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Collectors Robert Ekelund and Mark Thornton will join Dennis Harper, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, on Thursday, July 9, at 5 p.m. in the gallery to discuss the objects in the exhibition, “The Greatest Poem-American Art in the Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. and Mark Thornton Collection,” and the stories behind collecting them. The exhibition features a selection of paintings, prints and drawings by American artists such as Winslow Homer, George Bellows and Arthur Dove. Seating is limited. Admission is free. Advance ticket registration is encouraged, to register, go to this website. The cafe will open at 5 p.m., with music at 6 p.m.