Colby-Sawyer Will Celebrate Tomie dePaola’s Life Work

tomieNEW LONDON, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer College will celebrate the lifework of former faculty member and internationally renowned author and artist Tomie dePaola in two exhibitions at the Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center, “Tomie dePaola: Then and Now.” The “Then” exhibition this fall will feature his early drawings, paintings and books, along with images of his costume and set designs, from the late 1940s until the mid-1970s.

In fall 2014, the “Now” show will coincide with dePaola’s 80th birthday and highlight his career from 1975 to the present with fine art and book illustrations.

“Tomie dePaola: Then” will open Nov. 7, 2013 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery in the Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and all are welcome. The exhibition will run through Dec. 20, 2013.

dePaola, a New London resident, believes that encouragement and support from his strong family, teachers and mentors, along with an excellent education, were essential for him to thrive and pursue his lifelong passion for the arts. He hopes his upcoming exhibitions at Colby-Sawyer will inspire students and encourage support for a new fine and performing arts center at the college.

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