Joint Opening Reception for Happenings and Transitions by Michelle Brown, Thursday, August 4, 7:00 pm, Gallery, On view from August 2-30: Print and screen images spark the narrative themes that make up Michelle Brown’s diptych paintings. Similar to a stream of consciousness mode of writing, these "story boards" unfold by associative leaps and juxtapositions. These paintings reflect time spent with art books, film stills, contemporary media and personal photographs. The process of stringing imagery together, of weaving the personal with the collective, slows down the continuous flow of images and interrupts consumption. Painting can reward sustained attention in this technologically saturated time. These works aim to evoke and not make explicit and encourage the viewer to interpret freely.
Michelle Brown holds a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited her work in solo shows at Hallspace, galleryatArtBlock, Dana Hall gallery and in numerous juried shows throughout New England. She has taught drawing and painting at Montserrat College of Art.
Joint Opening Reception for by Around People by Toufic Mobarak, Thursday, August 4, 7:00 pm, Main Hall, on view from August 2-30: Cities and their people have a mystical way of reflecting and affecting each other’s identity and singularity. The city becomes the mirror of its people, and the people become the embodiment of the city. Photographs of old people and of children intrigue artist Toufic Mobarak because old people carry our memory and the young hold our hopes. In many aspects, we live our lives in the past or in the future, rarely in the present. Hope keeps us going and memories keep us hoping.
Teen Gallery and Second Floor Display Cases:
A Snapshot of Newton South Arts. On view through early fall 2016 in the second floor Teen Gallery: The exhibition is an accurate reflection of the quality and breadth of work produced by South students. A lively opening reception is planned, at which a Newton South High School ensemble will delight us with their music as part of the festivities. The public is welcome. The library wishes to extend its gratitude to Eric Blomster of Abraxis Framing Co. in Newton, who generously donated his time, and provided the frames cost-free, to Whole Foods for providing refreshments for the opening and to members of the Newton Camera Club who hung the show. (Image by: Julia Payne)
Atrium Case One, August: Learn about the health benefits and practical basics of plant-based nutrition. Contact: Annie Bernhard firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Goldman email@example.com. On view July 2-August 30.
Atrium Case Two, August: Featuring Mayor Warren's Summer Reading Challenge. Get involved in the library’s special programs and events; learn how to keep a log of your reading and more. Info: newtonma.gov/summerread.
Three Main Hall Cases August: Diorama fun featuring Star Wars! Info contact: Edward Noto at firstname.lastname@example.org. On view August 2-30.
Third Floor Language and Literacy Center Country Display: Learn about Iran from a display of books, CDs and DVDs! On view August 2-30.
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