7.5 Billion People Invited to Party in Five Foot Wide Gallery

TURNERS FALLS, MA — The entire world has been invited to Nina’s Nook, operated by gallerista Nina Rossi in the village of Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Prints and small carvings by 0.001% famous artist Theo Fadel will be for sale through August 8.  The Nook is five feet wide.

 

A life size doll enjoys the garden at Nina’s Nook. Courtesy of Nina Rossi.

“There’s tonnes of space” said Tiny Dragon, a  2mm scale figurine previously featured in the Charlottean. Known as Tiny D, she is Fadel’s manager. “This used to be a hot peanut shack. It holds sixteen thousand and eight hundred short tons of peanuts. Off the top of my head, that’s twenty-four million a hundred ninety-two thousand individual naked peanuts, and change. That’s a lot of peanuts, so I don’t think it’s gonna be too crowded. I think even some walnuts could fit. I ain’t even included the alley garden out back which has no roof, so sky’s the limit. Seven and a half billion goes into sky’s-the-limit real easy because of the magic of outer space.”

The Turners Falls fish ladder and dam. Photo courtesy of Nina Rossi.

“I love Turners Falls” added Redbird, a celebrity holiday ornament from Holyoke, Massachusetts who is also managed by Tiny D. “Just yesterday I went swimming with friends in the fish ladder, and tomorrow we’re going over the falls in twelve ounce coffee cups. It’s just grand!”

The Louvre Grand Gallery, Hubert Robert, 1796.

 

Nina’s Nook is a true gallery. Architecturally speaking it is half room, half hallway and belongs to the same building typology as the Guggenheim Museum in New York City as well as the Grande Gallerie of the Louvre in Paris, France. The Nook, like the Louvre, transforms an old corridor into brilliant exhibition space.

The interior of Nina’s Nook

Indeed, the Nook gallery was a twentieth century alley shoppe selling roasted peanuts. Later it was the bottle depository of a candy store. Comparably, the Louvre was a twelfth century fortress. It later served as an art laden palace and artistes’ dormitory before its conversion during the French Revolution to a public exhibitorium. Details and timelines of both buildings are available on their websites.

“Nina Rossi has done something immeasurably special with this alleyway. She’s an artist and poet herself” commented Redbird. “Up here, near the Vermont border, the Connecticut River is not so wide as when it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.”

“Speaking of which,” interrupted Tiny D, “did you know that back in the day Rossi operated a fish winch on the P-town docks?”

Redbird, courtesy Tiny Dragon Enterprises.

“I did” continued Redbird, “and the reason why is that the wine-dark sea is everywhere available to whomever will brave it.”

Nina’s Nook is located at 125A, Avenue A in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. The hours are here.  The mini show of work by Theo Fadel, imperfect people, runs from July 1 through August 8. The entire world is invited to a reception July 8, 4 to 7pm. The Gallerie is closed July 4.

 

Visit the Cottage Street Art Zoo this Weekend, or next

a detail from the Chemical Wedding illustrated by Theo FadelEasthampton — Cottage Street Art Zoo is open and displaying caged art works this weekend and next, to . . . well, anybody really. Art works range from friendly to ferocious but all are caged so no worries. Studio number 428 on the canal side is open Saturday and Sunday and will contain Theo Fadel; woodblock prints;  some drawings, pastels and paintings; sculpture carved of wood; a few relief carvings; small wooden dolls or effigies as you please; a book The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz in a new edition by John Crowley illustrated by Theo Fadel; sketches and drawings from the aforementioned book; something else; and otherwhat.

One Cottage Street in Easthampton, Massachusetts: Saturday, December 3, 10AM to 5PM; Sunday December 4, Noon to 5PM; and again on Saturday December 10, 10AM to 5PM.

 

 

Treasure Trove!

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Bowls and practice boards created at Turn and Burn, Theo Fadel’s weekend introduction to woodturning and pyrography at Snow Farm.

WILLIAMSBURG — A stunning horde of fine woodcraft was discovered over the weekend.  It was well concealed within dusty old chunks of poplar wood at Snow Farm, a craft school nestled in the Ancient Western Massachusetts hill towns.  Four fine woodworkers made the discovery, some of whom did not know they were woodworkers until Sunday.

“I’m so happy” remarked one artisan. “It’s a real treasure” said pyrography and  woodcrafting  guide Theo Fadel, “The Black Forest is so much larger than most people realize. Pockets of it regularly appear at places like Snow Farm where people are hunting for lovely artifacts. The fairy undergrowth often tosses up a lovely horde like this marvelous set of bowls from within its roots . . . just like that.”

The discovery was coincidental to Turn and Burn, Theo Fadel’s introductory workshop on woodturning and pyrography conducted the same weekend at Snow Farm.

Open Mic at Middle-of -the-Night Club

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Holyoke, MA — A sudden floor show occurred early this morning at the Middle-of-the-Night Club.  At 3:30 AM a Mr. Surprise Poet took the mic for a two hour recitation.  Midway through a fight broke out between two tortoiseshell cats but went largely unnoticed.

“It helps corral sublimity” the poet later said, “if you hold a flashlight under your chin.”

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