Category Archives: Happening Now

Post appears on What’s Happening at the Library page, and on the related primary page. The date should be within the next month. Applies to only one of a series at a time, so that the next Locavore meeting or the current Art exhibit is marked Now and those scheduled for the future are marked “Upcoming.”) NOTE: you can use either Now or Monthly, but not both.

January Display Case Exhibit – Dedham Pottery

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.

 

 

January Gallery Exhibit – Variety of Life: an exhibit by Eve Smerczynski

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.

 

January 22nd at 7:30 – Toastmasters

The Kingston club, South Shore Soliloquy, was chartered in 1996, and currently has about 30 members. We meet at the Adams Center, 33 Summer Street, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7:30 — 9:30. For more information please call Ed Craven at 781-771-9302 or e-mail Ed at ejcraven@comcast.net.

This program is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library.

Janurary 23rd at 5:00 – Wednesday Afternoon Reading Club

Stack of colorful books

Come join a new children’s Reading Club for children aged 7-10. We’ll meet every other week and read from a group-selected book. In addition, we’ll be mixing it up–discussing favorite characters; adding a related craft, game or activity; reading from a kid-friendly theater script and adding costumes for role-playing fun. The goal of this group is to support young readers! Please register your child (or children ) to help with materials planning. The instructor for this program is Angela Ball.

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