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Fine art show is coming to Mt. Pleasant Public Library

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Cami DiBattista | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt Pleasant Public Library Director Mary Lou Schick of Mt Pleasant Township gathers some of the art that has been submitted in preparation for 'Art and Soul, a Fine Art Show.' The fundraiser, which begins Saturday and runs through July 15, is sponsored by the Friends of the Mt Pleasant Public Library. All art will be available for purchase.

An art show fundraiser will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Public Library beginning Saturday.

Titled “Art and Soul, A Fine Art Show,” the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, and it will feature a variety of artwork from local artists.

An opening reception will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Patrons are invited to visit the library and browse the array of art that will be available for purchase.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The show will run through July 15 during regular library hours.

“An art show is very appropriate for this area,” said Phyllis Shumar, a borough resident and an artist who will participate in the event.

“Mt. Pleasant is quite a diverse town. We have a lot of talent here. This is a chance for us to show what our community has to offer,” she added.

Approximately 20 local artists were asked to participate in the event by contributing three original pieces to be displayed. More than 30 submissions have been collected so far, with more coming in daily.

A wide variety of mediums will be represented including: oil and acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, graphics and photography.

A portion of the sale from each item will support the library's summer reading program for local children, said Mary Lou Shick, the library's director and a Mt. Pleasant Township resident.

“I think it's a wonderful idea,” she said. “It's a new event for us, so it's a learning experience, but the cultural exposure is great.”

The show will also serve as a commemorative event to honor the late Michael R. Comfort, who worked as an art teacher for Mt. Pleasant Area School District and whose creativity inspired generations of students.

Several event participants had taken art classes with Comfort.

“His artistic legacy lives on through many local artists,” said Mary Jo Baker, who is one of the leaders of the publicity and website committees for the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library.

Commemorative items created by Comfort will be displayed at the library for the duration of the event.

“I thought it would be fun to bring a little more culture to Mt. Pleasant,” said Nancy Sebek, a borough resident and president of the Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library.

Sebek said when she brought the idea of an art show to the “Friends,” the group was immediately in favor of sponsoring the event.

“We're hoping the show really takes off so we can make it an annual event,” Sebek said.

Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer.