West County Arts & Culture

FringeFest2018E IMAGE2The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) created a new 501c3 subsidiary, West County Arts & Culture (WCAC), 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 The Fabulous February Fringe Festival and Hilltown Arts: Thriving Community Happenings (HATCH). Also, WCAC may produce and/or support educational programs about sustainability, ecology, and heritage.

For more information, go to the WCAC website or contact West County at wcac@shelburnefalls.com or phone at 413-625-2526.

The Fabulous 4th Annual Hilltown Draw-Around
Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 12:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Cowell Gymnasium, 51 Maple Street, Shelburne Falls

The Hilltown Draw-Around is returning to the Cowell Gym in Shelburne Falls on Saturday April 28th for our 4th annual community art extravaganza! Come celebrate an end to your cabin fever and the coming of spring with friends and neighbors, anytime from high noon 'til midnight! This unique carnival of creativity brings together people of all ages to play and get creative together as we make a 4,000+ square foot work of art. Release your inner artist!

This year's Draw-Around will bring new twists to perennial favorites, like a 3D coloring room. Remember the people-powered drawing machine belching its steampunk gears and dragon's flame?  This year's form is a mystery yet to be revealed. Relax on the floor with Emily Gopen's stunning meditative lifesize mandala  coloring page, or add your face to our community portrait wall. In a nod to Buckland's famed Robert Strong Woodward, we'll re-create one of his works—each person contributing to the whole. Take a mini workshop to learn origami, or stay late and take part in the costumed figure drawing. There will be an abundance of other ways to play and  create, and when you are tuckered out or want to dance, enjoy the live music performances or stop for a delicious bite to eat at our cafe.

The Hilltown Draw-Around is a pay-what-you-can community event. All are welcome to participate, but equally, we encourage everyone to be as generous as each is able with their donations. All proceeds will go toward funding  The Art Garden's ARTeens Program, a 20-week, pay-what-you-can, afterschool art program for Franklin County teens. ARTeens encourages teens to develop their understanding of themselves as engaged and compassionate artists, contributing to our communities with their creativity. Each 3.5 hour, weekly session includes art-making time and individualized instruction in a studio filled with professional art supplies.

Just as people need creative sustenance in their lives, we also wish to help meet the very real need for food in our hilltowns. If you are able, please bring non-perishable food items to help support the West County Emergency Food Pantry, located in the lower level of the Cowell Gym.

Since 2009, The Art Garden, a non-profit community space in Shelburne Falls, has nurtured the creative voice of everyone who enters the studio. Contact The Art Garden at 413-625-2782, visit our website, or visit us on Facebook for more information.

This community event is made possible by the generosity of local artists, and our incredible teen, parent, and community volunteers! Special thanks go out to the Local Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Buckland, Bernardston, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Heath, Leyden, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, and to the Massachusetts Cultural Council.