May 01, 2017

Art in the Library: May

Art in the Library

A Celebration of Color: Landscape and Floral Paintings by Dottie M. Laughlin
May 2June 10, 2017
MetroWest artist Dottie Laughlin came to Boston 15 years ago. She studied art in college, and after moving to Massachussetts, she took classes at Danforth Museum School. Dottie has studied with a number of New England artists. Over the years, New England’s natural beauty and inspiring artists have encouraged Dottie and given her the opportunity to paint both plein air and studio paintings. Her vibrant landscapes have been shown in a variety of New England exhibitions and have won a number of awards. In Dottie’s words:

“Painting in oils brings me great joy and satisfaction. Color speaks emotionally to me and I want to communicate those feeling in my paintings. Most of my landscape paintings are based on drawings, studies and photos I have done because I was drawn to the subject and wanted to express those emotions on canvas. The experience of watching the painting unfold is amazing and wonderful to me. As an artist, my experience gives me the opportunity to paint the world as I see it in a great array of colors. While at times this is frustrating, it provides a challenge that I continue to look forward to and learn from.”

To view more of Dottie’s work: and you can contact her at:

Upstairs Display Case
“Travel Sketchbooks” The On-location Art Journals of Jim Eng
February 28 - June 12, 2017

Waltham resident Jim Eng is an artist and retired Framingham State art professor. As a painter and mixed media artist, his work has been widely exhibited in museums, public & private galleries, libraries & universities throughout the Northeast. He was also the Curriculum Director of the Massachusetts Prison Art Project. In addition, Jim has conducted workshops classes in such venues as the Danforth Museum, the Mass College of Art and the Cambridge Art Association.

In Jim’s words:
Since my retirement from Framingham State College in 2008, I have become focused on and passionate about working en plein air. Whether in an urban environment for the day, atop a mountain in New Hampshire, or in a natural history museum I carry with me a small field pack which contains a Moleskine sketch book, a leather bound art journal, assorted drawing pencils and pens, watercolors and brushes, water and insect repellent! This field bag accompanies me not only here at home but to major destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, the Galapagos, Israel, Central America, and our nation’s own incredible national parks! When out in the field working in my journals, my goal is to be fully engaged with my subject matter, the environment, and the moment—to visually embrace what I observe and to capture a sense of place at a particular time.”  

Lower Level: Community Room and Conference Room
Photographs by Lynne Damianos

Professional and Fine Art Photographer Lynne Damianos is currently exhibiting photographic work from her NatureScape series that are on an extended loan to the Ashland Library.  All of the images are part of Lynne’s personal exploration of the natural environment.

In the large community room downstairs are 6 black & white images created over a two-week period amid breathtaking vistas on Maui, Hawaii. By eliminating color and concentrating on shape, light and texture, she brings out the exquisite forms of these striking trees. In the downstairs conference room is another group of images, some in black & white, and some in color, that are a bit more abstract. They are photographs of details, little things from the world around us that we don’t readily notice that focus in on patterns, shapes and light. The display rooms are downstairs on either side of the Children’s room.  

If you are a collector and would like to share your collection with the Library community by exhibiting all or part of it in the locked display case near the main circulation desk, please contact Larry DeJong at Leave a short message and a way to contact you and he will follow up with you.

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June 05, 2015

Come See our Garden Sculpture!

 Garden SculptureAs part of the library’s continued effort to promote public art, the Friends of the Ashland Library unveiled a garden sculpture in the front lot of the library on May 28th. The sculpture is in honor of Janet Eames, president of the Friends of the Ashland Public Library from 2000 to 2007 who died of cancer last year. Around the same time the Friends were discussing their desire to build a garden sculpture in Janet's honor, the library received a $7,500 federal grant called “Full STEAM Ahead: Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in Public Library Preschool Programming,” to create math and science programs for children ages 3-5. This grant contributed to the purchase of the sculpture

The sculpture includes three Clocker blue glass disks and a mobile piece that moves in the wind and includes arrows, gears and numbers to look like a clock, an homage to Ashland’s history. The numbers are 8, 2, and 0. Those numbers were chosen because Telechron, the Ashland-based clock company, set their clocks for advertising photos at 8:20 to highlight their logo, said Betsy Emberley of the Friends of the Ashland Library. The sculpture was designed by Whitmore Boogaerts of Providence. Click here to read more!

Thank you to Marie Laskowsky and her crew from The Carve (who provided our delicious food) and Trisha Cooper from Trisha Cooper Designs (who provided beautiful floral arrangements) for making our Annual Meeting so exquisite this year.
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