PASTELS BY KARIN SARGENT

An exhibit of pastel drawings by Karin Sargent of Gardiner, Maine will run, during library hours from Thursday, November 2, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018. A reception is planned for Friday November 10, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the library. The public is invited.

Karin was born and brought up in New England. As a young girl Karin learned to knit from her Mother and Grandfather. But she was the kind of curious child that was impatient with normal patterns and quickly learned to make the yarn into dolls or animal creatures without a pattern, basically learning to make the yarn do whatever she wanted. She tells of feeling bored with a project and deciding to knit it backwards, or changing hands to make it more challenging. Since then she has created many different kinds of art: fabric sculptures, original knitted dolls, fabric dolls, glorious doll clothes, felted hats and intricate beaded jewelry. She has also learned to weave, quilt, felt, and spin. She is well known in Hallowell for her creative Halloween sculptures (think huge spiders climbing the outside of the building). She also was involved in the Hallowell gingerbread house contest and won year after year with the incredible gingerbread houses she created with her friend Ken Linaberry.

Karin has always been around art and artists. Her father was an oil painter and photographer, her sister a photographer as well. She has always dabbled in the creative arts but about ten years ago she became interested in painting. After taking many different classes in different media, she found that she was particularly drawn to pastels.

“I love the tactile experience of the medium and the ability to build color in interesting ways. I love to paint many things, especially water and trees. I find myself fascinated by the way that light plays on subjects”

Karin has displayed her paintings at the Bath Art Walk throughout the summer of 2016. Two of her paintings were accepted into the juried show “Color” at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta in September 2017.

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BETH CONNOR PHOTOGRAPHY

The Gibbs Library will feature the work of Beth Connor, from Thursday, January 4, 2018 through Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Beth Connor spent four years with the Peace Corps in a remote village in Tanzania from 1985 to 1989.  In an era that pre-dated digital photography, she photographed her experiences the old fashioned way. A selection of her remarkable and story-telling photographs will be on display at the Gibbs Library.

Beth received a BFA in Photography from UNH in 1983.  Although not a professional photographer, photography has remained one of her passions, as she continues to pursue her craft. There will be an open house at the library, from 5 to 7 on Friday, January 12.