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Art Exhibits Archive

So Actually That is Cool by Blake Brasher, January 2020

Opening Reception, Thursday, January 9, 7:00 pm, on view January3-30, Gallery: In this body of work Blake Brasher layers elements of abstraction with methods of pattern making, where the various patterns include rectangular shapes forming Euclidian grids, branching leaf-like forms growing into vines and tessellations of hexagons. He allows the rules of pattern formation to break down over the course of creating the painting, leading to new formations at different scales. The artist believes the purpose of art is to help one find their place in the universe. He considers a painting a success if it has that spiritual quality that draws people into a state of meditative contemplation.

Blake Brasher has exhibited his paintings internationally and has participated in residencies in the U.S., France, Italy and Romania.  He is an associate member of Kingston Gallery in Boston and a full member of Gallery 263 in Cambridge.



A Personal Lexicon by Marianne Perlak, January 2020

On view January 3-30, Main Hall: The seed for this project was planted years ago when Marianne Perlak was given several trays of hot metal used for typesetting (the old fashion way). Because of her history as a book designer, the desire to make use of this material in her artwork eventually developed into these 26 pieces, one for each letter of the alphabet. She looked for words that resonated with her and then paired them with other words and phrases that played with multiple meanings, humor and odd couplings, which ultimately became her “personal lexicon.” The collage and impressions on the face and sides of the works invite not just study but an act of reading that reveals humorous, serious and sometimes quizzical meanings.

Marianne Perlak studied at the Pratt Institute and the Boston Museum School where print making was her primary interest. Working with books during her long career as Art Director at Harvard University Press had a major influence on her personal artwork.



Displays January 2020

Printmaking by Newton High School Students, 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 January 30:

Atrium 1: Look back at winter sports and other recreational activities that Newton organized in the 20th century. For information contact Historic Newton at

Atrium 2: The library's ELL & Literacy program will be highlighting its One Book, One Program project. Participants will be reading Because of Winn-Dixie by award-winning author Kate Decamillo. Info: 617-796-1360 or email

Main Hall: Come see what classic Chinese philosophies can teach us about the significance of living in harmony with nature. Learn about the lunar calendar and amazing arts associated with zodiac animals, Four Treasures and Four Companions, and how they help people find deeper meanings of life. For information contact the Chinese American Association of Newton.

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