September's Free Give Away Been changing it up lately and digging right into my screen-printing roots. It has been super fun to screen print art posters for our Shire City Sessions – our free music festival in its first year. In addition, there is our annual Dolphin Studio calendar in the works for 2016 and a collection of kitchen towels coming together from The Dolphin Studio for the holidays. Stay tuned.

Here is a little history of Shire City Sessions - a collaboration that effortlessly fell together. Kathy Lloyd, of How We Roll, headed up the Foodtruck aspect of the super successful Spring Shindy at Shire City Sanctuary last May. People kept asking if we could do more events with food trucks and music. Kathy and Alan Bauman of CompuWorks were walking their dogs one morning and began chatting about the idea. Alan, a longtime Pittsfield entrepreneur (and musician) was interested in a sponsoring a community event to bring great music to our city and build awareness of his business CompuWorks. Kathy, Alan, and I met for the first time in late June and hosted the first of our series on July 20. We had lots of help from Josh Be09.10.15.5nnett of Pittsfield House Concerts, Darren O’Brien of Encore Audio, my sweet hubby Chris Swindlehurst, and lots of others. We screen printed t-shirts and each of our three Shire City Sessions has a correlating art poster. We printed, and band members signed a short run of four-color prints for each of our three events. We gifted our talented musicians a copy, had them for sale at our merch table at the events and we have few stashed away for the archive.


Our final show of the season is coming right up this Monday, September 14, 2015 5-9pm and its FREE! The Novel Ideas open for The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. It is going to be a fun night. A movie will be shot for The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and there is an afterparty at Hotel on North in the works that promises to be memorable. Come join us and see what an amazing community is gathering here in the heart of Pittsfield.   The party starts at 5pm with food trucks, craft beer, and pretty awesome live music. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket. Come inside and see our Makerspace including a commercial kitchen, industrial sewing room, screen-printing shop, technology studio, cyber office, and BINGO! art gallery.

Oh and remember, enter to win!

Share this post, hashtag it ShireCitySanctuary, leave a comment below letting us know where you have shared and you will be entered in a drawing for a set of 3, 18"x24" signed poster prints. The drawing will be on October 15.