The Mark Twain Library will present its  50th Anniversary Mark Twain Library Art Show from Dec. 3 to 11. This year, in addition to both the hanging gallery and the online exhibition, the Friday Night preview reception returns  as well as the closing ceremony featuring the Joel Barlow Chamber Singers.

The ticketed Golden Jubilee Preview Reception, which takes place Friday, Dec. 2, is a dazzling evening affair to view and buy the artwork – as well as bid on artwork donated to the Silent Auction – and also mingle in the library with neighbors and cocktails.  The closing day festivities on Sunday,  Dec. 11, which are back after a two-year hiatus, are another way to celebrate the musical talents of the local youth.

The 50th Anniversary Art Show attracted a record 230-plus artists to enter with more than 150 selected to be part of the ultimate show. The show will hang on panels throughout the Library’s rotunda as well as on its walls amid the stacks of books from Saturday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 11 and the Library will remain open to the public throughout. All works are for sale and will be available for viewing and purchasing both in person and in a Virtual Gallery. The library retains a 35% commission on the sales. All proceeds from the Friday evening Silent Auction, which features electronic bidding on artwork donated by many of the artists, go directly to support the Library.

The Mark Twain Library is owned by the Mark Twain Library Association and is partially funded by the town of Redding. It was founded in 1908 by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain himself – one of Redding’s most celebrated residents. It is located at 439 Redding Road, Redding CT 06896. For more information about the 50th Anniversary Mark Twain Library Art visit or call 203-938-2545.

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