This month’s exhibitor at the Sherborn Library, Kristiina Almy, is a graphic designer and artist, and a resident of Sherborn. Kristiina studied fine arts at Skidmore College and graduated with a B.S. in Studio Art. Upon graduating from College, she spent the following 12 years working full time as a graphic designer in Boston before moving to Sherborn.
Kristiina enjoys all the open space and wooded trails that Sherborn offers and has found inspiration for her landscape paintings here, as well as from other New England locations. To see more of Kristiina’s work, visit her website at: kristiinaalmy.com.
January, 2016: Pine Hill School Student Art
This month Pine Hill Elementary students will be displaying some of their artwork at the Sherborn Library. Thanks to Art Specialist Sarah Richards at Pine Hill, the library will host small watercolor paintings by 5th Grade students on the walls, as well as small clay house facades created by 3rd Grade students in the library display case. Congratulations to our budding artists!
Samples of student art below are as follows:
Clay House by Audrey Capone, Grade 3
Landscape by Zoe Sun, Grade 5
Imaginary Creature by Skylar Clews, Grade 5
December: The Art of Sally Meding
Sally Meding is a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and native of London, UK. She obtained a PhD in Freiburg, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1990. She has a studio in Natick, MA and teaches watercolor and drawing in the MetroWest area.
A versatile artist creating mostly semi-abstract works in watercolor on paper. Her artwork is about playing the game of “contrasts” particularly warm against cool, bright against dull and light against dark. She enjoys the challenge of painting a wide variety of subject matter where a “contrast” caught her eye. Sally finds color fascinating, and spends much time reading about it, and typically she uses a kaleidoscope of harmonious color, interesting shapes and textures to dramatically emphasize how she perceives our fragile world.
Sally has appeared on HGTV “That's Clever” showcasing her “art-cards” (2007), has 2 cover articles in Texas magazines and is published in Nita Leland's book “Confident Color” (North Light 2008). Visit her website/blog at www.sallymeding.com.
November: Photographs of Beth Hoffman
This month’s exhibit at the Sherborn Library features Beth Hoffer. Beth is a resident of Holliston. As a photographer, she is inspired by the natural and architectural beauty of New England. Her photographs represent a wide range of New England including the Maine Coast, Cape Cod, the White Mountains, and the region known as “Metrowest”. Through her photography, Beth has come to appreciate that everything changes, be it by the season, day or minute.
Beth’s work is carried in many fine shops and galleries in the New England area. She is known for her innovative triptychs and has also produced posters featuring the “Doors of New England” and another featuring the “Doors of Holliston”. Her photographs may be viewed at www.LyricPhotos.Net.
October: Monotypes of Lynda Goldberg
This month’s exhibit at the Sherborn Library features Lynda Goldberg’s monotypes. Goldberg’s monotypes focus on nature and her fascination with it. She starts with an idea or feeling which she expresses in textures and colors using natural and manmade found objects.
Goldberg uses leaves, grasses, ferns, seaweed, eggshells, metal objects, meshes, string, and other items that are themselves inked and placed on an inked plexiglass plate, then a damp piece of paper is placed on top and the whole thing is run through a press. After pulling the original print one can continue to use the ”ghosted” plate as is, or add/substract/rearrange items and pull another print, or one can remove the objects and use that “ghosted” image. Also, as the plate is being prepared, one can use what is on the roller and roll that on a plate, or use the reverse side of an object that was already printed. It is the unlimited possibilities and uncertainty of what exactly will appear (in addition to the image being the reverse of what one worked on) that makes the monotype process so exciting. Each print is unique and the result of an adventure. As Goldberg says, “My goal is to transmit my enthusiasm for the printmaking process and its creativeness to others.”
August: Photographs of Ariel Valeria Calver
Ariel Valeria Calver’s photographs will be on display in the Sherborn Library during the month of August. Ariel’s photography ranges from the abstract to the urban landscapes in London, Paris, Northern Italy, and to the world of nature in the United States. The photographs in her current exhibit were taken in Istanbul, Turkey. Many of her photos have been published in online magazines, such as Epiphany. She currently lives in London, UK, but grew up locally in Massachusetts.
July: Art from Dover-Sherborn Middle School
During the month of July, the Sherborn Library celebrates young local artists from the Dover-Sherborn Middle School. One section of the young artist exhibit features work from Dover-Sherborn Middle School's Art Club. The club is comprised of students in the 6-8th grades who are interested in advancing their artistic skills outside of the formal classroom setting. The members join together once a week after school where they have the opportunity to create artwork using a wide variety of media and subject matter. The work displayed is a compilation of abstract pieces using oil and chalk pastel.
June: Paintings of Carolyn M. Williams
Carolyn is an oil painter who lives in Natick and keeps a studio in the Winchell Building, also in Natick. Her work often features rocks as part of abstracted landscapes in layers of color. Her studio was part of the original Natick Artists Open Studios and has been open for visitors every year since.
May: Oil paintings of Dottie Laughlin
Dottie Laughlin is an oil painter who strives to find the light in her numerous water filled landscapes of New England. Her soft brushstrokes add an atmospheric quality to her colorful works and the foliage of trees and flowers are alive. She loves the process of watching a painting unfold. Laughlin studied Art and Art History Univ. of Wisconsin, however it took her move to New England 14 years ago to return to painting. She has studied at the Danforth Museum School, and with various Boston artists and most currently with William Bartlett of the Boston Guild. She is a member of the Wellesley Society of Artists, Needham Art Association, Lakes Region Art Assoc. and had done several open studios in the area. Her work has received a number of awards, the most recent being the Loran Percy Award for New England Landscape by the Lakes Regional Art Association. Additional information on Dottie can be found on her website: www. dottielaughlin.com
April 2015: The Paintings of Vivian Sass
Saturday, April 25th, 2:30-4:30
In recognition of Autism Awareness month Vivian Sass will be showing her artwork at the Sherborn library in April. An eight year-old Sherborn resident, Vivian has passionately made artwork as an expression of her creativity starting at age 2. She loved drawing and sculpting but favored painting since she first held a paintbrush. She is fascinated by and finds peace in mixing colors and finds both comfort and joy when applying paint to the canvas. She began formal art lessons at age 7 with her teacher Karen Johnson of Medfield. Vivian paints colorful, vibrant and happy landscapes with architectural elements in acrylic paint. She prefers painting from photographs and has recently been painting in large format.
March 2015: Mosiacs by Cheryl Cohen
For the month of March at the Sherborn Library, Cheryl Cohen will exhibit her mosaics. A native of Ashland, Cheryl teaches mixed media mosaic art to adults and children at her studio, Cheryl Cohen, Mosaic Art Center at 360 Woodland Street in Holliston. The studio opened in June, 2014 and offers afterschool programs to children ages eight and up, and adult programs weekly on Tuesday morning, and Thursday evenings. She also offers monthly Ladies’ Nights Out and Weekend Workshops. Cheryl will help you plan special events including birthday parties, family reunions, work gatherings, etc. In addition, at the art center, there are other artists who offer art classes in various media.
February 2015: Oil Paintings by Kathy Laduca
December 2014: Oil Paintings by Rob Franco
Rob Franco’s passion for art began at an early age during visits to a neighborhood artist in Newport, RI. He trained as an illustrator in the U.S. Air Force and continued as a graphic artist in the Boston area. A Natick resident, Rob has studied with renowned artists Albert Handell, David Ratner, and John Evans. His passion today is oil painting, a medium that allows Franco, as he says, “to build depth and texture into his painting using palette knives, brayers and assorted brushes.”
His work is inspired by the ocean and water, and he enjoys searching the New England and Eastern Shore coastlines to find boats and wildlife, such as the Wild Assateague Island ponies, birds, and sea creatures to paint. Franco shares, “Looking into a tidal pool or the reflection of a boat in the early morning or late day light gives me an emotional feeling of calm. Reflections on the water are fleeting and must be recorded quickly. The colors produced by the boat, sky and water are ever changing. Finding these painting opportunities is always exciting and priceless to me.” Also on display in the glass case at the Sherborn Library, Franco will exhibit four collages made from antique wood type, which typesetters used to produce printed materials from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s. To view a short video of Rob Franco speaking about his painting, please visit the “About Me” section on his website at robfranco.com.
November 2014: Photography by Maralyne Brace
Dover resident, Marlayne Brace, is a digital artist/photographer and the owner of Mbrace Studios. She specializes in nature photography with an emphasis on coastal scenes. “Technology is at our fingertips today and everything we do is immediate, fast-paced, and multi-tasked. When I feel overwhelmed, I relax and re-energize myself by slowing down and taking a walk in the woods or sitting on the shore looking out over the water and let the feeling of peacefulness wash through me. My aspiration is to bring that serenity, reflection, and re-energization to people through my photographs. While you may not be able to take a break to get outside and experience nature right now, you can still get those feelings by looking at my photographs. ”
October 2014: Paintings by Richard Denzer
Richard Denzer has been operating "Curb Appeal Portraits" since 1993, providing custom house-portraits, executed in pen-and-ink or watercolor, to homeowners and realtors in the Boston area, as well as commissioned paintings of children and pets. His work has been displayed in numerous local galleries, libraries, and dining establishments, and he has taught watercolor classes for local towns, including the Dover-Sherborn Community Education Program.
Mr. Denzer enjoys the challenge of painting beautiful homesteads in their unique surroundings. He enjoys portraying texture in fine detail, is fascinated with the process of making his work look as realistic as possible, and finds joy in creating the painted illusion of contrasting light and shadow.
September 2014: Paintings by Bud Burnham
A former art director and graphic designer, Bud Burnham has been the recipient of more than seventy five awards,including a Grumbacher Paintinaward. He also received six prestigious Hatch Awards. His work is part of the permanent art collection of Brandeis University. His paintings cover a wide range of subjects; portraits, landscapes, seascapes, children at play and children at the seashore. Employing a traditionalist palette his work conveys a sensitivity and gentility, especially reflected in his paintings of children.
August 2014: Photography by Ariel Valeria Calver
Ariel Valeria Calver's photography ranges from the abstract to urban landscapes in France, Italy, Germany and England, as well as the world of nature. She has traveled widely throughout Europe and South East Asia and captures the culture and surroundings of her experiences through the camera lens. Many of her photos have been published in online collections such as Epiphany Magazine which can be viewed at www.epiphmag.com - an unpretentious publication where Art, Poetry and Prose come together to create a visually and creatively stimulating experience. Ariel currently lives in London, England and often travels to Wellesley, MA to visit her family.
July 2014: Dover-Sherborn Middle School
Curious to learn more about the organisms that reside around Dover-Sherborn Middle School? Visit the Sherborn Public Library in July to view poems, paragraphs and illustrations showcasing the creatures around the middle school. This exhibit by Seventh Grade students (and coordinated by English teacher Laura Mullen) is inspired by the work of award-winning poet, Joyce Sidman. Thanks to grants from POSITIVE and the Sherborn Arts Council, students were able to Skype with Sidman to receive feedback and advice during the writing process. Please come by to enjoy this creative and unique collection of work!
April-June 2014: Gail Samuelson
Beaver Dam, Sherborn, Ma
Photographer Gail Samuelson moved to Sherborn because she wanted to walk her dog without getting into the car, while her husband John wanted to row each morning on the Charles River through the Rocky narrows. They built a house surrounded by the Town Forest and adjacent to Sewell brook. Beavers dammed the brook a few years ago, flooding the path and creating a wetland. A swamp quickly replaced the forest, and the resulting landscape is remarkable for its bright green mud and dying trees. Indeed the dammed brook smells more like the underside of a rotting log than the sweet scent of pines.
Like the beaver swamp, Gail’s photographs are not conventionally pretty. Felled logs and decaying stumps exist beside leafed out oaks. Muddy organic debris surrounds rust colored ferns, and the morning sun lights up the bright wood of a newly cracked limb. She shows two perspectives of the dammed brook. The first set is shot in a direct and representational way, inviting the viewer to join her in the swamp. The second set is a series of reflections of the landscape on small pools of water that distort and distill the flora and so transmit the strong feelings that she has for the place.
Gail Samuelson has owned her own photography business for 25 years. She has won awards for her self-portraits, which have been shown at the Cambridge Art Association, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, VA, and PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT. She is a featured artist at the 555 Gallery, a new photography gallery in South Boston. A reception for her landscape work will be held there on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
April 2014: Anne E. G. Nydam,
Young and Old, Block Prints
Young and old, old and new, there's a special beauty in the people and things that have lasted a long time, and those that are just starting out. From the half-timbered buildings that have stood for centuries, to the fern fiddlehead about to unfurl, I find myself drawn to new beginnings and ancient survivors. For this show, I selected a variety of relief block prints that relate to this idea of new and old. I hope they invite viewers to appreciate the magic in sometimes unregarded places, and the wonder of our world where young and old, old and new share their beauty with eachother.
March 2014: Larry Grob,
the Art of Place
Larry Grob is a New England based artist who works both in-studio and en plein air. His coastal and interior views—favorite locales include Cape Ann and the North Shore, the Maine seaside and islands, and the hills and farms of southern Vermont—are representational in style, with tendencies towards abstraction in his compositions.
Informed by his early training as a geographer, and inspired by the naturalistic painting of California’s impressionists and various Swiss alpine painters, Larry strives to capture light and the forces of nature in views that he hopes will elicit viewers’ connections with the land.
“I’m a pastelist with a passion for creating images that fuel ecological awareness and encourage us to approach our surroundings with a lighter hand”, says Larry. “Landscapes help me explore both the range of my medium and the stories that our land tells us…if we only stop to look and listen.”
Larry works exclusively with soft pastels, painting on various sanded papers that impart ‘incidental’ tones and textures to the finished work.
Larry’s work has earned him recognition from the Pastel Society of America, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Rockport Art Association. A portfolio of his work can be seen on his web site, at: http://www.larrygrob.com. In the New England area, Larry participates in exhibitions at Art in the Barn (Essex, MA), the North Shore Arts Assocation (Gloucester), the Concord Art Association, the Weston Arts & Crafts Association, and in exhibits at Concord’s Albright Gallery.
Larry offers work for sale as pastel originals and as limited edition giclée prints. He is thrilled to be exhibiting at the Sherborn Library and hopes you enjoy the work.
February 2014: Pine Hill Student's Art
January 2014: Erin O'Grady Watercolor and Oil Paintings
December 2013: Labor Rights/Human Rights: An International Labor Poster Exhibit
November 2013: The Artists of Palettes
October 2013: Photography by Joan Hill
September 2013: Photography by Caroline Egener
June 2013: Katherine Downey Miller
April 2013: Arlene Chapin
February/ March 2013: Denise Driscoll
February 2013: Karin Stanley
January 2013: Carlie DeGaetano
Exhibit of claywork and block reduction prints by the 6th grade students from Mrs. Primack's art class at Dover Sherborn Middle School.
October/ November 2012: The Pastel Portraiture of John Kirk Smith
September, 2012: Photography by Jeffrey Adams
August 2012: Marjorie (Jorie) Anderson
July 2012: Elizabeth Gorman's Color Pencils
May 2012: Roberta Delaney
April 2012: All Things Bright and Beautiful.... Art by Kajal Sen Gupta
March 2012: Photographs by Heath Robbins
January 2012: Paintings by Kate Graham Heyd
December 2011: Trustees of Reservations 5th Annual Summer in the Valley Photo Contest.
November 2011: The Paintings of Pat Hoskeer
October 2011: The Paintings of Tim Murley