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: http://www.hadleydesignworks.net.

Community 6×6 Art Show Returns to the Gallery

Sawmill River Arts Community 6×6 Art Show
February 7 – March 1
Start now on your 6″ x 6″ artworks for the wall, (NO BIGGER than 6″ x 6″ – for instance, 4″ x 6″ or 3″ x 3″) for Sawmill River Arts Gallery at The Montague Mill!
Community members are invited to submit one to three pieces of wall art for the 6 x 6 Community Wide Exhibit & Sale in February.

Each piece will be priced at $36; 20% of sales will go to the gallery.  Deliver all artwork to the gallery BY FEBRUARY 1. All kinds of art expressions by ALL AGES are welcome – paper, ceramic, fabric, cut up, glued, painted, drawn –  any ideas! Each piece must have a firm backing and MUST have a firm wire, cord or hook on the back for hanging.

Opening Reception:  Sat., February. 7, 11:30-2:30 at Sawmill River Arts at The Montague Mill (Book Mill)

Call to register:  413-367-2885 or Louise Minks at 367-2800

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 famstone5@hotmail.com or (978) 544-5463 or Christine Mero at christinemero@msn.com 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 sawmillriverarts@gmail.com 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.