Cultural District

Pottery class with Molly CantorPottery class with Molly CantorIn 2012, the Village of Shelburne Falls was designated as a Cultural District by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and received the Creative Community Award.

This rural pairing of two villages – Shelburne and Buckland – on either side of the Deerfield River joined by an historic iron bridge is a delightful surprise. Honored as one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America,” the towns are recognized as a nationally desirable cultural destination.

Ariadne's Dream by Jane Wegscheider"Ariadne's Dream" by local artist Jane WegscheiderShelburne Falls gets it all right – preserving its historic, small town character while being open to the best of modern life. It is a village with a thriving cultural community nestled in the heart of farms and country roads. Enjoy world class opera in Memorial Hall’s Met Live series; visit eclectic art and crafts galleries and studios throughout the village; enjoy the ambience of Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, offering live music year-round. The Bridge of Flowers, once a busy trolley bridge, is now a world famous garden. Visit the trolley museum, the candlepin bowling alley, or the curious geological potholes. Linger in local eateries, enjoy fun family-friendly fairs and festivals throughout the year celebrate the arts, culture, and nature of Shelburne Falls and the surrounding hilltowns.

The Shelburne Falls Mosaic Mural Project

The Shelburne Falls Mosaic Mural Project was a community wide endeavor to celebrate the beauty of our rural area. Together we created 10 3’ x 3’ mosaic panels that represent our hilltowns of West County as well as 2 larger panels, ‘The Deerfield River’ and ‘American Indian Portrait’.

In June 2009, mosaic artist Cynthia Fisher had an idea stemming from her desire to create public art that could be enjoyed where she lived. In laying the groundwork for the project, she enlisted the support and involvement of school officials, teachers, community leaders, and building owners. The venture first gained the support of town selectpersons and business leaders. The educational aspects of the project were very important to Fisher. She did extensive research on the history of our local area and involved third grade students in the local school district that had a curriculum unit on their local area, and in doing so the task of deciding content for the 10 hilltown mosaics was theirs.

Here are the 10 hilltown mosaics:

AshfieldBuckland Charlemont Colrain Conway Hawley Heath Plainfield Rowe Shelburne

Cultural District Events

Artists in the Gallery: Ode to Paulus Berensohn
Sunday, October 8th, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Liz Canali of Heath, MA & Donna Gates of Shelburne Falls, MA
Ode to Paulus Berensohn​
"To Spring from the Hand:" a documentary on Paulus Berensohn followed by a pinch pot demonstration in both felt and clay

Donna and Liz work side-by-side one last time! Liz Canali has been part of the staff at Salmon Falls Gallery for the past 5 years and is moving to Florida after the reception for her exhibit Explorations in Felt on October 14. She will be greatly missed! Come join Liz for this remarkable film and then a pinch pot demonstration with curator and friend Donna Gates.

Both Liz and Donna have been influenced by the meditative exploration of pinching pots as presented by Paulus Berensohn. See the film and then watch Liz pinch a pot in felt while Donna pinches one in clay. The techniques are amazingly similar!

This event is free. Parking is available.
Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Shelburne Falls, MA
2nd sat fall 2017

Every Second Saturday

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

Saturday, October 14 - Come for the leaves, stay for the local businesses:

Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St):

Explorations in Felt: Texture and Color
100 Pinch Pots, an installation

Liz Canali - Explorations in Felt: Texture and Color
Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Felt artist Liz Canali has worn many artistic hats throughout her life: silversmith, graphic artist & web designer, teacher and now felting has caught her full attention. After viewing the documentary To Spring from the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn, she became inspired, thinking that she could pinch a pot in felt similar to the way Paulus was pinching pots in clay in the film. In her own words:

“Overwhelmed with thoughts and ideas when I began this series, I knew I had to just start!  I used the meditative and playful way Paulus Berenhson created pinch pots as inspiration for my “100 pinch pots” installation. As I made each pot, I saw the series begin to evolve. Each is similar but different, encouraging the viewer to take time with each felted pot, noticing the outside, encouraged to look inside as well.

“The series of vessels became an experiment in landscape and formation. The viewer is provoked to explore the artworks up close in detail, and to see them as a whole from a distance. The textures, shapes and colors combine to produce a tactile, organic result. I am creating a sense of dimension and texture. I see cracks in the side walk and in old building walls. I feel the crevices in rock formations. I am inspired by photography and pastel art and how color is used in these media. I’m fascinated with the versatility of felt and the rich history of its production and uses. I know I will continue to explore.”

Liz Canali discovered felting six years ago, first through needle felting and then through wet felting and hat making. Her explorations into illumination (making globes and shades for lamps) has played a big part in her evolution as a felt artist. She has experimented and researched felt making, finding new and different techniques and textural directions.

On Sunday, October 8 from 2-4pm, join Liz Canali and Donna Gates, Salmon Falls Gallery Director, in a presentation called Ode to Paulus Berensohn. Those attending will see the documentary film To Spring from the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn followed by a pinch pot demonstration in both felt and clay.  Donna will pinch a pot in clay while Liz pinches in felt in side-by-side demonstrations. The techniques are amazingly similar.

Liz has worked at Salmon Falls Gallery for the past five years as gallery staff, graphic designer, web designer and awesome display and exhibit help; all round wonderful employee. She and her husband Al will be moving to Florida a few days after her reception. She will be missed. Consider the reception a fabulous going away party for Liz & Al! Come help us celebrate Saturday, October 14, 4-6pm, artwork by Liz Canali, music by Al Canali and friends. The exhibit runs September 1 through October 29. For more information, or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

Photo caption:

“When Many Act as One: 100 felted pinch pots” by Liz Canali, 2017, felted wool

This event is free. Parking is available.
Moonlight Magic
Friday, November 24th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Village of Shelburne Falls

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On Friday, November 24, 2017, Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls will once again kick off the holiday season. The event, coordinated by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, begins at 4:00 pm and continues until 9:00 pm. The popular annual “festival of lights” features thousands of luminarias - courtesy of Yankee Candle and Mohawk Trail High School students – lighting up the village filled with an eclectic variety of stores, galleries, and restaurants offering special holiday promotions, in-store treats, and holiday cheer.

Vendors from across the valley contribute a rich assortment of items, including baked goods, maple products hand-crafted in the region, arts and crafts, delicious food, and hot drinks. The Iron Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic creating a pedestrian mall so shoppers can stroll back and forth across the Deerfield River enjoying events and shops on both sides of the river.

At 5:15pm, shortly after the town officially lights up, the Parade of Lights will begin in Buckland across from Lamson Factory Outlet Store, featuring Santa, the Grinch and Max, Clifford, and the Snow Princess. The Parade marches down Conway Street, through the Village of Buckland and then crosses the Iron Bridge into Shelburne. Santa and Mrs. Claus continue to Santa’s Workshop at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center on Main Street.

Mark your calendars now to remember to attend this festive, free event!

Calling All Vendors!

Would you like to be a vendor at Moonlight Magic? Please download the Vendor Form and return to GSFABA with payment no later than Friday, November 10, 2017. Checks payable to Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. Forms can be mailed to P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 or emailed to

Thank you to our sponsors!

Greenfield Savings BankGreenfield Cooperative BankYankee CandleMollyCantorLOGO1

Add your business to the list of sponsors!
Contact Carmela at 413-625-2526 or email for more information on how to get involved in supporting this wonderful community event.