Meet Megan Sward, our newest member!


Megan originally studied Studio Art at The College of Wooster, but went on to earn an MS from Smith College in Exercise Science and Sport Studies. After graduate school, she worked with at-risk teens and as a private trainer before getting a life-changing opportunity to work for the artist Tom Friedman, returning her to the world of Art after a long hiatus. After three and half years at Tom Friedman’s studio, Megan had her son and has been working around having a young child at home and being an artist ever since.

Megan’s work is largely informed by a combination of Scandinavian design and the history of Japanese ceramics. She creates minimalist, functional pieces that add a sense of quiet and grounding in a world overwhelmed with machine made objects. Her goal is to design purposeful forms that integrate into everyday life and bring a sense of stillness and fulfillment. She works with a durable white stoneware and glazes her work with a satin finish. Megan originally started selling her work to cover the cost of making it, but is now driven by the joy of knowing her work becomes part of daily life for the people who acquire it.

When Megan isn’t in the studio, she’s working on building a community of makers and artists called Western Mass Makers. WMM is a group of folks who meet monthly to share knowledge, resources, and stories and most recently, do some fundraising for social justice organizations in Western MA.

https://www.mswardceramics.com/

https://www.instagram.com/msward.ceramics/

https://www.instagram.com/western.mass.makers

 

Welcoming our newest member to the gallery!

We are excited to introduce our newest member to you:  Hannah Steiger.

Hannah is a local artist based in Amherst MA.
She has been making mixed metal jewelry for over 17 years.
Her work is hand fabricated using traditional metalsmithing tools.
She makes jewelry for everyday living and her designs are always evolving as she’s inspired by the beauty of her changing surroundings.
Please stop by and see Hannah’s beautiful work at the gallery.

We are open!

We are so excited to announce that the gallery is now open and we are smiling under our masks to welcome you back!  The artists would love for you to check out their new works that have been created during the recent sequester.  Most of all, we have missed you.  The rapids are still gorgeous and the mill complex businesses are eager to see you too.  See you soon!

Judy Cummings: Artist in Residence

Judy has been presenting her photography in a unique manner. After creating an image she finds in the natural environment, she prints the image on a 4″ x 6″ piece of aluminum.  Judy then float mounts the image on backing material where she applies a texturing technique, blending colors to compliment the image.  She places it in an 8 x 10 maple frame.

The image below is of oriental poppies that appear in Judy’s garden each spring.

 

 

Kerry Stone: Artist in Residence

Kerry Stone is working on a new line of birch bark earrings. Kerry has been working with birch bark for a long time.  She loves birch trees and loves the different colors of the bark.  “I’m excited to explore the possibilities of birch bark jewelry .“