Opening Reception for Disorder by Scott Offen, Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 pm, Gallery, on view from July 2-28: Scott Offen strives to make beautiful pictures of the ordinary or ugly. The portraits in his Disorder series depict a small group of homeless or addicted people who lived in or visited the area adjacent to South Station in 2014-15. They differ from street and documentary photography in that the portraits were formally made with the consent and participation of the subjects, and all subjects were compensated in some way. In this ongoing series, the ugliness Offen confronts is human suffering. His artistic goal serves a moral purpose. Those who suffer in public are also invisible precisely because the ugliness of their lives is repellant. Offen invites the viewer to confront the paradox that misery can coexist with beauty in the same frame and consider the common features of human life. A native of Boston, Scott Offen has studied at the New England School of Photography.
Opening Reception for Postorical by Daniel Ben-Ayun, Friday, July 1, 3:30 pm, Main Hall, on view July 1-28: Daniel Ben-Ayun’s art explores and reconstructs the magical idealism of mid-20th century advertising, popularized by the likes of LIFE Magazine. He transfers these sentiments to a parallel universe of his own creation, constructed of text and figurative imagery, oftentimes containing metaphors and splashes of humor. Found ephemera, books and posters serve as points of inspiration which he translates into advertisements for entirely imagined products, rendered in opaque, water-based paints to evoke the bold colors and sharp textures associated with mid-20th century commercial design. With paint and brushes he attempts to reset the thread of time visually, installing himself as the creator of an anti-capitalistic zeitgeist that resurrects the wonder and intrigue of print advertising. Daniel Benayun's artwork has been featured in various publications, including the Boston Globe.
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 July & August: Learn about the health benefits and practical basics of plant-based nutrition. Contact: Annie Bernhard email@example.com or Diana Goldman firstname.lastname@example.org. On view July 2-August 30.
Atrium Case Two July & August: Learn about the STEAM Expo and 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 July: Learn about the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) from information about resources, including family and peer support groups, and local education meetings and active projects such as criminal justice diversion. Info: nami.org/multicultural. On view July 2-28.
Third Floor Language and Literacy Center Country Display July: Learn about France from a display of books, CDs and DVDs! On view July 2-28.
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