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September 8, 2016

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Throughout the month of September the hallway of the Old Courthouse at 99 Main Street will be adorned with 31 paintings by Gregory Stone, a legend of the Northampton art scene. Though his artwork is on display throughout downtown, it’s rare to see so many pieces in a single exhibit space.

Gregory Stone is a painter and sculptor based in Western Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture, both from Boston University. His work has been exhibited in over forty one-person shows and numerous group exhibitions and can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. His most recent commission was a painting of the Young at Heart Chorus for Northampton’s Cooley-Dickinson Hospital’s new surgical wing.

Mr. Stone, who has lived in the Northampton area since the 1970s, was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. His diagnosis was quickly met with an outpouring of support from friends and well-wishers within the community.

While he likes to paint scenes of nature or cityscapes, he truly prefers to paint people. His work is known for bringing elements of humanity to unlikely subjects—the homeless, scenes of tragic fires that he describes as “heartbreaking situations.”

He starts off with a sketch, or sometimes a photo, of his subject before he begins. Mr. Stone’s artistic process relies on a deliberate approach to painting—he likes to take time to study a subject before diving in. He makes his students paint in rooms separate from their models. This, he argues, forces them to quickly learn to be observant.

The Old Courthouse includes the offices of HCG, which administers the building. Executive Director Todd Ford had this to say about the exhibit, “The Courthouse hallway has served as exhibit space for Arts Night Out for many years, and we’ve had the privilege of hosting many great artists. Greg Stone is a legendary Northampton artist, and we’ve been particularly excited to host his work. Before the end of the year we will be unveiling a statue by Greg on the Courthouse lawn; it’s exciting to know that we will have one of his pieces in our permanent collection.”

Mr. Stone’s artwork will be on display this Friday for Northampton Arts Night Out from 6-9 PM. His web site can be viewed at www.gregorystoneartist.com