SHELBURNE FALLS – Featuring three new vendors, the second annual Harvest Makers and Art Market held outdoors at The Mill in Shelburne Falls will return on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The market was first held in 2020 and features the work of resident manufacturers and guest suppliers. Additionally, Saturday will see the return of the popular Pots for Pets fundraiser, according to organizer Sue McFarland.
“The Pots for Pets tradition was started 13 years ago by Patty Corsiglia, a longtime pottery student of Molly Cantor and a volunteer at the Dakin Animal Shelter,” said McFarland. Cantor and his students put pottery – imperfect ceramics usually sold at a discount – on sale through a donation, with the money raised going to the Dakin Humane Society and the County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter. by Franklin. Members of The Handle Factory Community Clay Center, founded at The Mill in 2019 by Cantor, carry on the tradition in Corsiglia’s memory.
Carson Converse, a contemporary quilt maker and one of the newest additions to The Mill’s community of makers and artists, is attending the Harvest Makers and Art Market for the first time.
Converse describes itself as a “long arm” quilt. Long arm quilting is the process by which a long arm sewing machine is used to sew a quilt top, quilt fleece, and quilt backing together into a complete finished product.
“I fell in love with quilts when I was probably 5 years old,” Converse recalls.
When she was a child, she said, “Little House on the Prairie” was on television, and the show’s family owned many quilts with bold, bright designs. Converse also said the fascination with geometry started in kindergarten.
In some of his work today, Converse combines clean geometric shapes with more intricate and sometimes “messy” fabric patterns. She said the quilt allowed her to “make a mess then remove it” by cutting patterned pieces into shapes contained in the finished quilt.
“Most of the time I get comments that people find them really calming,” Converse said of his quilts. “I like pieces with details, but which are overall calm, balanced and symmetrical, or which have limited colors. I am generally described as a minimalist, but I add a lot to this minimalism.
Specially created for the market, Converse will showcase a variety of small items made from quilted textiles, pillows, clutch bags and small stretched and tangled works of art.
Other new entrants to Harvest Makers and the art market include Karen Sullivan, who has been weaving baskets for over 35 years and teaching the use of different materials and techniques such as cane, rush, ribbon shaker and the splint. There’s also Pat Hayes, of P. Hayes Designs, a longtime silk artist who fuses her sense of color with premium professional tailoring to create hand-dyed clothing and accessories in styles to match. both casual and formal.
Returning guest sellers include: Woodturner WR Haines with commemorative urns turned from local wood; bench jeweler Mark Lattanzi from Alchemy Studio; and Buckland weaver Emily Walsh Gwynn of Hands to Work with table linens and home decor.
Mill resident and returning exhibitor members include: sculptural gourd and watercolor artist Emily Gopen; Jane Beatrice Wegscheider with 2D multimedia illustrations and drawings; Laura Iveson with her art of photo transfer; Judy Wombwell with origami pieces and abstract photographic panels; glass artist Jeremy Sinkus; landscape designer Ann Lofquist selling greeting cards; Heather Wynne of Connected Threads; Katie Cavacco of Free Ramblin ‘Kids; and Sue McFarland, weaver and felter.
Other featured participants include: Yani Counelis, a multimedia artist; weather vane and engraved ornament designer Marian Ives; and members of The Handle Factory clay community center with a variety of ceramics for sale.
Located on the Buckland side of the Iron Bridge at 49 Conway St., The Mill at Shelburne Falls has on-site parking. Free entry. The organizers strongly recommend the wearing of masks and social distancing protocols must be respected. More information is available at themillatshelburnefalls.com or by calling 413-522-4944.
Zack DeLuca can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4579.