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Picayune library to offer art displays

Local art will soon decorate the walls of Holland Hall in the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library.
The Pearl River County Arts League and the Friends of the Library have worked together to allow local artists to display their work in Holland Hall, a space which is frequently used for community meetings and library events, said Valerie Livengood, an arts league member and Friends of the Library Board member.
Almost 20 local artists are interested in displaying their work in the space, said Livengood. The art will be available for purchase and the library will receive a commission from any art sales, said Livengood. In the initial year, there will only be a few exhibits to see how the display works, said Livengood.
“We have a lot of really talented people around here and I think it adds a lot to our local culture,” said Livengood.
There were many logistical details to work out before art could be exhibited for sale in the library and the two groups have been working together for months to make the project possible, said Livengood.
A reception for the art exhibit will be held at the end of the Friends of the Library “What’s Hot and What’s Not in Antiques and Collectibles,” program on Sunday Feb. 16. The program begins at 2 p.m. in Holland Hall.
Local vendors familiar with antiques will explain what antiques are currently popular and discuss antique items like costume jewelry, glassware and tools, said Friends of the Library Chair Linda Hanberry.
People attending the event are encouraged to bring their own old items to share with attendees, said Hanberry.