June in the Matz Gallery: Jan Walker

MATZ GALLERY JUNE2014

Biography

Jan Walker is now an artist and photographer, after a career in the early computer industry. She has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Raised in Ottawa Canada, she has lived in Champaign IL, Berkeley, Arlington MA, France, and Cambridge, and currently resides in Rockport, MA.

Largely self-taught in the arts, she has worked in many mediums, including pottery, watercolor painting, photography, and acrylic monotypes and collage. Formerly a member of Local Colors and the Rocky Neck Art Gallery, she is an artist member of Cambridge Art Association and Newburyport Art Association, and a member of the photography division of the Rockport Art Association. Her work is in private collections on several continents. She counts Connie Arvanites as a mentor, Modigliani as an inspiration, and studied locally with Martin Ahearn and Betty Lou Schlemm. Her most recent work has combined photographic images with acrylic monotypes.

Artist Statement

I am a curious observer of almost everything and I see art everywhere. It makes me happy to discover wonderful compositions in the details of ordinary surroundings. I respond most strongly to form, line, pattern, and humor in the abstract designs all around me. My work shows details and unexpected views in scenes that might otherwise seem commonplace. I want people to feel the excitement I felt while taking the picture or making the piece. My favorite compositions contain curves or triangles. My favorite subjects are natural ones, especially those involving texture, birds, or water.

Contact Jan Walker: info@janwalkerArtist.com
http://janwalkerArtist.com

staff picks summer

Something about Sisters

She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child. ~Barbara Alpert

The relationship between sisters makes for great reading. Here are a few of my favorites:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Elinor and Marianne are as different as sisters can be. One wildly romantic, reckless, and wears her heart on her sleeve; the other dependable, steady, but with a secret heartache. Despite being total opposites they are devoted to each other. As their world crumbles around them they cling to each other for support and guidance.

 

 

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Anna was conceived to help her very ill older sister live. But by thirteen, Anna has been through countless medical procedures and she’s had enough — she is suing her parents for medical emancipation. How much is owed to your sister? Where does her needs end and yours begin? These sisters are connected by more than their genetics.

 

 

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Bonded by their mother’s death early in their childhood and their mutual hatred of their stepmother, lawyerly Rose and flighty Maggie Feller are a mismatched pair. When Maggie betrays her sister, both their lives are shattered. Can finding out a family secret mend the terrible rift?

 

 

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
‘Bean’ Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen — and their mother has never really grown up. When their mother does yet another disappearing act, and afraid they will be sent to foster care, the two sisters decide to look up their long-lost uncle across country. Despite being the younger, Bean easily adjusts while Liz struggles. And then something happens to Liz, and it’s up to Bean to defend her.

 

 

Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
Morning talk show host Meghan Fitzmaurice is on top of the world with a job that brings her fame and fortune, a loving husband, and a terrific teenage son. Her sister Bridget is in awe as she slogs through her life as a single social worker. Their life has never been easy — orphaned young, and left to be raised by loving, but older relatives. Their roles seem to be fixed, megastar and quiet follower, until Meghan has an on air disaster. Perceptions are changed, roles are challenged, but their love and connection to each other never falter.
 
 
 

Helen Freeman

 
 
 

Helen Freeman is the Technical Services librarian. She has worked for Sawyer Free Library for over 25 years.

June Book of the Month

This month’s pic is Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, reviewed in recognition of LGBT month.

The topic, transgender, is just beginning to be openly discussed in society. If you are, or know someone who is transgender, this book not only described the various aspects of transgender but portrays it through authentic stories. In order to accept transgender teens, it’s important to understand who they are. This book definitely provides that information.