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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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Thanks to all our volunteers

who make it happen!

 

 

 

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Thank you to the following
Local Cultural Councils:


Ashfield,

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

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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!

 

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