May Baskets & Art Cards for Mother’s Day Workshop – May 5 from 12-4 p.m.

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 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.

Seeking New Member Artists

Sawmill River Arts, a collaboratively run fine art and crafts gallery, is seeking new members! We are hosting an informational meeting for interested artists on Monday, April 8, from 6-7 pm at the gallery.

This meeting will give folks the 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.

Sawmill River Arts Gallery is located at the Montague Mill, upstairs in the out building across from the Bookmill and Lady Killgrew Cafe, above Turn It Up CD.

Please call ahead to let us know you will be attending the informational meeting.

For more information, contact:

Jill Bromberg 413-367-9959 or
Kerry Stone 978-544-5463

Heartwarming Exhibit

Please stop by and see our member’s heartwarming themed works for February and March.

IMG_2439       Kate Spencer

IMG_2444  Lana Fiala

IMG_2441       Christine Mero

IMG_2443  Jill Bromberg

IMG_2440        IMG_2447    Jill's LOVE quilt_IMG_2031

Bottom Row: Judith Seelig, Louise Minks and Jill Bromberg

Valentine’s Day cardmaking workshop, February 9, 1-4 pm

Hearts and Cards

The Sawmill River Arts Gallery will be hosting a Valentine’s Day card making workshop in conjunction with their “Heartwarming” art show during the month of February.  Master weaver and fiber artist Susan Loring-Wells will host the event which will take place from 1-4 pm on Saturday, February 9th.  Featuring colors, weaving and collage techniques, each participant will take an hour or so to make a special card for a special friend.

Materials will be provided; suggested age range from 8-98 and families are most welcome.

To reserve a spot at the Hearts and Cards workshop, please email us at: or leave a message at 413-367-2885. Please leave your name and phone number; Susan will get back to you to arrange a convenient time during the workshop period.  Suggested donation is from $5 to $10. Come and have some good fun!

The event will take place at the Sawmill River Arts Gallery at The Montague Mill, 440 Greenfield Rd. in Montague, Mass.


Gift of Art – Saturdays, December 8, 15, 22

Come celebrate the holidays with the “Gift of Art” at the Sawmill River Arts Gallery at the Montague Mill. Please visit us and keep your shopping local. Remember “MILLS NOT MALLS!” We are presenting the wonderful works of our over 40 member and consignor artists, with many more gift and decorative items added for the season.

Soak up the galleries’ festive, sunny atmosphere while enjoying our beautiful paintings and prints. Sip a mug of hot mulled cider and munch a cookie and choose the perfect locally-made ornament to decorate your tree. Keep family and friends warm with hand woven and knitted shawls, hats and scarves and colorful quilts.

Delight your family and friends with fantastic  jewelry, exotic blown glass, hand carved bowls, dragonfly pottery, sushi plates and utensils, whimsical ceramic animals, wild horse photography, upcycled wool kids’ toys (blue pigs, striped ponies. purple cats), herbal spritzers and salves- and more beyond your wildest imagination!

Saturdays in December will feature free refreshments, demonstrations and an opportunity to meet many of the artists.

The “Gift of Art” celebrations will take place on 3 Saturdays in December: December 8, 12-8 pm, and on the 15th & 22nd, 12-6pm.

In addition to our regular hours Thursday-Sunday 12-6 pm, for the icing on the cake, we will be open Christmas Eve day, Monday, December 24 from 11-4 pm.

Sawmill River Arts Gallery members are: painters Louise Minks, Kerry Stone, Lana Fiala, Christine Mero, Kate Spencer and Judith Seelig; quilter Jill Bromberg; weavers Susan Loring-Wells and Kathy Litchfield; jewelry designers Sue Essig and John Moore; and potter Jaye Pope.

For more information, call the gallery at (413) 367-2885 or visit our web site at

Celebrating our first year!

Over a hundred guests joined us in the Gallery for our September 22 First Anniversary Party. We shared wine, cheese, cider, and home-baked desserts, and were entertained outdoors by Walt Burnham on piano. Kathy Litchfield, our newest fiber artist, demonstrated weaving on her loom. The party was a huge success! We showed off our beautiful space, and our guests bought jewelry, gifts, and artwork.
Did you miss the party? Come see us at our next event, on November 3, 2012 when we will be celebrating new members at a party from 12-6 pm at the gallery. Painters Judith Seelig and Kate Spencer, jeweler John Moore and fiber artist Kathy Litchfield will be featured.