Jason Asselin’s pieces range from large-scale public artworks to small drawings made for the gallery. Smoke 'em if you got 'em, which will be on view in the Newton Free Library Gallery from March 3-30, attempts to turn discarded cigarette packs into an art form that carries a subtle message about the nefarious practices of the cigarette industry. The drawings in this show are a commentary on addiction and the evidence of that habit, and our disposable culture and acceptance of the resulting street trash. Ultimately this show is Asselin’s attempt reinvent our street trash by turning it into something positive and educational, drawing the viewer in with bold colors and the illusion of space. The public is welcome to attend an opening reception on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm.
Jason Asselin holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He teaches at Salem State University and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. His public artwork titled You Are Here can be seen at the World Trade Center Station/Silver Line in South Boston.
The joy of photography is what brings together members of the Newton Camera Club. Their annual print show will be held at the Newton Free Library in the Main Hall from March 3-30. The public is welcome to meet the photographers and view the show at an opening reception on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm.
The Camera Club’s annual event showcases some of the best work produced by club members, with a variety of photographic subjects and approaches. The Club’s photographers range from novice to professional, but all share a passion for photography, whether through capturing nature's many moods, the varied forms and expressions of human subjects or through the delight in capturing some little detail that most would not notice.
For more information on programming and meetings please visit www.newtoncameraclub.org. (Image by Hope Schreiber)
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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