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Art Exhibits Archive

Debra Bretton Robinson, Gallery April 2015

A Light in the Forest by Debra Bretton Robinson will be on view in the Newton Free Library Gallery from April 2-29. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend; refreshments will be served.

Debra Bretton Robinson grew up surrounded by the forests of NH and MA. It was her place to escape, one of solitude and reflection. Her painted forest scenes pick up where her childhood left off.  Returning to the woods for inspiration and inner peace, she is able to recharge and disconnect from the human world for a while. Her work is influenced by “the Group of Seven,” Canadian artists from the 1920s and 30s who painted natural landscapes. Ms. Robinson’s works draw on their style in that, like them, the unique and rich color choices she makes allow her paintings to "sing" or come alive. Ultimately the artist’s hope is that others will develop an appreciation for her vehicle of reflection and meditation as she records, “Light in the Forest.

Pocketful of Posies by Salley Mavor

Salley Mavor’s Pocketful of Posies will be on view in the Newton Free Library Main Hall from April 2-29. The artist is interested in communicating in playful and unexpected ways, combining different materials that work together to tell a story. She creates lush, detailed scenes in bas-relief that represent an enhanced and selective reality. The embroidery appears fine and delicate, but it is also versatile and sturdy enough to bind a collection of seemingly disparate parts together into a universal narrative. Her pieces resemble miniature stage sets, with scenery, props and characters imposed on an embellished fabric backdrop. Individual elements are formed with wool felt, beads, wire, driftwood and found objects and then hand stitched in place. Her goal is to move and delight viewers in such a way as to draw them into another way of seeing the world.

Ms. Mavor children’s book, Pocketful of Posies, won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. She recently published a how-to book of doll projects, Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures. Mark your calendars for her artist’s talk which will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm.

Displays April 2015

Teen Gallery and second floor display cases: A Snapshot of Newton South Arts. On view through fall 2015, the show includes a variety of work from Newton South High School Students. (Image by: C. Young)

Atrium Case 1: Look back at Waban Village’s businesses, traditions and people. Join us on April 30 at 7:00 pm to hear Ann O'Halloran and Lauren Comando speak about how their research into the life of WWI soldier Albert Angier opened a door into the history of the village for them.

Atrium Case 2: Learn about the Friends, a dedicated volunteer group whose members serve the library! Their 31st book and author luncheon featuring authors Vicki Croke (Elephant Company ) and Tess Gerrittsen  (Die Again) will take place on Monday May 4 at the Newton Marriott Hotel. Purchase tickets at

Three Main Hall Cases: Green Decade/ Newton presents an exhibit prepared by Students for a Greener World Exhibit(SGW) and students from Newton elementary, middle and high schools to celebrate Green Decade’s 25th Anniversary. Learn how today’s kids will continue “greening Newton” and the environment. Info: