OCL celebrates an Ocean County art hero

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host a special retrospective exhibit by local art luminary Francis J. McGinley, in the Toms River branch galleries during November

The exhibit features two separate collections of watercolor paintings centered on historical themes.  In the McConnell Gallery, “Americana” commemorates our nation’s monuments, landscapes, pastimes, and people.  “The War Room” – highlighting key scenes from World War II, the Holocaust, Korea and Vietnam – will be on display in the branch’s Second Floor Gallery until the end of the month.

A recent recipient of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for Art, Francis J. McGinley has garnered worldwide recognition for his award-winning paintings and illustrations.   A contributor to the permanent collections of West Point Military Academy, the United States Pentagon, and the British War Museum in London, he has also exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute and the Korean War Memorial.  Since 1996, he has served as president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Art Professionals League (NJAAPL). 

In 2012, McGinley joined with American History Press to publish Let Us Never Forget: Stories and Paintings of World War II.  Based on interviews with World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors, Let Us Never Forget presents first-person narratives of war alongside McGinley’s full-color illustrations, many of which are included in the “War Room” exhibit.  Copies of Let Us Never Forget are available for viewing in the Hugh B. Wheeler Reading Room reference collection.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 xt. 5112, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

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