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Artist with local roots to help raise funds for Keene Library

— An artist with connections to the North Country is using his talents to help out the Town of Keene Library.

Throughout the summer, Lewis Bruce, a native who grew up on the Ausable River between Keene and Upper Jay, will be selling his artwork, poetry and other items during the Sunday Farmer’s Markets at the Holt House, which is located at Marcy Field, where the market takes place.

“We are pleased that they would think of us and support us in our fundraiser,” library secretary Donna Austin said.

Bruce, who is a veteran of the Korean War and worked for technology companies Vitro Research and Bell Systems, including work on satellite and television technology, and broadcasts of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, said that his love for art originated in the region.

“Growing up in the Adirondack High Peaks area, I was always fascinated by the way the sky and the mountains were constantly changing minute-by-minute and season-by-season,” he said. “Even wildlife seen in one setting would change dramatically when seen in another place and time. Responding to these constantly changing colors as time, weather and temperature varied is why I enjoy doing wildlife and landscape paintings, often combining both in one drawing.”

Bruce added that his poetry also comes from his upbringing.

“The poetry that I write… is still a media for me to express the beauty of the world around me,” he said. “To me, the rhythm and rhyme of poetry is no different than the hue and saturation of color.”

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