“Art is to the soul what garlic is to the palate.”
Just as garlic spices our daily food, art and craft spice our daily life. This festival brings together hidden handmade treasures from the North Quabbin region: people working in small workshops to make beautifully crafted things by hand. Some artisans are professionals who ordinarily sell their work in galleries and festivals outside the area. Others are amateurs who feel the need to create after their “day jobs” are over. The festival is the place to meet the artists and craftspeople of the region, and to enjoy conversations with people who love what they do.
Thanks for your interest in our festival! Please feel free to apply for 2016’s 18th Annual. Application can be found here in early March 2016. Deadline will be in April and the jury happening the first week of May. Along with the application will be an information page providing all the festival rules and guidelines. If you have any questions in the meantime, you can use the form at the bottom of the page to contact the organizing committee.
2015 Artist Exhibitors (listed alphabetically)
The Alchemy Studio – Mark Lattanzi – Montague, MA – Fine and sterling silver jewelry inspired by natural textures, incorporating semiprecious stones, glass, and gold.
Art Bug Illustrations – Chaldea Deyman – Montague, MA – Chaldea Deyman creates watercolor illustrations for children and adults depicting animals living as humans in everyday settings. She sells her art as matted prints, greeting cards and handmade toys for children.
Artistic Basketry – Janice Doubleday – Wendell, MA
Ayla Skorupa Photography – Ayla Skorupa, Warwick, MA – Being aware of whats around you brings appreciation for the present moment. Ayla attempts to capture these moments in order to bring awareness to others, in the hope that realization will result in a conscious effort towards preservation of habitat and the environment.
Baldwin Hill Candle Co. – Thomas Brouillet and Kristin Stanley – Phillipston, MA – Baldwin Hill sells green & clean soy candles that burn with less soot providing a cleaner air quality for your home. Soy also burns more slowly thus allowing soy candles to last up to 50% longer then paraffin candles. Soy wax is water-soluble and cleans easily with soap and water and comes from soybeans which are a renewable resource grown right here in the United States.
Blue Dog Leather and Saddles – Keith LaRiviere – Orange, MA – Blue Dog builds handmade western saddles and tack, chaps and chinks, and carved and tooled belts, bags and other leather products. We also repair and restore western saddles and tack and various other leather items.
Bouncing Bet Soapworks – Vicky Sandiford and Alicia Lichoulas – Orange, MA – Bouncing Bet Soapworks makes soap and other natural products with the best quality ingredients they can find, including all organic base oils (organic extra virgin olive, coconut, and palm oils). Their herbal ingredients are either wildcrafted (from their farm in Athol or other North Quabbin areas) or organically grown by other Northern Massachusetts farms.
Casey Williams Artist – Casey Williams – Athol, MA – Painting, framed collages, small works on paper, hand-painted rocks, tableau paintings, wall decor, mod design, retro-painted Cornhole Games etc…
Cricket on the Hearth Handweaving – Dvora Cohen – Wendell, MA
Day Lone Wolf Jewelry – Orange, MA – Silver and cut stone jewelry.
Donna Horn Artist – Donna Horn – Wendell, MA – She is known for her fantastical, spiritual, tarot inspired paintings, sparkling collages, and whimsical monster paintings.
Dragonfly Designs – Melinda LeLacheur – Shutesbury, MA – Crafting for health and happiness, Dragonfly Designs uses fabric, beads and wire to create natural therapy pillows, bags, stuffed animals, beaded bugs and more. We dearly love playing with texture, pattern, and color, combining the unexpected to make something delightful!
Firecrow Handwovens – Kathy Litchfield, Gill, MA – Weaver Kathy Litchfield designs and weaves wearable art in the form of scarves, shawls, ponchos and wraps, as well as a NEW line of home textiles. She interlaces cotton, chenille, rayon, merino, alpaca/silk and tencel in her designs. Visit her booth to throw the shuttle yourself and see how handwovens are made!
Flora–Ly – Linda Ruel Flynn – Orange, MA – Flora-Ly is a sweet studio specializing in artisan flower preservation creating wedding keepsakes, botanical collages, greeting cards, calendars and more. Flora-Ly takes pride in offering an array of pressed botanicals from the North Quabbin region.
Forster Family Creative Endeavors – Nancy Forster, Karen Mathers – Leverett, MA
Good Dirt Pottery – Jaye Pope – Montague, MA – Jaye has been creating beautiful functional work out of stoneware clay for over 20 years. Her wheel-thrown and hand painted dinner ware compliments the beauty of fine art to the joy of everyday living. All work is food, oven and microwave save.
Happy Valley Hemps – Bren Carey, Gina Lombardi – Wendell, MA – Happy Valley Hemps sells home sewn natural fiber clothes and under garments.
Hathaway Ceramics – Ingrid Hathaway – Leicester, MA – Individually hand crafted functional ceramics intended for daily use.
JL Gourds – Joan Levy – Pelham, MA – Joan transforms gourds into vases, vessels, boxes, shakerees, and candle holders through painting, pyrography, carving, and weaving. Her gourds are grown locally as well as from the southwestern US.
Joy Friedman Pottery – Joy Friedman – Leverett, MA – Joy Friedman makes wheel-thrown pottery that is functional, decorative and food safe. She has been a potter for over 25 years and she enjoys sharing her love of pottery with others when she teaches classes at the Leverett Crafts and Arts.
Laureen Shea – Leverett, MA
Linda Mahoney Woodblock Prints – Linda Mahoney, Northfield, MA Linda Mahoney creates color woodblock prints in the Moku Hanga technique, (Japanese watercolor woodblock printmaking.) Her images are based on watercolor paintings that she does on site in various natural environments of Massachusetts and Downeast Maine.
Lou’s Upcycles – Lou Leelyn – Wendell, MA – Lou creates a full line of accessories from fused un-recyclable, post-consumer plastic packaging and has spent many years advocating for the responsible consumption and disposal of plastic bags.
Lydia Grey – Orange, MA – Lydia’s pots are shaped by hand and are meant to be held and touched. Each piece is finished by polishing with terra sigillata, or coated with a copper stain, bisqued and smoke fired or with high-fire glazes.
Melvyn Thomas Flynn Woodturning – Melvyn Flynn – Springfield, MA
Moon and Sundries – Karen Ducey – Shutesbury, MA – Moon and Sundries offers colorful gifts and accessories for the delightfully eclectic, all handmade by craft-star Karen Ducey. Work includes vegan-friendly wallets, totes, applique pillows, potholders, coasters, pressed leaf jewelry, and pin-back buttons.
New England Fiber Arts – Sandra Tobin – New Salem, MA The hallmark of Sandra Tobin’s fiber art is versatility and fine workmanship coupled with bright and interesting fabrics that play well together. Her work includes reversible aprons and baby bibs, patchwork hot pads, coiled fabric bowls, patchwork quilted wall hangings, table runners, tote bags and purses and balsam pillows and sachets made from recycled Christmas trees.
North Quabbin Photography – Dale Monette – New Salem, MA – We have such a wonderful resource right in our front yard in the Quabbin Reservoir. This photography encompasses the history, beauty and wildlife throughout the four seasons in the Quabbin watershed.
– Patrick Zephyr Nature Photography – Patrick Zephyr – Pelham, MA – Patrick is a nature/landscape/wildlife photographer specializing in wildlife and wild places in Massachusetts.
Photos from the Valley – Paul Sihvonen-Binder – New Salem, MA
Radyshes – Elizabeth Radysh – Shelburne Falls, MA
Simple Shoemaking – Sharon Raymond – Shutesbury, MA – Sharon has shoes and shoemaking books for sale, along with a “First Footsteps” shoemaking kit. Customers can use the kit to make a special gift, and by doing so learn her “simple shoemaking” process that can be used to make shoes in any size.
Snowflake Mittens – Lettie Posk & Raenette Kramer – Athol, MA
Splendid Toad Art Farm – Kim Parkhurst – Winchendon, MA – Splendid Toad Art Farm is a two-artist studio in Winchendon. Kim and Andy bring whimsical animal paintings, signed prints, bow ties, and haberdashery to the Festival.
Spoon River Jewelry – Deva and Trish Casimira- Wendell, MA – Spoon River works with antique silver-plated silverware that shines brightly. The silverware is redesigned into beautiful jewelry, wind chimes, earrings, pendants, spoon rings, bracelets, barrettes, tie clips, key rings, zipper pulls, and more!
Susan Mulholland Silk Screen – Susan Mulholland – Leverett, MA – Susan Mulholland Silkscreen dyes and silkscreens original designs on 100% cotton tee shirts. New additions this year include table linens and silk scarves.
Swift River Glass – Ina Peebles – Wendell, MA – Swift River Glass creates beautiful dichroic glass and metal jewelry an array of colors and designs.
Turn, Turn, Turn – Sam Scherer – Orange, MA – Sam Scherer offers a variety of wooden bowls, plates, tops, yoyos, hollow form vessels, and burls turned on a lathe. Made from maple, birch, oak, cherry, beech, and other woods, these pieces represent the work of four local wood turners.
WEAVING ARTcetera – Adele Smith-Penniman – Wendell, MA – Adele Smith-Penniman is a fiber artist who weaves and works with batik fabric. Whether in earth tones or contrasting bright colors, her unique creations include woven wall hangings, bags, journal covers and household items.
Wild Child Tye Dyes – Jodi Levine – Pelham, MA – Jodi has been playing with color on fabric since 1989, creating bright, vibrant tie dyes for the whole family. She uses only sweatshop-free garments, many organic cotton, and environmentally friendly dyes for colorful clothes that last and last while not harming the earth or its people. Look for her under the rainbow flags!
Wyrd Sisters – Elizabeth Smith & Heather Clark – Millers Falls, MA
Please use the form below to get in touch with Lou and Diane with any questions. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival!
Artist Coordinators for the Festival Organizing Committee
If you’d like to inquire about anything artist related, please fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.