An Evening with the Art of the Flower Memorial Library

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Friends of the Flower Memorial Library Announce

“Hidden in Plain Sight: An Evening with the Art of the Flower Memorial Library”

The Friends of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library Board is pleased to present “Hidden in Plain Sight: An Evening with the Art of the Flower Memorial Library.” It will be held Friday, October 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the library, 229 Washington Street, Watertown.

The library, known as one of the most beautiful buildings in all of northern New York, is home to treasures hidden in plain sight. We’re talking about breathtaking and historically significant works of art. Here’s your chance to enjoy a fun-filled art gallery approach to discovering these gems and learning about their rich history – all while you savor fine music, food and cocktails.

A number of local businesses are sponsoring individual pieces of artwork, which will be curated by library staff as well as local artists and historians. Sponsorship opportunities ranging from the $100 to the $1,000 levels are available until Friday, September 14. Reserve your sponsorship level today by contacting Friends President Jayn Graves at 315-782-7604 or

This special event will help raise funds to complete the library’s new “Family Floor,” an area designed to better serve our patrons. It will be located on the main floor and will include a family computer area, a children’s reading, craft and story time space, a teen room and a meeting facility.

Tickets are available for purchase at the library, from Friends board members, and online at The cost is $40 per person for general admission and $30 per person for Friends. There will be an opportunity for people to sign up for a Friend membership at the event.

In addition to exploring the exceptional works of art, attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Savory Downtown, a cash bar and music by pianist Deltra Willis. There will be a rare opportunity to visit a room dedicated to the Daughters of the American Revolution, which features one of the few existing portraits of Martha Washington.

About the Sponsors

To date, sponsors for “Hidden In Plain Sight: An Evening with the Art of the Flower Memorial Library” include the Cascanet Family, Northern New York Community Foundation, Watertown Savings Bank, RBC Wealth Management, The Morgia Group at HighTower, Renzi Foodservice, Bridgeview Real Estate Services, Samaritan Medical Center, The Couch Group at UBS Financial Services, Purcell Construction, Watertown Elks Lodge 496, BCA Architects & Engineers, Timeless Frames, Edward Joy Electric, WWNY-TV 7 News, WNYF Fox 28, MeTV and the Watertown Daily Times.

About the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

Built in 1903, Flower Memorial Library is perhaps best known for the thousands of books it lends out. However, it’s also home to valuable paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The building’s dome creates a three-story rotunda, which is the principle interior feature. The library was erected as a memorial to Watertown’s most prominent son, Roswell P. Flower (1835–1899), the 30th governor of New York. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

About the Friends of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

The Friends of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library is an ever-growing 500 member organization which supports the library. The Friends board is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the resources of the library by organizing fundraising events, book sales and providing gifts and endowments to the library.

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