Mercer Island library to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day with art exhibit

The Mercer Island Library will show an art exhibition of Maria Frank Abrams’ works in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) from April 1-30.

Abrams (1924-2013), a renowned artist and Mercer Island resident, survived brutal Nazi death camps during World War II. After liberation, she obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Washington.

“Being a painter is living — it is my life,” she said, as art helped her survive the darkness and find beauty in the world.

This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on April 24. Next month, the library will celebrate Abrams’ art with a curated collection of her work in collaboration with Sydney Abrams and the Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL).

The library will also have an “Exhibition Opening and Art Afternoon” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.

Opening remarks will be from 1:30-2 p.m., followed by art demonstrations and hands-on art for all ages, including print making, button making, coloring and origami.

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