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.

“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.