The Eva Trager Memorial Committee was formed by downtown retailers who are part of the Northampton Chamber's Downtown Business Community. Eva Trager was such a significant member of our downtown; we wanted to find a way to honor her memory and her contributions to our success and vitality. The committee recognized that downtown Northampton has lost business ambassadors in the past who also have made meaningful contributions, and should be honored.


Eva Trager (1946-2011) was at the forefront of Downtown Northampton's rebirth in the 1970s. Eva came to Northampton in 1971. The following year, Eva and her ex-husband Bill Trager opened Country Comfort on Center Street in Downtown Northampton.
More than a successful business woman, Eva was also known as the "Queen of Main Street", truly a cheerleader for the town for nearly 40 years. Read Gazette Memorial | Read Masslive Memorial


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Gregory Stone is a painter and sculptor based in Western Massachusetts. The Eva Trager Memorial Committee has chosen Gregory Stone to create the Memorial sculpture. Gregory was a dear friend to Eva Trager and has been part of the downtown Northampton Arts Community since the 1970s. His work, both paintings and sculptures, is inspired by people. 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. His recent work includes a series of paintings of Blues music legends and sculptures of birds made from found wood.




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