Items tagged with Art

Opening Reception for the Great Hall Exhibit: A Celebration of America in Wood: Selections from The Levine Folk Art Collection

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This exhibit features selections from Westporters Anne and Robert Levine's extraordinary collection of wooden folk art celebrating the history of America, from the nation's presidents to its popular heroes.

Artist reception: Friday, September 30 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall

Dan Woog 06880: "Finding America’s Best Folk Art, Right Here At Home"

Antiques and the Arts Weekly article: "Carvings Present A Slice Of American History Robert And Anne Levine’s Collection Began At Their Front Door"

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art

The Great Hall Exhibit: A Celebration of America in Wood: Selections from The Levine Folk Art Collection

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This exhibit features selections from Westporters Anne and Robert Levine's extraordinary collection of wooden folk art celebrating the history of America, from the nation's presidents to its popular heroes.

Artist reception: Friday, September 30 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall

Dan Woog 06880: "Finding America’s Best Folk Art, Right Here At Home"

Antiques and the Arts Weekly article: "Carvings Present A Slice Of American History Robert And Anne Levine’s Collection Began At Their Front Door"

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art

Reception for "A Day in the Life of Westport" Exhibit

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On June 21, the summer solstice, photograph anywhere/ anything in Westport to create your own record of the town on that day. Use a high-resolution setting. Select your three best images, and submit them one image at a time to dayinthelifeimages [at] gmail [dot] com at the largest option offered (large or actual size) by Sunday, June 25. Be sure to put your name and town in the subject line. Workshop with Miggs: Start thinking with Miggs about what and how to shoot your Day in the Life of Westport on Thursday, June 1 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. 

An exhibit of a selection of all the submitted photos will be featured in the Riverwalk Hallway from July 3-21, and an opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the McManus Room on Thursday, July 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm. 

McManus Room
Exhibits
All ages
Art

Exhibit of June Artist-in-Residence Challenge: "A Day in the Life of Westport"

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On June 21, the summer solstice, photograph anywhere/ anything in Westport to create your own record of the town on that day. Use a high-resolution setting. Select your three best images, and submit them one image at a time to dayinthelifeimages [at] gmail [dot] com at the largest option offered (large or actual size) by Sunday, June 25. Be sure to put your name and town in the subject line. Workshop with Miggs: Start thinking with Miggs about what and how to shoot your Day in the Life of Westport on Thursday, June 1 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. 

An exhibit of a selection of all the submitted photos will be featured in the Riverwalk Hallway from July 3-21, and an opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the McManus Room on Thursday, July 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm. 

Riverwalk Level Hallway
Exhibits
All ages
Art

The Great Hall Artist Closing Reception: Signs of Compassion: Celebrating a Poem, as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs

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To celebrate the conclusion of Migg's year as Artist-in-Residence, join this closing reception for his Great Hall exhibit, a photographic exploration of a short poem by Emily Dickinson through the visual poetry of American Sign Language.

Learn more about American Sign Language.

On display May 19-August 31 

An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

On Thursday, August 17 from 6-8 pm, see a screening of the documentary Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of America’s greatest female poet. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q/A with producer Sol Padopoulos.

A closing reception and celebration of Miggs Burroughs year as Artist-in-Residence will be held in The Great Hall on Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm.

Migg's presentation at the CT State Capitol for Arts Day, speaking about the background and preparation of this exhibit

July 2016 Westport News article on Miggs

Dan Woog 06880 article on Miggs as Artist-in-Residence

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art

Film Screening of "Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World"

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See Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of one of America’s greatest female poets. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q/A with producer Sol Papadopoulos, who also produced the new feature film “A Quiet Passion” starring Cynthia Nixon as Dickinson. (2017; 80 m) The film premiered at the Morgan Library & Museum in May 2017. This screening is in conjunction with the Great Hall exhibit described below.


ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Westport photographer/graphic artist and the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs pairs his signature, "animated" lenticular imagery with the visual poetry of American Sign Language (ASL) to express a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson. Entitled "Signs of Compassion," the exhibit features 30 Westporters signing segments of the short poem, written around 1864, that begins "If I can stop one heart from breaking." With the exception of Noah Steinman, who's a fluent signer and helped Burroughs pose each person's hands as closely as possible to the actual ASL signs, the people in the images are neither deaf nor fluent signers. Rather they volunteered to help Burroughs introduce this simple but powerful poem to both the hearing and hearing-impaired communities in a purely visual way.

Learn more about American Sign Language.

On display through August 31

Artist reception: Friday, May 26 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall

Wednesday, June 14 at 6 pm: Artist-to-Artist TalkMiggs Burroughs discusses his work with Westport artist Katherine Ross. An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm. And on Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

Closing reception: Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm

A lifelong resident of Westport and a full-time graphic artist since 1972, Burroughs has designed hundreds of logos, ads, brochures and now websites for commercial and nonprofit clients throughout Fairfield County. Among his most notable projects have been designing the Westport Town Flag, an Easter Egg for Reagan's White House (which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution), a U.S. Postage Stamp, four covers for TIME Magazine and, more recently, Tunnel Vision on Main Street. As a member of the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan and of the Westport Arts Center, he has won much acclaim for his cutting-edge lenticular imagery and is one of only about a dozen artists in the country working in this medium.
A 1967 graduate of the Carnegie Tech drama department in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University), Burroughs says that his short-lived career in theater "began and ended with an audition for The Graduate, when an actor of questionable talent, named Dustin Hoffman, got the part of Benjamin."

Dan Woog's O6889: "Miggs Burroughs’ Signs Of Compassion"

Migg's presentation at the CT State Capitol for Arts Day, speaking about the background and preparation of this exhibit

July 2016 Westport News article on Miggs

Dan Woog 06880 article on Miggs as Artist-in-Residence

Large Reading Room
Films, Exhibits
Poetry, Movies, Art

Pop-up Painting Party

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By late May, the McManus Room's vaunted "Black & White Collection" of art will be packed for storage offsite during the Library’s renovation, which starts August 1. Join the Pop-up Painting Party with the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and Exhibits Curator Chris Timmons on Tuesday, June 27, to paint your own masterpiece in one of 50 "frames" sketched out on the now-blank McManus Room walls―wine, light refreshments, music and supplies will be provided. NO art experience needed to join in the party. At the end of the night, pose for a selfie with your masterpiece! The exhibit will be featured in an online gallery, and some will even appear in this year’s Annual Report. The exhibit will be on display in the McManus Room until it is closed for construction in late July.

Reserve your paintbrush and make a $125 contribution to the Library's Transformation Project; limited to 50 adults (painters can bring an "apprentice"/guest for an additional $50, or $175 total per frame). Space is limited. For questions, contact Rachel Reese at rreese [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or 203.291.4855.

WestportNews blog, "Want to Paint on the Walls?" 

McManus Room
Exhibits

Artist to Artist: Miggs Burroughs & Katherine Ross Talk

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In conjunction with the ongoing Great Hall exhibit, illustrator/photographer and the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs discusses his work with Westport artist Katherine Ross. Best known for his lenticular photography, Burroughs has also designed the Westport Flag, Tunnel Vision on Main Street, several Time magazine covers and, over the last four decades, hundreds of logos and designs for area nonprofits.

Learn more about American Sign Language.

An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

On Thursday, August 17 from 6-8 pm, see a screening of the documentary Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of America’s greatest female poet. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q/A with producer Sol Padopoulos.

A closing reception and celebration of Miggs Burroughs year as Artist-in-Residence will be held in The Great Hall on Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art

Godzilla Day: Classic Movies, Author Talk & Sculpting

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Join a day of activities around one of cinema's most enduring and popular characters, Godzilla. Start with classic Godzilla movies on the big screen. Then, Staples High School English teacher and author Brian Solomon shares his book, which explores the character, popularity and the many facets of the  "King of the Monsters." Finish the day with a sculpting workshop with Chris Crowe and create your very own Godzilla!

9:15 am: Godzilla (1954; 1h 36m)
11 am: King Kong vs. Godzilla
            (1962; 1h 31m)
1 pm: Author Brian Solomon on his book Godzilla FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters
2:30-4:30 pm: Sculpt your own Godzilla with Chris Crowe (NOTE: This workshop will be held upstairs, in the new MakerSpace!)

Author Brian Solomon has been in love with Godzilla for as long as he can remember, and today he is proud to be passing along the kaiju craze to his own son. As a writer, he's contributed to publications such as Fangoria, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and VENU, and he s even edited a volume on the history of chemical and biological warfare. He s the mastermind behind the popular film website TheVaultOfHorror.net and has given film discussions throughout the greater New York area


ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

McManus Room
Films, Family, Authors
High School, All ages

CANCELLED: "Catch of the Day" Family Art Workshop

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PROGRAM CANCELLED.

Join artist Daniel Lanzilotta and learn how to make something meaningful out of seemingly meaningless, throw-away materials. Get creative, make art, be an artist! Materials provided. Lanzilotta's exhibit of refuse sculpture is on view in the Library’s Riverwalk Display Case through July 20. 

Family program for grades 2 and up

 

 

McManus Room
Exhibits, Family
Art