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Granby business highlights beauty of bird

  • Jeff Waldron of Granby talks on June 30, 2017, about the small home shop he and his wife, Cherry Lemon, set up to sell his art and her collectibles. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • A lampshade created by Cherry Lemon on display in the shop. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • A photograph printed on canvas, created by Waldron. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Artist Jeff Waldron of Granby talks about his paintings and photographs of hummingbirds that are displayed in the small home shop he and his wife, Cherry Lemon, set up to sell his art and her collectibles. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Paintings and photographs of hummingbirds created by artist Jeff Waldron of Granby on display on June 30, 2017, in the small home shop he and his wife, Cherry Lemon, set up to sell his art and her collectibles. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Jeff Waldron of Granby is shown June 30, 2017 at his small home shop set up to sell his art and his wife Cherry Lemon's collectibles. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Paintings and photographs of hummingbirds created by artist Jeff Waldron of Granby are displayed June 30, 2017 in his small home shop set up to sell his art and his wife Cherry Lemon's collectibles.



@ecutts_HG
Sunday, July 16, 2017

GRANBY — Inside the bubblegum pink shed is a world of treasures. Wings and Treasures to be exact.

The small home business specializes in collectible, framed cross-stitch tableaus and the beauty of hummingbirds in paintings and photos. Jeffrey Waldron and his wife Cherry Lemon run the business out of the small shingled shed on Chicopee Street in Granby.

“Pink is her favorite color and my favorite color,” Waldron said.

The shop, which matches the house, has had an online presence for a while but the physical location didn’t open until this spring.

Waldron said the couple received permits from the town last summer and briefly opened in the fall.

“Having a home shop has always been a dream of mine,” Waldron said.

With summer now in full swing, the shop is open most sunny days from noon to 4:30 p.m. mid-May through Columbus Day, as well as by appointment.

Trained in mathematics and computer science, Waldron’s focus turned to his art full time in 2000 when he said he left the “technical realm” and moved into the artistic realm to indulge the other side of his brain.

Waldron’s work focuses on hummingbirds in a variety of media — paintings, photos and photos on canvas.

“The hummingbird’s wings are magic,” Waldron said of his inspiration. “When I first saw them, they are just amazing creatures.”

Suprisingly lightweight, the photos on printed canvas are varnished like a painting, which reduces glare and allows the art to be viewed from almost any angle.

Formerly known as Crazy Swan Photography, the business officially began in 2009. In the past, Waldron and Lemon have shown their work at Paradise City Art Festival. 

Hanging in the shop, a bright pink lamp shade with fringe trim, a piece by Lemon, is displayed for sale as well as a an antique mantel clock.

On a sunny day, Waldron had his camera set up outside the shop waiting to catch a hummingbird fly by and maybe even stop at the brightly colored flowers in the yard.

Waldron said at times it can be a long wait for a hummingbird to fly by but the photographs in his shop prove it is worth the wait.

“They are very nimble,” he said. “They seem very carefree in a way.”

More information about Waldron and Lemon’s work can be found on their website at www.wingsandtreasures.com.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.