Friday, September 2, 2016

Karen Roff Paintings on Display at Kent Library


The Cherry Tree Series, a group of paintings by Karen Roff, will be on display at the Kent Public Library through the month of September.

Ms. Roff started The Cherry Tree series in 1988, shortly after she had  moved to Dutchess County from the city. There is an ornamental  cherry tree in her front yard  along the road that attracted her, and  she began to draw and paint this tree under varying conditions and with an  assortment of mediums. 

She had always liked Mondrian’s tree pictures from the early 1900s, especially one entitled The Red Tree, an oil painting completed in 1909-10. There was energy expressed in the twisted branches that filled the space of the canvas, and she observed the same type of energy in her cherry tree.

 This series later evolved to include other trees and the untrammeled growth on her property, and was the inspiration for a group of abstractions that were informed by the textures and structure of  natural  forms, and the sensation of ambient light as it selectively illuminated swaths of the landscape at  post sunrise and pre-sunset.

This phenomenon was a fleeting occurrence that would suddenly materialize when the sun was low to the earth, and  its rays would send  shards of light across the vegetation, causing her to run for her cellphone to record the vision before conditions altered.

While working on these abstractions that were concerned with the interaction and quality of lines, luminosity, directional forces, and contrast of values, she also continued to work with more traditional realistic views of trees, some of which straddle a border between order and chaos, and the three dimensional hybrid sculptures which are a combination of cement and branches and function as tree reconstructions.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wendy Isler Alvarez | Artist Statement

I believe that creating Art is a transcendent experience driven by imagination, intuition and the excitement of discovery. As a child I felt that making art was a a joyful adventure and throughout my career as an art teacher I recognized that same sense of wonder and delight reflected in the work of my students.

I love the freedom of working in mixed media and my series of
3-dimensional wall hangings are created on the large frond bases of the Queen Palm tree. These powerfully elegant natural forms invite and inspire me to explore surface dynamics of color, pattern and texture.

My latest series, Kindreds, continues that exploration on canvas while referencing design motifs used by various cultures throughout time. In exploring these patterns I seek to create images resonating with essential energies that unite them to one another and to other creatures.

I greatly admire the work of earth sculptor Robert Smithson as well as the artist Rufino Tamayo and have also been happily influenced by the countless young artists I taught throughout the years.

But most importantly, the Apache and Navajo artists with whom I spent the summer of 1996 showed me the many profound ways Art can be informed by Nature and Belief. This transformative experience forever changed my creative process and I now always strive to celebrate the vibrant spirit of the Natural World in my work.

My website is

Friday, July 8, 2016


My greatest desire while I work is to represent the beauty that is there.  The image arrangement must be presented in a way that is both acceptable to me as well as to others.
Working in nature brings me awareness of something already existing, something bucolic that has been created by a higher being, already done and willing to be shared.
Through careful attention, I let the scene and its elements inspire me.  Sooner or later, awareness of colors and shapes help me to determine what to sketch or paint.
Though drawing and still life bring me pleasure, there is nothing that fascinates me more than to be in touch with nature.  
I love to listen to the rushing waters of a creek or waves on a beach and to feel the breeze on my face.   
While on location and with great anticipation, I will set my pallet and begin to appreciate nature's colors and themes.  I become greatly inspired by the changing seasons as well as sun sets and clouds and leaves on a tree. 
All these and even more in nature motivate me to bring out a sense, a feeling, about those things I see.
Applying the paint on a canvas it is hard to describe the satisfaction it brings to me.
I am always fascinated with capturing little glimpses of what I perceive. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

June Exhibit

Dayna Wenzel

"Nature Wall Sculptures"

"Dayna was born and raised in Los Angeles in an artistic environment. Her father was a commercial artist who had his studio on their home property, so Dayna grew up in his busy workshop.  Her mother was a talented seamstress & teacher who taught Dayna to sew at an early age. Their family spent many hours at the beaches, mountains and deserts which imprinted a love for nature, reflected in much of Dayna's wall sculpture work.

After studying Textile Design and Graphic Design at Cal State, Dayna moved to New York, and later to Paris, where she immersed herself studying master artists in the premier museums & galleries in these environs. Her artistic passion is focused on fiber & mixed media. Often combining 'nature made' with 'human made' objects, she strives to transform both into fresh, thought provoking & emotionally stimulating experiences for the viewer.

Dayna's belief in the importance of recycling & the offensiveness of encroaching consumerism are reflected in her work. She seeks to elevate found items & items from nature beyond the mundane. Her curiosity leads her to utilize diverse, non-traditional, & unexpected materials such as wasp nests & rusty barbed wire. She finds that the versatility of fibers allows for a great range of emotions to be expressed in her work."

See more of Dayna’s work:

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

May Exhibit

Amanda Lynne

"My paintings are a celebration of the beauty of the natural world. I have always felt a strong connection with plants and animals, and have been fascinated by the intense beauty they possess. I strive to share this love with my audience by observing deeply, with my eyes and the lens of my camera, and creating images with paint that joyfully explore the color, forms, and patterns that natural objects have to offer. My camera comes with me to all the beautiful places I visit, and my photos become reference for my paintings. Out of respect for the environment, all of my paintings are created on upcycled discarded wooden furniture. Table tops, drawer fronts, and cabinet doors are my preferred canvases.

A note about the dots: The Aboriginal Papunya Dot Paintings of Australia were the original influence for the dots. In Papunya Dot Paintings the dots form the images. I choose to paint my images in a realistic style, out of reverence for nature’s beauty, and then use dots in the background to add an element of fantasy. I find that the dots are very effective in depicting the blurry background of my photographs that I use for reference."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

April Exhibit

Jeanette Rodriguez,
Alcohol Ink Painter
Painting Title: Sunset Hues
Medium: Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper

"Jeanette Rodriguez received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries in New York and has won awards. Jeanette’s work is also part of several private collections. Now residing in the Hudson Valley for several years, she continues to exhibit, paint, teach and curates exhibitions. 

Her first solo show at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson NY., "Windows of My Soul" exhibited an extension of variety of artwork that truly showed her journey as an artist. Jeanette's work has been exhibited in the Akin Library, in Pawling, and other libraries in the area. As well as the Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville, CT., The Gallery at Eastern Hay, in Pawling, Arts on the Lake in Carmel NY, Gallery 66 in Cold Springs NY and will be on exhibit this May at the Maplebrook Kentucky Derby Art Show, in Amenia, NY.

Ms. Rodriguez is also an artisan at the Pawling Farmers Market where she sells her Dichroic glass pendants and her Alcohol Ink paintings. Her alcohol ink paintings on yupo paper have a surreal abstract nature to them. With brilliant flow of colors that are mesmerizing. Her dichroic glass pendants have a stunning iridescent effect. Her work has been inspired by nature while traveling and doing volunteer work in Mayer Az and on the Big Island of Hawaii. She has taught ink painting and jewelry workshops in New York and on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

In the past two years Ms. Rodriguez has been the Curator at the Front Street Gallery. She has curated over 30 exhibitions in the Hudson Valley area. In recent years she is the Art Director for the Friends of the Kent Library. She is a member of Arts on the Lake where she curates a Traveling Art Exhibit as part of the Friends program. Jeanette has also been an active member of ArtEast Dutchess for three years."

You can view more of her work at

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Exhibit

Stephen Cihanek,
"Stephen Cihanek is a photographer based in Pawling, NY. He photographs mostly weddings and theatrical productions. It was his photo of Red Riding Hood and The Wolf from the musical Into the Woods that inspired this series of storybook characters. 

He has shown work during the Red Show at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson, NY and the 50 Shades of Hay show at The Gallery at Eastern Hay in Pawling, NY. Other than at the Kent Library, he is currently showing in the Shadow exhibit at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson, NY and in the lobby of A Common Ground in Danbury, CT. 

Stephen is also the resident photographer and one of the lighting designers at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts in Brookfield, CT."

You can see more of his work at

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

February Exhibit

Terry Ariano,
"Terry Ariano received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island, and later studied photography there. While traveling on bicycle in France, she photographed the countryside of Brittany and Normandy. She photographed street life and architecture in New York City, documenting the underside of her East Village neighborhood, before its trendy gallery era. Residing now in the Hudson Valley, she has turned from streetscapes to landscapes, capturing the light and beauty of the area, in places like the Great Swamp and along the Hudson River. Her love of history and historical things surfaces in her photographs:  crumbling buildings, odd personal collections, and places with significant heritage, like Rye Playland in the off-season, areas of Ellis Island closed to the public, the backstreet architecture of Hudson, the barns of Patterson; and curious local activities including the Pawling Triathalon and the New Paltz Phools Parade.

Ms. Ariano has curated numerous photography, print and history shows at venues including Museum of the City of New York, the Somers Historical Society, and in independent galleries, most recently at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson, NY, and the R Dixon Gallery in Seneca Falls, NY.  She served a stint as Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, and has worked as a theatrical set designer, technical director, carpenter, contractor, museum curator and exhibit installation preparator.  In recent years she has worked as archivist, collections coordinator and director for history, arts, and community service organizations in the Hudson Valley.  Her work has been exhibited in New York City and Hudson Valley venues, most recently  in New York at the Mid Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, the Front Street Gallery,  Patterson,  the Akin Library, Pawling, and at the Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville, CT."

Visit the library to see Ms. Ariano's work throughout the month of February.

Monday, January 11, 2016

January Exhibit

Stephen Rose
The Veil, 2013, oil on canvas

"This painting began as a plein air work on the Bennington College campus during a summer workshop.  It was then completed in the studio.  That process, from purely visual engagement to a more reflective one, allows me to recall the landscape as a mental/emotional/spiritual experience rather than simply a locale.  This begs many questions about what is real and what is illusion.  I’ve come to recognize that all of experience is grounded beyond (or beneath) the sensory world and actually resides in consciousness.

Landscapes, with their profusion of forms, textures, and atmospheres, evoke infinity for me.  Most of us seek out landscape experiences to, in some way, immerse ourselves in something larger than finite being.  I have tried to represent that yearning and, hopefully, some of the baptismal process of being remade through contact with something bigger than ourselves.  I have come to see that paintings themselves are like landscapes, ponds, skies, inviting immersion, travel, refreshment, … rebirth?

Why The Veil?  The line of trees block our way like fears and attachments rising up and keeping us from the big view."

Stephen Rose

Monday, November 30, 2015

December Exhibit

Rebecca Tocci

Rebecca Tocci - Artist Statement

"I am a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and have been working in the photo industry for over 20 years. I currently work as a portrait and fine-art photographer out of my studio in Pawling. My work can be seen in various galleries here in the Hudson Valley, as well as in private collections throughout the United States. I have also been featured in several publications, most recently in the Hudson Valley News. My current work focuses on capturing moments of exquisite light and the simple beauty of everyday life in nature, landscapes or cityscapes." 

If you would like to see more of my work, please see my website...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November Exhibit

Karen Madden
Fiber Artist
Rock and A Soft Place Studio 


"I have worked with fiber since I was a girl, inspired by my mother and grandmother who were accomplished seamstresses and upholsters.  My mother taught me to make my own clothes and to use fiber and fabric for interior design in furniture upholstery, draperies, and d├ęcor accents.  My enjoyment of working with fiber has grown over time and I have a deep appreciation for my mother’s influence on what I do today.

As an fiber artist of my own design, I have the freedom to transcend boundaries of traditional fiber art and welcome in new and creative ways of utilizing materials and techniques.  I begin most of my designs with wool because of the earthy nature of it.   Wool is a renewable resource and has been used for clothing and adornment for thousands of years.   Using it as an artistic medium highlights its versatility.  As man-made fibers become more exotic, incorporating them into my designs adds a modern element of color and texture.  To challenge my boundaries of creativity, I break away from traditional techniques by adding non-fiber materials such as metal, stone, beads.  Many would consider these materials inharmonious with soft fiber, but I see them as a way to add depth and dimension to my wall hangings.

Inspiration for my designs comes from the world around me.  An idea might spring forth from the view on a hike or from a conversation with a friend.  The challenge I have is to make the idea come alive in fiber.  I invite people to enjoy my work for the beauty that I see in it as I’m creating it.  Fiber is an insulating material which brings warmth to my soul and energizes me and I work to extend that warmth and energy into each of my pieces.

My studio, located in Poughquag, NY, is called “Rock and A Soft Place” which I share with my husband, Bob who is a stone sculptor."

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All works are for sale

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Artist

Lauren Clark
"A life in the Arts is a great life!  

Coming from a family of Artists and Art lovers, having Art as an every day part of life seemed very natural.  From my early days toddling around the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the beginning of my formal art training at the High School of Art and Design, I thought everyone had the same love and interest in the Arts.

There seemed to be no other career path for me but to become an Art teacher.   While continuing my Art studies at the University of Louisiana and the City University of New York, I did large scale figurative works inspired by my father’s photography as well as my photography and graphics background.  Over the years I have had the good fortune to have been mentored by Hope Irvine, Fred Daspit, William Moreland, Sherman Drexler and William Noonan; all wonderful artists and inspiring teachers.

I started my teaching career as an instructor in a Reading Through the Arts program at the Cloisters, later becoming a New York City Art Teacher and college Art Education instructor.   Throughout my career I also remained involved in Community Arts organizations in Northern Manhattan as well as professional Art Education organizations.  During that time I exhibited my artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Community Arts Gallery and at Gallery 12 in N.Y.C.

Always a New Yorker and never wanting to be far from the Hudson River, I have retired to the Hudson Valley where I continue my interest in Community Arts as a Board Member of the Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Art Association.  

Celebrating the beauty of nature that surrounds me; my current focus is landscape and still-life.  I work in oil, colored pencil and other media.  I have most recently exhibited at The Gables, The National Arts Club and at the Barrett Art Center.

My studio is near Poughkeepsie and I can be reached at:"

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September Book Sale

September 4th & 5th
Friday, September 4th
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, September 5th
10:00am - 4:00pm
Early Bird Preview
Friday, September 4th  ||  10am-12pm
$10 admission

It's almost time for the third Friends of the Library Book Sale this year!

On Friday, September 4th, there will be an Early Bird/Dealer's Preview from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. At the Preview, buyers can have first pick of the books for an entrance fee of $10. After 12:00pm on Friday, there will not be an entry fee. On Saturday, September 5th, the sale will take place from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

This will be the Friends' third sale in the "Book Cellar", the new location in the lower level of the Kent Public Library. The new "Book Cellar" can only accommodate 49 people at a time, so buyers who come at an especially busy time may have to wait their turn to enter.  At prior book sales there has been a steady stream of over 200 customers, but since they did not come all at the same time no one has yet had to wait.  Buyers will have a choice of two entrances, the front library entrance or the back lobby Book Nook entrance which faces the back parking lot and leads directly to the Book Cellar/Program Room area.

Almost 5,000 gently used books will be for sale at bargain prices. These newly donated books have been carefully sorted through, and only the best will be offered for sale at this location. The Friends have received several major donations, and the shelves of the "Book Cellar" have been completely restocked. At this sale,  readers will find books on all topics, with unusually large sections of music, science fiction, and children's books.  Most hardcovers are priced at $2.00 each, with paperbacks at $.50 each or 3 for $1.00.  Buyers are encouraged to bring their own bags or boxes to carry the books home.  The Friends' canvas  bags will also be available, at $10.00 each empty or $25.00 filled with books of your choice, excluding special books.

Can't wait for September?  Are you going away for the Labor Day weekend?  The Kent Library's "Book Nook" is open throughout the year on Saturdays from 10 to 2:30, and Wednesdays from 10 to 6.  It has just celebrated its tenth anniversary offering high quality books at very low prices. The "Book Nook" has also been completely restocked. The Friends will  be holding a final big sale in the "Book Cellar" on November 6th and 7th. 

Volunteers for both the "Book Nook" and the big book sales are always needed.  Please contact the library at 845-225-8585 if you are able to help.

Monday, August 3, 2015

August Exhibit

Paul Kmiotek
Kmiotek Art Works
Award Winning Pen and Ink Artwork by Paul Kmiotek

"Like most kids, I started drawing at a very young age. One of my earliest memories is of drawing a picture of my father with his hair straight up and flat on the top (the epitomy of style back then). I continued to draw (mostly cars and monsters) through high school, and into the years following graduation (mostly flyers for my band at the time – The Torpedos). But in all of that time, I’d never taken any formal lessons. I consider this to be a clear case of nature over nurture, as my father is an incredibly gifted watercolor artist.

After high school (and a couple of misspent years in college) I began my first career – as a draftsman – and after several years toiling at that, I began my second career – as a zookeeper. During this time, my talents were utilized by my employers – illustrating operations manuals for the former, designing enclosures, graphics, and t-shirts for the latter – and usually for very little money. Recently, I decided that maybe it was time to start up Kmiotek Art Works, and try to put my alleged talents to work for myself.

Although I’ve drawn a few cityscapes, the subjects of most of my artwork are naturalistic – either animals or landscapes; themes that appeal to my lifelong love of nature. I’ve worked in several media; pastels (too smudgy), watercolor (too runny), pencil (not dark enough), etc., but I like pen and ink the best. Although it’s not a very forgiving technique, I’m drawn to its permanence and depth.

I consider myself to be kind of an illusionist. By simply scribbling, in a process of tightly controlled chaos, on a blank piece of paper with a fine-point pen, I can trick the observer’s eye into seeing what I want it to see; a jaguar peering from beneath a bush, a barn falling into disrepair, two men chatting on the street, etc.

My work has been displayed, among other places, at the Ridgewood Art Institute, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, the Belle Levine Art Center, The Flywheel Gallery, and the Lake Carmel Arts Center. I’ve been commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Aerco International, The Komodo Dragon Species Survival Plan, and The Wildlife Care Center of Belize.  I currently live in the Hudson Valley with my beautiful wife and two awesome children."

Some of my artwork can be viewed on my website:  

and on Etsy:
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Exhibit

Susan Bores

Nature's Jewels
Photographs by Susan Bores

On display July 1-31, 2015; Artist Reception Saturday, July 11th, from 1:00-3:00pm at the Kent Public Library. 

"Photography has been a creative pursuit and source of excitement, dating back over 35 years to my first Polaroid. I tend to see life as a photograph – a moment in time – often framing up a scene or deconstructing it. While subject matter may be varied, nature often takes center stage. My inspirations are many and even contradictory. I enjoy the challenge of capturing the decisive moment, as well as a more constructed composition. I seek to reflect realism, as well as the painterly. Whereas the whole can be captivating, I am often drawn by a segment, with the resulting image a more abstract one.

The exhibition, “Nature’s Jewels,” sponsored by the Friends of the Kent Public Library, brings together images taken from nature that inspire, resemble, or are inherently jewels. As an avid home gardener, my eye is drawn to color combinations, luminosity, iridescence, texture and structure. The latter is a key component where the lure may be the overall form or an emerging arrangement of elements or patterns. In turn, these qualities often influence my jewelry design and construction. I pause for the color change of fall leaves and sunsets, branching of trees, shimmer of bee wings, sculptural milkweed pods and anemones shedding seeds like pearls. I am entranced by patterned butterflies in dance, the texture and curvilinear form of a luna moth, and a praying mantis striking a pose. I hope my photographs will engage the viewer to enter and attain a sense of discovery from their natural surroundings.

My formal education has included photography, as well as art history and management at Purchase College and the International Center of Photography."

Contact the artist:

All photos are for sale.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Become a member!

The Friends Annual Membership Drive
Would you like to be a Friend of the Kent Public Library?
Basic annual dues are only $10 per member from June 30th, 2015 until June 30th, 2016. Members may choose to support the FRIENDS further by selecting from additional membership options:
$15.     Novel Friend
$20.    First Edition Friend
$50.    Rare Friend
$100.  One of a Kind Friend

To become a member, drop by the library and ask for a FRIENDS brochure or click here to download a printable form that you can mail in at your convenience.

What do the Friends of the Kent Library do with your membership money?

  • Sponsor the Library's Museum Pass Program
  • Run The Book Nook (open Wednesdays and Saturdays)
  • Host four large book sales throughout the year in The Book Cellar
  • Sponsor monthly art exhibits through Art at the Kent Library
  • Contribute funds for library programs and equipment
  • Support the teen program: Battle of the Books
  • Co-sponsor the Summer Concert Series at Arts on the Lake
This past year:
  • Contributed funds for the renovation of our new Book Cellar/Program Room
  • Purchased iPads and stands for the Children's Area
All of these contributions are made possible by our members. We look forward to continuing to support the library and community.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Exhibit

Kent Nature Almanac
Photo Competition

The winning images of Kent Nature Almanac Photo Competition are on exhibit at the Kent Library this month. Photographers were asked to submit a maximum of three photos. The images were judged on artistic merit and expression of the nature and beauty of Kent.   Many of the pictures are immediately recognizable scenes from around town, others are abstract art. After the month long show, the photographs will be exhibited in the lobby of the Kent Town Hall. 

The exhibit opens June 1st and ends June 30th. It is sponsored by Kent Conservation Advisory Committee. Charged with the preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural environment of our town, the all-volunteer committee also conducts programs and hikes, maintains a natural resource inventory, and publishes the monthly nature almanac. 

Click here to subscribe to the nature almanac and to learn more about the Kent Advisory Committee:

Friday, May 15, 2015

May 23rd Book Sale

Saturday, May 23rd
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Our next book sale is right around the corner!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's first book sale in the "Book Cellar" a success.

On Friday, May 22nd, there will be an Early Bird/Dealer's Preview from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. At the Preview, buyers can have first pick of the books for an entrance fee of $10. The main sale will take place on Saturday, May 23rd, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Buyers can get to the Book Cellar through the front entrance of the library or through the back entrance which faces the parking lot. The new space can only accommodate 49 people at a time, so buyers who come at an especially busy time may have to wait their turn to enter. At the April book sale, more than 200 customers perused throughout the day, but no waiting was necessary.

Around 4,000 gently used books will be for sale at bargain prices. Unless otherwise marked, hardcover books will be available for $2.00, paperbacks 5 for $1.00, children's books 2 or 6 for $1.00, and CDs and DVDs are just $1.00 each. There will be some collectable and first edition books at higher prices.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Exhibit

Cara Farquhar

Everyday Beauty
Oil Paintings by Cara Farquhar

"As far into my memory as I can recall, I have been fascinated by the beauty and the mystery of the world around me.  As a child, I remember delighting in the currents of flowing water, watching animals and tasting sharp flavors and smells; as an adult, a constant observation and participation in the omnipresent mystery of the world continues to inspire me with an enthusiasm for living and creating.  When I observe something, I often wonder about how I could record my experience through a creative process so that  I will remember the glory of that fleeting moment. 

Through the act of creating, I feel connected to the long history of human experience.  The primordial urge to express the human condition, with it's impermanent nature, has been experienced by human beings since we left images on the walls of caves 40,000 years ago.   The pull to record the mystery and beauty of our experiences is one of the most consistent and enduring human impulses throughout history.  This creative connection across generations fascinates me and always makes me wonder about those who came before me and those who will carry the torch into the future.

I believe that inspiration abounds in the universe around us.  There are scores of beautiful scenes, people, moments and experiences to be observed every minute.  When I engage in my human creative urge, I am reminded to observe the world around me, and within me, more closely, to dig deeper into the well of human experience.  I create artwork in order to live and experience my individual human life more completely.

I have always enjoyed drawing and watercolor painting, but my formal educational training is in the medical field."

Contact the artist:
Member of the Reflectionist Painters, of Kent, NY      

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 18th Book Sale

Spring Book Sale!
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Friends will be holding a Spring book sale from 10 am to 4 pm on April 18th! The sale will be held in the newly renovated Book Cellar and program space located in the lower level of the Kent Library.

Instead of a single sale in May, there will be four book sales throughout the year in the Book Cellar!

Buyers can get to the Book Cellar through the front entrance of the library or through the back entrance which faces the parking lot. The new space can only accommodate 49 people at a time, so buyers who come at an especially busy time may have to wait their turn to enter.

Around 4,000 gently used books will be for sale at bargain prices. Unless otherwise marked, hardcover books will be available for $2.00, paperbacks 5 for $1.00, children's books 2 or 6 for $1.00, and CDs and DVDs are just $1.00 each. There will be some collectable and first edition books at higher prices.

On Friday, April 17th, there will be an Early Bird/Dealer's Preview from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. A $10 entrance fee will be charged to come and buy books during the Friday preview. The donated books have been carefully sorted through and only the best will be offered for sale at this location!

We hope to see you there.

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    /

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 / 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 /

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.

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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

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 ( 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!