Adult Programs

Hampton artist Maggie Ginieres - "Simple Pleasures" - Weston Gallery

Seaside MumThe library welcomes local artist Maggie Ginieres as our exhibitor in the Weston Gallery for the month of November.  Maggie works primarily in oils and covers a variety of subjects, from still life to landscapes.  We will be hosting a reception on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 PM, and welcome all who would like to visit with Maggie and learn more about her work.

 

A little bit about me ...

Originally from Lowell, MA, eldest of a dozen children, I also lived in Portsmouth, NH and Washington, DC, before settling in Hampton in 1996. 1 am a former high school teacher, restaurant owner, research assistant and office manager. But apart from being with my family -nuclear and extended --drawing, painting, writing, singing and acting have always been my great loves. So, of course, retirement has been a joy! Especially in Hampton, where there are terrific opportunities for sharing friendships and being part of the larger seacoast community. The First Congregational Church just across the street, my home away from home sometimes, is a particularly nice place that makes me happy to live here. Over the past few years the Hampton Historical Society has given me many chances to hone my acting with performances at Centre School and lectures for classes visiting the Tuck Museum. (I especially enjoyed being wife to the ox cart man!) Best of all, during the past Summer I joined the Hampton Arts Network (at the insistence of a good friend -you know who you are!) where once again I marveled at what a group of nice people can make happen. 

While I've been drawing since I first stopped eating crayons, I think anyone who is really interested in producing art should find good instructors and work hard with them. And it doesn't matter how old you are when you begin formal study! This is a truth I learned over time. I've been fortunate to live with a husband who encourages me to seek out great teachers. It was my privilege to study with Susan Abbott at the Torpedo Factory in Washington, D.C., and recently, at her mountain top studio in Vermont. Whenever possible I take classes at the Currier Art Center where Bruce McColl and pastel artist Robert Carsten both have offered insightful criticism and encouragement. Locally, Jane Davis Copp of North Hampton continues to provide lessons, support and friendship. I really believe that art is a far less lonely pursuit than advertised. Just like every other pursuit in life, it's the people you meet along the way that make all the difference!

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Rye Artist Lee Perrault: "Prospecting + Pondering" - October 2014, Weston Gallery

Lee PerraultI grew up in rural, western NH during the 50’s and 60’s, drawing with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. When my Jon Gnagy ‘Learn To Draw’ set was reduced to tatters, I moved on to ‘paint by numbers’. My favorite subject matter then was almost always animals. College still found me in the fine arts and, later, there was calligraphy, ceramics, photography and a profession in graphic design. Since moving to the seacoast in 1997, I have worked as a Colorist and Interior Design Consultant, with my company, Via Design, in Rye.

My mom was an artist who also returned to her art later in life. As she was able to paint less and less, her wealth of oils and pastels began finding their way into my cellar, and I accrued a pile of materials. One day after she had passed on, I had an epiphany. Shortly thereafter, I began to dabble in paint once again.

Three years ago, I built a studio onto my home, giving me a permanent place to paint. To say that picking up the brush again has been a rebirth, would probably be an understatement.  Currently still working, I use my painting time to explore subject matter, medium and technique – the reason you will see quite a variety! The animal subjects are still near and dear to my heart, with many more to follow. I also enjoy painting ‘plein air’ in areas near where I live, which happily offer infinite subject matter.

Somehow, I always knew I would want to paint on wood (panels) as opposed to canvas, a correct assumption so far. I recently began making my own hardboard/poplar panels from scratch, ‘as well as ‘cradling’ most of my existing painted panels. This allows them to be hung as is and makes it convenient for someone who purchases one to have it framed according to her/his own tastes. It also allows me the freedom to paint small or large, while giving me the satisfaction of completely controlling my art.

It is my hope that you enjoy these paintings as much as I have relished creating them!

Reception - Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.

Artist Jean Roughan: "Favorite Places" - September 2014, Weston Gallery

The library will be exhibiting the works of Dover artist Jean Roughan in our Weston Gallery during the month of September.  Jean's primary interest is in plein air landscapes in oil, but she also enjoys still life and portraits. Her paintings are currently in private collections throughout the United States and Canada, as well as at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Jean is a past member of various local art associations, including Seacoast Art Association, Newburyport Art Association, Ocean City Art League, MD. And is currently a member of Great Bay Art Association.  We will host an artist reception at the library on Monday, September 15th at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome.

We asked Jean to tell us a little about her work:

Artist Jean Roughan"I became serious about my painting when my husband and I retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where I studied with several well-known local artists. I began seeing the beauty of the marshes and waters of the shore, learning to 'see' with an artist's eye. I noticed glorious splashes of color in unexpected places: puddles, patches of pavement, sand and water, dark stands of trees. My vision expanded when I began painting 'en plein air' and my soul was stirred by the beauty of foggy, cold days at the shore and quiet mornings in the marshes.

Here in New England the colors are more vibrant. I love to paint near the ocean and especially enjoy adding figures to a landscape or including quaint buildings. I have learned much from local artists here in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Most of my work is of local landscapes, painted on site or in my home studio. I am currently painting places and people I have seen while travelling as well. I also do still life and portrait work. Capturing the essence of a person creates a special bond with them and with my own humanity.

My painting experiences have helped me deal with life's challenges, including surviving cancer. When someone is moved by one of my paintings, perhaps reminded of a location or a quiet day enjoying nature, I feel honored to be able to share how I see the world around me and how I feel when I am painting it."

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Kids' Summer Reading 2014 - Finale and Thank You's!!

Party PicCONGRATULATIONS to all the youngsters who joined this year’s summer reading program.  We had 414 kids sign up!!!  What amazing readers you are!  Yay you! Also, all the grown ups who participated deserve a big hand for the reading aloud they did, for all the tickets they filled out, and for all they do to support Lane's Children's Room in the summer and throughout the year. 

We couldn’t do such an ambitious program without the strong support and collaboration with the local schools, their staff and administration. It is an honor and joy to work with such wonderful educators. 

The Hampton PTA do so much for us, both with birthday books throughout the year AND with supplying the plywood cut-out that kids and their families so enjoyed at the finale.
 
Warmest thanks to all our phenomenal volunteers and everyone who helped throughout our busy six weeks. They assisted at programs, helped with set up and break down, and two of our teen volunteers, Danielle and Maggie, patiently counted out hundreds of tickets and wall cut-outs. We literally could not do this without you!!  

We also could NOT do these large events without the generous support of our patrons. Thank you all for your assistance and much-appreciated donations of water, in addition to your will.

Flatbread Pizza was beyond good to us and donated 25 pizzas, in addition to partnering with us on fundraising via sales of their pizza.
 
It is also my great privilege and pleasure to say huge thank yous to the Friends of the Lane Library.  They enabled us to hire our band for the finale, in addition to Norman Ng, the magician who kicked off our summer events, AND very generously providing the money for the 4 Kindles Fires which are our grand prizes. 
 
The Friends work tirelessly all year round, fund-raising so that we can have new furniture, games, programs, the murals in the Children’s Room, and other additions that Party Pic 2make this library an ever-growing and vital place.  Thank you, Friends, so very, very much. 
 
We also had an anonymous benefactor who provided a very generous check that enabled us to purchase the supplies for our family reader grand prizes. You know who you are, and YOU ROCK!
 
The law office of HOLMES and ELLS helped us tremendously by giving us access to their electric outlets so the bands could play—and did so with great good cheer and community spirit.  They even lent us extra electrical cord, which was way above and beyond.  Thank you, Steve and company!
 
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our subs: Sandy Kent, Tamara Holland, Melissa Phoenix, Chris Singleton, Sharon Svirsky, and Carol McGrath, fabulous ladies all who saved the day more than once and held the fort with grace and good cheer.
 
An especially big note of thanks to Miss Wendy, Miss Nicole, and Miss Liz.  They are so amazing, both individually and as a fantastic team. The Children's Room is truly blessed to have a staff of such dedicated, caring, and enthusiastic women.

Photo Enthusiast's Group Show with Reception - Weston Gallery, August 2014

The All About Paper photo enthusiast group will be exhibiting their work at the Lane Memorial Library during the month of August.  8 members have chosen a collection of their favorite selections in response to the challenge "My Favorite Subject Matter or Technique Is ...".  A reception and 'Meet and Greet' is planned for the evening of Wednesday, August 6th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, with light refreshments.

Come out and meet the photographers, learn about the group and their monthly challenges, take a look through the member photo albums, ask questions, and get inspired for your own photography!

More information about the monthly challenges is available at www.allaboutpaperllc.blogspot.com.

"Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography", July 9th at 6:30 PM

We welcome photographer Adam Woodworth to the Weston Gallery as our July artist.  He has mastered the amazing art of blending beautiful night skies with striking landscape compositions to produce etheral and almost surreal images.  Adam will also present an illustrated lecture on how he makes the magic, free and open to the public on Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 PM

Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography will take you on a night time journey across locations in Northern New England with a couple stops in New Brunswick and Quebec.  Adam will look at landscape photos that feature the galactic center of the Milky Way and discuss the stories and techniques behind the photos.

Woodworth is a landscape photographer, fine art printer, award winning filmmaker, and software engineer.  He is originally from Kittery, Maine, and now resides in Rye, New Hampshire.  He has had a love of photography for over 15 years, and since 2008 he has focused on landscape photography.

His goal as a photographer is to create compelling images using high quality tools and techniques.  His attention to detail as a long time computer programmer is not lost in his photography and fine art printing.
He often strives to produce images that capture the beauty of nature, but he also uses special techniques to create images that often times look otherworldly.

Adam can frequently be found wandering around the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the seacoasts of Maine and New Hampshire, or other beautiful areas of New England.

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The Barbara London Jazz Trio - May 29 at 7:00PM

Barbara LondonPlease join us on Thursday May 29, at 7 PM in the downstairs Weston Gallery for a jazz concert featuring Hampton’s own Barbara London on flute, keyboard, and vocals, joined by bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Gary Gemmiti.  The trio will play selections from Barbara’s new recording, Moonlight, as well as favorite jazz standards.  There will be a chance to meet the artists and a Q & A  opportunity.  Barbara’s new CD and watercolor cards will be on display and available. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London is an award-winning flutist, composer, pianist, vocalist, artist, and educator. Recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts jazz performance grants, she has performed across the country and abroad and produced eight recordings of original compositions on her wild aster label.

Jim Lyden studied with both classical and jazz bassists. He gained experience by playing throughout northern New England with blues, funk, rock, and jazz musicians including Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Oliver Lake, and Frank Foster.

Gary Gemmiti studied with the late world-renowned Alan Dawson. Comfortable in a variety of styles, Gemmiti has worked with well-known New England artists including the Spectras, Cormac McCarthy, Cari Coltrane, and blues great Mighty Sam McClain.

Understanding and Navigating the Affordable Care Act - October 17th at 6:00 PM

Affordable Care ActFamilies First Health and Support Center and the Lane Memorial Library have partnered to both help area residents better understand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide support and assistance to people who want to enroll for coverage but may be a little uncertain how to do so.

Under the ACA (also known as “Obamacare”) individuals without health insurance or with private insurance will be able to enroll for coverage through the new healthcare exchange marketplace that first went live on October 1, 2014.   Subsidies are available through the exchange marketplace for those at 100 percent to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.  This means that individuals making between $11,490 and $45,960 and a family of four making between $23,550 and $94,000 will be eligible to receive a subsidy from the federal government that will reduce the cost of the premiums they will have to pay for coverage.

To help explain the impact of these changes and answer questions that people may have, Families First and the Lane Library are sponsoring an informational meeting on Thursday October 17 at 6:00 PM at the Lane Library.  Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.

Did you miss the presentation? View the slideshows now.

Entitled  “The Affordable Care Act: What Does it Mean to Me?”, the session will feature representatives of the New Hampshire Department of Insurance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as representatives from Families First and the Lane Library.

Notes Susan Turner director of the Rockingham County Community Resource Network at Families First,  “We are happy that the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton is interested in working with us to ensure that the people of southern Seacoast understand the impact of the bill.”

“The library has been an important resource for members of the community to obtain information and assistance in preparing their taxes for many years now” added Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director of the Hampton Lane Memorial Library.  “We hope to be able to provide that same service to the members of our community when it comes to the ACA.  Not only will we have forms and brochures available, but people without access to a computer at home will be able to access on-line information through one of the 12 computers we have available for use by the public.”

“We are also planning to have one of our enrollment coordinators on-site in the library at scheduled times to answer’s people’s questions and offer hands-on assistance,” said Turner.

State Representative Robert “Renny” Cushing and Chris Muns of Hampton and Elaine Ahearn of Hampton, Hampton Falls and Seabrook are helping to organize the event on October 17.   “The ACA is changing the way that health insurance is purchased in our state” said Rep Muns. “Representatives Ahearn, Cushing and I are very happy that Families First and the Lane Library are taking the lead to make sure that the community has access to resources and expertise that will help individuals and families successfully navigate these new procedures.  We encourage anyone with questions to attend this session on the 17th.”

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