Friday, July 28, 2017

Phyllis Chadwick Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

Artist Statement for Phyllis Chadwick

I am very eclectic in my art and feel “there are so many art forms and so little time”. I sometimes describe myself as a child in a candy store trying to choose a favorite. My beginnings in the art world started with photography and sewing. I moved into crafts, fiber arts and painting before returning to school to study the arts and pursue teaching. Every art class became my favorite. If you were to look through my portfolio there would be photographs, calligraphy, print making, drawing, and painting, many types of 3d work, like wire sculptures, book art, fiber art and “Cornell like” boxes. I often experiment with mixed media. My artwork is often influenced by things I read or from my personal experiences and it is while driving alone, lost in thought that these influences flourish into concepts or ideas for new projects.

Creating artwork allows me to share my experiences and ideas with others and provide an opportunity for myself and others to view things from a unique perspective or lens. For this exhibit I chose the theme of “Finding Tranquility”. For me, the work selected, has a cyclical reflective feel. It allows the viewer to take a closer look at the simple things around them –zooming in and closing out the rest of the worlds’ distractions- finding a calm place in the chaos of the world around us.
I enjoy hearing how my piece may stir different thoughts and experiences from viewers. It continues to amaze me how different people can see the same piece of art and experience something different. I enjoy viewing it through other’s eyes and sharing in their interpretation.

So please look and enjoy! If my work touches you in some way, then I can consider myself successful.

Contact Info:
Phone: 845-855-1136

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Days

Teacher Appreciation Days August to October

The Friends of Kent Library will be holding 
 TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS in the Book Cellar of the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes on Saturdays, August 12, September 9,  and October 14 from 10am to 2:30pm, in conjunction with their Book Cellar Sales.  

On these days, teachers who show a teacher I.D. can fill a bag or bags with books for $2.00 each bag. 

Start your school year prepared!  Begin a classroom library, or stock up on books you can give to your students.  Don't forget to pick out a few books you'll enjoy as well.  

"Teachers give so much to our community" says Carol Donick, Library Director. "The Friends of the Library want to give something back to them."

Monday, July 3, 2017

Kelly Lynn Goodhart Photographs on Display at Kent Public Library

Artist Statement:  Kelly Lynn Goodhart

I have been interested in photography since my Grandmother gave me a Vivitar film camera in 5th grade.  It traveled everywhere with me and with it, I took pictures of everything & everyone.  It was my favorite possession and nothing used to excite me more than receiving my prints.

While days of ordering prints in the mail & taking pictures with my small film camera have long passed, my enjoyment of photography has not.  Sports & concerts were my favorite subjects as I longed to capture photos of people “famous” to me – until I started spending more time in nature.  

My husband Justin & I have been fortunate enough to travel nationally & internationally taking photos of our many adventures.  

One such adventure saw us attending a farm dinner a few years ago.  Seated at the gigantic table, I had the opportunity to sit next to a professional photographer who had published several books & declared that he was giving up on using his full camera gear & instead working solely with his iPhone.  I have to confess that as much as I like using my Nikon D7100, I love taking photos with my iPhone.   

Several photos on display were taken with my iPhone - can you spot them?

Contact Information:
Phone: 914-602-7738
Instagram: @KellyLynnDJ

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Vivian Haberfeld Paintings on Display at Kent Library



June 1 – June 30, 2017

Vivian Haberfeld, presents Water is Life at the Kent Public Library.
Deeply moved by the natural landscape and gentle beauty of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Vivian began a search for a way to get closer to nature. Through that highly personal and emotional process, she discovered the artist within herself. It is a sentimental journey that continues to motivate her work as a painter.

Vivian is influenced by the works of Master Impressionists, Van Gogh, Monet, and Turner. Her own work offers a unique style characterized by simplicity and bold use of color.  Inspired by the land, she uses it as a guide to unleash her imagination. 

Vivian has exhibited at the Look Art Gallery, solo exhibit at the Kent Public Library, solo exhibit at Somerfield’s Restaurant, and local non-profit Galleries: A. Eric Arctander Gallery at Putnam Arts Council, Friends of the Great Swamp, and Arts on the Lake.  She sells direct to buyers via word of mouth.  Her work is exhibited privately from New York to California.

Vivian holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, but didn't start to paint until after a 20 year career in advertising.  She started with classes at The Art Students League of New York, and The New School for Art and Design.  She continued her education in the Mid-Hudson Valley with classes at Arts on the Lake, The Putnam Arts Council, and Silvermine Art Center.
Artist Statement:
"A native of Long Island, and current resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley, I am moved by striking skies, distant vistas, and bold colors.  My intent is to create an idealized place for myself and my viewers. I don’t copy what I see.  I prefer to use reality for reference, and then let my imagination and brush dictate the outcome.  I am not afraid to explore and discover harmony in nature and life."

Kent Public Library
17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Justin P. Goodhart Photographs on Display at Kent Public Library

I first started exploring the world of night photography in 2014 and I was very quickly drawn in by the creative possibilities that it offers.  “CARPE NOCTEM” features some of my latest works in night photography and consists of exposures that range from a few seconds to over an hour in length.  Many of my night photographs aim to capture the sense of the passing of time in a still image, something that I find very fascinating.  While others aim to “see” what is not always obvious to the naked eye.  I enjoy using night photography to explore our relationship to the universe and the continuum of time, while also, I hope, creating beautiful and captivating images. 
I grew up in the Adirondacks and have been fascinated with photography since a very young age and owning my fist camera, a Mickey Mouse 110.  After moving to the Hudson Valley in 2009 I started taking photography more serious.  It was during an overnight workshop on Bannerman’s Island that my love of night photography was born.

Justin P. Goodhart
(845) 319-9104