Alain Picard will judge Mark Twain Library's highly esteemed art show this year. A preview gala event will open the 43rd annual Mark Twain Library Art Exhibition and Sale on Friday, Dec. 4. The juried Art Show will be open to the public during extended library hours through Sunday, Dec. 13. Alain says, "Judging is the fine balance between identifying technical skill and unique artistry. I tend to have a little criteria that I try to develop that combines the technical competence and excellence of execution on the basis of some definable skills, and the artist's unique vision, artistic style and ability to convey a specific mood or idea."
Alain will be presenting an artist's demonstration, Inside the Studio, at the library on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. He went to Cambodia as part of a relief trip with the Walnut Hill Community Church. He will be doing a whole collections of paintings based on that project. Cambodia survived a genocide, and this is part of a broader story he will tell of the people and places, and beauty revealed in the midst of brokenness. To view more of Alain's work, visit www.picardstudio.com.