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Local Artist, Allen Kazmerski’s “Holiday Cards from Paintings and More,” Exhibit Now through January, 20

The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce a new arts exhibition “Holiday Cards from Paintings and More” by local artist Allen Kazmerski, now through January 30th 2022, in the library’s Community Room gallery at 10 Waverly Place, Little Falls. During the regular library hours, patrons and community members will be invited to peruse the festive scenes and further additional non-seasonal tableaus put forth in Mr. Kazmerski’s latest painting collection.The Community Room art gallery space is wheelchair-accessible and there are no admission fees for this exhibition. Many of the paintings will also be available for purchase by the public at-large.
Mr. Kazmerski turned his focus to the visual arts, after his retirement seven years ago. He found that his lifelong appreciation of architecture and natural beauty served as training for the artist’s eye and encourages others to see those experiences in that way, as the first step in the practice of painting. Allen still considers himself new to the craft, still experimenting with different subject matters for his art. Landscapes and still-lifes, boats and trains, pianos and his grandchildren, he finds himself open to the entire world’s worth of inspiration for his creative output. He finds his time at the easel to be a state of near-meditation, of being lost in the scenery, lost in the process, relaxed within the flow of the creation. For Allen, a painting is not just about the beauty or the craft, but also indeed a form of self-care. He is of the opinion that the art of painting could help many others as well to stop for even a few minutes at a time to balance themselves and breathe.
In terms of this particular latest show’s worth of pieces, Mr. Kazmerski credits his friend Mena Cerone with the inspiration for this theme. He was impressed with a holiday greeting card that she had painted, and was inspired to paint holiday themes that were turned into holiday greeting cards for family and friends. Those pieces eventually culminated in this newest mostly-holiday-themed art show.
For more information on this and other upcoming library events, you can visit the Little Falls Public Library’s website at https://www.lflibrary.org, check out the library’s Facebook homepage at http://www.facebook.com/littlefallslibrary and the library’s Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/lflibrary/or contact by phone at 315-823-1542. The Little Falls Public Library appreciates this opportunity to share local arts and culture with the community!
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Art Exhibit Coming Soon

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Art Exhibit: Allen Kazmerski

In December and January, the Library will host an exhibit by local artist, Allen Kazmerski. His show, entitled, “Holiday Cards from Paintings,” features many of his personal favorites: realistic pastoral scenes, children, and glimpses of everyday familiar scenes.

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Wednesday, July 14th at 2pm

by Mike Cecconi

The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce an in-person reading by author, activist, and historian Deirdre Sinnott from her brand-new novel of historical fiction “The Third Mrs. Galway” on Wednesday, July 14th at 2 PM in the library’s Community Room. It will be a free event, open to the general public, with light refreshment provided and copies of Ms. Sinnott’s novel available for purchase after her presentation.

Originally from nearby Clinton NY, Deirdre Sinnott is an independent scholar, filmmaker, author, and activist whose career in history and the arts began with a fine arts degree in theatre from Syracuse University. She is currently a historical consultant and researcher for the Fort Stanwix Underground Railroad History Project while also working on a book of non-fiction about the American Abolition movement and the Underground Railroad and lecturing on the lingering effects of racial injustice on our society. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Utica’s Observer-Dispatch, the Catskill Review of Books, and Hippocampus Magazine, with her work for Hippocampus receiving a nomination for The Pushcart Prize and publication in its Selected Memories anthology. As a filmmaker, Sinnott has also directed two award-winning documentaries, “23 Reasons Why 23 Years Is Enough” and “Multiple Injuries”. She currently resides in New York State, splitting time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains.

“The Third Mrs. Galway” is Ms. Sinnott’s first work in the historical novel genre, building from her deep experience with documentary filmmaking and non-fiction writing. The story takes place in 1830s Utica, as the abolitionist movement grows throughout the American North, the bubbling of the movement toward slavery’s abolition and Civil War, as the Underground Railroad formed to aid escaped slaves on their flight to freedom in Canada. It’s inside this stew of oppression and social changes the main character, the newlywed Mrs. Galway, stumbles into upon discovering two runaway slaves hiding on her husband’s property. She finds herself, as so many were in that time, torn between her moral, legal, ethical, and marital duties in the face of these refugees. Does she do what is legally correct? Morally right? Can she deal with the consequences that can come with either of those decisions? Aided and hindered by a diverse cast of characters, against a very real setting of upheaval in early-to-mid 1800s Utica, the new Mrs. Galway must make a choice and figure out how to live with that choice. This is what Ms. Sinnott will share with the Little Falls Public Library audience in her reading and presentation on Wednesday, July 14th.

For more information on this or other upcoming events, you can visit the LF library’s website at https://www.lflibrary.org, check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/littlefallslibrary, or call 1-315-823-1542. The Little Falls Public Library appreciates the opportunity to share history and culture with the local community live and in person and hopes to see you there!

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