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Art Exhibits Archive

Nature Redux by Anita Helen Cohen, November 2019

Joint Opening, Thursday, November 7, 7:00 pm, on view November 2-27, Gallery: To Anita Helen Cohen all of nature is art. She is drawn to texture, color and form – especially details created by texture. Watercolors, a medium that is natural to her, allow for enormous range in creating delicate, transparent flowers as well as to change textured, hard rock surfaces into a softer more accessible, feminine form. In her recent work she uses yupo synthetic paper to ‘chase’ and ‘tame’ the paint, coaxing it toward more predictability. The process brings the artist and the painting together as interactive partners, continually creating images and meaning together.

Ms. Cohen’s paintings have been in numerous exhibitions throughout New England, most notably the Annual Awards Show in Newton, the Roddy in Concord and the Bonnar in Newton. She recently won First Prize in the Bonnar and Annual Awards Show in Newton.


The Bungalow Series – Oil Paintings by Randy Swann, November 2019

Joint Opening Reception, Thursday, November 7, 7:00 pm, on view November 2-27, Main Hall: To Randy Swann bungalows are a welcoming and warm symbol of idyllic living in perfect scale. This series is a tight, concise group of building portraits from around the country. The artist’s approach to each of these paintings is from the front, rendering the facades of the buildings as honest and unblinking faces. Through stylistic touches such as trims, shutters and customized porches, colors and accessories, they display their shared humanity proudly. They are siblings, or at the very least, distant cousins, no matter the neighborhood.

Randy Swann studied at Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA. His work has been shown at group and solo shows throughout southeastern Massachusetts.


Displays November 2019

Opening Reception for Printmaking by Newton High School Students, Wednesday, October 23, 4:00 pm, Teen Area: Each year as part of their course of study, Newton’s high school students from both North and South engage in a printmaking project. Printmaking as an art form has been around since the 15th century and has deep artistic roots. Despite its traditional role, it is still practiced today and variations on the classic medium abound. An ensemble of student musicians will delight us with chamber music as part of the festivities. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend this special event. The show will be on view through spring 2020.

The library wishes to extend its gratitude to Eric Blomster of Abraxis Framing Co. in Newton, who generously provided the frames cost-free, and to members of the Newton Art Association who hung the show. (Image by: C. Murray)

Displays on view through November 27:

Atrium 1: The library provides free home delivery to Newton residents who are unable to visit us due to special needs, illness or disability. For information call 617-796-1360 and ask for Maura or Tracey.   

Atrium 2: The Coretta Scott King Book Awards, now in their 50th year, are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture. This display will celebrate picture books that have been honored with these awards. Looking for a great selection of picture books? Visit our Children's Room!

Main Hall: View hand-made guitars and a ukulele by Newton luthier (guitar maker) R.M. Mottola, built primarily from wood species that grow in the U.S. Info:

Third Floor Language and Literacy Center Country Display:  Learn about Haiti from a display of books, CDs and DVDs!