Couple seeks to create community arts hub

By Christopher McDermott

SOUTH EGREMONT — A Newton couple has opened up a new arts center in the former Red Barn Antiques location, and they’re hoping to highlight a wide range of artists alongside artworks from husband Hank Kearsley, who has a 70-year history of teaching and telling stories through his works.

“We want to establish a place where we can get young people to come in and if they want to draw or paint, whatever they want to do, and establish some form of education through the arts,” Kearsley said. “If they don’t become artists they may just enjoy the experience of opening their eyes and seeing things and dealing with people who might have the same ideas about forming a community and getting together through art. To open their eyes a bit and see things,” he explained.

The Hank Kearsley Art Center opened on June 8, and its exhibits will feature Kearsley’s own works alongside that of other artists. The gallery’s third show will open on the night of Aug. 24, with events all weekend. Kearsley’s sister Janet Dansbury, a printmaker and artist from Great Neck, New York, will feature in that show.

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