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Visit Museums In Fairfield And Greenwich Via Skype-A-Docent

an image from a Bruce Museum exhibit Photo Credit: contributed
an image from a Bellarmine Museum exhibit Photo Credit: contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Public Library has two Skype-a-Docent offerings, in early March. Patrons can virtually tour the Bruce Museum and the Bellarmine Museum

A docent will take the group on a private tour via Skype, while patrons sit comfortably in the library's Rotary Room. Skype is a video phone call, but it will be projected onto a large screen at the Library, so participants can view exhibits up close and converse with the docent.

Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Wednesday, March 2 -- Participants will tour the exhibit "And Still We Rise." Through quilts, the exhibit narrates nearly four centuries of African American history -- from the first slave ships to the first African American president and beyond. Forty quilts from Artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network reveal the stories of freedom's heroes, including Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Bellarmine Museum at Fairfield University on Wednesday, March 9 -- This virtual tour will be of the exhibit "Edward Koren: The Capricious Line," a major survey of the artist best known for his cartoons for The New Yorker magazine. The exhibit explores his art over the past five decades: original drawings for cartoons and illustrated books, as well as prints and independent drawings, many never previously shown. The artist's "capricious line" consists primarily of short strokes that create remarkably descriptive and expressive images.

Skype-a-Docent is an extension of the Library’s Homebound Service, that has been delivering library books and other materials to residents for over 20 years. The service is now "delivering" tours of cultural interest to seniors and others who may not be able to travel out of town. Skype-a-Docent tours are brought to two senior living facilities in town. Tours aren't just for seniors, though; they are open to all.

Each session will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library, at 1080 Old Post Rd. The program is free, but registration is requested.

To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit the library website or call 203-256-3160. You can also follow the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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