April 27-May 6

Welcome to Franklin County ArtWeek events!  This statewide 10-day innovative festival, presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, features hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. This annual award-winning festival was born in Boston in 2013 and this is the first year it has expanded to serve communities all across Massachusetts. 

ArtWeek works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts by offering unique and affordable neighborhood-based events that provide increased access to art, culture, and creativity. Through community and artistic collaborations, this festival provides experiences in dance, folk and traditional arts, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and much more.  Please find, below, events happening in Franklin County.  Visit the ArtWeek website for more Western Mass events and the full list of state-wide events.  Also check out Hampshire County ArtWeek events.

Join us Thursday, April 26th from 5-7pm for a networking event at Hawks and Reed with special guest, Sue Dahling Sullivan, from the Boch Center.  She will give a presentation on this first state-wide expansion of Artweek. Food provided by Namaste Nepalese/Indian Restaurant! Please RSVP here.

Activist Art Generator

Eggtooth Productions with Turners Falls RiverCulture and Fostering Art & Culture Project
FREE 
Shea Theatre, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls 
Sunday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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The goal of the Activist Art Generator is to bring artists together from all different genres (theater, dance, music, fine art, photography, film, etc.) to share ideas, knowledge and make connections, building relationships and creating an action plan for activist art. We will determine from the artists which questions/issues they want to address through their work and participants will be given a tool box to make art with new collaborators. The projects that are imagined during this day will be considered for producing/presenting/facilitating by Eggtooth Productions.  More info here. 

Art For/Is Life: Elder Artists Share Their Stories

Silverthorne

Silverthorne Theater Company with Deerfield Valley Art Association
FREE
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center Pushkin Gallery, 289 Main Street, Greenfield
Tuesday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The highlight of the Deerfield Valley Art Association's 65+ art exhibit in the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center's Pushkin
Gallery during ArtWeek will be the Memory Art - Art For/Is Life - event on May 1. Working with volunteers from Silverthorne
Theater Company and the DVAA, seniors from around Franklin County (and anyone who joins in) will create a simple work of art (collage, clay, drawing, whatever!) that illustrates a particular moment in their life. Participants will use the artwork to tell their stories to the group and Silverthorne Theater Company scribes will take down their words, later displaying these integrated works during Silverthorne's performance of Athol Fugard's play, The Road to Mecca, which tells the true story of an aging Afrikaner widow who creates unusual sculptures. More info here.

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail with Snow Farm
FREE
Happening in nine studios in Hampshire and Franklin counties
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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The 14th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail (AVPT), on April 28-29, is a free, self-guided studio tour featuring the work of nine nationally-known host potters and their 13 guest potters, including demonstrations by Francine and Frank Ozereko in Pelham and Lucy Fagella in Greenfield. The AVPT reflects the vibrancy and diversity of handmade ceramics in Western Massachusetts. All nine studios will offer studio tours and in-depth discussions with the artists about their work and even live music and jamming at the studio of Tom White! Visitors can pick-up a raffle ticket and pottery passport at the first studio visited, have it stamped at any of the studios as they work through the trail and be entered into a drawing (seven stops required) to win a piece created by one of the trail potters. More info here.

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail: After-Hours Party at Snow Farm

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail 
Price: $30 (in advance); $35 (at the door) 
Location: Snow Farm, 5 Clay Road, Williamsburg
Saturday, April 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

In celebration of the 14th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail (AVPT), which is a free, self-guided studio tour happening April 28-
29 and featuring the works of nine nationally-known host potters and their 13 guest potters, we invite you to our After Hours Party at Snow Farm! This event, from 5:30 to 8:30pm on Saturday, April 28, offers participants live music, a kiln opening and sale and demonstrations from two of our host potters, Francine Ozereko and Tom White. Catered by Local Burgy, we will serve BBQ, vegetarian and vegan options. And Lefty’s Brewery will supply a specially brewed “Pottery Trail Ale” in celebration of the AVPT. The AVPT reflects the vibrancy and diversity of handmade ceramics in Western Massachusetts. Families and all ages are welcome. For advance tickets, e-mail Snow Farm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 413-268-3101. Prices: $30 (in advance); $35 (at the door).


The Cloth of Community

Leonore Alaniz, Leverett Crafts and Art (LCA)
FREE 
Leverett Crafts and Art, 13 Montague Road, Leverett  
Thursday, May 3, Noon to 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, May 4, Noon to 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, May 5, Noon to 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, May 6, Noon to 5:00 p.m. 

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As part of a month-long exhibit, Leonore Alaniz transforms the Barnes Gallery into a public, hands-on maker-space, where metaphors come alive: There is opportunity to card and spin local wool, make rope, weave on small and large looms, repurpose textiles into a rug. Individuals wishing to weave personal threads into the Common Cloth Tapestry may do so. Participant may take home small projects they completed and wish to own, for a small material fee. Through collaborative weaving however, “Common Cloth” emerges. It is owned by all, and intended to delight anyone. Also enjoy the textiles and fabrics designed and cultivated by this local fiber artist. More info here.


Decoding African American Spirituals

Michael Nix, NixWorks with Turners Falls Cultural District
FREE
Montague Center Public Library, 17 Center Street, Montague
Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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A sing, hum, clap, stomp-along music experience for the entire family. Participants will learn songs in the time honored call and response oral tradition. Many of the songs contain coded lyrics which will be explained in the context of the struggle for freedom. Participants will also hear about the early African-American tradition of banjo and drum playing. Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix explore the historical context of African American Spirituals and the role they have played in the survival of Black people in America in a sing along concert.  More info here.


Fieldsteel Art Exploration

Liz Fieldsteel with Leverett Crafts & Arts
FREE
Leverett Crafts & Arts, 13 Montague Rd., Leverett
Monday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (presentation at 12:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (presentation at 12:00 p.m. followed by pottery sale and student gallery walk)

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Fieldsteel Art offers pottery, silk screening, sculpture building, paper mache and so much more. Liz Fieldsteel teaches classes throughout the year that focus on creative exploration of different mediums and materials. Come check out Fieldsteel Art studio at the Leverett Crafts and Art building and create a piece of art work to take home with you! In addition, Liz will lead a pottery demonstration each day of this event at noon, sharing about her artistic process and work, which will be offered for sale. More info here.

Hexe – An Exhibit on Female Rage

Anja Schutz
FREE
Studio A 15 Arch Street, Greenfield MA 01301
Friday, April 27th, 3:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 28th 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29th 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30th 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1st 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday May 2 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday May 3 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Friday May 4 3:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Saturday May 5 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Sunday May 6 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

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Women are traditionally not raised to show anger, instead keeping it bottled up or releasing it through sadness or the silent treatment. What would it look like to invite female and female-identifying artists to unleash their anger through art? The country is going through a time in which emotions are heightened and more and more women are saying "enough!" through actions like the Me Too movement. What else waits within us? During this exhibition of visual art, music, dance and other forms of performance, there will be an invite for femme/female-identifying visitors to confront their own bottled up emotions through a cathartic process of writing or drawing on a shirt (materials provided) art of words that express themselves. Participants will then be invited to have their photo taken so they can be added to a larger community piece made up of these photos. More info here.

Make Your Own Instrument from Recyclables!

Artspace Community Arts Center
FREE
Artspace Community Arts Center, 15 Mill Street, Greenfield  
Friday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Don’t miss this first-time workshop where participants can create instruments from recyclable materials. Artspace will provide the space and materials, including paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, plastic bottles, steel cans, aluminum, foam and paper cups, as well as CD and DVD cases. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies as well. This event follows a screening of Landfill Harmonic by Greening Greenfield, earlier in the week on Wed. April 25, 6:30pm at First Congregational Church, though participants do not need to see the film first to attend. More info here.


Memorial Hall Museum: Always in Bloom

Memorial Hall Museum/Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
FREE
Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial Street, Deerfield
Saturday, May 5, 11:00 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Memorial Hall Museum’s opening weekend has a botanical twist inspired by exquisite flowers and leaf patterns found throughout the museum! FREE admission all weekend includes a botanically-inspired scavenger hunt and free art activities for adults and children. Saturday: Orra White Hitchcock’s herbarium and other museum objects will inspire several staff-led art workshops for adults, with nearby art activities for children ages six and older (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Sunday: Drop-in nature-inspired art activities for families will be available on the museum grounds -or inside if inclement weather. (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Visit www.deerfieldma.org for activity details. More info here.

Recipe-Writing Workshop with the Diva of Delicious

Tinky Weisblat
FREE
Chez LaTinque, 84 Middle Road, (high on a hill in Hawley), Hawley
Sunday, May 6th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Culinary writing isn’t just about ingredients. It’s about memories and love. Cookbook author (and singer) Tinky Weisblat of Hawley will lead participants through a workshop designed to help them write up their favorite recipes in ways that will enhance not just the recipes’ flavor but also their significance. To keep participants from feeling hungry while talking and writing about food, Tinky will offer refreshments from her forthcoming cookbook, “Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb.” Known to readers and television viewers as the Diva of Deliciousness, she knows how to put her guests and students at ease. Info here.

Vintage Camper Academy

TwoFeathers Restoration & Design, LLC
$50 (includes all materials)
TwoFeathers Restoration & Design, LLC, 707 Greenfield Road, Deerfield
Friday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Special for ArtWeek: Vintage Camper Academy 2018 is coming for two weekends! Each class will provide hands-on opportunities, professional demonstrations and an overview on the history of the RV industry (including vintage campers and modern units). Each class includes a tour of the shop and current projects and participants will go home with materials they’ve worked to construct. Each of the three classes covers a different topic related to vintage campers so visit TwoFeathersRestorations.com for more course details and to purchase tickets. RSVP is required to attend and space is limited to 15 students per class. Please note that classes may exceed the provided time frames by no more than one hour, depending on topics covered and participant availability. More info here.

Where Do Our Clothes Come From, Where Can They Go?

Peggy Hart
Price: $7
Bedfellows Blankets, 8 Martin Road, Shelburne Falls
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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This event invites participants to reevaluate their relationship to household textiles and consider creative alternatives to disposing of fabric in landfills. With a tour of the Bedfellows Blankets working industrial loom workshop, participants will have the opportunity to see how textiles are woven. They may then try their hand at a weaving activity using their own recycled t-shirts and scrap materials to make a project they can take home. Then walk across the street to a neighboring sheep farm to see the most local of fiber sources. This event represents a collaboration between Peggy Hart, a small-scale production weaver, and Katie Cavacco, a multidisciplinary maker with a focus on sustainability. Participants should bring clothes that they want to reuse, and are highly encouraged to register by emailing whether they plan to attend in the morning or afternoon. The organizers need to plan materials and equipment for the number of people doing the hands on activity. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info here.

Working Artists Share Stories

Kathy Litchfield/Sawmill River Arts Gallery
FREE
Sawmill River Arts Gallery, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague
Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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What do a photographer, a potter, a painter and a weaver have in common? In addition to lots of colorful creativity, they are all member artists of the Sawmill River Arts Gallery in Montague Center! These four artists - Judy Cummings, Lydia Grey, Louise Minks and Kathy Litchfield - are four of the 15 working artists at this cooperative gallery, who will demonstrate their fine art and craft and share stories about being working artists, during ArtWeek! Schedule: Saturday: 1 – 3 p.m. – weaving with Kathy Litchfield, 3 – 5 p.m. – painting with Louise Minks; Sunday: 1 – 3 p.m. – pottery with Lydia Grey, 3 – 5 p.m. – painting with Louise Minks.  More info here.

Your Exquisite Corpse

Jeff Wrench and Nina Rossi with Great Falls Discovery Center
Price: FREE
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls (April 29); Hawks and Reed Performing Art Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield (May 4, 5, 6)
Sunday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (venue: Greater Falls Discovery Center)
Friday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m (venue: Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center)
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (venue: Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center)
Sunday, May 6, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (venue: Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center)

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"Your Exquisite Corpse" is a collaborative and interactive exhibit by Jeff Wrench and Nina Rossi based on the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse in which sentences were created by a group of people, each person unaware of what previous players have written. Figure paintings with the Head+Shoulders and Legs+Feet executed by two different artists will be exhibited. Accompanying each figure will be a short text or poem also created by multiple writers and poets. Visitors will have several opportunities to interact at this event, including a chance to work with artists and writers as inspiration for the next Exquisite Corpse. Artists will also create Exquisite Corpse paintings onsite from photo sources. Participate virtually by sending in a photo for a chance to be painted (noisician.com)! Please note that there are two venues: April 29 (Greater Falls Discover Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls) and May 4, 5, 6 (Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield).  More info here.

 

Art Inspired Cocktails!

The Arrow

Artisan Beverage Cooperativekopera

Artisan Beverage Cooperative, 324 Wells Street, Greenfield
A concoction featuring Green River Ambrosia's Liquid Sunshine Mead and Jasmine Katalyst Kombucha mixed with Elderflower Liqueur and fresh lemon. This cocktail is inspired by a photograph by Joe Kopera titled "Vintage Bikes Always Hit the Target, Western Massachusetts". 

The Portrait of a Ginger

Element Brewery Artisan Beverage Cooperative

Element Brewery, 16 Bridge Street, Miller Falls
Element Brewing & Distilling and Artisan Beverage Cooperative come together to present The Portrait of a Ginger. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh's command of color in his 'Self Portrait, August 1889', we used Ginger Libation that was distilled at Element,Grape Katalyst Kombucha , blue hibiscus flower extract, topped with Elements own tonic and garnished with candy ginger and orange. Created by Chef Louis Motamedi.

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