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

Art Exhibit: "The Lay of the Land"
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Shelburne Arts Co-op

Artist: Nina Anderson Coler
Start Date: March 27, 2019
End Date: April 29, 2019
Reception Date: April 6, 5-7pm
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Sun-Mon, & Wed-Thurs 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
Website: www.shelburneartscoop.com

The April exhibit at the Shelburne Arts Co-op, "The Lay of the Land," will feature the work of Ashfield artist Nina Anderson Coler. A native of Western MA, Nina's watercolors demonstrate her passion for the rural landscape.  She views her paintings as another way to advocate for the environment and the preservation of open space. She and her husband live off the grid on 100 acres of field and forest, growing most of their own food, harvesting their own firewood, and sharing their land for hiking and skiing.

A reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, April 6, 5 - 7 pm.

 
Creating Together: Collaborations Between Mothers & Their Children
Friday, March 1st, 2019
Salmon Falls Gallery

This exhibit shows the creative partnership between moms and their children when making artwork together. Three moms and their children are the artists. Below are statements by the artist/moms about their artmaking process with their children:

"Travis and I love to hunt for stuff together. Rocks, sticks, but most of all pirate treasures. Travis started making me maps to find the treasure. They were so beautiful that I decided it would be fun to color them in. These works look like abstract art but really are Treasure Maps! We use markers and oil pastels. We have a lot of fun creating together."
Missy Ashton (mom)
Travis Sullivan (5 years)
 
"Paige and I like to get crazy with our art work. We make lots of beautiful pieces of art and cut them up afterwards. At first I was heartbroken by this, until we found a way to work together on Paige’s projects. Paige makes colorful and playful art using paint and watercolors. I then cut them up to make smaller images or use them as pieces to collage into a larger piece."
Missy Ashton (mom)
Paige Sullivan (3 years)

"Thomas and I have always satiated our creative hungers together. There is a shared eye for the potential in everything. From all around us we randomly find, recycle, borrow from nature, and salvage discarded items of inspiration to bring sleepy visions, day dreams, and what we see, read, or imagine to life. When it comes to design, I always let Thomas lead as far as his ability reaches. When his hands feel limited, I help with my words until his are guiding my hands and together we abandon our treasures to begin again."
Scarlet Kitchen (mom)
Thomas Kitchen (4 years)

"Lela was 3 months away from being two when we moved to Shelburne Falls in 2016. The move allowed me to stay home with her, filling our free time with coloring and painting. Our favorite materials are oil pastels and a small set of traveling watercolors. Pencil, pen, colored pencils, crayons, and markers are used sparingly. In the beginning I would paint something and Lela would add to the picture. I made sure to pull it away before the picture turned into a muddy mess. As Lela grew older she would take the initiative and draw a picture that would inspire me and I would finish it. The hand of a child creates movements on the page that as adults we have lost. There is a wildness in the work that painter Cy Twombly could only dream of. Making art with my child has provided me a freedom and confidence that I did not allow myself as an artist creating work alone."
Mia Radysh (mom)
Lela (4 1/2 years)

 
Art Exhibit: Belinda Lyons Zucker: Women of Power
Friday, February 8th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Belinda Lyons Zucker
Women of Power
Fabric Figures
Exhibit: February 8 - April 28
Reception: March 2019

Doll Making Workshop: Mythical Women
February 10, 2-4pm
$40 includes materials
Call or email the gallery to preregister

​An exhibition of dolls and figures by Belinda Lyons Zucker. Inspired by the feminine impact In West African Mythology. These idealized female figures portray the mysteries and power of the stages of existence.

 
The Hilltown Draw-Around
Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
The Cowell Gym, 51 Maple St. Shelburne Falls

On April 27th, The Hilltown Draw-Around is back for a 5th year of 12 hours full of drawing, doodling, coloring, mark-making fun! The Art Garden invites everyone to this unusual community event and pay-what-you-can fundraiser for the ARTeens program, an after school program for area teens. 

Once again we will cover the Cowell Gym in Shelburne Falls with paper and open the doors from 12 noon until midnight for everyone to draw wherever they want. This year’s event will see the return of annual favorites like the giant floor mandala that people can color in and add to, a 3-D coloring experience, text corner, community portrait wall, plexiglas portrait drawing station, and the human-powered drawing machine - what will it look like this year? As always we will be adding in new prompts and activities to inspire everyone to create and play together.  

Come for an hour, or stay for the entire 12. Enjoy coloring with friends or drawing on your own, or take part in a mini drawing workshop. Listen to local musicians throughout the day and enjoy delicious foods for sale at our Cowell Cafe. This unique art party is fun for all ages and abilities!

 
Piper Glass & Steel: Garden Structures and Ornaments
Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Garden Structures and Ornaments: works by Piper Glass & Steel

Inspiration for your garden is on its way! Piper Foreso of Piper Glass & Steel has transformed one of our featured exhibit spaces into a whimsy-filled garden. Featured will be stakes topped by birds and other fine animals, glass shapes for the sun to illuminate and totally fun pieces to hang from trees or garden hook or, in our case, the ceiling of the gallery. All these works are meant to be outside making your garden magical.

Piper thinks some of the exhibit might live just outside the gallery entrance in what could be our garden with a bit more love. As Piper says, this is an exhibit to show you “A variety of structures and decorations that provide visual interest, functional support, and fun in the garden. Materials used include steel, stainless steel, glass, and wood. Inspired by the beauty, magic, and endless possibilities of gardening!”

I believe Piper’s enthusiasm will be contagious, a very good thing for your garden. Join us Saturday, June 1 from 3-5pm to celebrate, with music by Chris Eriquezzo. Exhibit can be viewed May 3 through June 30. For more information, visit the Salmon Falls Gallery website or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

 
Art Opening: Piper Glass & Steel: Garden Structures and Ornaments
Saturday, June 1st, 2019, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Garden Structures and Ornaments: works by Piper Glass & Steel

Inspiration for your garden is on its way! Piper Foreso of Piper Glass & Steel has transformed one of our featured exhibit spaces into a whimsy-filled garden. Featured will be stakes topped by birds and other fine animals, glass shapes for the sun to illuminate and totally fun pieces to hang from trees or garden hook or, in our case, the ceiling of the gallery. All these works are meant to be outside making your garden magical.

Piper thinks some of the exhibit might live just outside the gallery entrance in what could be our garden with a bit more love. As Piper says, this is an exhibit to show you “A variety of structures and decorations that provide visual interest, functional support, and fun in the garden. Materials used include steel, stainless steel, glass, and wood. Inspired by the beauty, magic, and endless possibilities of gardening!”

I believe Piper’s enthusiasm will be contagious, a very good thing for your garden. Join us Saturday, June 1 from 3-5pm to celebrate, with music by Chris Eriquezzo. Exhibit can be viewed May 3 through June 30. For more information, visit the Salmon Falls Gallery website or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.