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Briefings: Run for Tara Sunday, photos sought for Easthampton calendar

Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and the Elusie Gallery in the Old Town Hall, has a vision for a 2013 calendar that will showcase the beauty of Easthampton and raise money for a cause dear to his heart.

Pasche is seeking photographs taken in the city in 2012 to create a 2013 Easthampton calendar to benefit the Pascommuck Conservation Trust’s “Save Open Space in our Neighborhoods” campaign.

He said he came up with the idea while trying to think of a way to contribute to the trust’s campaign to fund the purchase of two new properties. He hopes the calendar will be an annual fundraiser for different causes or organizations around the city.

Pasche said he is excited to start receiving submissions from anyone and everyone. “It’s not just a call to artists,” he said. “I wanted to reach out to more people, and photography is the perfect medium, because everybody takes pictures.”

“They can be amateur or professional, you don’t have to live in Easthampton, and it doesn’t have to be a landscape; it could be a picture of a leaf, or a building or anything,” he said.

Pasche said Robert Floyd of the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton will select the winning images that best show the beauty of Easthampton based on the originality, creativity and diversity of photographs.

The calendar will be available for purchase at the gallery and around the city on Dec. 8, but he said he has not decided on a price yet. All the proceeds of the calendar sales will go to the trust.

The 12 images will also be framed and on display at the Elusie Gallery from Dec. 8 through the end of the year. They will be available for purchase, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Pascommuck Conservation Trust, 40 percent to the artist, and 10 percent to cover operating costs.

Winners will also get a free calendar and a free matted and framed copy of their image.

“I think a lot of people are taking some nice images and I hope the variety will be nice,” he said.

The submission deadline is Nov. 24. There is a submission fee of $5 per image, and each person can submit up to four images, either by sending 8-by-10-inch prints or emailing digital images to artfund@eastmontgallery.net.

For more information or to obtain an application form, visit www.eastmontgallery.net or call the gallery at (413) 529-9265.

Run for Tara

After a record-breaking event last year, organizers of the annual Run for Tara are hoping this year’s event will raise even more money to fight eating disorders.

The cross-country 5-kilometer race has been held for eleven years on Nov. 11, the birthday of the late Tara Sheehan, a former Southampton woman who died in 2002 after a 10-year battle with anorexia.

Last year’s event was the biggest ever, raising approximately $10,000 and drawing nearly 300 participants, said John Sheehan, Tara Sheehan’s father.

The $10,000 — raised through the race, a raffle and donations from area businesses and residents — was split between the Tara Sheehan Scholarship at the Walden Center in Northampton, which treats people with eating disorders, and the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association, to visit area schools to educate students about eating disorders.

Last year, the Oct. 30, 2011 snowstorm damaged trees along the cross-country course on the Williston campus and Nonotuck Park, so race organizers had to improvise a new route that avoided the most damaged areas.

The race starts on Galbraith Field at The Williston-Northampton School, where Tara Sheehan was a cross-country star while a student. A kids’ quarter-mile run starts at 11 a.m., followed by a 5-kilometer walk at 11:15 and a 5-kilometer run at 11:45.

Registration costs $15 before Nov. 6 or $20 after that, or $10 for students. The kids’ race is free.

For more information, visit www.runfortara.org.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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