GREENFIELD – On Saturday, May 21st Greenfield’s Hive Makerspace will throw open its doors for a long-awaited Open House. Nearing the culmination of a more than three-year development, substantially delayed by Covid, the founders of the makerspace are ready to show Greenfield what they’ve built. The open house will be held at The Hive, 231 Main St, second floor, above The Greenfield Gallery (enter through the gallery). Scheduled to coincide with a Bee Fest reception in the gallery downstairs, the Open House will begin at the conclusion of the new bee sculpture unveiling (approximately 12:45pm) and continue until 4:00pm.
For those who may not know, a makerspace is a community workshop where people come to use the tools, share ideas, take workshops, collaborate on projects, and almost anything else people can do together with tools. The Hive will have a lot of tools and equipment not commonly available, including metalworking equipment, an array of 3D printers, commercial sewing machines, electronics tools, laminating equipment, and more. In addition to making-related activities, The Hive also plans to hold various recurring community events, including an artist’s critique group and a makers’ roundtable, where makers can gather to ask for help solving a problem, share a newly developed technique, and critique each other’s creations.
The makerspace will begin its formal operations in the coming months with a series of workshops, including soft stone sculpting and investment casting of a ring or other small object. Ultimately, the Hive plans to open the space for membership and community use. “I have long dreamed of building a space where people can come to make things and work together, to put the tools of creation in everyone’s hands.”, says co-founder Rachael Katz. She continues “Greenfield has always been a city that makes things, and the Hive Makerspace can help carry that spirit into the future.”