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Hope Mongeau of Lakeville was one of the many artists who took part in the Salisbury Family Services art sale on the Green on Saturday, Sept. 18. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Art sale as a thank you from Salisbury Family Services

SALISBURY — A good-sized crowd came to the Salisbury Family Services art and artisans show on the Green at The White Hart on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Tony Bright was offering his colorful terra cotta platters and bowls. Asked about one item, he said, “That’s a tribute to Jasper Johns.” A show of work by Johns, who lives in Sharon, will open at the Whitney in New York City on Sept. 29.

Also in the platter department, Jodi Lubi had intricate ceramic plates, including one with ceramic onions and peppers. When a reporter said he’d be afraid of clumsily breaking the decorations, she said, “I don’t like things to be too precious. I make them to be used.”

Hope Mongeau chatted with passersby in front of an array of her watercolors, many with whimsical titles (“Mr. Big Shot” for a portrait of a rooster, or “Out to Lunch with the Girls” for a study of grazing cows.)

She said she has been painting watercolors, with an emphasis on local subjects, for about 15 years. “Ever since I stopped teaching.”

Also in the watercolor department, artist Heidi Lindy was deep in discussion with Anne Bowen over a possible commission.

The big tent was hopping at around noon, with plenty of people taking advantage of a pleasant late summer day to come out, socialize (while masked) and get a jump on holiday shopping.

The sale event was set up by Salisbury Family Services as a thank you to the community. The artists kept all the proceeds from their sales.

Many  of the exhibitors will also be in town Saturday, Oct. 9 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the Salisbury Artisans Group event, which will be the only group market this year.

See www.artisansale.org for more information.

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