Robert Birbeck Drawing Exhibit


We are very excited to be hosting a rotating exhibit of pencil sketches by Wells, VT artist Robert Birbeck, opening on Monday November 23rd at the Castleton Free Library. Birbecks drawings represent authors of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. Of the 100 books on the list, there are 75 authors, as some have more than one title on the list. Each week continuing through the beginning of January, twelve different author portraits will be on display, accompanied by copies of their works. Links and lists are posted on the Castleton Free Library webpage and Facebook page.

This work has been exhibited previously at the Provincetown Public Library in Massachusetts and Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, VT. The series emerged after a period during which Birbeck struggled to create new designs for sculpture, his medium of choice. I felt I was repeating myself, and I decided to take a break and began reading, explains Birbeck. After finishing several books from the Modern Library, he began sketching the authors. What began as a rest period from creating new sculpture became a wonderful new experience in itself.

Please stop by for conversation and snacks during an informal reception from 6:00-7:00 pm. on Monday Nov. 23rd, and revisit often. A full display schedule will be available at that time.
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