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Calling all chairs

Deerfield Arts Bank owner Jane Trigere of South Deerfield poses with her own favorite chair.

Deerfield Arts Bank owner Jane Trigere of South Deerfield poses with her own favorite chair.

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Whether it’s the old rocking chair in the corner of the living room or the paint-splattered stool from which you’ve crafted masterpieces, everyone has a favorite chair.

On Tuesday and Sept. 7, Deerfield resident Jane Trigere wants you to bring that cherished seat out to the Deerfield Arts Bank on Sugarloaf Street, where local photographer Anne Taylor will be taking pictures of members of the community and their favorite chairs to be included in a photo montage at the Bank’s next exhibit, Chair Dreams.

The exhibit — Trigere’s first curated show as the gallery’s owner — opens Sept. 14 and will feature a multitude of chair-themed works of art and performances.

“I’ve been collecting chairs for years, but this is the first show that I’ll be in charge of,” said Trigere. “Shortly after I bought the bank, I got sick — really sick — so some local volunteers stepped up and ran the first two, but this one is my crazy idea!”

That outpouring of community support which made the first two shows possible, Trigere said, gave her the idea for the photo montage project.

Trigere said the exhibit will include a lecture about chairs in the 20th century, demonstrations of chair weaving and caning, chair massages and a concerto.

“We’re hoping a lot of characters will come out of the woodwork with their chairs,” Trigere said.

The Tuesday event will be held at the Deerfield Arts Bank from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Sept. 7 event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Bank at 413-665-0123, or visit deerfieldartsbank.com.

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