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Mark Twain Library Morphs Into Art Gallery For A Week

Paintings and other works of art are on display and for sale at the Mark Twain Library Art Show this week.
Paintings and other works of art are on display and for sale at the Mark Twain Library Art Show this week. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind

REDDING, Conn. ? You can check out the works of 120 artists, purchase their works and even take in a lecture this week in Redding at the Mark Twain Library's 40th annual Library Art Show.

The art is on sale, and a substantial portion of each purchase goes to the library, according to the library's director, Beth Dominianni. Prices range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Many local artists are featured, including Redding sculptor Marc Mellon and Southbury painter Loraine Skelskey Chapin. Biographies of the artists are available here.

The show is highlighted by several special events, including "Meet the Juror" Tuesday at 7 p.m., in which Charles Ray, the art expert who juried the show, will lead a discussion of the works. Tim Newton, curator of the annual New York art exhibit and sale "American Masters," offers tips on how to buy and collect art at a lecture Thursday at 7 p.m. Local artists Kathy Coe and Sarah Upson will lead a workshop on "The Art of Bookmaking" for children 6 and up Saturday at 2 p.m.

The art show is open during regular library hours and continues through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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