“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 handmade treasures from the North Quabbin region from people working in local workshops and studios making beautifully crafted things by hand. Some are professionals who travel all over to sell their work in galleries and festivals. Others create in between their “day jobs”, and some enjoy only selling their work at the festival each year. The festival is the place to meet many of the artists and craftspeople of our region and to enjoy conversations and demonstrations with people who love to create.
Over the past many years, we’ve showcased all the creative vibrancy in the Quabbin region and beyond by supporting our exhibitors of the past who reside and work in the area. Check out our YouTube channel where we highlight all our previous exhibitors. Watch the playlist for Artists and Handmade Work here.
As we recreate the festival after a hiatus, we are focusing on our exhibitors who were on board for 2020 when we had to cancel, and will not be accepting new applicants for 2022.
2022 Artist Exhibitors (listed alphabetically)
The Alchemy Studio – Mark Lattanzi – Montague, MA – Mark Lattanzi of The Alchemy Studio is a largely self-taught metalsmith working in silver, gold and semi-precious stones.
Art Bug Illustrations – Chaldea Deyman – Greenfield, MA – Art Bug Illustrations is colorful art for kids and adults of all ages, with themes of family, farming and music. We sell matted prints, greeting cards, and hand painted wooden toy blocks for imaginative play.
Bear Mountain Crochet– Kelly Adams – Wendell, MA – Bear Mountain Crochet features handcrafted clothing by Kelly Adams of Wendell, MA. Kelly uses locally sourced wool and cotton yarns to create pieces that are unique, colorful and comfortable.
The Bower Studio and Gamut Pins – Vincent Frano & Isa Wang- Pelham, MA – The Bower Studio & Gamut Pins feature plantable stationery, illustrated gifts, and enamel pronoun pins designed by owners Isa Wang & Vincent Frano. They are proudly queer owned and operated. A portion of profits are donated to ecological and transgender organizations.
Cara Finch Fine Art – Greenfield, MA – Cara is a painter and illustrator whose love of nature is evident in her work expressing her belief that the spiritual can be connected to through the ‘great outdoors’. Her thought-provoking images depict various social, political and spiritual issues of our times.
Cosmic Creations – Deva Skydancer – Wendell, MA –Upcycling silverware into beautiful jewelry.
Earth Spirit Designs – Jaynie Clark (Barnes) – Greenfield, MA – Earth Spirit Designs offers functional Gourd Art pieces, including but not limited to: gourd Shekeres, rattles, bowls, baskets, vessels, vases, ornaments & necklaces. Natural fibers and materials are used and incorporated in the items.
Fashiopurse – Yevgeniya Karron – New Salem – Cork leather products for your busy lifestyle.
Hannon Made – Josh Hannon – Greenfield, MA – Josh Hannon has been woodworking for over 15 years. Working out of his shop in Greenfield, he uses a blend of domestic and exotic woods to create interesting and functional products ranging from cutting boards to boxes to bottle openers.
Joy Friedman Pottery – Leverett, MA – Joy Friedman creates wheel-thrown colorful and functional pottery to use in your kitchen and home. Some of the pieces she makes include: mugs, bowls, lace bowls,. yarn bowls, garlic graters, garlic jars, toothbrush holders, dip & chip platters, pie plates and more!
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: @kyskraftss
Laureen Shea Watercolors– Leverett, MA – Still having fun with watercolor after all these years!
Lydia Grey – Orange, MA – Figurative and functional works in clay. Inspired by nature and industrial curiosities. Instagram: @lydiagrey_clay
Macle Designs – Melinda Nutter and Jonathan Pierce – Wendell, MA – Macle Designs creates unique sterling silver jewelry that focuses on natural gemstones, minerals and fossils. They make a variety of necklaces, earrings, rings, nose rings, suncatchers and other small gift items to choose from.
Melizza Chernov Illustration – Hardwick, MA – Melizza Chernov is an Alumna of Rhode Island School of Design’s Bachelor or Arts, Illustration program. As an artist Melizza plays with humor, mysticism and magical storytelling. Her work is heavily influenced by her childhood memories, warm libraries and mythological tales.
Moon on Mattawa Studios – Orange, MA – Moon on Mattawa Studio provides beautiful hand painted items, from stone to wood to paper, all of which will enhance your home or outdoor space. The artists are committed to excellence and creative expression in the highest way and are honored to offer their products for your joy and happiness.
Nayana LaFond Arts – New Salem, MA – Life has been Nayana’s inspiration. Through challenges and surviving seemingly insurmountable odds art has been her outlet and the place she could express that which could not be said. She primarily works in series on themed paintings related to experiences in life as a woman of mixed race, a mother, cancer survivor, Bone Marrow Transplant recipient, activist and so much more.
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.
North Quabbin Photography – Dale Monette – New Salem, MA – Wildlife and scenic shots taken in the North Quabbin region of the year round seasons.
Nuthatch & Bluet Studio – Susie Secco – Northfield, MA – Inspired by nature and Scandinavian designs, Susie creates block prints on cotton and linen. All of her creations combine her love of color and design with practicality. Her goal is to offer useful art.
Simple Shoemaking – Sharon Raymond – Shutesbury, MA – Sharon Raymond creates ecological footwear and other products from leather scraps – “we use every inch”!
Snowflake Mittens – Leticia Hebert & Raenette Kramer – Athol, MA – Lettie and Raenette are sisters who have been making mittens for more then 15 years, recycling wool sweaters and adding a polar fleece lining.
Swift River Glass & Soap – Ina Peebles – Wendell, MA – Ina has been making beautiful nature inspired jewelry for almost 20 years! In addition, she is now making organic artisan soaps, beeswax candles and luminaries and an assortment of organic body care products!
The Marketplace at Stage on Main – Orange, MA – Stage on Main is a performance and arts space in Orange which started in 2019 and showcases the creations of local artists and crafters. Lynn Boudreau specializes in wire wrapping of semi precious stones and sea glass & cotton tote bags. Tracy Wilkinson is a mixed-media artist, and jewelry designer. Tracy Ellen Studio makes jewelry, gifts, & home decor items. Nina Wellen has been making jewelry and art objects with recycled, upcycled, and sustainable products whenever possible. Erica Goulding enjoys soap making using local products when possible and screen printing on natural fibers. Bill of Dolan Studios enjoys painting with acrylic and watercolor on canvas and slates and captures the beauty of our local area. Dianne enjoys playing with clay and creates fun and functional pieces of stoneware pottery.
The Rainbow Rack – Kelly Surprenant – Wendell, MA – Kelly creates unique, sustainable fashion, combining vintage and western influences with a fun, modern sense of style.
Turn Turn Turn – Sam Scherer – 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 – Adele Smith-Penniman Wendell, MA – Adele is a fiber artist whose work ranges from woven wall hangings, bags and scarves to batik silk scarves and fabric notecards. Vibrant colors and found objects often accent her art.
Wee Things Fiber Arts – Montague, MA – Fiber artist Rachel Beaupré believes that the best toys are handmade with love from the finest natural materials. Her Wee Things creations include hand-crafted soft toys and DIY sewing kits that bring together the magic of imaginary play and the joy of making.
Wild Child Tye Dyes – Jodi Levine – Pelham, MA – Jodi has been playing with color and fabric since 1989, creating bright, color-fast clothing for the whole family with fiber reactive dyes and sweatshop-free garments. She lives in Pelham, where she’s the town library director, with her husband, kids, and many critters.
Wild Edge Floral – Kate Stafford – Greenfield, MA – Wild Edge Floral creates wreaths and other botanical decor from locally grown and ethically gathered plants. Each piece is uniquely beautiful, long lasting, and a celebration of our flora, farms, gardens, and seasons.
Wyrd Sisters – Kate Stafford – Millers Falls, MA – Wyrd Sisters is a creative collaboration of Liz Smith and Heather Clark, both natives of Western Mass., who each draw on an appreciation of the rural beauty around us to design and create jewelry and stained glass
We are not accepting any more exhibitors for 2022 but if you have other questions, feel free to fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.