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Joint art exhibits set for Deerfield

Works will be at Daylily, Greenfield Savings Bank starting today

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the next 12 months, The Daylily and Greenfield Savings Bank’s branch in town will hold simultaneous, month-long exhibits featuring local artists.

Two-thirds of the art will be at the Daylily gift shop on Sugarloaf Street, while the rest will be at the North Main Street bank. To buy a piece, visitors have to go to the Daylily.

The artist of the month will be featured in the back section of the store at 8A Sugarloaf St., where a new shop, Antique, Treasures and Trash opened in October.

The first exhibit features Athol native Gregory Stone starting today and runs through Jan. 31.

Stone is a painter and sculptor with a studio in Easthampton. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Boston University.

The work has been featured in more than 41 shows and collections across the country.

The exhibit coincides with the focus of the Daylily and Antique, Treasures and Trash. Bridget Heller owns the Daylily, which has sold local art work and crafts for three years. Jane Wrisley owns the antique store, where she sells local art, paintings, jugs and crockery she has collected over the last 45 years.

The two longtime friends coordinate on store hours.

Stone is an old friend of Wrisley’s. Wrisley recently reconnected with Stone and asked if the artist and teacher at the Hill Institute would like to premier the art series.

On Jan. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Daylily will have a reception for Stone where there will be wine, cheese and crackers.

Other upcoming exhibits include local artists Michael Hough in February, James Murphy in March, Carol Walker in April and Joanne Denehey and her daughter Jessica Denehey in May and Mickey Boisvert in June. All are free and open to the public.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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