What Does it Mean to Live by a River?

Flow, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 36x24
Flow, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 36x24

Flow, oil on canvas, 36×24


If you live in New England, you live near moving water. This is never more evident than in western Massachusetts, where the ancient Connecticut River bisects the region, or in Hatfield, where its tributary, the Mill River, crosses under several streets and makes a roaring waterfall beside the Old Mill Inn on its winding path to the Connecticut.

What do we take away from this close relationship with moving water? How does our landscape define us? Painter, writer, and historian Russell Steven Powell, publisher of the award-winning magazine New England Watershed and the book Apples of New England, explores the meaning of landscape in words and images.

Opening reception Wednesday, December 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Presentation Wednesday, January 3, 7 p.m.

The Old Mill Inn

87 School St., Hatfield, Mass.

The program introduces First Wednesdays, a series of monthly presentations and exhibits by the members of Brook Hollow Arts.



2 Replies to “What Does it Mean to Live by a River?”

  1. God, Russell, this painting is gorgeous! I might want to buy it if it’s still available. There’s also another one I want. If Christine can make it, I’m bringing her to your talk. This will be the first one for me. I really look forward to it.

    1. Thank you, Damaris! “Flow” is still available as I write this. Come see it in person at the Old Mill Inn Wednesday, December 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Flow” (and other new paintings) will remain on exhibit until I give my “First Wednesday” presentation Wednesday, January 3, at 7 p.m.

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