Crafts of Colrain pop-up to feature creative people, creative solutions

  • Orb Lighting by Kevin French, a participant in the Crafts of Colrain pop-up market at 50 State St. in Buckland on Oct. 9 and 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Woven pumpkin baskets by Sarah Schoedel, a participant in the Crafts of Colrain pop-up market at 50 State St. in Buckland on Oct. 9 and 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • A knit hat by Cynthia Herbet, a participant and organizer of the Crafts of Colrain pop-up market at 50 State St. in Buckland on Oct. 9 and 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • A painting of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls by Bob Olson, a participant in the Crafts of Colrain pop-up market at 50 State St. in Buckland on Oct. 9 and 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • A necklace made by Helen Olson, a participant in the Crafts of Colrain pop-up market at 50 State St. in Buckland on Oct. 9 and 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • A pendant by Inge Jockers, a participant in the Crafts of Colrain pop-up market at 50 State St. in Buckland on Oct. 9 and 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Herb strippers from Stetson Wood Collection, for sale in the Crafts of Colrain pop-up market at 50 State St. in Buckland on Oct. 9 and 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/7/2021 3:40:42 PM

COLRAIN — After last year’s hybrid experience, the Crafts of Colrain studio tour will return in full for its 18th year with in-person events in October and November.

More than a dozen artists and craftspeople will sell their work at a “Crafts of Colrain Pop-Up Shop” on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls on Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10. Then, the annual studio tour will be held on its traditional second weekend of November.

“We usually get a number of people from out of the area, but our primary audience is quite local,” participant and organizer Cynthia Herbert said of the Crafts of Colrain tour. “That’s why we wanted to try the pop-up on Columbus Day, so maybe we can pull in people visiting the area for the holiday.”

The pop-up shop, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at 50 State St. in Buckland, will be hosted by multi-media artisan Kevin French from Wood & Barrel, and will feature 15 regular Crafts in Colrain tour participants in tents, on the porch and indoors.

Participant and fellow organizer Cynthia Herbert said this was just the second year for the pop-up event, which is associated with the annual November tour. Over a dozen local crafters will gather on Oct. 11 to sell their wares.

Herbert, who owns Moonshine Design at Keldaby Farm in Colrain, said they were one of just three participants open in person for last year’s hybrid experience, and tried to get sales going online throughout the year, but it was no substitute for in-person sales.

Herbert herself sells knit items woven from the long hair of her own goat flock.

“I raise Angora-goats, they have long-fleece hair — called mohair,” Herbert said. “I work with mohair and yarn from Putney, Vermont. I knit, weave and what have you.”

According to Herbert, Angora goats are originally from Turkey and are named after what is now the present Turkey capital of “Ankara,” historically known as Ancyra and Angora.

“They were brought to this country in the mid-19th century,” Herbert said of the goat breed.

Other participating vendors and artisans include Newcomer Olga Solomita, a photographer and painter who moved to Colrain from the Boston area and is eager to introduce her work. Returning is artist Tony “Pacifico” Palumbo who will offer his latest garden-themed paintings. Fiber artists Cynthia Herbert, Jen Kapitulik, Marilyn Beal, Carole Adams and Jill Horton-Lyons will bring yarns as well as woven, knitted, sewn and dyed items.

Photographers Joe Kurland and Helen Olson will bring nature, railroads, and the Shelburne Falls trolley into your home. Bob Olson does pastels and prints of western Massachusetts. Olson also creates jewelry, as does Inge Jockers, who designs gold, silver or copper settings for semi-precious stones. Calligrapher Peggy Davis, basket-weaver Sarah Schoedel, and woodworker Al Ladd bring their fine and intricate work to the show.

Watch for Crafts of Colrain’s iconic yellow and purple signs to appear along the roadways as a reminder of the tour’s Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 13 to 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, which will have 18 area artist studios participating this year.

This year, the participants are all hoping to reach a larger audience with the tour returning in full. Last year’s studio tour was held online with many artists pushing sales through Facebook or website. This year, over a dozen participants will return for the in-person tour, including five artists who will not be at the October pop-up.

More information about the tour and COVID requirements, artists’ websites and online shops can be found at craftsofcolrain.com. Genie Shearer, Neil and Rosemary Stetson, Justin and Evan Morrell, Diana O’Brien, Ken Noyes and Justin Korby will be participating in the tour only. The tour is also supported by several local businesses which are noted on the website.


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