A few weeks ago, Laura Iveson and Jane Wegscheider installed these colorful HooPla shovels near the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls…a bit of winter whimsy to lighten people’s spirits.

Laura created the piece above last year to wrap around a telephone pole
near Trinity Church’s community meal pick up site.

Even when the world is a dark place, our human nature pushes us to celebrate life, to remember the joy that we are here.
It is easy to be consumed by all of the large, and scary, and terrible things happening in our world. However, we need to see the colors, and beauty, and light around us, to endure the heartbreak of the world without drowning in it.
We start changing the world by changing the world right outside our front doors, and we believe even one small, beautiful creative act shared with our community helps to change our world for the better.

The Art Garden is offering supplies for creating temporary, fiber art pieces to wrap around poles and trees in Shelburne Falls and/or your community: art-messages of hope, love and encouragement that people walking by can see.

We have yarn, felt, embroidery floss, fabric, and felting supplies
(old wool sweaters, felting needles and colorful wool roving).

Pick up supplies at The Art Garden on:

Sunday, March 27, 2pm – 4pm

Tuesday, March 29, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Saturday, April 2, 11am – 2pm

Felted wool roving on an old sweater by Mia Radysh, 2021.

Please remember to be respectful of other people’s property and aware of your environmental impact. Secure your work so it doesn’t blow away or create trash. Take a picture and share it on The Art Garden’s Facebook or Instagram.

We’ll be taking our artworks down at the end of April in time for May flowers!

We are grateful to the following Local Cultural Councils for support of this work: Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Heath, Rowe & Shelburne!

Thank you also to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their support!

Please join The Art Garden for a magical evening of Light & Art
in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum rail yard:

Saturday, February 12, 6pm – 9pm

Thank you to the following Local Cultural Councils for their support of this event: Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Heath, Leyden, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne!