Portrait Artist, Robert Shetterly
Lessons From Sixteen Years of Painting the “Americans Who Tell The Truth” Portraits
AMHERST – For the second program in the Amherst Town Library’s series for adults, Exploring the Truth: In News, in Literature, in Life, Robert Shetterly presents, “Lessons from Sixteen Years Painting the ‘Americans Who Tell the Truth’ Portraits,” on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room of the Library. Internationally renowned for his portrait series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” artist Robert Shetterly will speak and have several of his portraits on display at this very special event. Shetterly started painting portraits of strong American idealists after the 9/11 attacks, believing that painting portraits of these inspiring figures would help him deal with his grief and anger. Today, the collection is more than 230 portraits and has been exhibited around the United States and Europe in museums, schools, and churches, even sandwich shops and the Superior Court in San Francisco.
The collection includes portraits of Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Ellsberg, Pete Seeger, and Rachel Carson just to name a few. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for intermediate non-fiction. Of the project, Shetterly said, “My original goal was to paint 50 portraits. I have gone beyond that and have decided to paint many more. The more I learned about American History—past and present—the more people I’ve discovered whom I want to honor in this way. The paintings will not be for sale. They will stay together as a group. The courage of these individuals needs to remain a part of a great tradition, a united effort in respect for the truth…These people form the well from which we must draw our future.”
Shetterly studied English literature at Harvard. While there, he took a couple of drawing courses that changed the direction of his creative life from the written word to the image. For 12 years he created the editorial page drawings for the Maine Times Newspaper, illustrated the National Audubon’s children’s newspaper, Audubon Adventures, and over 30 books.
This program is free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED due to space limitations. You can register for this event by calling 673-2288, emailing email@example.com or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”
Tech Tuesdays at Atl: “Appy Hour”: Mobile Devices 101
The Amherst Town Library’s fifth program in its new series, Tech Tuesdays, is “Appy Hour: Mobile Devices 101,” on Tuesday, March 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Meeting Room. Presenter Jennifer Koerber, freelance writer, consultant, and trainer on technology in everyday life, brings her specialized expertise to create informative learning environments on all things tech. As Jennifer says, “I don’t just train people; I help them find the confidence to learn.”
In this presentation, learn about different kinds of mobile devices—smartphones, tablets, e-readers, cell phones—and how they work. We will discuss the basics of what an app is and how to start using apps that are useful to you. Bring your mobile device if you have one and we will try to answer your questions.
Television: The Art and Ethics of Manipulation
n the final program of the Exploring the Truth: in News, in Literature, in Life series offered at the Amherst Town Library, John Gfroerer presents “Television: The Art and Ethics of Manipulation,” on Thursday, March 22 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Library has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities to offer this program.
In this presentation, Gfroerer explores the power of television as a communication medium and the ethical implications of manipulating the viewer by means of the choices made behind the camera through the final editing process. By examining the artistic techniques used to persuade, induce, and entice us, Gfroerer considers the extent to which television teaches or simply tantalizes us. Are ethical boundaries crossed by the use of these techniques, and to what extent as media consumers should we care?.
Building Resilience Through Mindfulness:
A THREE-PART SERIES
The Amherst Town Library is pleased to offer a three-part series, “Building Resilience through Mindfulness: Practices that Grow the Brain,” on Mondays April 2, 16, and 30 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Meeting Room. Topic focus for Part 1 is “Mindfulness”; Part 2 is “Gratitude and Taking in the Good”; and, Part 3 is “Loving-Kindness.” Come for a single topic or all three in the series. Presenter Liz Korabek-Emerson is a certified mindfulness instructor, transformational workshop leader, and creative coach. This three-part series is part of the Library’s April themed programming for adults entitled Poetry, Art, and the Magic of the Mind.
All 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 this event by calling 673-2288, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”
Beautiful children's portrait by Marty Kelley
Marty Kelley, Author & Illustrator on Exhibit
AMHERST – During the month of March the Friends of the Amherst Town Library welcomes the delightful illustrations by children’s author and illustrator Marty Kelley in celebrating Read Across America in March. Author and illustrator of many of his own published books, Fall Is Not Easy, The Rules, Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure just to name a few, as well as illustrating several books of other authors will also be exhibiting other drawings he has created.
Marty writes on his website, "I’m currently a children’s author and illustrator but have, in the past, been a second grade teacher, a baker, a cartoonist, a newspaper art director, a drummer in a heavy metal band, a balloon delivery guy, an animator, and lots of other things. I’ll probably continue writing and illustrating children’s books for many years to come because there are few other jobs where being able to paint a perfect booger-bubble is an actual job requirement. In my spare time, I visit lots and lots of schools to show students how I create my books. I’m a juried member of the NH State Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Roster".
For more details contact Christine Farris at FOLArts@icloud.com
Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint Like Georgia O’Keeffe
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library welcomes you to happily “pop into spring” with artist Greg Maichack’s hands-on workshop for adults, “Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe,” offered on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Reading Room of the Library. Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous poppy paintings (single and double) will be the focus of this workshop as Maichack provides an easy entry into the world of pastel painting by providing all necessary strokes needed to pastel paint any image. Participants receive an engaging hands-on experience of basic pastel painting as well as advanced techniques. All materials are provided as Maichack brings hundreds of professional grade pigment-rich pastels for your use. As Greg states, “I will display my original pastel artwork of both O’Keeffe’s single and double poppy paintings to illustrate and unveil the process. Ongoing questions will be encouraged. All will take home their completed painting.” This hands-on workshop for adults is free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED due to space limitations.
Award-winning artist Gregory Maichack lives in western Holyoke, MA. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels. He graduated from Holy Cross College with a B.S. in Experimental Psychology in 1974. He also took his first art course there. He has trained with such notables in the field of portraiture as internationally acclaimed Daniel Greene, the Copley Society’s Constance Flavell Pratt and Foster Caddell. Maichack is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Academic Artists Association, Connecticut Pastel Association, Pastel Society of the Southwest and the Degas Pastel Society. He is a faculty member of the Quadrangle Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA and of the Guild Studio School of Eastworks.
You can register for this event by calling 673-2288, emailing email@example.com or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”