“Pushing the Boundaries” show

The Opening Reception Nov. 4 was fantastic, with several member artists on hand to talk about their latest works.

The weather was gorgeous and the event was very well attended. The show remains in place through the end of November!

Fiber Artist Chris Pellerin said:

For me, “Pushing the Boundaries” was an opportunity to stretch my skills as a felter and challenge the physical limits of my studio.  I constructed a nuno felted tunic using merino wool, hand dyed margilan silk gauze from Uzbekistan, and bamboo fibers for texture and sheen.  There are no stitches or seams.  The display includes my measurements, calculations, diagram, sketches, material swatches, and

Pellerin tunic

the gigantic template (about 3 feet by 4 feet) that I used as a resist, as well as some work-in-progress photos to try to explain the process in addition to the actual finished garment.  This is the first garment I have attempted, and by far the largest piece of felt I’ve worked on, so it was a huge challenge for me.  I’m proud of the way it came out and happy to be able to exhibit it at the gallery this month.

“Life’s Too Short … to Follow the Rules”

Photographer Roy Mansur’s abstract photographs are a reflection of his focus on play. He shares, “These photographs were taken and put together in a semi-conscious state as far as trying to control the technical methods I use. I play around until I like it. Let’s pretend they’re like paintings, and we don’t have to ask, how did you do that?”

Spring Fling Anniversary Thing – May 19, 1-4 p.m.

Visit the Sawmill River Arts Gallery on Saturday, May 19 between 1 and 4 p.m. for a celebration of local art and artists! The gallery is honoring its 7th anniversary this year! Refreshments, demonstrations, live music and more awaits you.

From 1-2 p.m., Chris Pellerin will demonstrate fiber art; from 2-3 p.m., Sue Essig will demonstrate jewelry making; and from 3-4 p.m., Patricia Czepiel Hayes will demonstrate painting.

Music by Walt on keyboard and Jim on guitar will happen from 1-4 p.m.

Flowers, balloons, refreshments and merriment will be provided by others of the 15 member artists at the gallery, who work cooperatively to run and maintain their 7-year-old venture. Every time you visit Sawmill River Arts Gallery, you’ll be greeted by a member artist. Ask questions, share stories – we’d love to see you anytime!

The gallery is open Monday and Wednesday 12-4 and Thursday through Sunday 12-6.

ArtWeek Festival 2018 – “Working Artists Share Stories”

MONTAGUE, MA, April 1, 2018 – Sawmill River Arts Gallery will present “Working Artists Share Stories” as part of the upcoming ArtWeek festival happening April 27 – May 6. Hundreds of events will be presented across the Commonwealth during the 10-day creative festival. See a complete listing of events at artweekma.org.

ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Now an annual statewide festival, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth.

“We’re thrilled to participate in this statewide initiative, highlighting a diverse and wonderful selection of arts events. Our cooperative gallery, in its seventh year, is always looking for ways to collaborate with other arts agencies and get involved with events to promote local arts in Western Massachusetts and beyond,” said weaver Kathy Litchfield, one of 15 member artists at Sawmill River Arts Gallery, located adjacent to the Montague Bookmill.

Don’t miss our exciting event:

“Working Artists Share Stories”  

Presented by: Sawmill River Arts Gallery

Price: free

Location: Sawmill River Arts Gallery, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague, MA

Date: Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29

Artist demonstrations and stories from 1-5 p.m. both days. On Saturday, April 28, weaver Kathy Litchfield will demonstrate from 1-3 p.m.; painter Louise Minks will demonstrate from 3-5 p.m. On Sunday, April 29, potter Lydia Grey will demonstrate from 1-3 p.m.; photographer Judy Cummings will demonstrate from 3-5 p.m. All artists will be happy to share their stories of how they got into their art form and show aspects of their work to visitors.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy.

“We are thrilled to have organizations like Sawmill River Arts Gallery participating in ArtWeek this season,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the Boch Center. “ArtWeek is an innovative festival that works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts. We are very excited about this season’s offerings, which include many unique experiences spanning dance, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, culinary, visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and more. And the best part is that many of the events are free making it affordable and accessible to everyone!”

For more information on ArtWeek, visit www.artweekma.org.

About Sawmill River Arts Gallery – Since its establishment in 2008, Sawmill River Arts has been a cooperative gallery with member artists managing the gallery’s open hours and all aspects of operation. Members include photographer Judy Cummings, jeweler and fiber artist Susan Essig, potter Lydia Grey, painter Patricia Czepiel Hayes, gourd artist Joan Levy, weaver Kathy Litchfield, painter Sharon Loehr-Lapan, photographer Roy Mansur, painter and mixed media artist Christine Mero, painter Louise Minks, jeweler and photographer John Moore, fiber artist Chris Pellerin, potter Jaye Pope, painter and mixed media artist Kerry Stone and jeweler and mixed media artist Tracy Vernon. For more information about the gallery, visit www.sawmillriverarts.com.


About ArtWeek – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has become an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and has since expanded to serve communities across Massachusetts. Statewide partners include:  Mass Cultural Council, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism as well as Mass Center for the Book, MASSCreative, MassHumanities, MassPoetry, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England Museum Association, Young Audiences of Massachusetts and VSA Massachusetts. To learn more about our regional and local collaborators as well as about the festival and its growth, visit www.artweekma.org. 


About Highland Street Foundation – Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $180 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit http://www.highlandstreet.org.


About the Boch Center – The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. Learn more at bochcenter.org.

About the Mass Cultural Council
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

The Council pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools. Mass Cultural Council also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment. For more information, please visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.


About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.​