West County Arts & Culture

Laurie Wheeler reading poetry under an umbrellaThe Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) announces the creation of a new 501c3 subsidiary, West County Arts & Culture (WCAC), formed to promote the many vibrant arts and culture initiatives in our region that are a vital part of our economy and quality of life. The new nonprofit organization creates opportunities for the GSFABA to create programming and new funding to support the Creative Economy, an important part of our mission.

The mission of WCAC is to produce and/or present arts and cultural programs, such as Hilltown Arts and Thriving Community Happenings (HATCH). Also, WCAC may produce and/or support educational programs about sustainability, ecology, and heritage.

The board of directors of GSFABA will serve as the board for the new organization, which holds monthly board meetings. For more information, please contact GSFABA at info@shelburnefalls.com or by phone at 413-625-2526.

Photo: Laurie Wheeler, presenting her HATCH project, Poetry in the Rain, at the HATCH Community Event on February 11, 2017. HATCH (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings) is a program designed to inspire, support, and help fund creative projects that engage the hilltown communities of western Franklin County and is produced by West County Arts & Culture.

West County Arts & Culture Events

Catch & Release! A Community Art Exhibit Hosted by Exploded View
Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

exploded view catch and release

Supported by HATCH (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings)
Memoir Mapping - Pirate Style
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Shelburne Falls Senior Center, 7 Main St., Shelburne, MA

All ages are welcome on Tuesday, May 30th from 1-3:30 to join this new, one-time program at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center. We’ll begin with reminiscing about our favorite local places. Perhaps you have a favorite swimming hole, field or overlook? Perhaps you’ve been mesmerized by a certain tree or encounter with an animal? Or perhaps you know of a place made special through a wedding or other life cycle ceremony?

After our stories are shared, we will create simple ‘X marks the spot’ pirate treasure maps to record our memories. No art experience is required!

This program is free of charge, supported by a HATCH grant, a program of West County Arts and Culture administered by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association.

This program is led by local storyteller and educator David Arfa.

Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Shelburne Falls, MA

Every Second Saturday

Enjoy our unusual small businesses,
meet the artists,
relish the food of our restaurants,
walk in natural beauty,
and experience HOME.

Celebrate the river in June!

Visit these local businesses:

C.Couture.Falls Blue

Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): CHRISTIN COUTURE: The Nearest Faraway Place
Encaustic Landscape Paintings 

For over a decade in all weather and seasons Christin Couture has drawn, painted, photographed, and filmed from a precipice overlooking the Deerfield River's Salmon Falls, her 'nearest faraway place' close to home in Shelburne Falls, MA. The Nearest Faraway Place exhibits a selection of the encaustic landscape paintings in this series of works. Reception is 4-6pm, music by Rosemary Caine. Contact salmonfallsgallery.com or 413.625.9833. (Photo Right: Falls/Blue Night Lights by Christin Couture. Mixed medium: oil, beeswax, acrylic, and colored pencil, on archival panel mounted on wood cradles, 8 X 10 inches)


Keystone Market (44 Bridge St)

 portals and passages

Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St): Exhibition of photographs, "Portals and Passages," by Amanda Quinby. A collection of platinum/palladium and gum bichromate prints of windows, doors, stairways, and bridges. First discovered in the 19th century, gum printing was one of the earliest means of bringing color to the photographic process. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the palladium print was one of the most popular photographic techniques, supplanted by silver when the price of palladium soared during the first World War. 

Molly Cantor Pottery (20 Bridge St)


Hearty Eats (24 Bridge St)



The Art Garden (14 Depot St): Regional Teen Art Exhibit: "Works in Progress" organized by ARTeens for teens. Exhibit runs: June 10 - 30 and is supported in part by Local Cultural Councils.
Opening Reception: 6 - 8pm. Music, poetry, and performances from 7-8pm. 

The Art Garden is located in the Trolley Museum building. Parking access is via Elm St. or walk from Salmon Falls Gallery via Depot St. Directions on website: www.theartgarden.org 


Arms Library (60 Bridge St): Friends of the Arms Library Book Sale, 10 am - 3 pm. All money earned from this event goes to support programming, operations and special projects at the Arms Library.


Village Information Center (75 Bridge St): The Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club will host their annual tag sale 9 am - 2 pm!

 EV River Cube S Falls 2.0

A special performance by Exploded View: River down at the Glacial Potholes on Deerfield Ave from 4-6 pm. Listen for the Ageless Waves of Rhythm drumming, starting at 3 pm to call you down to the Potholes! Supported by HATCH (Hilltown Arts & Thriving Community Happenings).


crescent dancers

The Crescent Dancers (pictured right), Western Mass' belly dancing group, will perform at the Arms Library (75 Bridge St) at 1pm, and then dance over the Bridge of Flowers, their true hearts' desire. 


Boaters: Meet on the river underneath the Bridge of Flowers at 3:00 for a photo opportunity, as we spell "RIVER" with our boats! 


Thank you to our sponsors!

Flanders Law Offices Keystone Market Molly Cantor Pottery Salmon Falls Gallery Shelburne Arts Co-op Greenfield Savings Bank hearty eats art garden


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