In an effort to balance the many uses of its Conference Room with the ability of the public to view the art exhibits, the Easton Public Library, in collaboration with the Easton Arts Council, has established new viewing hours. The art in the Conference Room, which generally changes every 6 weeks, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library has seen increased demand recently for people who need a quiet room to work, study, or participate in a Zoom call. Because the Library does not have official study rooms, the Conference Room is the next best thing. Staff members also use the room for breaks or meetings.

“The availability of the room for art viewing has been a slight issue in the past, but the pandemic has brought it to a different level,” said Lynn Zaffino, Library Director. “We are hoping that this new compromise with the Easton Arts Council will work out for all involved.”

Members of the public can still use the Conference Room during the viewing hours, with the understanding that people who want to view the art will have access to the room.

The Library Conference Room is currently hosting Cleo Sonneborn’s exhibit, entitled Ebb & Flo. The next exhibit, A Lifetime of Painting: Watercolors by Joyce Pedersen is scheduled to open on May 17. Joyce was born in Manchester, England and came to America in the 1950’s. She started painting in the 1960’s, first with oils, then with watercolors. She paints what she loves: flowers, still-life scenes, landscapes, and seascapes. A long- time Easton resident, Joyce is a member of Easton Arts Council, The Shelton Art League, and The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN).  Her exhibit will run through June 30.

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