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                                                                              Photo by Laura Iveson


Winter HooPla

Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4

6:30 – 8:30pm

at The Art Garden

and the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Railyard


Our Winter HooPla features a series of ephemeral, outdoor art installations using rail yard buildings, old rail and commuter train cars, and other site-specific features of the railyard landscape.


In 2017, shadows cast from Reed Arahood’s carboard birds flew between large-scale shadow boxes set inside Freight house doorways. The shadow screens were created by Samantha Crawford, Jumi Shots and Laura Iveson. Photo by Reed Arahood.


Under the co-direction of artists Laura Iveson and Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, guest artists and community volunteers co-create a magical environment focusing on winter myths, whimsical and ephemeral winter-related ideas and contemporary issues. Installations are created using found, re-purposed, and natural materials, paper and light.


Brazilian guests helped paint the giant mushroom caps for     Mia Radysh’ giant Mushroom Fairy Ring in 2017.       


2017 HooPla Fairy Ring created by Mia Radysh. Photo by James Smith.


2016 HooPla historic T-car installation created by Laura Iveson.                               


In 2017, Laura and volunteers transformed the historic T-car into an aquarium (using our giant Green River Festival cardboard fish.) What will it become this year?


Our Winter HooPla is free and open to all!

Hot cocoa will be served outside and light refreshments will be inside where visitors can also see Against All Odds: a community exhibit about Resistance & Resilience. There are 37 works in this exhibit made by 27 artists.



The HooPla is supported by a generous grant from The Art Angels. Thank you!

It would also not be possible without the hard work (often out in the cold) of many volunteers, community members and local artists. Thank you! Thank you!

Community exhibits at The Art Garden are supported by the following local cultural councils: Ashfield, Buckland, Colrain, Charlemont/Hawley, Conway, Heath, Leyden, Plainfield, Rowe & Shelburne! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!



Thank you also to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum where The Art Garden is located. We are so grateful for all your support and the permission to play.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!



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You are invited to participate in a Community Exhibit about


Resistance & Resilience:


Participation is free and open to all ages and experience.

Submit a poem, painting, drawing, photograph, collage, etc. that relates to the themes. We will include at least one piece per person.

Some size restrictions apply. Call ahead if your work is larger than 3’ in any direction.

Bring work to The Art Garden on Nov. 22, 25 or 28.


Opening Reception:


Saturday, December 2, 2017


6 – 8 pm (performances at 7 pm)


Call by Nov. 28 if you have a story, poem, song or other performance that you would like to share during the reception. Performances are limited to 5 – 7 min.

Come see the Exhibit: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 1 – 5pm, until Dec. 28.

The Art Garden is located in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum building.
Access to our parking is via Elm St. Please see our map!

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

Thank you to the following Local Cultural councils whose resilience and support keep our communities vibrant: Ashfield, Buckland, Colrain, Charlemont/Hawley, Conway, Heath, Leyden, Plainfield, Rowe & Shelburne!

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Katie Sachs is a former western Mass resident active in the local music scene, who left four years ago to continue her music career in Austin, TX. She returns for a special performance of original songs spanning three albums worth of material, as well as some covers and a Tom Petty tribute. Come for an intimate evening of soulful Jazz-Folk, and to support The Art Garden.


Wednesday, November 1, 7 pm

Suggested Donation $10 – $15

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We are pleased to be launching printmaking at The Art Garden with the following two monotype workshops and guest artist/teacher Joyce Silverstone:

Monotype Improvisation

Sunday, October 29, 1pm – 6pm

Monotype and Drypoint

Sunday, November 5, 1pm – 6pm

For a full description of the workshops with details about cost and registration, please scroll down to the bottom of our Calendar page.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Mission Express Grant

which helped us purchase the equipment needed to offer printmaking in our studio! Thank you Peter Chadwick for donating the press that got this all started! Thank you Liz Chalfin and Zea Mays Printmaking for providing us with your expert guidance and support! Thank you Bruton Strange for your donated time and carpentry skills creating a movable press and installing our cabinets and new sink area shelving and counter.
And thank you! thank you! artist and board member Laura Iveson for your dedication to this program and your work to make it happen.

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The spring session of our ARTeens afterschool program is up and running. It’s popular! We are now offering it twice a week, with 21 teens coming from three public high schools (Mohawk, Frontier, Four Rivers) and home school networks.

The slideshow below takes you INSIDE ARTeens! See and read some of the reasons why teens LOVE this program:

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ARTeens is a pay-what-you-can program so that no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. 85% of our families require financial assistance to attend.

Do you want to help support ARTeens OR do you know others who might?

The Art Garden is participating in Valley Gives Day on Tuesday, May 2nd.
This 24-hour day of giving supports the good work of hundreds of local non-profits.

All donations made on our Valley Gives page will support ARTeens*.
Every gift matters!
And each individual donor and each individual gift makes us eligible for prizes given out throughout the day.

Please pass this on to family, friends, and neighbors.

This link will take you to our Valley Gives page:

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!


*ARTeens is a pay-what-you-can, afterschool program serving rural Franklin County teens. Teens come from three public schools (Mohawk, Frontier, Four Rivers) and home school networks. Teens come hungry for the freedom to express themselves and direct their own art-making in our community studio. Many of our teens have been marginalized or bullied for being different. Core to ARTeens is the co-creation of an inclusive community that fosters safety, acceptance, and responsibility using democratic processes to ensure everyone’s participation. ARTeens are encouraged to develop their understanding of themselves as engaged and compassionate artists, contributing to our communities with their artistic skills and creativity.

ARTeens has become a signature program of The Art Garden, embodying key components of our mission to nurture diverse creative processes, support the exchange of ideas, explore and build relationships in a non-judgmental and intergenerational art studio and engage people of all ages and abilities in community art projects that serve the common good. Our pay-what-you-can model reflects The Art Garden’s commitment to broad community access to quality arts programming. Artist co-facilitators, Phyllis Labanowski and Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, develop curriculum that incorporates exploration of new materials and creative engagement with contemporary issues; helping emerging teen artists understand the powerful impact their art-making can have in our communities and in the world.


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This event is free and open to the public. Please see our map for directions.

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

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Stop in to The Art Garden before April 1st to see
our Small Things Matter Community Exhibit!
There are 144 pieces by 66 artists in this delightful show.

There are prints, collages, paintings, paper cuts, assemblages, drawings, fiber works, photographs, tiny sculptures, tiny poems and more.
All of the pieces are under 5″ (all dimensions.)
Artists range in age from 6 years old to (well, I didn’t ask.)

This exhibit is supported in part by the following local cultural councils: Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Heath, Leyden, Plainfield, Rowe & Shelburne! Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!

Please note: During the month of March, The Art Garden will be open during these hours: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 1 – 5 pm, and Mondays 3 – 5 pm. It is also a good idea to call first if you are coming from afar: 413-625-2782.


Saturday, April 8th is our 3rd annual

Fabulous Hilltown Draw-Around

from noon – midnight

at the Cowell Gym in Shelburne Falls!

For updates see The Art Garden’s Facebook page!


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