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Re-purposing, re-cycling and re-using materials that would normally end up being discarded is something The Art Garden is committed to.

Our intergenerational studio is filled with high quality, traditional art supplies AND boxes and boxes of donated ‘discards’: fabric scraps, toilet rolls, bottle caps, buttons, tins and tea boxes, lace and netting, magazine images &&&.

Children regularly transform trash into imaginative creations.

With whimsical results!

If you would like to submit work for our Talkin’ Trash exhibit, please bring it to The Art Garden ready for display on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday, November 1, 2 or 3 between 1pm – 5pm. 

Call 413-625-2782 if you have questions.

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The Art Garden is sending a big

THANK YOU

to Phyllis Labanowski for all of her hard work and dedication in co-creating our ARTeens program. We wish Phyllis the best as she moves on from ARTeens to pursue new opportunities and challenges. Phyllis’ work, including her grant writing skills, will now help sustain the program, since ARTeens was recently awarded a Mass Cultural Council YouthReach grant!

Stepping in to co-direct the program starting this fall, is Laura Iveson. Laura is a long time Art Garden board member, director of The Hilltown Draw-Around, and set designer with Hilltown Youth Theater where she works with children and teens to create large artworks.

 

Check out this video about ARTeens created by graduating ARTeen Micah Goldstein last spring. Micah credits ARTeens with helping her realize that being an artist is possible, and ART is what she wants to do with her life. She is now studying Animation in Montreal.

 

 

Our 2018-2019 Pay-What-You-Can ARTeens after school program is now accepting APPLICATIONS! In our 7-week Fall 2018 session, there are two ARTeens’ groups that meet on Tuesdays OR Thursdays starting the week of October 23rd and ending the week of December 13th.

Applications are due on October 10, 2018. Downloadable application below.

ARTeensFALL2018Application

Questions? Please email csartgarden@gmail.com or call 413-625-2782

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all our volunteers

who make it happen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the following
Local Cultural Councils:


Ashfield,

Buckland,
Charlemont/Hawley,
Colrain,
Conway,
Heath,
Plainfield,
Rowe
and
Shelburne!

Our Draw-Around was so fabulous,
parents had to drag their children home!

 

From noon to midnight on April 28th, children, teens and adults filled 5000 square feet of paper
with intricate, whimsical, tender, poetic, hilarious, and exquisite drawings, scribbles, stories, patterns and marks.

 

Thank you Laura Iveson
and the many many volunteers
(including ARTeen Micah Goldstein, pictured here with Laura)
who made it all happen!

 

Bringing people together
to create and play and be community
is a BIG part of The Art Garden’s mission.

 

Please support our work
and creative community events like our Draw-Around
by making a donation
on Valley Gives Day   Today!   May 1st

Every donation, no matter the size, helps us qualify for random prizes
throughout this 24 hour Day of Giving!

Click HERE to go to our Valley Gives page!

Super Honey Bunny and other Art Garden friends
are matching donations to help make our intergenerational studio accessible to all!

 

There are over 60 works of art, poetry and prose by 50 artists and writers
in our current community exhibit about the animals we love:

 

Painting,

collage,

assemblage,

tapestry,

needle-felted

sculpture,

drawing,

photography,

drypoint

and

monoprint,

poetry,

prose,

and

a

beautiful garland

of dog tags

and bells,

are just some

of the variety

of media

on exhibit.

Poignant tributes to the animals we love
attest to the deep relationships we have
with the ‘other-than-human’ among us.

 

And lest we forget,

our

youngest

participant,

Theo,

age 6 ¾,

has a watercolor

entitled,

Humans

Are

Animals

Too.

 

 

You Don’t Have To Take A Dog

                                              for Zoey, in memoriam

You don’t have to take a dog when you walk at night,
but it helps.  Neighbors driving by don’t have to wonder
what tragic event has occurred to you—
whether you’re trying to escape from your past
or your future; your husband, your kids, or just
the unwashed macaroni pot hardening on the counter.
People who don’t know you don’t have to waste time
wondering who you are, though they might
slow a bit, on account of your dog.

The dog is oblivious. That’s part of her charm.
She trots on ahead of you, sniffing for rabbits
you’ll never let her have.  She knows
you’d spoil her chances, lose your cool
and  shriek, “No!” right at the critical moment.
She loves you anyway.  She’s a dog.

You, on the other hand, are inescapably human.
Even if you could bring yourself to charge into
the underbrush baying at the top of your lungs, seeking,
maybe even finding, something vast and elemental,
some scrap of insight trapped and trembling
down a badger hole, there’d still be laundry
to do when you got home.

The moon’s not full tonight but it’s smiling anyway—
a lax, sideways smile—indulging you, indulging your dog.
Cornstalks nudge one another as you pass.
All the decisions you’ve made lately,
all the tears you’ve cried or not cried,
and still this flat plain, this little piece of the world,
looks exactly the same.

The dog could have told you that.
She’s waiting for you now, having left behind
the field’s enticements to come onto the pavement
to find you.  She sits, calm, watchful, wondering
how it is you can walk such a straight line
and still be so far back there.

                                                             Trish Crapo

 

 

The poem above by Trish Crapo is one of many in this exhibit. Poetry will be part of the closing reception (that includes other performances) on:

April 14, 6pm – 8pm

Performances at 7pm

 

View the exhibit at The Art Garden

on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays:

1pm – 5pm

 

Perhaps Super Honey Bunny will be here to greet you!

 

 

 This exhibit

is supported in part

by the following

Local Cultural Councils:

Ashfield,

Buckland,

Colrain,

Charlemont/Hawley,

Conway,

Heath,

Plainfield,

Rowe,

& Shelburne!

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

And thank you James Smith & Laura Iveson for taking exhibit photos for this post!

 

  Edible gold ink valentine cookie that Jane made for Laura in 2017

The next few weeks are busy ones at The Art Garden!

We hope you can join us
for some [or all] of the following creative opportunities:

 

Laura Iveson and I will be facilitating this introductory drypoint workshop for adults [teens are welcome too!] using The Art Garden’s etching press and non-toxic Akua ink.

We’ll provide materials, prompts and instruction for exploring the beautiful mark-making that is characteristic of drypoint. No prior experience necessary. Registration is required! Please call or email The Art Garden to register: csartgarden@gmail.com or 413.625.2782

To see some of the amazing drypoint prints created by the artist, Louise Bourgeois, click here.

 

A week of intergenerational guest artist workshops:

February 19 – 23, 2018

The Art Garden has invited several guest artists to our studio for this full week, February Vacation program; providing special workshops in the mornings followed by mixed media studio projects in the afternoons.

All ages are welcome, including adults and teens!

The full week program meets from 9am – 3pm, February 19 – 23, 2018.

Morning workshops run from 9am – 11am.

Register for one or more workshops, full days or the whole week!
Click here for details.

 

Workshop Schedule:

On MONDAY morning, artist and set-designer Laura Iveson will guide students in the making of Shadow Puppets. She will provide a Shadow Puppet screen for us to use for creating shadow-puppet plays. Impromptu performances will happen throughout the day depending on participant schedules.

 

TUESDAY: Dream Catchers with Edite Cunhā

Dream Catchers (in Lakota Tradition) represent the web of life. They hang in homes to sift dreams and visions, letting the negative pass through, and holding the positive and helpful for the good of the people. In this workshop we will use vintage linens; colorful textiles, ribbons and yarns; fun notions and baubles; and natural materials, to make unique dream catchers as gifts for ourselves or others.

 

On WEDNESDAY, teaching artisan Leonore Alaniz invites participants to journey to the magic expanse of the sky and outer space. Inspired by music and visualizations, we will explore printing with recycled materials, gel plates and colorful non-toxic inks. Everyone will create a batch of unique images on paper and cloth: beautiful gifts that tell the story of imaginary space travel.

 

On THURSDAY, artist Mia Radysh will teach flat Needle Felting on wool felt. Cut out a crown, bracelet, play watch, or ornament shape to decorate, or make a patch for your favorite sweater. If you can draw or paint it, you can felt it!

 

On FRIDAY, Jen Luck Hale will demonstrate her process for making intricate,cut paper art using multi-colored and patterned origami paper and tiny scissors. Jen will show students the basics for creating their own designs and patterns.

 

All workshops are tailored to accommodate a mixed age group.
The Art Garden prides itself on fostering a culture of inclusion, where people of all ages and abilities are treated with equal respect. It is amazing what we learn from each other!

 

AND LASTLY:

 

Super Honey Bunny invites you

 

to celebrate the Year of the Dog

 

by participating in our next community exhibit

about the animals we love:

 

 

Drypoint with photoshop additions by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider