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SHARON — In September, the renowned American artist Jasper Johns announced plans to eventually turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists.

According to the plan he presented to the Sharon Planning and Zoning Commission, the retreat would be similar to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which has hosted artists including Truman Capote, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace, and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., which has hosted artists including Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon and Meredith Monk.

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Library expands hours, offers new programs

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon has recently been focusing on ways to improve the library and make its materials as accessible as possible to community members.
In addition, the library is coming up with new ways to expand library membership and usage.
Several community-oriented events have been held in the building recently, including art shows, receptions and talks.

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McGuire’s paintings play with local views

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SHARON — Colleen McGuire never expected to be a resident of a rural area.
The painter, a native of Canada who always considered herself a city dweller, moved to Sharon more than a decade ago and says she now couldn’t imagine living away from the countryside — and from the rural vistas and views that are a focus of her work.
McGuire’s canvases are on display at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, in a solo exhibit that opened Feb. 1.

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Love in miniature at Barrington Bites

SHARON — “Cupcakes are a big deal now, and have been for two to three years,” says Barrington Bites co-owner (and Sharon resident) Wendy Weinberg.
Despite the growth in popularity of these sweet treats, Weinberg and her partner, Sherri Gorelick, prefer to keep things small.
In a miniature shop in the back of The Chef’s Shop on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, the two bakers make and sell miniature cupcakes in a massive variety of flavors.

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Historical Society celebrates valentines

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SHARON — A tradition continued on Saturday, Feb. 5, when the Sharon Historical Society hosted 16 children and seven adults for its annual Valentine’s Day Tea.
The day was divided into two parts: a Valentine-making session and a formal tea service.
The tea has been an annual highlight of late winter for the past eight or nine years, according to Sharon Historical Society Director Liz Shapiro, who planned the tea with Kathy Amiet, the children’s librarian at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.

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