The Salmon Falls building as seen from the Iron Bridge. Photo by David Eade.
View of Shelburne Falls from the gallery.
Overlooking the Village of Shelburne Falls and the Deerfield River, Salmon Falls Gallery is simply a great place to take in the view: inside you are looking at handmade works of art by local artists, outside the river flowing under the Bridge of Flowers and over Salmon Falls, the gallery’s namesake. We are regularly told we have the best view in town.
When you come to Salmon Falls Gallery, give yourself some time for a "slow art" experience. The gallery’s generous 3,400 square feet of space exhibits about 100 different artists working in a wide variety of media.Housed in a 100-year-old building that once was Wirthmore Grain and Feed, Salmon Falls Gallery has shown the finest local artists and craftspeople since 1985.
Shelburne Falls is a walkable village. It is home to more than a dozen art galleries, as well as fine dining, shops devoted to vintage clothing and collectables, bookstores, a Trolley Museum and a pharmacy that still has a working soda counter. The Falls is both an Historic and Cultural District and Franklin County is a designated Rural Arts Haven. Our residents are busy in the performing arts and in making visual art and music. Spend the day or stay the weekend, there is so much to explore.
Glass artist Josh Simpson owns the gallery. His work is collected in major museums and private collections around the world. Salmon Falls Gallery has one of the most extensive displays of his work to be found anywhere. We are constantly updating what the gallery exhibits to include works that have just been created as well as showing a brief retrospective of his entire body of work. You may know Josh’s planets: exquisite spheres that offer visions of fantastic worlds. Planets are not his only creation: his art explores diverse directions, surprising and beautiful, inspired by earth, sky and space. Josh lives right here in Shelburne, reflecting the gallery's commitment to showing artists who live and work within 50 miles of Salmon Falls Gallery.
Shelburne Falls galleries and businesses celebrate a different theme or simply focus on what's new in their venue the 2nd Saturday of each month. Enjoy our unusual small businesses, meet the artists, relish the food of our restaurants, walk in natural beauty, and experience HOME.
The 2nd Saturday in June has the Deerfield River as it's theme. We have a very special exhibit to celebrate the river, Christin Couture's exquisitely small paintings of Salmon Falls, our namesake and village of Shelburne Falls own waterfall. Christin lives on the river, we see her house just down the river from the gallery through our windows, and her encaustic paintings document her years of enjoying the view of the Falls. Check out ShelburneFalls.com to be updated on all the doings in town!