GOING DEEP: An Artist’s Journey Through the Grand Canyon by Patty M. Simon, Gallery, on view October 4-30: Patty Simon’s artistic projects explore the many facets of a place or concept through repetition utilizing mixed media, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, textile embroidery and installation. Simon’s work often revolves around her travels, the power of love and human connection, daily rituals and themes that directly engage with and raise money for issues she is passionate about. Her practice prioritizes the hand-made as she works with a variety of materials, allowing the media and methods to tell the story and immerse the viewer in her experience of a place. Going Deep: An Artist’s Journey Through the Grand Canyon, is reflective of the many reasons Simon journeyed to the Canyon – to go deep, to return to the land she came from, to experience the drama, the color, the power of the water, silence and more.
Patty Simon has been making art all of her life. She has been featured in numerous Boston Globe articles, as well as other media venues. In 2011 she founded the You Are Loved – Pass It On Project which aims to spread love around the world, one simple gesture at a time.
Opening Reception for Opticks by Gerardo Garduño, Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm, Main Hall on view October 4-30: Born and raised in Mexico City, Gerardo Garduño creates drawings in black and white or colored paints using pencil and watercolor on paper. The pieces in this show are a series of drawings that reflect an optical game in relation to the incidence of light on objects, gravity and matter. Garduño explores compositions using various traditional Mexican iconographies. Color and line structures become very important in this work. They allow the artist to mix ordinary objects with intricate geometric patterns in surreal scenes in a symbolic language that exists in the moment.
Opening Reception for Portraits and Ceramics from Newton North High School, Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 pm, second floor Teen Gallery, on view through spring 2017: Join us for the opening of Newton North High School’s annual fall show which will be on view through early spring 2017. Whole Foods Market will provide food for the reception. An ensemble of Newton North High School students will delight us with chamber music as part of the festivities. The public is welcome to attend this special event.
The Gallery walls will feature Expressionist portraits created by Art Major 1 students from Shannon Slattery’s class. After looking at portraits by artists like Max Beckman and Oscar Kokoschka as well as Fauvist works and finally the work of Jean Michael Basquiat, students created their own Expressionist portraits. The students employed various methods to get exaggerated, distorted and emotional images. The results range from realistic to abstract. Working with oil pastels, the students used color as a way to enhance the expressions.
The freestanding display cases will showcase a variety of pieces using wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques by students from Eileen Gagarin’s ceramics class. Students worked with negative space, scale, texture, surface and volume. Some students chose to tell a story or work with shape to create provocative forms.
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, and to members of the Newton Art Association who hung the show. (Image by: M. Haider)
Atrium Case One, on view October 4-30: Highlighting Newton Community Farm and all that it offers to the community: sustainably grown produce, educational programs and community events. Info: newtoncommunityfarm.org.
Atrium Case Two, on view October 4-30: National Food Day, October 24, inspires Americans to reflect on the current food system, change their diets and raise awareness of current food policies. The display will include facts and figures and ideas for simple changes we can all make as we strive for a more sustainable future.
Three Main Hall Cases, on view October 4-30: Learn about Newton's natural history through the hands and eyes of local ceramic artist Cyndi Mason. See pottery with images of a few of your wild neighbors and learn how it is made. Info: email@example.com.
Third Floor Language and Literacy Center Country Display, on view October 4-30: Learn about Thailand from a display of books, CDs and DVDs!
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