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Artists on Display Archive

Each month, the work of a local artist is showcased at the Ames Free Library. Past displays have included such diverse arts as blown glass, photography, sculpture, painting, chainmail, and paper craft to name a few. Below you will find a chronological list of previous artists that have shown their work at the Ames Free Library.

June 2017

On the Wall & In the Glass Case: Andrea McKeen

McKeen has been a working artist for over 25 years and has found great satisfaction in daily drawing as well as acrylic painting. She loves to work with bright color and contrast and also enjoys the use of organic forms. These acrylic paintings are inspired by a series of more than 75 of her sketchbook drawings that explore the use of organic shapes, multiple color combinations, and the relationship between visual order and chaos.

 May 2017
On the Wall: Susan Fornaro Fine Arts
 
Susan Fornaro tells a story of the dance between light and shadow in her representational narrative style of painting. She sees a puzzle of architecture, an angled doorway, a shaded cottage at the seashore or perhaps a lacey curtain floating in the breeze as a conversation, an interaction between light and shade to be painted and preserved. There is often a stillness to her paintings, a freeze frame moment containing the power of contrast. Her favored and comfortable medium is acrylic paint on canvas but she has made recent forays into the world of mixed media. Susan’s work is currently available at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Coop/Gallery, 50 Main St., N, Easton.
In the Glass Case: Claire Dalton, Jeweler
 
Claire’s original jewelry designs are influenced by her love of nature and the natural beauty around her. She currently has several pieces created using beads made from a women’s cooperative in Kenya. These beads are noted for their wonderful use of color and pattern. Claire’s jewelry is noted for their high quality and originality. Claire is a member of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, Art Coop/Gallery, 50 Main St., N. Easton.
 April 2017

2009: Before & After

Once upon a time, a very Very VERY short while ago, there was a very Very VERY different reality in place at the campus of the Ames Free Library. The parking lot did not exist. The garden was a ruin overrun by fallen trees and poison ivy. The historic library was crammed into one level. Check out the April photo exhibit to remember the time before 2009!

In the Glass Case: Alison Whalen

Alison Whalen unique Book Art is currently on exhibit at the library. She plans to host a library workshop  on creating book art in the near future. Check out the library calendar in the coming months!

March 2017

On the Wall: Wren Barger

Wren Barger is an Easton resident, and is currently an undergraduate student at Bridgewater State University, where she is majoring in Art with a concentration in Photography.  Wren has received awards in several local juried shows, and has shown her work at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Co-op Gallery, as well as in various venues throughout Easton. Wren is versed in film photography, digital photography, and Pinhole photography.  Her goal is to be a Fine Arts/Documentary photographer.  Wren has worked with special needs children since the fifth grade, first as student aide, and finally in Oliver Ames Summer Program as a Teacher’s Aide. One of her goals is to teach photography to children with special needs.

In the Glass Case: Beverly Carlson

Beverly loves “designing jewelry the way my customers like,” using her skills in Chain Maille silver jewelry, Kumihimo, and other types of jewelry design.  Aiding in fundraising is a passion for Beverly, with her latest, Diane's Ladybug Necklace, raising over $1600 and counting for Dana-Farber Cancer Center. Beverly also likes to teach both Chain Maille and Kumihimo to those who share her love and passion. Beverly’s work is also featured at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art/Coop Gallery at 50 Main Street, North Easton.

February 2017

On the Wall: Eveline Johnson

Artist Eveline Johnson took up painting in the last few years of her career as a full-time history teacher in Easton, Massachusetts. She does portraits and landscapes and enjoys rustic and varied subjects. She works in India ink and pastels, but watercolor is her first love. In 1990, she started the school’s International Travel Study program and over the past 27 years has taken hundreds of students and adults on her annual overseas trips, primarily to Europe. Her travels have also provided much inspiration for her painting.

In the Glass Case: Frank Menino

We are pleased to have the Historical Society present an exhibit in the glass case for the Month of February. Frank Menino, Curator of the Historical Society Museum, has prepared an exhibit of early color photographs of the famous Rose Garden that was at the Town Offices when Mary Ames Frothingham lived there. The Rose Garden was an important feature for many years at Wayside, the former home of Mary and Louis Frothingham and which now serves as our Town Offices. The Rose Garden was known nationally and internationally as one of the premier gardens of its type. These rare early color photos were taken in the 1920’s. The photos are pieces of art in and of themselves, and capture the stunning beauty of a truly remarkable place. Mrs. Louis A. Frothingham (Mary S. Ames) was a member of the Library Board from 1900 to her death in 1955.  She was President from 1929 to 1955.

January 2017

On the Wall: Monica Lawson

Monica Lawson is an Award-winning photographer. She started as a freelance photographer for the Brockton Enterprise while attending Stonehill College. Although a full-time para-professional in Easton, her creative outlet is photographing "Nature's Little Treasures," and the many historical buildings and landscapes in Easton.

Monica is also a long-time Easton resident, married with two children, and just celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary.

In the Glass Case: Ines Smrz

Artist Ines Smrz was introduced to the beauty and intensity of color by her Chilean grandmother. Ms. Smrz is noted for the bright colorations in her work, and the Art-Deco bas-relief screens and panels that she creates. If you’ve visited the Ames Free Library Children’s Section you have enjoyed Ines’s Animal and Bird paintings donated to the library for the enjoyment of Easton’s children. Ines’s imaginative and lively personality is reflected in her work.

December 2016

On the Wall: Monica Lawson

Monica Lawson is an Award-winning photographer. She started as a freelance photographer for the Brockton Enterprise while attending Stonehill College. Although a full-time para-professional in Easton, her creative outlet is photographing "Nature's Little Treasures," and the many historical buildings and landscapes in Easton.

Monica is also a long-time Easton resident, married with two children, and just celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary.

In the Glass Case: Gene Jacobs D.O.

“As a psychiatrist, I help people reassemble their lives and recycle their experiences and impressions. I assist them in identifying what needs to be added to create balance. When I create, I enjoy working with reclaimed and recycled materials too. In art, as in psychiatry, there is much to be gleaned from a second look. To me, recycled art is about the Flaw. I find that the Flaw, in both art and psychology, is what makes things unique and memorable. I have had work displayed at the AS220 in Providence, PeaceLove Studios in Pawtucket, the Ames Free Library, and on my front lawn. Any comments you can email me at Dr.BrilliantCliche@yahoo.com, and don’t forget to check out our Self Help Blog at DrBrilliantCliche.wordpress.com. Life is an art.”

November 2016

On the Wall: Rich Hudson

Rich is well known for his beautiful bridal photography, as well as his many award winning photographic pieces that have been displayed at art shows, including the Legacy Juried Art Show at Governor Oliver Ames Estate. Mr. Hudson has a North Easton studio and has taught classes in lighting and photography. He also often assists local documentary filmmakers as a gaffer. 

In the Glass Case: Susan Clarke

Susan Clarke is a teaching artist through VSAArts of RI. She holds a certificate in Decorative Painting from RISD Continuing Ed. This series of small mixed media collages explores the love/hate relationship between man and the natural world. Ms. Clarke uses acrylic glazes and found images to create a series of whimsical but thoughtful pieces examining the need for a delicate balance between progress and protection. The monotypes are part of a series of collages inspired by Ms. Clarke’s collection of antique quilts. Combining her monotype prints with the format of traditional quilting she has created pieces which explore the interplay of the vibrant colors, lines and textures.

October 2016

On the Wall: Carol Forte, The Readers

I have always had a love of reading and listening to stories. As a little girl, my mother would keep me mesmerized with her stories about her life growing up in the New England area. She was a natural born storyteller. When I was old enough to read by myself, I was never without a book in my hand. And that has not changed, even in my adult life. My passion for creating art came much later in my life, but once I became involved in the creative process, I knew it would give me great joy. Over the years, I have grown as an artist by seeking out those things that inspire me, that are pleasing to the eye and pleasing to my soul. I hope you enjoy this series in my collection called The Readers. Reading and art places you on a little path of enlightenment where you may discover who you are, grow and learn, and bring you comfort and joy.

September 2016

On the Wall: Alexandra Hurley

Alexandra Hurley, 23 years old, has been a resident of North Easton her entire life. She has been involved in photography for over ten years, began photography under the name of At a Second Glance just under 5 years ago, and has been recognized in photography contests in Easton and other areas. She graduated with a minor in Photography, as well as a major in Management from Providence College in 2015. She currently works at the Children’s League of Massachusetts, but still manages to find time to enjoy photography on the weekends. The majority of her photographs are of landscapes; mountain ranges, ocean views, flowers, etc. She also has an eye for architecture, and appreciates the great detail of many of the fabulous historic buildings in Easton. It is her hope to find more time to dedicate to photography so she can share her artistic perspective with others to enjoy!

In the Glass Case: Panteha Sanati

Born in 1970 in Teheran, Iran, Panteha left her country at the age of eleven. Along with her two younger sisters and mother she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, then London, England and finally, when she turned sixteen, to the United States. Having lived through tumultuous wars, both in her country and her home, she always found a secluded place in art. No matter where she was or how bad the situation, she always found a piece of paper or cardboard and a pencil to write and draw.

August 2016

On the Wall: Easton Reads

Question: What do the town’s department heads have in common other than working hard for Easton? Answer: They love to read!

Don’t miss out on the unique month-long display of Easton Reads posters featuring some of your local administrators celebrating their favorite books. See what is being read around Easton - and get inspired to drop your own summer reading reviews at the main desk for a chance to win prizes.

In the Glass Display Case:  Laura Percy, Knitted Elementals

The wonderfully creative fish on display in the Fireplace Room were designed and knitted by Laura Percy, a regular of the Library’s Thursday Knitting Group.  The fish are designed around the classic elements of fire, air, water, wood, as well as a few more modern elements.  Stop by the display case and take a look at Percy’s creations, read the accompanying riddles and try to guess each fish’s corresponding element and name.

July 2016

On the Wall: Photographer, Patrick Morrissey

Morrissey started getting involved in photography while serving overseas in the United States Air Force in Iceland, Okinawa and England. He bought a 35mm camera in Okinawa and took a course in photography while stationed in England. Morrissey has been published in Yankee Magazine, Boston Herald and Boston Globe, and he won the Yankee Magazine Fall Photo contest in 2010. Morrissey has since retired and now sells his art at local fairs and online. His photos can be found on numerous websites worldwide and can be purchased at Getty Images. He enjoys traveling New England, especially during the fall, and considers Nantucket as the best location to shoot. Morrissey will be switching his pictures in the library frequently to display different work. You never have to leave New England to take a great picture.

In the Glass Display Case:  Jen Nessen, Art from the Heart

Art from the Heart is a collection of mixed media wall hangings that use recycled bicycle parts in conjunction with other found objects. The work is inspired by Nessen’s husband, a cancer survivor, who rides the Pan Mass Challenge, a fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. All proceeds from sales from Art from the Heart at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Co-op will be used to fund his ride. Nessen is currently the K-5 art teacher at the Arnone Elementary in Brockton, MA, and she has been teaching elementary art for over 15 years. Nessen is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate with a BFA in Illustrations and an MFA in Studio Arts Teaching.

June 2016

On the Wall: Painter, Susan Fornaro

Susan Fornaro tells a story of the dance between light and shadow in her representational narrative style of painting. She sees a puzzle of architecture, an angled doorway, a shaded cottage at the seashore or perhaps a

lacey curtain floating in the breeze as a conversation, an interaction between light and shade to be painted and preserved. There is often a stillness to her paintings, a freeze frame moment containing the power of contrast. Her favored and comfortable medium is acrylic paint on canvas but she has made recent forays into the world of mixed media. Susan recently generously painted a “Little Free Library” which is permanently displayed at the Natural Resources Trust, Sheep’s Pasture, in North Easton. An adorable and imaginative creation bringing books and sheep together!

In the Glass Display Case:  Photography, Alexandra Hurley

Alexandra Hurley, 23 years old, has been a resident of North Easton her entire life. She has been involved in photography for over ten years, began photography under the name of At a Second Glance just under 5 years ago, and has been recognized in photography contests in Easton and other areas. She graduated with a minor in Photography, as well as a major in Management from Providence College in 2015. She currently works at the Children’s League of Massachusetts, but still manages to find time to enjoy photography on the weekends. The majority of her photographs are of landscapes; mountain ranges, ocean views, flowers, etc. She also has an eye for architecture, and appreciates the great detail of many of the fabulous historic buildings in Easton. It is her hope to find more time to dedicate to photography so she can share her artistic perspective with others to enjoy!

May 2016

On the Wall: Ines Smrz

Artist Ines Smrz was introduced to the beauty and intensity of color by her Chilean grandmother. Ms. Smrz is noted for the bright colorations in her work, and the Art-Deco bas-relief screens and panels that she creates. If you’ve visited the Ames Free Library Children’s Section you have enjoyed Ines’s Animal and Bird paintings donated to the library for the enjoyment of Easton’s children. Ines’s imaginative and lively personality is reflected in her work.

In the Glass Display Case:  Jewelry Artist, Claire Dalton.

Claire’s pieces, known for their elegance and style, are inspired by the beauty in nature around us. They may include Swarovski crystals and pearls and also natural gemstones. Some of her newer work uses unusual and colorful beads that are handmade in Africa cooperatives and support the local African economy.

April 2016

2009: Before & After

Once upon a time, a very Very VERY short while ago, there was a very Very VERY different reality in place at the campus of the Ames Free Library. The parking lot did not exist. The garden was a ruin overrun by fallen trees and poison ivy. The historic library was crammed into one level. Check out the April photo exhibit to remember the time before 2009!

February & March 2016

On the Wall: Wren Barger

Wren Barger is a photographer whose eclectic pieces take the traditional photograph and adds a twist of interest and excitement.

In the Glass Display Case: Lynne Atwood

Lynne Atwood’s watercolors reflect her personality: upbeat eclectic, mostly realistic and colorful! Her original watercolors have been processed beautifully on glazed ceramic tiles.

January 2016

Katherine Honey

Although Honey works in several different mediums, she favors watercolors and brings to them an intensity of color rarely seen within the medium. Honey is also the area coordinator for the educational STEAM program, proudly representing the “A” for "Arts.”