piecesand a source of angst for anyoneliving with an ever-expanding col-lection of discarded objects des-tined to become part of or thestimulus for a new creation.

    Phil, whats your message youwould like to pass on to ArtfulMind readers?Phil: My message? Art is an inter-nal desire that seems to connectme to a sense of timelessness andnot less than everything that exists.When it happens, it appears to beso simple and almost basic yet atthe same time so unique that youmarvel that it appeared to comefrom nowhere. it appears as some-thing that was always there, butsomehow seen for the first time. itincludes everything that was therebefore it. for me it is a reminderof our significance and our in-significance at the same time. itcan also recall the wisdom thatseems to be contained in the uni-verse, and simultaneously how lit-tle we really know as well. Whenart is created at that moment all thedistractions seem to be peeledaway, and the boundaries betweenthings are broken so there is lessseparation between the artist andeverything else. Art is all of theseparadoxes, but it is a process andnot really a thing or an objectyou need to know the whole story.That is why the gallery worksthe story about the process is im-portant, but yet at the same timewords seem not enough to tell thewhole story.i believe art is spiritual. i believethe Berkshires are full of artists be-cause not only does it attract them,it creates themit fosters the drive

    to create and the drive to express. Is there anything that comes to mind that you fear?Phil: i fear established religions that do not allow you to questionincessant, unnecessary, mindless paperwork, my cell phone andthe computer.

    What is your general reaction when meeting new artistswishing to get more involved in your gallery?Phil: i love being surprised by who enters the gallery and whatthey have to show me, how excited and alive they are, and theirpassion for creating that is easily contagious.

    I know you have a Phil Pryjma manner and style when se-lecting artists for St. Francis. Do you actually ask St. Francisfor help in choosing, or what is the manner in which you goby for picking out the best art (keeping in mind, I knowyou want art to sell)Can you enlighten us a little on whatyour decisions are usually based upon? Phil: i think it is all about taste- good taste, bad taste. rememberwhen you first start to develop any taste, like wine. i remembersangria. i thought it was great at one time. But now i guessits easy for bad taste to become good and good taste to becomebad, boring. its like evolution. There are a lot of guesses, butno one knows where it is actually going or what will emergenext. i love a bit of bad taste, especially something with guts. i

    guess i admire defiant people. i like what is eye opening, re-freshing- especially something that surprises like humor; some-thing that makes you smilethe unusual. Art should also havedignity, be carefree, uncontrived, have imperfections, force youto explore, and it should be impermanent.

    The gallery is an imperfect harmony of multiple and variedworks. its a never-ending project. it is never finished. Some-times it possesses an accidental beauty. it contains fragmentslying around that create the question, What is art? and neveranswers it.

    i have learned that art needs to say two things at the sametimethe real and the artificial, and make you wonder. Thegallery includes a lot of creations. So the question should be,is this art, does it belong here? This peculiar phenomenon ofillumination called art should be taken with a grain of salt butnever 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 bequite arbitrary.

    St. Franciss stained glass windows are jaw- dropping-beau-tiful. Rich with theme and variation straight from the biblesspirit. Whats your take on them?Phil: The stain glass windows were purchased in the mid-fiftiesand were designed by french artist M. Andre Meriel-Bussy, andexecuted at Chartres. All the windows represent scenes from thelife of Saint francis who saw unity in all things and claimedbrotherhood with all. every window has a symbolic or actualcruciform pattern. each window depicts a special meaning ormiracle. One window demonstrates not only the ability to carefor the poor, but also those things we fear. The wolf of Gobbioand the starving thieves in the forest of Monte Casale were fedto quell their hunger. This paradoxical nature is present in allthe windows. Many visitors stop by the gallery to admire andlearn about the windows, and the windows easily blend with theartwork 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 be-tween men and women as we get older and wiser? Phil: i am not too sure about this onethis man and womanthing. Most of my friends would agree i think that its good tobe unsure about this answer and not really know, but keep askinggood questions. The other part of the question as we growthrough life i think we realize both, how quick it is and how won-derful it is, like the cherry blossombeautiful 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?Saintfrancis would have had a hard time loving this one. i did havea monkey and an African Grey parrot, both of which i think weremore 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 intime?Phil: i once went to a psychic, the witch at Sandwich out on theCape at my wifes urging. She was known to be able to see pastlives. After a long period of quiet concentration, she told memuch to my surprise that i was a nubie and never had any pastlife before. So i guess im here and now, learning and inventingit for the first time.

    ~ Thank you Phil, and thank you, St.Francis!

    Jack Bennie and Phil. Artist: Mia Munzer La Compte Photo: jane Feldman

    ...Phil Pryjma. Continued from previous page.


    Winter, a solo show of Marguerite Brides new water-colors will be on exhibit at Gallery 25 during the month ofDecember through mid-January. The opening reception willbe held on friday, December 6 from 6-8 pm in conjunctionwith Pittsfields frist fridays Artswalks. in addition to orig-inal paintings, a selection of Brides reproductions, cardsand holiday ornaments will be available for holiday shop-ping. A new shipment of ornaments bearing Brides paint-ing, Christmas on Park Square 1912 just arrived. Theseornaments are in limited supply and once they are gone, theyare 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 contact-ing the artist.

    Bride has long been a lover of winter and takes particularpleasure in painting wintery scenes. its hard not to find abeautiful scene to paint living in the Berkshires, and winteris particularly special. nothing is worse than a winter with-out snowi say, bring it on!

    Brides winter scenes have graced the covers of multiplewinter magazines, holiday ornaments, even Mary Verdisholiday CD. And new paintings have been added to hersnowy collection.

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  • Planet Waves December 2013 by Eric FrancisAries (March 20-April 19)We live in a time when everything comes down to power. everyquestion, action taken, or choice made becomes a question ofpower over others, or whether an individual has the strength tostand up to it. it would be one thing if this were just the king andhis men. its now every major corporation and countless eventsthat unfold on the individual and intimate levels of existence. Sexbecomes a question of rape. food becomes a matter of mass poi-soning. rule One is: you do it if you can. This comes at a price,which is self-mastery. As long as the name of societys game isdomination of others, we will overlook that the essential missionof arriving on earth in a body is to be the master of your con-sciousness, your choices and to the greatest extent possible, yourdestiny. That theme comes into focus now, and as your rulingplanet Mars moves into libra and then into aspect with the his-toric uranus-Pluto square, this theme will remain in focus for theforeseeable future. it is true that many forces in your personalityare leading you to feel less than stable, though that is preciselywhat you must learn to harvest and focus with discipline and atrue commitment to self-reinvention, clarity and the ability to di-rect your will.

    Taurus (April 19-May 20)You are right in that zone where self-respect and respect for au-thority merge into the same thing. You have wanted and indeedneeded to level the playing field of life for a long time; to expe-rience some sense of your own presence with other talented peo-ple on a peer-to-peer level. What you are learning is that thehuman property that facilitates that experience comes from you.its your recognition of your own gifts and your own potentialthat allows you to recognize the talent and leadership of others assomething inherently human rather than mythical or supernatural.if you perceive authority as a leadership quality, as aptitude andas a hard-won achievement, you will be more inclined to be itsstudent and to crave cultivating those same qualities in yourself.What youre about to experience is an opportunity to dismantleand understand the familial experiences that led you in the other

    direction to mystify those who seemed powerful; to distanceyourself from them; to feel anything but equal. As you identifyand discard various internalized structures, especially the author-ity structures of your family, you will free up energy, time andspace. That will come in handy as you discover not only talentsbut 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-rangevision and focusing your sense of mission. This is setting a highstandard in a world where 140-character messages by rank idiotsmake world news, but so be it. Over the next few weeks, infor-mation is likely to come through that has nothing to do with yourwork-a-day world, your circle of friends or any of your usual pat-terns of conversation. You will be getting big-picture informationat the same time you experience a kind of earthquake around thevalues that guide your life. Go deeper, not for an hour or for aspecial occasion, but rather take your whole existence into therealm of active meaning. When you recognize that something youfeel or think is true, or when you have an experience that changesyou, start making decisions immediately based on what youhave learned or discovered. Stop yourself from making excusesnot to. it would be helpful if you were to take notes, by which imean carry a notebook and use it, because there are some obser-vations you will make that will evade memory. These are thingsyou will want to remember, indeed, things for which you mayhave searched a lifetime.

    Cancer (June 21-July 22)You may notice that certain people you are intimate with are will-ing to go places you never imagined they would. Thats a cosmicsignal that you are ready to go places that you never dreamed of,both in intimate situations and ordinary life. This is not a passingtrend. You are embarking on one of the most significant phasesof your life, when it comes to your ability to deepen your inti-macy, your capacity for empathy and most of all, for experiencingsome emotional balance in

    your relationships with others. While it may not be possible to in-sist that others know where youre coming from at all times, youcan understand yourself in the context of another persons life,which is almost as good. A perceptive ability is opening up thatis allowing you to see how others see you and to sense who youare to them. Before long you will be able to time travel with thisexperience, and look back over the course of your life and benefitfrom the awareness of how others experienced you, even whenyou were a child. This depth of understanding will help you adjustyour emotional reality, and experience the feeling of actually be-longing in the world. That you do is a true fact. To feel that wayis a privilege.

    Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)You may feel like youve got an unusual amount of work piledon you, however the way to think of this is as approaching a trulysignificant achievement. There may be something youve wantedto accomplish for years, and you now have that potential. it willhelp if you get busywork out of the way, avoid running aroundon errands or doing everyone elses job. That is to say, keep your-self on a routine of constantly prioritizing and reassessing yourpriority scheme. The point of this, if its not obvious, is to elimi-nate as many unnecessary activities as possible and direct yourenergy to what you know matters. if you are uncertain, knock itdown the priority list and focus on what you are confident youwant to do or know you must accomplish. One thing i can tellyou is that by thinking things through and letting your mind domost of the work, you can spare yourself a lot of pointless effortand wasted time. i dont mean worrying, which youre better atthan you let on. i mean thinking of your goals, desires and thecircumstances of your life as puzzles you want to solve, and get-ting your thoughts together before you take action. A sketch onthe 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 submis-sion to the creative process. Well, not the creative process, butyour process of birthing yourself into a new stage of your exis-tence, which happens in tandem with what you create. As you gothrough this, you may have the sensation of betraying authority.That, in turn, could lead to the insidious feeling of guilt, inter-mingled with the pleasure of creation, liberation or sex, as if whatyou are doing is so right but so wrong. here is a clue: it cannotbe both. The right and the wrong you perceive are servants of dif-ferent masters. So you need to ask yourself, who is the inner voiceexpressing disapproval (in the form of guilt or fear) and what isthe source of the feeling that you really are expressing or explor-ing something meaningful? All the art in the world leads to thisone theme: who has authority for the creation of your life and theexpression of your life force? if it is someone else then it wouldmake perfect sense for you to feel bad about it. if its you, then itmakes perfect sense for you to feel beautiful, perhaps a littleshaken up, vulnerable and rather unusual.

    Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)events of this month can serve either as a hologram or miniaturemodel for what you can do with yourself during the coming yearor, alternately, as an example of what you do not want. Thereslikely to be some mix of the two, though i am inclined to thinkthat you are about to discover the benefits of actually assertingyourself. i suggest you do this in your own style (well, thats al-ways what you do) but dont let the concept of style include anyform of passivity, compromise before the conversation, or gettingsnagged up in your contemplation/indecision thing. The idea hereis to be bold and take a chance. This is where what i will call thereverb factor comes in. When you assert yourself, youre likelyto get a little echo back, in the form of some disapproval fromsomeone. This verges on being a universal phenomenon, and itsa potential stumbling point for those at a new phase of experi-menting with their will and influence. The problem is that itsenough to keep most people in their shell, silencing their opinionsor otherwise refusing to ruffle feathers. Yet overcoming this seems

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    to be the whole point of your astrology this month,and the phenomenon lasts well into next summer.Start the ruffling now and youll get some valuablepractice.

    Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)if you over-focus on the concept of sex in one re-lationship, you may miss the point of the wholehuman sexual experiment. That point (the littlearrow on the Scorpio symbol) is how every aspectof life is fundamentally creative; how creativity al-ways requires some transformation or movementof resources (which could be called destructiveto the form that existed before); and that any formof sex, or art, or expression will unquestionably of-fend someone, somewhere. Therefore, that some-one may be offended by some aspect of yourpersonal expression cannot be a valid criteria fordetermining the appropriateness of something.Once you catch that little riff, you will become arevolutionary, particularly where the stuffy, rigidthought forms of your parents or other caregiversare concerned. Those shadow figures are unlikelyever to give you direct permission to exist. So isuggest you open your aperture, open your mindand allow experience to happen. Daring to expressyourself passionately, against the rules, is the onedependable thing that will crack all the stifling pat-terns that have you doing the box step not wait-ing for permission or approval from anyone. AsGinsberg 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 youre puttingyourself into position for maximum contact andaction. it may seem like a paradox; however, weboth know youre determined to experience thosevery things, despite what appears to be a certainemotional hesitancy. When the spark meets thefuel, however, your specific frame of mind will notmake a difference, except for how much fun youhave when the time comes. So whatever you aredoing with your emotional energy, however youfeel about putting yourself forward and embracingyour feelings and those of others, i suggest youcount yourself as moving in the direction of whatyou know you want the most, whether you thinkyoure doing it or not. You are in a rare, beautifulposition to learn the nature of trust where intimateexchanges are concerned. Part of that trust in-volves understanding that you have the power toopt in and also to opt out. This state of being oftenexists for you only in potential; only right now thatpotential is more like low-hanging fruit. i recog-nize that you dont necessarily want to get overlycaught up in someone elses world, and in that youhave options. You know that every relationship in-volves taking a chance. What is not said oftenenough is that not daring also involves a risk aswell.

    Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)You are rapidly moving toward a breakthrough.Since this is something you have initiated but can-not control, i suggest focusing on aligning your in-tentions with your actions, every single time youmake a move. it is debatable whether control evenexists. What you can be certain exists is the poten-tial to guide your existence and your creativepower one step at a time, one decision at a time, ina series of conscious steps. This is a little like rockclimbing or rafting or any other noncompetitivesport. You know your goal, you have your basicapproach, and then you deal with the questions andchallenges of the moment in the moment you areliving them. This is the most efficient and fun way to get to your destination. its also the best

    way, at the moment, to align your life with whatyou want. i am suggesting this as an alternate tocontrol dramas, resistance, power struggles andother huge wastes of energy and focusing power.Your chart is set up for incremental progress thatall of a sudden manifests as a kind of crest thatfeels like you suddenly overcame some huge ob-stacle; really, all you can ever do is look forwardand take one step at a time.

    Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)rather than project your values onto a cause orgoing overboard to express your devotion to a re-lationship, i suggest you take an even bolder step:embody what matters to you the most. We all knowthe human tendency to have high ideals in someabstract dimension and those born under yoursign are especially susceptible. You can apply thisto any desire to become a better person, or the no-tion that you will accomplish something great inthe future. i suggest you skip the whole becom-ing thing and go right into being. This may seemlike a leap, but really, its a kind of un-leap. Trygathering your existence, your values, your desiresinto the present moment and noticing how youfeel, and where you are. i know you may be expe-riencing a powerful need to lead by example,which implies demonstrating a level of certainty. iwould propose that certainty is the last thing youwant now, and the last thing thats in the stars. Youare however in a moment of dancing with somerich, fertile uncertainty, which will do more tonourish you than any goal-setting or devotion toanything outside yourself. Stay with the feelingand have faith what it will give birth to, in eachmoment as you live it.

    Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)remind yourself at all times, whenever you needto, that you are the one who directs the shape andflow of your life. More significantly, you providethe shape and color to the vital force that comesthrough you. The more you honor these ideas, themore influence you will have over your life. Yetthey will not be real to you until you put them intopractice, and get some experience doing so. Thiswill necessitate a change of orientation from fo-cusing primarily on the activity and relationshipsin your life, to your actual existence. Your core re-lationship is to yourself, though i assure you thatthis violates every rule of our society this, de-spite the prevalence of narcissism and self-obses-sion, which has nothing to do with the concept ofa core relationship. narcissism is a mockery, andin truth its always about someone else. One of thebiggest and best favors you can do for yourself thismonth and for the coming year is to focus your vi-sion. have some concept of what you want to bedoing, and then refine it regularly as you processadditional experiences and information. This is notmerely a psychological exercise; its working witha manifestation principle. You can be a passive re-cipient of your experience, or you can vision your-self 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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    16 December 2013 The ArTful MinD

    Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it


    -D. H. Lawrence

  • The ArTful MinD DeCeMBer 2013 17

  • COrOMOContinued from the November Issue of The Artful Mind

    by richard Britell

    That night Coromo found himself at home sitting in front ofhis new french landscape Painting easel and wondering how onearth one did a painting, having never considered the thing anyone else who is new to it, he began timidly drawing witha pencil, and for a subject he decided on a picture of a bus full oftourists driving down the street in front of the resort. he workedat the drawing for about an hour and gave up in despair. in histangle of lines he could find neither bus nor tourists. All Coromowanted to do was a painting the same as a child might, with nodetails or proportions, and he wanted it to look happy and simple

    like the crayon drawings children were always doing but he foundthat it was impossible to fake being a child.

    Over the period of a week he did six paintings, and each wasworse than the one before. if he painted a car it looked like atruck, and if he painted a boy it looked like a man. his figuresnever fit on the canvas and they all looked like they had feet at-tached at the knees.Trees all looked like stalks of broccoli, and itbothered him that his flowers were taller than his houses, but hedidn't care because he was just going to give them all to the threesisters as a gift so what did it matter? But it did matter, it was hisvanity. At the end of a week Coromo was a person transformed,he sat in front of his easel and the look of concentration on hisface, and the furrow on his forehead was unmistakable, he hadfallen into a trap like so many before him, and by accident hadbecome an artist.

    finally he finished his last canvas for he only had the six thatcame with the set. The idea came to him in a dream. he painteda picture of a man in a little boat and both man and boat are aboutto be swallowed up by a big fish with lots of sharp teeth.

    ever since the three sisters had returned home, all they talkedabout was their vacation and what they would be doing when theywent back. in these conversations the name Coromo kept beingmentioned in one way or another. it was the youngest, unmarriedsister, who had spent time in the woods with him, and she refusedto say anything about it, but the older married sisters broughtCoromo up so often that their husbands became irritated. finallyone of the husbands said, Whats all this talk about Coromo, youmention Coromo more often that rush limbaugh mentionsObama. The husbands, by the way, were great fans of limbaugh,but the wives could take it or leave it. At the last minute the twohusbands laid down the law, they were not going to go back toCoromos resort. The reason they gave was because the golfcourse was not finished, and that was the purpose of the vacationanyway. The youngest sister had absolutely no reaction to thisdecision, and you would have sworn, if you had seen her, that itmade no difference to her at all.

    Back at the resort Coromo often went into the room reservedfor guests to surf on the computers. Most of the guests had laptopsand wi-fi, but the few who didn't used the computer room. hehad an e-mail account he set up shortly after the sisters left, andhere he received many thousands of e-mail messages from theyounger sister. i refuse to give you any of the details of those e-mails, i think it would be wrong. how would you like it if youwere involved in an e-mail correspondence with someone, and inyour e-mail were all sorts of talk about skin texture, kissing, thestars at night looking down on us both, and that mawkish sortof thing, and then you found some of it printed out for anyone toread on the internet? i bet you would be upset wouldnt you? iam going to respect their privacy and say nothing about their mes-sages except to point out that even though Coromo had 6435 mes-sages in his in-box from his new friend, not one of themmentioned that the sisters were going to Aruba that year for theirvacation.

    Coromo was in for a big disappointment that year, but it wouldall work out for the best in the end. his relationship with thatyounger sister would have never worked out anyway; they justdid not have enough in common. When the week arrived whenCoromo expected the sisters to be at the resort he started bringinghis six paintings to work with him. During the day he left themall at the bussing station in a stack, expecting any instant to seethe sisters enter the dining room. The entire week went by andthe sisters did not appear, meanwhile he noticed a complete ab-sence of e-mail messages from his friend. i can't tell you howmany times he disappeared from his post at work to run into thecomputer room to look for a note, but no note came. he wouldclick the re-set-page link over and over again to no avail. finallyon the last day of the week he was expecting the sisters he got asingle message informing him that he had won the British lottery,and he could claim his six million dollars in prize money. Thiswas how upset he was, the fact that he had won six million dollarsin the lottery did not cheer him up at all, although he did read themessage and filled out the necessary information to claim hisprize.

    i am not going to tell you about Coromo's hurt feelings; if youhave been stood-up, and given no explanation then you knowhow he felt. The third sister simply did not have the heart to tellhim she was not coming. The fact that she was unable to write tohim should have told him how serious her feelings were, but ithad the opposite effect. On the last day of the week he expectedthe sisters to arrive he came back from one of his trips to the com-puter room to find a woman looking at his paintings, standing athis bussing station. The woman who was looking at Coromo'spaintings; how can i describe her? She was like a three hundredpound version of Tallulah Bankhead, and like Tallulah all of hergestures were exaggerated, and all of her remarks were overlydramatic. She was a cartoon of herself.

    She was the type of woman who would stop a stranger in thestreet to ask about their shoes, and then proceed to invite them todinner. She would call 9-1-1 because a baby was crying in arestaurant. She would give a hundred dollar bill to a bum, but tellhim to his face that he stank. She was very smart, she was cleverand observant, she was ugly, wore too much lipstick, put on as ifshe had the palsy. her husband looked like Stan laurel, walked

    three paces behind her, never contradicted her, and loved hervery much. it was this woman who demanded to know who theperson 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 theyare a gift for some women who visited my village last year.

    "You're a liar, said Tallulah. look, whomever painted thisthing has rubbed out the leg of the figure, and painted it in at adifferent angle! Adults, who always hate their own pictures,make these kinds of changes. Coromo was shocked at thiswomans observations, and asked, how do you know this?And now Mrs. Tallulah lied by saying, i read a book about artone 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 wasbuying and selling self-taught and outsider art, so when shecontemplated the purchase of pictures by naive people shenever let them to know her intentions.

    -Richard Britell

    18 December 2013 The ArTful MinD

    You cant use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

    Maya Angelou

  • Architecture &ArcadiaStephen Gerard Dietemann

    The ArTful MinD DeCeMBer 2013 19

    Simply Sasha by Sasha Seymour

    Architecture and Therapy

    The idea for this article has been evolving for as long as i havefocused my practice as an architect on residential design.

    i realized quite early on that residential design involved a greatmany of the skills that i had witnessed first hand practiced by mytherapist during psychotherapy. Clients approach an architectbecause they need direction; they want to change their lives insome manner and they realize that changing/building their houseis a critical aspect of such change. As an architect, however, isomewhat jokingly tell my clients that i am trying to, read theirminds, when i actually mean, understand your unexpressed de-sires and needs. My goal is to create a house that truly reflectsnot only their way of life but their deeper yearnings as well, theneed for safety or recognition for instance. i do this initially bytalking with the clients (usually a couple), and asking them abouttheir space needs and ideas of how the house should work forthem. This usually includes photographs from magazines andbooks as well as their specific and general ideas. however, earlyon i also understood that one of the couples concept of an idealhouse was sometimes not shared by the other, and that would re-sult in many months of design struggle at the very least. To helpavoid that problem i developed a questionnaire that i give eachcouple and ask them to answer the questions separately. Aftercompletion, they then are asked to compare answers and this usu-ally heads off problems since basic conflicts are discovered beforedesign starts. Of course, interpreting the results is critical andthat 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 reactionto a comment by the great european modernist architect, le Cor-busier, that, a house is a machine for living. Wright replied,Yes, but only to the extent that the human heart is just a short, le Corbusiers reductivist concept of the house wasgreatly insufficient in Wrights view. Wright recognized themulti-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 dreamsare so often set in a house (familiar in the dream but often unfa-miliar when awake) and that a careful analysis of that house cantell a therapist a great deal about you and where you are psycho-logically. My own dreams have involved mansions at sometimes magnificent and at other, decrepit as well as huts, caves,and even platforms set impossibly high above the ground. Manyof my short stories have been set in these dream places preciselybecause all fiction is a form of dream and the homes of mydreams are as real as my real home; they are both me. As anarchitect, if i can meld the real (practical) house and the dream(unconscious, mythic) houses, the result is a home that trulyworks for my clients.

    Given the above, i have recently wondered why the design ofa house might not be an effective form of therapy in itself. Anactual house is unnecessary for this process, of course. Thatsgood: if you thought therapy was expensive, try building a any event, the therapist might start by having the client design

    a house for themselves from scratch. Such a house should notreflect the house they actually reside in, but a house that manifeststheir life as it is lived psychologically. That house would be care-fully designed, then examined and discussed. After this a newhouse would be designed. This house would reflect what theclient wants his or her house to be. in essence it would indicatethe distance between where the client is and where they wish tobe. Maybe the new house is simply a studio, sun lit, with largeexpanses of glass (openness, individuality, clarity) whereas theold house might have been a typically dark pseudo-colonial (ahouse of conformity and fear). Most people start therapy be-cause they feel trapped in some way and what greater trap is there,both consciously and unconsciously, than the old house? it isa practical metaphor for what is wrong in ones life, whereas thenew house represents the possibility of escaping that trap; a newhouse, a new life. Such a process could well reveal many blocksand fears that the client has placed in his or her own way, as wellas 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 needsbe part therapist, why shouldnt a therapist be part architect?

    ~Stephen Dietemann

    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 toshare 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 oven3. Slice it like a meatloaf and serve it to your friends!

    Enjoy & happy holidays!

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    GOlDSMiTh, fine JeWelrYAnD GeMS

    laurie Donovan has been designing and creatingjewelry for over 35 years; during this time she cre-ated numerous pieces of jewelry either for privatecustomers or collections for galleries throughout thecountry. using gold, silver, or platinum, Donovancreates unique pieces of jewelry inspired by theshapes and colors in nature, often emulating the per-fect asymmetrical balance found in our Berkshirelandscape. The beautiful colors of the most pristinegemstones in the world have been at her disposal toprovide the focal point to the piece, or to inspire tex-tures and colors of precious metals. Gems providedby a local cutter include the most beautiful tourma-lines of all colors, sunny yellow heliodor, fancy col-ored zircons, Caribbean blue aquamarines, andburgundy colored garnets, to name a few.

    however, she has set spectacular opals, the deep-est soft richness of the finest sapphires, and thetruest red rubies i have ever seen. none can beplaced above another because they are all trulyunique and beautiful states Donovan.

    her plans for the new store are to continue toprovide the same quality and service of jewelrythat has been provided at this location in lenox forover 35 years. i intend to emphasize custom or-ders in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere.

    laurie Donovan is excited to be back in lenoxand have a home for her business and i am lookingforward to seeing familiar faces and friends. ienjoy working with people, solving jewelry prob-lems, and providing a unique service.

    Laurie Donovan Designs, 81 Church Street,Lenox, Massachusetts. Call 413-637-1589 or 413-637-1572,

    1370 pleasant st., rte 102, lee, ma (NEXT TO LEE FIRE STATION)

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