Instead of an in-person festival in 2020, we are showcasing all the creative vibrancy in the Quabbin region and beyond are are 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 – Josh Hannon – Greenfield, MA – Josh Hannon enjoys using a blend of domestic and exotic woods to create wooden household items in exciting and colorful patterns. Socials: @HannonMade
Joy Friedman Pottery – Joy Friedman – 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. Socials: @joyfriedmanpottery *Joy is having an online sale of her work at https://www.joyfriedman.com/s/shop *
Ky’s Krafts – Kyla Ploof – 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 – Thérèse Légère – 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.
Lydia Grey Pottery – Orange, MA – Over the last two decades, Lydia has been exploring ways of working with clay: throwing and altering, handbuilding with slabs, pinch and coil. Most recently she has been concentrating on wood-firing, seduced by the river of fire that runs through the kiln from the firebox, around the pots in the firing chamber and up the chimney, melting ash on the nearly white hot clay. She believes that those of us who work with our hands are keeping knowledge alive that will be needed in the future and that would otherwise be lost. Socials: @LydiaGrey_Clay
Macle Designs – Melinda Nutter and Jonathan Pierce – Wendell, MA – Macle Designs features handcrafted sterling silver jewelry with a focus on using natural gemstones, crystals and minerals. They specialize in custom creations and create unique and one of a kind gifts.
Moon on Mattawa Studios – Shali Sanders – Orange, MA – Shali Sanders is a life-long artisan and practices 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 – Sandra Tobin – 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. Watch a video of her work, with music by Isaac Owen, here. Socials: @newenglandfiberarts
North Quabbin Photography – Dale Monette – 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 – Susie Secco – 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: @nuthatchandbluet
Simple Shoemaking – Sharon Raymond – Shutesbury, MA – Sharon Raymond uses leather upholstery remnants and inner tubes to make ecological footwear for children and adults. She provides an Introduction to Simple Shoemaking here.
Swift River Glass – Ina Peebles – 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 – Sam Scherer – Orange, MA – Sam Scherer offers a variety of wooden bowls, plates, tops, yoyos, hollow form vessels, and burls turned on a lathe, all made from maple, birch, oak, cherry, beech, and other woods.
WEAVING ARTcetera – Adele Smith-Penniman – 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 – Rachel Beaupré – Montague, MA – Artist Rachel Bbeaupré 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.
Wild Child Tye Dyes – Jodi Levine – 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: @wildchildtiedyes
If you’d like to inquire about anything artist related, please fill out this form and Diane Nassif or Lou Leelyn, Artist Coordinators for the Festival Organizing Committee, will get back to you soon.