Dog Ears Bookstore will be offering a free literary and art program for senior citizens. Those 55 and older are invited to participate in the “Around The World” Literary & Art Program that will explore different countries around the world and their authors, artists and culture.

On Wednesday, June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m., join in an exploration of Spain! A literary instructor will introduce participants to the life and work of Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Pablo Neruda. Various works from the authors will be read and reflected on. Following the literary discussion, a local glass artist will guide participants in making their own faux stained glass panel.

On Wednesday, July 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., participants will explore Greece! The literary portion of the program will feature works by Vassilis Vassilikos and Homer and participants will create glass sun catchers based on the colors of the Aegean Sea during the art component of the program.

On Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ireland will be the featured country!  The works of James Joyce and W.B. Yeats will be introduced and discussed. Following the literary portion of the program, a local artist will guide participants in making a piece of art inspired by Irish artist Sean Scully – a shamrock painting in Sean’s minimalist style that will include various textures using metallic paint on black canvas.

The program is limited to 15 participants and is completely free for senior citizens. All class materials will be provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted author’s work will be raffled off among those in attendance.

The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo (near Mercy Hospital). All COVID protocols must be followed including social distancing and mask wearing for those who are not vaccinated. The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required for each session and can be made by calling the Bookstore at 823-2665. More information on fall sessions will be coming soon.

The “Around The World” program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by Arts Services Inc.

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