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!


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 www.snowfarm.org

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.