This June, our display case features the sailboats and cars created by the members of Kingston’s Cub Scout Pack 49.
Each year, Kingston’s Pack 49 gathers together to take part in two fun and exciting Cub Scout traditions; the Pinewood Derby and the Raingutter Regatta.
The Pinewood Derby has been an annual tradition in scouting since 1953. With the help of their parents, the scouts must take a seven inch long block of wood, four nails, and four plastic wheels that have been provided to them, and then tap into their imaginations to come up with a design for their car. Next, they take that design and devote countless hours of hard work bringing that design to life. All of the scout families then gather together on race day and the Scouts take their cars and race against each other down the long, sloping track, putting their faith in gravity to get their car down the track the quickest.
The Raingutter Regatta is the sailboat equivalent of the Pinewood Derby. Only this time, the Scouts take their freshly crafted sailboats and go head-to-head in an exciting race down a water-filled rain gutter using nothing more than a straw to blow wind into their sails in an exciting dash towards the finish line.
Both of these events are about much more than just winning a race or who came up with the best design. In fact, these events teach the scouts many valuable skills and traits such as sportsmanship, engineering, craftsmanship, and creativity. Furthermore, it is an excellent way for children and their parents to spend time bonding while crafting these projects. This display represents just a few of the many spectacular sailboats and cars that came directly from the imaginations of the crafty Cub Scouts in Kingston’s Pack 49.
This June, our gallery features another unique display of posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis. In this exhibit, ‘Revolutionary Art’, we see the power of art to affect social change. Art in this form has been used historically to communicate a message and inspire individuals to take action. The power of the visual message draws their audience in with the beauty as well as the message.
Historically, posters were used by leaders or movements to educate and win support of people who were perhaps illiterate. Some of these posters represent powerful expressions by various poster artists. Others represent the viewpoint of states and political groups motivated by ideology. In a number of countries, posters are used regularly and extensively to convey ideas as well as to generate support for candidates for election. Posters are also an inexpensive way for a group to communicate a simple message. Frequently, posters are created for use for a very brief period and then are discarded and lost forever. It is unfortunate that many posters have suffered that fate. Posters can create a historical reference for a people, a movement or a society. Posters can be a very beautiful form of advocacy. As commercial advertising calls for more consumption, a political poster calls for more action.
This project is supported in part by Roofers Local 33, Painters District Council 35 and by Laborers Local 1249.
Stephen Lewis is a retired trade union leader. He has a collection of over 8600 posters and counting, which he has displayed over the past 17 years in many libraries around the state.
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 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.”
We only have a few of these, but they’re in the Local History exhbit case for a short time only. Stop by to see if you’re in a photo from the 1951 or 1952 Halloween party at Kingston Elementary School.
“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 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.