All College Book Club:
The November selection for our All College Book Club is the classic Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow.
“Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.
The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow’s imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.” – Publisher’s website
Pick up a copy at either Hartness Library location or contact us to have a copy sent to you. Join us for the discussion on 11/21 at either Library conference room or via zoom!
Hartness West Gallery:
Ross Sheehan: LAYERED, 1998-2019
An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Collage.
LAYERED, 1998-2019, is a selection of paintings, drawings and collages that are individual time capsules of memories entombed underneath deep layers of paint, paper scraps, found material and studio detritus. Several of the layered works have been scraped off, painted over, and edited many times over a twenty-year gap. The group represents an attempt to add closure to a period of my life, a look back. The self-curated exhibition serves as a type of reflection to recall on events and choices that I have made throughout a brief note in time. For me, LAYERED, 1998-2019 is a personal, visual timeline that archives place, change, language, actions, and surprising discoveries.
This exhibit will be on display through January 2020.
Hartness East Gallery:
Michelle Turbide creates colorful, narrative images that explore the theme of transformation in the lived experience. Her acrylic and mixed media work is best described as abstract, mysterious dreamscapes with hints of realism.
Michelle lives and creates in her home studio in Grand Isle Vermont. She is inspired by the metaphor of nature in parallel with the human journey regarding resilience, spirituality, and empowerment.
Art Under Glass Series:
Peter Evans & Debra Maloney-Evans: Fire and Fiber
Fire and Fiber, located in Northfield, Vermont, features pottery by Peter Evans and weaving by Debra Maloney-Evans. While the process to produce work is unique, the tones and colors are similar and come together to form rich and vibrant combinations.
Both Peter and Debra majored in Art in college, but their career paths took very different routes. Peter was a teacher and school administrator and Debra a family nurse practitioner. Now, forty years later, they are returning to their love of making useful and beautiful works of art and craft. Their studios are always open by appointment and during the Vermont Crafts Council Open Studio weekends in the fall and spring.
Contact the library with any questions or for more details on any of these events.