Call for Mail Art

The Art Garden invites you to participate in a MAIL ART exhibit:



Mail Art can be many things: decorated envelopes, hand-made postcards, non-monetary artist stamps, &&&. Many works combine text and image. And all mail art moves through the postal system and is handled and seen by mail carriers and postal workers.


Mail Art exhibits are unjuried and often take place outside traditional gallery settings. We plan to display Moving Through Mail Art submissions in Shelburne Falls shop windows.


Two sides of an envelope created by former ARTeen Emma Musante for a mail art exhibit a few years ago.


“Moving Through”  is also an optional theme. We invite you to reflect on and make a mail art piece that shares how YOU are moving through these difficult times. OR make a mail art piece as one small way to move through.



Mail artists often use collage techniques. The Art Garden has LOTS of collage materials that we are happy to share. Please email csartgarden@gmail.com to set up an appointment to gather supplies.


Submissions should be mailed to:

The Art Garden
4 Union Street
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Please mail so that your work arrives by November 20, 2021.

Submissions should be relatively 2 dimensional, for easier window display.


This community exhibit is supported in part by the following Local Cultural Councils: Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Heath, Leyden, Plainfield, Rowe & Shelburne!     We are so grateful!


The Art Garden To-Go is offering another round of Art-In-A-Box prompts and supplies for children’s art-making

December’s weekly boxes for children will be available for pickup
from The Art Garden’s porch, starting December 2

Each weekly box contains

  • prompts with art supplies for exploring those prompts
  • ideas, notes and guidance for parent/guardians
  • a few surprises

The traditional and non-traditional art supplies could be

  • gently used prior to the pandemic,
  • re-purposed,
  • donated by community members,
  • and/or purchased for specific activities

This is 6 year old Eóghan with the squid he imagined, sewed (for the first time!)
and stuffed, using the supplies from one of his November Art-In-A-Boxes.

Art and frame created by Elias with Art-In-A-Box supplies.

To register for 4 weekly Art-In-A-Boxes in December,
please email csartgarden@gmail.com.

The suggested pay-what-you-can fee for 4 weekly boxes is $50.

Because the pandemic has impacted so many of us financially, we want to emphasize that pay-what-you-can really means that, especially if any kind of payment would present an added hardship.

Boxes will be available for pick-up from The Art Garden’s porch on Wednesdays between 3pm – 5pm (or by appointment.)

Art-In-A-Box is being offered as a pay-what-you-can initiative
thanks to generous donations from community members
and a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.