Society

A night in the gallery

Art, rare books draw browsers to library


Hostess Annette Stone gives history of paintings hanging on walls of Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library. Painting at left is Mrs. Patterson herself. The library namesake lived in Rockdale as a young girl. Hostess Annette Stone gives history of paintings hanging on walls of Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library. Painting at left is Mrs. Patterson herself. The library namesake lived in Rockdale as a young girl. The Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library became an art gallery and book museum Thursday evening.

An “Art Walk” was sponsored by Friends of the Library and the Library Board. It featured 22 paintings from the Patterson Collection of library benefactor the late Dr. George Patterson.

Also on display were numerous rare books and letters from Dr. Patterson’s collection.

Most prized item is a letter from George Washington, exonerating Timothy Brinleymount, who was thought to be a Tory (British sympathizer) but who actually served as an American spy throughout the American Revolution.

Many first editions were also on display during the event.

The Art Walk is one of a series of Thursday evening cultural programs scheduled throughout the year at the library.



‘Mont St. Michel’ is a favorite of city library patrons. ‘Mont St. Michel’ is a favorite of city library patrons.

The library’s rarest treasure, letter written by George Washington clearing an American spy during revolution. It’s kept under lock and key and only displayed during special occasions. The library’s rarest treasure, letter written by George Washington clearing an American spy during revolution. It’s kept under lock and key and only displayed during special occasions.

First edition of poet Walt Whitman’s American classic ‘Leaves of Grass’ displayed. First edition of poet Walt Whitman’s American classic ‘Leaves of Grass’ displayed.

Reporter photos by Sue Brown Reporter photos by Sue Brown

It was a ‘walking tour’ as participants visited all comers for commentary from Stone and Librarian Melanie Todd (right and second from right) It was a ‘walking tour’ as participants visited all comers for commentary from Stone and Librarian Melanie Todd (right and second from right)

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