Master Masonry at Sonam’s Stonewalls in Deerfield

Sonam Lama was born in the countryside of Tibet when the Cultural Revolution was raging in China, resulting in the destruction of thousands of temples and monasteries.  

As a young boy, Sonam dreamed of becoming a monk, but while helping to rebuild the destroyed monasteries, he learned the skill of stone masonry and Sonam’s life took a turn.  

After leaving Tibet in the 1980s, Sonam settled in Deerfield, Massachusetts and opened Sonam’s Stonewalls. Producer Dave Fraser visited Sonam for an up-close look at his work crafting custom stonewalls. 

And more western Mass stories tonight….

Phyllis Kornfeld has worked as an art instructor inside correctional facilities around the US for more than 35 years. Kornfield speaks about her new book, Cellblock Visions: Prision Art in America, which was inspired by her work with incarcerated men and women and features a collection of artwork made behind bars. 

Then, artist Eric Talbot no longer draws panels for the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics, but his new venture at Oxbow Tattoo keeps his art alive for anyone who wants to have it… forever!  

Finally, El Corazón/The Heart of Holyoke is a public art display that reflects the Puerto Rican and Latinx culture of the Paper City.  Meet two of the artists that created street murals for the project, Frankie Borrero and Chelvanaya Gabriel, who share their hope that others will be inspired by their work.