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

In My Nature: a scanography exhibit by Marty Klein
Friday, May 4th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Easthampton artist Marty Klein says: “People with cameras take pictures. I make them.” He’s referring to the fact that he does not use a camera to make his images, and he must place objects on the bed of the flatbed scanner that he uses as a photographer would use a camera.

His images are created with natural objects (most locally grown or foraged) as subjects. The medium is called scanography. Klein has been creating images in this manner since 2006, both as an outlet for his creativity and as a way to share his knowledge and appreciation of the natural world with others. All of Klein’s prints are on fine art rag paper or canvas, using archival inks. The prints capture the ephemeral nature of his organic subjects for posterity.

“In my work, I strive to portray nature's essences, forms, patterns and colors, the familiar and the less-seen details.”

Here’s how he does it: “I use my scanner as a high resolution camera with a macro/close-up lens. To create a composition, I initially compose the subjects - leaves, flowers, etc. on the glass plate, cover open. I edit the scans in Photoshop, often spending many hours digitally painting in backgrounds and/or editing out the stray dust and pollen that invariably accompanies my subjects. My editing process results in images that look to be a hybrid of illustration and photography, displaying much depth and detail. Because the scanner captures the image from below, I am sometimes surprised by what appears in the image on my monitor.”

Klein’s exhibit can be seen May 4 – July 1, with a reception on Saturday, May 5, 3-5pm, with improvisations on sax by Loren Feinstein. Marty will give an artist's talk on his unique process Sunday, June 10, 2-4pm. Please join us. For more information, visit www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

Photo captions:

Enchanted, a scanograph by Marty Klein

Night Dancer, a scanograph by Marty Klein

 
상실: Drawings & Sewn Works on Paper by Katie Yun
Friday, May 4th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Katie Yun is both an artist and a chef, and her work explores identity and feelings of otherness.  상실 is comprised of reflections from her time living in the Franklin County area. As a Korean-American queer woman, Yun’s art brings to light the inherent politics of identity. The following quote by author Jenny Zhang captures some of the experience Yun expresses in her art:

“My privileged upbringing and education and linguistic fluency gave me such proximity to whiteness that it stung all the more to still find myself outside of it.”  —Jenny Zhang 

Yun completed her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, along with a double major in Psychology and Brain Sciences. She was awarded the Eda L. and Clarence C. Cushing Memorial Prize in Painting (2016) and the Peter Marcus Prize in Printmaking (2017). Katie’s work has been shown in multiple galleries including the Des Lee Gallery, the Duet Gallery, and the Granite City Art and Design District Gallery in St. Louis. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Yun’s exhibit can be seen May 4 – July 1, with a reception on Saturday, May 5, 3-5pm. Improvisations on sax by Loren Feinstein. Please join us. For more information, visit www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

 
Reception for "상실: Drawings & Sewn Works on Paper" by Katie Yun
Saturday, May 5th, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Katie Yun is both an artist and a chef, and her work explores identity and feelings of otherness.  상실 is comprised of reflections from her time living in the Franklin County area. As a Korean-American queer woman, Yun’s art brings to light the inherent politics of identity. The following quote by author Jenny Zhang captures some of the experience Yun expresses in her art:

“My privileged upbringing and education and linguistic fluency gave me such proximity to whiteness that it stung all the more to still find myself outside of it.”  —Jenny Zhang 

Yun completed her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, along with a double major in Psychology and Brain Sciences. She was awarded the Eda L. and Clarence C. Cushing Memorial Prize in Painting (2016) and the Peter Marcus Prize in Printmaking (2017). Katie’s work has been shown in multiple galleries including the Des Lee Gallery, the Duet Gallery, and the Granite City Art and Design District Gallery in St. Louis. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Yun’s exhibit can be seen May 4 – July 1, with a reception on Saturday, May 5, 3-5pm. Improvisations on sax by Loren Feinstein. Please join us. For more information, visit www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

 
Reception for "In My Nature:" a scanography exhibit by Marty Klein
Saturday, May 5th, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Easthampton artist Marty Klein says: “People with cameras take pictures. I make them.” He’s referring to the fact that he does not use a camera to make his images, and he must place objects on the bed of the flatbed scanner that he uses as a photographer would use a camera.

His images are created with natural objects (most locally grown or foraged) as subjects. The medium is called scanography. Klein has been creating images in this manner since 2006, both as an outlet for his creativity and as a way to share his knowledge and appreciation of the natural world with others. All of Klein’s prints are on fine art rag paper or canvas, using archival inks. The prints capture the ephemeral nature of his organic subjects for posterity.

“In my work, I strive to portray nature's essences, forms, patterns and colors, the familiar and the less-seen details.”

Here’s how he does it: “I use my scanner as a high resolution camera with a macro/close-up lens. To create a composition, I initially compose the subjects - leaves, flowers, etc. on the glass plate, cover open. I edit the scans in Photoshop, often spending many hours digitally painting in backgrounds and/or editing out the stray dust and pollen that invariably accompanies my subjects. My editing process results in images that look to be a hybrid of illustration and photography, displaying much depth and detail. Because the scanner captures the image from below, I am sometimes surprised by what appears in the image on my monitor.”

Klein’s exhibit can be seen May 4 – July 1, with a reception on Saturday, May 5, 3-5pm, with improvisations on sax by Loren Feinstein. Marty will give an artist's talk on his unique process Sunday, June 10, 2-4pm. Please join us. For more information, visit www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

Photo captions:

Enchanted, a scanograph by Marty Klein

Night Dancer, a scanograph by Marty Klein

 
Artist's Talk for "In My Nature:" a scanography exhibit by Marty Klein
Sunday, June 10th, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Easthampton artist Marty Klein says: “People with cameras take pictures. I make them.” He’s referring to the fact that he does not use a camera to make his images, and he must place objects on the bed of the flatbed scanner that he uses as a photographer would use a camera.

His images are created with natural objects (most locally grown or foraged) as subjects. The medium is called scanography. Klein has been creating images in this manner since 2006, both as an outlet for his creativity and as a way to share his knowledge and appreciation of the natural world with others. All of Klein’s prints are on fine art rag paper or canvas, using archival inks. The prints capture the ephemeral nature of his organic subjects for posterity.

“In my work, I strive to portray nature's essences, forms, patterns and colors, the familiar and the less-seen details.”

Here’s how he does it: “I use my scanner as a high resolution camera with a macro/close-up lens. To create a composition, I initially compose the subjects - leaves, flowers, etc. on the glass plate, cover open. I edit the scans in Photoshop, often spending many hours digitally painting in backgrounds and/or editing out the stray dust and pollen that invariably accompanies my subjects. My editing process results in images that look to be a hybrid of illustration and photography, displaying much depth and detail. Because the scanner captures the image from below, I am sometimes surprised by what appears in the image on my monitor.”

Klein’s exhibit can be seen May 4 – July 1, with a reception on Saturday, May 5, 3-5pm, with improvisations on sax by Loren Feinstein. Marty will give an artist's talk on his unique process Sunday, June 10, 2-4pm. Please join us. For more information, visit www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

Photo captions:

Enchanted, a scanograph by Marty Klein

Night Dancer, a scanograph by Marty Klein