Displays @ The Library

For the month of March, the Library is displaying art from young student artists in the area.  Come check out their beautiful work!

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Wood Assemblage Sculptures by Fifth grade students
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School; Art Teacher: Ms. Abrams
Students studied sculptures by Louise Nevelson, Marisol, and Brancusi, before creating abstract wood sculptures. They made sure to have an interesting balance of positive and negative spaces in their work. They considered the unifying power of color and repetition and the idea that breaking a color or pattern focuses one’s attention on that part of the artwork.

Masks by Fourth grade students
Burnet Hill Elementary School; Art Teacher: Ms. Abrams
Students created masks influenced by cultures around the world on personally important themes as varied as nature, superheroes, and donuts.

Cubist Cityscapes By First grade students
Harrison Elementary: Art Teacher: Ms. Stein
Students at Harrison learned about Cubism and how objects are taken apart, looked at on all angles, and put back together in a two dimensional format. For this project they looked at Pablo Picasso’s painting of a violin and talked about what they could see in the painting. The students were then given sponges, cardboard, and other texture tools to create an artwork inspired by cityscapes. The students explored these concepts with a limited palette of red, yellow and black while exploring the variety of textures and lines they could create in the cubist style.

Alebrijes Clay Sculptures By Third Grade students
Harrison Elementary: Art Teacher: Ms. Stein
Students at Harrison learned about Mexican clay animal sculptures called Alebrijes which were made popular by the movie Coco. After learning about these sculptures in Spanish class, in their art class students were able to design their own spirit animals on paper. They then used air dry clay to create a three dimensional sculpture. The students painted these animals with acrylic paint in the iconic bright and highly detailed style of this Mexican art form.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

February Art Display @ the Library

Tribes of the Omo, is a group of works created by New Jersey based fine artist/illustrator Jay Golding. Jay is a Jamaican/American artist whose work primarily consists of realistic portraits and figures in various mediums such as: mural design/ installation, all traditional paint mediums (watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil), and Illustration Feb 2019 Displaymediums (graphite pencil and ink). Golding’s pieces tell vivid imaginings that are inspired from his thoughts, environment, world culture, African heritage and nature. The artist’s main objective through his work is to inspire the viewer with each unique subject presented.

The works in this exhibit spanning from 2017 – present day, were created in various mediums such as oil and acrylic paint, colored pencil and ballpoint pen. The works highlight Nilotic indigenous tribal groups from the Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia, such as the Mursi, Suri, Bodi, and Hamar tribes.

“My process usually begins with either a pen or colored pencil drawing from photographic references I find of the tribes people, as well as literary research to get information about their way of living” says the artist.

Many of these people are Nilotic pastoralists who depend on the river to grow their crops and to fish, or who live in forests or huts on their mainland. Through these images, the artist touches on a narrative of how important nature is to our existence on this planet. According to Jay, “there is much we can learn from these tribes by studying their way of living.”

“I have been greatly inspired by the stories of these people and since beginning this work, I have began to explore my tribal lineage more as well” adds Jay.

This exhibit will run until the end of February.  Come down to the library and check it out!

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian