Turn Turn Turn      Kathy demonstrates at Woodstock for web

“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.

Apply Now to the 2017 Festival!

We invite you to apply to the 19th 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. (There is an email option for photos)

There are few things about the 2017 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.

Friends of the Festival” are once again invited to apply: Continuing the tradition begun last year, the organizing committee will open up applications to jury and invite 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 an 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.

Sustainable Volunteer Model: We are pleased 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. This year we are asking that exhibitors sign up on-line for task and date to contribute.  The on-line link will be sent to applicants on May 15. If you plan to apply this year, make sure to read the exhibitor participation sheet that is part of the application packet and sign the statement that indicates that you understand and agree with the terms. Your application will not be juried without your signature and you will not receive a booth number if you do not sign up for a task.

Please make sure to read the entire application packet thoroughly before applying as some of the procedures for applying and paying for exhibitor participation are changing this year.

Specific details may be found by downloading the 2017 Artist Application Packet

Please use the form below to get in touch with Lou and Diane with any questions. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival!

Lou Leelyn and Diane Nassif, Artist Coordinators for the Festival Organizing Committee

If you’d like to inquire about anything artist related, please fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


2016 Artist Exhibitors (listed alphabetically)

 The Alchemy Studio – Mark Lattanzi – Montague, MA – Fine and sterling silver jewelry inspired by natural textures, incorporating semiprecious stones, glass, and gold.

Art Bug Art Bug Illustrations – Chaldea Deyman – Montague, MA – Chaldea Deyman creates original watercolor illustrations inspired by farming, music, family, and travel. She has been living, farming, and making art in Western MA since 2009.

Baldwin Candle Company Baldwin Hill Candle Co. – Thomas Brouillet and Kristin Stanley – Phillipston, MA – Baldwin Hill sells green & clean soy candles that burn with less soot providing a cleaner air quality for your home. Soy wax is water-soluble and cleans easily with soap and water and comes from soybeans which are a renewable resource grown right here in the United States. Email: TomCatL[at]verizon[dot]net.

Barefoot All Natural Farm - Christy BassettBarefoot All Natural Farm – Christy Bassett – Athol, MA Barefoot All Natural Farm provides all natural handmade and homegrown products from their homestead farm. Everything they sell is completely free of preservatives, stythetics, or dyes.

Belle Wood Creations Belle Wood Creations – Gary Bellemare – Athol, MA – As a hardwood artisan, Gary strives to create items such as rolling pins, cutting boards, tea boxes, and wine bottle stoppers that are both functional and appealing to the eye.

Bouncing Bet Soapworks 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 (3) The Bower Studio – Vincent Frano & Isa Wang- Pelham, MA – The Bower studio is a collaboration to create functional artwork that encourages environmental stewardship, highlighting the diversity of American flora and fauna with educational products that use environmentally friendly materials.

Broken Stitches – Deb Hendrickson & RoseMarie Haley – Athol, MA – Offering quilts, wall hangings, table runners, place mats, and hot pads hand crafted with cottons and batiks and machine quilted with cotton batting.

Casey Williams _ Casey Williams ARTIST Casey Williams Artist – Casey Williams – Athol, MA – After living in Boston for 13 years, Casey is home in Athol again painting maps of the towns in our region. She also continues to paint abstract designs onto stones, wooden shapes, and panels.

Creative Alchemy - Barb April (1) 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.

 Donna Horn Donna Horn Artist – Donna Horn – Wendell, MA – Donna is a painter and spectacle creator.

Dragonfly Designs - Melinda LeLacheur Dragonfly Designs – Melinda LeLacheur – Shutesbury, MA – Crafting 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.

Firecrow Handwovens Poncho Firecrow Handwovens – Kathy Litchfield, Gill, MA – Kathy Litchfield has been weaving for 11 years and founded the business in 2011 to share her love of weaving, handwoven wearables, and home textiles. Educated by master weavers here in Western Mass, she is presently completing an intensive four-year Masters program at the Hill Institute in Florence, MA. Visit her booth to throw the shuttle yourself and see how handwovens are made.

Forster Family Creative Endeavors – Nancy Forster, Karen Mathers – Leverett, MA

Happy Valley Hemps Happy Valley Hemps – Bren Carey, Gina Lombardi – Wendell, MA – Happy Valley Hemps sells locally handmade natural and organic fiber clothing and undergarments. Email: happyvalleyhemps [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Inge Stonham Pottery – Inge Stonham – Paxton, MA – Inge brings together beauty and function in her high-fired stoneware and porcelain pottery. Among a variety of original work, she enjoys making her specially designed garlic pots.

 Joy Friedman  Joy Friedman Pottery – Joy Friedman – Leverett, MA – Joy Friedman has been a potter for 30 years and sells her wheel-thrown, functional pottery  in stores across America. Her studio is located at Leverett Crafts and Arts, where she creates her pottery and teaches classes.

Laureen Shea Laureen Shea – Leverett, MA – Laureen enjoys painting nature and fanciful animals. The joy just keeps coming!

Linda Mahoney Color Woodblock Prints - Linda Mahoney Linda Mahoney Woodblock Prints – Linda Mahoney, Northfield, MA Linda Mahoney creates color woodblock prints in the Moku Hanga technique, (Japanese watercolor woodblock printmaking.) Her images are based on watercolor paintings that she does on site in various natural environments of Massachusetts and Downeast Maine.

Lydia Grey 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.

Maille To Order - Jennifer Hope Maille To Order – Jennifer Hope – Athol, MA – Maille To Order takes the ancient art of chain maille and introduces it to the modern world. All jewelry is made out of anodized aluminum, which means it is light weight, stylish, and can come in a myriad of colors and styles.

Monte Glass - Steve Montemagni  Monte Glass – Steve Montemagni – Belchertown, MA – Glass artist Steve Montemagni is inspired by the world around him. His glass art is a reflection of his soul and passions.

Karen Ducey, Moon and Sundries Moon and Sundries – Karen Ducey –  Shutesbury, MA – Moon and Sundries offers colorful gifts and accessories for the delightfully eclectic, all handcrafted by Karen Ducey.  Work includes vegan-friendly wallets, totes, applique pillows, potholders, coasters, pressed leaf jewelry, and pin-back buttons.

Susan Mulholland Silkscreen Mulholland Silk Screen – Susan B. Mulholland – Leverett, MA – Susan has lived in Leverett for 40 years and has a studio at Leverett Crafts and Arts. All of her work is done by hand using the low-tech methods she first learned to create a simplicity of design on paper, silk scarves, and 100% cotton clothing.

New England Fiber Works New England Fiber Arts – Sandra Tobin –  New Salem, MA The hallmark of Sandra Tobin’s fiber art is versatility and fine workmanship coupled with bright and interesting fabrics that play well together.  Her work includes reversible aprons and baby bibs, patchwork hot pads, coiled fabric bowls, patchwork quilted wall hangings, table runners, tote bags and purses and balsam pillows and sachets made from recycled Christmas trees.

North Quabbin Photography. Dale Monette North Quabbin Photography – Dale Monette – New Salem, MA – We have such a wonderful resource right in our front yard in the Quabbin Reservoir.   This photography encompasses the history, beauty and wildlife throughout the four seasons in the Quabbin watershed.

Old 78 Clothing – Lynn Englen – Warwick, MA – Old 78 Clothing was started in 2007 where mother and daughter creatively make new and fun clothing designs.

 1506059_256229287882787_1725382681_n – Patrick Zephyr Nature Photography – Patrick Zephyr – Pelham, MA – Patrick’s goal as a nature photographer is to show others that the beauty and magic of the natural world is waiting to be explored in our own backyards. His hope is that in viewing his photographs, people will be inspired to be present, explore and learn about the wild places around them and appreciate the beauty in the natural world that surrounds them in their everyday lives.

Simple Shoemaking Sharon Raymond (3) Simple Shoemaking – Sharon Raymond – Shutesbury, MA – Sharon has shoes and shoemaking books for sale, along with a “First Footsteps” shoemaking kit. Customers can use the kit to make a special gift, and by doing so learn her “simple shoemaking” process that can be used to make shoes in any size.

Snow Flake Mittens – Lettie Posk & Rae Kramer – Athol, MA

Splendid Toad Art Farm  Splendid Toad Art Farm – Kim Parkhurst & Andy Chase – Winchendon, MA – Splendid Toad Art Farm is a two-artist studio in Winchendon. Kim and Andy bring whimsical animal paintings, signed prints, bow ties, and haberdashery to the Festival.

Spoon River Spoon River Jewelry – Deva and Trish Casimira- Wendell, MA – Spoon River works with antique silver-plated silverware that shines brightly.  The silverware is redesigned into beautiful jewelry, wind chimes, earrings, pendants, spoon rings, bracelets, barrettes, tie clips, key rings, zipper pulls, and more!

Swift River Glass - Ina Peebles Swift River Glass – Ina Peebles – Wendell, MA – Ina Peebles is primarily a self taught jewelry artist who draws inspiration from her daily walks in the woods of Wendell, MA where she lives. She creates beautiful dichroic glass and metal jewelry an array of colors and designs.

Sam's Wooden Bowls 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.

Wampum + Sea Glass Jewelry – David C. Dann – Shutesbury, MA – David makes a variety of jewelry items using wampum or sea glass with silver findings.

Warm and Cozy Primitives - Heidi Warren (4) Warm and Cozy Primitives – Heidi Warren – Royalston, MA – Creating primitive handgoods by aging handcrafted pieces with coffee, cinnamon and vanilla to give them an aged look and wonderful scent.

WEAVING ARTcetera WEAVING ARTcetera – Adele Smith-Penniman – Wendell, MA – Adele Smith-Penniman is a member of Artisans of WMASS and is a fiber and textile artist. Her woven and sewn gifts, from wall hangings and bags, to notecards and journals are sold at juried craft shows throughout the Pioneer Valley and North Quabbin region.

Jodi Levine Wild Child Tye-Dyes (3) 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 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 our own style and favored mediums, they are constantly sharing ideas, thoughts, design possibilities, new creative endeavors and, from time to time, studio space.  One of the delights of their collaboration is to see how each of them approaches a similar subject.