ArtWeek bringing mediums together

Staff Writer
Published: 4/24/2019 3:40:04 PM

In celebration of the annual creative arts festival ArtWeek, seven Franklin County towns are hosting events to expose residents to art in its many forms.

Greenfield, Turners Falls, Montague Center, Millers Falls, Wendell, Deerfield and Northfield will be offering events between Friday, April 26, and Sunday, May 5, adding to the hundreds of events happening statewide.

It all kicks off Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., when the Millers Falls Arts Collective will offer open studios and sidewalk art at 28 Bridge St. in Millers Falls. Called simply the Art Happening, the event also serves to kick off the arts collective’s spring season.

The Art Happening will feature art demonstrations, street performers, live music including a performance by the local African drumming group the Wendell Warriors, craft vendors, activities for children and participation from local businesses.

On Wednesday, May 1, learn about one way that playwrights find inspiration for the stories they tell and the characters that fill out their work. Silverthorne Theater Company is joining forces with the Deerfield Valley Art Association to demonstrate the ways in which the different mediums of photography and playwriting provide mutual creative inspiration.

This free one-day event is called “PhotoTales: Inspiring Images,” and will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at DVAA’s Center for the Arts at 105 Main St. in Northfield. Photos submitted by DVAA artists and archival photos from the Greenfield Recorder will be used as inspiration by participating audience members to write brief mini-dialogues, which other audience members will read against the background of the projected photograph.

“They’re going to write about what they think might be going on in the photos,” explained Silverthorne’s Artistic Director Lucinda Kidder. “In each photo, there’s at least one person in the image, and who is that person? What’s their story? That’s what the writers will be figuring out.”

David Rowland, Silverthorne co-founder and a playwright himself, will guide the groups in developing their scripts.

On Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Diemand Farm at 126 Mormon Hollow Road in Wendell will provide an opportunity to tie-dye shirts and visit with the sheep, goats, mini donkeys and mini horses while enjoying a homestyle bag lunch on the porch.

Sawmill River Arts Gallery at 440 Greenfield Road in Montague Center will present “Waste Not, Want Not: Scraps into Artwork” on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 6 p.m. Member artists will be demonstrating throughout the day.

■1 to 1:45 p.m. — Joan Levy will make eggshell mosaics on gourds.

■1:45 to 2:30 p.m. — Chris Mero will demonstrate bookmaking with paper scraps.

■2:30 to 3:15 p.m. — Chris Pellerin will make hooking cuff bracelets with scraps of yarn and linen fabric.

■3:15 to 4 p.m. — Louise Minks will be painting on recycled canvas and gluing on canvas scraps.

“We’re thrilled to participate in this statewide initiative, highlighting a diverse and wonderful selection of arts events,” said Kathy Litchfield, a weaver and one of Sawmill River Arts Gallery’s 15 member artists. “Our cooperative gallery, in its eighth year, is always looking for ways to collaborate with other arts agencies and get involved with events to promote local arts.”

Also on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 5 p.m., Musica Franklin will offer entertainment for all ages at Sheffield Elementary School, 43 Crocker Ave. in Turners Falls. Face-painting and puppet shows will blend with music-themed activities such as a make your own instrument workshop, an instrument “petting zoo” and a family dance. The day will culminate in a concert by Grammy award-winning Mister G.

On both Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Memorial Hall Museum at 8 Memorial St. in Deerfield will host “Our Living Landscape.” Visitors can make mini souvenir albums with scenes from the museum’s early 20th-century postcard exhibit, emboss soft metal with landscape designs and create nature-themed paper quilt squares.

Outside, ongoing activities include wet-felting, collage and other art workshops inspired by landscapes, bird-call identification, and tastings of local food and drinks.

For more information, including a map of ArtWeek destinations, visit artweekma.org.




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