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Local Artist Debuts New Painting at Perkins Observatory

July 25, 2001

[ Perkins Observatory Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan's Perkins Observatory hosts the first public showing of a major new work by internationally known artist and Delaware resident Sam Lira. Lira has consented to exhibit his stunning 6' x 9' painting of the solar system at the observatory for a short time.

The painting will be unveiled by the artist at a special program on Thursday, July 26, starting at 9 p.m. at Perkins Observatory, which is located on U.S. Rt. 23, 12 miles north of I-270 and three miles south of Delaware.

After Lira unveils his painting, the observatory staff will conduct tours and a short planetarium-style show using the facility's new computer projection system. If skies are clear, there will also be viewings of Mars and other astronomical objects using the observatory's Schottland Reflecting Telescope. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free of charge to the public, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a space, call 740-363-1257.