Winter HooPla this weekend in Shelburne Falls

  • "Prosephone" is a larger-than-life shadow box that was installed onto a recessed doorway of the historic freight barn in the Buckland rail yard, It was made for an earlier HooPla but will be on display again this weekend. Artists Samantha Crawford, Laura Iveson, and Jumi Shots created it. Contributed photo/Phyllis Labanowski—

  • Shelburne Falls artist Mia Radysh with jellyfish she made of tissue paper and repurposed plastic bags for the Winter HooPla. Contributed photo

  • An archway lit up for the Winter HooPla. Contributed photo/Cheryl Dukes—

Recorder Staff
Thursday, February 01, 2018

SHELBURNE FALLS — Enjoy the “blue moon” along with outdoor art installations, an outdoor fire and hot cocoa within the old rail yard and commuter train cars Saturday and Sunday nights at the third annual Winter HooPla, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Art Garden and the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum rail yard.

Artists Laura Iveson and Jane Beatrice Wegscheider are working with guest artists and community volunteers to create a magical environment focusing on winter myths, whimsical and ephemeral winter-related ideas and contemporary issues. Installations are created using found, re-purposed, and natural materials, paper and light.

This is the third year The Art Garden has constructed a winter weekend outdoor installation.

“This year, we are focusing on ideas related to light and dark, as well as winter myths and some of the contemporary issues we are wrestling with,” Wegscheider said.

Last winter, highlights included a magical outdoor “fairy ring” of giant mushrooms, created by article Mia Radysh. This year, she’s created glowing giant jelly fish, made of tissue paper and recycled bags. Some of the exhibits will be installed on the railcars owned by the trolley museum. There will be an outdoor fire and hot cocoa, thanks to donations by Deans Beans of Orange. Visitors can step inside The Art Garden, which is next door to the trolley museum and view “Against all Odds,” a community exhibit about resistance and resilience. There are 37 works in the exhibit, made by 27 artists.

This year’s HooPla was supported by a grant from The Art Angels of Northampton — a group of anonymous artists and art-loves that supports community-based art projects throughout the Pioneer Valley.

The exhibition is free, although donations to the Art Garden are always welcomed.