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Collage by Simi Berman.

The Arts

Paintings, collages of Simi Berman on display at library in Newfane

NEWFANE—For the month of July, The Crowell Gallery at Moore Free Library, 23 West St., presents “Foreign Elements,” a collection of collages and paintings by Simi Berman.

“Working as an illustrator for many years, I began to notice the possibilities of liberating paint from its boundaries while illustrating an Italian Christmas story for children,” Berman wrote in 2000.

“Painting in an improvisational way has become an absorbing challenge. It is like walking a tightrope, with nothing much to hold onto. A further challenge is provided by introducing ‘foreign’ elements into the composition, (i.e., found objects, pieces of printed paper, etc.) and attempting to incorporate them into the whole by painting an environment in which they will find a harmonious home.”

The gallery is open during regular library hours — Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call the library at 802-365-7948.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #517 (Wednesday, July 3, 2019). This story appeared on page B6.

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