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Artist presents book signing at WAC

By Alyssa Crouse (on behalf of the Westport Arts Center)

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Susan Malloy, the Westport artist who has given much to arts organizations in the town of Westport and beyond, has new work on exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. Malloy, now a youthful 88, has written and illustrated a book called “A Young Person’s Guide to Paris” after her trip to Paris a year ago with her family and grandchildren, ages 10 and 17. The sketches that are reproduced in the book are currently presented in the WAC Project Space, organized and curated by Helen Klisser During, now through June 3.

Malloy’s artistic talent has been visible for many years in the Westport community. She has exhibited at Westport Historical Society, Westport Public Library, Harvard Public Library, and Earthplace, among other venues. Her newest exhibition focuses on small sketches.

“I drew the sketches during a week in Paris, and then had the idea to make a book with one simple paragraph for each of them,” said Malloy. “I included places like the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral. It was not to be a guidebook but a guide of what is important to see for a first-time visit to Paris by a young person or any one who has not previously been there. I wanted to share my memories of the places I had fallen in love with.”

Malloy will be signing copies of the book on Thursday, April 19, 3pm, during an Afternoon Tea Celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

Helen Klisser During, WAC’s director of visual arts, who organized the show said, “I invited Susan for a small exhibition of her newest body of work for three very important reasons: She is one of Westport Arts Center’s longest-serving and most committed Artist Members for more than 40 years; she is an alumnus of Skidmore College, whose Tang Museum Curator, Ian Berry, served as the juror for our 2012 SOLOS Exhibition running concurrently with this show; and, most importantly, Susan has an original, authentic, and fresh voice that is very apparent in her Paris sketches.”

While maintaining an active role in the Westport Arts Center since its early days, and providing the leadership support in the organization’s move to its current home on 51 Riverside Avenue, Malloy also was a key person in making the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection a reality. That fine art collection assures that generations of Westport school children are exposed to fine art every day, in every school building. For Westport Public Library, she provided the funding for the annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts, often times presented in association with WAC. As a result, cultural Icons such as Arthur Miller, Joshua Bell, Phillipe de Montebello, the Christos, Roz Chast, and Bill Collins have appeared in Westport in the past few years.

The Westport Arts Center is a visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. The Westport Arts Center is supported with funds from the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, 4th Row Films, Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Gault, Inc., Greenwich Medical Skincare & Laser Spa, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, Andrew J. & Christine C. Hall Foundation, Melissa & Doug, Mitchell's of Westport, Moffly Media, New Alliance Bank, Newman’s Own Foundation, Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Riverside Management Group, LLC, Robinson and Cole, LLP, Sun Hill Foundation, Thomas C. Hofstetter of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Resources, Westport Sunrise Rotary, Young Voices Program, Xerox Foundation, and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070, Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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