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Outdoor inspiration the focus of 29th annual art exhibit

  • “Fall Splendor” by Carol Walker will be one of the paintings on display at the Old Deerfield Painting Group’s 29th annual exhibit, “One Year Under the Pergola.” Contributed image


Staff Writer
Friday, August 17, 2018

While Franklin County has much to offer artists looking for beautiful scenery to make their next subject, sometimes those scenes are as close as one’s own backyard.

A single garden has proved to be the inspiration for the Old Deerfield Painting Group’s work this year, work that will be on display as part of the group’s 29th annual exhibit, “One Year Under the Pergola.”

According to an Old Deerfield Painting Group press release, the free exhibit opens today and will run through Sunday, Aug. 26 at the White Church Community Center, 16 Memorial St. in Deerfield. The venue is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Fridays until 7 p.m.

The paintings on display primarily represent a collective effort by the group to capture the many moods and facets of a garden belonging to a group member, representing a single gardening year.

Members with featured work are: Valerie Bassett of Florence, Waltraud Bluml of Winchester, N.H., Jo-Ann Denehy of Whately, Leni Gaudet of Northfield, Helen Hodges of Ashfield, Harry Ruddock of South Deerfield, Nancy Howell of South Deerfield, Jean Kozlowski of Northfield, Joan Morawski of Turners Falls, David Sund of Greenfield, Barbara Trask Taylor of South Deerfield, John Tomasetti of Shutesbury, Georgina Van Zandt of South Deerfield, Carol Walker of South Deerfield and Christine Yario of Easthampton. A reception where guests can meet the artists will be held on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, email olddeerfieldpaintinggroup@gmail.com or visit: olddeerfieldpainting.wixsite.com/arts.