The ArtSalon Goes to The Shea Theater October 26

The ArtSalon Goes to Turners Falls !

The Shea Theater

71 Avenue A, Turners Falls MA

October 26, 2023

doors open 6:00 pm, Presentations begin at 6:30 pm 

$5-$15 Suggested Donation 

Turners Falls, MA (October 26, 2023) – The ArtSalon is a dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley. The ArtSalon provides an opportunity for artists and designers of all mediums to present their work and ideas. Come meet and join the artists, creators, critics, and collectors in a friendly, social gathering of conversations about the arts in our community. Presenting artists are Hannah Brookman, Joan O’Beirne, Emily Tarelia, and Marianna Dixon Williams.

This month’s ArtSalon will be held at The Shea Theater. 

The evening begins at 6:00pm and presentations start at 6:30pm.

Hannah Brookman When the morning cat meows wake Hannah Brookman, she pulls off the quilt she made, steps down onto the rug she hooked, and slips into a dress she’s crafted; she pours coffee into the ceramic mug she built and wanders out to her garden to paint a morning watercolor before heading out for her workday at the art shop she cofounded and runs. Hannah’s pursuit of a beautiful life and her belief in “Gesamtkunstwerk”, the German phrase for ‘total work of art” inspires her wide range of mediums, from welding a 20ft tall sculpture to designing, acting and directing a children’s tv show, to running a Risograph print shop. Hannah Brookman is the president of Looky Here, an editor at Montague Public Access TV, a member of The Lovelights Performance group; she has shown work locally and internationally, she is an author, an illustrator, painter, sculptor, seamstress and a regular contributor to the Children’s Page in the Montague Reporter. She works and resides in Marlboro, VT.

Joan O’Beirne is an artist and educator, holding an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico. She has taught photography at various institutions, including UNM, New Mexico State University, Central Michigan University, Marlboro College, and Keene State College. Currently, she leads the photography department at Greenfield Community College and serves as the director of the GCC South Gallery. Joan’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout New England in galleries like the Herter Gallery, Landmark College Art Gallery, Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, Vermont Center for Photography, Drury Gallery, the Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH, and the Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery. Beyond her academic and artistic pursuits, Joan has been actively engaged with the Greenfield Jail community, teaching photography classes since 2014, facilitating group meetings, and curating exhibits of artwork created in her classes. She has also served as a juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing awards. Joan O’Beirne’s life reflects a blend of artistic passion, dedication to education, and a commitment to making a positive impact through photography.

Emily Tareila is an artist, educator and facilitator based in Montague, Massachusetts. She is compelled by the ideal conditions individuals and communities need to make, learn, be curious and engage meaningfully in/with the world. Her work often takes the forms of workshops, gatherings, meals, events and writing, enacting practices in sustainability, well-being and lifelong learning. Emily was a Google Artist in Residence in 2019, artist-in-residence at UMass-Amherst’s College of Natural Sciences, has contributed to the collective BFAMFAPhD, and has developed customized workshops and projects for libraries, colleges, universities, and community organizations across the country. She received a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She cares a lot about a lot.

Marianna Dixon Williams builds handmade electronic objects and develops installations that question themes of identity, environmental change, and the ability of this world to be simulated, emulated, and measured digitally. In their multimedia installations electronic objects, video and the built environment are activated to frame modes of survival, navigation and growth. Growth and loss, erasure and visibility are not just keys to navigating and surviving a physical landscape but are important to understanding queer identities and communities. Queerness can be defined in relation to a range of practices, behaviors and issues that have meaning only in their shared contrast to categories that are alleged to be ‘normal.’ Through quiet gestures in the fabrication of and use of media within their work, Williams speaks loudly to the limits of the body, to values of non-discrimination, and to the quality of our habitat and our involvement in its future.

Williams has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has completed studio projects in sites ranging from the Arctic Circle to South Africa’s Western Cape. Notable exhibitions include The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the James A. Michener Museum, the Noyes Museum Galleries, and the European Cultural Center’s Palazzo Bembo in tandem with the 59th Venice Art Biennale. Williams has acted as a Design Fellow at Penn Praxis, a consultant for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Georgia’s Covid-19 Taskforce, and is a recipient of a Community Foundation grant.

The ArtSalon at The Shea Theater is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Local Cultural Council.

The ArtSalon is a fiscal project of A.P.E. Ltd. with ongoing support from individuals, foundations, state and local grants.  Learn more at