Beginning Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Simsbury Free Library (SFL) will hold an art exhibit featuring the oil paintings of three Simsbury artists – Amy Conover, Marianne Flynn, and Susan Prentice. The exhibit will run through Saturday, June 23. A wine a cheese reception will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The artists – who became friends when they met while painting in a cabbage patch regularly go on locations to paint en-plein-air – will be on hand for the reception and will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from all art sales to the SFL. The art exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.
An active Connecticut and Maine painter, Amy Conover has resided in Simsbury and spent summers in Camden, Maine for the past 25 years. Her paintings have been informed by the extraordinary landscapes, structures, gardens and light of the Northeast. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Amy was a fashion designer on New York’s 7th Avenue before coming to Simsbury where she and her husband raised three daughters. A member of the West Hartford Art League, she has studied with Shira Avadore, Shawna Shane, and Ilona Levitz.
Marianne Flynn came to Simsbury from New York 35 years ago after working in the educational and independent film industry. She feels fortunate to live in Simsbury because of its natural beauty. Currently, Marianne works in oil and studies at the Hartford Art School at University of Hartford and West Hartford Art League. She has explored painting with her fellow artists, friends, and teachers for over 20 years. She is a member of the West Hartford Art League.
Susan Prentice, a 35 year resident of Simsbury, graduated with honors from the illustration program at Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. She is a career artist having done both commercial and fine art. She began her career as an ad agency art director and then spent 28 years freelancing. She has provided graphic design, illustration, and photography services to many corporate clients. She has been a professional fine artist for 10 years, showing throughout Connecticut. She is currently represented by The Buffalo Trail Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
About the Simsbury Free Library
The Simsbury Free Library (the Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research Library) opened on the second floor of the Hopmeadow District School in 1874. In 1890, the Library’s collection was moved to its present location at 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Today the Simsbury Free Library (SFL) seeks to promote interest in genealogy and history by providing access to research material and expertise, artifacts, and educational and cultural programs. It seeks to help patrons connect with the past and to learn from and be inspired by those who have gone before them. The SFL provides a relaxed setting in which people can pursue family research history at their own pace. For everyone from seasoned genealogy veterans to beginners, the SFL has the staff and resources necessary to help visitors develop the skills required to create family trees, search local histories, look up census records, explore vital records, etc.
The Simsbury Free Library – the Gracious Yellow Lady – is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. as well as by appointment. For more information, visit www.simsburyfreelibrary.org or call (860) 408-1336.