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Art show to benefit Norcross House

By Danielle Paine

Reminder Assistant Editor

EAST LONGMEADOW - Art is a beautiful thing, especially for supporters of the Norcross House who hope to draw a record crowd for their second annual art show fund-raiser.

By exhibiting the paintings, tapestry and sculptures of more than 25 local artists, the Norcross House Board of Directors will attempt to raise money for the improvements to their arts center, located in the carriage house of the restored Victorian mansion.

"Our intention is to have a beautiful working art center to not only let artists exhibit their work but to teach art to students there," explained Mary Sherrie of the Norcross House Board of Directors. "We have a lot of good intentions but we need to get the support of the town."

Although the foundation of an art and cultural center has been established at the site, Sherry explained that more money is needed to make the space look polished and exhibit-friendly. Admission fees from this weekend's event will go towards the purchase of track lighting, flooring and other interior renovations.

Sherry said that anyone looking for a unique Mother's Day gift or decor for their home is being encouraged to stop by and browse the wide variety of creative mediums from well-known local artists.

"I think people are looking for this type of venue," Sherry said about establishing the venue as a local arts and cultural center. "There is a lot of local people who do good craftsmanship and we would like to get the word out."

Art on display May 5, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and May 6, 1 - 5 p.m. will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Mary Sherry at 525-2025.