The Art Garden is participating in Valley Gives Day again this year.

This 24-hour e-giving event happens on December 10th, THIS WEDNESDAY!!!!

Please check out our fund-raising page:


It tells the story of our mission, and the services we provide in our community, through images, testimonials, and the practical ways we use the resources entrusted to us.

We hope you will enjoy the page AND be inspired to support our work!

Quote from Sister Corita Kent

Quote from Sister Corita Kent

At this time of year, it seems like time is a balloon, stretching almost to bursting. And even if what we fill our shorter days and longer nights with is good…
it can often feel like too much.

This morning I am imagining my particular balloon NOT filled with a confetti of
to-do’s…but rather, the expansive breath of a quiet moment outside,
and the air of delight when I make something…
my lovely morning coffee,
and this little bit of reflection.

On November 22nd, The Art Garden was part of a community-service learning event coordinated by Hilltown Families in Northampton. Artist-board member Laura Iveson and I set up a L-O-N-G work station where children (and their adults!) could paint paper placemats to be donated to local senior centers.

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Even in the midst of what might be considered a hubbub,
creative focus slowed things down.

The magic of painting…
the act of brushing physical color around on a surface…
the do-and-respond…
the idea taking shape, or emerging in the process
(no matter what each person’s skill level)…
was calming,
and satisfying.

107 beautiful and wildly different placemats were made in 3 hours!
What a balloon!



Our 2014-2015 Art for a Change program will begin again on
Wednesday, November 19th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Inspiration for the evening: Environmental Issues & Climate Justice

Click here for more info.

Poster design by Diana Hardina.

Join us for a benefit Halloween Ball at the historic Cowell Gym*
in Shelburne Falls on November 1st, from 8pm to 1am.

Proceeds benefit youth programming
from the Shelburne Recreation Committee and The Art Garden.

Dance your bones off while supporting two good causes!

We’ll have local beer, wine and cider for sale, and free snacks!
DJ dance music and a costume contest!

$10 entry fee with sliding scale. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

*The Cowell Gymnasium is located at 51 Maple Street.
Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect their new floor.

Questions? Call The Art Garden at 413-625-2782.


The Art Garden is participating in Northampton’s 75%+ReUse Art Show and Sale this Saturday, October 18th, from 9am to 3pm at the Smith Vocational High School. We will be selling artworks (created by volunteers from our collection of re-purposed and up-cycled materials) as a fundraiser for our After School Creative Studio program. 

We’ll also have an activity table where people (of all ages) can make shaker sticks using wire from old telephone cords and the bottle caps, beads and buttons people have donated to us.

The Art Garden is dedicated to re-purposing, re-cycling and up-cycling materials (that would otherwise end up in the waste stream.) Our bins and boxes are full of supplies that have been donated to us from members of our community!




On September 21, 2014, 400,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City.










three Art Workers


The Art Garden:


Valerie Caro, Phyllis Labanowski, and Jane Beatrice Wegscheider.


[Besides the unflattering hard hats] we wore and carried 75 ribbons

from our What Do You Love About the Deerfield River? public art installation.










had the latin

and common names

of endangered,

special concern,



invasive species

from our watershed

written on them.

Phyllis wore the key

on her backpack.









 real birds









 to many faces

 (including ours)!


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It was exciting to be a part of such a well-organized, engaged, diverse, and creative display of activism and LOVE!

Please join us at our first 2014-2015 Art For A Change workshop in November. We will focus on the climate issues before us, and how we, as artists, activists, and community members, have and can address them.


Stop by The Art Garden
during our regular hours (Mondays through Saturdays 1pm – 5pm)
to see our current

Summer at The Art Garden display!