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!
Join us for the 6×6 Community Wide Exhibit and Sale in February! The show will be up Feb. 8-23. Stop by during the opening reception Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each piece will be priced at $36; many art forms represented. For more info: 367-2885.
Welcoming Our Newest Members
We warmly welcome Joan Levy, gourd artist, and Sharon Loehr-Lapan, painter, to Sawmill River Arts!
Joan Levy has been surrounded by gourds since retiring from teaching. She loves growing them, hardening them, cleaning them, and finally feeling and looking at their unique shapes until they emerge in a new form. She uses a combination of wood burning, staining, painting with acrylics, carving, and basketry for design. Her gourds have transformed into vessels, lamps, vases, candle holders, shakerees, boxes, teapots, and bowls. Joan has played with different art forms her whole life and is mostly self-taught. She was able to take a year off from teaching to take art classes at Greenfield Community College.
Sharon Loehr-Lapan has been involved with art since she was a young girl, growing up in the Berkshires. When she went to college, she studied art but pursued a career in Special Education and has taught in many parts of the country including Utah, Delaware, and Missouri. She loved them all and found herself amazed by the different colors each landscape held. During her years as a teacher, art was never far away and she often used it with her students. She now has the opportunity to come back to the part of the country she started in, and pursue the art that started her journey.
Sawmill River Arts is seeking new member artists! If you’re a skilled, professional crafts person looking to grow your artistic practice then you should talk with us. SRA is a group of supportive weavers, jewelers, designers, sculptors, painters and others making and offering their work for purchase in a delightful gallery space located on the Sawmill River in Montague, Massachusetts.
Interested in knowing more? An informational meeting for prospective new members will take place on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. Plan to bring several samples of your work as well as your questions regarding membership.
The Gallery is located at 440 Greenfield Road, Montague and is adjacent to the Bookmill, The Night Kitchen, Turn it Up Sound and Lady Killegrew Cafe.
The contact persons listed below can help with any pre-meeting questions: Jill Bromberg (413-367-9959)
Louise Minks (413-367-2800)
Also, for those who may have visited here previously, you might notice a new format for our notes here. Just trying something new and who knows next time you arrive it might look different once again! Searching for the right look and content……which means to suggest that we are hopeful the content will grow in volume and frequency!
Did you make May baskets as a child? Some of us remember folding construction paper into pretty little baskets, filling them with flowers or candies and gluing pipe cleaners to the tops. Then we’d run to friends’ houses in the neighborhood, hang baskets on their doorknobs and run to hide behind a tree to see the recipient’s delight at discovering their gift of affection!
May Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for a fun activity, consider the Sawmill River Arts Gallery your destination!
Susan Loring-Wells, master weaver and artist, will host a May Day basket and card making event in conjunction with Montague’s May Day celebration, on Sunday, May 5 from 12-4 pm. Each participant will take an hour or so to make a special card or simple May basket with materials supplied.
To reserve a spot at the Basket & Card workshop, please sign up by emailing SawmillRiverArts@gmail.com or leave a message with your name and phone number/email at 413-367-2885. Susan will get back to you to arrange a convenient time during the afternoon workshop period. Suggested donation is $5-$10.
Come out and make a card for your mother or a mother friend you know and love!
The event will take place at the Sawmill River Arts Gallery at 440 Greenfield Road in Montague, MA at the Montague Mill.