At Green River, Art Garden tent offers creative activities

  • Art Garden volunteers prepare for the Green River Festival this weekend. The Shelburne Falls nonprofit will have two tents on the lower field this weekend, one for art-making and one for games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 5:25:02 PM
Modified: 7/11/2019 5:24:52 PM

GREENFIELD — Shelburne Falls’ own creative, eco-friendly non-profit, the Art Garden, will return to the Green River festival this year for the sixth time.

The non-profit is hosting an art-making tent from noon and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the lower field, next to the kid’s tent.

“It’s a huge tent in the lower field. There’s no way you can miss it,” Artist-Director Jane Beatrice Wegscheider said. 

Under the tent, festival-goers can participate in a plethora of “creative activities” — all for free. The works created in the tent are intended to be kept or used in the festival, Wegscheider said. 

Among activities, participants can paint cardboard birds, fish, bees and balloons; make their own cardboard creations; create cloth-ribbon sticks; make bottle cap, button and bead shaker sticks; make bird seed rattle-shakers with cardboard tubes and colored masking tape; decorate pre-painted cardboard butterfly fans; create wild hats out of brown paper bags; and decorate adjustable canvas crowns.

The Art Garden is also installing a few interactive community art pieces, including a magnetic poetry work, a community chalkboard and an interactive portrait station. 

The non-profit is also hosting an arcade tent, located beside the art tent and open Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Created by co-directors Wegscheider and Laura Iveson as well as Bruton Strange, games cost 50 cents to play. If participants win six times, they can make their own art-button.

The Art Garden makes a point to use eco-friendly, recyclable materials, Wegscheider said. For example, the Art Garden is no longer using glitter or duct tape for environmental reasons. 

Wegscheider estimated that the dozens of Art Garden volunteers spent a total of 255 hours preparing for this year’s tent.

In all, the Art Garden’s tent is for “people of all ages” to “paint and invent, learn and have fun,” last year’s poster states. 

“It could be 90 to 100 degrees, but in the tent it’s a huge creative buzz of energy,” Wegscheider said. “It’s a blast.”

Reach Grace Bird at or 413-772-0261, ext. 280. 

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