Celebrating 4th of July
A Multi-Artist Show
The Friends of the Amherst Town Library will be hosting a multi-artist show to celebrate 4th of July featuring art from Phil Bean, Jennifer Cook, Ken Fiery, Susan King, Sue Leger, and Beverly Melle during the month of July on the main floor of the Amherst Town Library. Come see the beauty of small town parades and iconic Village scenes. The spirit of our beloved country is beautifully portrayed by these six artists. Enjoy the celebration of 4th of July all month long.
Phil Bean looks forward to the challenges of a new painting. Using studies and working en plein air, Phil developed his painting at his Milford studio. He is accomplished artist in both oil and watercolor.
Jennifer Cook has always enjoyed drawing and making things. It wasn’t until she took a watercolor painting class with Kevin Dadoly through the Souhegan High School Cooperative community programs and activities that she discovered her love for watercolors. The most important thing for her to remember “is to let go as you have no real control over the watercolor paint. The paint goes and flows how it wants. You have to accept that and be patient if you want a strong painting.” Jennifer doesn't paint anything exotic, she paint things she knows. Almost everything and every place she paints is either from her home in Amherst or only a few hours away.
Painting for Ken Fiery is a deeply emotional and joyful experience. His painting is a record of his experience. Most of his work begins on site, en plein air, and is then later completed in his studio. As he begins a painting it is always an adventure that he hopes will express the emotional experience that captured him in the first place. When it does, it is a beautiful mystery that stirs his soul every time that he looks at it.
Susan King is “honored to be part of Amherst Town Library’s ‘Fourth of July’ exhibit this year. Her acrylic painting, ‘Salute to the Red, White, and Blue’ , is a lasting tribute to the American flag, a symbol of our country’s freedom. Working from a photograph, she decided to tweak what she saw just a bit, in order to put her own spin on it and bring the flag to life. Susan kept the antiquity of the flag, but she wanted to ‘free hand’ the stars, making them bigger and each one individual, representing the importance and unique quality of each of our fifty states, coming together to create one amazing country. ‘Salute to the Red, White, and Blue’ is her most meaningful painting to date, and she is proud to have it be part of this exhibit.
Sue Leger is an illustrator, painter and printmaker with a love of shape and color. Her background in graphic design has had an impact on all of her artwork. She strives for simplicity - incorporating commercial design aspects through the use of graphic elements, color and form. In addition to private installations, Sue has held exhibits at the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Keyes Arts Festival, and the NH Open Doors event for the past 12 years with Mont Vernon Artisans group. Sue has also been a guest judge in the fine arts category of the National PTA Reflections program, and sells her hand-painted notecards and monoprints at the Mont Vernon General Store.
Bev Melle practices art from her studio in Amherst, NH. She also enjoys the camaraderie and critique with studio artists at Gallery 46 in Amherst, NH, and E. W. Poore studio in Manchester, NH. Her focus has been on growth as an artist, with the intent to move to a more fluid and spontaneous response to subject matter. Melle enjoys the flexibility of exploring various subjects and media, though working in oil is of primary interest. Melle’s love of the practice of making art began as a child. She found fulfillment in a career of teaching art for twenty-seven years at Lenox Memorial High School in Lenox, Massachusetts. Following retirement from teaching, Melle is free to pursue her love of painting.
The public is invited to view all exhibits at the Amherst Town Library located at 11 Main Street in Amherst. For questions or more details contact Sharron April at FOLartists@gmail.com.