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

Artists in the Gallery: Mary Teichman - Color Etching & Techniques
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

You are invited to another of our “Artists in the Gallery” series, where artists who exhibit at Salmon Falls Gallery have a chance to share more about their art-making process. Holyoke artist Mary Teichman has been making prints since 1975. Her gallery talk includes slides and sample prints. In her words, "My multi-plate color etchings are triggered by things I observe: a color or texture, a slant of light--especially those that evoke memories. I am fascinated by the quality of light at night, and by the shapes emerging as my eyes adjust to the darkness. My layered technique, with its possibilities for rich color and dense blacks, lends itself easily to night scenes." Come to the gallery Sunday, July 23, 2-4pm to listen, ask questions and meet the artist. For more information SalmonFallsGallery.com, 413.625.9833.

This event is free. Parking is available.
 
Artists in the Gallery: Juliet Bacchas - Hand-building with Clay
Sunday, August 6th, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Juliet Bacchas of Monson, MA is the next Salmon Falls Gallery artist to share more about her art. Bacchas demonstrates the African coiling technique with which she hand builds her clay vessels, and then the process of cutting through a vessel to create pattern. Taught by the Jamaican master potter Cecil Baugh, Bacchas carries on his tradition of excellence. Come to learn something new for your own clay work or to simply enjoy seeing the process of handbuilding in clay. Come to the gallery Sunday, August 6, 2-4pm to listen, ask questions and meet the artist. For more information SalmonFallsGallery.com, 413.625.9833.

This event is Free. Parking is Available.
 
Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, August 12th, 2017
Shelburne Falls, MA
Race Day: Register to walk, run, or volunteer for the Bridge of Flowers Classic 10K or 3K and stay for Second Saturday events!

Every Second Saturday

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

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

 

Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): 

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TRINA SEARS STERNSTEIN: Imagined Landscapes - Reception 4-6 pm

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:

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“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.”

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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.

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.


 

Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St): 


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The Art Garden (14 Depot St): 


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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.

 
Artists in the Gallery: Inge Jockers - Keum-Boo Fine Silver & Gold Jewelry
Sunday, August 13th, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Jewelry fascinates us – the unique beauty of handmade jewelry even more so. Inge talks about her inspiration and the techniques she uses to achieve the rich textured and sometimes rough beauty of her jewelry. Have you heard about the traditional Korean technique Keum-Boo? Inge will explain and demonstrate how she works with Silver and Gold and she will tell you about the gemstones that enhance her creations. ​Inge's work will be on display. Choose a unique piece as a gift for yourself or a special someone. Come to the gallery Sunday, August 13, 2-4pm to ask questions, meet the artist and take home something exquisite. For more information SalmonFallsGallery.com, 413.625.9833.

This event is free. Parking is also available.
 
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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Flowers provided by Stone Meadow Gardens

 
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.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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