Featured Artist

Barstow’s is a small family owned business and we are committed to supporting other local farmers, local crafters, and local artists.  Our walls are reserved for the art of local painters, sketchers, and photographers – giving us a beautiful and unique perspective on the area that we live and love.  Visit us to enjoy lunch, soak in the rural views, and enjoy the local art of your creative neighbors!

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Our current Featured Artist is the Ascending Artists Program at Berkshire Hills Music Academy

August 2 - September 16

The students in the BHMA Ascending Artists Program have the opportunity to engage in an atmosphere where their commitment to the arts can thrive, while building transferable work and social skills.

Our goal is to instill beauty into our community by raising disability awareness, changing perceptions of ability, and supporting our students on their journey toward creative employment.

The artists keep 100% of the profit from the sale of their work.

About the Artists

About the Artist: Stephen Gordon. Stephen has autism and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. About his art, Stephen says, "art class is really cool. I like to paint the solar system, and to use letters and words in my paintings." Stephen's dreams for his future include working as a conductor and experiencing many more train rides on the New York City subway system, which he loves.

About the Artist: Alexandra Kirwin. Alexandra has cerebral palsy and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. About her art, Alexandra says, "I like working with my friends in art class. I like working with clay and painting. It makes me feel calm when I'm painting." Alexandra's dreams for her future include learning how to cook for her family, having a job and earning her own money, and making an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

About the Artist: Cara Papagni. Cara has Down syndrome and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. About her art, Cara says, "I'm crazy about my art. I love painting, drawing, making sculptures. I love art, and I feel so happy when I'm painting." Cara's dream for her future is to become a working artist.

About the Artist: Michael Gumbardo. Michael has a developmental disability and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. Michael loves to play piano, drum, and sing, and in his vocational art class he enjoys painting. Michael's dreams for his future include living in an apartment with roommates.

About the Artist: Otto Plank. Otto has a developmental disability and studies art, music, and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. About his art, Otto says, "I really like art, I like making pictures and using clay. I really feel like an artist." Otto's dreams for his future include becoming an actor, creating more friendships, learning to cook, and volunteering at homeless shelters.

About the Artist: Joey Gagnon. Joey has Williams syndrome and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. About his art, Joey says, "I feel so happy when I'm making art. It's very inspirational, and I feel calm and beautiful when I paint." Joey's dreams for his future include traveling to interesting places with his family and friends.

About the Artist: Tim Daniels. Tim has Down syndrome and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. Tim says, "I've been making art since Kindergarten. You can make your own designs. Art is at the top of the list of things I like!"

About the Artist: Alex Mody. Alex has Williams syndrome and studies art, music and vocational Skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. Of his art, Alex says, "I use my art to express myself. I like my art to be chaotic and calm at the same time. Alex's dreams for his future include becoming a DJ and living in his own apartment.

About the Artist: Jordan Caira. Jordan has Down syndrome and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. About her art, Jordan says, "I love making the prints and using watercolors. I feel happy when I'm making art." Jordan's dreams for her future include living in an apartment with a roommate, trying new restaurants and interesting foods, and having new jobs.

About the Artist: Riley Brown: Riley has a developmental disability and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. Riley says, "I like mixing different colors together. When I'm painting I feel really excited!" Riley's dreams for his future include working in a restaurant or bakery.

About the Artist: Courtney has Williams syndrome and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Acedemy in South Hadley, MA. Courtney also volunteers at Treehouse Community Center in Easthampton, MA. Additionally, Courtney works at Berkshire Hills, performing office tasks two days per week. "I like art because I like to learn how to draw and paint new things. I feel happy when I make art." Courtney's dreams for her future include living independently and traveling to explore new places.

About the Artist: Matt Allen. Matt has a developmental disability, and studies art, music, and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. About his art, Matt says, "art is really cool. I think it's cool to do art because it's a challenge, but I feel like artmaking is also fun. I like to see the paintings come to life." Matt's dreams for his future include working in a restaurant and traveling around the world.

About the Artist: Ben Krifka. Ben has Down syndrome and studies art, music and vocational skills at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. Of his artwork, Ben says, "I feel passion in myself when I'm making a painting, using all of the colors." Ben also works as a dishwasher in the BHMA commercial kitchen. Ben's dreams for his future include living in an apartment together with his girlfriend, and working as an actor or director.

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