NEW BRITAIN - Resident Brian Fuchs has on display at the New Britain Public Library drawings, vintage books and comics, and miniature pieces from games he played growing up in the 1970s and 1980s.
For the entire month of July, library, guests who pass through the main hallway in the building will see an exhibit featuring Dungeon & Dragons, “Star Wars” and other icons of fantasy and science fiction.
“I’m glad people are finally appreciating comic book art as real art,” Fuchs said.
Fuchs has been drawing ever since he was about 4 years old. He said his mother and father were artists and always encouraged him to draw.
After not drawing for 20 years, Fuchs said, he found his muse again while visiting the city’s library. He said it’s free, quiet and there’s plenty of source material to keep him inspired.
“I’ll look at my clock it will say 10, and I look again and it’ll say 4,” Fuchs said.
He’s already had four exhibits at the library, and in October he’ll have one at the Plainville Public Library and a showcase at the Berlin Fair.
Last year, Fuchs entered three pieces at the Durham Fair, and to his surprise, he placed near the top.
“I couldn’t believe my simple drawing made it, I was shocked,” he said.
Most of his artwork is detailed pencil drawing, but he said he’s getting into painting.
“I do art because I enjoy it. That’s what art should be,” Fuchs said.
He encourages everyone who is interested in drawing to keep at it, and go to the library or art museums to reignite their artistic flame if it flickers out.
The library is at 20 High St. and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.