“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: people working in 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 feel the need to create after their “day jobs” are over, 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.
Artist Applications for the 2018 Festival are Now Available!
We invite you to apply to the annual celebration of the agricultural, artistic, and cultural bounty of our North Quabbin region. Here is the Application Packet. The deadline to apply is May 1.
There are few things about the application we would like to highlight:
The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival Mission Statement – Please bear in mind what we are striving to do for the region which includes Handmade, Homegrown, and High Quality. This is a regional festival, so we only generally only accept applications from artists who live in the North Quabbin area. 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 sold must be handmade by the artist who must be present in the booth during the festival.
However, you can still apply if you live/work out of this region. “Friends of the Festival” are invited to apply: Continuing the tradition begun in 2015, the organizing committee accepts applications to jury a select few artisans to participate as a one-time “Artist Friend of the Festival”. An Artist Friend demonstrates high quality work, a strong community spirit, and creates their work in a generally under-served area outside of the festival’s represented Quabbin region. These guest artists will be invited based on space availability, jury scores, and demonstration of festival values. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the festival’s demonstration offerings and will be juried alongside other applicants of the same medium with priority going to North Quabbin area artists. If you have been a Friend of the Festival in the past, please note that it is a one-time opportunity as there are many other artist who apply for these spots year after year.
Sustainable Volunteer Model: As part of your acceptance into the festival, you will be asked to contribute 4 hours of volunteer work during the summer leading up to the festival or during the days just before and after. This model has kept booth fees low and assists with successful festivals year after year. Upon acceptance, you will receive an online link to sign up for your contribution task. There are many various tasks including raising tents, assisting with recycling, cleaning tables, and painting signs. If you plan to apply, make sure to read the exhibitor participation sheet that is part of the application packet. Your submitted application means you understand this arrangement, you will not receive a booth number if you do not sign up for a task, and you will not be asked back the following year if you do not complete your task.
2017 Artist Exhibitors (listed alphabetically)
The Alchemy Studio – Mark Lattanzi – Montague, MA – Mark Lattanzi of The Alchemy Studio has been making silver jewelry for over 15 years. His work incorporates natural textures, semi-precious stones and touches of gold.
Art Bug Illustrations – Chaldea Deyman – Greenfield, MA – Art Bug Illustrations creates watercolors, greeting cards and natural toy blocks sweet enough for kids and adults alike. The art is inspired by farming, music, travel, and family.
Baldwin Hill Candle Co. – Thomas Brouillet and Kristin Stanley – Phillipston, MA – Baldwin Hill Candle Co. offers a full line of long and clean burining candles. They offer easy clean up and environmentally sound candles at very reasonable prices. Email: TomCatL[at]verizon[dot]net.
Belle Wood Creations – Gary Bellemare – Athol, MA – As a hardwood artisan, Gary Bellemare tries to create items such as rolling pins, bowls, cutting boards, jewelry and tea boxes, and wine bottle stoppers that are both functional as well as appealing to the eye.
Bouncing Bet Soapworks – Vicky Sandiford – Athol, MA – Bouncing Bet Soapworks aims to provide soap and other bath products made from simple, natural, herbal, and organic ingredients. They have many unscented as well as essential oil scented products.
The Bower Studio – Vincent Frano & Isa Wang- Pelham, MA – The Bower Studio is the collaborative effort of Isa Wang and Vincent Franco. The two artists create handmade products featuring their original nature inspired illustrations, including plantable seed cards. Their focus is to create uniquely beautiful items that spark curiosity for nature using environmentally friendly materials.
Branch & Beak – Sheena P. – Montague, MA – Magical herbalism and modern witchraft = practical spiritual tools for all.
Cara Finch Fine Art – Sunderland, MA – Cara Finch is a painter whose art beautifully expresses feelings and can tell a story.
Casey Williams Artist – Casey Williams – Athol, MA – Casey offers an assortment of decorative works. She has painted maps of over 25 towns in the North Quabbin area and sells prints and postcards of them. She also offers bold colorful handmades like wooden birds, peace signs, painted wood tableaus and barn circles, and fun magnets.
Cohen Tiles – Michael Cohen – Pelham, MA – Studio potter and tile maker for over 50 years, Cohen Tiles are sold all over the country. As a founder of the Asparagus Valley Potters Guild, Michael’s work is found in museums, books and magazines, and seen at Pinch in Northampton.
Creative Alchemy – Barbara April – North Amherst, MA – Barb April has been producing a wide range of handmade goods over the past 30 years. Her current production of “paperless” towels combines her passion for upcycling material with many years of sewing and crafting experience.
Dragonfly Designs – Melinda LeLacheur – Shutesbury, MA – Creating 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.
Ellen Evert Hopman – Author – Belchertown, MA – Hopman is the author of Celtic novels and herbals. She teaches herb classes in the Valley and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.
Forster Family Creative Endeavors – Nancy Forster, Karen Mathers – Leverett, MA
Hilltown Handmades – Missy Ashton & Helene Uprichard – Ashfield, MA – Hilltown Handmades is a collaboration between two artists, Missy Ashton and Helene Uprichard as they work together to craft practical and beautiful things made from upcycled found and new materials.
Joy Friedman Pottery – Joy Friedman – Leverett, MA – Joy Friedman creates functional and decorative wheel-thrown pottery to use in daily life. Her pottery is colorful, layering her glazes to represent landscapes.
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.
Moon and Sundries – Karen Ducey – Shutesbury, MA – Colorful gifts and accessories for the delightfully eclectic, handcrafted by Karen Ducey.
Moon on Mattawa Studio – Shali Sanders – Orange, MA – Shali Sanders’ current watercolor series is available in vivid, colored prints and canvas, along with clothing to represent the personal connection her images offer the viewer. She is honored to share them with you.
Mulholland Silk Screen – Susan B. Mulholland – Leverett, MA – Susan Mulholland has been silkscreening since 1973. Her work includes note cards, tee-shirts, silk scarves, and table linens, all hand screen in her Leverett studio.
New England Fiber Arts – Sandra Tobin – New Salem, MA Sandy is a very versatile fiber artist who’s work includes reversible aprons and bibs, quilted tote bags and purses, coiled fabric bowls and coasters, patwork hotpads, and more. 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 photos from around the Quabbin covering the four seasons.
Nova Luxe Studios – Tiffany DeAngelo – Southampton, MA – After spending nearly 20 years in the hotel industry, Tiffany made the break to follow her love of hand crafting items. Since she had been taught wire wrapping by her granmother and a passion for the outdoors, her trees began.
Ring of Change – James Payne – Athol, MA – James Payne is an engineer by training who likes to work with his hands.
Simple Shoemaking – Sharon Raymond – Shutesbury, MA – Sharon has been making shoes and teaching others how to make shoes for 25 years.
Splendid Toad Art Farm – Kim Parkhurst & Andy Chase – Winchendon, MA – Splendid Toad Art Farm is comprised of two working studios, making an eclectic combination of animal art, bow ties, and other haberdashery.
Spoon River Jewelry – Deva and Trish Casimira- Wendell, MA – Antique silver-plate silverware redesigned into wind chimes, earrings, spoon rings, spoon bracelets, and other accessories.
Stillwater Flutes, Standing Bear Drums, Windsong Herbal – Larry ‘Windsong Healer’ Anderson and Michael Longrider – Orange, MA – Larry and Michael craft Native American style flutes and drums from 10″ up to 50″ in diameter. Michael is a Native American Music award winner.
Swift River Glass – Ina Peebles – Wendell, MA – Swift River Glass creates beautiful dichrotic glass and metal jewelry with unique, one of a kind designs.
Turn a New Leaf – Leonore Alaniz – Leverett, MA – Leonore’s works are educational in content, promoting vegetables and their life force for optimal nutrition and agriculture. She is a seasoned weaver and printmaker, specializing in botanical graphics.
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.
Visual Haiku Graphics – Ami Fagin – New Salem, MA – Artist signed and numbered limited edition archival digital pigment prints on paper or canvas, for the love of fine art.
Warm and Cozy Primitives – Heidi Warren – Royalston, MA – Warm and Cozy Primitives, owned and operated by Heidi Warren, offers items that are hand-crafted from new or vintage materials and transformed into creations that give the impression they are worn and aged due to having been well-loved for many years. Meticulous detail and a hint of cinnamon are just two of the signature elements of Heidi’s designs.
WEAVING ARTcetera – Adele Smith-Penniman – Wendell, MA – Wendell fiber artist Adele Smith-Penniman’s craft ranges from colorful batik silk scarves to handwoven wall hangings and bags. She is also known for her fabric notecards and journal covers, handpainted or sewn.
Wee Things Fiber Arts – Rachel Beaupré – 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.
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.
Wyrd Sisters – Elizabeth Smith & Heather Clark – Millers Falls, MA – Wyrd Sisters is the informal name for the creative partnership between Elizabeth Smith and Heather (Morgan) Clark. They have been friends for over 20 years, have worked together since 1996, and although they each have their own style and favored mediums, they are constantly sharing ideas, thoughts, design possibilities, new creative endeavors, and from time to time studio space.
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 as soon as possible.