Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Exhibit

Tom Kavana

The Unseen Seen

Photos by Tom Kavana

"My ambient goal in portraiture is to find ways to make other people more real: to encourage a viewer to consider the face of a stranger, and to really look. What is it we imagine we see there, in the other? Ultimately, we are looking only at ourselves. But in the process, we practice training our eyes and hearts to look more deeply at the others around us. We consider their natures, we speculate about their stories, their happinesses and sufferings, and in so doing we practice generating compassion in ourselves. One cannot really consider the reality of another person, I think, without accruing some kind of responsibility for them."
Feel free to contact me with comments or questions.        

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Art Exhibit

John Colantuono

"Art is self expression allowing me to show things the way I see them, let my imagination form different ideas. For me it's losing myself in the color, the emotion and movement that I use while painting."

Contact: (845) 855 - 1676    /   arteast_lk@yahoo.com

Friday, January 30, 2015

Program Room Artist Display

Paintings by three local artists are on display in the new program room at Kent Public Library! 

Fine Art Oil Paintings by Bea Gustafson 

"There is an energy and beauty in all of nature which is a never ending source of inspiration for me. I try to translate that onto my canvas, giving homage to the bounty before me. I enjoy painting my landscapes en plein air as well as in my studio, working from photographs and sketches.

I want to tell the viewer a story, share my experience with them. In the translation from nature to canvas, I seek to discover nature’s truth and give life to a painted image by understanding the rhythms and pulses behind the appearances and the best is the feeling of being an integral part of it all. I am most successful with a painting, if I can evoke and emotional response from the viewer."
Bea Gustafson
www.beagustafson.com / 914-204-0846

 Doreen O'Connor 

"I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember and got my degrees in Art Education. After teaching for two years, I went back for my Masters but found a job I loved in a historic house museum. I stayed in the museum field for twenty years while always painting on the side.

 In 1990, I started a decorative painting business, "Wildflowers" where I do murals, tromp l'oeil and faux finishes. I have enjoyed the variety and creativity of the work but am now doing more painting and exhibiting for myself. Nature has always been my main inspiration. The lower Hudson region and the farm I live on in Poughquag provide more subjects than I have time to paint."
Doreen O'Connor
1doconnor@frontiernet.net / 1doconnorwildflowers.com

Fine Artist Oil Paintings 
Mary Elizabeth Smoot-Souter, Oil Painter 

"As I began painting form life, classical training from the model revealed complexities in drawing and form. Studying from old masters and life size casts that were seized from the basement of the Metropolitan and donated to the N.Y. Academy was an amazing access for students studying realism in the 90's. Design and compositional ideas from Maitland Graves have influenced my work and color theory elements suggested by Joseph Alber's. Turn of the century painters such as John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla's powerful use of direct painting and color is insurmountable. Commanding light and shadow patters is something I love in Rembrandt and Vermeer and the quiet sincerity of Chardin's still-life paintings. My work is traditional in technique and style but reveals a personal, contemporary realism of the 21st century!"
Mary Smoot Souter

Friday, January 16, 2015

About Jeanette Rodriguez

Art Director, Friends of the Kent Library

"Nature has always been a fascination of mine. It’s no surprise that I see reflected in my art nature’s serenity and spirit which I deeply feel from within. My Alcohol Ink paintings replicate connections and relationships that compose our world. My compositions project a surreal quality and calmness in an abstract dream-like landscape form. I find myself drawn to the blazing colors of sunsets, the tranquility of a flowing river. I want to capture that kind of beauty; like a soft summer breeze.

My journey as an artist has been one of transitions as I’ve explored and experimented with different mediums in art. I graduated with a B.F.A. degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After spending twenty years as a Graphic Designer, I decided to return to creating in a traditional form. Working with paints, 3D collage, clay, wood, metals, jewelry and glass. I also taught jewelry design and ink painting workshops in New York City and on The Big Island of Hawaii. Over two years ago, I became the Curator at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson, New York; where I dream-up the exhibition themes including: “Windows of My Soul”, “In the Stillness of Trees”, “Flow” and “Reflection”, to name a few.

Four months ago I was asked if I would be interested in becoming the Art Director for the Friends of the Kent Library in Kent, New York. I am honored to be of service, to provide monthly displays of other local artists whom have been exhibiting their work for years and some who are sharing their creations for the first time. Being an artist can have its challenges: rejection from galleries, rejections from publications, I can relate as I’ve been there. However, my work has been exhibited around New York and published in the Society of Illustrators Annual, other publications, and I have won awards.

My art is an expression of my humanity and my spiritual growth; it helps me to live consciously and courageously with compassion; whether it's curating exhibitions, teaching workshops, painting or selecting artists to exhibit their work at the Kent Library, it's ‘all’ inspiring to me. If along the way I awaken the spirit within others; than my work is done! I am a firm believer that inspiration comes in all forms. May your journey as an artist be one of your true nature.


The Friends of the Kent Library envision the library as a cultural center of the town of Kent and have supported ongoing exhibits of local artists in the library. In the past 5 years, over 60 local artists have had one-person shows at the Kent Library. These exhibits last for a month and are seen by approximately 300 people daily. The Friends work in cooperation with Arts on the Lake, community artists and other arts organizations. The Friends are pleased to welcome Jeanette Rodriguez as the new director of the program!

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Art Exhibit

K.A. McNally-Frake

K.A. McNally-Frake is originally a native Southern Californian but has been living in New York for the last 14 years. She was always interested in drawing and has worked in oils, watercolors, and acrylics. She is mostly self-taught, taking a few classes here and there.

After raising three daughters, with time on her hands, she walked into a Reflections class at the Arts of the Lake in Kent Lakes, NY and met Alex Shudi. It was he who encouraged her to try new avenues and experimentations in painting. With his encouragement, Mrs. McNally-Frake developed a whole new approach and look to her work. There is no set design when she starts out but as the painting begins to "speak", there comes a form of communication with it. 

Mrs. McNally-Frake gets her inspirations by using bold colors and strong line movement and then goes with the flow of the painting as it evolves. This way of painting has allowed her a free form of expression, exploration and great satisfaction. Using colors and composition in such a way, she is able to fill up the canvases with fun energy and movement.

For prices and more information, contact: frakelou1@aol.com 

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Art Exhibit

Home for the Holidays
Eileen Gunning

See Dutchess County Artist Eileens Gunning's exhibit "Home for the Holidays" displayed at the Kent Public Library until the end of December. 

"I delight in a variety of painting mediums, including acrylic, oils, colored pencil , assemblages, and pastels. I celebrate the beauty of the area in landscape and wildlife paintings. My pet portraits memorialize our beloved animal companions. As a textile artist, I use the wool from my sheep in felting, spinning and weaving. Hair from a remembered horse or other companion animal is often woven into hangings."

Monday, November 3, 2014

October/November Art Exhibit

Beauty in Metal
Kevin Feerick

"Kevin Feerick is a lawyer who has practiced law for over 25 years. Throughout this time he has been absorbed by art especially metal sculpture which he has observed closely. For the last 7 years he seeks to make his own work, his forms and his representations.

He is dedicated to trying to capture the essence of a movement in nature or a part or a form of the body. He seeks to shape the hardness of metal to respond to the feelings evident in such representations."

Come and see Kevin's work displayed at the Kent Public Library until the end of November. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Art Exhibit

Opens at Kent Library

“Wildcrafted” comes to the Kent Library with creations by artist, Athena Pallas.  The exhibit features assemblages of natural materials. 
Inspired by the wonders of the natural world, the artist uses insect wings, lichen bits, paper wasp nests, and sparkles of mica to enhance watercolor scenes. Also included are insects collected by Pallas as well as early field guides to insects.
Athena Pallas has exhibited widely and is a valued member of local artists’ groups.
The exhibit opens September 2nd and runs through the end of the month. It is sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library who support programs and equipment for the library and conduct a legendary book sale every spring. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Artist Reception

"Spacious Skies" Exhibit and Reception

Nancy Clark’s painting and pastel exhibit, “Spacious Skies,” will be on display at Kent Library for one more week! 

The exhibit features Clark’s studies of boundless, ever-changing skies, studded with both dreamy and threatening clouds, infused with warm light, and evocative of heavenly hosts. Many of the works were executed in the big sky country. 

Nancy Clark has exhibited widely and is a long-time valued member of local artists’ groups. She was a founding member of the Cat Rock Artists. She also serves on the board of the Friends of the Great Swamp.

Nancy will talk about her process at an Artist’s Reception on Friday, June 27th at 4:00 pm at Kent Library. No registration necessary and all are welcome! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Annual Business Meeting

Join Us

The Friends' annual business meeting will be held Tuesday, June 24th, at 7:00 PM in the program room of the Kent Library. All Friends are invited to attend. 

Letter from Richard Harrison, Friends' President...

June 15, 2014

Dear Friends and Volunteers,

Well, here we are, after another successful Book Sale and we owe it all to your hard work. There is no way we could pull this off without your help and dedication. As you know, this is the Friends’ largest fund-raising event of the year and we made over $5,500. This enables us to continue helping the Library with their needs in this wonderful 50th Anniversary celebration year and into the future.

We are so proud of all of you and so grateful for your help.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Most sincerely,

Richard Harrison, President

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Giant Book Sale Weekend

The Annual Giant Book Sale is here!
Be sure to stop by the Kent Town Hall this Memorial Day Weekend to find some great reads at affordable prices! The Kent Town Hall is located adjacent to the Kent Library in the Kent Town Center, Sybil's Crossing, on Route 52 in Kent, NY. The sale is open to the public on Saturday, May 24th, between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and on Sunday, May 25th, between 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Worried you might have to fight the crowd for the best book selections? For a $10.00 admission fee, guests may attend an "early bird" preview on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. Friends of the Kent Library are invited to attend this preview free of charge.

 Book Sale Hours
Saturday, May 24th
Early Bird Preview : 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 25th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This event is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Kent Library. All proceeds benefit the Kent Public Library. We hope to see you there!

Friday, February 7, 2014

February Art at the Kent Library...

We are pleased to announce that February's exhibitor at the Kent Library is Ester McHenry.  Please come down to enjoy this fine exhibit!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December Art at Arts on the Lake

This month at the Kent Library, enjoy a gorgeous presentation entitled "The Alchemy of Light."

Viewing will be Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th, 2013 and
Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th, 2013
Hours:  1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Arts on the Lake at Lake Carmel Arts Center
640 Route 52 Kent Lakes, NY  10512

There will also be a Reception:  Saturday December 7, 2013 from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

Participating Artists are:  Chris Armentano, Lone Thygesen Blecher, Ann Chapin Fischer, Toni Flynn, Susan Fronapfel, Bea Gustafson, Bob Hauver, Lynne Hawley, George Isaacson, Molly Olsen Leckie, Mala Ranade, Laura Paradiso, GG Reid and ALexander Shundi.

For more information, visit The Reflectionist at www.reflectionist.org.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 30, 2013

October Art at the Kent Library Exhibit...

The Friends of Kent Library are pleased to announce details on this month's exhibit:

mixed medium paintings [with emphasis on segmented canvases], by claudine mussuto
October 1, 2013 through October 31st, 2013

Artist's statement:
There are several visual ideas that I have been investigating for an extended period of time, primarily through processes of expansive repetition and the creation of variations on themes.  These visual ideas include:
  • the possibilities of the square, in general, the two-inch square, in particular
  • the various and varied forms of segmented canvases
  • visual narrative and the use of text and an element integral to visual experience
  • visual environments that have printmaking-like qualities and characteristics
In 2006/2007, for about a year and during a time in which I lived in a rural area of western Massachusetts, I met monthly with three other women artists.  During our meetings, we sometimes discussed art, sometimes created work together, and sometimes gave ourselves art assignments.  One such assignment was to create thirty pieces (or one piece per day over the course of one month) using a square that measured six-inches or less.

For that project, I chose to work with the two-inch square.  I also elected to create finished pieces, rather than sketches.  A series entitled thirty time two-by-two evolved from these two ideas.  One piece was a work on paper, the art of fly fishing, which was my first exploration of fly fishing lures.  The other paintings in the group, eventually comprised of thirty pieces, were insects, each painted on five two-inch square sections of board.  I connected the sections of board with small pieces of paper as a means to echo the forms of the creatures that I was painting.  This commenced a fuller investigation of segmentation, which is what I see when I observe the cosmos: minute insects with gorgeously constructed bodies, beautifully conceived flowers and trees with intricate individual parts, the solar system with planets that have moons and rings, each unity and the entirety a reflection of something greater than the sum of its parts.

Much of the universe is segmented.  I explore and play with this observation and fact within the constraints of the two-dimensional surfaces of board, cardboard, paper and wood that I used as canvases.  I find diptychs and triptychs compelling, so explore them in a range of forms.  The methods of connecting segments of board with threat, and joining pieces of paper by creating a ridge, interest me a great deal.  I use them regularly, in a variety of ways.  I think the Kent Library gallery wall is a beautiful space, but wanted to press beyond the boundaries that the eight metal cables and sixteen hooks create.  So, I designed environments on four pieces of wood, and a new form of segmentation, on which to display some of the very small canvases that I paint.

I find that encoded ideas, impulses, and impressions about soul evolution are available everywhere around us.  Through daily practices of meditation work in the studio, contemplative walks, and occult studies, I endeavor to receive some of this information and translate it into visual form.  I see a relationship between my art and such ancient sacred texts as Egyptian papyri and Mayan codices.
We hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August/September Art at the Kent Library

Art at the Kent Library  /  August 1st-September 30th
Cats on Paper / Cats on Fabric

Artwork by Richard Harrison
Sewing by Kathleen Harrison

All art work in this display was created by using fabric/paper/markers/fabric paints and colored pencils.

Richard Harrison (rjamesharrison@cs.com) was an art educator in the Carmel School System for 25 years.  Previously he taught art in Nanuet NY, Scotia NY and London, England.

His work has been collected throughout the country.  Julie Newmar, a feline admirer, who played the 'Catwoman' in the Batman TV series, was a collector of his work.  

Come and enjoy this delightful two-month display featuring mixed media, sponsored by the Friends of Kent Library.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Annual Giant Book Sale - May 25-27th

Hi there from the Friends! 

We wanted to give you plenty of notice that the Annual GIANT Book Sale is coming, and it's going to be great!  What's more - this year we are adding an extra day for your browsing and shopping pleasure.  This year's Book Sale will be held Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th. Please note that Saturday morning from 8:30-9am there will be a special Members Only preview.  If you are not already a member, you can become a Member for $10 at that time.  As always, there will be something for every reader:  fiction, young adult, children's, cooking, history, travel, science fiction/fantasy, literature, and more!  Come see for yourself all the great finds there are to be had.  And thank you as always for your support!

Saturday, May 25th - Members only preview:  8:30-9am
                                     General Public: 10a-5p

Sunday, May 26th - 11a-4p

Monday, May 27th - 11a-4p

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ALL PHASES OF THE BOOK SALE!  If you can assist at any time from Friday AM setup through Tuesday AM take down, we would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you!

Monday, February 25, 2013

March Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

March 1-30th at Kent Library
(click above flyer to enlarge)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Exhibit at Kent Library...

The Friends are pleased to announce an exciting exhibit for the month of September, A Cabinet of Curiosities, by Rena Marie.

A Cabinet of Curiosities comes to the Kent Library in a wondrous collection of natural items: skulls and bones, mammals and moths, and plants and critters assembled or refigured by Patterson artist and naturalist, Rena Marie.

Also known as "wonder-rooms", these cabinets of curiosities first appeared in the 17th century.  They were the precursor to nature museums and encyclopedic in their artifacts.  Rena Marie's cabinet is filled with mammal skeletons that instruct, or chicken bone chairs that delight.  A casual glance inside this cabinet door and the curious are swept to discovery after discovery.  Included in the exhibit are rare field books and nature study guides that led to today's conservation movement in America. 

Rena's natural art, whether paintings, collages, or constructions have been exhibited widely.  She is known for her scavenged art, both beautiful and horrible, and her studies in Nature's Laboratory.

The exhibit opens September 1st and runs through the end of the month as part of Art at the Kent Library.  It is sponsored by the Friends of Kent Library who support programs and equipment for the library. 

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Join us this month at the Kent Library for this month's beautiful exhibit, "Reality Becomes Fantasty" by Vivian Haberfield.  It runs from August 1-31, 2012.

Click the release below to enlarge.

We hope to see you there!  Thanks, as always, for supporting all of the fine local talent our community can be proud of.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Special Book Sale This Saturday!

The Friends wanted to let you know that this coming Saturday the 14th, there will be an arts book sale (as well as other excellent categories) in conjunction with the Reflections Art Group at the Arts on the Lake exhibition space.  There will be a reception from 1-4pm and all are invited.

We hope to see you there!

July Art at Kent Library

The Friends are pleased to announce this month's art exhibit in celebration of the 4th:

Carousel Folk Art by Ellie Haggerty
July 1st-31st, 2012

We hope to see you there!

Friday, June 8, 2012

June Art at the Kent Library...

Announcing the June Art exhibit at Kent Library...

(click image to enlarge)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Giant Book Sale is Back!!

If you’re a book collector, an avid reader, or just hungry for a good deal, then don’t miss the Friends of the Kent Public Library Giant Book Sale on Memorial Day Weekend. A favorite of book enthusiasts and collectors, the annual event will take place at the Kent Town Hall (adjacent to the library) in the Kent Town Center off Route 52. Sale hours are from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 26th and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 27th. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to come early in order to take advantage of the best selection of books. For a $10.00 admission fee, guests may attend an "early bird" preview on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. Friends of the Kent Library are invited to attend this preview free of charge.

You'll find literally thousands of hardcover and paperback books in virtually every genre, as well as tables full of books just for children and teens. In addition to books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from mystery, romance, and general fiction to cookbooks, crafts, history, and sports, the sale will include CDs and DVDS. New this year, the sale will feature a CD/DVD cleaning service which will be available to visitors for a moderate fee of $1.00 per disc. There will also be raffles for a variety of hand-crafted gift baskets. A newly-designed "Friends of the Kent Public Library" canvas tote bag will be on sale for a cost of $10 per bag. For an additional $5.00 donation, shoppers can stuff their bag with books (excluding specially priced items).

As always, in the "special room" at the sale, there will be hundreds of collectible and coffee table books at a fraction of their retail price. The selection in this "collector's corner" will include books on a variety of subjects (art, photography, history, travel, etc.) and a large number of first editions and signed copies.

The Friends offer reasonable prices: hardcovers are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00; oversize paperbacks are $1.00 each; and most children's/teens books are sold for $1.00 or less. The already-low prices will be slashed on Sunday afternoon (between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm), when you can stuff a bag for $3.00 (excluding specially priced books).

The Friends book sale is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the Library. Proceeds from the event go toward the purchase of library equipment and materials, and help fund special Library programs. In addition to hosting a number of smaller book sales throughout the year, the Friends volunteers also staff the Book Nook at the Library. The Book Nook is open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Books are also available for purchase during all regular library hours from the pedestal rack in the library's main lobby.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Upcoming Art Books Sale at Arts on the Lake...

The Friends of the Kent Public Library will host an Arts Book Sale at the Sixth Annual Spring Art Exhibit at Arts on the Lake, Route 52 in Kent.  The book sale will take place at the newly renovated center on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th from 1 pm to 5 pm. 
The sale will feature hand-selected art books including hard- and soft-cover volumes ranging from pamphlets to coffee-table books and covering many periods and genres. Exhibition catalogues from national galleries and museums will also be available. The sale will also include travel books, cookbooks, craft books, a selection of contemporary fiction and non-fiction titles, and a wonderful assortment of children's books. Book prices will be deeply discounted from the original price.  Artists and non-artists alike can find just the right book to purchase as a special gift, or as a new edition to their own personal collection.
This special sale will provide a preview of what's in store at the Friends of the Kent Public Library Giant Book Sale on Memorial Day weekend.  The sale will be held at Kent Town Hall  (next to the library) from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday (May 26th) and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday (May 27th). For a $10.00 admission fee, guests may attend a special early bird preview on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:00 am.  Friends of the Kent Library are invited to attend this special preview free of charge. 

For information visit the library website at www.kentlibrary.org, and click on the link for "Friends" or call the library at 845-225-8585.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Join us this month as we enjoy the work of Janet Cassidy.  Her show will be displayed from May 1-31st.  Click to enlarge the below flyer for more details.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April's Art at Kent Library...

This month's featured artist at Kent Library is:

Dianne Vinopoll

Come by the Library to enjoy her exhibit from April 3rd through April 30th.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Update from The Friends...

Winter is finally over, our spirits are soaring, and the volunteers of The Friends of Kent Library are once again accepting donations for our Spring Book Sale.

We welcome clean, mold/smoke-free hardcover books, paperbacks, children's books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books. Please, NO textbooks, encyclopedias, condensed books, VHS videos, magazines or ex-library books.

Our Giant Spring Book Sale is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend - Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th, 2012 - where you will find wonderful bargains from thousands of books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from mystery,
romance, and general fiction to cookbooks, crafts, history, sports and children's, along with many special and rare editions. We have something for everyone at truly reasonable prices!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Art at Kent Library...

Please join us in the month of March as we display:

Art at the Library
by Pallas Athene

"Pieces expressing the beauty and fragility of our environment."

March 1st-31st, 2012

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Young Adult/Children's Book Sale this month!

Announcing a Young Adult/Children's Book sale this month!

From 10am to 2pm on Saturday, February 25th, you can browse and select from hundreds of gently used to new condition books for the young person in your life! With such a wide selection, there is certainly something for every child.

Stop by and see for yourself, at the Kent Public Library in Kent, NY.

17 Sybil's Crossing,
Kent, NY 10512
(845) 225-8585

As always, keep in touch with current library events through the main library web site at www.kentlibrary.org - and the Friends site here at http://friendsofkentlibrary.blogspot.com.

We hope to see you at the Book Sale!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Art at the Kent Library for January and February...

Bea Gustafson, Reflectionist Artist

"The Magic of Still Life"

January 18-February 29, 2012

"I very seldom choose my subjects...they choose me. It is a demand I must answer. My desire is to paint my most intimate impression."

Come enjoy these works at the Kent Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512.

See you there!

Friday, November 11, 2011

November Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Michael Rossi - "Urban Portraits"

November 1-30th, 2011

Stop by and enjoy this month's exhibit!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Giant Book Sale - Thanksgiving Weekend!

The Friends of Kent Library are happy to announce a Giant Book Sale to be held this Thanksgiving Weekend. A perfect opportunity to cross off many on your gift-giving list - there's something for everyone! We hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 26th - 10am to 2pm
Mark your calendars! Thanks for your support.

click to enlarge flyer

Friday, October 21, 2011

Upcoming Mini Children's / Young Adult Book Sale...

SAVE THE DATE: Mini Children's / Young Adult Book Sale
- November 5th, 2011

click the below flyer to enlarge

We hope to see you there! Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October Art Exhibit at the Kent Public Library...

gg reid presents

The Alex's Tree Series at the Kent Public Library

October 1-31, 2011

In an October exhibit at the Kent Public Library, Reflectionist artist gg reid present a collection of paintings that start with realism and move progressively toward abstractions of the same subject.

Kent Public Library
17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Friends September Art Exhibit

Alice in Wonderland in Books comes to the Kent Library with character dolls by Gladys Boalt, and hand colored and hand-screened drawings on fabric by Richard Harrison and hand and machine sewed by Kathleen Harrison, in addition to the antique books that inspired these local artists.

The Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the Jabberwocky, the Madhatter, and of course Alice herself are among those represented in drawings and soft sculpture.

Nationally known for her Christmas Ornaments, Stormville resident Gladys Boalt's creations can be found in the White House and museums. Her miniatures are lifelike and accurate. Long time Carmel School District art teacher and Kent resident Richard Harrison's art work on fabric document a 30 year fascination with Alice and her adventures. His art work can be found in many collections worldwide.

Both artists have collected volumes about Alice, her creator Lewis Carroll, and her illustrators. The books and other memorabilia will be on display.

The exhibit opens September 1st and runs through the end of the month, and is sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library who support programs and equipment for the library.

The Kent Library is located on Route 52 in Kent.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Art Exhibition at Kent Library

(click below image for larger version of announcement)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Giant Book Sale Success!


Well between us all we did it again!

The Annual Giant Book Sale was a giant success! The Friends made nearly $6,000. We could not have done this without the help of our members, volunteers and our community who supported the sale.

Our book sales make it possible to help the Library with so many of their requests. This year we donated $5,000 for a new 60" TV for the program
room, money for a museum freebie for library patrons and for many other programs.
They are all available to you, so please take advantage of them.

We will be having several mini-book sales throughout the Fall so please
click on to our website to be informed about these.


Remember we have our well stocked Book Nook Room in the rear of the library open two days a week all year....great titles and inexpensive prices so take advantage of these great buys. The Nook is open Wednesday 10 AM- 6:30 PM and Saturdays 10: AM 'til 2:30 PM.

Again, thanks as always for your support!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Art Exhibit at the Kent Library...

Amish Impressions

by Joseph Pizzuti

June 1-June 30th at The Kent Library

This exhibition of oil paintings is inspired by the Amish farmers and countryside of Lancaster County, PA. Enjoy this glimpse into life in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Busy month of May ahead!

The Friends Annual Giant Book Sale
May 28th 9 AM- 5 PM and May 29th 11 AM -3 PM at the Kent Town Hall.

Spring is here which means our Annual Giant Book Sale will held again on
Memorial Day weekend, May 28th & 29th. As a Friend you are eligible for
early admittance to the sale (8:30 AM) on Saturday May 28th.

As usual we are looking for volunteers to help at this big event. If you
will be able to help, we need volunteers on Friday, May 27th for the set up,
Saturday during the sale and on Sunday for the sale and take down. If you
will be able to help - even one hour would be great - please contact Kaye
Baumat (845)225-3942 or her email catgirl113@verizon.net.

Thanks for your ongoing membership support...we just donated $5,000. to
the Kent Library for a new 55" television and various library programs. And
remember to view current activities by logging on the the Kent Library home
page and clicking on the Friends link at the top of the page.

See you at the Sale!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book donation acceptance has resumed!

We'd like to let the community know that we are once again accepting book donations. After a 3 month hiatus we are pleased to announce that in preparation for our giant spectacular Memorial Day Weekend book sale, we are accepting the following:

  • clean hardcover books
  • paperbacks
  • children's books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • audio books

Please be sure all donated items are smoke free and mold free. Also, please note that absolutely no ex-library books, magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or condensed books will be accepted.

The Friends and the Kent Library would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for all of your support as we raise funds for various programs through the year.

April Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Several antique quilts will be featured in an unusual exhibit at the Kent Library. The homemade patchwork highlights over 300 books on the craft of quilting for sale by the Friends of Kent Library.

With names like Dresden Plate, Graveyard, and Crazy Quilt, these quilts reflect the thoughts, fabrics, and skill of women from another century. The colors are still vibrant and the patterns exciting. The book sale includes volumes on Antique Quilts, quilt patterns and fabrics, as well as the history of quilting, a singularly American art.

A highlight of the Quilting Book Sale will be the viewing of the Putnam County Bicentennial Quilt with local quilter and doll maker Gladys Boalt, who once owned the building holding the Kent Library, on Saturday April 30th at 1:00 at the Library.

Friday, March 4, 2011

March News from the Friends...

On Wednesday, March 9th at 7pm artist Franco Aureliani will give a talk on his current Kent Library exhibit Comic Book Art. With names like Tiny Titans and Shazam, the comic book superheroes of today as drawn by Aureliani are intensely colored, powerful, and fun. Storyboards and thumbnails as well as finished comic books by Mr. Aureliani will highlight the process and challenges of this narrative art. He will have comic books available for purchase. This exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of Kent Library.

Also, please keep in mind that March is the 2011 Friends of Kent Library Membership Drive. If you have not yet become a member, this is the time to do it - or if you are already currently a member, don't forget to renew! Individual dues for membership are $10/year. The Friends help the library by raising extra funds to supply needed equipment and support special projects and programs.

Please send dues to:
Friends of Kent Library
17 Sybil's Crossing
Kent Lakes, NY 10512

In addition, just a brief reminder that the 2011 Annual Friends of Kent Library Business Meeting will be held on March 29, 2011 at 7:30pm. This is an open meeting, all are invited to attend.

As always, the Friends would like to thank you for your generous support!

March Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

March 1-31, 2011

"Photo Visions" by Margaret Waage

A mixture of landscape and abstract photo illustrations make up the display. Working as a photojournalist, Waage produces feature "daytrip" assignments for the Republican-American newspaper and reports local news for the Southington Patch site.

Artist Statement:
"Visual storytelling helps me to recognize and understand the relationship I have to things, places, and most importantly people. It is looking through the lens that I see what seems apparent and on closer inspection, something more. A blossom is like poetry brief but everlasting. Photography is the tool I use to focus on what I describe as true wealth, that is of being in the moment.

Abstract work is made by finding a momentum within the space of a frame. Working with a photograph as the entry point, the image is edited using color and graphic patterns. The end results are 'abstract formulations.' It is up to the viewer to interpret the subject matter."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February's Artist at Kent Library...

February 1-28, 2011

Artist: Chris Casaburi

In this exhibit, Chris celebrates the wonders of childhood. As complex as big people, Little People captures the uniqueness and individuality of people in the early stages of their life.

Known for his colorful and engaging portraits of corporate executives, in Spring 2011 Chris will begin to offer his unique brand of photography to clients in Putnam County and the Hudson Valley.

2011 Upcoming Events at the Kent Library...

Greetings all! We hope that everyone is having the opportunity to enjoy this wild winter. Truly the perfect type of winter to curl up with some good books.

We wanted to keep you informed about what you can look forward to in the upcoming months here at the Library. Be sure to mark your calendar!

FEBRUARY - AKL Exhibit - Chris Casaburi
Director's Meeting
Franco Aureliani - 'Comic Book Art' exhibit and lecture sponsored by the
Friends. Exhibit held in back section of the library. Coordinator: Beth Herr

MARCH - AKL Exhibit - Roy Volpe , artist
Yearly Membership Drive Begins
Annual Business Meeting March 29th, 2011

APRIL - AKL Exhibit - Gladys Boalt: Special Quilt Exhibit and Book Sale
Mini Arts Book Sale - Arts on the Lake April 2nd 1-4 PM

MAY - The really great GIANT BOOK SALE - Memorial Day Weekend…volunteers
greatly needed! Set Up Friday, May 27th - Sale Saturday and Sunday May 28th-29th
Mini Arts Book Sale at Arts on the Lake

JUNE - AKL - Mala Ramade - artist
Friends field trip Thursday June 16th to Vanderbilt Mansion and luncheon at
the Culinary Instit. /American Bounty - reservations needed..Coordinator:
Jane Fowler 845-222-9633

JULY - AKL- Jennie Williams, artist
4-H Fair Friends Table. Coordinator: Sue Kotzar


SEPTEMBER - Art of 'Alice in Wonderland' : Gladys Boalt and Richard
Harrison. Coordinator: Beth Herr

OCTOBER - Mini Arts Book Sale - Arts on the Lake

NOVEMBER - Mini Holiday Book Exhibit - Program Room at Kent Library
Mini Arts Book Sale Reflectionist…Arts on the Lake 1-4PM

DECEMBER - AKL- Bea Gustofson, artist
Volunteer's Luncheon at Cutillo's Restaurant. Coordinators: Sue
Kotzur/Kaye Baum

As always, thanks for your support!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Seasons Greetings and a reminder...

Dear Library Patrons,
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your support during 2010. The support you have shown for the Friends of Kent Library is deeply appreciated - we couldn't do all that we do without your help! We wish you a happy 2011, which is right around the corner.

Next year will be bringing a full schedule of interesting and novel programs, events, and exhibits -be sure to stay tuned as more information becomes available. Also, we are already starting to prepare for our Giant Memorial Day Book Sale. Accordingly we'd like to issue a kind reminder that we will NOT be accepting any book donations for the months of January, February or March. This enables us to focus all of our efforts on preparations for that Memorial Day Sale.

Again, best wishes to you and yours. We look forward to making it a great 2011 with your help and support!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Join us in December for this month's fantastic art exhibit by Susan Fronapfel! The show will be displayed from December 1-31, 2010. We hope to see you there!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Book Donation Guidelines...

Book Donation Policy - Friends of Kent Library

We accept clean hardcover books, paperbacks, children's books, audio books, DVDs and CDs. (only smoke free / mold free please!)

Please note that no magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, VHS tapes or condensed books will be accepted as donations. Also, no donations will be accepted for the months of January - March.

The Friends and Library thank you for your continued support and efforts to help us raise funds. Be sure to visit us at our next book sale to see what great new items we will have on hand!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Upcoming Book Sale...

Join us Saturday, November 27th from 10a -2:30p as the Friends of Kent Library hold a One Day Only Book Sale!

Only the best quality books will be selected for this sale - ideal for holiday gift giving.

Looking for a bargain? Our Book Nook will be open for you to browse as well.

Can't make it this Saturday? Be sure to stop into the Book Nook now through December - there are always great finds for everyone.

Thanks, as always, for your support!