Merrimack Valley Artisans 2016 Fine Art and Craft Show and Sale


Community members are invited to attend the Merrimack Valley Artisans Annual Show and Sale, Friday, Oct. 14 through Friday, Oct. 21, taking place at the Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash Street, Hollis, New Hampshire.

The nine artist members of the Merrimack Valley Artisans will exhibit their original work, including: nature photography; sterling and gold jewelry; weaving and textiles; acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings; and mixed media designs.

The week-long exhibit at Wild Salamander begins with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Artisans will be at the opening reception and throughout the weekend to meet and greet visitors. Enjoy the autumn season in picturesque Hollis, N. H., with a visit to the Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center and see the latest creations by the Merrimack Valley Artisans.

Hours are: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: noon to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Closed Mondays.

For information, call 508-498-2047, or visit www.wildsalamander.com


April 2016 Show at Bull Run Restaurant

The Merrimack Valley Artisans will be presenting a show at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, with an opening reception on April 10. Come by and see us!

My First Blog as a New Member

Song Sparrow in Chatham-cMy recent photo, “Song Sparrow at Chatham” was juried into the Chelmsford Center for the Arts’ “Garden in the Gallery” show, which runs from April o3 to May 17.

Chatham beach head light is our favorite spot when we travel to Cape Cod to drop off my wife’s paintings at art shows.  We often just sit on a bench overlooking the ocean during sunny days, enjoying our dessert, while watching the birds soar and fishing boats go to and fro on the ocean’s blue waters. On this particular day, the beach roses were in full bloom and the ocean was very blue. I suddenly noticed a song sparrow perched on a high branch, and captured the moment when he raised his head and sang out for joy with all his heart.

In My Fiber Studio – Lynn Ferrillo

Lynn_sm_20140702_0027I am currently one of two weavers in our group, but I have also long experimented with other ways to use fiber, (spinning some of my own yarn; needle felting)– and lately needle-tatting. To explain further: one of my husband’s former students does shuttle-tatting as a hobby, and I started noticing and admiring her work. Shuttle-tatting, though, requires that the yarn “flip” into its appropriate position as one pulls upon each half larks head knot, something that I soon discovered happens for me (in my
early 60’s) only about 50% of the time. Not an efficient way, for me at any rate, to go! Fortunately, a needle-tatted product is similar in appearance to its shuttle-tatted cousins. PLUS it allows one to tatt with far thicker yarns than when using the traditional shuttle. So, now I have started needle-tatting
coasters, trivets, and little freeform doilies. Here is a set of flower coasters as an example.

Hope you can come by the show to check out all the artisans over the weekend of October 18-19.

Lynn Ferrillo, Handweaver

Studio Tour: Tarja Cockell

photo (1)Nearly 7 years ago I moved my studio to Western Avenue studios in Lowell. It is a great artist community, which has seen some changes during the time I have been part of it. This old mill building has grown to five floors of artists studios and section of live and work artist lofts. I believe there is about 240 studios at the moment and over three hundred working artists.

My current studio is on the fourth floor in A-Mill. It came available in the fall of 2012 and when I saw it I didn’t have to think twice. This used to be Classic Elite Yarn’s office space and that is why I have those nice wood floors. I do my weaving with the two looms I have in my studio. Mostly I like to weave interior textiles, like rugs and wall hangings. For my wall art pieces I use mixed textile mediums, like woven textures, painting, dyeing and sewing. My studio is a place of inspiration with all those wonderful artists around me.
I want to keep that “open feeling” and that is why I do my sewing at home.

Western Avenue Studios is open to the public every first Saturday of the month from noon to 5pm. If you happen to visit the Open Studios, my studio number is A412.