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March Gallery Exhibit – Mark Grimason ‘Tanzania: A Photographic Safari’

  This March, the Kingston Public Library will feature the photographs of Mark Grimason. In this exhibit, ‘Tanzania: A Photographic Safari’, he expresses through photography his enduring interest in the natural world. The beauty of Tanzania’s nature will be on view with the lions, the cheetahs, the serval cats and more. There are four different kingfisher birds, each with their own unique colors of feathers, martial and tawny eagles. There are zebras, elephants, cape buffalo and more.

“I have always been interested in the natural world and viewing wildlife. While trying to identify birds, I discovered that photographing them and looking them up later in a guide was easier than doing it in the field. This led me into wildlife photography”

“Photographing wildlife has taught me patience. I have learned over time that it is better to wait for the subject to come to you than to pursue it. It is very enjoyable and exciting waiting for the subject to arrive. Photography has given me one more reason to enjoy the natural world, and I do enjoy being out there.”

Mark Grimason, a 1977 graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, has been a Kingston resident for 34 years.  True to his love of wildlife and the environment, he is a member of the Mass. Audubon Society, the Jones River Watershed, the North and South River Watershed, and the Wildlands Trust. He has photographed wildlife in and around New England as well as Yellowstone National Park, the Florida Everglades, and the Galapagos Islands. His work can be seen at Mark is also an avid sea kayaker and cyclist.

Because there is no electricity at the Library following the storm, this reception has been postponed.  A reception for Mark will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 2 to 4 PM in the Children’s activities room. The reception is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on view in the library’s gallery throughout March.

January Gallery & Display Case Exhibit – Paul Chapdelaine

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.

February Gallery Exhibit – Susan Lee Traft ‘Art By Susan Lee’

This February, the Kingston Public Library will feature the paintings of Kingston resident Susan Lee Traft. In this exhibit, ‘Art By Susan Lee’, her love of color will delight you in the portraits, the flowers and so much more.

Susan was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1947. She loved playing with colors from an early age. Prior to the fall of 2016 Susan was painting colorful acrylic paintings. Since then she has begun using oils. Susan is fascinated by faces and is now painting portraits.  Currently she works mostly in oils, although she likes to experiment with other medium periodically.

Susan has been painting weekly at the Kingston Council on Aging under the tutelage of art teacher, Violet Berry since 2012. She has also taken art courses at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, where she has been a member for several years. Her first oil paintings were completed in the 1970’s under the guidance of her artist mother, Dorothy Jerna, an accomplished oil painter from Hanover, Massachusetts. After her mother passed away in 1983 she put aside painting until 2012, although she did a lot of work in crafts and sewing, particularly handmade dolls. She regularly exhibits paintings in the members show at the Plymouth Center for the Arts.

December Gallery Exhibit- An International Poster Exhibit by Stephen Lewis

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.

November 2017 – Kingston Council On Aging Oil Painting Class

This November, our gallery will exhibit  work by the students of A. Violet Berry in their Wednesday morning oil painting workshops. The students featured in this exhibit are Susan Lee Traft, Gail Burgess, Leanne Berry, Rita Bento, Sue Mrosk, Maralyn “Gig” Paris, Ruth Littman, Diane Wilson, Gladys McGarry, Bill Mello, Armando Enriquez and Richard Stevens.

Their exhibit includes a variety of animals, landscapes, and portraits. All of the students are senior citizens, most are from Kingston. Some have painted before, but for many this class has been their introduction to painting.

For the past 14 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 husband Patrick and worked with them to plan and promote the class to seniors. The class has proven to be very popular, most of the students from the first class have continued on through several years. The classes are held in spring and fall at the Senior Center on Wednesday mornings.