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Portraiture Project Celebrates Librarians At Bronxville Reception

One of the portraits in the "F A C E S of Westchester Libraries" exhibit.
One of the portraits in the "F A C E S of Westchester Libraries" exhibit. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Bronxville Public Library is one of two libraries selected to present "F A C E S of the Westchester Libraries," a project celebrating public librarians through portraiture.

Beginning in January 2014, Reilly League artists, working at the Reilly League Studio in White Plains, captured the images of Westchester Library System public librarians in a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal, acrylic, and oil.

According to Michelle Burton, the show organizer and one of the participating artists, “it is infinitely complex and exciting to work with real people who don’t make a living posing for an artist.” Sittings were three hours long, with multiple breaks, and most models returned to the studio twice.

The F A C E S project reflects an appreciation Reilly League of Artists have for public librarians. In promotional information encouraging library staff members to pose, the artists describe libraries as a “source of nourishment for the artist;” how “they provide a tranquil atmosphere for quiet reflection and research; a necessity in today’s frenetic world;” and lastly, “libraries also provide a place where artists show their work.”

The public and public library staff members in Westchester and surrounding counties are invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., which will be held in the Little Gallery on the lower level. F A C E S of the Westchester Libraries will move to the Hendrick Hudson Library in Montrose for the month of August.

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