Paintings of history are ‘a treasure’

A new exhibit is ready for visitors to the Town Hall, featuring historic folk paintings by Cornwall’s Charles Besozzi. Adding the finishing touches to the exhibit are the artist’s granddaughter, Elysia Magazzi, left, and Zelina Blagden, Town Hall exhibit coordinator. Photo by Leila Hawken

SHARON — Although he did not begin painting until he was in his 50s, Cornwall’s Charles Besozzi continued creating folk paintings in oil until his death in 1997 at the age of 92. The passion he felt for American history is continued by his granddaughter, Elysia Magazzi, who has set out to share his works with an ever-widening audience.

An exhibit of his work at Sharon Town Hall is titled, “The Heart and Soul American History Initiative.” It features 18 paintings and was curated by Town Hall Gallery Exhibit Co-ordinator Zelina Blagden.

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