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Annual libary art exhibit opens

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By Jeff Moore

The News-Democrat

Carroll County Public Library opened the doors to one of its largest exhibits for the annual Mary Ann Gentry Memorial Art Show Friday night.

The library hosted a reception for artists displaying their works, which range from watercolor and acrylic paintings, to photography and hand-crafted items. Ronald DeVore, an artist participating in the show, performed traditional sounds on his dulcimer during the opening.

The show features more than 80 works of art from 50 local artists, according to event organizer Shannon Taylor. Additionally, she noted, there are Head Start works of art and plywood barn quilts from fourth and fifth graders on display during the show, which runs through the month of May.

“This is the most ever,” Taylor said in the 12 years that she has worked on the program at the library.

Interim library director Hillary Arney said she is pleased with the response this year’s show has received from a “wide range of artists.”

“We thank the community for coming out and supporting this program,” Arney said. She noted that there are a lot of first time exhibitors taking part in this year’s show.

The exhibit, which fills the library’s community room, is spread out throughout the building this year. Arney noted that this year’s show was not judged to encourage more people to participate. The show did draw a much larger number of photographs this year, she noted, explaining that digital cameras are making it much easier to make prints for framing and display at the show.

Visitors are welcome to view the art exhibit during regular library hours throughout May. Access to the displays in the community room will be limited to times that meetings are not being held.