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

Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, August 12th, 2017
Shelburne Falls, MA
Race Day: Register to walk, run, or volunteer for the Bridge of Flowers Classic 10K or 3K and stay for Second Saturday events!

Every Second Saturday

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

Visit these local businesses (Stay tuned for events and activities):


Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): 

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TRINA SEARS STERNSTEIN: Imagined Landscapes - Reception 4-6 pm

For Hawley, MA painter Trina Sears Sternstein, living in Western Massachusetts gives her the inspiration for her art. Its landscapes are the fodder for her own imagined landscape paintings. Sternstein’s paintings are exquisitely detailed in a completely atmospheric way. She takes her time to paint each piece and that consideration shows. In her own words:

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“For my entire life I have loved the landscape of Western Massachusetts. For me it has a beauty which I have never taken for granted. Parts of it are still peaceful. The objects one sees and the sounds one hears are natural ones. I places we can still see the night sky without competition from flashing or other man-made lights.

My paintings are not of any particular places. I make up the compositions and attempt to express my feelings about the place where I live in color, tone, pattern and line.

Western MA, in fact all of New England, is threatened with industrialization. I hope that my pictures among other things will makes some small contribution to saving what is left of the loveliness of our area by reminding people of it.”

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Trina Sears Sternstein studied fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; the Academia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Trina’s paintings have been exhibited at the Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA; The Community Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Newburgh Gallery, Newburgh, NY; The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA; the Franklin Land Trust exhibits and auctions in Shelburne Falls and Deerfield, MA; at a private exhibition at Rye Close in rural MA; at the Hosmer Gallery in Northampton, MA; and at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY.

Sternstein’s exhibit can be seen June 30 – August 27, with her reception on Saturday, August 12, 4-6pm. Music by Adria and Daniel Foster. Daniel is Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra and Adria is the principal flutist for the Kennedy Center Opera House. Please join us for this special reception.


Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St): 

Molly Cantor Pottery (20 Bridge St): 


Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum (14 Depot St): Save 10% on any of their collection of beautiful museum T-shirts!bartenderclipart


The Art Garden (14 Depot St): 

 Thank you to our sponsors!

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Keystone Market Molly Cantor Pottery Salmon Falls Gallery Shelburne Arts Co-op  hearty eats 

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By Heart: Tunes We Know and Love from the Great American Songbook
Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 7:30 PM -
Federated Church, 175 Main Street (Route 2), Charlemont, MA 01339

Soprano Tinky Weisblat and pianist Alice Parker, a.k.a. the Divas of Hawley, will present an evening of popular standards from such composers and lyricists as the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Johnny Mercer. Weisblat is a singer, writer, and historian who knows a lot about the music she sings. Parker is a renowned composer and conductor in her 92nd year. This lively event will conclude with a sing-along set. Donations at the door will go to Mohawk Trail Concerts.