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The Komorebi Series by Jim Kociuba, October 2019

Joint Opening Reception Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm, Gallery: Making art and teaching are constants in Jim Kociuba’s life. He finds painting to be a meditative process while building up the surfaces of the image. His current series is inspired by the Japanese word “Komorebi” which describes the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees. Gestural under-painted branches are overlaid with monotone diagonal pixels. Nature and technology are represented with organic and geometric imagery. They create lively worlds of dappled light, floating pollen and sparkling light. Mr. Kociuba’s work is in collections throughout most of New England and New York. Visit Jim's website. The show will be on view October 2-30.

Portraits/People and Places by Daniel Dyer, October 2019

Joint Opening Reception Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm, Main Hall: Daniel Dyer took up oil painting when he was in his late 50s after having had a successful career as an architect. Prompted to make this change by the passing of several family members, he wanted to add a ‘second chapter’ to his life. In addition to his keen interest in figure and portrait paintings, he has spent time focusing on painting urban landscapes. He enjoys exploring the energy that people, cars, buildings and edges give cities. Combining his interest in people and the urban world, he is currently developing a series that focuses on the interactions of people in the city (not just including them for scale or as props). Watching and observing cities tells us there is a story there - we just have to figure it out. Subject, composition and paint application, are all important, but for Mr. Dyer, ultimately, the power of a representational painting hinges on the depiction of light and color on the canvas. The show will be on view October 2-30.

Displays October 2019

Opening Reception for Printmaking by Newton High School Students, Wednesday, October 23, 4:00 pm, Teen Area: Each year as part of their course of study, Newton’s high school students from both North and South engage in a printmaking project. Printmaking as an art form has been around since the 15th century and has deep artistic roots. Despite its traditional role, it is still practiced today and variations on the classic medium abound. An ensemble of student musicians will delight us with chamber music as part of the festivities. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend this special event. The show will be on view through spring 2020.

The library wishes to extend its gratitude to Eric Blomster of Abraxis Framing Co. in Newton, who generously provided the frames cost-free, and to members of the Newton Art Association who hung the show. (Image by: C. Murray)

Displays on view through October 30:

Atrium 1 and 2: Learn about the 10th Annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) which will be held on Saturday, October 19-Sunday, October 20 at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. Admission, workshops and panel discussions are all free and open to the public. Info: micexpo@gmail.com  or micexpo.org

Main Hall: See the Newton Cemetery through the perspectives of artists Kayla Hardy and Karen Krolak. Discover some of the people, history, trees, animals and events that make it such a meaningful part of our community. Research for this display was sponsored in part by funding from the Newton Cultural Council. Visit: https://www.newcemcorp.org.

Third Floor Language and Literacy Center Country Display: Learn about Ireland from a display of books, CDs and DVDs!