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Published 3:30 pm Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Paintings by Winchester resident, Greg McGuire, are on display in the Library’s Reference Reading Area through August.

Greg’s self-taught and free-wheeling in his use of styles, and his range of images, themes, moods, and color palettes. He follows his interests and observation, whether near the ocean, in the mountains, or on the internet.

The exhibit includes a tasty copy of the logo illustration from a Clearwater Florida diner called “Maggie Mae’s. Greg digs surfing, so a number of his pictures portray surfers and surfer shacks with admiration for the lifestyle and tactile knowledge of beach light. There are fantasias of psychedelic trees, starry skies, and Pokémon. Mountain landscapes that move through the moods and vegetative textures of all four seasons.

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He does all of that not only on canvases, but also rotary saw blades which include images of the poster for the 1966 surfing movie classic, “Endless Summer,” a seaside cabana, a copy of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and a noir New York Waterfront taxi scene that would make a great detective novel cover.

Greg painted a tribute to his grandfather, G.L Baggerman, who worked on the L&N Railroad for many years, on Mr. Baggerman’s handsaw, using the taper of the saw to create perspective.

Many readers know Greg McGuire as one of the hardware geniuses at Bridges and Lane and D&S. Well, he’s a terrific artist, too. A quote by revered 20 th Century artist, Robert Henri is apropos for Greg’s paintings: “When the [art spirit] is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature…[In their work] will be the happiness that is in the making.”

Stop by the Reference Reading area the next time you’re in the Library and let the joy begin. (This is a big Shout Out to you, Mabel Royse, and Sam (the Man!) from D&S). It’s a Fab Art Show. Surf’s Up!

Reference Librarian, Angela Turner will lead two Adult Crafternoon workshops, Sunday, August 14, 2-4 PM and Thursday, August 18, 2-4 PM. There will be multiple activities to choose from for a fun afternoon at the library. Attendees do not have to arrive at 2 pm but Angela needs to know the number of participants in order to have craft supplies prepared for all of them. Please call 859-744-5661, ext. 111 and ask for Angela to reserve your spot. 

Many remember Angela taught sign language on Facebook at the beginning of the pandemic.

She’s had a number of inquiries about a sign language class at the Library. Anyone who’d like to learn sign language should email her at aturner@clarkbooks.org. Dates and times for the classes will be scheduled for participants’ mutual convenience.

In the doll house box near the circulation desk is a charming and poignant display of Izzy dolls crocheted by Lawrenceburg writer and fiber artist, Lonormi Odum Manuel

Izzy dolls were created by Carol Isfeld whose son, Master Corporal Mark Isfeld, died during a Canadian Peacekeeping Mission to Croatia in 1994. After Mark’s death Mrs. Isfeld made Izzys for Mark’s unit to distribute as comforting symbols of peace and hope for children in war-torn countries where Canadian troops were deployed. Knitters from all over the world became involved and the practice continues. Learn how to make Izzy Dolls at ravelry.com.

Have a beautiful week. Hope to see you at the Library.