Friday, April 8, 2005
Library honors community in bicentennial year with resident art works
Visit the Gleason Public Library this month and see all the artistic talent that lives and works in our community. As part of a way to honor the town's bicentennial, the Friends of the Gleason Public Library is sponsoring a two-month-long art exhibit entitled "The Essence of Carlisle," which ends April 30. Sixty-nine artists submitted their work.
The wide scope of the show results in almost a "who's who" of people in Carlisle. There are entries from people who work at the Carlisle Town Hall, for the police department, and Ferns Country Store. Some residents have pursued other careers in life, but consider art as a hobby and have items on display. There are works from artisans who you may not have realized live just down the street from you. There are also pieces from professional artists living in town, who have exhibited throughout the state, the country, and even in international locations.
Surprisingly, most of the items are not artwork about Carlisle. Rather they are a reflection of the people in Carlisle. Some exhibitors claim they find being in Carlisle inspiring, and it is that which has led them to pursue art. The pieces are on display throughout the library, but this article divides them by category, and contains information that the artists submitted with their entries.
Much of the work is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the Gleason Library. Consult the show book at the main desk for specifics.
Creating pictures to hang on the wall
When you think of art museums, you may think of creations that you can frame and put on a wall. Apparently many people share this definition for this is the biggest category on display at the library. The town's artists use a variety of media to create their pictures: oils, watercolors, and acrylic paint. Some chose to mix media or made prints. The wide array of artists (with medium listed after their names) include:
Valerie Baier - watercolor
Judy Bangs - oil painting
Larry Bearfield - acrylic, mixed media
Prescott Behn - oil painting
Francoise Bourdon - watercolor
Charann M. Brown - oil painting
William F. Brown - oil painting
Max Brownawell - oil painting
D'Ann Brownrigg - watercolor
Deborah Bacon Cassady - watercolor
Brooke Farrell Cragan - watercolor
Teresa Dwyer - oil painting
Elizabeth Evans (Lenzen) - watercolor
Gail Fitzpatrick - oil painting
Jennifer Hart - oil painting
Lonnie Harvey - monoprints
Phyllis W. Hughes - acrylic painting.
Maria Lewis - acrylic painting
Kathleen Muse Mayer - oil painting
Kathleen McDonough - oil painting
Frank Michielutti - oil painting
George Middleton - oil on panel
David Negrin - oil on board
Nina Nielsen - oil painting
Kathleen O'Hara - acrylic painting
Maris Platais - pen, ink, and acryllic
Marie-Louise "Weezie" Petrie - watercolor
Lesia Shaw - Chinese ink on rice paper
Nancy Stadtlander - watercolor
David Stickler - gelatin silver print
Eric Stickler - gelatin silver print
William Turville - collage/oil pastel (and sculpture)
Roberta Wessell - watercolor
Constance Wright - acrylic painting
Bonnie Chayas Yousefian - oil painting
Sally Zielinski - oil painting
Capturing images as photographs
Photography represents the next largest category with a total of eleven exhibitors. Carlisle Mosquito photographers are well represented, including Ellen Huber, Midge Eliassen, and Lois d'Annunzio. Midge Eliassen shares a color photo from the White Mountains to show her creative exploration in the area of "natural light photography." D'Annunzio captures her dog, a black Labrador retriever, on a walk one morning in Vermont. Ellen Huber chooses to stay local, and offers images of the late Oscar Pederson on Memorial Day (1975) and at the First Religious Society. She finds town celebrations and church activities bring townspeople together, and are key contributors to the essence of Carlisle.
Tom Arnold, formerly a Carlisle resident, shared an image he took near Hyannisport, Cape Cod. Gay Campbell offers a photograph entitled "Old Truck." She considers photography is a search for essence and says she finds "tremendous beauty all around." In Carlisle, that can be something as simple as an old truck.
Jon Golden specializes in stereoscopic photography, commonly understood as using a viewer or glasses to see 3-D images. Bert Willard also presents an unconventional form of photography. He creates patterns produced by placing a birefringent material between Polaroid sheets. Birefringent materials can transmit plane-polarized light with which Willard creates his designs.
Five additional photographers who share their works include Doug Baker, Jonathan Daisy, Holly N. Fordyce, Monica Granfield and Nancy P. Roberts.
Displaying sculpture and textiles
There were five entrants in the sculpture category. Bonnie Orr Miskolczy presents a signature piece of art that she made from objects she has found around town. Timothy Fohl displays a sculpture called "Pounce" that he made from steel and wood. Glen Urban chose steel and stone for his large-scale sculpture entitled "Hay Days.." Arthur Turner offers a wooden bowl he created in his basement workshop in town; most of his work is from wood grown in Carlisle: white pine, red and white oak, black birch and red cedar.
Another category included textiles with three entrants. Jenine Cortizas Blum offers a quilt for viewing. Sheila Luther shows an afghan blanket she created to celebrate the Carlisle Bicentennial with depictions of major town landmarks. Librarian Kay Edelberg shares a piece of her large-scale weaving done on a loom designed and built by her husband, Murray.
Creating objects of art
Artists created unique objects for display. Karin Lemmermann shares samples of her pottery. Students of hers in town will acknowledge how willing she is to share her craft and expertise. A student of hers, Patrick Bourque, a fourth-grader at the Carlisle Public School, shares a pottery piece he sculpted. Diane Delgado makes stoneware and porcelain, available as unique pieces or in functional sets.
Working in wood proved popular to another three artists. David Galvin, Carlisle Police Chief and woodworking hobbyist, shares a music stand he created from maple for his daughter. Al Sanders, also a woodworker, shows a woven basket he designed and made. Jic Davis has a table he made from a bittersweet vine.
Artisan Michael Brophy brought several objects he has designed in silver. Mark Harmon presents items from his jewelry collection entitled "ReMARKable Jewelry."
J. Robert Cassady, a physician at Lahey Clinic, made a glass lamp. He has worked with glass for 30 years, but only recently began creating lamps.
Madonna McKenzie offers her china painting, a technique of decorating a piece of white china with oil-based colors and then firing the object in a kiln. Suki Reed presents two of her decoratively painted boxes.
Hal Shneider also had works in stained glass. He made two panels for Carlisle Town Hall which are viewable at the top of the stairs of that building.
Last, but not least, D'Anne Bodman shows us her poetry.
Some of the artists have already amassed enough significant work to have previously held individual exhibits at the Gleason. These included portrait painter Fitzpatrick and landscape artist McDonough. Photographers Arnold, Campbell, and Golden have all exhibited in individual shows at the Gleason. Silversmith Brophy has previously shared cases of his work. Miskolczy presented her sculpture and Lemmerman displayed her pottery in a joint show at the library. Other artists who have had their work shown in a group show here of people working at the Highland School included Bourdon, Brownrigg, Harvey, and Hughes, as well as writer Bodman.
As the Carlisle exhibitors have shown, art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It doesn't take an expert critic to recognize that there are many types of artists with a great deal of talent in our community.
© 2005 The Carlisle Mosquito