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About Turners Falls

Part of the Town of Montague, MA, the Village of Turners Falls is an extraordinary historic mill town that is blossoming from its industrial roots to become a hub of artistic inspiration, recreational adventure and natural beauty. The RiverCulture Project seeks to promote this rebirth of an area that is filled with history, promise, and a character all its own. Come experience Turners Falls and RiverCulture for yourself!

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It's a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls

Dec 13, 2012 (5:00pm - 9:00pm)


It's a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls is the second annual downtown holiday event featuring festive storefront windows, a pop up artisan holiday shop, roving musicians, in store performances, caroling, tree lighting with Santa, a free screening of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Shea Theater, plus specials at local shops, many staying open until 9pm .

Free screening of It's a Wonderful Life at the Shea Theater at 8:30 pm (Sponsored by Jakes Tavern and LOOT found+made)
Come stroll the village and check out the attractions and specials including:

Festive Holiday Windows by:

Edite Cunha- The work of writer/ artist Edite Cunhā  has been shown at Smith College, Greenfield Community College, Nina’s Nook, Art Inside, and The Becket Arts Center.  Her short fiction has won awards and fellowships including Smith’s Spencer Prize for Excellence in Writing, Associated Writing Program’s Intro Writing Award and the Tara Fellowship for short fiction. She has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and A Room of Her Own.  Her fiction has been published both locally and nationally. She has run writing workshops for people of all ages for over twenty years.  She has a BA from Smith College and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Laura Herbert - Winter in Western Mass - Wintertime and holidays evoke many images and emotions for us.  This cozy scene is meant to stir up memories of simple pleasures, both from childhood and adulthood.  The basic colors and shapes in this display, along with handcrafted puppets, are used to remind us of the simple, fun, and carefree days of childhood.  The holiday season is a magical one for children, yet as we grow to be adults, somehow it is never quite the same.  Thus, this installation is also about redefining happiness and joy as an adult.  Although we may no longer experience the wonder of Santa Claus, beauty, wonder, comfort, and love abound in the crystals of a snowflake, fresh-baked cookies, and reading a good book by a fire.

Laura Herbert is an artist living in Erving, MA.  The daughter of a graphic artist/hobby seamstress and a Broadway prop man /sculptor, Laura grew up surrounded by art, fabric, and theater.  From a very early age, she developed of love of both sewing and puppets (both hand-puppets and marionettes).  Before moving to Erving, Laura was an environmental educator and Kindergarten teacher, where she utilized many of her creative talents to connect with her students.  Currently, Laura incorporates many whimsical and child-like themes in her work, which she hopes will appeal to both children and adults alike.


Alexander Leger-Small - Alexander Leger-Small can’t get enough of Turners Falls. Pioneer Valley raised, educated in Chicago and Brooklyn, Alexander returned to Massachusetts and settled in everyone’s favorite village two years ago. As writer, amateur photographer and aspiring interior decorator Turners Falls and the surrounding area offer constant inspiration.

Some of his favorite things about town include; Avenue A in the spring, the bygone industrial charm, the immediate access to nature and all her wonders, and the eclectic mix of people who have chosen to call Turners Falls home. Alexander hosts a monthly trivia night at the Rendezvous as well and would love to see you there.

Nina Rossi - Nina Rossi is a Turners Falls artist who makes a lot of Slugs, among other things. Why Slugs? It started with a garden exhibit at the Arts Council and kept on going. People will invariably smile when they see Ninas little clay slugs with googly eyes, or the Slimey Sam, Stepped On Steve, and Slippery Sally huggable lovable stuffies with their insane eye stalks, mustaches and /or eyelashes. Above the doorway of her tiny Avenue A shop sits a large slug with solar light eyeballs. So why not a giant Santa Slug to amuse passersby on the other side of the Avenue? (Nina also enjoys a technical challenge!)

To see more of Nina's creations, please visit Nina's Nook at 125 Avenue A, or online at www.ninasnook.com. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Nook is open W-Th 4-6, Fri Sat 1-6, Sun 1-4 or by appt. 413.834.8800.   She also has work in RiverCulture’s  Powertown Pop Up Shop at 85 Avenue A

Christa SnyderChrista Snyder has been crafty and artistically inclined since birth.  Born in Ohio, raised in Texas, she now resides in Colrain, MA with her husband Pat Geary.  After earning a BA from UT- Austin, she got her start in visual display working at Things Remembered in the Houston area.  Upon moving to MA in 1998, Christa worked as a Visual Merchandiser/Designer for Yankee Candle at the Flagship store in S. Deerfield until 2001.  During this time she also began decorating cakes, upholstering furniture and making handbags from upholstery samples and remnants. "I'm a little obsessed with fabric," she readily admits.  She was co-owner of 2nd Street Baking Co. in Turners Falls from 2007-2012 and is now starting a solo venture called FUNK*SHUN by Christa Lee.  Currently selling goods on Etsy. 

You can find Christa’s work at RiverCulture’s Powertown Pop Up Shop and at LOOT found + made.  She also runs Thursday  Tex Mex night at Jake’s Tavern in Turners Falls.

Gina Vernava -  Born in Queens, New York in 1957 to parents who were both performing and visual arts, my creativity was always nurtured. We moved to New Haven Connecticut in 1963 where I resided until I moved to the San Francisco Bay area at the age of 18. While there I worked as a computer graphic artist very early in that field.  For the past 16 years I have called Williamsburg MA my home. 

Silversmithing is my main medium and I am mostly self-taught. I consider myself part of the Outsider Artist Movement.  Along with silversmithing,  I work in numerous other mediums, including, Lapidary work with semi-precious gemstones, glass fusing and Dichroic Glass all of which I utilize in my silver work.  Separate from the jewelry, I also work with stained glass, mosaic and beaded sculpture, sculpted polymer clay, fabric art including quilting, and wall hangings, I do sculpture with copper tubing and found objects, and create beaded serving utensils that I call “Beadware of Gina” .

I use life as my pallet. My favorite saying is “anything worth doing is worth over doing” and I really emphasize this with all of my artwork, taking it to the limit.  Currently my work is being sold in Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls.

“A is for Avenue A:  The ABCs of Gill- Montague” - Last year Gill- Montague Elementary Art students, on either side of the River created postcard –sized drawings and paintings of their towns. Drawings were shared back and forth across the River. Students learned about each other through ART.

The project titled “Bridging Communities: Postcards From the River’s Edge” was funded by The Gill- Montague Education Fund.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council provided additional funding for a writing project titled: “River of Words in the Conn. River Watershed”.  Project Director, Carol Berner visited art classes and helped students create poetry that accompanied the drawings.   [ROW.ctriver.org]

In addition, Annaliese Bischoff, UMASS Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning shared the drawings with her Commonwealth Honors students to create soon to be published works such as “A Child’s Guide To Turners Falls”.

Since last summer I have been organizing the drawings into an ABC book. This year Gill Montague Community School Partnership has taken us under their wing. Look for the grand opening of “A is for Avenue A: the ABCs of Gill- Montague” at “The Brick House” in February.  -Nancy Meagher, Elementary Art Specialist Gill-Montague Regional School District



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