April 26-May 5
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.
Radical Interconnectedness Festival
Downtown Turners Falls, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls
Friday, April 26th, 5 PM -- Saturday, April 27th, 10 PM
The Radical Interconnectedness Festival offers the opportunity for artists to address the concerns of marginalized communities through a wide variety of experiential forms: theater, music, installation, dance, poetry, etc, all presented within walking distance in alternative venues, storefronts, and the Shea Theatre. We are showcasing stories that engage issues of race, age, gender, religion, economic class, and aspects of cultural identity that have been suppressed. The Festival Schedule is posted on www.eggtooth.org . In addition, we will offer a follow up conversation and panel discussion, workshop, and action plan on Sunday, April 28, from noon to 3:30 pm following the Radical Interconnectedness Festival at the Cohn Commons at Greenfield Community College. We believe when people experience real engagement with each other, see, hear, and feel the other’s intention and perceive their points of view, then true understanding begins. We believe art has the power to hasten engagement through visceral experience that affects the participant in ways beyond the cognitive. Sponsored by Turners Falls RiverCulture, Mass Humanities, and the MCC Local Cultural Councils: Montague and Conway chapters.
The artists: Ezekiel Baskin, Samuel Achilles Edwards, Sara K. Lyons, Rhonda Anderson, Julia Whalen, Katherine Adler, Alex DeMelo, Lori Holmes Clark, Joe Dulude, Cynthia Snow, Kathy Steinem Snow, Susie Patlove, the Acapelagos, Karen Werner, Terry Jenoure. Visit our website for a full program. More info here
Millers Falls Arts Collective Townwide Season Opener!
Hosted by Miller Falls Arts Collective
28 Bridge Street, Millers Falls
Saturday, April 27th, 10 AM - 6 PM
In conjunction with ArtWeek Massachusetts, the Millers Falls Arts Collective will be kicking off it's Spring season with a downtown Art Happening! On April 27th the artists of Millers Falls will be opening their doors and bringing a feast of creativity and color to our town center. Local artists, musicians, and craftspeople from the surrounding Great Falls area will be rolling into town to set up and share their creative brilliance. The event will feature art demonstrations, street performers, live music--including local African Drumming group the Wendell Warriors--craft vendors, activities for kids, and generous participation from local businesses. Come and see for yourself the arts revival happening in Millers Falls! More info here.
Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail
9 Studios in Franklin and Hampshire Counties
Saturday and Sunday April 27th & 28th
The annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is a tour of nine studios with over 20 nationally recognized potters. Easily reached from Boston, Hartford, and the Albany area, the free, self-guided tour winds along the beautiful back roads and scenic historic towns of the Asparagus Valley, a local name for the upper Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts. The Pottery Trail celebrates the rich agricultural history and cultural vitality of the area, as well as the longstanding connection between pottery and food. More info here.
Our Living Landscape
Hosted by Memorial Hall Museum and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial Street, Deerfield
Saturday, May 4th, 11 AM - 02:30 PM
Sunday, May 5th, 11 AM - 02:30 PM
Memorial Hall Museum opens for the season with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Our Living Landscape! Our beautiful river valley provides a wealth of inspiration for a FREE weekend of art-making, tastings, and other sensory experiences. Inside the museum galleries, make your own mini souvenir album with scenes from our early 20th-century postcard exhibit, emboss soft metal with landscape designs, and create nature-themed paper quilt squares. Outside, ongoing “drop in and stay a while” activities include wet-felting, collage and other art workshops inspired by landscapes, bird-call identification, and tastings of local food and drink. Engage all your senses!
Admission to the museum’s 19 rooms of history, culture and fine art (including landscapes) and all special activities is offered FREE on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2:30 pm. For adults and school-age children. Outdoor workshops will be moved inside if inclement weather. Website here.
Tie Dye at the Farm
Hosted by Diemand Farm
Diemand Farm, 126 Mormon Hollow Road, Wendell
Saturday, May 4th, 11 AM - 1 PM
Come and make a tie dyed shirt while enjoying the peace and beauty of a New England farm. Visit Diemand Farm in Wendell, MA and have Zoe lead you in creating your own unique tie dyed shirt. Afterwards you can visit with the sheep, goats, mini donkeys, and mini horses while enjoying a home style bag lunch on the porch. More info here.
Musica Franklin Fun Fest
Hosted by Musica Franklin
Sheffield Elementary School, 43 Crocker Avenue, Turners Falls
Sunday, May 5th, 12 PM - 5 PM
Join us for our first annual Fun Fest! A full afternoon of FREE musical performances, activities and entertainment for all ages. Our featured performer will be Latin Grammy-winning Mister G.
Other performances and activities include puppet shows, bouncy house, a family dance, Musica Franklin students side by side with Windham Orchestra members, cymatics demonstrations, make-your-own-instrument station, instrument petting zoo, face-painting, giant piano mat and more! Food will be available for purchase from two popular and affordable food trucks: Tito's Taqueria and Foley's Franks. More info here.
PhotoTales: Inspiring ImagesHosted by Silverthorne Theater Company
Deerfield Valley Art Association Gallery, 105 Main Street, Northfield
Wednesday, May 5th, 1 PM - 3 PM
Photos from the Deerfield Valley Art Association exhibit will be used as inspiration by participating audience members to write brief mini-dialogues (no more than 5 minutes each) which other audience members will read - 'staged readings' - against the background of the projected photograph. Silverthorne theater artists will work with the audience members to help them develop their 'scripts' which will be performed for all. More info here.
Waste Not, Want Not: "Scraps" Into Art
Hosted bySawmilll River Arts Gallery
Sawmill River Arts Gallery, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague
Sunday, May 5th, noon - 6PM
Many forms of fine craft and art leave the artist with leftover pieces of materials. Painters paint over old canvases; weavers may have extra warp cloth; mixed media artists have leftover paper scraps, beach-combed treasures or fabric scraps; potters may have small pieces of clay; etc. Visit Sawmill River Arts Gallery on Sunday, May 5 between Noon and 6 p.m. to learn from individual artists how they “waste not, want not” and make something of your own to bring home.
Our cooperative gallery, located at an historic mill next to a flowing waterfall, a used bookstore, and two waterfront restaurants, is regularly staffed by member artists who share in all aspects of gallery operations and management. Demonstrations during gallery hours are out of the ordinary and a great opportunity for visitors to talk to us, learn about our craft, and about what it is like being a working artist in rural western Massachusetts. More info here.
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