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Caz Impressionism showcased at library

A recent visitor to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery commented, “It’s so nice to be able to enjoy good art without driving to a museum and spending an entire day in the process.”

Until the end of May, a stop at the Library Art Gallery will reveal “Cazenovia Impressionism,” an exhibition of paintings that have been donated over the years to the Cazenovia Public Library and that represent the time period in which American Impressionism flourished.

Also displayed are more modern paintings done by Cazenovia artists that have similarities to the earlier works.

The era of American Impressionism began in the late 1800s when American artists studying at home and abroad began developing a style of Impressionism that was similar to their French predecessors. Painting mostly out-of-doors, these artists sought to convey the fleeting effects of sunlight and atmosphere, creating a heightened sense of reality in their work.

They often painted landscapes and scenes of leisure, but the real subject they were rendering was the overall sense of light, according to Lyme Art Colony.

The “Cazenovia Impressionism” exhibit showcases works by Frank Townsend Hutchens, Dwight Williams, Carol King Jenney, Mary Padgett, Ann Cross and Charlie Hammond.

While at the library — stop by the main lobby cases and view the Cazenovia water distribution system display. The 19th century wooden water pipes are truly amazing.

The Cazenovia Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. And don’t forget that free transportation through CRIS-CAT is provided for Cazenovia, Fenner, and Nelson residents over 55 and ambulatory.

Call 655-0612 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. three to five days in advance.

Mark the calendar:

The theme of American Impressionism continues at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, with a lecture by Dr. Paul D’Ambrosio, vice president and chief curator for the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown.

D’Ambrosio has previously spoken at the Cazenovia Public Library on Winslow Homer, Frederic Edwin Church, Grandma Moses, Frederic Remington, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper.

For more information on the exhibits at the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery or other library events, please call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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