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Dreaming of a seaside vacation


Despite the COVID-19 quarantine, many people did answer the annual call of the sea and took long-planned vacations at the Jersey Shore or Cape Cod.

For those who dream of oceans but weren’t able to go to one this year, some sea-themed solace can be found in a show of work by Kent, Conn., artist Christine Lombardi on display at the Kent Memorial Library through Oct. 30. 

The show is called “By the Sea,” and features paintings inspired by memories of childhood vacations at the shore. 

Lombardi is a professional illustrator who returned to painting after a many-year hiatus — and discovered that the sea was her favorite subject.  The paintings vary in size from very small (5-by-7 inches) to moderately large (22-by-28 inches). They are, mostly, acrylic on canvas. 

There will be an artist reception in front of the library in the Chess Court on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. (the rain date is Saturday, Sept. 19). 

 Refreshments will be served and visitors can get a private tour of the show. Adults must wear a face mask or shield. 

The library is open for anyone who wants to browse the gallery. Call ahead to make an appointment between 10 a.m. and 4  p.m. (with a short option at 5 p.m.). Appointments can be made by phone 860-927-3761 or email at kmlinfo@biblio.org.

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