This Weekend! Sept 29 + 30th

Arts & Leaves this weekend!

Join us this weekend for Turners Falls open studio and downtown walking tour. There are some brand new exciting venues this year including the premier of a new permanent puppet theater with Strings Attached Marionettes, the grand opening of 2nd Street Baking Company and artful bathrooms at the new Rendezvous bar! Also National Geographic photographer, Michael Yamashita, will have a show and reception at Hallmark Museum. Of course your favorite stops are still on the tour plus wandering musicians will dazzle your senses. Check below for a sneak peak of the weekend’’s activities and venue times.

September 29th + 30th, 10 am - 5 pm, Downtown Turners Falls, info call Eileen (413) 863-9499 or Karen (413) 863-9576
Also check the RiverCulture website for more fun in Turners Falls

Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue A • 863-3221,
Event hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am – 4pm
Come take a virtual tour of the Connecticut River Watershed from the ocean to the North woods, complete with a moose and black bear! Visit the Museum Store for fun and educational nature-themed gifts. Enjoy an art exhibit from the Gill-Montague Senior Center in the beautiful, historic Great Hall.

Visit the Discovery Center website here.

2nd Street Baking Co.

69 2nd Street · 863-4455
Event hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm
We are a new, full-service bakery specializing in custom decorated cakes, home made breads, pastries, and light lunch fare. Stop in and see us during Arts & Leaves! We will be featuring the work of local artists Derrick Zellmann and Bridget Bresnahan.

Strings Attached Marionettes

Puppet Theater and Workshop
Madison Cripps and guests
151 Third Street · 775-3424
Event hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm with open mic at 7pm
The premier curtain call is happening this weekend! We’’re launching a new and exciting theater venue in the Pioneer Valley - our own theater dedicated to puppets and "puppeteering"! Join us for some serious fun with Madison Cripps & his Strings Attached Marionettes. For two days we will be showcasing a variety of remarkable puppets and puppeteers. Artists include Madison Cripps, Marta Mozelle, and special guests from around New England. Included in this premier event will be puppet making workshops, gallery work of sculptor Tim de Christopher, a gift shop, and delicious refreshments.

Come back at 7 for an open mic featuring local talent on our brand new stage!

The Rendezvous

78 Third Street · 863-2866
Event hours: all day, both days

The Rendezvous bathrooms are permanent installations by local artists Stephen Cahill & Cathe Janke. We will also be displaying paintings of famous figures of the 30s-50s that we discovered on the walls of the building while we were doing demolition. Snacks before 3pm, full menu thereafter.
Visit the Rendezvous website here.

The Brick House Silent Art Auction

The Brick House Community Resource Center
24 Third Street · 863-9576
Event hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm
View and silently bid on beautiful, high quality, locally created art and craft work. Several pieces will be sold at the end of this weekend. Others will remain open for bids and then be sold following their additional appearance at the Gill Art Fest on October 13th & 14th. Proceeds will benefit the community-based programs at The Brick House.
Visit the Brick House here

Peterman Baskets and Bowls

22 Third Street · 863-2116
Event hours: Sat. and Sun. 10 am - 4 pm
Spencer Peterman is always on the lookout for fallen trees rotting in the woods. He gets excited about that stuff. So do his customers. Hidden in these trees- especially the ones covered by moss and dirt-is wood disfigured by the beginnings of decomposition. Turning wood on a lathe produces strikingly unique bowls.

Jack Nelson @ Carriage House Designs

65 Canal Street · 863-9499
Event hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm
Jack Nelson continues to create wonderful works of art and expand the mediums in which he works.Come see his newest creations in stone and glass, paintings and clay. We love to see old friends and love to make new ones. Stop by to say hello!

Couture Bros., Inc.

187 Avenue A • 863-4346
Event hours: Sat. 9am - 2pm & Sun. noon - 4pm
A third-generation business, Couture Bros. sells artist supplies and custom picture framing. Take advantage of 25% savings on artist supplies or watch a live demonstration of custom picture framing techniques. Works by local artists will be on display.

Avenue A Cafe

111 Avenue A • 863-2800,
Event hours: Sat. 7am - 9ish pm & Sun. 9am - 3pm
Avenue A Cafe is a new venture for the owner. You will find a fun, cheerful atmosphere and the best breakfast sandwich or Reuben in town. Try a Stinchy too - they are fabulous. Organic/Free Trade, locally roasted,Pierce Bros. coffee. Steve Cahill’’s artwork on display.
Click here for more info on the Avenue A Cafe.

Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography

85 Avenue A • 863-0009,
Event Hours: Sat. 1 - 7 pm & Sun. 10 am - 5 pm
Artist’s Talk at Hallmark Institute, Sat. @ 7:30
Reception for National Geographic Photographer Michael Yamashita. Live music, hors d’’oeuvres & book signing 1-5pm. Artist’s Talk by Yamashita, 7:30- 8:45pm at Hallmark Institute of Photography Educational Center, Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls. Doors open 6:45; refreshments & book signing follow.

Visit the museum’’s website here

A Collaboration of Artists

Curated by Ericka Almeida · 78 Avenue A
Event hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm
Enjoy the unique hand crafted wearable art glass of Ericka Almeida and one of a kind hand knit felted rugs of Jessica Fafnir Adamites

Great Lighting

38 3rd Street • 863-3193
Event hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 4pm
Masters at planning optically-engineered lighting with elegant aesthetics, Great Lighting is where people turn when they’’re frustrated with the lack of technical consciousness and narrow aesthetic choices available at conventional showrooms. Visit us and see why they do.
Visit This is Great Lighting here

3-D Collaborative Sculpture Park

Corner of Third Street & Canal Street
Local sculptors, Turners Falls River Culture Project and members of the Community of Turners Falls are creating a Sculpture Park where young folks can display their art. Please come see the site, add your ideas, plan to make a sculpture. Be part of this creative collaboration!

For more information, contact Joe Landry at 863-2915 or

Turners Falls Public Art Installations

Powertown; by James Rourke – End of 1st Street by the bike path parking area

Rock, Paper, Knife; by Gary Orlinsky – 1st Street by bike path and Fish Viewing Facility

Doosel; by Stephen Cahill – Avenue A + 3rd Street in front of Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography

Atlantic Salmon Mosaic; by Cynthia Fisher – Peskeomskut Park Avenue A + 6th Street

More info on Turners Falls RiverCulture here.

Arts & Leaves
September 29th + 30th
Downtown Turners Falls

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Posted by RiverCulture - September 25, 2007