Mystic Museum of Art features works by illustrators with local ties

A common denominator between Herbert M. Stoops, Garrett price and Harve Stein is that all three were born in the American West and had summer homes in the Mystic/Noank area. Another unifying characteristic is that all three, graduates of the Art Institute of Chicago, were renowned illustrators in Manhattan — with their respective work appearing in books, pulp magazines, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and The New Yorker. Now, some of these artists' finest pieces are on display at the Mystic Museum of Art in a show called "MMoA and the Golden Age of Illustration." The exhibition includes a 1951 New Yorker cover by Price, an illustration of Stein's utilized in an edition of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Men," and Stoops' "Anno Domini" (shown here), a depiction of World War I refugees that won the 1940 Isidor Medal from The National Academy. The show runs through March 25. Hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. at the museum at 9 Water St., Mystic; (860) 536-7601.

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