Steady crowd visits Artspace’s Pottery and More sale at GCC

  • Jordan Branson, left, Jocelyn O’Shea and their 5-month-old son, Judah, browse through pottery work by Pamela Adorno of Bernardston during the 41st annual Pottery and More sale on Saturday at Greenfield Community College. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Members of Strings for Kids perform during the 41st annual Pottery and More sale on Saturday at Greenfield Community College. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Levi Varnon, 8, works on solving a wooden puzzle created by Bill Sheckels of Greenfield during the 41st annual Pottery and More sale on Saturday at Greenfield Community College. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Over 30 potters and artists set up at Greenfield Community College for the 41st annual Pottery and More sale on Saturday, including these glass sculptures by Taylor Litchfield, to support music and art programs by Artspace in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Patrons peruse items for sale during the 41st annual Pottery and More sale on Saturday at Greenfield Community College. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 3/8/2020 5:12:00 PM

GREENFIELD — Offering more than seconds, the 41st annual Pottery and More sale offered exactly that — the opportunity to purchase local artists’ works to benefit Artspace, an educational and creative organization serving Franklin County.

Featuring more than 35 vendors over two days, the event brought a steady crowd and a musical performance from Strings for Kids to Greenfield Community College to go throughout two rooms of items.

President of Artspace’s Board of Directors, Stephen Hussey, said the event serves multiple purposes.

“Not only is it a fundraiser for Artspace, but it’s an opportunity and part of our goals to support artists and present their goods,” Hussey said. “When this started, it was only seconds, the items that aren’t quite the best, but now it’s mixed between pottery, some people present their firsts and other items, too.”

The funding will be going towards “major changes” to be able to expand Artspace’s offerings.

“We’re looking to transform the upstairs to be usable as a dance studio and its current offerings,” said Hussey. “This is one of our three major fundraisers and we’d like to be able to raise $15,000 at each of them. It’s worth all of the effort.”

Steve Earp, a pottery vendor from Shelburne Falls, said he’s been coming to the event to sell his work for years.

“There are a few that keep me coming back — my daughter took classes and I like to support the local projects like this,” Earp said. “Plus, since I’ve been going for years and years, there’s a close collection of potters who get to socialize here.”

Earp said he also enjoyed being able to “cull the herd” of his pottery as well as a plug for other work and events in the area.

Those in attendance came to see artists they knew both young and old.

Jan Varnon of Greenfield said she came to see her granddaughter play the violin.

“I bought some things while I was here and to see my granddaughter,” said Varnon. “My son is also volunteering to help. I’ve been in the past and it’s a nice place to walk around and see people, run into your neighbors. It’s just a great atmosphere.”

Gina Duarte and Liana Pleasant of Montague said they came to the event after seeing it posted on social media.

Pleasant said, “We did well. We found items that were functional as well as beautiful.”

“I went years ago when it was at Greenfield High School,” Duarte said. “It offers functional things for good prices. There’s a lot of choices. We each kept to our budgets, though. It was really warm and everyone here was really friendly.”

Kim Howell and her son Graham Howell, 7, of Greenfield, said they came to support friends.

“My friend’s child goes to Artspace for classes, so we came to see them and the artists,” Kim Howell said. “We’ve been three or four times. I love to see local artists and support a good cause.”

She added that it was always great to see kids playing music, too.

Graham said he liked to see the “super cool stuff” for sale, included a three-tiered potted air plant he got.

“I never would have expected to see these bowls with air plants,” said Graham. “It’s amazing. I liked the yarn bowl for my grandmother. It’s great to see loads of art.”

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263.


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