30 July 2015 Newsletter
Martha Canfield Library E-news
July 30, 2015
The art exhibition for August will be an invitational show featuring five popular area artists. Showing new work from August 5 - 29 will be Judith Kniffin, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Ellen Questel, Mallory Rich and George Van Hook. There will be an artists' reception at the gallery on Saturday, August 8 from 3:00-5:00.
Judith Kniffin, noted watercolorist and oil painter from North Bennington, is focusing not on the traditional landscape, but on nature's patterns, spatial ambiguities, multiplicity, and colorful dynamic energy. Jessica Putnam-Phillips, ceramicist from Arlington, veteran, and owner of Battenkill Pottery, has recently won national awards and recognition for her tableware that juxtaposes flower designs with images of women in battle, calling attention in a uniquely beautiful way to the conflicting roles of woman as warrior and nurturer.
Ellen Questel, pastel painter from Arlington, is fascinated both by the shifting beauty of the natural landscape and the sensuous lure of the pure pigments of the pastels themselves. Her paintings not only depict what has moved her about scenes in the natural world, but often explore her lifelong and professional study of psychology, visual thinking and dream imagery. Mallory Rich, from Sandgate, has been a writer throughout her professional and "after work" life, but discovered art in her 60's and has plunged into it with passion. She is best known for her pastel paintings of rural and seaside landscapes and interiors, but has increasingly focused on oils. This show will include both the calm beauty of sand dunes in pastel and the colorful abandon of wildflowers in oil.
Perhaps the best known artist of the group is George Van Hook from Cambridge, NY, whose oil paintings depicting the rich beauty of area farms and landscapes are beloved by collectors nationwide. He is also gaining a national reputation as a gifted and generous workshop leader. Coincidentally, Van Hook will be leading plein air workshops in Sandgate July 31-August 1, and at Southern Vermont Arts Center August 7-9.
In addition to the reception on Saturday, August 8, this Canfield Gallery exhibition is open to the public during library hours.
On Sunday, August 2 at 2:00, State Archaeologist Brennan Gauthier will talk about the recent boom in Vermont cider production and his research on a group of 1880's cider moonshiners in Orange County. Join us in learning about some particularly notorious moonshiners!
The theme for our Tuesday morning story times in August will be Weather. Join us on August 4 at 10:00 and find out what type of weather we'll be reading about. Crafts, activities and a snack are included.
On Wednesday, August 5 we'll have the wrap-up parties for our summer reading program. At 10:00 in the morning we'll have games and activities for pre-K through grade 2. At 1:30 in the afternoon we'll have activities for grads 3 – 6. Bring your reading records! Every child who comes will receive a free book.
So come on in!