Mark Twain Library Art Show Marks 40th Anniversary with a Groovy Gala

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 7:00pm

Mark Twain Library

439 Redding Road, Redding, CT 06896


“Where Were You In ’72?”
The riddle comes wrapped in psychedelic colors, inside an invitation to the Mark Twain Library Art Show Opening Night Gala. The Library is celebrating 40 years of annual Art Show fundraisers, and this year’s Gala takes a look back in time, all the way to the inaugural Art Show of 1972, for its party inspiration and theme.
“Invitations to the Art Show’s opening night party were sent out the week before Hurricane Sandy,” said co-chair Kristin Benson. “It’s bright colors, and theme “Where Were You In ’72,” sets the stage for an opening night event we are calling the “Groovy Gala.”
“We are encouraging people to search their closets, and to come in attire that is creative and in the spirit of the 70’s,” added Connie Deans, Party co-chair.
The Art Show is one of 4 annual fundraising events for the Library, and the Opening Night Gala is an important part of this effort. One of the unique offerings at the Gala is the Silent Auction, held in the Mark Twain Room, where partygoers make friendly bids with their Redding neighbors in support of their public library.
The juried Art Show and Sale is held during regular library hours for an additional 9 days following the Opening Gala, December 1-9. However, those who attend the Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 30th get first dibs on the art for sale, which includes framed pieces hung in gallery fashion, as well as artists’ portfolios of unframed art.
The co-chairs also note that November 30th is an auspicious date for the Gala, since Mark Twain was born on this day in 1835. “The two celebrations happen to coincide this year,” said Ms. Deans.
“Barbara at Confetti of Georgetown is doing the decor, so you’ll know where you are when you walk in to the Library that night, and it won’t be 2012 but 1972. We should all feel a little bit younger for it!”
The food, provided by husband and wife team Reed Collyer and Mark Sharon, will include a few culinary favorites from that time. Music will be provided by pianist Mark Hinckley.
“A quick look at the hits of 1972 reveal that they still make for a great song list on an iPod, 40 years later,” said Ms. Benson. “The music from that period is amazing.”
“Besides the creative decor, entertaining pianist, and our talented catering team, we are extremely grateful to Meadow Ridge, for donating the Champagne and wine for the Gala, provided from Georgetown Package Store,” noted Ms. Benson.
All current “Friends of the Library,” those who have made a financial contribution to the Library in the past year, were mailed invitations. If you did not receive one, and would like to attend the Gala, please contact the Library at 203-938-2545.
So, the obvious question is where were Ms. Benson and Ms. Deans in ‘72? They claim they were watching films like The Godfather, and listening to what many consider to be a golden age in music. Come to the Mark Twain Library Groovy Gala on Friday, November 30th to indulge in a little time travel with them; and enjoy viewing art in support of Redding’s public library.

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