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Friday March 27th - Opening Event - 7pm - 9pm

Sat & Sun (closed 4/5 for Easter - gallery open before/after presentations) 12noon - 5pm

Wednesday - 12noon to 3pm

Thursday & Friday - 5pm to 8pm

Presentations include

(all given by curator of the event, Marc Moorash):

Art Young and His Vision of American Folklore

Sunday April 12th, 2015 at 2pm

The Bethel Historical Society recently restored the unpublished manuscript of Types of the Old Home Town -

a project  that Art Young was constantly modifying,

illustrating and shopping to publishers in the years before

his death in 1943.  A collection of characters and caricatures, full of honor and memory for small-town America, Young considered this his greatest achievement in the legacy of Americana life.  Join us for an exploration of the images from Types, some of the stories behind them, some rarely-seen images, a bit on Art Young’s family and a celebration of the nearly forty years the “Dean of American Cartoonists” and “Bethel’s Ambassador to New York” resided here, and built his art gallery, in Bethel CT.  This will be an afternoon full of subtle humor in the way only Art Young could write.

Art Young and the American Soldier

Sunday April 19th, 2015 at 2pm

Of all the causes that Art Young leant his name to, one of his strongest outcries was against the way veterans were treated upon their return from World War I.  From providing artwork for pamphlets such as Hello Buddy (which was sold on the street by returning soldiers who could not find work), to hiring an army of veterans to sell his magazine Good Morning in New York City (for which they received more than a handsome portion of the sales), Art Young was determined to not let their need, go unheeded.  While he was staunchly anti-war, especially for what he saw as the monetary reasons behind entering the fray, Art Young realized that the same interests who lauded the soldiers upon embarking, turned their backs when the boys came back home - and this is not something he could stand by quietly, and abide.

Art Young on Trial for His Life

Sunday April 26th, 2015 at 2pm

In 1914, the Associated Press sued Art Young and Max Eastman for libel, for claiming that the AP was covering up the details of the coal miner strike in West Virginia.  Realizing that a trial would actually reveal their cover-up, the AP eventually dropped the case.  But a couple of years later, Art Young and three other journalists would be put on trial under The Espionage Act, for speaking up about the government being controlled by the wealthy who wanted the United States to enter World War I.  Join us to see how many of Art Young’s cartoons from 100 years ago, could be published today, with just as much relevance and poignancy.

Friday March 27th through Sunday April 26th, 2015  -  Art Young’s Third Gallery Show