As a non-profit the Rasin Foundation's mission is to improve the health of the poorest citizens of rural Haiti. In January 2013 photographer Cheryl Clegg traveled to a clinic in Le Petite Rivière, a village just outside Leogane, Haiti, with doctors from the Foundation. There she observed lines of people forming outside the clinic door waiting for basic healthcare. Infants, children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, dressed in their Sunday best, were all there to see the volunteer doctors. The Faces of the Rasin Foundation, on view in the Newton Free Library Gallery from January 3-29, is an ongoing series of portraits of the residents of Le Petite Rivière. An opening reception for the show will be held on Thursday, January 8 at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome. Cheryl Clegg began making pictures as a child when she received a Kodak Instamatic in grade school. After graduating from RIT she began assisting commercial photographers. She opened her own commercial studio 25 years ago and where she has developed a diverse client base.
Using acrylic as her medium, Becky Davis creates work that combines qualities of natural and artificial worlds. Her paintings reflect an admiration of nature and humanity’s attempt to balance its role as steward of the environment with an innate desire to control it. Her creative process mirrors this relationship by pairing areas of carefully sculpted paint, with smoothly rendered or poured layers of glaze. When pouring glaze, she mixes the paint with various materials, working collaboratively with the medium to create visual effects that reference natural organisms. She also uses glaze to build up thin layers of paint, creating shapes simulating three-dimensional forms, which at first glance appear artificial, like manufactured plush toys, but they are also meant to evoke textures found in nature such as flower petals and mushrooms. Unnatural Landscapes will be on view in the Newton Free Library Main Hall from January 3-29 with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome. Becky Davis earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from Columbus State University. She has attended art programs in Maine, California and Japan, and taught art for over 6 years.
Teen Gallery and second floor display cases: Posters and Ceramics from Newton North High School. On view through spring 2015, the show includes a variety of work from Newton North High School Students.
Three First Floor Cases: View an extraordinary collection of sake cups and Asian crafts, plain and fancy, old and new. Starting in 1980 at an antique shop in San Francisco’s Japan Town, throughout Asia and an estate sale in Lower Falls, to the most recent acquisition at Old Japan in the South End, this private Newton resident has collected sake cups and Asian crafts to use, enjoy, and now share with the community in this rare display.
Atrium Case One: October is Newton Reads month! By now we hope you’ve read The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. Mark your calendars for our Newton Reads programs throughout October, including an author talk with Robyn Schneider on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 pm.
Atrium Case Two: Learn about the library’s year-long STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) initiative. From our 3D printer, to special classes, workshops and more, our STEAM programs have something for patrons of all ages.
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