Guest Artist, Oil Painter Marie Welch

We warmly welcome April’s Guest Wall Artist, oil painter Marie Welch of Bernardston!

Marie has been painting since the 1980s, mentored by the late Greta Carey. Over the years, with time permitting, her growth as a painter has been self guided. A favorite quote by Oswald Chambers describes what inspires her to paint: “We have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms and every leaf that fades.”

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Here are some photos of her oil paintings:

oil painting Marie Welch

“Early Spring Pasture”, oil Painting by Marie Welch

September Reflections

“September Reflections” by oil painter Marie Welch of Bernardston, the gallery’s April Guest Wall Artist


Kerry Stone Featured in Special Exhibit at Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom in Shelburne Falls

Experience the colorful paintings of Sawmill River Arts Gallery member Kerry Stone at the exhibit, “Garden Reverie,” through April 28 at Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom in Shelburne Falls.

There will be an Opening Reception March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring the local acoustic duo “Fire Pond,” and the work of three additional artists in sculpture, stone bird baths and pastels. IMG_5243Painting by Kerry Stone.

Welcoming our March Guest Artists

We warmly welcome two Turners Falls photographers, Collin Chmielowiec and Josh Allen, who were both technically trained at the Hallmark Institute of Photography, as our Guest Wall Artists for the month of March! Please stop by and enjoy their art through the end of the month, as well as an opening reception on Sunday, March 8th!

Conceptual/Landscapes. Photography of Collin Chmielowiec and Josh Allen. Opening Reception Sunday, March 8th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Collin, originally from Arizona, and Josh, a native of Ohio, are both technically trained at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls. They have returned to Western Massachusetts to showcase new work. Their pieces at the gallery will be a mix of conceptual, food and landscape photography sure to invoke thoughtful admiration.


6×6 Exhibit Opening an Artful Event

Thank you to everyone who came to the 6×6 Community Art Exhibit opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 7! It was a great day, full of artistic inspiration, sales of community artwork, food and fun for all.

Special thanks go out to Doug and Laurie Challenger of Chrysalis Media Arts, who generously made a documentary video about our gallery, during the opening reception of the show! Several member artists in attendance talked about what the gallery means to them, how it was founded and a bit of its history.

Watch the video here:

Welcome to New Member Patricia Czepiel Hayes


“Song of the Day” by Patricia Czepiel Hayes

We are delighted to welcome Patricia Czepiel Hayes as our gallery’s newest member. Patty is an oil painter (as well as commercial graphic designer). Exploring her interest in both realism and abstraction, Hayes creates oil paintings inspired by the natural world, typically plants and trees growing close to her home in Hadley, Massachusetts. In January 2015 she began a series of bird paintings, focusing on song birds and shore birds. See her Member Artist page for more information, and be sure to visit her website: