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

Piper Glass & Steel: Garden Structures and Ornaments
Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salmon Falls Gallery

Garden Structures and Ornaments: works by Piper Glass & Steel

Inspiration for your garden is on its way! Piper Foreso of Piper Glass & Steel has transformed one of our featured exhibit spaces into a whimsy-filled garden. Featured will be stakes topped by birds and other fine animals, glass shapes for the sun to illuminate and totally fun pieces to hang from trees or garden hook or, in our case, the ceiling of the gallery. All these works are meant to be outside making your garden magical.

Piper thinks some of the exhibit might live just outside the gallery entrance in what could be our garden with a bit more love. As Piper says, this is an exhibit to show you “A variety of structures and decorations that provide visual interest, functional support, and fun in the garden. Materials used include steel, stainless steel, glass, and wood. Inspired by the beauty, magic, and endless possibilities of gardening!”

I believe Piper’s enthusiasm will be contagious, a very good thing for your garden. Join us Saturday, June 1 from 3-5pm to celebrate, with music by Chris Eriquezzo. Exhibit can be viewed May 3 through June 30. For more information, visit the Salmon Falls Gallery website or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.