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Norwalk Library Features 'Whimsical' Art Work Of Mary Backer

The Norwalk Public Library is featuring the Whimsical artwork of Mary Backer for the rest of the month of June in the Main Reading area. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed
'Whimsical" artwork of Norwalk native Mary Becker Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Public Library is featuring the art work of Mary Backer for the rest of the month of June in the main reading area.

There will be an artist’s reception at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

Backer characterizes her acrylic paintings as whimsical. She has learned to look at her environment with a different perspective, seeing landscapes in layers, with details never noticed before suddenly in the forefront. 

“I’m more aware of the colors of a sunset, or the different shades of green in the grass, or the blue in the water, even the black of night is different now,” Backer said. 

To fully appreciate her paintings, Backer asks her viewers to step away from reality for a moment to immerse themselves in the scene before them, much like one steps into a different world when reading a work of fiction. 

A native of Norwalk, Backer changed her creative focus from cake decorating to painting in 2014, when she began taking classes in acrylic painting at the newly opened Muse Paint Bar in South Norwalk. 

She considers herself a muse ambassador and has embarked on a tour with a goal of painting in each of the 16 current muse studios along the East Coast.

When not painting, she is a job coach for adults with cognitive disabilities at Goodwill Industries. She also enjoys singing in the Norwalk Community Chorale and swimming at the gym. 

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, at (203) 899-2780, Ext 15133, e-mail clahey@norwalkpubliclibrary.org or click here. 

The Norwalk Public Library is at 1 Belden Ave.

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