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Photo by Justin Lively

You are invited to participate in a community exhibit about

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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