This weekend, the workshops of many craftspeople who live in the Hilltowns will open their doors to the public as part of the Crafts of Colrain studio tour.  

Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan takes us along for an exclusive look as he tours the various studios of makers in the region.

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Zydalis Bauer, Connecting Point: The Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour opens up the workshops of the many craftspeople who live in the Hilltown region to the public, and Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan takes us along for an exclusive look as he tours the various studios.

Neil Stetson, Stetson Wood Collection: I think it’s kind of unique in the sense that you would have — normally, you’d have an art show that would be held somewhere and everybody would go to that central location.

This gives people the opportunity to go to the different artists and studios or workshops and see… sometimes they’ll put on demonstrations and you kind of see the artist on their home turf.

Sarah Schoedel, Compound Creations: I hope they enjoy their ride out here, which I’m sure they will in the hills of Colrain. But, I also am proud of our house here and everything that we’ve done for thirty six years, and I tried to make it look like a welcoming place.

And my basket studio is above my garage and it’s not heated, so I am not actively making baskets at this time of year. I have to work in the spring and summer, just in the mornings before it gets too hot.

And — but, I tried to set up my home and my studio display for people to come in and see what I do, and can make a purchase if there — they happen to be in the shopping mood.

Neil Stetson: Colrain has kind of a rough and tumble reputation from years by when it was a mill town as most, most towns were. You know, it was it was a rough and tumble town. But I think there’s a side to Colrain that people don’t see and that’s the…it really is an incubator for artists.

People who do work with their hands are in demand always, you know, whether it’s a recession or a pandemic or whatever there’s. And I think there’s an appreciation now for what people do. There used to be the perception that if you worked with your hands, you didn’t use your mind.

And I think people are understanding now anybody that’s ever tried to fix anything in their house knows, yes, you need your mind as well as your hands.