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Barbara London’s Jazz & Watercolors at Lane Library

Barbara London

Barbara London’s art show, entitled “Progression”, will include watercolors showing movement from earlier representational works to abstraction. The title also suggests Barbara’s other creative career as a composer and jazz musician and includes her paintings of performers as part of the exhibit. The art reception will be held on Tuesday October 10 at 6:30 PM, and offers an opportunity for people to meet the artist and hear her talk about her work and process.

On Thursday October 19, at 6:30 PM, Barbara will perform a jazz concert with her quartet:  bassist Jim Lyden, drummer Gary Gemmiti, and guitarist Woody Allen.  The group will perform a combination of standards and Barbara’s original compositions. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper or Darrell Eifert at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London  is a musician, artist, writer, and educator. Her long career in the arts has involved leading her own jazz groups , exhibiting her watercolor paintings, producing recordings for her wild aster label, and writing workbooks and poetry.   She  has received three NEA grants for jazz composition and performance and is currently working on a new recording. After years of classroom teaching, she became the first female chair at Berklee College of Music in 1994. She left the college in 2005 to focus on her painting and composing.   As with her musical composition,  her art draws from a variety of thematic material including semi-abstracted musicians,  explorations of science and nature, and dreamscapes. Her involvement with the Abstract Artists Group of New England (AAGNE) has inspired Barbara to further explore her improvisational  approach to watercolors. She is experimenting with new colors, subjects, and process.

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. He currently performs with Curtis Clark, Thomas Snow, The East Enders,  Barbara London, Dos Eckes, Saco River Theatre, and the Portland Stage Company.
Woody Allen (who didn't have to change his name to get it) came to New Hampshire in '95 after many years in Key West. He has become one of the Seacoast’s most respected guitarists, freelancing with a variety of musicians in diverse styles. He was a regular at the Press Room Tuesday night jazz jam and continues to play on weekends in the dining room at the York Harbor Inn. His latest recording, Back in Cayo Hueso, was created with his brother Din Allen.
 
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. He currently tours and records with The Rustic Overtones and Royal Hammer. Along with Jim Lyden and Woody Allen, Gary enjoyed years of  jazz residency at the Press Room in Portsmouth with Larry Garland’s River City Jazz.

"Be a Better Photographer" - workshop with Matt Parker on May 30th, 2017

Matt Parker, PhotographerWondering why your photos don't turn out exactly as you planned?  Want to be a better "family photographer"?  Looking to explore the capablilties of your 'phone camera or shiny new DSLR?  Look no further.  Local photographer Matt Parker will present a 2 hour workshop titled Making Photos Work 101 on Tuesday, May 30th from 6 - 8 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.  The workshop is free of charge, and those who attend will learn about:

  • Types of Photography
  • Camera Basics
  • Light
  • Artistic fundamentlas
  • Computer / Software
  • Accessories
  • Preparation
  • Event Photography

Matt Parker Is a part-time freelance sports and event photographer from the Seacoast area. When not working as an Applications Engineer at QA Technology in Hampton he is covering events for Friends and Family along with Seacoast Media Groups local papers and web site seacoastonline. Examples of his work can be found at www.mattparkerphotos.com.

Matt and his wife Lisa have 4 children and reside in Hampton, NH.

Matt was exposed to photography thru his Mother who was a freelance reporter for the Goffstown News in the 70’s and his Father and Grandfather(s) who had a camera in-hand for every occasion. Going to High School in the late 70's-early 80's sparked a renewed interest in photography from a Graphic Arts class that included basic camera instruction and film developing.

His current photography phase started when cameras went digital and his children became involved in local sporting events.

2015 Lane Memorial Library Improvements Warrant Article #23

The purpose of this Warrant Article request is twofold:

1) To replace the fan coils and thermostats throughout the building. They date from the opening of the addition in 1985 and are all beyond their useful life. We are paying above the service contract to fix components as they fail. The thermostats absolutely do not work and are still pneumatic. The new ones will be digital and we will be able to eliminate the compressor completely. The compressor is another piece of equipment that we annually sink money into above the service contract costs. As an added bonus removing the compressor will reduce noise in the room used by the seniors for cards and bingo.

2) To replace the carpet on the first floor which also dates to the opening of the addition and is in very poor shape after 30 years (The carpet in the Dearborn Redden Room and Teen corner are much newer and are not included in this plan. The lower level also has much newer carpet that does not need replacing at this time). The plan is to replace with carpet squares since that will allow us to repair stains over the life of the new carpet effectively.

See the slideshow below for more information.

Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director

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