In 2021, the festival’s 23rd year, we see glimmers of hope on the horizon as we contemplate our future ability to get back to the things we know and love. Although the signs are looking positive right now, there remains uncertainty about what will be allowable in regards to a grand gathering come fall, and the amount of effort that would be required to ensure safety for all. The festival is a fully volunteer effort that requires many months of advance preparations and planning. Therefore, again this year, we have made the decision that we will not be putting on the Festival in its usual large gathering in-person style.
Instead, we remain committed to supporting our exhibitors, promoting skills for resilience, providing donations to local organizations, and uniting the community in a variety of ways as this time has been especially important to uphold the values and actions that keep our communities strong. We are also excitedly planning a few things for the summer and fall we believe will bring together our festival community in ways that are safe and joyful. Stay tuned!
If and when any exhibitor opportunities arise, we will post on this page.
Instead of an in-person festival in 2020, we showcased all the creative vibrancy in the Quabbin region and beyond are have been supporting our exhibitors of the past who reside and work in the area. We encourage you to shop from these artists when you are in need of handmade gifts or services for yourself or your friends and family. Also, check out our new YouTube channel where we highlight all our previous exhibitors. Watch the playlist for Artists and Handmade Work here.
Previous Artist Exhibitors (listed alphabetically)
Agatha O Photo – Pleun Bouricius – Montague, MA –AgathaO is the alter ego of writer, photographer, and histoian Pleun Bouricius, who creates detail studies, found still lifes, and amotional landscapes in hich she catches nature in the act of presenting itself as the highest art, undressed and open to the gaze of the latest passer-by. Socials: @AgathaOPhoto
The Alchemy Studio – Mark Lattanzi – Montague, MA – Mark’s jewelry fuses the intricate textures of nature and the glowing beauty of natural gemstones into one of a kind jewelry and statement pieces. Socials: @thealchemystudiowmass
All Things Handmade – Amber Sevene – Orange, MA – Amber Sevene of All Things Handmade has a passion for creating art and has been doing fluid paintings for almost three years. Socials:@AllThingsHandmadeUS
Art Bug Illustrations – Chaldea Deyman – Greenfield, MA – Art Bug Illustrations believes kids should have fun wall art and long lasting natural toys that inspire the imagination. She creates original watercolor paintings, hand painted wooden blocks, and cotton road play mats. Socials: @artbugillustrations
The Bower Studio – Vincent Frano & Isa Wang- Pelham, MA – The Bower Studio is the collaborative project of Pelham based artists Isa Wang and Vincent Frano who illustrate and design naturalistic gifts, including plantable greeting cards. Their work highlights the diversity of American flora and fauna with handmade products that use environmentally friendly materials. Socials: @TheBowerStudio
Cara Finch Fine Art – Greenfield, MA – Cara Finch is a painter as well as an illustrator having created several book covers. Her work depicts images that symbolize various social issues along with her love of nature expressing her belief that spirituality can be connected to us through the great outdoors.
Cosmic Eye Acrylics – Templeton, MA – Jill is a self taught artist from Templeton that sells a range of art from original acrylic paintings to digital prints and apparel. Socials: @cosmic.eye.acrylics
Cosmic Rebel Creations – Deva – Wendell, MA – Hailing from New Salem, Deva Skydancer, previously of well-known festival exhibitor Spoon River, has been rescuing & transforming found objects by upcycling old treasures into clocks, wind chimes, jewelry and accessories for over 30 years. Deva first began making wind chimes out of antique silverware, her assignment coming straight from the heart, with her recycled art fulfilling a request from the earth, for a lullaby.
Dragonfly Designs – Melinda LeLacheur – Shutesbury, MA – Good health and happiness! Melinda enjoys thoughtfully creating with natural fabrics, beads, and wire, while playing with texture, pattern, and color. Look for the color splash of her therapy pillows and frogs, tote bags, whimsical stuffed animals, and beaded bugs. Socials: @DragonflyDesignsbyMelindaL
Dr. Bessette Naturals – Carolyn Bassette – Dr. Bessette Naturals makes exceptional handmade soaps using locally sourced ingredients from Massachusetts farms. See a tour of the Soap Studio here. Socials: @drbessettenaturals
Firecrow Handwovens – Kathy Litchfield – Warwick, MA – Master Weaver Kathy Litchfield, a weaver since 2005, integrates both color and structure into her originally designed pieces, handwoven on 8-harness floor looms. She studied journalism, marketing, and graphic design before embarking upon her weaving career, and had dreamed of weaving since visiting Old Sturbridge Village as a child. Watch her weave with an explanation of the process here. Socials: @FirecrowHandwovens
Hannon Made – Greenfield, MA – Jason Ballard is a self-taught artist in wood since 1999 and builds custom functional art in furniture, cabinetry, sculpture, and more. Socials: @hannonmade
Joy Friedman Pottery – Leverett, MA – Joy Friedman is a professional potter making functional stoneware to use in your daily life. It is decorative, colorful, durable, and safe for microwave, dishwasher, and over.
Ky’s Krafts – Orange, MA – Hand-picked and beautifully selected with care, thesee hand-pressed flower pieces are truly one of a kind. From jewelry to home decor, these unique pieces make the perfect gift for any nature lover. Socials: @kyscrafts7
LégèreWear – Shutesbury, MA – Vibrant colors, luxurious textures, and fun designs are the hallmark at LégèreWear. Thérèse Légère weaves signature scarves, one of a kind clothing, and accessories.
Moon on Mattawa Studios – Orange, MA – Shali Sanders is a life-long artisan and practicing the evolution of color and form. Jeff Anderson, in Piscean mode, loves fish and has carved their images for eons with love. Socials: @shalisanders
New England Fiber Arts – New Salem, MA – Sandy is a versatile fiber artist who’s work includes reversible aprons and bibs, coiled fabric bowls, balsam gifts made from recycled Christmas trees, and patchwork wall hangings and runners. The hallmark of her work is fine workmanship coupled with fun and colorful fabrics that play well together. Socials: @newenglandfiberarts
North Quabbin Photography – New Salem, MA – Dale Monette has worked in the Quabbin for 30 years. Since retiring in 2014, he has made images of the Quabbin highlighting its animals and the four seasons of the year.
Nuthatch & Bluet Studio – Northfield, MA – Nuthatch & Bluet Studio grew out of Susie’s love of color, patterns, and textiles. She is most inspired by the natural world, but also draws from her love of Scandinavian design. Hand-carved blocks are used to print on fabric creating useful pieces of art. Socials: nutchatchandbluet
Simple Shoemaking – Leverett, MA – Sharon Raymond uses leather upholstery remnants and inner tubes to make ecological footwear for children and adults.
Swift River Glass – Wendell, MA – Swift River Glass creates beautiful dichrotic glass, sterling silver, and bronze jewelry. Often, semi-precious stones and resin enamel are added to her creations.
Turn Turn Turn – Orange, MA – Sam lives and works in Orange and makes bowls from local wood — cherry, walnut, maple, and birch – which are hand-turned on a lathe. He has been turning bowls, large and small, for over 5 years and learned his craft on Vashon Island in Washington State, mentored by David, Jim, and Curt.
WEAVING ARTcetera – Wendell, MA – Wendell fiber artist Adele Smith-Penniman weaves unique scarves, bags, and wall hangings, batiks, and notecards, often using African indigo.
Wee Things Fiber Arts – Montague, MA – Artist Rachel Beaupré opened the Wee Things Fiber Arts studio in 2014 inspired by her children’s endless curiosity with the natural world. Using 100% natural materials, Rachel creates eco-friendly, heirloom quality toys and soft sculptures that celebrate our natural environment. Socials: weethingsfiberarts
Wild Child Tye Dyes – Pelham, MA – Jodi has been playing with color and fabric for thirty years, creating bright, color-fast clothing for the whole family. She lives in Pelham with her family and is also a library director. Socials: @wildchildtyedyes