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Plum Boutique in Greenfield Seeks to Inspire and Enrich Local Community

plum boutique greenfield mass shop localChristmas is almost here and if you’re doing any last minute shopping, remember to support our local shops! One local shop that I’m happy to support is Plum Boutique in downtown Greenfield. More than just a retail store, Plum carefully selects products made by mission-based organizations, women-owned enterprises, and local artisans. As a member of the downtown Greenfield family of shops, they seek to enrich the community and to provide us with an ever-evolving gallery of fashion, design, and art which inspires, nurtures, empowers, and delights.

Check out their Perfect Holiday Gift Guide for inspiration on unique gifts for friends and family and get free shipping through the month of December on their website with code FREE2020.

 

 

Visit their website, plum413.com, and follow them on Facebook to stay updated on what's in the shop! 

Located at 281 Main Street in Greenfield, MA

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Shop Locally Online for Small Business Saturday and the Holiday Season

In past years on Black Friday, the village of Shelburne Falls has come alive with vendors, performers, lights, and festive decor to kick off the holiday season with their annual Moonlight Magic event. Shops would stay open later and offer special deals to encourage holiday shoppers to support the small local businesses. Unfortunately, there will be no Moonlight Magic this year. Therefore, it is more important than ever to support our local businesses this holiday season. Many shops have expanded their online stores, making it easy to purchase items from them without having to enter the store.

Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, November 28 this year. Support our local economy by shopping local on this day and throughout the season. Here are some shops in Franklin County with online stores where you can find great locally made gifts for your loved ones this holiday season:

small business saturday shop local western massSalmon Falls Gallery - Gallery in Shelburne Falls representing 90+ local artists and the glass art of Josh Simpson

Shelburne Artisans Coop - A Gallery in Shelburne Falls of Fine Arts and Crafts owned and operated by regional artists

Ann Brauer Quilt Studio - Original modern art quilts that capture abstract landscapes using fabric and color made by Ann Brauer in her studio in Shelburne Falls

Molly Cantor Pottery - Handmade pottery inspired by New England nature and life

Zawalich Woodwork + Design - Custom woodwork including electric guitars!

Bridge Street Bazaar - Bohemian lifestyle boutique in Shelburne Falls

Love Marjorie - Ethically handmade gifts that are beautiful and functional

KeenEye Photo & Collections - Film photography supplies, antiques, and collectibles

Al Ladd, Woodworker - Fine edge woodworking

Marilyn Beal, Dyed Naturally - naturally dyed scarves

Morrell Metalsmiths - Handcrafted ironwork for your home

Rag Hill Farm - Functional fiber art

Moonshine Designs at Kedalby Farm - hand dyed, hand woven goods using mohair

Pegathus Design - Calligraphy and Color Judaica and more

Mason Willard Photography - New England nature photography

Inge Jockers Jewelry - Handmade jewelry by local artist

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Crafts of Colrain Online Studio Tour 2020

al ladd crafts of colrain studio tourThe 2020 Crafts of Colrain Open Studio Tour has moved online! This weekend, November 14 and 15, from 10 am to 5 pm, most artists are offering 10% off when you shop their online store (using discount code: colrain10). There will be many new items offered for the first time this weekend. Plus, view videos about the artists on the Crafts of Colrain website to tour their studios virtually. 

Colrain, MA is a scenic town, just below the VT state line. Its expansive area of forests, streams, and farms has made it a desirable place for artists and creative people to live and work. They draw inspiration from the town's natural beauty to bring their art alive and offer it to the community. 

Crafts of Colrain is an annual event which usually brings the opportunity for these tucked-away artists to open their doors to the community. The artists normally spend the weekend hosting workshops, giving tours of their space, and then selling their products. Support these artists and this wonderful community event so that it may happen again next year, hopefully in person! 

View videos of the artist and links to their online stores at CraftsofColrain.com/artists.

(Photos source: craftsofcolrain.com)

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Help Shelburne Falls Shine, Donate Now!

bridge of flowers shelburne falls massachusettsIn Shelburne Falls, businesses are accustomed to the ups and downs of tourism in the village. Summertime usually brings buses and cars full of tourists from around the world to come and marvel at the magical village with the river running through it. Visitors love to walk across the world famous Bridge of Flowers, a volunteer-run garden on an old trolley bridge, and down to the glacial potholes, a geological phenomenon. They support the local economy by dining out at the cozy cafes and on the outdoor patios of the fine restaurants. They purchase unique artisanal art, clothing and books, from the galleries and shops and local fresh food from the markets.  

After the flood of leaf-peepers in Fall and holiday shoppers in November and December, the businesses are familiar with the lull that happens in the start of the year, until visitors come back out once again to enjoy the fresh maple syrup and blossoming spring flowers. The profits earned from those busy months usually sustain them through these months so that they can enjoy the quiet time to rest and prepare to once again take advantage of the busy season. Plus, the appeal of a visit to Shelburne Falls helps support the economy of the region, by drawing thousands of annual visitors to drive along the Mohawk Trail and to stop in the small towns along the way. This year has been different. With the lack of travel this past summer due to Covid-19, some businesses were unable to meet their profit goals, which normally helps sustain them through the rest of the year.

But we, the people who love the Village of Shelburne Falls can help! Mass Development has offered a grant of $30,000 to the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (SFABA). The conditions of the grant are that the SFABA raise $30,000 to match the grant dollar for dollar - giving the Association a total of $60,000. If awarded, this money will be put towards the Shelburne Falls Initiative: Making Downtown Shine. This initiative consists of two projects: the Economic Recovery Fund and Downtown Revitalization Project. 

Economic Recovery Fund

The Economic Recovery Fund would be used to help area businesses who are struggling or are in need of immediate cash to get back on their feet. The fund would also support artists and nonprofit cultural organizations which enrich village life, as well as serve to promote the village and area as a great place to live, work, play and visit.

Downtown Revitalization Project

The Downtown Revitalization Project would enable the implementation of a new lighting project and restore existing village decorations which would attract people to the village year-round. It would also enable the SFABA to hire a part-time coordinator to work with village businesses on the annual event, Moonlight Magic, a festive Black Friday event which promotes shopping at small businesses for the holidays. 

Donate Now!

If you want to see Shelburne Falls continue to shine, donate now to help reach the $30,000 goal at patronicity.com. There are only 66 days left to vote, so act now. Share the link below with your friends and fellow Shelburne Falls fans to help get even more donations. Together we can make sure Shelburne Falls continues to thrive.

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Art Market at The Mill at Shelburne Falls this Saturday October 10th!

Resident makers and artist tenants at The Mill at Shelburne Falls are hosting a Harvest Makers and Art Market on

Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The outdoor market features work in a multiple of mediums including oil and acrylic, fine woodworking, glass, pottery, textile arts, handwoven goods, weathervanes, metal fabrications and sculpture. The Mill has onsite parking at 49 Conway Street and is located on the Buckland side of the Iron Bridge at Shelburne Falls. Admittance is free and the wearing of masks and the observation of social distancing protocols is required of all attendees.

 

Two dimensional artists include Ann Lofquist and Yani Counelis. Lofquist’s painted landscapes begin with what she describes as "an intense observed experience." Having taught for several years at Bowdoin College in Maine, she became recognized for her New England paintings that combined a contemporary visual awareness with the evocative subtleties of George Inness. Note cards and prints of her originals will be for sale. 

A native of Greece, mixed media artist Yani Counelis spent much of his professional life as an architect. Many of his paintings reflect his architectural sensibility combined with the written word.  He translates and  illustrates famous poet’s books which he custom frames.

 

Sculpture and metal artist Bruce Fowler never lost touch of the joy and wonderment of making objects out of discarded parts from interesting machinery or consumer products. For Fowler, taking things apart is just as much fun as putting things together with a focus is on finding things that fit together to make an original object. Weather vane maker, Marian Ives graduated from the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 1972 Ives has made the creation of custom copper weathervanes her primary focus. Her work adorns homes and barns in the New England area. With a lifelong love for birds and wildlife she started making ornaments about thirty years ago.

The Mill’s fine woodworking studios are represented by the Conway Chair Company and Kuklinski Woodworking. Pat Moriarty is the guiding hand behind the Conway Chair Company, a family owned woodworking company that makes heirloom quality hand sculpted chairs. His chairs and stools are recognized not only to be of the highest quality but for their ability to stand the test of time and to be proudly passed down and enjoyed through generations. Tom Kuklinski uses the finest local materials to create handmade furniture and accessories that are functional works of art. He strives for his work to deepen the connection to ourselves, with others, and to Nature.

Textile artists Heather Wynne and Sue McFarland share a cooperative studio in the Polishing building at the mill. With a focus on upcycling and sustainability, Heather Wynne creates one-of-a-kind pieces, limited-edition collections, and PDF sewing patterns.  Her work includes canvas bags and packs, pillows, unique accessories and cloth facemasks. Sue McFarland, a hand weaver and felt maker produces functional fashion accessories, sculptural and hanging work. Featured work for the market includes handwoven and felted scarves and seasonal home decorative accessories.

Artist Jeremy Sinkus uses flameworking to manipulate glass. A specially designed oxy/propane torch gives him point control of both tiny details and larger masses of glass. By kiln casting. Sinkus achieves larger more architectural forms of glass and coldworking the glass like you would cut and polish gemstone allow him to produce unique nature inspired forms and sculptures.

Other featured participants include students and interns from The Handle Factory Clay Studios founded in 2019 by Molly Cantor, potter and pottery teacher, with ceramics for sale in a variety of different styles. Additionally, stylist Kirsten Oxboel will present a carefully curated collection of vintage fashion and home décor. The former visual merchandiser for Urban Outfitters is known for her unique and whimsical taste.

More information is available at www.themillatshelburnefalls.com or by calling 413-522-4944.

Virtual Ashfield Fall Festival 2020: Support The Vendors!

Ashfield Fall Festival Virtual Event MassachusettsIn a normal year, the hilltowns would be gearing up for the Ashfield Fall Festival at this time. Unfortunately, for the first time since 1970, Ashfield has had to cancel the festivities due to COVID-19.  

While they can’t host the festival in person this year, the Ashfield Fall Festival has made it easy to support its vendors. They have a dedicated page on their website to support their vendors at www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/support-our-vendors. This page provides a description and photos for vendors with a link to their websites or online stores. Follow the links to discover crafts such as glass art, handmade leather products, paintings, photographs, custom clothing, jewelry, woodwork, and more. There are also agricultural product vendors such as Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery, and Gray’s Sugarhouse.

Another way the Ashfield Fall Festival will support their vendors is through their social media pages. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ashfieldfallfestival and Instagram (@ashfieldfallfestival) to see their featured vendors. A new vendor will be featured every day for the entire month of October.

Typically, the Ashfield Fall Festival is also a fundraiser for the Ashfield Citizens Scholarship & Community Fund. Proceeds from parking fees and a portion of vendor sales make up this fund which is then awarded for these need-based scholarships. Since this year there will not be any funds coming from this event, the Ashfield Fall Festival has instead started a T-shirt sale to raise funds. The shirts are available now at bonfire.com/store/ashfield-fall-festival/ and feature 2 designs in a variety of colors and sizes.

The Ashfield Fall Festival is expecting to return to normal festivities in 2021 and is planned for October 9-10. Until then, enjoy the Virtual Ashfield Fall Festival and support their vendors online so that they may return in full force next year.

For more information visit ashfieldfallfestival.org.

(Photo taken from Ashfield Fall Festival's Facebook Page)

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6 Feet Apart, All Together at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield

Every summer I always look forward to the shows at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. Their creative performances, which invite the audience to move around their farm with them, always inspire and evoke deep thought in viewers about the world around them. Now more than ever, the artistic imagination of this theater group is something that we all need. This year, Double Edge has utilized their large outdoor space to create a safe experience for all. Now through August 9th on Wednesdays to Sundays, visit Double Edge Theatre’s farm for the showing of 6 Feet Apart, All Together, a summer spectacle for the time of COVID-19. 

This summer’s show has been downsized in both number of performers and audience size to ensure safety for all. The audience will move around in small groups on an invigorating and reflective walk through the scenes which will touch on past shows and also look towards the future. 6 Feet Apart, All Together will be performed in rounds and all audience members must wear a mask for everyone’s safety. 

From now until August 9th, you can view 6 Feet Apart, All Together from Wednesdays to Sundays at 8:00 pm in July and 7:30 pm in August with a Saturday matinee at 1 pm. Purchase tickets here in advance soon as there are a limited number of spaces.

For more information visit their website at doubleedgetheatre.org or follow them on Facebook.

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United Way of Franklin County 20th Annual Arts and Leisure Auction

united way franklin county auction fundraiserThis year, you can still take part in United Way of Franklin County’s Auction Fundraiser from your home! The auction has been moved online to keep everyone safe while still raising money for our community’s education, health, and financial stability. Although we’ll miss the in-person interactions, we’ll still be able to enjoy the fun and humor of the auction through a livestream video feed of the hosts John Howland and David Howe. The auction, which is themed Casino Royale, will include live music, online live and silent auction bidding, and raffle drawings. 

Online bidding opens up Wednesday, May 27 and will close with the virtual event on Saturday, May 30 at 5:30 pm EST. So keep checking back on the items you want because there’s even more time to outbid others. Visit the auction website where you can already start browsing the auction items, which includes a variety of art, household items, gift cards to local attractions, local services, and more! This year’s live auction includes some very exciting getaway packages and a year of desserts by Timberly Grout, baker extraordinaire. You can also start buying raffle tickets for restaurant gift cards and home-cooked meals! 

To start bidding, you’ll need to create an account. It’s easy! Just go to the event page here, select “Click here to register,” fill out your details, and then start bidding on the silent auction. Then on Saturday, tune in to the live event to bid on the live auction and enjoy the show!

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Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail: The Show Must Go ON-Line!

Steve Earp potter western Massachusetts The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is an annual event in Western Mass, which draws pottery lovers from around the region and even the country to experience firsthand where and how the potters craft their one-of-a-kind pieces. Trail-goers are welcomed to grab a map and guide themselves door to door to 9 different studios where the artists and their guest artists are ready to proudly demonstrate their techniques and offer sales on their pieces of work. 

This year’s Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail has a new slogan: The show must go on...line! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately the potters cannot open their doors to the public this year. However, the artists did what they do best - they used their creativity to create something new, different, and wonderful! They have brought the pottery trail to the public through virtual tours and online shopping. 

While some of the artists already had existing online stores, many had to create new ones to cope with these times of social distancing. All of the potters have been working hard to boost up their online stores in time for the new Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail online event. From May 30 at noon to May 31 at midnight, the 9 artists and their guest potters will offer sales through their online stores. So you can still purchase locally, handcrafted pottery straight from the makers. The potters are accustomed to shipping their fragile products, so they can safely send you your purchases. If you are local, some may be able to leave your package on their front step for curbside pickup.

Molly cantor Shelburne falls pottery Massachusetts To make up for the studio tours, the team of potters have recorded 9 different videos of the 9 studios, so you can see the spaces where the creativity happens and demonstrations of how the products are made. Check them out on their Facebook page

In past years, there has been a mug giveaway for one person who visits 7 or more of the studios. Instead, this year anyone who purchases a piece from Lucy Fagella during the event, will have their name entered into a drawing for a free mug. 

The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail normally draws in thousands of dollars to these potters, who count on this boost in sales once a year. Other local businesses usually benefit from this event as well through all of the visitors who come from near and far and usually spend the weekend shopping, going out to eat, and staying at local accommodations. Let’s all support the potters this year through this adaptive online event so that they may continue their craft and reopen their doors to us all again next year. 

Visit asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com for more information!

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Come to the 41st Annual Artspace Pottery & More Sale

Artspace logo greenfield Purchase beautifully handcrafted pottery and art while supporting Artspace’s music and art programs at the same time. Over 30 talented potters and artists will be present, offering incredible unique items for purchase. While you shop, enjoy performances by Strings for Kids students. Also, there will be the opportunity to win door prizes, generously donated by the artists. 

The Pottery & More Sale will be held Friday, March 6 from 5 to 8 pm and Saturday, March 7 from 10 am to 3 pm at Greenfield Community College. More information at artspacegreenfield.com.

About Artspace

Artspace’s mission is to encourage and nurture the appreciation of and participation in the arts by offering programs and instruction, and by advocating the importance of the arts in education and in the community.

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