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New Dorp Library's 2011 Art Gallery

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On Wednesday, September 14, over 200 patrons came into New Dorp Library to visit our Art Gallery!

Children, teens, and adults had a blast as they walked around the Library's Community Room exploring all the art that had been created over the past year.

Compared to the last two years, the Art Gallery program really grew this year! We branched out in new ways of expressing artistic talents — breaking away from regular sketches and paintings and embracing 3-dimensional art, as well as sculptures and abstract pieces.

The aspects that really stood out this year were the interactive art stations, which turned the Art Gallery from a viewing space into a great place for everyone to get involved, hang out, and create their own works!

We had a design-a-balloon station, where participants could choose from a selection of pre-blown balloons and draw on them — examples were all over the room — as well as a create-a-plate-face station. We also spent a lot of time using paper plates and recycleable materials to create masks and other things!

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Everyone's favorite station was the photobooth! With 10 originally-designed backgrounds and a collection of hats, masks, eyewear, and other accessories, participants could dress up and take tons of pictures!

This was New Dorp Library's end-of-the-summer bash, which also tied into the Library's Summer Reading celebration. The Library has done this for the past three years and hopes to do it for many more! It's an amazing feeling to watch as all these strangers and friends view one another's artwork and create connections to it!

Check out more pictures from this year's Art Gallery!

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