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

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.

 
Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, July 8th, 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 Independence Day in July!

Visit these local businesses (Stay tuned for events and activities):

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Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): Tom Wyatt’s exhibit of his photographs on metal, Reflection and Illusion, reception 4-6 pm with improvisations on sax by Loren Feinstein. (Photo right: Bumper by Tom Wyatt)

Keystone Market (44 Bridge St)

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Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St): "Along the River": Painters, printmakers, photographers, fiber, glass, and mixed media artists display images of Shelburne Falls--the river, the potholes, the Bridge of Flowers, and other local scenes. Reception 2-5 pm. (Photo Right: "The Falls" by Albyn Davis)

Molly Cantor Pottery (20 Bridge St): Wheel throwing for all! Anyone may come by from 2-5 pm and try their hand at the potter's wheel with some informal coaching for free. (Items made may be fired for a small fee.)

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Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum (14 Depot St): 25% discount on the Floating Rubber Duck (pictured right) for Second Saturday---Regular $7.95 on sale for $5.95! 

Hearty Eats (24 Bridge St)

The Art Garden (14 Depot St)

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Tom Wyatt: Reflection and Illusion - Reception
Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St, Shelburne Falls
Reception - Saturday, July 8, 4-6pm, with improvisation on sax and other instruments by Loren Feinstein

Warwick photographer Tom Wyatt has always been fascinated by optical mysteries. This fascination brought him to photography in 1995 first as a commercial photographer, and then for his own artwork. Wyatt began to seek out these optical mysteries in the world around him, eventually in reflections. In his words:

“The first reflective surface I photographed was an autumn Massachusetts pond with colorful birch trees. The yellow and white squiggly ripples in the water captivated me – soothing yet unpredictable. Sinking deeper into water reflections, I was amazed to find images coming out of my camera that reminded me of impressionist favorites like Van Gogh and Monet.”

Initially in his journey to capture these reflections, Wyatt kept recognizable elements in the photographs. Over time the boundary between realism and abstraction blurred as he concentrated on distorted water patterns. Soon his photographs could be named purely abstract; line, color and light for their own sake. Wyatt uses reflections as a portal or a visual springboard for the viewer to dive into their own reaction to each image, be it a brief, quiet interlude or immersing oneself into an alternative reality.

“With bounced light, magic can happen. Curving or bending light and the resulting shapes and forms open a doorway for our subjective minds. Whimsical or mysterious possibilities abound.”

Wyatt uses a Canon digital camera and lens, usually on a tripod. Experimenting with slightly different angles and times of day (or year) change the compositions greatly. Wyatt searches for dramatic colors and textures. Hues get intensified when reflected and may seem “unbelievable.” His images are not computer-generated or significantly altered. He edits his images to retouch, crop/rotate and make tonal/color corrections. His objective is to show exactly what he saw. Photographic prints on archival aluminum complete this goal, adding a vibrant luminosity that rivals the original scene. Wyatt is a graduate of the intensive program at the Hallmark School for Photography and a founding member of the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists.

See Tom Wyatt: Reflection and Illusion through August 27 at Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, MA. For more information, SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

 
Saxophone player Loren Feinstein, at Salmon Falls Gallery
Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Loren Feinstein is a multi-instrumentalist musician with over 20 years of experience playing in many different styles, with cultural influences from all over the world. He uses a unique blend of African, Native American, and Western instruments to create a powerful sound experience, leading people on a musical expedition into themselves to find harmony within and connection to each other and the living Earth. He will be playing at Salmon Falls Gallery Saturday, July 8 from 4-6pm during the reception for Tom Wyatt’s photography. SalmonFallsGallery.com for more information.

 
Iron Bridge Dinner Ticket Sales
Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
75 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA

 Get your tickets for the 17th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner! Act fast, they sell out quickly!

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, July 20th. 

Phone ticket sales will begin at 8 pm, July 20th. 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 21st, 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.

 

About the Iron Bridge Dinner: Sunday, August 20, 2017 

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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Violist Daniel Foster & Flutist Adria Sternstein Foster
Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Violist Daniel Foster is active as an orchestral player, soloist, chamber musician and teacher. As Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1995, he has been a regularly featured soloist with the orchestra. Mr. Foster is a member of the Dryden String Quartet, and has appeared at the Marlboro and Bowdoin Festivals, and the Pacific Music Festival. As a teacher at the University of Maryland, he has seen several former students earn major orchestral and university positions. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and The Curtis Institute, Mr. Foster studied with Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey and Karen Tuttle.

Adria Sternstein Foster joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra as Principal Flutist in 1994. At the Kennedy Center she has appeared as soloist with both the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Symphony. She has performed as guest principal flutist with the New York Philharmonic and guest assistant principal with the Boston Symphony. A member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society, Ms. Foster regularly performs music for flute, harp and strings throughout the DC area.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Foster attended Juilliard Pre-College as a student of Bonnie Lichter and went on to receive her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Juilliard studying under Julius Baker and Jeanne Baxtresser.

Adria is honored to be collaborating on Volume II of the popular book “Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Piano Accompaniment” with her mentor Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic.

Violist David Foster and Flutist Adria Sternstein Foster play for the reception of Trina Sears Sternstein: Imagined Landscapes, Sat., Aug. 12, 4-6pm.

 
Trina Sears Sternstein: Imagined Landscapes - Reception
Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St, Shelburne Falls

Sternstein’s exhibit can be seen June 30 – August 27, with her reception on Saturday, August 12, 4-6pm. Music by Adria and Daniel Foster. Daniel is Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra and Adria is the principal flutist for the Kennedy Center Opera House. Please join us for this special reception.

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For Hawley, MA painter Trina Sears Sternstein, living in Western Massachusetts gives her the inspiration for her art. Its landscapes are the fodder for her own imagined landscape paintings. Sternstein’s paintings are exquisitely detailed in a completely atmospheric way. She takes her time to paint each piece and that consideration shows. In her own words:

“For my entire life I have loved the landscape of Western Massachusetts. For me it has a beauty which I have never taken for granted. Parts of it are still peaceful. The objects one sees and the sounds one hears are natural ones. I places we can still see the night sky without competition from flashing or other man-made lights.

My paintings are not of any particular places. I make up the compositions and attempt to express my feelings about the place where I live in color, tone, pattern and line.

Western MA, in fact all of New England, is threatened with industrialization. I hope that my pictures among other things will makes some small contribution to saving what is left of the loveliness of our area by reminding people of it.”

Trina Sears Sternstein studied fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; the Academia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Trina’s paintings have been exhibited at the Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA; The Community Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Newburgh Gallery, Newburgh, NY; The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA; the Franklin Land Trust exhibits and auctions in Shelburne Falls and Deerfield, MA; at a private exhibition at Rye Close in rural MA; at the Hosmer Gallery in Northampton, MA; and at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY.

For more information, www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

 
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!

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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!

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