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Coney Island fans can appreciate the charms of the beach and boardwalk in a whole new way at an exhibit now on display in the Brooklyn Public Library’s Grand Army Plaza branch.

"Coney Island: Boardwalk Idyll" is an exhibition of paintings by artist Lewis Bryden. The artist began his "Boardwalk Idyll" series in 1980, and has lived in Brooklyn for 14 years.

The paintings on display at the library range from a group of teens intently watching the progress of a pinball wizard to a young woman and child taking a break in a fast food shack. In "Kiosk" (pictured), Bryden paints a young, curvy sunbather against the boardwalk’s stark landscape and sharp-edged shadows in an arresting Edward Hopper-like style.

Curiously, amidst all of these amusements, Bryden’s subjects remain unsmiling. A visitor to the exhibit, however, will certainly be happy to have made the trip.

"Coney Island: Boardwalk Idyll" is on display in the Central Library’s Lobby Gallery through Aug. 21. The exhibition is free and open during regular library hours Tuesday through Saturday.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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