Save the Date for HOST24: October 5 & 6, 2024

Studio Tour Application Process

The 2024 Hilltown Open Studio Tour & Festival (HOST24) is now open for artists to apply to participate. We have some exciting plans for this year and we’re looking forward to working with you!

The form is due by May 20 — no exceptions will be made.

Below is information about last year's HOST

Fall for Art in the Hilltowns

the weekend of September 30 & October 1, 2023, 11am-5pm


Wander scenic byways during peak leaf season and discover artists’ work and studio environments. Painters, potters, jewelry makers, sculptors and printmakers will welcome you to the place where they live and create. Over 20 studio locations to choose from! Enjoy locally grown food, beer, cider, restaurants and food trucks. Demonstrations throughout the day. Live entertainment each afternoon.

The Hilltowns are just 30 minutes from the Berkshires, Springfield, Holyoke or Northampton. Spend the weekend — or just a few hours — enjoying memorable art and the unparalleled scenery of the Hilltowns of Western Mass.

Tour Hub:
Cummington Community House
33 Main Street, Cummington, MA

Print brochures with artist samples and the tour map available at the hub, each studio and local eateries

Illustrated Map of Studio Locations

2023 HOST Illustrated Tour Map


1. Guy Matsuda & Adrian Almquist – 12 Upper Liberty Street

2. Michael Melle & Pleun Bouricius – 53 Old South Street


Tour Hub & Community House Gallery – 33 Main Street

3. Alexandra Cherau – 11 Lightning Bug Road

4. Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets at ProjectArt – 54 Main Street

5. Beckie Kravetz, Madge Evers, Kathryn Jensen & Jeanne Johns at the Community House Gallery – 33 Main Street

6. Barbara Konieczny – 17 Nash Road

7. Greta Gnatek Redzko – 522 Stage Road

8. Leni Fried – 494 Stage Road

9. Ana Busto – 9 Brickhouse Road

10. Michael Falcone & John Walker Jr. – 167 Trouble Street


11. Laura Bundesen & Susanna White – 90 County Road

North Chester:

12. Olwen O’Herlihy Dowling – 322 East River Road


13. Jen Parrish-Hill – 196 Prentice Road

14. Mark Shapiro & David Marshall – 42 Conwell Road

15. Gloria Conwell – 4 South Worthington Road

16. Kevin O’Connor at The Goldenrod Country Inn – 144 Huntington Road

17. Molly Smith – at Sena Farm Brewery – 151 Buffington Hill Road

18. Elena Allee at The Hilltop House – 112 Thayer Hill Road


19. Ellie Goudie-Averill & Marie Haas at Chesterfield Town Hall – 422 Main Road

20. Lena Garcia 105 South Street

21. Cyndy Sperry – 257 Sugar Hill Road

22. Valerianna Claff – 32 Munson Road


23. Nancy Doniger & Eric Jacobson 91 North Road

Live Demonstrations & Events

Located at each artist’s studio or host gallery


11am: What I see, I paint | Jeanne Johns at Cummington Community House Tour Hub

12pm: Relief prints using a copy press | Leni Fried

1pm: Throwing large pots with stacked sections | Mark Shapiro

1pm:  The Road to Cummington | Sergei Isupov at ProjectArt

2pm: Back to black: the role of value | Kathryn Jensen at Cummington Community House Tour Hub

3pm: You can paint a horse | Cyndy Sperry

4pm: Creating character with theatrical make-up | Beckie Kravetz at Community House Tour Hub

5pm: Quartet jazz band | Lithia Quartet at Cummington Community House Tour Hub

5pm: folk singer | Jitensha at Sena Farm Brewery


11am: Re-using old frames demonstration | Pleun Bouricius

12pm: Blueprints: making botanical cyanotypes | Madge Evers at Cummington Community House Tour Hub

1pm: The Road to Cummington | Sergei Isupov at ProjectArt

1pm: Prints using photopolymer intaglio plate | Nancy Doniger

2pm: The alchemy of watercolor | Valerianna Claff

3pm: When red and blue don’t make purple: color mixing | Lena Garcia

4pm: Human Erratics: On and Off Screen dance, with Doug Abrams, piano | Ellie Goudie-Averill

Where to Eat

Carm’s Restaurantbreakfast & lunch – Homestyle cooking – 241 Rt. 20, Chester | 413-354-1080

Chester Common Table dinner Comfort food classics beer & wine – 30 Main St., Chester | 413-354-1076

Chesterfield General StoreWood fired pizza and cafe. Sunday – Lunch only (Menu) – 432 Main Road, Chesterfield | 413-296-4354

Old Creamery Co-opTakeout & deli sandwiches (Menu) 445 Berkshire Trail (Route 9), Cummington | 413-634-5560

Comfort Kitchendinner – Homey restaurant beer & wine – 4 Main St., Huntington | 413-207-3011

Liston’s Bar & Restaurantlunch & dinner – Roadhouse beer & wine – 324 Old North Rd. Worthington | 413-238-3176

Sena Farm BreweryBrews on tap & on site food truck lunch – 151 Buffington Hill Rd, Worthington | 413-896-2627

The Goldenrod Country Inn & TavernLight tavern fare, locally-sourced – 144 Huntington Rd, Worthington | 413-238-0144

Outlook Farm Barn & Eatery – (Menu) – 136 Main Road, Westhampton | 413-529-9388

Food Trucks:
Worthy-Que Smoke N’ BBQ at Sena Farm Brewery, Sat & Sun starting at 12 noon
Holyoke Hummus at the Cummington Community House (Tour Hub), Saturday, starting at 11am

Picnic Places:
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Chesterfield Gorge, Chesterfield
Mark Shapiro’s studio, S. Worthington


Hilltown Hikes and Scenic Views

Make the most of your weekend getaway in the Hilltowns!  Browse the Trustees of Reservations list of activities to enjoy more recreational opportunities in the Hilltowns during your visit.  Beautiful sites within 10 miles of the Open Studio Tour include: William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Chesterfield Gorge, Bear Swamp, Chapel Brook, Notchview, Bullitt Reservation, Glendale Falls, DAR State Forest, and Petticoat Hill.

Chapel Brook, Ashfield

Our Sponsors

These fine folks help make it all happen!

Hilltown Community Health Center
Old Creamery Coop
Mass Cultural Council
George Propane
East Branch Studio
Florence Bank
Hilltown CDC

This event is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, both directly and through the Cummington Cultural District and the Cultural Councils of Plainfield, Cummington, Worthington, Chesterfield, and Chester.

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