painting of a brook trout, by Mary Link
Art credit: Mary Link, “Trout”

The Connecticut River Conservancy is looking for local artists interested in a chance to have their artwork memorialized on signs that we hope will continue to connect people to the Connecticut River for years to come.  

The Connecticut River Conservancy, Holyoke Rows and the City of Holyoke have partnered to administer an improvement project at the Jones Ferry river access point in Holyoke, MA. The broader project at Jones Ferry includes many infrastructure improvements at the existing river access point. Among these is the installation of bilingual facility signage to speak to a broader sector of the Holyoke community to create a welcoming, equitably accessible opportunity for recreation on the Connecticut River.  

We are looking for original artwork that will be incorporated into a series of educational signs that will share information with the community about the Connecticut River – fish and wildlife, cultural impressions, keeping water clean, and how the River has been connected to humans for thousands of years. 

If you are a local artist and interested in connecting people to the Connecticut River, we’d like to hear from you! Please send us an email Sarah Thornbrugh at with: 

  • your name and where you live 
  • Your best contact method 
  • a piece of existing artwork you’d like to share (so we can see your style!) 
  • your preferred art medium 
  • and a note about why you’d like to work with us on this project 

Applications will be accepted through Sunday Sept 18, 2022. 

The selected artist will be compensated $1000 for their time in working with our project team and their artwork, and the artwork can be either new commissioned art or existing art. Final art for this project will need to be submitted in a digital format no later than Sunday October 16, 2022.  

Jones Ferry call for artists