This November, the Kingston Public Library will feature local award winners of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senior Art Competition.
For the past four years members of Violet Berry’s oil painting class have been awarded prizes in the competition. This annual event is open to both professional and amateur events.
Each year entries must comply with a given theme. The submissions in the hundreds from more than 75 of the state’s cities and towns are displayed in the Commonwealth Museum each September. A luncheon and awards presentation is held at the museum at the end of September or early October.
The competition first began in 2011. To view past shows go to the website https://www.sec.state.ma.us/trs/trsgft/gftidx.
This October, the Kingston Public Library will exhibit work by the students of A. Violet Berry in their Wednesday morning oil painting workshops. The students featured in this exhibit are Diane Wilson, Ruth Littman, Richard Stevens, Sue Mrosk, Rita Bento, Gail Burgess, Armando Enriquez, Bill Mello, Gladys McGarry, Maralyn “Gig” Paris and Bruce Faber. Their exhibit features a variety of animals, landscapes and more.
All of the students are senior citizens, most from Kingston. Some have painted before, but for many this class has been their introduction to painting.
For the past 15 years, Mrs. Berry, for many years an art teacher in the Kingston school system, has been teaching oil painting through the Council on Aging. Former Council on Aging Director Muriel Boyce made the original suggestion to Mrs. Berry and her late husband Patrick, and worked with them to plan and promote the class to seniors, and it has proven very popular; most of the students from the first class have continued through several years. Classes are held in the spring and fall at the Senior Center on Wednesday mornings.
The exhibit will be on view in the library’s gallery and display case throughout October.
This September, we feature the paintings of Sylvia Vaz. In this exhibit, many of the paintings are of places that have changed or are greatly altered. The others capture a moment in time that is gone.
From the Artist:
“I have lived in Kingston most of my life and at West Street since 1962. I graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School and attended the Massachusetts College of Art in 1959. I have taken art courses at Bridgewater State College over the past several years. I received great encouragement and support in my love of art from family, friends and teachers.”
“Art has always been very much a part of my life. I believe that when we are born, God stamps something on our soul, which is deeply ingrained in us forever. We do many things in life, but that which is in our core is always there waiting to be expressed.”
“Through the years, I have worked in many media, including sculpture, pen & ink, scrimshaw, charcoal, pastels, intaglio printmaking, acrylic and oil painting. Most recently, I have been “cartooning.” Great fun.”
“This exhibit is a collection of old and new paintings. I have explored many approaches to painting and have enjoyed experimenting with different styles. There is no end to the ways in which these images can be presented. Many of these subjects have a special significance to me, others so delightful I just had to paint them.”
This July, we are delighted to display the artwork contributed to our ‘5th Annual Fan Art Exhibit and Contest.’ The artists range in age from 12 to 17. This year, we have teens from both Kingston and Pembroke who have shared their talents with us.
There are characters from both contemporary and classic fiction. Also featured, are characters from some of your favorite movies, TV Shows, video games and bands. You’ll also recognize the portraits of Tom Brady, Frank Sinatra and Mark McMorris.
The artist’s unique creations will delight you with their imagination and enchantment.
A reception will be held for the artists on Monday, July 23 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.
This June, our gallery and display case features the monotypes and collages of Bonnie Forsyth. In this exhibit, ‘A Quiet Smile‘, Bonnie continues her journey as an artist. Bonnie began her journey of expression through her art in 1995 when she met Nancy Connolly, artist, teacher and collaborator. This exhibit represents work done over the past year.
The artist expresses her view of the world through her collages, prints, painting and other media. Currently, she has been working with monoprints and collographs using a printing press.
When Bonnie has painted in the past, the way that she paints is like dance through her strokes, swirls and dabs of her brush.
Ms. Forsyth’s art has been exhibited at the South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, the Fuller Museum in Brockton, Citizen’s Bank in Plymouth, PAC-TV in Plymouth and the Danforth Museum in Framingham at the invitation of artist Michael Dowling and Herb Lovett at a seminar on “The Theory of Intelligence”.
A reception for Bonnie will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 1 to 3 PM in the library courtyard. Everyone is welcome to attend.
This April, our gallery features the 20th Annual Sacred Heart High School Art Students Exhibition. This exhibit features their paintings, drawings and photographs. The students, under the direction of art teacher Julie Trahon, have brought their visions and talents to these unique creations.
In art, or “the looking class,” we learn to look harder and try to see things in a different light. We venture into our imagination, endeavor to express ourselves and share our unique perspective. “Through the Looking Class” is a collection of artwork and digital photography which reflects the lessons students have learned this year on the elements of art and the principles of design. These lessons include drawing still-lifes from observation, anatomy drawings, color studies, imaginative drawings, portraiture, multimedia projects, and digital photographs.
This exhibition provides a professional forum for student artists; another important purpose of this exhibit is to foster creativity and promote the importance of the arts in our schools.
This May, our gallery and reading area feature the watercolor paintings of the Silver Lake Middle School 8th Grade Art Students.
The 8th grade painting and drawing classes at Silver Lake Middle School present their observational watercolors in this show. Painting and drawing is one of the three art elective classes 8th grade students can choose at Silver Lake Middle School in addition to an all year long art class.
This August, we feature the paintings and carvings of Ruth Goddard. In this exhibit, Ruth’s watercolors feature landscapes from New Hampshire, Rockport, and Canada. Many of her pieces highlight historical Wakefield locales and the Gloucester Lighthouse.
In the display case, Ruth’s among the carvings featured are a Box turtle, a Trojan horse, a Bald eagle, and the poet Robert Frost. She also painted on wood and metal. Her two decorative plates are included in this display.
Ruth attended the Massachusetts College of Art and then drafting school sponsored by the United States Government from there, she worked as a draftsman at Genrad Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, She also worked as a draftsman at the National Radio Company of Malden, and Lam Lighting in Wakefield.
Ruth was a brilliant watercolor artist and created hundreds of paintings for family and friends. Many of her pieces highlighted historical Wakefield locales. She exhibited at the Co-op Bank in Wakefield and the Wakefield Library. She was one of the Wakefield Art Association founders and won several prizes for her watercolors. Ruth was the President of the Wakefield Arts/Crafts from 1966 to 1968.
Ruth was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Wakefield. She taught Sunday school and was very active in church activities. Out of the many things that she did…one was the artwork for the stone sign in front of the church, still there today.
As if she wasn’t busy enough–Ruth was a very active member in the Wakefield Garden Club for many years and, was a noted quilter, winning first prize for one of her quilts at a local show.
She and her family loved boating and spent many happy hours enjoying the ocean in Essex and Nantucket. She also loved figure skating where she met her husband of 58 years–Fred Goddard who was from Plymouth.
Ruth passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the age of 91.
This January, the gallery will feature the art work of Paul Chapdelaine. In this exhibit, the scenes feature landscapes in Marshfield and Duxbury. Also, included are several portraits. The paintings are all created using oils and are painted on wood.
Paul began his career in art in the mid 1970’s. Living in Rockport in the late 1970’s, he studied under Michael Stoffa. Attending the Gloucester Academy of Art, he built his portfolio to enter art school. In the early 1980’s, he was accepted to the Museum of Fine Arts Art School in Boston and graduated in 1985. In those four years, Paul studied drawing, painting, sculpture and etching with various teachers.
Paul’s first work was shown in an exhibition of students work by the Gloucester Academy of Fine Arts at the Sawyer Library in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His paintings have also been in the On The Porch exhibition at the Gibney Gallery in Rockport, the Michael Stoffa Gallery in Northampton, and the Andover Art in the Park.
After traveling throughout the United States and various European and Caribbean countries, Paul and his family settled in Roatan, Honduras from 1995-2015.He has exhibited his paintings at the Waves of Art Gallery in Roatan, Honduras.
Paul Chapdelaine now lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
This December, our gallery will feature a selection of posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis. Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. Posters are sometimes used as billboards and are pasted on walls, fences and poles all over a city. Unions sometimes hang posters in work places to warn of dangers, educate about benefits or inspire actions. Posters sometimes use mainly the written word to communicate a message. Other times they rely on creative art to communicate the idea. It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people. The art goes to the people rather than the people having to go to a museum.
The posters are from a collection of more than 6800 of Stephen Lewis. He is a long-time activist in the labor movement, and the treasurer of his union. Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts and two of the state Heritage parks. He has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History, and on some cable television programs. The posters were contributed by friends, collected at conferences, visits to some of the organizations, and from connections made through the internet.