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Shelburne Arts Cooperative
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
A Gallery of Fine Arts and Crafts owned and operated by regional artists

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Artists

 

Most of our artists are regionally located in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. We work in a number of media, including painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood and mixed media.

Please send an email to sac01370@gmail.com to contact an individual artist.

Nancy B. Baker
Greenfield, MA
www.artscoop.com

silks@artscoop.com

413-773-3172

Nancy is a practicing artist working in various media: mural painting, silk painting and recently collage. Since receiving her BFA from Washington University School of Fine Arts in 1965 she has worked in many different media.  Besides her silk painting she has been creating watercolor and acrylic paintings, many with collage. She loves new challenges and doing things in different ways. Her love of nature, especially birds, can be seen throughout her work. She states: “I see my art as a journey that pushes me in new ways of seeing and creating and hope that I never stop finding new expressions for my work”

 

Sally Chaffee
Northampton, MA
scbead@gmail.com
www.scm-bead.com


     Sally Chaffee is a seed bead artist with over two decades of experience creating and teaching beadwoven jewelry.  Before moving to Amherst in 2005, she taught at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and the Art School at Old Church in NJ. She has also taught at the Fiber Art Center in Amherst and Snow Farm in Williamsburg.   Sally’s work has been in juried exhibitions with the Bead Society of Greater New York, the Craft Students League in Manhattan and the Fiber Art Center in Amherst.

 

 

Nina Coler
www.ninacoler.com

 

     A native of western Massachusetts, Nina’s watercolors demonstrate her true love and appreciation of the rural landscape. Often the hardest part of painting for her is having to come in from the woods and gardens that occupy much of her time.  Nina paints the countryside as she sees it through every glorious season. 

 

 

 

Christine Conniff
ckchoco21@gmail.com
413-475-0332

 

     

I have been making jewelry using beads since the early 2000s. Bored with the traditional round beads, I look for unusual shapes, vibrant colors, interesting center pieces, vintage, handmade, natural materials, etc. I have found preserved gingko leaves, a sterling silver ‘pea pod’, several antique pieces and even fossilized ammonites! My education and background in color and design has also inspired me to take chances and combine the unusual making each finished piece unique. I accept custom orders. I also do photography, having learned and worked in black and white in Cambridge in the 70’s.

 

Albyn Davis
Charlemont, MA
albyn46@gmail.com
flickr.com/photos/albyn

Albyn was a professor of communication disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 23 years before retiring and moving to New York City. He retains his house in Charlemont. He has become a self-taught photographic artist, educated by museums and other photographers. Albyn’s approach is to “see something that can become something” through various manipulations. He finds his subjects in European cities and nature surrounding his house. His eye is drawn to architecture, street scenes, color, light, and details in objects that become abstractions. He is under contract with a company in the Netherlands that makes postcards and posters.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Denis
dsdenis@verizon.net




    
  A graduate of Mass.College of Art and workshops with well-known artists Sandra Denis has exhibited at galleries thoughout New England and the Southwest. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections and have won awards in juried competitions. Denis's work includes many varieties of wild life, domestic animals and birds as well as land and seascapes. Plein-air painting is a passion, especially to far off places.

 

Fabio Deponte
White Pickets Studio
95 North Main Street
Petersham, Ma 01366
(ph)978-724-8823
www.whitepicketsstudio.com
fabio@whitepicketsstudio.com

 

" I do continual research for subject matter, lighting, and environment.
In the process of reviewing the research, I look for the little details, the quirks
of position, teamwork relationship animal to human or animal to animal
in order to build a story in my painting."
Working in either oil or acrylic, Fabio's paintings are found in private collections worldwide.

 

 

Sara Deponte
White Pickets Studio
95 North Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366
(ph) 978-724-8823
www.whitepicketsstudio.com

 

Sara was involved in the commercial art field as art director, designer, and illustrator for twenty- five years. Working out of White Pickets Studio in Petersham, MA, Sara is one of a family of artists. Her watercolors capture the unique personalities of each subject and can be found in galleries as well as private collections.
"The relationship I have with watercolor is filled with surprises. I am forever rediscovering the delights of this medium. When to harness its independence and when to give it freedom."

Stephen Earp Redware
Box 10
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
413-625-0015
steve@stephenearp.com
www.stephenearp.com

    

Stephen Earp received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa in 1986.  He served a traditional two-year apprenticeship under Richard Bresnahan at St. John's Pottery in Minnesota.  Earp lived several years in Nicaragua, Central America, as Ceramic Technician for the craft support organization Potters for Peace.  He worked at Old Sturbridge Village as Master Potter for four years.  Earp has taught wheel throwing and glaze chemistry classes at Craft Centers throughout the Pioneer Valley.  Stephen Earp has been included in the National Directory of Traditional Arts

 

 

Joanne Gold
steponitfloormats.com
Joanne's Etsy Shop

 

 

Joanne studied design at Buffalo State University and worked as a professional potter in Santa Fe, NM where she also taught.  She now creates one of a kind floor cloths using paint and fabric, inspired by a love of the sea and many years living in Santa Fe, NM.  and Western New England.  The mats have a whimsical quality using saturated colors and bold designs influenced by Pre-Columbian American and African motifs.  They are extremely durable. “I get excited by the dramatic colors of a sunset over the ocean, flowers in bloom and the movement created by light and shadow.”

 

 

 

Julie Hall Rocke
1943-2013

 

Julie Hall Rocke was a founding member of the Shelburne Arts Cooperative. She passed away unexpectedly in September 2013. Julie is remembered as an extraordinary artist and a nurturing and devoted friend by many whose lives she touched - from Guatemala to Western Massachusetts.

 

Mark Majeski
majeskiphoto@verizon.net
www.webdogart.com
413-268-7800

 

    

  I have been a visual artist since the 1970's. Currently my work is in black and white photography using medium format cameras. My most recent exhibits include the Forbes Library and Alfredo's Photographic Gallery in Northampton, Mass. Even before putting an image on film I have already determined the size of the final print and framing possibilities. I hand-tint some of my photographs and most recently have incorporated old salvaged wooden windows into my work. I place a photograph behind the window to depict what a viewer might see looking through an ordinary window in their house.

 

Louise Minks never planned to become a professional artist and still finds it to be a surprise. With no art school training, she worked with other art friends, went to exhibits and museums and took some workshops with professional painters. Gradually, her art life became larger and larger, so in 1997, she left her part-time job and opened her gallery and working studio at The Montague Mill, where she works and exhibits today. Her colorful work ranges from expressive landscapes and still lifes to portraits and printmaking.

Kristin O'Neill
Zyra Clay Studio
Cummington, MA
413-588-2851
zyraclay@gmail.com
www.zyraclay.com

 

I began working in clay as a teenager and was fortunate to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA in ceramics in 1990. After graduation, I worked exclusively in stained glass, having burnt out on clay temporarily, but eventually I secured a job at a ceramic supplier, moved to the happy valley in Western Mass and rented my first clay studio. Finally putting my education to good use, I began exploring form and function and developing my glazes, compiling a broad palette of colors inspired by the Southwest.

 

Lynn Perry
lynnandrol@gmail.com

Woolpets by Lynn
73 Burrington Road
Heath, MA 01346

 

After careers as an independent bookstore owner and a counseling psychologist, I am fortunate to have re-discovered my joy in working with the colors and textures of wool. My "Woolpets" are stuffed animals individually designed and hand-sewn from used, felted wool sweaters. Each ragamuffin, dinosaur, mouse and fish is sturdily made to be enjoyed and played with for many years. Recently, I have been needle-felting owls and other birds, animals, wall pieces and masks from all kinds of wools, many local. I love the moment each creation becomes uniquely itself, with its own personality and existence.


 


Flo Rosenstock
413-256-4690
florosenstock@hotmail.com

 

     As a potter and a fiber artist, I'm passionate about color.  I've always been most excited by working in ways that yield unpredictable results--an unexpected and thrilling hue that emerges from the dyepot when I've layered colors over each other,  or from the kiln as the fire works its magic, or the texture of a nuno scarf as the felted wool gathers up the silk in complex patterns, or the elegant way a flat-in-the-tray marbled design transforms as it slinks around the curves of one of my ceramic weed bottles.

 

 

Nina Rossi
413-834-8800
naban@verizon.net
www.ninastudio.net

 

    Nina Rossi is a Turners Falls resident who is inspired by materials, often incorporating unusual objects into her multi-media wall works. A wide range of interests and abilities give her flexibility in combining many media--fabric, clay, metal, wood, and traditional artists materials such as canvas, paper, paint and ink. Nina's art is unique and affordable.

 

Regina and Dan St. John
Chena River Marblers
Regina and Dan St. John
Amherst, MA
(413) 253-2835
Regstjohn@comcast.net
www.chenarivermarblers.com

 

     Regina St. John has been a full-time professional fabric and paper marbler for the past 22 years.  Her work is recognized nationally and she is frequently called upon by bookbinders and book artists to produce a wide range of specific traditional and original marbled  papers.  She and her husband, Daniel St. John, own and operate Chena River Marblers, a bookbindery and craft business selling marbled paper, silk scarves, ties and a variety of colorful book and stationary products in juried craft shows and shops. The St. Johns teach both marbling and bookbinding.

Jane Savage
Northampton, MA
(413) 695-7180
ultragaljane@gmail.com

   At Elms College, my artistic interests centered around oil painting and sculpture.  Shortly after graduation, I moved and studied jewelry making at the University of Maryland.  I fell in love with the medium and been making jewelry ever since.  The feel of precious metals combined with the beautiful variety of semi-precious stones offered me the opportunity to create metal works of art.  

 

 

Candace Silver
silverimpressions@ymail.com

 

    

Candace Silver was born in Missouri and raised in the Ozarks and other parts of the South.  Today, she resides in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.  At a very early age Candace began drawing and knew by the age of three that she wanted to be an artist.  Candace’s art would evolve into a variety of expressions.  Her sensual watercolor paintings and digital photography celebrate her love of flowers, and her highly detailed art doll sculptures honor the needlework skills learned from her grandmother.  “My goal is to reveal the inherent beauty of nature – that beauty that moves you.”

 

 

Sandra Tobin
New England Fiber Arts
(978) 544-2599
sandy@newenglandfiberarts.com
www.newenglandfiberarts.com

 

 

     A quilter since 1999, Sandy has long been fascinated by the interplay of shapes and textures in fabric.  Her real joy lies in bringing together fun, interesting and whimsical fabrics that play well together.  Her “Heirloom Gifts Collection,” includes aprons, table runners/wall hangings and hot pads.  These beautiful fabric creations are made to be used and handed down from generation to generation. 

 
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