The Creative Economy

More on the arts and the economy.

There is so much natural beauty here in Western Massachusetts, and so much happening in the arts.  But the biggest and most exciting happenings are right here in Greenfield!  Between the recent International Brick and Mortar Video Festival, to the huge state grant recieved for a performing arts center!  Greenfield Ma. is in the midst of a downtown revival, thanks in part to the many artists, and musicians that live in the valley.  

I recently read an article in Preview (the valley arts magazine) about Greenfield coming back to life.  In an interview with Ed Wierzbowski, artist and entrepreneur, and major player in the downtown revival, (restoring two central Main St. historic buildings).  Ed talks about the ripple effects of the creative economy.  He was quoted as saying for every dollar spent on the creative side, five more are spent locally.  I see how that happened here with my recent pottery workshop.  Money was spent at the B&B’s, restaurants, local shops, and farms!  

When I think about where I live, I think about the vibrancy of the arts and the beauty of this area known as Western Massachusetts.  I ask myself how do I want to see this place in five years?   Do I want a Wal-mart?  Or do I want to walk downtown and go to a great restaurant, a concert, an art opening, or a  movie?  Do I want to shop at the small locally run businesses,  or get on my bike to go buy apples from the local orchard, or maybe just take a walk and see the scenic views?   I think the answer is pretty clear… when you live in a special place that tourists come to all year round, (especially the Leaf Peepers this time of year), you should keep that a place that people want to see, taste, and feel with all their senses!

 

The Pottery Biz and Local Economy

I’ve just finished a one week intensive pottery workshop here in the lovely hills and valley of western Massachusetts.  It is my second workshop for the year.  Students have come from as far away as France, Canada, and Texas, New York, Boston, and Vermont.  Someone recently asked me where the students are staying.  I said, “Bed and Breakfast’s,”  He said, “Boy, Lucy you are really a part of the local Arts and Economy.”  I smiled proudly and said yeah I guess I am. 

Between my workshops, weekly classes, open studio sales, and the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  I’m happy to know that what I do as potter/teacher contributes to the local economy.

Some pics below from our two field trips during the workshop.  A View from the French King Bridge,  the Green River and Barton’s Cove.

 

 

New Sneakers and Back to School

Another Year begins… another Happy Dance is done!  

My boys… I love them so, but it’s great to have the routine of school again!

Here they are not wanting their photo taken, as they wait for the bus, (with new sneakers).  Luke is now in 9th grade at the HS!  (I just sent him off to kindergarten.)  Andrew is in 6th grade.

First Day of School

Happy Trails

Lots of customers,  wonderful, sunny, blue sky days….  a happy weekend on the Pottery Trail was had by all.  For those of you who could not make it, here are some shots of the studio set up as my gallery for the weekend!  And a big  Thank  You to all of my customers for your support!

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