It’s time to RSVP to library’s Art Show Preview Gala

Beth Dominianni, Mark Twain Library director, shows the invitations to the library’s upcoming art show. Organizers are reminding that it’s time to get in those RSVPs for this annual fund-raiser. — Jennifer Wastrom photo

Still haven’t uncovered your kitchen counters since your lights went back on? The Mark Twain Library Art Show Committee understands. But they would like to remind Library Friends to RSVP to the Art Show Preview Gala, set for Friday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. With the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the heels of the invitation mailing, responses are coming in at an understandably slower rate.

“Its not too late,” said Beth Dominianni, library director. “And if you don’t have an invitation and would like to attend, please stop by the library or call us, and we will happily assist you.”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the art show; the theme of the party harkens back to its inception in 1972. No doubt at least a few party-goers will be hauling out the bell bottoms in conjunction with the theme (though the committee stresses that ’70s attire is by no means mandatory).

The Art Show Preview Gala provides a sneak peak to the show; everyone comes to see friends, new and old, but also to see and buy art before the art show opens to the general public Dec. 1.

The annual art show has long been a major fund-raiser for the library, and the purchase of ticket entry to the Opening Night Gala is an important part of that effort. A portion of each item sold provides the library with much-needed funds to help meet its operating expenses. A highlight of the Opening Night Gala is the silent auction, in which 100% of the proceeds benefit the library.

The week-long art show provides a wonderful opportunity to buy art by area artists, some from as far away as Vermont and Maine; and because of the jurying process, the selections are excellent in both quality and affordability. The art show is expertly juried by Charles Ray of Redding, the former director of the Silvermine School of the Arts in New Canaan, and a Silvermine Guild Artist member.

For more information about the 40th anniversary of the Mark Twain Library Art Show, visit www.marktwainlibrary.org.

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