More than 60 area artists to display work at Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale

Ashfield painter Nina Coler’s watercolor piece, “Looking at Clouds.”

Ashfield painter Nina Coler’s watercolor piece, “Looking at Clouds.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

“The Falls,” an acrylic painting on panel by Maureen Moore, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.

“The Falls,” an acrylic painting on panel by Maureen Moore, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

 Angela Vincent’s “The Bridge of Flowers,” an oil painting on canvas, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.

Angela Vincent’s “The Bridge of Flowers,” an oil painting on canvas, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.

Julie Crabtree’s “Buildings Across the River” stitchery and paint, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.

Julie Crabtree’s “Buildings Across the River” stitchery and paint, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Roses” by Hui Jing, an oil painting on canvas, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.

“Roses” by Hui Jing, an oil painting on canvas, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Carroll Durand’s “The Bridge of Flowers,” pastel on paper, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.

Carroll Durand’s “The Bridge of Flowers,” pastel on paper, will be on display at the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By VIRGINIA RAY

For the Recorder

Published: 09-29-2023 5:08 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — More than 60 local and regional artists will showcase their work celebrating the iconic Bridge of Flowers, the Deerfield River it spans and its surrounding views during the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.

The event, organized by the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club’s Bridge of Flowers Committee, will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St.

To see some of the artwork that will be on display, visit bridgeofflowersmass.org or the Bridge of Flowers Facebook page. All artwork will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the infrastructure repair project that will lead to the closure of the 115-year-old bridge for the 2024 season.

Participants range from nationally recognized artists to talented hobbyists. Two-dimensional artwork in all styles and price ranges will be displayed. In addition to paintings and pastels, the work will include photography, fiber and textile art, and beadwork.

“I’m honored to be a part of the Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale so that I can participate in the fundraising for the bridge repair project,” said Ashfield painter Nina Coler. “It also affords me a chance to express my love for the Bridge of Flowers and our beautiful village and surrounding towns. The bridge is so important to our identity, our enjoyment and our economy.”

Painter Ann Lofquist and glass artist Joanne Soroka of Mojoglass are the curators.

“The Shelburne Falls area has long been known as a center of creative activity,” Lofquist said, thanking the artists for their generous support of the bridge in sharing their time and talents. “This exhibition features a diverse group of our local and regional artists whose work was inspired by the Bridge of Flowers, the Deerfield River, native plants and flora.”

For more information about the show, email annlof@earthlink.net.

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