Hidden Meaning: Symbolism and Allusion in Art
Part 1: Tuesday April 23, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
AMHERST – Have you looked at a painting, print or sculpture and wondered what it was actually all about? How have artists made meaning or added to meaning using symbols that are often not clear to us? This two-part series explores the history of symbolism, myth, metaphor and allusion in art from ancient times to the present. We’ll decode color and the use of flowers, fruits, animals, objects, religious and social iconography, and natural cycles to make deeper or specialized meaning. In the process you’ll learn a little of the history of western art. This is a 2-part series (April 23 and April 30). Please register for each session individually.
After many years of teaching classical languages, philosophy, and the history of ideas at Souhegan High School, presenter Nancy Baker now spends her time volunteering. She is immediate past Executive Chair of the Guild of Volunteers at the Currier Museum of Art and is an active docent there. Nancy gives talks on art, language and the history of ideas at the Currier, libraries, senior living enrichment programs, and community groups in the greater area. She is Chairman of the Amherst Library Board of Trustees and is an enthusiastic supporter of the role of the free library in communities.
John Funkhouser, piano and Peter H. Bloom, flute
Celebrating Duke Ellington – a Swinging Birthday Bash for the Maestro
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library winter concert series culminates on Sunday, April 28 4:00-5:00PM with the stellar jazz of Peter H. Bloom, flute, and John Funkhouser, piano. The duo will perform an exuberant show to celebrate the 120th birthday of the great Duke Ellington (born on April 29, 1899). Expect a mix of classics like Take the A Train, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Caravan, and In a Sentimental Mood, with other gems like I’m Beginning to See the Light and the lush ballad Chelsea Bridge by Ellington’s longtime composing partner Billy Strayhorn.
Peter and John have performed together for more than 20 years. Both are veterans of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (46th season), and each has impressive credentials performing nationally and internationally. They play with style and verve.
Peter H. Bloomperforms in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, and appears on 45 CDs. He has shared the stage with Charles Neville, Geri Allen, Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard and other jazz greats. Jazz Improv praised his ‘exquisite melody,” while ArtsFuse wrote, ‘Bloom’s solos on flute and amplified flute are always highlights of a performance.”
John Funkhouser has appeared with notables like Luciana Souza, Tierney Sutton, Ran Blake, Herb Pomeroy, Laszlo Gardony, Stan Strickland, and piano savant Matt Savage. He has performed at Birdland, Blue Note, Dizzy’s in New York, the Kennedy Center, and other top venues from Kansas City, New Orleans, and Chicago to Paris, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He teaches at Berklee College of Music.
The Winter concert series is generously funded by the Friends of the Amherst Town Library.
All adult programs offered at the Amherst Town Library are free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. You can register for these events listed above by calling 673-2288 or by visiting the website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”
Armchair Travel Series: National Parks of the East Coast
Adventurer Steve FarrarAMHERST – In the third and final presentation of our National Parks series Monday May 6th, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, our tour guide Steve Farrar will take us to eight East Coast stretching from Maine to the Virgin Islands. Whether arranging for a day trip or planning a long weekend, you will learn how exciting and accessible these parks are – from the most-visited to some relatively unknown destinations.
Our presenter, Steve Farrar, grew up in the Boston suburb of Medfield and experienced his first National Parks as an impressionable 14-year-old on the way to the 1969 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Idaho. The 5-day bus trip from Salt Lake City included stops in Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, and Glacier NP which sparked a fascination with natural beauty that has evolved into Steve’s life-long passion for visiting our National Parks. His adventures exploring 57 of the 60 parks include hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, scuba diving the coral reefs of the Virgin Islands, camping among the wolves on Isle Royale, scaling rock faces in Yosemite, and climbing to the summits of Mount Rainier and Denali.
Steve’s pictures and stories of his travels are sure to stoke your personal wanderlust, so come prepared to be inspired!
We are excited to welcome Steve back to explore specific parks more in depth. This is the last of a 3-part series (3/4, 4/1, 5/6) that will focus on the following groupings.
East (May 6): Acadia, Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, Congaree, Everglades, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Virgin Islands
Adding Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years: Lessons from the Blue Zones
Paula KoppelAMHERST – Did you know that it is possible to slow down aging and avoid or at least delay the disabilities we commonly associate with old age? On Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00-8:30pm, we'll learn about the latest research on the physiology of aging and longevity enhancement by exploring four areas of the world where people live the longest. Learn how specific lifestyle changes can biologically slow down the aging process. Explore the role of genetics in aging and how lifestyle choices affect the expression of our genes. Discover how to create a plan or 'roadmap” that will incorporate this important research and protect your most important asset: your health and vitality. This program benefits all ages but is particularly important for folks at mid-life (age 50-75) when investments in health and wellbeing promote significant improvements in longevity and quality of life.
A registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner for over 30 years, Paula Koppel, MS, RN, GNP Founder of 'Age Well Be Well' is a graduate of the Duke University School of Nursing and has a master’s degree from Boston University and advanced certificate in counseling and psychology from Lesley University. She is certified by Duke Integrative Medicine as an integrative health coach. Paula was the director of geriatrics at Winchester Hospital for many years. In 1999 she established her own consulting company and is known for developing innovative approaches to healthcare for middle-aged and older adults. Her newest program is Age Well Be Well. This service provides educational programs and services that promote improved longevity and quality of life. She is a life-long learner and is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at Duke University.
Ghost: My Thirty Years as an Undercover FBI Agent
AMHERST – Wednesday, May 22nd, from 7:00-8:30pm, come meet Michael McGowan, author of the explosive, crime-filled, jaw dropping memoir, 'Ghost'.
Within FBI field operative circles, groups of people known as 'Special” by their titles alone, Michael R. McGowan is an outlier. 10% of FBI Special Agents are trained and certified to work undercover. A quarter of those agents have worked more than one undercover assignment in their careers. And of those, less than 10% of them have been involved in more than five undercover cases. Over the course of his career, McGowan has worked more than 50 undercover cases.
In GHOST, an extraordinary and unprecedented book, McGowan takes readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts, to the Russian and Italian mobs, to biker gangs and contract killers, to corrupt unions and SWAT work. GHOST is an unparalleled view into how the FBI, through the courage of its undercover Special Agents, nails the bad guys. McGowan infiltrates groups at home and abroad, assembles teams to create the myths he lives, concocts fake businesses, coordinates the busts, and helps carries out the arrests. Along the way, we meet his partners and colleagues at the FBI, who pull together for everything from bank jobs to the Boston Marathon bombing case, mafia dons, and, perhaps most significantly, El Chapo himself and his Sinaloa Cartel.
April Art Exhibit at The Amherst Town Library
AMHERST – The Friends of the Amherst Town Library are pleased to welcome Prayers of Nature Studio and the incredible mandalas of artist Linda Wyman (1942-2010) on display starting Monday, April 1st. For 25 years, Linda created over 109 mandalas inspired by her own flowers. Linda photographed, cut, and arranged infinite combinations of her flowers to create the most pleasing mandalas. Each of Linda’s mandalas was created using her gorgeous flowers and circles to convey the message of peace.
If you are interested in having an art show at the Amherst Town Library, contact email@example.com
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