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.
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots