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The Recorder – Deerfield Valley Art Association christens new Northfield Gallery with photography exhibition

the Deerfield Valley Arts Association (DVAA) christened its new Arts Center gallery space in Northfield with a newly opened photography exhibition and hosted a DVAA Board of Directors celebration with featured artists and guests.

After moving to the same building at 105 Main St. in the former Cameron’s Winery space earlier this year, the gallery has been remodeled. Featuring work by various New England photographers, his current exhibit is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. until June 12.

Northfield artist Kackie St. Clair submitted a series of collages to the exhibit. Images of dunes and rocks on the Cape Cod coastline are captured and developed on 35mm film and placed together, superimposed in the frame. The escaping tide clings to the rocks, creating dance lines in the sand around them.

“There’s a musical feel to it,” St. Clair said of his collages. “You can express things in so many different ways, and there are always surprises. When you move a piece of an image to another part, you might think, “Well, look at this, it says something very different.”

MJ Hauri, another Northfield artist and longtime member of the DVAA, provided photos printed on panels. One of his images depicts clouds over Great Pond in Maine.

“Actually, I mainly work in oil painting,” Hauri said. “I go out to take pictures to paint, and sometimes the picture is just better than I could paint.”

Vimala Steadman, a painter from Winchester, NH, who also volunteered on the DVAA’s Moving Transition Team, contributed several photos for the current exhibit. Some of his photographs were taken at the property of the famous American novelist Ernest Hemingway in Cuba.

“I do a lot of photo manipulation, but I don’t consider myself a photographer,” Steadman said. “I’m a painter, but I’ve been taking pictures since I was maybe in fifth or sixth grade.”

She said she loves manipulated photos using different techniques, sometimes apps or computer programs, to stylize the photos as if they were abstract paintings. Most of the time, she says, this manipulation practice inspires her to create a painting based on the image. Some of his photographic manipulations are included in the exhibition in addition to the original photos.

A gallery celebration event on April 20 brought together contributing artists, DVAA board members, exhibitions coordinator Marge Anderson, founders of the Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association (NATABA), Joan and Steve Stoia, Town Administrator Andrea Llamas and Northfield Community Bible Church Pastor Bob Emberley.

The Community Bible Church purchased the building at 105 Main Street this winter and moved its church services to the former DVAA space once the gallery moved next door. Emberley said this change worked well, as the church preferred the old gallery space and the art association preferred its new space in the old cellar. Cameron’s Winery moved to 1046 Millers Falls Road in December.

The gallery space has new wooden floors and a fresh coat of white paint that provides a classic gallery feel. An anonymous donor paid for sheer blinds to shield the art from the west-facing afternoon sun. There is also a room, covered by a new barn door, which will be used as event space after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Emberley said the renovations are an investment in the church’s new neighbor and tenant. He also noted that DVAA is receiving reduced rent, allowing it to stay in Northfield and remain a local attraction after the association expressed concern over paying its previous rent rate after a year of declining income. .

“It’s a fresh start,” said DVAA president William Rathbun, a Leverett multimedia artist. “After last year, we were afraid we had to close. … It was kind of a miracle the way he turned out. I think things will work out.”

Greenfield Recorder photographer Paul Franz was invited to the new gallery to judge both categories of the photography exhibit: professional camera and iPhone camera. The winners are:

Professional camera

■First Place—”Behold” by Christine Daugherty of Greenfield

■Second Place — “Florence Visitors” by Carol Dunn of Hanover, Connecticut.

iPhone camera

■First Place — “Rainbow at Sunset” by Sally Dillon of Amherst

■Second Place — “Canyon Tree Frog” by Chris Dillon of Windsor, Connecticut.

Third place in the combined categories went to “Deerfield Playing Fields” by Melanie Phillips of Northfield and “Zebra Caterpillar” by Chris Dillon of Windsor, Connecticut.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4579.