‘Africa by Safari’ showcased at CPL

— Until the end of September, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library will enjoy “Africa by Safari” on exhibit in both the lobby and art gallery.

Toloa Perry and Sherry Wright, members of the Cazenovia Watercolor Society, traveled to Tanzania in 2011. In the lobby of the library, they have displayed exquisite memorabilia from their trip, with equally exquisite watercolors and photographs in the library’s art gallery.

More than 40 pieces of art adorn the art gallery, and everything African is included — Tanzania Marketplace, Zebra’s Baby Fuzz, Sunlight on the Leaves, Monkeys on a Branch, African Mask and Fabrics, Maasai Women, Cape Buffalo, Baobab Tree and many others including giraffes, impalas, gazelles, wildebeests, cheetahs, elephants and storks.

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

Perry has been drawing since she was a child and painting in watercolor for the past 20 years.

Teaching has also been a big part of her life, having obtained a fine arts degree from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in art education from Syracuse University.

At present, she teaches watercolor to adults from her home in Cazenovia.

Wright has been active in the Utica Camera Club, the Colgate Camera Club and MAD art (the Madison County Art group).

She also enjoys painting in watercolor and finds that working on the art of photography supports her efforts in artistic expression with watercolors.

The Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery is open during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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

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