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!


Artist Demonstration Day – Sat. May 24 – 12 to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, May 24, the Sawmill River Arts Gallery will be a hub of creative activity from Noon to 3 p.m. as member artists demonstrate their fine craft and art processes.

Both inside the gallery and outside beneath tents, visitors can observe and learn about painting, weaving (tapestry and floor loom), photography, herbal balm making, jewelry making and gourd carving.

Artists will be on hand to answer questions and show people how their inspiration and creativity turn into beautiful pieces for your home and lifestyle.

We hope to see you there!


sawmill river arts joan levy carving gourd gourds artist demonstrating   Joan Levy carving. She’ll be demonstrating on May 24th!

Daffodils are Blooming . . .

Daffodils have been blooming in Kerry Stone‘s studio! Kerry’s vibrant sewn paper collages celebrate the arrival of spring.The collages of daffodils and tulips are made from recycled and hand painted papers as well as colorful papers from India.Kerry Stone paper collage sewn

Kerry is also teaching a sewn paper collage class at Snow Farm om May18-24. Snow Farm is a great place in Williamsburg, Ma that offers all kinds of wonderful art classes. See their link for more info

The collage class will be playing with color, texture, rhythm and composition to make unique  cards, collages and simple books. We’ll make textured papers, use recycled papers and enjoy some specialty papers from around the world for our creations.

Welcoming New Member Nancy Howard

zinnias in ironstone pitcher 2011 Nancy Howard

Zinnias in Ironstone Pitcher painting by Nancy Howard

We warmly welcome Nancy Howard to Sawmill River Arts Gallery as our newest member. Nancy hails from Holyoke and we’re delighted to have her join us in the gallery.  Stop by and view her beautiful paintings and terra cotta planters, just in time for Spring!

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Terra Cotta Planters by Nancy Howard


6×6 Community Exhibit a Success!

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The 6×6 exhibit will be up through Feb. 23. Stop by to see and purchase our community’s creativity!

Our 6×6 community exhibit celebrated its grand opening on Saturday , Feb 8, with over 100 entries of handmade art by folks right in our community! With over 100 entries, from local artist ranging in age from 6 to 95,  the show is up through Feb 23. There is a wonderful array of artwork in many mediums from pencil, charcoal, oil ,acrylic, crayon, glass, fabric, altars,en-caustic, and mixed media. Seventh graders from Greenfield Center School added pieces to the show. All works are on sale for $36. The artist gets 80% of the sales. One hundred people came to see the exhibit on the opening day. The gallery is open Thurday- Suday from 12- 6pm. Come enjoy the creativity in our community!