Library plans programs celebrating art

Tim Newton

The Mark Twain Library’s annual Art Show opens to the public this Saturday, Dec. 1, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 9, during regular library hours. But in addition to this opportunity to view and to buy art, a week of special events is planned in celebration of the arts:

Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m.: “Rudolph the Red Nosed Dragon” by Rosalita’s Puppets. Puppet master Charlotte Anne Dore blends puppetry, improvisation, music and storytelling into her energetic marionette performances. Each marionette show is one of a kind because the audience is invited to answer questions from the puppets, sing along and actively participate along with the puppets. This program is recommended for ages 2 to 102!

Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.: “The Music of Friends” Classical Concert. Chamber music has been aptly described as “the music of friends” for its intimacy of scale and conversational qualities — a fitting art form for Mark Twain Library patrons. The chamber music selections will include pieces both classic and contemporary. This stirring art form will be presented by Ralph Kirmser, oboe; Karen Jolicoeur, soprano; Jessica Raposo, flute; and Kyle Nobles, piano.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.: Behind The Scenes With Charles Ray. Stroll the library with the expert who juried the art for the library’s art show. Mr. Ray is the former director of the Silvermine School of the Arts in New Canaan; and his unique and thoughtful perspective provides a whole new lens through which to view the show. This event continues to grow in popularity and draws a lively crowd each year.

Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.: “Be More Than An Art Buyer — How To Be An Art Collector,” a lecture by Tim Newton. Mr. Newton is a celebrated expert from New York City. He will  share the “ins and outs” of buying art that you will love and enjoy for years to come. Mr. Newton is the founder and curator of “American Masters,” one of America’s foremost art exhibitions and sales, held annually at New York City’s Salmagundi Club.

Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.:  “The Art of Bookmaking”  fir children age 6 and older. Local artists Kathy Coe and Sarah Upson will inspire the youngest artists in town with this hands-on workshop.

Admission to all programs is free but space is limited. Please RSVP at the library’s front desk, by phone at 203-938-2545, or online at

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