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December's Featured Artists at the AFL

On the Wall: Michelle Genereux Duprey

Michelle’s artwork cannot be categorized into any one style.  She has painted in techniques ranging from photorealism and abstract to primitive/American folk, and in mediums such as watercolor, gouache, acrylics and pencil.  

The subject of her artwork can range from portraits, scenery, abstract, architecture or still life.  The paintings on display here during December are from Michelle’s abstract line and all are done in acrylic paint.  For perspective in her range of styles, abstract art is about as far removed a style as one can get from photorealism!

Abstract art is a painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place, or thing in the natural world. With abstract art, the subject of the work is what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale, and, in some cases, the process itself.  When an abstract painting is viewed, the images can represent different things to different observers.

Michelle grew up in Easton and has worked at the Ames Free Library for more than twenty-one years. 

In the Glass Case: Fidget Mats made by Emily Myles and her group at Queset House

What is a Fidget Mat?

It is a unique work of art whose purpose is to provide entertainment and to safely stimulate and/or calm persons with Dementia. They incorporate buttons, zippers, loops, laces, beads, toys and other bits & pieces sewn onto a lap-size piece of fabric, which is then quilted. By incorporating various fibers, textures and colors, the Fidget Mat becomes an individual treasure, which is reminiscent of a toddler’s “Busy Box."


Learn more about previous artists that have displayed at the Ames Free Library HERE