2014 Artist Applications

We invite you to apply to the 16th annual celebration of the agricultural, artistic, and cultural bounty of our North Quabbin region.  Please download the application materials, fill them out completely, and send them to us along with the required photos of your work.  All of the details may be found in the 2014 Artist Application Package.   We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 festival.

There are few things about the application process that we would like to highlight:

The Garlic and Arts Festival Mission Statement – Please bear in mind what we are striving to do for the region.

This is a regional festival, so we are only accepting applications from artists who live in the North Quabbin area.  We may, very occasionally, invite a few artists from outside the region. The nine North Quabbin towns that will be represented at the festival are New Salem, Wendell, Erving, Orange, Athol, Warwick, Royalston, Phillipston and Petersham.  If there are still spaces to be filled, artists may be accepted from a defined surrounding area 15 miles from the site of the festival (North= NH border, East=Templeton, South=Pelham, West=Greenfield).

Remember that everything that you sell must be handmade by you.

We are excited to announce another year of our sustainable volunteer model. As part of your acceptance into the festival, you will be asked to contribute 4 hours during the summer leading up to the festival or during the days just before and after. If you plan to apply this year, make sure to fill out the exhibitor participation information sheet that is part of your application packet. Your application will not be juried without the participation form. Here is some additional information to read through before applying.

Please use the form below to get in touch with Lou and Diane with any questions.  Thanks for your interest!

Lou Leelyn
Diane Nassif
for the Festival Organizing Committee

2013 Accepted Artists (Listed in Alphabetical Order)


“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.

The Alchemy Studio - Mark Lattanzi – Montague, MA

Amy Creates – Amy Wasserman – Pelham, MA

Art Bug Art Bug - Chaldea Emerson – Athol, MA: Watercolor illustrations inspired by farm life and folk music.

Baldwin Candle Company Baldwin Hill Candle Co. - Thomas Brouillet and Kristin Stanley - Phillipston, MA: Hand poured soy candles in a variety of clean-burning, dye-free scents.

Barbara Goldstein Designs – Pelham MA: Fiber Arts

Bellewood Creations – Gary Bellemare – Athol MA: Wood Artistry.

Blue Bubble Quilts Blue Bubble Quilts – Carolyn Bessette – New Salem, MA: One of a kind textile creations using recycled and natural materials.

  Blue Dog Leather and Saddles -Keith LaRiviere – Orange, MA: Full service leather shop offering a wide range of custom made accessories.

By My Eye By My Eye - Audrey Davis-Broderick – New Salem, MA: Pyrographic applications & embellishments to a variety of gourds and wood objects.

Cadwell Joinery – Jack Cadwell – Warwick, MA: Custom wooden windows and doors.

Creative Endeavors Creative Endeavors - Karen Mathers – Leverett, MA: Handmade, heirloom quality gifts for you and your loved ones.

Day Lone-Wolf Jewelry Day Lone-Wolf Jewelry – Day Lone-Wolf – Orange, MA: Silver and cut stone jewelry.

  Donna Horn - Wendell, MA: Original works in acrylic, and collage along with framed prints, cards, and magnets.

dragonfly_designs_product_image_2  Dragonfly Designs – Melinda LeLacheur – Shutesbury, MA: Crafting for health and happiness with natural heat/cold therapeutic pillows (some with lavender), stuffed animals, bags from new and upcycled materials, beaded bugs and other handcrafts that will bring a little smile to everyone’s life.

Firecrow Handwovens Firecrow Handwovens – Kathy Litchfield – Gill, MA: Handwoven scarves, shawls and home goods inspired by nature.

 Flora-Ly – Linda Ruel Flynn – Orange, MA:  Pressed flower bouquets from the most treasured moments in our lives.

Good Dirt Pottery  Good Dirt Pottery – Jaye Pope – Montague, MA: Hand made stoneware and porcelain dinner ware.

 Greensleeves Greensleeves – Wendy Warner – Warwick, MA: Wreaths created from all natural growing and dried vegetation from the Quabbin Region.

 Joy Friedman Pottery – Leverett, MA: Decorative, colorful, and functional pottery.

Lou's Upcycles  Lou’s Upcycles - S. Lou Leelyn – Wendell, MA: Accessories created from fused un-recyclable, plastic packaging.

 Lydia Grey – Orange, MA:  Story pots and eco-friendly pottery.

Moon and Sundries  Moon and Sundries – Karen Ducey –  Shutesbury, MA: Handcrafted gifts and accessories for the delightfully eclectic.

New England Fiber Arts New England Fiber Arts – Sandra Tobin – New Salem, MA: Specializing in high quality, hand made items such as reversible aprons, hot pads, wall hangings, quilts, reversible baby bibs, pillows, tote bags, fabric bowls and a full line of balsam gifts.

 Patrick Zephyr Nature Photography – Pelham, MA: Professional landscape/nature photography specializing in the wild places, flora and fauna of the North Quabbin area.

Peterman Bowls and Boards – Spencer Peterman – Gill, MA:  Wooden bowls

Photos From the Valley Photos from the Valley - Paul Sihvonen-Binder –  New Salem,  MA: Photographic work capturing the beauty of the Pioneer Valley.

R & M Caning and Woodwork – Renee and Mark Wingertsman – Petersham, MA: Hand carved and painted birdhouses and hand caned chairs

Riel Glass - Gabriel Drohen – Wendell, MA:

Rockland Glassworks  Rockland Glass Works – Noah Rockland-Miller – Montague, MA : Blown glass jewelry, marbles, perfume bottles, and more!
Rough Magic Designs/Black Crow Arts – Elizabeth Smith and Heather Clark – Millers Falls, MA: Unique Czech glass & enameled wire earrings.

Shanti Creations – Shanti Stark – Leverett, MA: Handcrafted instruments, jewelry, and clothing.

Snowflake Mittens – Lettie Posk & Raenette Kramer – Athol, MA: Mittens made from recycled wool sweaters.

Splendid Toad Art Farm Splendid Toad Art Farm – Kim Parkhurst – Winchendon, MA: Bringing whimsical creatures to life in paintings, prints, and sculpture.

Spoon River - Deva Skydancer – Wendell, MA: Chimes, jewelry, and accessories made from silverware.

Susan Mulholland Silkscreen  Susan Mulholland Silk Screen – Susan Mulholland – Leverett, MA: Hand screened notecards and t-shirts inspired by the wildlife surrounding Leverett Pond.  Found at: Studio 2 Leverett Crafts & Arts

Suzie Q's Garlic Suzie Q’s Garlic – Susan and Jessica Fiske – Outskirts of Greenfield, MA: Beautifully decorated large clove organically grown Garlic Braids to feed the body and delight the eye.

 Swift River Glass – Ina Peebles – Wendell, MA: Fused, enameled, & stained glass.

Turn, Turn, Turn Turn, Turn, Turn – Sam Scherer – Orange, MA: Hand Turned, Lathe bowls of  local wood — cherry, walnut, maple, and birch.

 Warm and Toasty Windows – Avi Gladstone – Pelham, MA: Energy Saving Window Shades

 Wild Child Tie-Dyes – Jodi Levine – Pelham, MA: Tie-dyed clothing

The 2013 Community Marketplace will feature:

Kaleidescope of Gems and Jewelry – Amanda Serrell – Wendell, MA:

Laureen Shea – Leverett, MA: Original watercolors prints and cards

 Shasta Slade Jewelry – Wendell, MA: Fine, quality beaded necklaces and bracelets.

Wendell Weavers Wendell WeaversAdele Smith-Penniman – Wendell, MA: Graced with feathers and sticks, earth-tones and boldly colored yarns are woven together into small wall hangings creating the perfect accent or centerpiece, the just-right gift to yourself or a friend.