SOMERVILLE, NJ - Art work by Diana Patton, “Flora, Fauna, and Whatever Took My Fancy” will be on display during April and May at the Somerville Library.

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s branch in Somerville is located at 35 West End Ave.

The winner of four Grumbacher Medallions will exhibit her work during April and May in the Ray Taub Reading Room.

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Patton, winner of four Grumbacher Medallions has been influenced by her travels and those experiences.throughout Australia and New Zealand, Kenya and Tanzania, and Japan. She obtained special permission to paint Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, France. In the US, she is fond of Maine, Vermont, and her own backyard. “I love my garden, the flora, and the animals who wander around the yard.”

Patton is an admitted “photoholic.” She has translated numerous photos of gardens, landscapes,animals, and even fish into watercolor paintings that hang in public and private collections in the  and around the world.

Patton says, "My eyes are constantly delighted with what's around me, colors and light and dark patterns, fishes with different expressions - really!, flowers and vines, and warm porches with windsocks and flags, and my brain swims with ideas and paintings I want to paint - and stories to write and illustrate. There is never enough time, but there is always so much wonder!"

In addition to the art exhibit, Patton will present two programs at SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library  branch. On April 9,1-2:30 p.m., she will read her books “Charlemange to the Rescue” and “Rocking Out to Sea” in the Children’s Room. After the reading, children will work with Patton to create their own stories. Patton’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

On April 16, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Patton will present “Painting - and writing - my way through life.”  The discussion will be include samples of different watercolor techniques and light refreshments.

For more information, visit SCLSNJ.org or call 908-725-1336.