Duxbury Clipper article May 15, 2025

To boost the artistic and cultural impact of “A Community of Characters” throughout the two-month run, HBG and DFL offer a medley of family-friendly activities that foster insight into Brian’s multi-species books where “everyone gets along.” These enrichment opportunities include an outdoor storybook walk, in-library scavenger hunt, and Lies-focused story hours, as well as educational handouts from Duxbury for All, which recently dubbed Brian Lies “an important voice for diversity, equity and inclusion.”

“To me, these creatures are our best selves,” Lies said of his animal characters. “Despite obvious differences, they all live together in peace, in communities that echo ours, but are oddly their own.”

Programs related to Helen Bumpus Gallery’s exhibit “A Community of Characters” are supported in part by a grant from Duxbury Cultural Council, a local agency, that is supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.