Clara Bates is our featured artist for the month of August! Stop by the Function Room and check out her work today!
Home. Family. Motherland.
A traveling exhibit courtesy the Fermata Arts Foundation celebrating its 10th anniversary. These children's drawings are from Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk (3 cities in Eastern Ukraine) that are traveling around New England states from June 2018 to June 2020.
It originated as a Children's Art Contest organized by the Kharkiv Regional Library. Residents of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk submitted artwork to celebrate the 25th independence of Ukraine. This creative competition was held within the framework of the national project of cultural integration "Ukrainian Donbass".
Check out the display while is visits the Meredith Public Library for January!
Links: Fermata Arts Foundation
Votes for Women Exhibit
Celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S. with Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence! Check out our exhibit of Women's Suffrage in America, located in the computer/audiobook room.
The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today.
The crusade for women's suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and then, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women seeks to expand visitors’ understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. The poster exhibition addresses women's political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and documents the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. It also touches upon the suffrage movement's relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document display and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. More information about the initiative is available at womenshistory.si.edu.
Our community has shown itself to be amazing, talented, and resilient! Check out all of the wonderful work the town of Meredith has been up to!
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For the month of March, we are exhibiting a traveling display from SITES (Smithsonian Inititute Traveling Exhibition Service). It's titled Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II.
From the SITES website: "After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States entered a war in Europe and the Pacific, the nation was overcome by shock, anger, and fear—a fear exaggerated by long-standing prejudice against Asians. In response, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order sent 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals to incarceration centers.
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II traces the story of this incarceration and the people who survived it. Young and old lived crowded together in hastily built camps, endured poor living conditions, and were under the constant watch of military guards for two and a half years. Meanwhile, brave Japanese American men risked their lives fighting for the United States. Some 40 years later, members of the Japanese American community led the nation to confront the wrong it had done—and urged Congress to make it right.
This important new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will bring heart-wrenching personal stories, fascinating documents, stunning photographs, and engaging interactives to audiences across the nation. Embracing themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago, the exhibition takes a deep look at immigration, prejudice, civil rights, heroism, and what it means to be an American."
Visit the display and check out related material including a newly added documentary Resistance at Tule Lake!
Thanks to the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service & The World War One Centennial Commission we present this months art wall display, World War I: Lessons and Legacies!
Stop by during the months of November or December to see this special display!
Art and libraries are a natural pairing as both are directed toward the development of the mind. Proof of this is now on display as eleven Lakes Region Art Association members artists have their fine art paintings and photographs on display at the Meredith Public Library for the month of June. Fourteen different works of art in oils, acrylics, watercolors and photography demonstrate, as much as any writing does, that each piece is a ‘short story’ that’s been imagined and ‘authored’ using a paint brush or a camera. The Meredith Library is open daily Tuesday thru Saturday.
Lakes Region Art Association Website
My name is Acacia Rogers, a long time New Hampshire resident, and I possibly may never leave. I love this State! In fact, the beautiful scenery, the lakes, the mountains, the trees, and the wildlife here have all been an incredible inspiration for my work throughout the years. I have been an avid painter for about the last decade, but have been drawing and creating all types of art my entire life. It was almost an impulse from the moment i could grasp a pencil.
Being an indiscriminate animal lover, I started feeling out a potential artist career some years back by painting pet portraits for coworkers, friends, and family. The positive response and my growing passion kept me going. I have now expanded my artistic vocabulary to include still life, landscape, wildlife, and portraiture as well. My mediums of choice are Acrylic, Watercolor, and Oils. Though Oils have become a serious favorite.
Since my late teens, the idea of being a self sustaining artist full time has never left my mind. In truth, I love painting so much that time spent focusing most of my energy on anything else makes me feel empty, sad, and like I'm not spending my time properly. I cant stay away. Now I am painting full time with full determination to make this passion work as a career, one way or another.
Visit Acacia's website.
"Wonderland Forever" celebrates Alice in Wonderland and its creator Lewis Carroll. The multi-artist display features as small sculpture of Lewis Carroll created by the artist Valery Mahuchy who also sculpted the Archie statue in town! The exhibit will be on display for the months of March and April.
Stay tuned for a special Alice in Wonderland themed tea party in the children's room in April! Details coming soon.
A big thanks to Robert Rae for coordinating the exhibit.
Wonderland Forever began in January 2015 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland and has been on exhibit ever since at libraries, cafes, and other venues. A Wonderland Coat of Arms was created (by artist Trissa Tilson) and bronze bas relief by sculptor Valery Mahuchy. Other paintings (about 20) were made by Robert Rae who owns the exhibit. Come visit the library and enjoy the unusual characters of "Alice's Adventures Underground" with some new ideas about what "garden of Live flowers" could be. - Robert MacRae
LIGHT FROM THE NIGHT: Behind the camera
My interest in nighttime photography is a combination of my engineering background and scientific curiosity. A high school photography class, taught by Bill Lane, introduced me to the science behind photographic images. I learned that rather than requiring the artistic skills of a painter, the art of photography revolved around the understanding and control of exposure, depth of field, composure, and other technical variables associated with the camera, film and developing process. This understand inspired my curiosity and imagination.
Shortly after gaining a basic understanding of the art, I experimented with the NikoMat FT 35mm film camera photographing in low light conditions using black and white film. these early photos were not exceptional, but they were successful enough to inspire further experimentation in the future.
In 2001, over a decade later, I picked up the camera again. I was eager to attempt to capture the motion of the stars in the night sky. After experimenting on two different nights in Meredith, NH, the results from that role of film amazed and inspired me to continue shooting. Since then, the camera has traveled with me on numerous business and pleasure trips to locations around the World.
At this time, I consider myself a nighttime photography hobbyist and these images are successful results from numerous experiments; part science and part art in how the events are exposed on the film.
Originally, the photos were captured using the fully manual Nikomat FT camera, which my father purchased prior to my birth. Being entirely manual, long exposures are shot with the “bulb” setting and a locking shutter release. Most of the photos were captured with a 28mm lens. typically I used Fuji Superior 400 ISO Film. The film images were transferred with a high resolution scanner by a local camera shop that has since closed down (Cameras Inc). I still use this camera for exposures lasting longer than 10 minutes, but admit it takes months to go through a roll of 24 shots.
Since late 2007, a majority of the images have captured digitally by a Nikon D80 and more recently a Nikon D7000. Though I have embraced digital photographic technology, I introduce very minimal enhancements of the digital images.
The Librarians and Library Aides of the Meredith Public library: Erin, Chris, Matthew, Karen, John, Cherie, Joyce, Jessica, and Linda. Please check out our Staff page for more information.