MAHOPAC, N.Y. - What are the qualities that make us human? How do we depict Humanity in art today, and how do we visually communicate values central to human rights? These are the questions that 45 artists grappled with for a show entitled “HUMANITY.”

The exhibit, currently on display in the Third Floor Gallery at Mahopac Library, will remain on view through March 22 and can be visited during regular library hours.

Artwork submitted for the show features a wide variety of media: photography, fabric art, painting, mixed media, watercolor, pyrography, ceramic tile, hemp and beads, hand-drawn computer art, minerals painted on slate, graphite, book art, and a video produced by Mahopac staff member Louis Crisci (“Building a Better World”).

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John Hamburger’s photographs mounted on reclaimed wine crates speak to feelings of despair, loneliness, and solitary meditation. Linda Stern’s fabric art piece, “Mother and Child” conveys the bond between parent and child. Many of the photographs in the show capture a poignant and intimate moment, including Lavinia Wiggins’ image of an individual combing through garbage bins outside a local coffee house (“In Pursuit of…”), and Marcelino Pagan’s “Tender Connection,” which features a young boy feeding pigeons in a park.

The artists participating in this show reside in Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, and Bronx counties, although they all depict the theme of humanity in different ways.

For further information about exhibits at Mahopac Library, visit, or call 845-628-2009, ext. 100.