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Pencil Drawings Inspired by Dutch Botanicals

New work by Gail Jacobson of Cornwall, Conn., will be on display at the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, Conn., from July 9 through 29 with an opening reception: on Saturday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Jacobson is known for turning odd findings into curious and engaging objets d’art but here turns her eye toward traditional drawing techniques to create vivid colored pencil drawings of flowers on black paper.

Inspired by Dutch botanical paintings from the 16th century, the dark backgrounds accentuate the lushness of the foliage, stroke by magical stroke, to the point of seeming three dimensional.

Colored pencil drawings are often finished with solvents to smooth out the lines, but Jacobson prefers “the charming pencil scratches.  It just seems honest and surprising to me. You see the hand of the artist, the inner workings, the process.

The library is at 63 Main St. in Falls Village; library hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 860-824-7424 or go to www.huntlibrary.org.

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