This February, our gallery features the artwork of Kingston resident Christine Ward. In this exhibit, ‘Love the Little Things’, her love of the magic of watercolor is evident in the pieces that are on display in both the gallery and the display case in the reading area of the library.
Love the Little Things is Christine Wards best description of her art. She feels her art is an expression of movement, texture, color and composition in a magnified view. The view of her world began in the early ’80’s while she engaged in daily sketching for her high school art class. Her teacher her and her classmates to really examine the world from every angle and any distance. She also spent countless hours studying color and texture through collage and painting provided her with a solid understanding of the magic of mixing and applying color. She prefers her work to be controlled and precise. To accomplish this she begins with very literal pen and ink drawings on Arches Watercolor papers. She often uses traditional ink with calligraphy pens, but also has recently begun using Permanent Faber Castell pens. “The pens make it easier for portability” she says. She is a soccer mom and has spent a lot of time in recent years traveling to soccer fields over the East Coast. She often brings her watercolor blocks with her and creates on the road! She finds this to be a good way to remember her trips. For example, “Flow” was drawn while she sat in her car under a bridge on Randalls Island in New York City in the pouring rain while her daughter attended a five-hour soccer clinic.
Color is what really brings her pieces to life. Christine applies watercolor paint carefully in layers creating a stunning result. She often adds additional pen work as she progresses through her pieces to create the right balance for the eye. Each piece is unique and an evolution from the last. She has created elements she repeats in some of her work, each time creating a completely different perspective.
Christine has resided in Kingston for 24 years with her husband Bob raising two daughters, Katheryn and Julia. She has been creating her art as far back as she can remember. Artistic genes definitely run in her family. Her grandmother was an exceptional portrait artist. Additionally, her mom, daughters, cousins and niece have had lots of success with their art and photography. Although watercolor is her constant medium, Christine has also worked with acrylic paints, clay, beads, photography and paper. She served on the National Design Committee for Creative Memories and taught dozens of adults and children about scrapbooking and photo preservation in the early 2000’s. Locally, she taught beading and card making classes for several organizations. She volunteered as a set designer for the Silver Lake Middle School from 2010-2013 during which she painted dozens of colorful eye-catching sets and props. Additionally, she voluntarily created the recently updated logos for the Kingston Youth Sports Organization, the Kingston Council on Aging and the newly opened Boneyard.
With a large collection of her art filling a shelf in her home she thought it was time to share it with the world. Soon to be an empty nester she is looking to explore new purpose in her art. She has created an Instagram account (lovethelittlethingsbyme), set up a Redbubble Shop (justmeart) and is now displaying here, at the Kingston Public Library.
During the summer of 2019, the Kingston Public Library hosted a series of Comic Book Workshops for teens and tweens.
The workshops were led by Rachel Maguire, an art teacher at Silver Lake High School. She taught teens how to envision a comic book character and then how to get their ideas onto the canvas.
This exhibit shows some of their initial drafts and the finished results.
This November, our gallery features the ‘Digital Art:Apple Pencil Drawing and Zen Doodle.’ In this exhibit, there are a series of examples of the work done by students and instructors in two of your library’s course offerings this year.
Drawing with the Apple Pencil has trained over 70 library patrons ranging in age from 8 to 86. It uses iPads and Apple Pencils. For many students this was their first exposure to “Digital Art”.
The participants in these courses have produced some impressive artwork – especially from ‘students’ claiming to have no drawing skills. Virtually everyone feels happy about the learning and claims to have had fun as well.
Zen Doodle is a low stress technique for creating, what appears to be, complex designs from an array of simple patterns. This is a wonderful technique for all those who have always wanted to dabble in art, but felt they had no talent. This offers a simple approach to art and an opportunity for each individual to tap into their creative nature. The artwork can be created using either paper and pen or an iPad with an iPad pencil and the Procreate app.
This October, the Kingston Public Library will exhibit work by student of A. Violet Berry in their Wednesday morning oil painting workshop. The students featured in this exhibit are Diane Wilson, Ruth Littman, Richard Stevens, Sue Mrosk, Rita Bento, Armando Enriquez, Bill Mello, Gladys McGarry, Maralyn “Gig” Paris, Leanne Berry, Susan Traft, and Bonnie Buhl.
All of these 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 16 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 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, our gallery features the paintings of Kingston artist Paul Casagrande. In this exhibit, ‘Sea And Shore’ we feel and see the scenic beauty of the New England lighthouses, landscapes, portraits and more. This exhibit is a blend of oils and watercolors from his own photos and collectors photos for commissions.
About the Artist:
Paul is an artist who paints people, landscapes, cityscapes, and anything else to make the viewer feel as though they are part of the scene.
Paul studied art at the former Vesper George School of Art in Boston, MA. He has taken workshops with many of the finest widely known artists and studied the works of the old masters. He was introduced to many very good artists through Lilias Cingolani’s New Art Forum.
Paul really enjoys working with memory care residents at over 40 nursing and assisted living homes. He developed an art program for these classes that is geared toward learning to paint and having “FUN” while keeping the brain active.
This August, our gallery features the oil paintings of Nancy Kepus. In this exhibit, ‘Nancy Kepus: A Journey In Art’, her love of nature comes through to the viewer. In the painting titled ‘Horses On the Move’ the power and the beauty of each the horses will take your breath away. From bears to rabbits and scenic views, each painting will draw you in to that world.
About the Artist:
Nancy was born in Kingston in 1922. She was just a baby when her parents moved to Michigan where her father found steady work.
Her art journey began when she moved to the state of Washington in the early ’70’s. She lived near an art center and being inspired by the beauty of the mountains, flowers and animals, she began painting classes.
Nancy’s natural talent came through as she delved into watercolors and oils. She was encouraged to enter her works in nearby fairs and many won awards. Her proudest was the ‘Drinking Horse’ painting which won Best In Show and People’s Choice. Nancy was also up to challenges when a neighbor mentioned that horses were hard to paint. As a result, Nancy completed the ‘Horses On the Move’ (24×36 oil on canvas) in less than three weeks. She extended her creativity to calligraphy and added writing with her own poetry. Using these works, Nancy entered contests. Her successes included winning trips to Alaska and Hawaii, as well as miscellaneous gifts. She continued watercolors when she moved to Florida. The flowers and beaches were her inspiration.
In 2007 she returned to her hometown, Kingston, where she participated with Violet Berry’s painting class at the Kingston Senior Center. Then at the age 80 and 90+, Nancy came to cherish the New England lighthouses and nature. She appreciated opportunities to paint with the group and welcomed the challenges to develop her skills with Violet’s keen instruction.
I am proud to share my mom’s story in art. Her presence can be felt through the way she saw the beauty around her.
This July, we are delighted to display the artwork contributed to our 6th Annual Fan Art Exhibit and Contest. The artists range in age from 11 to 18. This year, we have ceramics as well as drawings, paintings, and digital art.
There are characters from both contemporary and classic fiction. Also featured, are characters from some of your favorite movies, TV shows, video games, webcasts, and apps.
The artists’ unique creations will delight you with their imagination and creativity. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorites.
A reception will be held for the artists on Saturday, July 20 from 1:30 to 3PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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 effect 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 🙂