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The Art Garden invites you to participate in:

Participation in community exhibits at The Art Garden is free and open to all ages and experience. In part, this means you don’t have to think of yourself as an artist to participate.

All work that reflects on the theme of relationships and/or the title “Woven Together” will be included: Mixed media, painting, drawing, collage, small sculpture, assemblage, photography, prose, poetry, &&&.
We accept one piece per person (more if space allows.)
Size restrictions apply. Please call 413-625-2782 if your work is large.

Ball point pen drawing by former ARTeen Hannah Bernotas

For this exhibit, we invite you to consider submitting a “work in process” or an interactive piece. If your work is interactive, please call ahead to discuss your idea: 413-625-2782.

Questions to possibly inspire you:

What are some of the relationships that make up the fabric of your life?

What are some of the connections you experience in nature, your home, your community, the world?

What are some of the things that connect us rather than divide us?

“The Heart Spirals” by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider

Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2020

Please bring work to The Art Garden
on Saturday 1/25, Tuesday 1/28 or Thursday 1/30 between 1pm – 5pm.

The exhibit opens as part of our winter HooPla

on Saturday, FEBRUARY 8th, 6pm – 8pm


You can view the exhibit through March: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 1-5pm

This exhibit is supported in part by the following Local Cultural Councils: Buckland, Colrain, Conway, Charlemont/Hawley, Heath, Rowe & Shelburne!

And the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts!


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Photo by Justin Lively

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Participation is free and open to all ages and artistic experience. We accept one piece per person, more if space is available. Paintings, photos, drawings, collages, poems, performances, & & &. Size restrictions apply.
Call 413-625-2782 for details if your work is large, or if you would like to perform at the opening, or if you have any questions about participating.

Drop off artwork Friday or Saturday, Nov. 22 or 23 between 1pm – 5pm.


Painting by Cosima Hewes

The painting above by local artist, Cosima Hewes was part of her Search for Home series. For me, it reflects the physical, emotional and spiritual nature journeys can have.

The photo by Justin Lively above, with its black door standing mysteriously in the landscape, invites me to reflect on journey-related questions: Is the door open or closed? Where does it lead? and Do I go around or through it?

The Art Garden invites you to make something (visual, written or performative) that reflects on the theme of journeys…or maybe you already have a piece that reflects on this theme? We hope you will consider sharing your art and ideas with our community through this exhibit.

Photos from a series of walks, by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider

This exhibit is supported in part by the following Local Cultural Councils:  Ashfield, Buckland, Colrain, Charlemont/Hawley, Conway, Heath, Leyden, Plainfield, Rowe & Shelburne! And the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts!


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Thanks to a ValleyCreates Planning Grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, The Art Garden has been developing a new initiative, a Collaborative Community Art Response Team (CcART)!

Laura Iveson and Jane Beatrice Wegscheider from The Art Garden have been collaborating with Greenfield artist and organizer Samantha Wood, artist-activist and facilitator Phyllis Labanowski, and Phoebe Walker (Director of Community Services at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments) to design the framework for CcART, which we hope to launch in 2020.

In many ways, CcART is a continuation and expansion of the work The Art Garden has been committed to since its founding ten years ago. We believe that community art-making processes and projects can support individuals and our communities. We also believe that art made in response to community issues can bring about change. Using creative, community art strategies we hope that our Collaborative Community Art Response Team will engage community members, artists and service-providing agencies to help address some of Franklin County’s community needs.

We invite you to share your thoughts with us at one of two upcoming, facilitated listening sessions listed above. Light fare will be provided, so please RSVP!

Thank you!


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We’ll have temporary art installations throughout the rail yard (made with found, repurposed and natural materials, paper and light.) We’ll also have hot cocoa
and a fire. Dress warmly so you can enjoy walking around!

The opening reception of our community exhibit: Small Kindnesses will take place inside The Art Garden. (See the next post for details about the exhibit.)

Check out our map for directions. Close parking access is via Elm Street.
Depot Street is unplowed. If you park at Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom,
you can hike in.
For handicap access, please use Elm Street and drive around
to the left of (behind) our building. We hope to see you!

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photo by Laura Iveson

What are some of the small kindnesses you experience? That you offer yourself or others? That have been given to you? … a smile or hug on a gray day … a good book … a warm fire … making soup for a neighbor whose partner has been in the hospital … an unexpected call from an old friend … your dog’s kisses … ???

Emma (5 years old) creating a card at our recent “Gifts of Gratitude” workshop.

This exhibit is free and open to all ages and experience. All work should relate to the theme. Because this is a SMALL WORKS exhibit, we will be able to accept more than one piece from each artist.

This includes framing if your piece is framed. It does not have to be!
Writers please print or format your pieces to fit the size limit as well.


Drop off work at The Art Garden on:
Saturday, January 26, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, January 29, 2pm – 6pm
and Wednesday, January 30, 10am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm

OR call to arrange a different time or to get mailing instructions: 413-625-2782


photo by Cheryl Dukes

More about the HooPla coming soon!


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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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