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

Michael Tillyer and the Anchor House Artists
Friday, November 1st, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Michael Tillyer and the Anchor House of Artists: celebrating art on the human scale
Anchor House of Artists began in 1997 when sculptor Michael Tillyer opened his small studio to artists he had come to know who happened to be living with mental illnesses. His goal was to give an opportunity for these people to redefine themselves as who they truly were: creative artists. Michael’s efforts were twofold: to fight the stigma these artists faced, as well as to bring a new voice in visual art to Western Massachusetts and beyond.

Since that time, the project has expanded to a 4000 square-foot space. While the studio is still the heart of Anchor House, now there is also space for a workshop, four galleries and an experimental performance arena. All is available to artists served by the mission and to visiting professionals to launch new work in vibrant, authentic self-produced exhibits and performances.

In January 2017 a new venture emerged: the New England Visonary Artists Museum. Michael had been working with the Anchor House Artists for 22 years at this point, and some of his beloved artists had passed. Within the confines of the Visionary Artists Museum their artwork could be conserved, exhibited and continue to educate the public. It is the life of the artist that matters in the end.
Exhibit runs through the end of the year, reception on December 7, from 3-5pm with music by Loren Feinstein. For more information, SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833. Information on the Anchor House of Artists: anchorhouseartist.org; New England Visionary Artists Museum: neva-museum.org

Participating Anchor House Artists:
Jon Stark
Mary Dunn
Genevieve Burnett
Ben Hotchkiss
Kevin Bouricius
James Brown
Molly Rupp
Mary Dunn
Peter Mishkin

On Site Parking is Available
 
Vermont Glass Guild: Group Exhibit
Friday, November 1st, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

VERMONT GLASS GUILD: Group Exhibit

SHELBURNE FALLS, MA— Salmon Falls Gallery is delighted to host 16 glass artists who are part of the Vermont Glass Guild. Their work fills our 2 featured exhibit spaces to the brim, with works in all sorts of glass-working techniques: hot (furnace-worked), lamp (torch or flame-worked), warm (fused/slumped), as well as samples of cold-working.
The guild was established in 2010 and has 24 members with 10 associate members. Shelburne, MA glass artist Josh Simpson and Holyoke flame worker Wesley Fleming are both associate members of this Guild, showing that the Guild reaches outside of Vermont to bring exceptional glass artists into their membership. In meeting with this group of artists I heard some of the ways in which the guild supports them. One important support is the networking opportunities with other members and to the public. The second is the educational opportunities for the members themselves. Member Chris Sherwin (Sherwin Art Glass) spoke of making his first glass insect in a workshop at associate member Wesley Fleming’s studio in Holyoke, MA. And everyone I met seems to know that member Lucy Bergamimi is bringing her expertise to making French patisseries as well as to the exquisite glass jewelry she makes. In other words, the Guild helps create community for these glassblowers.
Below are the statements from a selection of the Vermont Glass Guild artists exhibiting at Salmon Falls Gallery this November and December.

Robert DuGrenier
Townshend, Vermont
OUT OF THE ASHES
This collection of Robert's work was born out of tragedy: the historic barn on his property burned to the ground in October 2015. He's been using the metal and cast iron pieces (missing, of course, their wooden handles and parts) from farm implements and antiques that were left behind in the debris, to create stunning sculptures. Many of the pieces in the Out of the Ashes series at first glance appear to be encased in ice; not until the viewer comes close is it revealed that the sculpture is made with glass.
Lori Pietropaoli
Williston, VT
Lori Pietropaoli took her first fused glass class the day after moving to Vermont. She quickly became hooked on the combination of color and construction, continuing to develop her skills at the Davis Studios. She studied under Alyssa Oxley, Micaela Wallace, Morgan Madison and Alicia Lomne. She is frequently inspired by the Vermont landscape and architecture. Ms. Pietropaoli explores variation – where the construction and finishing follows the same methods, yet the results are unique. She achieves distinctive outcomes through the specific choice of glass in each piece. Pieces shown are inspired by the light at different times of a single day.

Josh Simpson
Shelburne, MA
REFLECTIONS
Reflections represents Josh Simpson’s latest exploration of different ways to use murruni and latticino cane. In the Blue New Mexico pieces, he stretches straight cane into sweeping curved patterns that cast interesting shadows on the interior glass. In the clear pieces, he creates a multilayered “vase within vase” effect. These new works reveal Simpson’s decades-long interest in employing the traditional vessel form as a medium for playing with depth, reflection, transparency, and point of view.

Josh Simpson is a Western Massachusetts glass artist whose work includes vibrantly colored sculptural pieces often inspired by astrophysical or cosmological themes. Simpson has spent nearly half a century making glass objects that embody his fascination with color, form, pattern and complexity.

Exhibit runs through the end of the year, reception on December 7, from 3-5pm with music by Loren Feinstein. For more information, SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

Participating Artists:
Mary Angus, Readsboro, VT
Chris Sherwin, Sherwin Art Glass, Bellows Falls, VT
Randi Solin, Solinglass, Brattleboro, VT
Dominique Caissie, Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH
Dave & Melanie Leppla, Mad River Glass Gallery, Waitsfield, VT
Robert Burch, Brandywine Glassworks, Putney, VT
Zak Grace, Zak Grace Glass, Brattleboro, VT
Robert DuGrenier, Robert DuGrenier Associates, Inc., Townshend, VT
Monique LaJeunesse, Michael Trimpol, Little River Hotglass Studio, Stowe, VT
Lori Pietropaoli, Williston, VT
Matt Seasholtz, Seaholtz Glass Design, Johnson, VT
Josh Simpson, Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass, Shelburne, MA
Ann Conlin, Tewksbury, MA
Lucy Bergamini, Vitresse Glass, Brattleboro, VT
Wesley Fleming, Holyoke, MA

 
Pothole Pictures: "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Friday, December 13th, 2019, 7:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Featuring live music at 7:00 PM. Please see Pothole Pictures at Memorial Hall for more information.

 
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Berg's "Wozzeck"
Saturday, January 11th, 2020, 12:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Experience The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD for the 2019-2020 Season. Tickets available online and at the door.

Please see the Metropolitan Opera at Memorial Hall for full information.

 
Pothole Pictures: "The Band Wagon"
Friday, January 17th, 2020, 7:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Featuring live music at 7:00 PM. Please see Pothole Pictures at Memorial Hall for more information.

 
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess"
Saturday, February 1st, 2020, 12:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Experience The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD for the 2019-2020 Season. Tickets available online and at the door.

Please see the Metropolitan Opera at Memorial Hall for full information.

 
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Handel's "Agrippina"
Saturday, February 29th, 2020, 12:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Experience The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD for the 2019-2020 Season. Tickets available online and at the door.

Please see the Metropolitan Opera at Memorial Hall for full information.

 
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer"
Saturday, March 14th, 2020, 12:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Experience The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD for the 2019-2020 Season. Tickets available online and at the door.

Please see the Metropolitan Opera at Memorial Hall for full information.

 
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Puccini's "Tosca"
Saturday, April 11th, 2020, 12:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Experience The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD for the 2019-2020 Season. Tickets available online and at the door.

Please see the Metropolitan Opera at Memorial Hall for full information.

 
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda"
Saturday, May 9th, 2020, 12:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Experience The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD for the 2019-2020 Season. Tickets available online and at the door.

Please see the Metropolitan Opera at Memorial Hall for full information.