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The story behind the paintings at Woods Hill Table

Paintings by Andy Newman at Woods Hill Table.
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Paintings by Andy Newman at Woods Hill Table.

Where Woods Hill Table in West Concord

What Paintings of American and French barns and silos by local artist Andy Newman. He’s married to author Gregory Maguire, the guy behind the book-turned-Broadway smash “Wicked.”

Whose Idea Newman and Maguire are regulars at Woods Hill, and one of their kids even worked there for a spell. Owner Kristin Canty considers the couple good friends, and she wanted to showcase Newman’s work. She got her chance during Boston’s ArtWeek, when restaurants make a dish inspired by a favorite artist, then donate a portion of the proceeds to charity. Canty hung 20 of Newman’s paintings in celebration, and she offered a farm egg with asparagus and a beet margarita to honor his pastoral vision. “Andy’s like family to me. He and Greg are just the most happy, smiley, sunshine-y people,” Canty says. (In other words, they’re not wicked at all.) The paintings still hang throughout the dining room, and they’re for sale.

Woods Hill Table, 24 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, 978-369-6300, www.woodshilltable.com

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KARA BASKIN

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