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Beginning Friday, March 18, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT will host an exhibition of figurative paintings by Robert Cronin.  A reception will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 3 to 5PM.  The exhibition will be on display at the library during operating hours through Friday, May 6, 2022, and may also be seen online beginning March 18 at HuntLibrary.org/Art-Wall where works can be reserved for purchase.  63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031. 860-824-7424.  Hours: Tues & Thurs 10-5, Fri 3-7, Sat 10-1.

About four years ago, Robert Cronin, just before falling asleep at night in his home studio in Falls Village, found himself doing small line drawings in pencil on 8 x 6″ pads of Fabriano paper.  They were like little prayers.  Laying on his side, with the day’s cares and thoughts falling away, he was experiencing a freedom in drawing unlike at any other time.

A figure might start as just a line that suggests the bend of a wrist and would simply go from there into whatever figure wished to be discovered from this.  Only one per night.  Sometimes it was only one continuous line.  Always a nocturnal surprise, usually followed by very good sleep.

From these simple line drawings, only a select few would be considered good enough for scaling up with absolutely no corrections in proportions or details, to canvases in which form and color would come to celebrate these images.  This exhibition represents only these results.

The full exhibition of Robert Cronin’s paintings at the Hunt Library can also be seen virtually at huntlibrary.org/art-wall, beginning on March 18, where works can be reserved for purchase.

Robert Cronin received his degrees at RISD and Cornell University and has taught at Bennington College and Brown University. His work is in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Academy Museum (New York), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).  The artist’s webpage is at robertcroninart.com.

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