The Recorder – After a successful fall season, Makers and Art Market in Shelburne Falls returns for a spring event

Posted: 7/5/2021 15:20:20 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS – Following a successful fall 2020 season, the outdoor Makers and Art Market located at The Mill in Shelburne Falls will be back on Saturday, May 15.

Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the market will feature works of artisans and resident artists in the wood, glass, pottery, metal and textile arts. The mill at Shelburne Falls operates in the former Lamson & Goodnow buildings at 49 Conway St.

Photographer Ben Barnhart, a familiar face in the markets working behind the scenes, will be a vendor at the Spring Market, according to a press release on the event. His photos and notes highlight regional scenes.

Other new artists include: sculptural gourd and watercolor artist Emily Gopen; Jane Beatrice Wegscheider with 2D multimedia illustrations and drawings; Laura Iveson and her small works of art based on photos; and Judy Wombwell, who showcases an assortment of origami pieces, abstract photographic panels and jewelry.

Lindsey Gonzalez has her own exhibition of glass art related to nature, and Al Chapman contributes metal sculpture and wall pieces. Artists from the local community also include woodturner WR Haines with memorial urns turned from local wood; Megan Hart porcelain pottery; established jeweler Mark Lattanzi of The Alchemy Studio, with fine silver jewelry set with semi-early stones; Valerie Bunnell, creator of figurative ceramic works; and Buckland weaver Emily Walsh Gwynn of Hands to Work Textiles, who shows off her heirloom table linens and home décor.

Returning exhibitors include Pat Moriarty of the Conway Chair Company; glass artist Jeremy Sinkus; The Mill’s resident textile artists Heather Wynne of Connected Threads, Katie Cavacco of Free Ramblin ‘Kids, and Sue McFarland, weaver and felt; Yani Counelis, multimedia artist; carpenter Tom Kuklinski; weathervane maker Marian Ives; and Cara Leach with lanterns, animal themed tote bags, bookmarks and trivets. Other featured attendees, the statement continued, were members of the Handle Factory Community Clay Center founded in 2019 by potter Molly Cantor, with ceramics for sale in a variety of different styles.

Outdoor markets began last October, after most indoor retail shows artists would normally attend were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another market was held in November before the holidays.

“We’re taking a page from the farmers market book,” textile artist Sue McFarland said before the first market, noting that an outdoor event had received approval from the local board of health.

An event in October is also planned this year.

The Shelburne Falls Mill has onsite parking at 49 Conway Street. Admission is free and although the requirements for outdoor masks have been relaxed, customers are reminded that the market is considered an event, so it will be mandatory to wear masks and practice social distancing.

More information is available at or by calling 413-522-4944.

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