After successful fall season, Makers and Art Market in Shelburne Falls returns for spring event

  • Artist Jeremy Sinkus pictured in his glasswork studio in The Mill at Shelburne Falls. Contributed Photo/Ben Barnhart

  • Sculptural gourd and watercolor artist Emily Gopen works in her studio in The Mill at Shelburne Falls. Contributed Photo/Ben Barnhart

  • Sculptural gourd and watercolor artist Emily Gopen works in her studio in The Mill at Shelburne Falls. Contributed Photo/Ben Barnhart

Staff Report
Published: 5/7/2021 3:20:20 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — After a successful fall 2020 season, the outdoor Makers and Art Market located at The Mill at Shelburne Falls will return on Saturday, May 15.

Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the market will feature work by resident makers and artists in wood, glass, pottery, metal and textile arts. The Mill at Shelburne Falls operates in the former Lamson & Goodnow buildings, at 49 Conway St.

Photographer Ben Barnhart, a familiar face at the markets working behind the scenes, will be a vendor at the spring market, according to a press release about the event. His photos and notecards highlight regional scenes.

Other new artists include: sculptural gourd and watercolor artist Emily Gopen; Jane Beatrice Wegscheider with 2D mixed media artworks and drawings; Laura Iveson and her small photo-based artworks; and Judy Wombwell, who shows an assortment of origami pieces, abstract photographic panels and jewelry.

Lindsey Gonzalez has her own display of nature-related glass art, and Al Chapman contributes metal sculpture and wall pieces. Local community artists also include woodturner W.R. Haines with memorial urns turned from local wood; Megan Hart’s porcelain pottery; bench jeweler Mark Lattanzi of The Alchemy Studio, with fine silver jewelry set with semi-precocious stones; Valerie Bunnell, who creates figurative ceramic work; and Buckland weaver Emily Walsh Gwynn of Hands to Work Textiles, who shows her heritage table linens and home decor.

Returning exhibitors to the market include Pat Moriarty of the Conway Chair Company; flamework glass artist Jeremy Sinkus; The Mill’s resident textile artists Heather Wynne of Connected Threads, Katie Cavacco of Free Ramblin’ Kids, and handweaver and felt maker Sue McFarland; Yani Counelis, mixed media artist; woodworker Tom Kuklinski; weathervane maker Marian Ives; and Cara Leach with lanterns, animal-themed tote bags, bookmarks and trivets. Other featured participants, the release continues, include members of The Handle Factory Community Clay Center founded in 2019 by potter Molly Cantor, with ceramics for sale in a variety of different styles.

The outdoor markets began last October, after most indoor retail shows the artists might ordinarily participate in were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another market was held in November in advance of the holidays.

“We’re taking a page out of the farmers’ market book,” textile artist Sue McFarland said in advance of the first market, noting that an outdoor event received approval from the local Board of Health.

An October event is planned for this year as well.

The Mill at Shelburne Falls has onsite parking at 49 Conway St. Admittance is free and although outdoor mask requirements have been relaxed, patrons are reminded that the market is considered an event, so wearing masks and practicing social distancing will be required.

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


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