READSBORO >> The 2016 Readsboro Arts Festival is an annual event that highlights the creative output of the many artists and crafts people in the region. The festival, which presents work for display and sale, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Over twenty vendors set up in the gymnasium of Readsboro Central School. They include a host of talented artisans from Readsboro as well as western Massachusetts who will be displaying a wide variety of crafts and fine art: glasswork, hooked rugs, jewelry, paintings, photography, quilts & woodworking to name a few. This year's vendors include: Sherry Adams, Mary Angus, Ellen Bailey, Judith Barlow, Martha Beauchamp, Stacy Birch, Deborah Canedy, Jeannette Eckert, Mary Ann Furgalack, Alan Gilburg, Julie Havness, Jane May Jones, Robert Lefebvre, Mark Lowe, Diane Lussardi, Linda Sherman, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Weissbrodt.
There will also be activities for children and live music at the festival, with some top bands from the region playing throughout the day: Skip and Laraine Morrow, Blueberry Buckle and The Jeanine Marie Quartet.
Lunch and dessert will be available.
Readsboro Open at Confluence
Concurrent with this year's Readsboro Arts Festival, Confluence, a gallery recently opened in the newly renovated E.J. Bullock Building on Main Street, and a short walk from the festival, will be exhibiting work by artists from Readsboro and the surrounding area, submitted through the gallery's first juried open call, juried by Ron and Tiger Waterman.
Work to be shown at Confluence's "Readsboro Open" includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, quilts, photography, turned wood, blown glass. Artists are all from Windham, Bennington and northern Berkshire counties.
The opening reception takes place Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is up from Sept. 10 to Oct. 16. For more information about both events, visit readsboroarts.org.