Thursday, October 01, 2009

Homer Exhibit Tonight

I remember viewing the library's Winslow Homer paintings many years ago. A burly police officer stood next to the easel where the rather small works (one or two?) were displayed. The presence of the officer was a distraction and as I recall, there was a crowd in line, so viewing was brief.

Thanks to Library Director Joe Da Rold for finding a good solution to the costs of owning the works and to Mark Spivey for his very informative article.

According to a press advisory:

"The reception begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Anne Louise Davis Room with the unveiling of handpainted reproductions of two Winslow Homer paintings owned by the Library. Too valuable to be exhibited everyday, the Library has had reproductions made so that the community can enjoy Homer's art everyday.

At 7:30 p.m., Gretchen Burch, an expert on American Paintings from Sotheby's New York will talk about Winslow Homer and his art so we can all learn more about Homer's work and the history of these paintings. "

I have to attend a League of Women Voters meeting at 7, but it is in the library, so maybe I can catch some of the presentation.

Plainfield has several valuable art holdings, another possible element in the "branding" of the city as a cultural destination or entity in Central New Jersey.

--Bernice Paglia


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