Art: Paintings in the Park

Boston's 108-acre Public Garden, where people go to stroll, look at the flowers, or take a turn around the pond on a swan boat, buzzed last week with one of the biggest crowds in its history. The occasion: a city-sponsored exhibit of nearly 300 New England painters and sculptors, with all Boston invited in for a look.

While a loudspeaker rippled out Mozart symphonies and Boccherini sextets and concessionaires did a brisk business in peanuts, long lines of Back Bay dowagers, soda jerks, businessmen and urchins filed through the five long exhibition tents to...

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