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Westport Book Shop Welcomes June Artist Kerstin Rao

The Westport Book Shop is pleased to welcome artist Kerstin Rao as guest exhibitor for the month of June 2022, at the Book Shop’s Drew Friedman Art Place.

Kerstin is exhibiting four art prints of her detailed colored pencil floral drawings, along with a surprise element — QR codes to scan so you can see each piece being created via time-lapse video.

Kerstin’s work is hyper-local. Her pieces begin at the Westport Farmers Market with bouquets from Muddy Feet Flower Farm, which she draws in her Westport home. Next, her hand-drawn paper work is digitally scanned in Westport, and printed in Norwalk.

Kerstin's art business, Vivid Cottage, offers luxury stationery and home goods based on her original artwork, available at, and now also available at the Westport Book Shop.

Kerstin is an artist, educator, entrepreneur, and an improv comedian. Kerstin majored in Fine Art at Vassar, and earned a Master’s degree in Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. She taught thousands of students for more than three decades, including 22 years with the Westport Public Schools, before returning to her first passion, art, during the pandemic. Kerstin also volunteers with the Westport Library, facilitating author panels and book talks, helping to plan events such as WestportReads, and was a founding member of the Westport Maker Faire.

You can see this exhibit at the Westport Book Shop, located at 23 Jesup Road, right across Jesup Green from the Westport Library. The art exhibit is open to the public during the Book Shop’s regular business hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 6pm, and Sundays from Noon to 5pm (closed Mondays). Kerstin's art will be on display through June 30, 2022. All artwork on display is available for purchase.

The Book Shop’s “Drew Friedman Art Place” is an area of the store dedicated to exhibiting the work of community artists year-round, on a rotating basis. Miggs Burroughs, a Trustee of the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, and a founding member of The Artists Collective of Westport, is curating the Book Shop's art exhibits, which change monthly.

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