February Book of the Month

This month’s pic is The impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Hayley Kincaid and her father, a war veteran, return to his childhood home and attempt to live a normal life. Unfortunately, he has PTSD and horrible memories of war that he tries to block out with drugs and alcohol. Hayley tries to be a normal teenager but the stress of her father’s illness makes it impossible. Enter Finn, with his own family drama, who offers support, understanding, and romance. What does “happily ever after” look like for them? Read and find out, just don’t forget the Kleenex.

February in the Matz Gallery: Patricia Reed

Down the Rabbit Hole: Works in Paper and Ceramic Clay

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“By using the versatility of paper and clay, this work attempts a sense of inner space and perception using outer objects and events. I am excited by the Rabbit Hole of versatility offered by the mediums of paper and clay. Each can be painted, sprayed, stamped and cut, torn, punched, collaged, molded, woven, appliquéd, coiled, sewn, and many other ways of manipulation. It is also the constant visual stimulation from living on Cape Ann and teaching art to kids at The Eastern Point Day School that keep the creative wheels turning. How far down the Rabbit Hole can art take me?”

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Patricia Reed was born and raised in the Army– the daughter of a professional Army officer. She has traveled and lived in foreign countries and all over the U.S. Her current art is a personal expression of the sea, wind, rocks, woods, and other natural elements unique to Cape Ann. It reflects both her imagination and the adventure of sailing along the New England coast each summer or hiking the wilds of Dogtown. Patricia taught art to children in public and private schools for over 30 years and has always been energized by their spontaneity. Recently adding ceramics to her repertoire, she creates unique sculptural forms well as utilitarian objects at Cynthia Curtis Pottery.

January in the Matz Gallery: Stephen Patrican

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“Hello! My name is Stephen Patrican and I am a long time resident of Gloucester. Art and photography has been a long time passion of mine. I just recently had an art show in Danvers, MA.”

This exhibit will be on display January 11, 2014 – February 1, 2014. If you are interested in purchasing any of the photographs displayed, you can get more information at the Library. Unframed photographs are $20 (8×10) and $30 (11×14).

January Book of the Month

It’s the New Year so why not learn something new? Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney is  written by a founding member of the elite, super-secret, counter-terrorist unit. It’s a detailed recollection of being chosen (with 162 other soldiers), to participate in nine months of strenuous specialized training. At the end of the nine months all that remained were 18 soldiers, and after the commander’s board evaluation, Haney was one of twelve soldiers to form the first Delta Force unit. This is an inside view of a unit “that doesn’t exist” but is in operation all over the world!