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Putting the 'art' in heart

Locals display talent at library art show

Southbridge artist Marley Lanctot, 23, had her first art show at the Jacob Edwards Library on Thursday, Jan. 6. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
January 09, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Jacob Edwards Library was home to Southbridge artist Marley Lanctot's first art show Thursday, Jan. 6.

Lanctot, 23, displayed 27 different paintings in watercolor, stencils and charcoal. She is a 2005 graduate of Southbridge High School and a 2009 graduate of University of Hartford, where she majored in illustration.

She describes her most personal piece to be a solemn tribute and Christmas gift to her boyfriend stationed in Afghanistan with the National Guard. The simple piece shows two hands pressed together praying with a cross and dog tags hanging from them with a greenish-brown background.

"I owe my love of art to my high school art teacher, Kathleen Coggins," said Lanctot. "She helped me get a foothold in the art world and helped me get into college. I owe a lot to her. I began drawing in elementary school, but really took it seriously when I got to high school."

She currently works at Sadie Greens and is planning on taking her Massachusetts Test for Educator License, to become an art teacher. She published her first book in June, "Momo's Day," about what her cat does when people aren't around. She brought up the general concept to her mother's fourth-grade class and actually used some of their ideas in the story.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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