Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 18, 2014

Journey Into Eternity w/ Dr. Susan L. Wallace

Journey Into Eternity w/ Dr. Susan L. Wallace

Join us for a fun, fact-filled afternoon as Dr. Susan L. Wallace presents a program on Egyptian art and culture covering stories of early twentieth century archaeology in Egypt, including gossip surrounding the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Wallace is a faculty member at Indian River State College and was Museum Curator and Chief Curator at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. She is well travelled, both for research and leisure, and has made two trips to Egypt researching art, architecture and ancient Egyptian religion!

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February 13, 2014

Art professor presents art lecture series at Cummings and Hobe Sound libraries beginning March 4

For immediate release: February 13, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Dr. Terryl Lawrence will present a two-part lecture series on art and its international expansion beginning Tuesday, March 4 at 2 pm in the Donahue room of the Peter and Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City.

Toulouse Lautrec & Montmartre,” the March 4 lecture, deals with the title artist and how more than any other artist he epitomized the spirit of Montmartre, the most vibrant and colorful quarter of 19th century Paris. He is one of those artists who has attracted interest not only for his art, but for the life he lived. The series continues Tuesday March 25 from 6 to 7 pm with “Gustav Klimt & Art Nouveau” at the Hobe Sound Public Library, where Dr. Lawrence will discuss how in the period referred to as the “fin de siecle” – the prosperous middle class of Europe were determined to live “the good life”. Klimt and 39 of his fellow artists established the Vienna Secession in 1897 for the purpose of raising the quality of Arts and Craft in Austria to the highest level of Art Nouveau.

Dr. Terryl Lawrence earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University. She has had numerous exhibitions of her paintings and photographs in New York and Florida and is the recipient of many awards including a national grant in the Humanities. She wrote the preface to Chaim Potok’s “Artist in Exile,” and taught photography, drawing and art history at CW Post College, SUNY Empire State College, FAU, and other public and private institutions. Currently she is a professor at The Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton where she teaches art history, mythology, drawing and design.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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December 17, 2013

A call to artists for juried art show at Elisabeth Lahti Library, March through April 2014

For immediate release: December 12, 2013
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

A juried art show, titled “Florida’s Cowboys and Indians,” will be held in the spring at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown, continuing the Martin County Library System’s focus on Florida’s rich and diverse history through the Journey Stories series. All Florida artists are eligible.

The exhibit will run from Saturday, March 15 through Saturday, April 12, with viewing hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am-4:00 pm, as well as Wednesdays 12:00-4:00 pm.

The timeline for artwork submissions is as follows: on Tuesday, March 11 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm submissions may be dropped off at the Elisabeth Lahti Library. Submitted works will be selected the following Wednesday, March 12. Artists whose work has not been selected for exhibition will be notified on Thursday, March 13 by 4:00 pm (if artists are not notified, this means their work has been accepted). In the case that an artist’s work has not been selected, their pieces will be available for pick-up Friday, March 14 from 10:00am – 1:00pmThe exhibit will begin March 15, though the event’s opening reception will be held March 22 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for the public.

Artists seeking to submit their work must be aware of the following stipulations: artwork must be no larger than 40” wide; artwork must be dry, framed and wired for hanging (no toothed brackets, Plexiglas only), artwork may be tagged NFS (Not For Sale), artwork may NOT be withdrawn before close of exhibit, and artwork must be labeled on the back with artist’s name, phone number, title, medium, size, and price. Finally, and most important of all, all artwork must pertain to the overarching theme of the exhibition: “Florida’s Cowboys and Indians.”

For more information call Donna Weiler, MCLS Humanities Librarian, at 772-288-5400 ext. 8284, or Gail Curcio at 772-597-3479.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System or other MCLS events, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library location or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

 

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November 27, 2013

Art historian to present special Art Spot on stained glass windows of Stuart church Dec. 3 at Blake Library

For immediate release: November 27, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

As part of Jane Miller’s ongoing Art Spot Film Series, art historian Darcy Weir will present a Special Art Spot, “The Stained Glass Windows of St. Mary’s,” on Tuesday, December 3 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Refreshments and a book sale follow the talk. Sponsored by the Friends of Martin County Library System, Inc., the event is free and open to the public.

In this PowerPoint presentation on the big screen, Ms. Weir will discuss art of the Bible stories portrayed in the windows of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart, and present art by masters such as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and others who painted Bible scenes.

Darcy Weir did her doctoral studies in classical Green and Latin as a Jacob Javits Fellow. She studied art history in Paris at l’Ecole du Louvre, the Louvre Museum’s Art History Institute. She and her husband lived in Paris many years where they still have a home; they now divide their time among Paris, Quebec and Palm City. She has given lectures on art history in London, Paris, Canada and recently at the Elliott Museum in Stuart.

For more information about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection, visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403.

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June 6, 2013

From hobby to career, local artist discusses her journey

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For immediate release:  June 6, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   
 

Join local artist Jen Dacota on Saturday, June 15 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, as she discusses her journey of becoming an artist after a traumatic head injury. She will be joined by her husband Barry E. Blecher, also a local artist. The event is free and open to the public.

Following her injury, Dacota began to paint as a therapeutic means to stimulate brain activity. Many of her paintings were created using her fingers and hands rather than brushes. Her work has been chosen for many juried art shows throughout South Florida and the Northeast. She is also privately collected.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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May 24, 2013

Artist details her view from both sides of the Florida Straits

For immediate release:  May 24, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  
    

Artist Cristina de la Vega presents “View from Both Sides of the Florida Straits” on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City. One of many children brought to the United States from Cuba as part of the Pedro Pan project, de la Vega details her journey to Florida and how her art brings together the two places she has called home.

Looking for a connection to her homeland, de la Vega turned to the natural landscapes of her adopted country, continually inspired by Florida’s open spaces. She paints untouched, wild places, capturing accurate accounts of time and place as well as the poetry of the landscape. Through her landscape paintings, she reconnects her viewers with the environment in its natural state. In 2009, she was named Hispanic Artist of the Year by Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council, to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Museum. The exhibit will be on display at the Elisabeth Lahti Library October 19 through November 30. Eighteen months of events exploring Journey Stories themes will take place at Martin County libraries leading up to and immediately following the Smithsonian exhibit.

To learn more about Summer Reading events, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403.

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May 17, 2013

Arts Enrichment Club debuts in Martin County

For immediate release:  May 17, 2013
Contact: Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205 

 

The Martin County Library System welcomes local artist and art teacher Kelly Arnold in a new venture: the Arts Enrichment Club. The first Open House will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Artists and art lovers will discuss art in today’s society, art trends through the years and from around the world, as well as examine how creativity is exhibited through Eco Arts, 3D and 4D arts, gaming, household design, graffiti and more.

The Arts Enrichment Club will meet on Saturdays from June 1 until August 10 from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. at the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way in Jensen Beach. Adults and teens are welcome.

Participation is free, although RSVPs are appreciated by emailing Kelly@KellyArnold.com.

Kelly Arnold has been teaching art for 19 years. Her students range in age from 5 to 97 years old. They work in all mediums and styles of art.

For more information about the Arts Enrichment Club, contact Kelly Arnold at 772-475-4049 or Kelly@KellyArnold.com.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us  or call 772-221-1403.

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April 17, 2013

From France to Florida – an artist’s journey explained

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For immediate release:  April 17, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

 

Join Natalie L. as she discusses her artistic journey from Paris, France to Hobe Sound, Florida on Saturday, May 4 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Hobe Sound Public Library, located at 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Parisian-born, self-taught and eclectic, Natalie L. will explain how she left a successful career in tourism to realize her dream of becoming an artist and embracing the bohemian lifestyle. The event is free and open to the public.

Since her first solo exhibition in New Caledonia, Natalie L.’s work has been included in several Florida galleries and is in many collections from Tokyo to Jupiter Island. Her artwork explores a wide variety of subject matter from impressionism to abstract and will be available for viewing in the Community Room of the Hobe Sound Public Library throughout May for all to enjoy.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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March 13, 2013

‘Living History’ series brings art display to Blake Library March 30

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

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DATE:  MARCH 13, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772-221-1403                                                          

      
                      
Lisa Jill Allison presents “Art from the Heart” on Saturday, March 30 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Blake Library. Allison’s demonstration will reveal the logistics of being an artist from A to Z and guide participants through the steps of putting inspirational images on a canvas. A gallery of her art will be on display before the presentation. Free and open to the public, the event was developed as part of Professor Robert Farley’s series Living History: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories.

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. The Blake Library is located at 2351 S.E. Monterey Rd., Stuart.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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March 7, 2013

Art-N-Around lets kids ‘Be the Artist’ at Elisabeth Lahti Library

For immediate release:  March 7, 2013                  
Contact: Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205 

 
Susi Parriott of Art-N-Around presents two sessions of Be the Artist, an opportunity for kids to create their own masterpieces, at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown. Registration is required and limited to 25 participants per session. Please call 772-597-4200 to register.

On Wednesday, March 20 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., elementary-aged children will use watercolors to design an 11×14 canvas inspired by books from children’s author Eric Carle.

On Wednesday, March 27 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., middle and high school-aged students, using acrylic paints, will be inspired by “The Hunger Games” trilogy for their 16×20 creation.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any library branch, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. 

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