Family and friends of the late Tracy Sugarman gathered in the Mollie Donovan Gallery at the Westport Historical Society on Friday evening to celebrate the opening of an exhibit the noted illustrator/designer's life and work.

Displayed in the exhibit are photos, artwork and writings of the artist from different stages of his life, from his experience serving in the Navy during World War II, commercial art work for magazines, business and record labels, and his illustrative chronicles of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

Sugarman also documented poverty in Appalachia, the Malcolm X murder trial, life at the Rikers Island prison in New York and the Kennedy Space Center.

In addition to all the memorabilia, visitors to historical society can view a recent video interview with Sugarman, who died last Jan. 20, which recalls his spirit, energy and commitment.

"Tracy Sugarman -- Citizen Artist" runs through Sept. 2 at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. For information, call 203-222-1424 or check