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October 24, 2013

Londonderry artists plan autumn show

LONDONDERRY — Two Londonderry artists will join together to put their work in the spotlight.

Elaine Farmer joins with Michael James Toomy for an “Imagine” art exhibit and opening reception on Nov. 2 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Coffeeberries, 4 Orchard View Drive.

The night includes music provided by the Self-Righteous Brothers Acoustic Jam.

Both Farmer and Toomy have received honors for their artistic work. Farmer has been honored nationally for her work, including being juried in the Paint in the Parks exhibit that supports fundraising for the U.S. National Park Servcies.

She also recently licensed a piece to ABC/Disney Studios to be used as a furnishing in the new ABC drama series “Betrayal.” Last month, Farmer released a book, “Harmonious Color Schemes: A No-Nonsense Approach Using the Color Wheel.”

Her work is currently on exhibit at the East Colony Fine Art Gallery in Manchester.

Toomy has been involved with Live Nation’s Rock and Art charity event in Boston, where his portrait of musician Mark Knopfler was sold to actress Glenn Close. He has also created works for Amnesty International and MooreMart, an organization that supports soldiers and their families around the world.

Both Farmer and Toomy work through the Londonderry Arts Council, both with different styles, but working together to support local artisan groups and efforts.

Farmer studied classical techniques in art and Toomy, with experience as a songwriter and musician, was influenced by the power and ability of great songwriting lyrics to put down in his work as experiences and inspiration.

Visitors to the opening reception can meet both artists, and enjoy music and other special treats. The art exhibit remains on display at Coffeeberries through Dec. 31.

Visit Farmer at whitebirchfineart.com. Toomy and his work are available at londonderryfineart.com or through Facebook.

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