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TogetherAlone at Hudson Park: Art Made in Libraries


TogetherAlone, a show of forty brilliant drawings by Drew Martin, occupies the walls of the Hudson Park Reference Room Gallery during March and April.

This is a show that needs to be seen up close. With frames, the drawings only measure six inches across, but they will make you smile and think. Many offer a different way to look at relationships between people and animals and also between the colors black and white. The drawings explore the overlapping feelings of unity and solitude, according to the artist, and each one is a surprise.

One surprise is where the art was made, in the Czech Republic and in the very room where they are displayed. Mr. Martin found the light and quiet of the room conducive to producing his art.

Which got me to thinking about all the art made in libraries.

I know of screenwriters and artists who work in Hudson Park. Actors rehearse here. The Swedish writer Hakan Nesser wrote much of his novel The Worms of Carmine Street in Hudson Park's reference room. And innumerable children draw and make books on our second floor.

Drew Martin is the Director of the Museum of Peripheral Art.


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