“Fantasy within Toy Theaters” at the Library Gallery

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As a past collector of 19th century toy theaters Sandra Winter still has a passion for the art and craft. Ms. Winter has designed and created a version of theatrical scenes combined with a story theme to complete the illusion for her “Fantasy within Toy Theaters” exhibit.

Toy theaters were a popular form of drawing room entertainment in the Victorian era. One can “cut-out” objects from a flat image as if you were making a scrap-book. This 200-year old art form was most popular in countries with fine color printing presses. Many paper theater productions were printed to promote actual theater houses and the actual productions mounted there.

This past April the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut presented a Toy Theater workshop to “create the grandest of tales with the simplest of means.” Recently re-discovered by artists, performers, and puppeteers as a brilliant means of creating do-it-yourself or professional puppet shows, Toy Theater has experienced a 21st-century revival.

Visit The Gallery this July to enjoy and appreciate Sandra’s imaginative ideas and skill using original toy theater prosceniums, curtains, backgrounds, figures, paper and paint to complete her “Fantasy within Toy Theaters” exhibit.

Exhibits at The Gallery at the Southington Library are on display during the regular business hours of the library, Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is located on the main level by the café.

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