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!

Monday, February 25, 2013

March Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

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