This May, the Kingston Public Library will feature those talented young artists from the Silver Lake Middle School 8th Grade Art Class. In this exhibit, ‘The Vision of 2023’ , the out of this world paintings and sculptures will inspire your imagination. This is your opportunity to see their creativity and imagination on display. You will be delighted when you see these works in our gallery, display case and the flat panels.
We are pleased to exhibit the work of the art students of Erica McGhee. This is their sixth annual exhibition here at the library.
From Erica McGhee to her Students:
I cannot express with words how proud I am of you. You have accomplished so much this year in art class. Art two is an advanced, fast pace class with many challenges and you all excelled beyond my hopes. We dove into many projects with many different materials and with each project you each took on the adventure and improved drastically.
What I love most about teaching you is your enthusiasm for art and your creativity. This year you have all made me a better teacher. You have allowed me to design projects for you that are advanced and fun. You should be proud of the work you have created over these past eight months. I was also your seventh grade art teacher and to be able to see where you have come from and the amount of improvement that has happened in two years has been wonderful and inspiring.
Art does not have to be a career in your future (unless you want it to be). What I want you to take away from this year in art is the love of creating. Being able to look at something and see the beauty in it. Being able to be creative is a gift that you have all explored this year. You have all pushed yourself through these projects, some days were harder than others, some projects we found more challenging than others, but in the end you all completed these projects with great attitudes and some amazing art came out of it.
Please continue your love of art. Please continue to stay creative people, and please always be proud of whatever you create because it comes from within you. Your art can be made to hang on a wall, it can be made for someone else, or it can simply be made for you, whatever the reason you make art allow yourself to enjoy it.
Thank you all for a wonderful year and I look forward to seeing what high school brings for each one of you 🙂
This March, the breath of spring will be on exhibit in our gallery and display case with ‘A Preview of Spring: Floral Watercolors’ by Duxbury artist Patricia Flaherty.
Patricia Flaherty studied both English and art in college and pursued a career as an academic editor in Boston and Cambridge. In later years, upon moving to Duxbury, she focused on artistic endeavors, and after working in various media, was drawn to exploring the loose flowing effects that one can achieve from watercolor techniques.
Her work in this medium has sought to demonstrate the ways that water can interact with line, form, and color to elicit the less obvious aspects of the beauty of our surroundings and the artistic potential of the shapes and interactions of elements in the environment. She has applied this technique and design strategy in all her work, including still life compositions and rural landscapes, with a special emphasis on floral images.
Ms. Flaherty is a juried member of the Russell Gallery in Plymouth, the Cape Cod Art Association, and the Eastham Painters Guild. Her work has also been exhibited and received awards at juried shows sponsored by various other art organizations. Several of her paintings have been selected for publication in editions of the Eastham Summer Guide, and she has been a finalist several times in the North River Arts Society calendar competition. In addition, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Helen Bumpus Gallery in Duxbury.
This April, the Kingston Public Library Art Committee features the 21st Annual Sacred Heart Middle and High School Exhibition. This exhibit features their paintings, drawings, digital photography, and mixed media. The students, under the direction of art teacher Julie Trahon, have brought their visions and talents to these unique creations. A reception will be held for the students on Saturday, April 27 at 12 to 2 pm in the library courtyard.
“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 February, our gallery features small handmade books created by Judith Campbell. This exhibit is a display of unique Fine Art books that are both art and fine craft. The display case features the tools and materials to create these small handmade books.
Judith makes these books with and without words. “The books that you make without words are the books that invite you to find the words for the story that you would like to tell.
Rev. Dr. ‘Judy’ Campbell is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Community based Minister and author of several books and articles. In addition to the Olympia Brown mysteries, she has published children’s stories, poetry, and essays on the arts and religion, and on spirituality and creativity. She holds a PhD in the Arts and Religious Studies and a Master of Fine arts. She has presented quilting and writing workshops nationally and internationally. She lives and writes in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
This January, our gallery features the artwork of Eve Smerczynski. This exhibit features paintings, drawings, and pastels of landscapes, still lifes and more. Her use of color in her paintings and drawings is both vibrant and subtle. Eve’s confidence in her artwork and her choice of subjects is evident in this exhibit.
From the Artist:
My name is Eve. I am fourteen and live in Plymouth. I have had a great interest in art ever since I can remember. A few years ago, I started studying with local instructor, Heidi Mayo, who has helped me to get a better understanding of the type of artist I am.
My Favorite medium is pastels and I love to draw landscapes. Recently, I have been taking a small path into paint, because of my situation over the summer. This summer I dislocated my shoulder which resulted in surgery, but that didn’t stop me from my love of art. I talked to Heidi about my options and she encouraged me to start drawing with my left hand, which is my non-dominant hand. I started off rusty and couldn’t even draw a straight line, but with all the support and practice, I slowly got better and was able to draw again using my left hand.
That experience made me realize how much I took the small things for granted. I am back now drawing with my right hand and am feeling better than ever.
Some of the pieces that are on exhibit were done with my left hand. The techniques that I learned over the summer really helped me to make my drawing skills better. I draw whenever I can and keep at least two sketchbooks with me at all times, just in case an idea comes to mind.
Art is my passion and is what makes me the person I am. I hope you enjoy my exhibit and thank you for supporting me.
This January, our display case features a collection of Dedham Pottery. Included in this display are a clock, Christmas ornaments, salt and pepper shakers, a picture frame, bunnies galore, and more.
The Dedham Pottery Company was founded by Hugh C. Robertson, a fifth-generation Scottish potter, after he attended the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. He viewed the pottery from China which had a blood red crackled glaze and this inspired him to create his unique designs. In 1867, the family founded their first firm, the Chelsea Keramic Art Works in Chelsea, Massachusetts which operated from 1872-1889. It later became Chelsea Pottery US. In 1894, Chelsea Pottery purchased 10 acres of land in East Dedham for $6,500 and in 1895 Chelsea Pottery closed and moved to Dedham, MA where Dedham Pottery opened in 1896.
The pottery has a border of flora and fauna. The bunnies are well-known, but they also had 50 patterns which included elephants, lions, chickens, horse chestnuts, clover, butterflies, duck, owl, magnolia, iris, grapes, mushrooms, birds in an orange tree and many more. Artists painted the designs freehand and some initialed their work on the border and the bottom. The rabbit design was drawn by Boston Museum of Fine Arts teachers Alice Morse and J. Lincoln Smith.
The Dedham Historical Society owns the name and the original Dedham Pottery trademark. The Historical Society has the largest collection of Dedham Pottery on public exhibition. The Museum of Fine Arts also owns a collection.
This December, our display case features the blown glass icicles created by artist S. J. Davis.
S. J. Davis received his B.F.A. from Jacksonville University in 2012, where he studied with glass artists Mark Hursty and Bill Slade, One of the only persons ever to apprentice to Dominic Labino a co-founder of the American Studio Glass Movement with Harvey Littleton. Davis also studied under Brian Frus, the former Director of Education at Urban Glass in New York City and alongside Andrew Erdos while in college. After taking workshops at the Corning Museum with Matt Eskuche and Venetian Maestro, Gianni Toso, Davis moved to Boston in pursuit of a career in hot glass. He opened a contemporary glass studio/gallery space and in 2013 received the coveted “Best of the South Shore Editor’s Pick Award” from South Shore Living Magazine for his “hypnotic sculptures.” He has opened a glass studio in Jacksonville, Florida
Davis has exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe, and is included in many public and private collections. He has received commissions for his art work from the State of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the iconic Herring Cove Beach Bath House at the Cape Cod National Seashore, and many local businesses. His works have appeared in the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Alexander J. Brest Museum in Florida, the New Bedford Museum of Glass, Poudre River Gallery in Foco, the 263 Gallery in Cambridge, the Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs, California, Artist Exposure Gallery in Plymouth, MA, and many other places. Influenced by nature, Davis’ art demonstrates a deep reverence for the beauty in the natural world. He states, “While nature holds the key to our understanding of everything we could ever possibly imagine in the universe, the actual key itself, which unlocks the great mystery of the cosmos, is human imagination.”
“Great art speaks powerfully, inspires fresh thinking, and connects us to our past.”
This December, our gallery features five of the 40 selections included in the Picturing America series. In this exhibit, the ‘Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, 1755’, ‘The Peacock Room, 1876-1877’ by James McNeill Whistler, ‘The Boating Party, 1893/1894’ by Mary Cassatt, ‘The Dove, 1964 by Romare Bearden, and ‘The Sources of Country Music, 1975’ by Thomas Hart Benton. The Kingston Public Library applied for and was awarded this grant in 2002.
Picturing America, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, told America’s story through its art in forty high-quality reproductions of selected masterworks of American art from 1100 to 1996. Designed to reach K-12 classrooms around the country, the project also features an in-depth Teachers Resource Book that provided educators with ideas and background information for using the works of art in core subjects, as well as a dynamic online compendium of lesson plans, interactives, and more.
During its lifetime, Picturing America was distributed to over 55,000 schools and public libraries. In partnership with the Administration for Children and Families in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, it also served 20,000 Head Start centers across the country.
Although the active life of the project has now ended, the National Endowment is very pleased to continue to offer educators access to the digitized version of the Teachers Resource Book in five languages, with activities organized by elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as over a dozen lesson plans and interactives based on Picturing America works of art, through NEH’s EDSITEment website.
From the Chairman:
Picturing America is an initiative of the We The People program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Launched in 2002, We The People seeks to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of America’s history and founding principles. To promote this goal, Picturing America brings some of our nation’s most significant images into classrooms nationwide. It offers a way to understand the history of America- its diverse people and places, its travails and triumphs-through some of our greatest artistic masterpieces. This exciting new effort in humanities education will expose thousands of citizens to outstanding American art, and it will provide a valuable resource that can help bring the past alive.”
In so doing, Picturing America fits squarely within the mission of the NEH. The Endowment’s founding legislation declares that “democracy demands wisdom.” A nation that does not know where it comes from, or why it exists, or what it stands for, cannot be expected to long endure-so each generation of Americans must learn about our nation’s founding principles and its rich heritage. Studying the visual arts can help accomplish this. An appreciation of American art takes us beyond the essential facts of our history and gives us insight into our nation’s character, ideals, and aspirations. By using art to help our young people to see better, we can help them to understand better the continuing drama of the American experiment in self-government.”
My own experience testifies to art’s power to stimulate intellectual awakenings. When I was a young child my parents visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and they brought home a souvenir that would alter my life: a portfolio of illustrations from the collections of the National Gallery. As I pondered these great works of art, I had the first glimmerings of what would become a lifelong pursuit: to study and understand the form, history, and meaning of art. This was my gateway to a wider intellectual world. Through that open door, I would delve into history, philosophy, religion, architecture, and literature-the entire universe of the humanities.”
I hope that Picturing America will provide a similar intellectual gateway for students across America. This program will help today’s young Americans learn about our nation’s history. And that, in turn, will make them good citizens-citizens who are motivated by the stirring narrative of our past, and prepared to add their own chapters to America’s remarkable story.
Bruce Cole Chairman National Endowment for the Humanities
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.