Cultural District

Pottery class with Molly CantorPottery class with Molly CantorIn 2012, the Village of Shelburne Falls was designated as a Cultural District by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and received the Creative Community Award.

This rural pairing of two villages – Shelburne and Buckland – on either side of the Deerfield River joined by an historic iron bridge is a delightful surprise. Honored as one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America,” the towns are recognized as a nationally desirable cultural destination.

Ariadne's Dream by Jane Wegscheider"Ariadne's Dream" by local artist Jane WegscheiderShelburne Falls gets it all right – preserving its historic, small town character while being open to the best of modern life. It is a village with a thriving cultural community nestled in the heart of farms and country roads. Enjoy world class opera in Memorial Hall’s Met Live series; visit eclectic art and crafts galleries and studios throughout the village; enjoy the ambience of Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, offering live music year-round. The Bridge of Flowers, once a busy trolley bridge, is now a world famous garden. Visit the trolley museum, the candlepin bowling alley, or the curious geological potholes. Linger in local eateries, enjoy fun family-friendly fairs and festivals throughout the year celebrate the arts, culture, and nature of Shelburne Falls and the surrounding hilltowns.

The Shelburne Falls Mosaic Mural Project

The Shelburne Falls Mosaic Mural Project was a community wide endeavor to celebrate the beauty of our rural area. Together we created 10 3’ x 3’ mosaic panels that represent our hilltowns of West County as well as 2 larger panels, ‘The Deerfield River’ and ‘American Indian Portrait’.

In June 2009, mosaic artist Cynthia Fisher had an idea stemming from her desire to create public art that could be enjoyed where she lived. In laying the groundwork for the project, she enlisted the support and involvement of school officials, teachers, community leaders, and building owners. The venture first gained the support of town selectpersons and business leaders. The educational aspects of the project were very important to Fisher. She did extensive research on the history of our local area and involved third grade students in the local school district that had a curriculum unit on their local area, and in doing so the task of deciding content for the 10 hilltown mosaics was theirs.

Here are the 10 hilltown mosaics:

AshfieldBuckland Charlemont Colrain Conway Hawley Heath Plainfield Rowe Shelburne

Cultural District Events

Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Shelburne Falls, MA

Every Second Saturday

Enjoy our unusual small businesses,
meet the artists,
relish the food of our restaurants,
walk in natural beauty,
and experience HOME.

Celebrate the river in June!

Visit these local businesses:

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Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): CHRISTIN COUTURE: The Nearest Faraway Place
Encaustic Landscape Paintings 

For over a decade in all weather and seasons Christin Couture has drawn, painted, photographed, and filmed from a precipice overlooking the Deerfield River's Salmon Falls, her 'nearest faraway place' close to home in Shelburne Falls, MA. The Nearest Faraway Place exhibits a selection of the encaustic landscape paintings in this series of works. Reception is 4-6pm, music by Rosemary Caine. Contact salmonfallsgallery.com or 413.625.9833. (Photo Right: Falls/Blue Night Lights by Christin Couture. Mixed medium: oil, beeswax, acrylic, and colored pencil, on archival panel mounted on wood cradles, 8 X 10 inches)

 

Keystone Market (44 Bridge St)

 

Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St) will be featuring an exhibition of photographs by Amanda Quinby.  The show “Portals and Passages,” will be a collection of platinum/palladium and gum bichromate prints of windows, doors, stairways, and bridges.

 

Molly Cantor Pottery (20 Bridge St)

 

Hearty Eats (24 Bridge St)

 

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The Art Garden (14 Depot St): Regional Teen Art Exhibit: "Works in Progress" organized by ARTeens for teens. Exhibit runs: June 10 - 30 and is supported in part by Local Cultural Councils.
Opening Reception: 6 - 8pm. Music, poetry, and performances from 7-8pm. 

The Art Garden is located in the Trolley Museum building. Parking access is via Elm St. or walk from Salmon Falls Gallery via Depot St. Directions on website: www.theartgarden.org 

 

Arms Library (60 Bridge St): Friends of the Arms Library Book Sale, 10 am - 3 pm. All money earned from this event goes to support programming, operations and special projects at the Arms Library.

 

Village Information Center (75 Bridge St): The Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club will host their annual tag sale!

 

A special performance by Exploded View: River down at the Glacial Potholes on Deerfield Ave from 4-6 pm. Listen for the Ageless Waves of Rhythm drumming, starting at 3 pm to call you down to the Potholes! Supported by HATCH (Hilltown Arts & Thriving Community Happenings).

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The Crescent Dancers (pictured right), Western Mass' belly dancing group, will perform at the Arms Library (75 Bridge St) at 1pm, and then dance over the Bridge of Flowers, their true hearts' desire. 

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Flanders Law Offices Keystone Market Molly Cantor Pottery Salmon Falls Gallery Shelburne Arts Co-op Greenfield Savings Bank hearty eats art garden

 

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Rebecca Clark: Fine Art Soft Pastel Workshop
Sunday, June 11th, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

ARTISTS IN THE GALLERY:
Sunday, June 11 & 25, 2-4pm

REBECCA CLARK 

Fine Art Soft Pastel Workshop
$20 + $5 materials fee for each class
preregistration required

If you're fascinated with vibrant color and line work, and want to carve out a few hours to work with a new medium, Becky will introduce you to the immediate gratification of pastel. These classes allow you to experiment while building skill and confidence in your handling of the medium. For beginners and those with drawing experience, each session will include drawing exercises and opportunities to create finished artworks and offers an open environment of sharing knowledge and posing questions with individual attention. In a very short time span we touch on some of the most important aspects of mastering pastels. You may sign up for one, or both. If you sign up for both, the second session will hone in on already acquired skills from the first session.

Parking is available in the lot next to Salmon Falls Gallery.
 
Business After Hours
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
People's United Bank, 90 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Join us for networking and refreshments after work! We will be discussing Human Resources solutions and services.

All are invited.

$5 for GSFABA members | $8 for non-members

Hosted by People's United Bank.

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Want to host a future Business After Hours? Download the host agreement here and send to shira@shelburnefalls.com or P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 (must be a GSFABA member...join today!)

 
Rebecca Clark: Fine Art Soft Pastel Workshop
Sunday, June 25th, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

ARTISTS IN THE GALLERY:
Sunday, June 11 & 25, 2-4pm

REBECCA CLARK 

Fine Art Soft Pastel Workshop
$20 + $5 materials fee for each class
preregistration required

If you're fascinated with vibrant color and line work, and want to carve out a few hours to work with a new medium, Becky will introduce you to the immediate gratification of pastel. These classes allow you to experiment while building skill and confidence in your handling of the medium. For beginners and those with drawing experience, each session will include drawing exercises and opportunities to create finished artworks and offers an open environment of sharing knowledge and posing questions with individual attention. In a very short time span we touch on some of the most important aspects of mastering pastels. You may sign up for one, or both. If you sign up for both, the second session will hone in on already acquired skills from the first session.

There is parking available in the lot next to Salmon Falls Gallery.
 
Fiber Frolic: Weaving, Spinning, & Natural Dyeing Workshop
Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come and experience the joy of weaving, spinning, and natural dyeing during the "Fiber Frolic" - an inter-generational workshop!

July 3-7, 2017, 9 am to 3 pm.

Ages 10 to adult

$325 (+50 materials)

Learn to weave on a floor loom and take home your own rag rug and towel or napkin. 

Weave on a Viking-style loom, a bank loom, and a drawloom! Learn spinning & natural dyeing!

Bring a lunch for our picnics in this lovely setting.

For more information, visit www.Vavstuga.com.

 
17th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner
Sunday, August 20th, 2017, 5:30 PM -
Iron Bridge, Shelburne Falls, MA

Modeled after a similar community dinner in France, this unique event features a single table set with linens and china for 400 people along the entire span of the Iron Bridge over the Deerfield River that connects the towns of Buckland and Shelburne. The dinner celebrates the closeness and friendship of the two communities that share many common bonds, including the Iron Bridge.

A fundraiser for the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association and the Mohawk Athletic Association.

Seating at 5:30 pm; dinner is served at 6:00 pm.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 20th, 2017 and are $50 per person:

Tickets will be on sale in person at the Village Information Center (75 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls) from 4-7 pm. 

Phone ticket sales will begin at 8 pm. Please call 413-625-2526 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you wish to reserve. Then on Friday, July 21, we will call back in the order the messages were received to accept credit card payment over the phone. Please be available to answer your phone and have a credit card ready. We will try calling you twice and if we don't reach you, we will move on to the next person.

Seating is assigned upon ticket purchase.

Email Shira@shelburnefalls.com to be added to the Iron Bridge Dinner email list.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

gsb greenfield coop bank peoples

 
Moonlight Magic
Friday, November 24th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Village of Shelburne Falls

Moonlight Magic has become a traditional event across the region. It is the kick-off to the holiday season that includes Lighting of the Village, the Parade of Lights, Santa’s Workshop, carolers, and street performers.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

gsb greenfield coop bank