The Artists at Indian Orchard Mills

34-40 Front Streett P.O. Box 51006 t Indian Orchard, MA 01151

           Phone (413) 543-3321t Fax (413) 543-3386 t Email



DATE:            April 6, 2017

CONTACT:  Judy Webber  543-3321


An art show isn’t all you’ll experience this spring at the Indian Orchard Mills Art Show and Open Studios event Friday, May 5th from 6 – 10pm and Saturday, May 6th from 12 – 4 pm.  While the open studios event will highlight a showcase collection of current art work created by the artists at Indian Orchard Mills in the Dane Gallery and a walking tour of private studios interacting with resident artists, the atmosphere will be enhanced on Friday night with musicians from the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts as well as a guest appearance by “Cher” Lisa Carter, and on Saturday a musical performance by Longmeadow High School Students.

Guests are welcome to tour the several buildings to meet the 50 artists in their private, work environment and view a curated show in the Dane Gallery.  The ‘collective’ includes jewelers, woodworkers, weavers, quilters, and photographers, in addition to two-dimensional artists working in oil, watercolor, acrylics, collage, and multi-media. The artists will offer ad-hoc demonstrations in their studios with display of their current and past work for sale – there may even be a bargain bin or two.

Roaming musicians playing the trumpet, ukulele, and violin, to name a few, from the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts will be scattered throughout the premises on Friday from 6 – 8 pm as well as a pianist and some mimes.  Friday night’s celebration concludes with a performance by Lisa Carter as “Cher” and pianist Matt Foster in the Dane Gallery.  A group of very talented musicians from Longmeadow High School will be performing in the Dane Gallery on Saturday.

Recent additions to the artists community are five very talented artists you won’t want to miss; David Manch, Kelly Mount, Phyllis Ollari, Bonnie Roy, and Barbara Stroup. 

David Manch developed his passion for photography in 1979 when given his first camera as a gift.  Through Silver Crescent Photography, David now specializes in portrait photography and enjoys capturing special moments at events of all kinds.  David has been featured in The Boston Sunday Globe and The Springfield Republican for his photographic artistry of decaying buildings and architecture.

Kelly Mount is an aspiring writer and sketch artist.  Her current work ranges from writing inspirational cards with her signature sketches to drafting personalized messages in which she take friends’ and loved ones’ words from ‘raw-to-refined’.  She is looking forward to holding a writers’ group to provide a forum for expressing words as art.

Phyllis Ollari works in a variety of medium, currently concentrating on encaustics, focusing on the elementary elements of art rather than an outright subject. She strives to incorporate the landscape and nature into her work sometimes collaging physical components of nature within her pieces. Phyllis studied at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, which was heavily influenced by the Boston Expressionists, and at University of the District of Columbia.

Bonnie Roy is a self-taught artist from Springfield whose work includes mosaic designs in glass and tile, wind chimes, and glass marble creations.  She is enjoying being part of the artists’ community at Indian Orchard Mills.

Barbara Stroup, Contemporary Quilts, makes quilts, wall-hanging, and small art pieces that combine fabrics and occasionally paper, ribbon, stenciling and collage.  Her abstracted nature scenes use a “confetti” technique, as well as a “mosaic”-type placement of minute fabric bits.  With a “long arm” machine (on display during the Open Studios) Barbara is able to finish the quilt sandwich on customer tops as large as 100” in width, layering the pieced top with free motion custom-designed stitching to the batting and backing.

Join in the festivities at Indian Orchard Mills on Friday, May 5th from 6 – 10 pm and Saturday, May 6th from 12 – 4 pm.  Refreshments and light appetizers will be available in the Dane Gallery.  There is a $2 suggested donation; however children are welcome free of charge. Indian Orchard Mills, 34 Front St., Indian Orchard, MA.  For more information call (413) 543-3321 or log on to