Greenfield Notebook: March 24, 2023

Published: 03-23-2023 4:17 PM

‘Painting with
Fabric’ art exhibit ends Sunday

GREENFIELD — “Painting with Fabric,” a solo exhibit by Sandra Rosenberg, will conclude Sunday, March 26, at Artspace Community Arts Center, located at 15 Mill St. The gallery will be open from 2:30 to 6 p.m. that day.

The exhibit features two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork created through a collaging of fabric and found materials, according to an Artspace newsletter. Rosenberg approaches the imagery with the hand of a painter, crafting a harmonious flow of color and pattern.

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Closing reception for photo exhibit

GREENFIELD — The closing reception for Joseph Ackerman’s photography exhibit at The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., will be held Friday, March 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Greenfield Arts Walk.

Ackerman, a broadcast journalist for 35 years who witnessed the evolution of the industry from film to video to digital broadcasting, was born on Long Island and raised in Chicago, where his love of imagery began at age 10 while attending after-school art classes at William H. Ray Elementary School and a neighborhood community center. His exploration of a variety of media continued through high school and into college, where he settled on photography as his means of expression. In retirement, he immerses himself in nature, photographing whatever moves him.

Ackerman will be present at the closing reception to discuss his work, and refreshments will be served.

Farmers Coop announces new scholarship

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange on High Street has announced a new scholarship program for students pursuing a future in agriculture beyond high school.

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Members of the co-op’s board of directors crafted the scholarship program with a number of priorities in mind:

■Keep the application process simple and straightforward for applicants.

■Ensure the application eligibility criteria is inclusive of those who may be pursuing a “non-traditional” pathway to a career in agriculture.

■Avoid traditional decision-making biases, such as one’s grade point average, when considering applicant merit.

■Open up the application process widely to attract applicants near and far, rather than through a selection of particular schools.

“It was important to us that this opportunity supports a variety of potential applicants, going beyond other traditional scholarship programs,” board of directors Vice President Jessica O’Neill said in a statement. “We wanted to be sure that not only those pursuing a college degree in agriculture, but also those electing to enroll in an agriculture-related program or training certificate course were eligible to receive an award. The cost of education continues to rise and when you get down to it, there is no future without agriculture. We must support the young generation who are our future farmers.”

Applications must be received no later than May 1. Awards of up to $1,000 will be distributed. Payout is contingent upon the successful completion of at least one semester. Awardees will be notified by email of the award no later than July 1.

In no more than 300 words, applicants should describe what their future plans are for a career in agriculture. This should also include any agricultural experience, why they have chosen to pursue a path of study in agriculture and why they should be considered for this scholarship.

The scholarship application and further directions can be found online at