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Mark Twain Library Art Show is Around the Corner

Mark Twain Library

Have you been looking for a “just right” piece for that spot over your mantel? Perhaps your dining room needs a little “something special” to pull it all together?

The Mark Twain Library Art Show may be just the place for you.

Holiday shoppers and art lovers alike should circle Saturday, December 1st on their calendars, since that’s the date of the Mark Twain Library annual Art Show, open for 9 days of viewing and purchasing during regular library hours. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Library’s annual Show — a sale of juried art in mostly oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels; and some sculpture and pottery — and it’s all in support of Redding’s public library.

The Art Show will continue through Sunday, December 9, and feature about 125 artists’ original works hung in gallery fashion, and some porfolios of prints. The Art Show gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy viewing fine art, to purchase a favorite for their own enjoyment, or to buy as a special gift. A portion of each art sale directly supports the Mark Twain Library.

Thanks to the Show’s venerable reputation for wonderful art at reasonable prices, it has been a draw for some of the area’s most talented artists for 40 years. Because this is a juried show, any artist may enter two works for consideration, with jurying to be held the Wednesday before the opening of the Show, on November 28.

Meet the Juror

This year’s art show is being juried by the award-winning artist Charles Ray. Mr. Ray is a former director of the Silvermine Art School in New Canaan, and long time Redding resident. His program “Behind the Scenes with Charles Ray” is back again by popular demand, and set for Tuesday, December 4th at 7pm. This is an opportunity to stroll the Library with the man who juried the Show, and listen to his own unique and thoughtful perspective on this year’s art. Mr. Ray’s event continues to grow in popularity and draws a lively crowd each year.

Art Buyer, or Art Collector?

Buying a piece of original art at the Art Show is a wonderful idea, but may also be an intimidating one. A special lecture by celebrated art expert Tim Newton, on Thursday, December 6 at 7pm, is designed to help bridge the gap for those interested in learning how to be more than an art buyer — and be an art collector. 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. For over 130 years, the Salmagundi Club has served as a center for fine artists from New York and around the country. The Club has been the singular gathering place for some of the country’s greatest artists. Honorary members have included such luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminster Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin.

Intimidated? Don’t be. Mr. Newton will provide his audience with the skills to make decisions about purchasing art with knowledge and confidence; and you’ll be sure to have fun in the process.

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