Turners Falls River Culture


Saturday: Northfield ArtsFest

The Northfield Arts Group is sponsoring its fifth annual outdoor ArtsFest  featuring work of local artists and artisans and musicians. Food and drink available. Free children's activities. Around 10:15 a.m., "Double Vision" will perform a silent performance reminiscent of the European circus. Free interactive art booth and face painting by artist Linda Jacque. Music by South Road Ramblers, fatHANDS, Laura Siersema, Ferne Bork-Dan Tinen-Bruce Kahn Trio, and the Walter Mittys. 

September 18, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Green Trees Gallery at 105 Main Street, Northfield, MA, For information, contact Janet Starmer: 978-544-8968 or call the Green Trees Gallery at 413-498-0283.  Rain date, September 19.

It’s Finally Here!  This Sunday!
September 19th at Unity Park in Turners Falls at Noon

Montague is hosting the first Soapbox Race in Franklin County in decades! The gravity-fed (that is, no propulsion of any kind) race will take place at Unity Park in Turners Falls on the 1st Street hill and will include a host of other festivities. Rain or shine, the race will go on!  Get the dirt here.

Sunday info session for the Turners Falls Community Film Project!

Turners Falls is coming together this Fall to shoot 6 fictional stories set in the local area, using us locals to write, act in and shoot the movies.  And they want YOU to be involved. No experience is necessary, as training will be provided. Visit their table at the Montague Soapbox Races and attend an information session Sunday, September 19 · 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Brick House, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA.  Info at turnersfallsfilmproject@gmail.com .

Stay in touch with updates for this project at their
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Harvest Moon Jazz Event at Gallery 38

The Deerfield Valley Art Association is presenting Charlie Schneewies as the headliner for an evening of jazz to fund an Art Scholarship Award to a graduating senior at Turners Falls High School and Pioneer Valley Technical School. Schneewies is a professor of music at Marlboro and Landmark colleges and a vocal master of the American Songbook jazz classics as well as an expressive horn player. You will enjoy this beautiful music with special refreshments provided by DVAA artists.

Tickets for Harvest Moon Jazz are available at Couture Bros. on Avenue A in Turners Falls (across from the post office) or at Gallery 38 , 38 Avenue A, Turners Falls and will be available at the door that evening. Treat yourself and support our promising artful youth.

Friday, September 25, 7-10 pm, $10, Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Gallery 38, 38 Avenue A, Turners Falls

Confluence Opens October 1

Forty-three artists representing 14 of the 24 towns and villages that comprise Franklin County submitted applications to Confluence, the inaugural Franklin County Biennial.  The work of 23 of these artists was selected for inclusion in this exhibition of fine art to be held at The Gallery at Hallmark in Turners Falls throughout the month of October 2010.

Exhibition jurors, Lisa Thompson, Associate Director of A.P.E. at Windows in Northampton, and Loretta Yarlow, Director of The University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, selected 32 pieces for the exhibit from a total of 122 works of art representing drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.  Each juror previewed the work individually in early August then met at The Gallery at Hallmark to make their final selections.

In addition to the work of first-place entrant Christin Couture of Shelburne Falls, featured artists include: Sara Acton, Jessica Fafnir Adamites, Mary Averill, Ellen Blanchette, Daniel Brown, Robert Cantius, Nat Cohen, Jo-Ann Denehy, Paul Gatker, Nayana Glazier, Bob Green, Barbara Hadden, Robert Hallock, William Hosie, Anita Hunt, Linda Mahoney, Barbara Milot, Varis Mohler, Sandra Streeter, Darlene Thorpe-Johansmeyer, John Williamson, and Tom Wyatt.

Members of the community are warmly invited to join the exhibiting artists for the opening of Confluence on Friday, October 1, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm at The Gallery at Hallmark, and the jurors for a walk-through and conversation about the exhibition on Friday, October 15th, also from 6pm to 8pm. 

Fellowship Opportunity

2010 Artist's Resource Trust Fellowships
Visual Artists from New England
Apply by October 1


The Vermont Studio Center is pleased to offer an opportunity for residency fellowships. New England visual artists over the age of 35 may be eligible for sponsorship through the Artist's Resource Trust. Top-scoring applicants will be forwarded to ART's fall jury.

These fellowships provide the residency fee and include a private room, all meals, and an individual studio. Vermont Studio Center residencies offer uninterrupted working time, the companionship of 50 artists and writers from across the country and around the world, and access to the unique Visiting Artists and Writers program.

Applications must be received by October 1st, 2010.  Please check the website for a full listing of available fellowships.  For more information, contact VSC at 802-635-2727.

Directors Wanted for London Suite
Respond by October 5th

The Country Players, resident company of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA has selected Neil Simon's "London Suite" as its spring 2011 production.  This series of four one-act plays take place in the present in an old, but very fashionable hotel in London. The cast for each play ranges from two to five actors. The Country Players chose this opportunity to encourage new directors to  try their hands at directing a short play, with the full support of the organization behind them.  "London Suite" will be produced at the Shea Theater March 18 - 27, 2011. 

Aspiring directors should send a brief letter of interest stating past experience to Sara Campbell thecountryplayers@yahoo.com for consideration by the Board of Directors prior to the next monthly meeting on October 5, 2010. 

The Country Players has produced community theater in Franklin County for 31 years, and at the Shea Theater for 20 years.  For more information on the web, go to
www.countryplayers.org.  The Country Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization served by a volunteer Board.


Montague Cultural Council Grants due Oct 15!

Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science projects are due October 15. Organizations, schools and individuals are eligible to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. This year, the Montague Cultural Council will distribute about $3,900 in funds.  According to Council spokesperson Lisa Enzer these grants can support a variety of artistic, cultural, and science based projects and activities in all five villages of Montague -- including exhibits, festivals, workshops and lectures.  Enzer emphasized, "We are especially interested in funding proposals from schools and youth groups through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips, and for applications which serve children and teens through short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, to fulfill the results of our community input survey conducted in May 2010."

The Montague Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. 

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Montague Cultural Council, contact Lisa Enzer, Chair at 413-367-2658 or enzer@earthlink.net. Application forms and the current guidelines for the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at.



Turners Falls RiverCulture

RiverCulture works to create a vibrant and connected Turners Falls community through innovative partnerships and cultural programming. Read more about RiverCulture here.

We are a community supported organization sustained through contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations.  We'd like to thank our major supporters who have taken a significant investment in the vibrancy and livablilty of our community:

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Town of Montague

Western Massachusetts Electric Company

Hillside Plastics

Fostering Art & Culture Project

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Posted by RiverCulture - September 17, 2010