New work by Jaye Pope

Montague potter Jaye Pope is always designing new images to illustrate her sturdy and beautiful tableware! Here are some new plates featuring crows. Several collections of Jaye’s pottery are for sale this holiday season at the gallery. We hope to see you soon!

Jaye Pope crow plates Dec 2014

New Members Sought & Guest Wall Artist Opportunity

Meeting Nov. 17, 6-7 p.m.

Sawmill River Arts Gallery, a collaboratively run fine arts and fine crafts gallery, is seeking a new member or two. We are hosting an informational meeting for interested artists (with the exception of wall artists – we don’t have the space!) on Monday, November 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the gallery, located at the Montague Bookmill. This meeting will give artists and craftspeople an opportunity to see the gallery, find out how we operate, and to see if we may be a fit for you and selling your work. We are all local artists, working in different mediums, who value mutual respect and artistic growth.

Please let us know by Monday, Nov. 10, if you plan to attend. For membership requirements, please contact Kerry Stone at or (978) 544-5463 or Christine Mero at or (413) 367-9491.


Sawmill River Arts Gallery, a collaboratively run fine arts and fine crafts gallery, is offering a great opportunity for wall artists. Host your own Opening Reception and one-month showing of your wall art at our gallery for the fee of $100. We are looking for one artist to grace an 8′ x 10′ wall during the month of January, 2015; and another artist for the month of March, 2015. If you are interested, please email jpegs of your work to with your bio, website address and contact information. The deadline is November 24, 2014.

A Warm and Sunny Opening Reception

We had a warm and sunny Sunday in October for the “Works in Paper” opening on Oct. 5!

Show artists Christine Mero and Kerry Stone were kept busy speaking with the many friends and visitors in attendance. 

A collaborative piece by the artists was Christine’s special shrine made to enclose one of Kerry’s sewn collages.  The completed  piece, made with beautiful papers of reds, golds, yellows, and textural browns, housed a sewn paper collage owl.  Kerry had been hearing owls hooting in the middle of the night, so figuring out what collage to make for the shrine came pretty easily! 

The show will be up through November 2.  The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6pm.

works in paper, collage, mixed media, paper, Stone, Mero

“Works in Paper” features the paper collage of Kerry Stone and shrines by Christine Mero.

“Works in Paper” exhibit opens Oct. 5th

Two artists from Sawmill River Arts, Christine Mero and Kerry Stone, will be having a special month long exhibit entitled “Works in Paper” at the gallery. They are both founding members of Sawmill River Arts Gallery, both are painters, and both love to work with beautiful papers! Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct. 5 from 2-5 p.m.

Mero makes handmade books, boxes, and “shrine” constructions using book board, a variety of papers, beads and other objects. This show highlights her shrines. She describes them as “imaginary worlds behind closed doors. They’re all spaces I would like to enter, or rest in.”

Christine Mero photo







Stone uses papers that she collects, recycles and creates to make colorful collages that are inspired by her paintings and by observing nature. After cutting and gluing down the pieces of her compositon, Stone uses her sewing machine to add a sewn line drawing that pulls it all together. “I really enjoy sewing on paper, there is something very satisfying about it” she explains.Stone doesn’t frame her work under glass as she wants the viewer to really see the textures of the papers and the stitching.The images in the show are of dragonflies made with sheet music wings, birds, flAn owers and still lives.Kerry Stone image



Members Exhibit in Amherst

Calling all fans of our Sawmill River Arts painters and artist members . . .
Members are exhibiting 16 pieces throughout September and October at the Northampton Co-Operative Bank in Amherst. Stop by soon, and special thanks to the bank for hosting our exhibit this autumn!

Summer Serenade: A Members’ Show

Bright flowers blooming in light-filled painted vases. Brilliantly captured photographs emanating the ocean beach on a moonlit night.

Paper collage, quilts, stained glass, jewelry made from books, painted gourds and so much more are part of the “Summer Serenade” exhibit presently gracing the Sawmill River Arts Gallery’s front room.

Sharon painting Nemas Tulip

Sharon Loehr-Lapan painting, “Nema’s Tulip”

Come in and celebrate summer with us!

Kerry Stone painting for website

Kerry Stone painting, “Yellow Gladiolas”

Artist Demonstration Day Fun for All

Did you miss Demo Day?

Sharon Loehr-Lapan, illustrations, watercolor, painting, painter, Hadley

Sharon Loehr-Lapan demonstrates illustrating and painting on May 24.

On May 24, Sawmill River Arts Gallery members had a fun day in the spring sunshine demonstrating their fine art and craft. As people strolled through the Bookmill complex, they talked with Joan Levy as she carved gourds and Sharon Loehr-Lapan as she painted illustrations and watercolors.

Lana Fiala demonstrated how she makes her own recipe for herbal balms and offered a sample to anyone passing by. Over on the stone patio overlooking the mill’s rapidly rushing waterfall, Roy Mansur helped visitors to get a view of what he sees when photographing still life flowers through mottled glass.

Roy Mansur, photography, photographer, flowers, still life, gallery

Roy Mansur shows how he sets up photographs of still life flowers through mottled glass on May 24 at the gallery.

Kathy Litchfield also showed visitors how she twists handwoven scarf fringes to get a neat, knotted finish.

A fun day was had by all and next spring, members will again gather to share their processes with art and craft lovers alike!

Don’t worry, if you missed it, we’ll do it again next May!

Kathy Litchfield, weaver, weaving, handwoven, scarves, shawls, textiles, fiber art

Weaver Kathy Litchfield demonstrates twisting fringe ends on a handwoven chenille scarf during Demo Day May 24.

Meanwhile, stop by the gallery for your summer gift giving (including for yourself!)

New art includes stained glass window hangings, new bracelets and jewelry selections, paintings and lightweight scarves.

Hope to see you soon!