October Art Exhibit at Kent Memorial Library

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Throughout the month of October, a collection of eclectic paintings and drawings by Suffield native Laurie Tavino will be on display in the Pinney Gallery at Kent Memorial Library (50 North Main Street, Suffield).

The exhibit will feature an interactive display of vintage photo booth portraits. Visitors young and old are encouraged to “put pen to paper” and share their thoughts regarding people depicted in each of these art pieces.

A local historian, Laurie paints landscapes to capture natural beauty and preserve each vista’s history, as many depict Suffield area scenes which no longer exist. The exhibit also includes tobacco themed botanical drawings, still life paintings, and figurative art. Laurie’s favorite subject is the figure, drawing her inspiration from artistic anatomy studies and women’s themes.

Ms. Tavino earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, where she concentrated in art history, figurative drawing, and old master drawing techniques.

In addition to artwork, Laurie produced two historical documentaries for which she received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts: Suffield – Vanishing Landscapes (2002) and Tales From the East Side (2007). The latter project was enhanced and spun off into a book entitled Suffield’s Old Bridge Neighborhood (2009).

This large “Seven Spirits” oil painting by Laurie Tavino was based on a small, vintage photo the artist discovered that depicted seven young ladies in quite happy spirits.

A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held on Thursday, October 13, from 6-8 p.m. and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This exhibit will be on display through October, thanks to the artist, the Suffield Arts Council, and the Kent Memorial Library staff.

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