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"Deerfield Exhibit of Painting"
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The Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries thrived in Deerfield, Massachusetts, home to an annual show and sale of arts and handcrafts produced by town residents. In 1906 the show included artists whose paintings portrayed the beauties and phases of nature among other subjects, and took the exhibit of painting to new heights. Several exhibit artists that year were known nationally, if not also internationally. Two of the most well-known were Augustus Vincent Tack and Willis Seaver Adams (misspelled "Seever" in this newspaper report). Tack, whose wife was Agnes Gordon Fuller, daughter of Deerfield artist George Fuller, summered in Deerfield and wintered in New York City. He started as a portrait painter and later painted landscapes and abstracts. Adams was born in Suffield, Connecticut, and moved to Greenfield, Massachusetts (north of Deerfield) in 1906. Like Tack, Adams started as a portrait painter. After the turn of the century, he moved to painting haunting landscapes.
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