Gaye Korbet paints double portraits using photographs of friends as reference material. The body of work for this show arose from her interest in the police booking photos found on post office walls. Her diptychs contend with the notion that we are at once known and unknown to ourselves. In creating these works Ms. Korbet found that the diptychs were enhanced when the profile image faces towards the front facing image, unlike typical booking photos where the profile image looks away. This small shift in orientation resulted in a substantial change in the meaning of the portraits. Her hope is that this device prompts an engrossing give-and-take between the viewer and the work. Enigma Variations will be on view in the Newton Free Library Gallery from February 3-26. All are welcome to attend the opening reception on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 pm.
Gaye Korbet holds a MFA from Mass College of Art and Design and studied at Kunstgewerbeschule, Basel, Switzerland. She teaches at Northeastern University, Art Institute of Boston and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Her work has been seen in shows throughout Massachusetts.
Al Levin’s Up in the Air series is an experiment in taking pictures through the windows of ordinary commercial flights with a point-and-shoot camera. The challenges are obvious: the vibration of the plane, haze or low clouds obscuring the landscape, dirty or scratched windows and difficult camera angles. Nevertheless Al Levin has been pleasantly surprised by some of the results of this simple approach and would like to share them with you. Up in the Air will be on view in the Newton Free Library Main Hall from February 3-26.
Al Levin began taking photographs when he was in his twenties and did his own darkroom work with the black-and-white images of that era. The advent of digital photography re-ignited his passion for picture taking by allowing him to regain control of the final image through the “digital darkroom.” With few exceptions, these images are subjected to minimal editing with Photoshop Elements software.
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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