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Fowler Library's grand opening a literary treat

Posted by Leslie Anderson  May 16, 2011 08:26 AM

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The Fowler Library in Concord officially opened with a ribbon-cutting and party on Saturday. Congratulatory balloons wafted in the air, while inside, local author and illustrator Ilse Plume signed books in the Children’s Room.

Downstairs, author and illustrator Stephen Kellogg from tiny Essex, N.Y. entertained children and adults with a narrated slide show of one of his books. Town Manager Chris Whelan was in attendance, along with Library Director Kerry Cronin and Lucy and Brian Rosborough. The meeting room was filled to capacity with smaller children in front.

After Kellogg finished his presentation, a small boy asked him to draw a “brontosaurus,” so Kellogg dutifully complied, sweeping over two large sheets of paper with a black marker (see related video.) The illustrator ripped the papers down and handed them to the delighted child, before heading to a table where parents lined up to get a signed book or two.

At the Concord Art Association, a preview of the upcoming “Paint the Town” auction hung in the galleries. The 13th annual fundraiser, held Saturday, May 21, is a silent and live auction of invited-only artists.

Thirty-six artists are represented in the live auction, several painting “en plein air,” or at the event. Jeff Fichera, Darryl Loyer, Ilana Manolson, Joel Janowitz, David Prifti, Will Kirkpatrick, Maris Platais, Charles Shurcliff and Tom Sutherland will be working en plein air. Other noted artists in the live auction include Jean Lightman, Jane Dahmen Fred MacNeill, Andy Newman and Holly Larner and more. Noted auctioneer Douglas Stinson, principal appraiser and auctioneer of Carl W. Stinson, Inc. will call the action on the second floor.

Sixty artists’ works are part of the silent auction which was previewed on Saturday. Call 978 369 2578 for tickets, although only a few remain, according to Michelle Kenna.

Since 1917 the art association at 37 Lexington Road has offered exhibits and educational programming to the Concord community. Paint the Town is its major fundraiser. Visit www.concordart.org for a complete list of the works to be auctioned, and the opportunity to “buy it now” for a bit more.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com

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