A reception to mark the opening of a new photo exhibit -- "In the Spirit of Animals" -- is planned at the Fairfield Public Library's Kershner Galley on Saturday, Jan. 10.

The free reception is slated from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the 1080 Old Post Road library. Snow date for the reception is Saturday, Jan. 24.

The exhibit features work by three photographers, Lori Bolle, Margaret Harris and Barbara Paul.

The aim of the exhibit is to convey the "mesmerizing spirit" of animals through photographic images of mammals and birds and indigenous people, according to a library press release.

Bolle lives in Norwalk and is a two-time winner of the Norwalk Camera Club's Photographer of the Year Award, the gallery said. She visited multiple wildlife reserves in Africa, capturing images of birds and animals.

Harris also lives in Norwalk and also is a recipient of the camera club's Photographer of the Year Award. She has photographed animals in Africa, the Florida Everglades, New England and elsewhere, the gallery said.

Paul has lived in Westport and is a member of several arts organizations in the region. Her photographs of indigenous people in remote regions of Asia and Africa have been exhibited widely in Connecticut and New York, the gallery said.

The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 28.