March in the Matz Gallery: Marvin Waller

Marvin Waller (1928 – 1994) was an award-winning fine artist who lived on Cape Ann. As a young man in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he studied painting and drawing with Reginald Marsh and other prominent artists at the Art Student’s League in New York City. He also illustrated Captain Marvel comic books. In 1959, he moved his family to Rockport, MA because of his friendship with local artist Roger Martin. Rockport was the only place he would consider raising his children – lucky kids!

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In Rockport, he worked as a fine artist, book illustrator, and industrial designer. His works were shown at Gallery Seven in Magnolia and Boston. In the mid-1960s, he taught himself architecture as a means of supporting his family. He designed the Roundhouse on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport, extensions for Rockport High School, the Sawyer Free Library addition in Gloucester, the Ipswich Town Hall, the Liberty Tree Mall, the Wang Towers in Lowell, and an award-winning pumping station in Bangkok, Thailand. He also designed several industrial facilities through his work for the Anderson Nichols architectural and engineering firm in Boston.

Throughout his life, he was a fine artist at heart and a great inspiration to others. He knew his history and especially his art history. His standards for excellence showed in everything he did. This exhibit includes oil paintings of people and landscapes along with pen and ink drawings of amazingly few brush strokes.

We Need Your Donations!

Start your spring cleaning early and donate your gently used books to the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library book sale. No textbooks or encyclopedias please. Donations can be dropped off at the library front desk.

This year’s booksale will take place Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7 from 9AM – 4PM. A private rreview for Friends & Corporators will take place Thursday, June 5 4-7 PM.

Sawyer Free Library Director Carol Gray Announces Her Retirement

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Carol Gray has announced her retirement as director of the Sawyer Free Library, ending a 16-year career that saw the library achieve new heights after a wave of fiscal adversity.

Gray, a Lanesville resident, joined the library staff in 1998 as assistant director and on three occasions during a tumultuous decade served as acting director before gaining the top position in 2007.

David McAveeney, who headed the library’s Board of Directors in 2006-2007, said Gray brought stability to an institution that had slashed operating hours and staffing and nearly lost state certification because of financial uncertainty. “She was the one who kept the place afloat,” he said.

Scott Memhard, the library board’s current president, said Gray’s credits include a key role in creating a new strategic plan, keeping library technology up to date with internet resources and e-books, and broadening the library’s English as a Second Language program to reach more residents.

“Circulation of books, audio, video and other materials is growing, new programs are in place for adults, teens and children, the Lyceum program has expanded, and technology has been kept up to date—all of this done with barely a hiccup or a hitch,” Memhard said.

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NEW DATE Chase Those Winter Blues Away! A Mari Martin Trio Concert

The Mari Martin Trio featuring Mark Retallack on keys and Vinny Briguglio on bass will perform a lively Winter concert on the Library’s Main Floor. Mari has been entertaining audience coast to coast and has opened and shared the stage with such luminaries as Tower of Power, Moody Blues, WAR, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Average White Band, Alan Parson, and more.

Sponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library.

Thursday, February 27
7:00 PM

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).