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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.

November 2019

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, and is married with two children.

October 2019
On the Wall: Mark Chester: The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans
 
Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. He was Director of Photography and staff photographer at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), in New York City. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others.
 
Copies of Mark Chester’s book, The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape—Photographs of New Americans, will be distributed to Massachusetts schools, libraries, and community organizations supporting the mission of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. MIRA is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

In the Glass Case: Wren Barger
 
Wren Barger is an Easton resident and graduate of Bridgewater State University. She is active in the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Co-op and has exhibited her art in various venues throughout Easton as well as participating in numerous art shows. Wren has received awards in several local juried shows, and has had her work accepted for publication. Although her first love is photography, she is currently working with an alcohol ink process producing colorful, abstract work on tiles, wall art, clocks, earrings and pendants, and other surfaces.
 
For more information, visit her website at www.wrenbargerphotography.com
September 2019
On the Wall: Faces of Easton Banner
 
Celebrate the differences that unite us together as one community through a collaborative art project featuring the faces of about 300 Easton residents. Created by the Easton Human Rights Committee.

 
In the Glass Case: Kyaunna of K Fresh Photography, “Memories that last forever…”

Kyaunna (Keyonna)  is a self taught freelance photographer. She found her passion for photography when she was about eleven years old. She would buy disposable cameras and develop the memories she captured any chance she got. As years pass, she realized her love for photographhy grew as she would capture photos of friends and family along with pictures of trees and leaves. From there, she knew it was time she pursue her love of photography. In 2006, Kyaunna purchased her first Canon digital camera. By 2008, she purchased her first Canon and Nikon digital SLR cameras. She continued to capture memories and landscape photos. That is when she also started taking her camera to nightclub events where she began to build cliental for her portrait and fashion photography. In 2009, she came up with the name, K Fresh Photography from her first initial in her first name and the tag name, "Fresh," that was given to her in her teen years while playing kickball.
August 2019

On the Wall: J. Jackson Coe (continued from July)

J. Jackson Coe is a local photographer who focuses on wildlife and our natural surroundings. Coe is a lifelong Easton with an accomplished background in athletics. Coe's hobbies have always been in the areas of photography, gardening, and woodworking, and he has started a second career taking pictures throughout the country with his wife, Paula. Much of his photographic passion comes from his great grandfather, Frederick Dexter Jackson and great uncle, William Henry Jackson. They were photographers and drawing artists of the old west, with many of William's pictures collected in the Smithsonian and major museums in Detroit and Denver.

Coe will be presenting on Wednesday, July 24 with Robert "Buddy" Wooster at the Ames Free Library to showcase their coffee table book, A Beautiful Image of Historic Easton, a high resolution pictorial essay of the beauty of Easton, MA.

July 2019

On the Wall: J. Jackson Coe

J. Jackson Coe is a local photographer who focuses on wildlife and our natural surroundings. Coe is a lifelong Easton with an accomplished background in athletics. Coe's hobbies have always been in the areas of photography, gardening, and woodworking, and he has started a second career taking pictures throughout the country with his wife, Paula. Much of his photographic passion comes from his great grandfather, Frederick Dexter Jackson and great uncle, William Henry Jackson. They were photographers and drawing artists of the old west, with many of William's pictures collected in the Smithsonian and major museums in Detroit and Denver.

Coe will be presenting on Wednesday, July 24 with Robert "Buddy" Wooster at the Ames Free Library to showcase their coffee table book, A Beautiful Image of Historic Easton, a high resolution pictorial essay of the beauty of Easton, MA.

June 2019

On the Wall & in the Glass Case: Wren Barger


Wren Barger will exhibit her photographic work on the first floor brick display wall of the library. Wren’s work runs from the mastery of traditional photography to some very unusual and interesting photographic experiences. Her vibrant colors and imaginative designs will capture your attention. Wren Barger is an Easton, MA resident, and is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, majoring in Art, with a concentration in Photography and ceramics. 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.

May 2019
On the Wall: 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: Wren Barger

Wren Barger’s ceramic pieces will be featured in the glass case at the library for the month of May. Her vibrant colors and imaginative designs will capture your attention. Wren Barger is an Easton, MA resident, and is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, majoring in Art, with a concentration in Photography and ceramics. 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.

If you are interested in displaying your collection in the library's Exhibit Case, please contact info@amesfreelibrary.org to learn more!

April 2019

On the Wall: 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: Hats Off to History! by Lori Pires

Local collector Lori Pires shows off part of her international hat collection through the end of the month. A long-time Easton resident, Lori has been collecting headpieces for over 40 years and currently has over 500 pieces in her extensive collection, so come and see a piece of ‘hatstory’ today!

She will also be speaking about her collection on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

March 2019

 On the Wall: Susan Fornaro

The Ames Free library wishes to thank Susan Fornaro, who has donated her work to beautify the library. Her donated painting is displayed in the office of Executive Director, Uma Hiremath.

“My hope is to transport the viewer into the heart of the place and subject I am painting. When you can imagine the heat of the sun on your skin or the velvet petal of a flower in your hand as you visit the painting, then I have taken you to a place that moved me and we have made a connection.”

Susan was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Expressive Art Therapy in 1991 from Lesley University, Cambridge MA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1975 from Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. Susan has studied Advanced Drawing at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, 2013; Collage and Water Media at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 2012; Figure Drawing at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2011; Impressionist painting at the Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, MA. Ms. Fornaro currently works as a full time Art Psychotherapist with a thriving practice in Canton, MA. She uses her leisure time to paint and immerse herself in the world of making art and growing as an artist.

Additional work by Ms. Fornaro is displayed at the ESTCD Art Coop/Gallery, 50 Main St., North Easton. Open Saturday and Sunday, 11-3.


In the Glass Case: Katherine Honey

“Regardless of my reason to paint, like a wonderful vacation, painting renews me. Whatever priorities, emotions, and concerns existed before I raise my brush disappear. Hours evaporate and I am refreshed and ready to focus on what needs to be done.”

While Honey’s formal training in the arts is limited to about seven years, painting, photography, and crafts have been a mainstay in her life. In her youth, she embraced oils and dabbled in photography. Later in life, Honey moved from the forgiving nature of oils and acrylics to the challenge of watercolors. Inspiration for Honey’s paintings comes in many forms and often results in a series of paintings.

Katherine is an avid supporter of the arts. She has organized photography and art exhibits and contributes her art work to fundraising efforts. Presently, she is a member of the Attleboro Arts Museum and the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Co-op/ Gallery, 50 Main St., North Easton, where her work is available for viewing Saturday and Sunday, 11-3.

February 2019

On the Wall: Charles W. Lanphear

Ames Free Library wishes to acknowledge the generosity of Charles Lanphear, in his donation of several paintings to beautify the library. Mr. Lanphear will be displaying on the first floor brick wall for the month of February, 2019.

Charles has been drawing and painting for over 60 years. A retired Air Traffic Controller, for the past 20 years he has devoted much of his time to expanding a creative spirit and focusing on quality using many different mediums. He has received most of his formal training at Massachusetts College of Art, Massasoit Community College, as well as many area workshops. His focus for the last several years has been on mixed themes of music and other self-expressions using his art, photography, as well as other found objects. Charles’s work has been on exhibit throughout New England, both group and solo for many years.

Please be sure to check out his work on the wall and in and about the Ames Free Library.

 

In the Glass 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. Claire is a member of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Co-op/Gallery at 50 Main Street, North Easton, which is open Saturdays and Sundays 11-3. More of Ms. Dalton’s work is displayed there for sale.

January 2019

On the Wall: Photography by Robin Li Tan

“I’m from another side of the earth--China. LiTan 谭力 is what name I sign on paper, and Robin is the name everyone calls me here in the U.S.  I have bonded with photography since 2008, and the magic of photos has opened my eyes since then. A photo can speak for itself, and I enjoy sharing my vision with anyone who likes or dislikes it.”

In the Glass Case: Wood Turner Kevin Mulligan

Kevin Mulligan is a local award winning wood turner who lives with his wife Susan and Labradoodle Tucker in Norton.  Kevin’s work has been on display at the Boston’s Arnold Arboretum museum in Jamaica Plain, the Fuller museum in Brockton, and numerous juried exhibitions in the New England area.  He was recognized at prestigious Saratoga Springs, New York, Totally Turning symposium this past year.

Kevin believes in the beauty of wood as well as providing a brief history of the tree used to make each piece.  An avid environmentalist and outdoorsman, Kevin harvests most of his wood locally that would otherwise end up as firewood or left to decay,  He will artistically turn this raw wood into a variety of designs including utilitarian bowls, spindle work, jewelry boxes and artistic pieces.  Kevin will also provide a brief history of the tree that often has meaning to each new owner. He often works with clients on personally engrave pieces for weddings, retirements and awards, including woods harvested from their property or favorites and meaningful locations in New England.

December 2018

On the Wall: Guensly Desir 

Guensly Desir is a student artist from Easton, Massachusetts. As a student in the Advertising and Design program at Southeastern Regional High School, her work captures the world around her while still implementing the design elements and principles she learns in the classroom. She loves to explore different subject matter, media, and canvases in order to create a wide variety of work. After high school, she hopes to go to college and pursue a career in art education.

November 2018

On the Wall & In the Glass Case: Kira Seamon

Kira Seamon is an innovative photographer who loves to explore unique and experimental techniques to create original art. She loves to utilize her kaleidoscope photographic technique to create her "Stained Glass Sky" traveling art exhibit, where she enlivens a gallery with her vibrant pops of color and cheerful designs. She enjoys using this technique especially with fall-foliage trees, where branches, leaves and bark recombine into fascinating shapes and colors reminiscent of stained glass.

October 2018

On the Wall & In the Glass Case: Michelle Genereux Duprey

Michelle Genereux Duprey’s artwork cannot be placed into any one style. She has painted in techniques ranging from photo-realism and abstract to American folk and in mediums such as watercolor, gouache, acrylics and pencil. In the past few years she also taught herself jewelry design. 

Some examples of her artwork and jewelry will be exhibited during October. On Saturday, October 20th between 2pm and 3pm there was a Meet and Greet to see Michelle in person.

September 2018

On the Wall: READ 2018


In the third annual series of READ posters, the year 2018 showcases local businesses in and around Easton. Get familiar with the people who make Easton thrive!



 


With thanks to CHARLIE LANPHEAR who created the posters.

In the Glass Case: Beverly Carlson - Jewelry Designer
 
Jewelry Designer, Bev Carlson, using the technique of Chain Maille, weaves timeless bracelets, necklaces and earrings in high quality Argentium Sterling Silver. One of Bev’s more recent intricate and complex patterns has created The Byzantine Cross of Argentium Silver. She also uses the Japanese braiding technique of Kumihimo to make pieces that are very different and unique. Bev’s amazing pieces are displayed at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, Art Coop/Gallery, 50 Main Street, North Easton which is open Saturdays & Sundays 11-3.Bev also teaches both techniques at the Easton Shovel Town Art Coop/Gallery upon request. 


 


 


Artists’ works are brought to you by the Artist on Display Program sponsored by the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.

August 2018

On the Wall: READ 2018

In the third annual series of READ posters, the year 2018 showcases local businesses in and around Easton. Get familiar with the people who make Easton thrive!

In the Glass Case: Cilla Kitay – Cement Garden Art
 
Cilla’s Creations art was born from her simple desire to make her own garden pots. Cilla worked in the computer industry for 16 years, later becoming a preschool teacher after her son was grown. Cilla is now retired, but found she still needed a creative outlet and missed teaching. That is when Cilla’s Creations came to life in 2016. Cilla now holds classes in her studio out of her home in Sharon, MA. To learn more, please visit her on Facebook.
July 2018

The Ames Free Library thanks another generous artist, Ines Smrz, whose incredible gift paintings of animals and birds beautify the Children’s Section of the Library. You can also get a glimpse of her work over the fireplace in the Library at Queset House, which was purchased and donated by one of the library board members.

Ms. Smrz’ is noted for her Art Deco screens and paintings, and for her wonderful display of bright colors. “An art exhibition or museum, with its many colors and techniques on display, is not only a feast for the eyes; it also is a realm in which to gain insight into the emotions and character of a favorite artist. So it is with Glendale artist Inés Smrz, a native of Chile. To see her paintings and sculptured screens is to catch a glimpse into the life and background of a fascinating woman.”…Ana Gerlach

We are lucky that Ines has moved into our neck of the woods and we can share her uplifting use of bright colors. Take a moment to enjoy Ms. Smrz’ work which is hung in the Children’s Section of the library; and will also be displayed on the wall on the first floor and in the case on the second floor throughout the month of July. 

June 2018

On the Wall: Eric Lothrop, continued through June 15

Eric is a Boston based photographer who grew up in Easton, Massachusetts. He migrated west to Los Angeles in 1990. Southern California certainly was a far cry from Main Street U.S.A. He returned to Easton a short time ago and has been causing a stir with his beautiful and unusual works of art. “A photographic journey of two cities began in 2012, from the east coast to the west coast, with a few stops in between to connect the dots. The skylines and landscapes depicted are in a headspace like the one where you think you’re moving but you’re not...it’s what’s outside of you that’s moving. Eric captures the darkness of Saturday night and wakes early (or stays awake) to capture the light of Sunday morning. The same objects or places can look and feel so diverse in the twilight of night or the dawning of morning than they do at other times, and these are the moments he seems to seize with style and grace.”

On the Wall: The Heart of India: paintings by visiting artist Annu Naik, June 18 - 30

The Ames Free Library takes pleasure in inviting you to an evocative exhibition by famed Indian artist, Annu Naik.
Annu is a prolific artist of rustic Indian life. Her oil paintings invariably tell charming stories in quietly dramatic earth colors. With more than 50 shows spanning the continents, her works have been acquired by private and corporate collections and have been auctioned by both Sotheby’s and Christie’s. A 1964 graduate of Mumbai’s J.J. School of Arts, Anu has been the recipient of multiple awards and honors. 

In the Glass Case: Showcase of Student Work.

 

Items on display are examples of projects of Oliver Ames High School students in the Art, Family Consumer Science, and Industrial Arts departments worked on during the academic school year. 

May 2018

On the Wall: Eric Lothrop.

Eric is a Boston based photographer who grew up in Easton, Massachusetts. He migrated west to Los Angeles in 1990. Southern California certainly was a far cry from Main Street U.S.A. He returned to Easton a short time ago and has been causing a stir with his beautiful and unusual works of art. “A photographic journey of two cities began in 2012, from the east coast to the west coast, with a few stops in between to connect the dots. The skylines and landscapes depicted are in a headspace like the one where you think you’re moving but you’re not...it’s what’s outside of you that’s moving. Eric captures the darkness of Saturday night and wakes early (or stays awake) to capture the light of Sunday morning. The same objects or places can look and feel so diverse in the twilight of night or the dawning of morning than they do at other times, and these are the moments he seems to seize with style and grace.”

In the Glass Case & Around the Building: Celebrating 135 years of the Ames Free Library

During the Spring of 2018 we are continuing to celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the opening of the Ames Free Library.  The erudite and foresighted founders of our library would surely be amazed (but we hope pleased and proud) to see our 21stcentury library of today!

When you visit the library during May, please notice the Timeline of 35 Events highlighting some of the changes, achievements, and the people behind them, at the AFL during the past 135 years.  Also displayed, throughout the Main Library, Queset House and Queset Garden are 35 Items of significance from the history of the library.

Some of these events and items are of real historical importance.  Some are just nostalgic or anecdotal, but they combine to help illustrate the continuing story of the AFL, still growing and evolving in 2018.

April 2018

On the Wall: Dana Marshall Photography

Dana Marshall Photography is a local photographer who specializes in maternity, newborn, children, family and high school senior photography.

 

In the Glass Case: Lynne Atwood

Lynne Atwood is an award winning watercolor artist noted for transforming the simple wonders of nature into works of fine art. Lynne has created tiles and slate pieces with the images of her original artwork...some favorites are a dragonfly series, Tuscany market and Paddington Bear. Lynne will be displaying her work at the library through April and will be part of the Artisans on Display Art Show on April 7 at 50 Oliver St, No Easton 4-7 pm.

March 2018

On the Wall: 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: Just for the Love of it, the pottery Dr. Mei-Li Shih Milonni

After retiring as a theoretical physicist 15 years ago, Dr. Mei-Li Shih Milonni now finds beauty and expression in pottery and Chinese calligraphy. She often incorporates Chinese characters and poetry, both traditional verses and her own, to enrich her pieces. Among other accolades, Mei-Li received the “Best of Show” award at the 2015 Celebration of Clay Exhibition of the New Mexico Pottery and Clay Artists. She currently divides her time between Los Alamos, New Mexico and Taipei, Taiwan, and has enjoyed exploring new techniques at the Ceramics Program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard.

February 2018

On the Wall: Susanne Reitte Keith

“I became interested in the designs of Native Americans after a trip to Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. There, I discovered their wonderful images etched and drawn on cliffs and rock surfaces. These images are called Pictographs and Petroglyphs. They are beautiful to look at and are a testimony and record to the different tribes’ daily life of hunting, battles, weather, and other noteworthy events, such as births and deaths. I’ve combined different tribes’ icons and symbols, along with designs from Native American pottery and clothing. Under each painting, I have written the names of tribes that inspired the paintings. The colors I employed were inspired by their use of natural pigments in berries, herbs and clays, found in their surrounding environments. My personal painting has always been important to me as a wonderful form of self-expression.”

In the Glass Case: Katherine Honey

“Regardless of my reason to paint, like a wonderful vacation, painting renews me. Whatever priorities, emotions, and concerns existed before I raise my brush disappear. Hours evaporate and I am refreshed and ready to focus on what needs to be done.”

“While my formal training in the arts is limited to about seven years, painting, photography, and crafts have been a mainstay in my life. In my youth, I embraced oils and dabbled in photography. Later in life, I moved from the forgiving nature of oils and acrylics to the challenge of watercolors. Inspiration for my paintings comes in many forms and often results in a series of paintings.”

Katherine is an avid supporter of the arts. She has organized photography and art exhibits and contributes her art work to fundraising efforts. Presently, she is a member of the Attleboro Arts Museum and the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Co-op/ Gallery.

January 2018
On the Wall: Jean Thompson

Jean Thompson is a local artist who has been studying monotype techniques for the last four years. Each print is the result of multiple runs through the press, creating layers of texture and transparent color. Her work has been in shows at the Attleboro Arts Museum and the Zullo Gallery.
 In the Glass Case: Kevin Mulligan

Kevin Mulligan is a local award winning wood turner whose work has been on display at the Boston’s Arnold Arboretum museum in Jamaica Plain, the Fuller museum in Brockton, and numerous juried exhibitions in the New England area. He was recognized at prestigious Saratoga Springs, New York, “Totally Turning” symposium this past year. Kevin believes in the beauty of wood as well as providing a brief history of the tree used to make each piece. An avid environmentalist and outdoorsman, Kevin harvests most of his wood locally that would otherwise end up as firewood or left to decay. He will artistically turn this raw wood into a variety of designs including utilitarian bowls, spindle work, jewelry boxes and artistic pieces. Kevin is a member of the American Association of Wood turners, and is an active member of the South Shore Woodturning and Gateway Woodturning groups. Kevin is a member of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Coop/Gallery where his work is currently available for sale.
December 2017
On the Wall: Charles Lanphear

Charles has been drawing and painting for over 50 years. A retired Air Traffic Controller for the past 20 years, he devotes much of his time to expanding a creative spirit and focusing on quality using many different mediums. He has received most of his formal training at Massachusetts College of Art, Massasoit Community College, as well as many area workshops. His focus for this exhibit is mixed medium collages where tools available in the Queset House Media Lab were used to make many of these works on exhibit. Charles’ work has been on exhibit throughout New England, both group and solo.

Charles makes himself available on the second Thursday of each month for anyone interested in learning some of the basic techniques and equipment used. This is by appointment only thru the Library web site.
In the Case: Linda Paolucci

“Stained glass is a world of clarity and color which, when awakened by a simple beam of light, can take my breath away. It allows me to breathe life into my creations by just letting the sunshine through. Fortunately, I am able to express my love and awe of the ocean in my art. The natural items which I collect and use in my creations allow me to see ocean realms every day in my art.

Raised in Brooklyn NY, I received a B.A. degree from Queens College and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in N.Y.C. My main pursuits are stained glass, mosaics and underwater photography. I continue to take classes and workshops in my fields of interest.”
November 2017

On the Wall: Susan Clark

Susan Clarke is a teaching artist through VSAArts of RI. She holds a certificate in Decorative Painting from RISD Continuing Ed. Clarke has recently exhibited her work at the Attleboro Museum, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, One Studio Smooch and Gilbert Stuart Museum. She is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England and the RI Watercolor Society.

This series of small mixed media collages explores the love/hate relationship between man and the natural world. 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 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.

 In the Case: Michelle Genereux Duprey 

Michelle grew up in Easton and is the Administrative Assistant at the Ames Free Library, where she has been employed for nineteen years. She has an education in the arts and at one time had been self-employed doing art shows. At one of these shows she was discovered by a company in New York City who commissioned her for paintings. Although she no longer does commissioned works, she has those pieces all along the East Coast and as far west as California.
 
Michelle still dabbles in paint and other media such as wood and stone as well as photography and jewelry design. For the month of November, Michelle has some of her jewelry on display, which is also available for purchase. Just in time for holiday gift-giving!

October 2017

On the Wall: Jane Ostlund

 

“Having tried many art mediums, the one which caught my passion is watercolor with a secondary interest in pastels. I enjoy traveling the coast of New England searching for lighthouses. Watching kids at play also inspires me to pick up my brushes. How shadows play on buildings in the morning and evening light is fascinating. Looking at the world through a painter’s eye is a joy!!”

 

Jane Ostlund, a resident of Easton for many years, recently relocated to Bridgewater.

In the Glass Case: Mary Hunter - Framed Art Made With Love

 

“Sea glass is one of Mother Nature’s simplest yet most alluring treasures. Wanting to showcase and share my collection of these gifts from the sea I began Sea Glass Originals by Mary. These treasures inspired my heart to create art using hand-picked, unaltered sea glass. The shell placed in the corner of each frame is my signature. My hope is that my artwork brings you joy, the beauty and serenity of the ocean, and a taste of the beach I so love.”

 

Mary Hunter is a local artist and resident of Easton for twenty years.
September 2017
On the Wall: READ 2017

This is the second annual series of READ posters featuring Easton agencies and town officials. By Ames Free Library's very own Head of Technology, photographer Jed Phillips. View 2017's posters HERE.
 
In the Glass Case: Gene Jacobs

Gene Jacobs, DO, is the display artist at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, Art Co-op Gallery. Gene is a master at working with recycled materials. His present display at the Gallery features dolls made from recycled materials and “Imperfect Art” (necklaces). “You may start with some broken glass or a rock, there might be lots of twists and convolutions, you might bend it to your will but it might just not want to go that way. Imperfect art because it’s not what you put together but how you put it together that matters; that you did so with care, love, patience, and tolerance.”
August 2017

On the Wall: Wren Barger
 
Wren Barger is an Easton, MA resident, and is currently an undergraduate student at Bridgewater State University, 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. 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.
 
Ms. Barger is versed in film photography, digital photography, and Pinhole photography.
July 2017
On the Wall & In the Glass Case: Kyla Bennett

Kyla Bennett attended Bard College, double majoring in art and animal behavior. The workload forced her to drop the art major in her senior year, but she never stopped painting. After receiving a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and then a J.D. with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Kyla began work at the Boston office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doing wetlands permitting and enforcement. She left EPA in 1999, and worked as the Deputy Director of Habitat for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered on Cape Cod.  After two years of protecting wildlife and their habitats around the world, Kyla joined Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), working to protect local, state and federal employees who protect the environment. Kyla is vegan, an avid reader, writer, and theatre-goer, and spends her spare time hiking in Borderland with her husband and two dogs. She also volunteers as a naturalist at Borderland, and lives in a solar house in Easton. Kyla has spent years making props and painting scenery for local theatres. Kyla shares a studio at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, Art Coop/Gallery, with artist Andrea McKeen. Some of their work is a collaborative effort.
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.”