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Beginning with a Labor Day Weekend reception on Saturday, September 3 from 3 to 5PM, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host an exhibition of artworks by Danielle Mailer and Ani Jenkins. Encompassing paintings and sculpture in aluminum and wood, both artist’s work explores women’s voices and experiences in society through their artistic expression, which are complementary in their movement and sinuous qualities. The exhibition will remain on display through Friday October 7. For more information, call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org/art-wall.  63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031. Hours: Tues & Thurs 10-5, Fri 3-7, Sat 10-1.

Like the mortar in an elaborate mosaic, Danielle Mailer’s lines and curves, in both her paintings and sculptures in this exhibition, are an echo and celebration of her mother Adele’s Peruvian heritage. Her late father, Norman Mailer, always said, “paint what you know,” which Danielle does here in her elaborate imagery of animated psychedelic animal spirits. An arts instructor at Salisbury School, Danielle lives with her husband, musician Peter McEachern, in Goshen, and has public murals in Torrington, Boston, New York City, St. Petersburg, FL and other places. She has just completed her largest free-standing sculpture to date, an aluminum ten-foot dog and a five-foot cat permanently installed at Our Companions, an animal sanctuary in Ashford, CT.

Intrigued by the unique patterns, colors and inclusions found naturally in wood, sculptor Ani Jenkins creates worlds infused with deep mystical themes, a melding of reality and dreams. The Falls Village artist, not long ago relocated from the San Francisco area, has been exploring her medium since the 1990s and is finding new inspiration in the natural beauty of the Northeast, far from her native home in the west.

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