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SEPTEMBER 2007 ART EXHIBIT

Jacques Antoine Dorcely and Francois-Ricles Gracia

The work of two Haitian artists will be on display this month. Some of the paintings deal with life, history and customs on the Island of Haiti. In vivid colors they represent the joy, dignity and the hard work of the people on the Island. Dr. Gracia's painting of Toussaint L'Ouverture complements Mr. Dorcely's recently published book, The TamTam Is Still Inspiring, Toussaint L'Ouverture: A Missing Hero from American History, which is the story of L'Ouverture's involvement with the Louisiana purchase. Both artists currently live on Long Island, Mr. Dorcely, a resident of Wading River, is a writer, artist and school psychologist. Dr. Gracia is a practicing physician and artist whose paintings have been displayed in many national and international galleries. The Friends of the Library will host a reception on Saturday, September 8, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM when Mr. Dorcely will also be available for signing of his book.

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Dream and Fantasy
by Jacques Antoine Dorcely
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Saga of Destiny
by Jacques Antoine Dorcely
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Other Side of the Coin
by Francois-Ricles Gracia
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Marketplace
by Francois-Ricles Gracia
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In the Glass Case: A Collection of Dolls by Ayoe Reilly

Ms. Reilly, a long time resident of Long Island, started collecting dolls after she was given her first doll as a child in Buffalo. The collection grew rapidly with her mother bringing back authentic foreign dolls from every visit to New York. Ms. Reilly's love for dolls continued to expand while she was on a trip to Europe in 1947, bringing home colorful dolls from each country. Some of her favorites are 2 small Swedish dolls in traditional clothing. Ms. Reilly's husband, a sea captain, completed this large collection with international dolls in colorful costumes. This exhibit represents one woman's love for dolls over a lifetime.
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All works reproduced with permission from the artist.