Roads & Rails by Louise Minks: May 1-31, 2019

“Roads & Rails” is a series that adds another of Louise’s favorite painting subjects, steam trains.  A classic western train from Colorado, the Durango to Silverton, is paired with a steam train waiting outside the local Greenfield train station.  Old cars and old trains refresh memories for many people, images right out of old scrapbooks and photo albums.

Louise often adds a twist to an image, perhaps huge flowers that make cars and trucks seem very small, or an intense red background behind the steel blacks, blues and grays of an old engine.  Since history is a favorite focus for Louise, playing with these great historical images and shapes is for her a challenge and a joy.

An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 1-4 p.m.

Auburn with Hollyhocks, 20″ x 20″, acrylic

Boston Marquee Features our Gallery!

As “early bird” participants in ArtWeek 2019, the Sawmill River Arts Gallery is featured on Boston’s Boch Center marquee!
The ArtWeek celebration at the gallery will take place Sunday, May 5 from Noon to 6 p.m. Artists will demonstrate how they “waste not, want not,” with relation to craft/art supplies, and give visitors a chance to make something of their own to bring home.

Guest Artist: Shali Sanders – March 4-28, 2019

We’re delighted to host a guest artist throughout the month of March – local artist Shali Sanders.

Shali’s show, entitled, “The Glance of Mercy,” “explores the power of Animal Vision directed toward you, the viewer. Each being is prefaced with the word “metta,” which is a word connoting love, compassion and a bone-deep connection,” she says.

Shali was born to a gifted gene pool of artistic relations and has been using color, paint, pencil, ink, clay etc. as a lifelong dip into the creative. She has long been studying our human form through facial and figure drawing.

She also equates the eyes of all creatures as the doorway of immersion to the great mystery … the liquid windows into love and presence.

Shali’s show will be exhibited throughout the month of March. An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 9 from 1-4 p.m. at the gallery. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome to attend.

For more info on Shali Sanders, visit For more info on the gallery, visit .

Opening Reception for Small Works Exhibit 2019

Visit the Sawmill River Arts Gallery this Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. (Feb. 2) for a fabulous opening reception of our annual Small Works exhibit! many of the artists whose work is displayed will be there; admire their work and then purchase it if you’d like. Free refreshments, camaraderie and lots of inspiration await you at the “friendliest gallery!” We would love to see you.

Small Works Exhibit & Sale Applications HERE

You’re invited to submit artwork for our annual “Small Works Exhibit & Sale,” happening Feb. 1-25, 2019 at the Sawmill River Arts Gallery.

Please fill out the application and deliver it to the gallery. Applications are due January 13-27, 2019 at the gallery.

Apply here:  Small_Works_19_application (print and fill out form). or pick up a paper copy at the gallery during our usual open hours: Monday & Wednesday 12-4; Thursday through Sunday 12-6.

Thank you & we hope to see you and your artwork in January!


“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.