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Barbara Page illustrated library checkout slips with images related to every book she’s read over the past seven decades. Her work will be part of the Book Marks show at the D. M. Hunt Library. Photo courtesy B. Page

Solace, Fun and Community from Books

The popular Art Wall at the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, Conn., features diverse and interesting shows that almost never have anything to do with books. In the modern world, libraries aren’t exclusively all about the printed word any longer anyway — but the new show of art at the library does tie together literary and visual art.

Book Marks will be the first large group show at the library since COVID-19. Twenty-two artists are participating. There will be an outdoor installation by Zoe and Sergei Fedorjaczenko imagining books as the fruit of trees. Featured artists indoors include Barbara Page, Robert Cronin, Amanda Thackray, Robert Andrew Parker, Tilly Strauss, Emily Rutgers Fuller, Sue Berg, Robert Andrew Parker, Michael Gellatly, Lori Barker, Megan Berk, Lena Curtis, Richard Griggs, Garth Kobal, KK Kozik, Patty Mullins, Peter Steiner, Judith Wyer and Danielle Mailer. 

There is also an original work by the late Eric Carle, the peerless and influential children’s book illustrator, on loan from a private collection. 

An outdoor reception with refreshments, and live music by John Brett, will take place on Saturday, July 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

Book Marks will be on display through September and can also be seen on the library’s website. For more information call the library at 860- 824-7424 or go to www.huntlibrary.org/art-wall. 

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