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Call For Submissions :: "Take A Seat Auction" :: JTNY
Posted June 28, 2010

The Annual "Take a Seat" Auction, to benefit The Reg Lenna Civic Center, is looking for Artists to paint/design on a piece of found or vintage furniture for auction. The organizers have several different older wooden chairs and end tables available, or participants can provide their own piece of furniture. Interested Artists will need to complete an Artist Bio & Info Sheet ASAP & have their piece for the auction completed & delivered by Monday July 26th.

For more info, email event organizer Kate Ebersole:
kewillow (at)

(From the Press Release)
"The Take a Seat Auction will be held on Wednesday July 28th at the Bemus Point Casino with the artist reception to be held on Tuesday July 27th. Auctioneer Chuck Ludwig is ready to put our piece in the limelight for everyone to see and bid on to own. What a great way to showcase your talent!

We hope that you will consider being a part of Take a Seat this year. It is one of the major fundraisers for the Reg, as well as a fun evening in Bemus Point during the great summer season. In addition to the live auction, there will also be a silent auction and a raffle, all in a fun party atmosphere."


Call for Submissions :: "Audio/Visual" Juried Show :: JTNY
Posted June 25, 2010
Call for Submissions ::

The Wright Gallery At The Reg Lenna Civic Center and Active Artists Alliance are now taking submissions for a juried art show. "Audio/Visual" will open on Saturday September 11 and feature art and photography inspired by music. The exhibit will coincide with Local Music Showcase in Downtown Jamestown, NY.

Artists interested in participating must follow the following criteria:

Submit up to 3 samples in digital form.
Minimum 5x7 at 2/300 dpi, maximum up to 8x10 at 300 dpi.
Art reflects a musical inspiration.
Art is original and contain no images under copyright.
Art is 2-dimensional.
A title, dimensions and medium is included with each submission.
Name, mailing address and phone number must be included with samples.

All submissions must be sent to Len Barry ( by August 1 with the subject heading “Audio/Visual” submission. A local jury will review the submissions and choose participating artists by mid-August. If chosen, artist must pay for shipping and handling of art to and from the Wright Gallery. All sales of the art will be conducted by the Arts Council Of Chautauqua County and include a 25% commission that will be allocated toward upkeep and marketing of the gallery. More information is available by visiting or calling 664-2465, extension 227.

“Audio/Visual” is made possible by support from New York State Council On The Arts State And Local Partnership funding and the Arts Council For Chautauqua County.


2 BABY GRAMPS shows in JTNY :: Saturday 6/12
Posted June 10, 2010
2 BABY GRAMPS shows in JTNY :: Saturday 6/12

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 12th, The beautiful city of Jamestown will be blessed not once, but TWICE, with performances from Seattle's Baby Gramps.

During the afternoon, he'll play at Part 2 of our Annual Spring Showcase at JCC Park on Curtis Street, from about 4-9pm, along with Hot Stenographer, Escape Tower, Cindy Haight, Katie Elfman, And others. When the Park closes at 9, we'll all head up to Mojo's Music Bar on 2nd Street for the AAAlliance after-party with Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples, and a rocking late night set from Gramps. The Mojo's after-party goes from 10pm-2am with a cover of $5.

For those of you who don't already know, Baby Gramps is a world-renowned steel guitar player and blues / folk / hobo singer from Seattle, who has been performing at festivals, on streets and on concert stages since 1965. He sings with a voice that's a cross between Popeye and a Tuvan throat singer with a hint of Tom Waits, and he plays a sort of tricky, rhythmic guitar in his own style that he originated, which is known as "scribbling". The guitar is early 1900's National Resonator, and Gramps himself would appear to be from the very same era. His shows draw from an immense pool of traditional songs, blues standards, work songs, folk songs, show tunes, and original songs, and he never performs a song the same way twice.

He was featured on the Rogues Gallery album of sea shanties, which was released in 2006 and produced by Johnny Depp as a companion to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. Gramps has also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and has toured and performed all over the US and all through Europe and Australia as part of the Rogue's Gallery Tours.

This will be Gramps' first -ever appearance in Jamestown, NY, and probably your only chance to see him in The Northeastern US for the rest of the year, so don't miss out. People will be talking about this show for a long time to come.