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See Melissa Hood's Sweet Dreams Sandcastle Art at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

originally published: 06/18/2024

See Melissa Hood

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(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to feature "Sweet Dreams Sandcastle Illustrations" by New Jersey artist and children's author Melissa Hood, June 24 through August 31, 2024. Patrons and visitors can meet Melissa during her Artist Reception in the Branch on Tuesday, July 9 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

The display in the McConnell Gallery is a celebration of summertime life at the Jersey Shore, consisting of illustrations contained in Melissa’s 2023 children’s book Sweet Dreams Sandcastle.

On her website, Melissa describes her bright, richly textured works as “original whimsical art” that has been displayed at venues throughout the region and marketed worldwide.

She attracted widespread notice through her “100 Shore Things” project of 2021-22, completing 100 coastal-themed paintings in as many days with the cooperation of local residents, businesses, photographers and the Point Beach Arts Committee.

The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. No registration is required. “Sweet Dreams Sandcastle Illustrations” can be viewed during normal Branch operating hours. For more information, stop by the OCL Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, call (732) 349-6200 or visit https://theoceancountylibrary.org/events.



 
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