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Monday, August 25, 2014

Shuttered Max’s to Host One-Day Pop-Up Art Show

Max’s Art Supplies, scheduled to shut its doors Sunday after 59 years of serving the town’s legendary arts community, is not going quietly into that good night.

Local artist Amy Kaplan said that Max’s, at 68 Post Road East, will reopen its doors for one last time on Friday, Sept. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a “juried, pop-up art exhibit featuring the works of some of the area’s most talented artists.”

Dubbed “Westport Area Artists Celebrate Max’s,” the event has been made possible, says Kaplan, by the support from Shirley Mellor, Max’s owner and Max Kaplan’s widow; Nina Royce, a longtime employee; John Hartwell, chairman of the Westport Town Democratic Committee; the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA); Parkway Liquor; and Rockwell Art and Framing.

“Since 1956, Max’s Art Supplies has offered a comprehensive inventory of quality art supplies along with a place for artists to find encouragement, advice, and each other,” said Kaplan. “They have also offered artists the opportunity to show their work in Max’s front windows at the foot of Main Street and Post Road.”

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