Joint Opening Reception, Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm, on view February 4-27, Gallery: Mary McSweeney’s main interest is oil paint though she has created art in watercolor, pastel, mixed media and acrylic. The face is her greatest inspiration whether invented, from life, idealized, distorted, sculptural or flat. An earlier series called The Ladies involved fictional characters and an element of humor. In these new works she pushes the limits, veiling faces and taking them to a new level.
Mary McSweeney’s life has always been centered on art. As a child she often went to the MFA with her family. She is the recipient of many awards.
Joint Opening Reception, Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm, on view February 4-27, Main Hall: From describing form and light with small strokes to creating ambiguous spaces with broad and untamed washes, Dan Brenton explores a variety of mark-making techniques to create scenes that attribute a consciousness to nature and allude to a harmony between the wanderers and their environment. The titles of his works reinforce this personification of nature and the interaction between creature and landscape, encouraging the viewer to consider their own relationship with the outside world.
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 February 27:
Atrium 1: Learn about the Chinese opium trade in Boston, including links to families in Newton. Visit Historic Newton.
Atrium 2: Project Bread will showcase the history of the Walk for Hunger Visit Project Bread.
Main Hall: See work by the talented participants in the ceramics classes at the Senior Center which are led by Bet Lee.
Third Floor Language and Literacy Center Country Display: Learn about Belgium from a display of books, CDs and DVDs!
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