Adult Programs

Elizabeth Barcomb - "Needle and Thread" Weston Gallery

Elizabeth BarcombPlease join us on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 PM as we host a reception for Hampton artist Elizabeth Barcomb, who loves to talk about her lifelong passion for doing needlework. She has explored many different styles, but her most favorite is crewel embroidery because of the amount of individuality it allows in terms of shading and color nuances.  She derives her inspiration from Mother Nature and other still life compositions, such as her own flower arrangements.

Her love of doing needlework began as a child and has continued throughout her life. She was first taught by her mother and then continued this pursuit under the tutelage of the sisters of the Academie Villa Augustina in Goffstown. In the past Elizabeth has conducted classes and passed on her love of this art form, attracting students and teaching on an individual basis.

Elizabeth considers her time spent doing needlework as her peaceful time. It allows for introspection, contemplation and meditation. Many a concern has been resolved during this time!

Elizabeth’s creativity does not stop with her needlework.  She is a professionally trained singer who has performed in New York City, Boston and the Lake George Opera. These days you may hear her at weddings or doing solo work at various churches during the summer. She is an active and integral member of the music program at the Hampton United Methodist Church.

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North Sea Gas - Free Concert Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 PM

Join us once again on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM for a free concert in the downstairs Lane Room as the popular Edinburgh-based Scottish Folk band North Sea Gas makes a return visit to the Lane Library!

Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave GilfillanWho is North Sea Gas?  They are Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan, performing for over thirty years and stronger than ever! One of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies.  Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.

They have recorded 16 albums and are constantly adding new material to their show. Their latest album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. Celtic Radio says, "The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies." Their prior album, "Tak a Dram Afore Ye Go" continues to be very popular with fans all over the world and Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine) said of "Edinburgh Toon," "The album is offered in the spirit of enjoyment, and in that it succeeds superbly."

A prior album "Rosslyn" received wonderful reviews from folk magazines, newspapers etc. including Dirty Linen (USA), the Scots Magazine, and The Living Tradition. Their show consists of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material all put together in a style of their own . This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, and many other destinations every year as well as in TV and Radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBSTV stations in the U.S.

In 2008, they recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million; A highlight of any band's career!

December 2009 saw the band playing in Istanbul, Turkey, for the British Consulate St Andrews Ball and they have been invited back in 2010.

We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas" show a wonderful atmosphere.

"No airs and graces just fantastic music"...
EdinburghGuide.com (Edin/Festival 2007)

"Through their work they introduce audiences to the wider world of the folk tradition and its Riches"
John O'Regan Living Tradition (Magazine)

An Evening with Gary Patton - September 23, 2015

Selling Mt. WashingtonHampton author and humorist Gary Patton will be at the library on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM to read from his new satirical novel Stealing Mt. Washington.  Originally from the mid-west, Gary and his wife Lenore retired to New England and and have lived in New Hampshire for the past 18 years, giving him a unique 'outsider' view of the foibles and follies of Granite State residents.

Selling Mt. Washington revolves around an attempt to pass a bill through the New Hampshire state legislature which would sell Mt. Washington State Park and allow wind turbines to be installed on it. Joe Tanner has struck a deal with his state party chairman. The chair will see to it that Joe is named state attorney general, if Joe can find a candidate for a vacant state senate seat, elect that candidate, and make sure that person votes to defeat  a bill to put wind turbines on blustery Mt. Washington.

Granite Staters proudly  claim that 6,288 foot high Mt. Washington has the worst weather in the world, with an average of 311 inches of snow accumulating from September to June, temperatures that have never risen above 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and hurricane-force winds that once set a record at 231 mph.  Fog obscures the view at the peak 300 days a year.


Joe's problem is that no one wants the Senate job. It pays only $100 per year and his party is such an underdog that his candidate stands virtually no chance of winning the seat. No one wants it , that is, but a bumpkin and "outtastatah" (out-of-stater) named Charlie Beezer. Joe's girl friend, Ann Katz, loathes Charlie Beezer, considering him to be an oaf and a clod. But Joe has no choice but to run Charlie as his candidate.
 
And there the pandemonium begins. Will Beezer win the state senate seat? Will he vote against the wind turbine bill? Will wind turbines despoil the majesty and grandeur of Mt. Washington? Will Joe Tanner become state attorney general? Will  Ann Katz's distaste for Charlie Beezer ruin her romance with Joe? As they say, "stay tuned."

Sylvia Larsen, Past President of the New Hampshire State Senate, writes, "Author Gary Patton offers up a comedic romp through the twisted paths of New Hampshire politics. With tongue-in-cheek humor, we gain real insights into the inner workings of the Granite State's byzantine political system."

The event is open to all, with light refreshments and time after Gary's talk for book signings.

"My Book Covers" - Weston Gallery, August 2015

“My Book Covers,” a creative challenge for the photographers of All About Paper Photo Enthusiasts Group, will be shown in our Weston Gallery at the Lane Memorial Library during the month of August.

The photographers created three book covers with their photos, adding a title and their name to each photo as if they were real books. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 for members of the public to meet and greet the creative minds behind this fun project.

Come out and meet the photographers, ask questions and get inspired. The event is free and open to all. Please contact Catherine Pagano at 603-380-3702 for information about AAPPEG.

Muriel Angelil - "A Childhood in Alexandria" - Weston Gallery

In close embraceMake plans to join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM for an evening of poetry readings and discussion with Muriel Angelil, our current artist exhibiting in the Weston Gallery.  Currently living in Amesbury, MA, Muriel Angelil started to write in the 1980’s encouraged by her late husband Joseph Godwin who also was a writer. She has written poetry, children’s stories, a journal and technical articles on Expressive Art Therapy. As a way to understand her own life's journey, Angelil published a memoir Back to the Past, A Daughter of the Nile which described her life in Alexandria, Egypt and her reasons for leaving and settling in the USA.

Recently she started to attend an Open Mic in Newburyport and her journey as a poet was launched. In a year, she has written over one hundred poems describing her relationships with family members, lovers and friends and her personal thoughts on death, love, dance and travels.

Muriel Angelil is also an artist and has been exhibiting her paintings, monotypes and sculptures for the last thirty years. Her artworks show abstracted figurative shapes inspired by her life: including dancers, horses, little girls, women, and men.  Other works are simply abstracts inspired by her love of music and especially jazz. Fluid strokes and color are predominant in her abstract and encaustic (wax) paintings, serving to  express visually a world of action and mystery.  In her monotypes one can see a bold graphic quality a simple use of color and a fluidity of expression.

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"Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison", Monday, February 23 at 6:30 PM

Filmmaker Neil NovelloFor all who have wondered about the story behind the hulking ruin known as "The Castle" glimpsed across the water on the Portsmouth Naval Base, the library is delighted to present an evening with filmmaker Neil Novello, who has created a unique documentary on the Portsmouth Naval Prison.

He will join us on Monday evening, February 23 at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room to unfold the history behind this closed-to-the-public military institution.  The video documentary covers three different time periods of the Naval prison’s history from the end of World War I up through World War II and into the Vietnam War era.

Those who attend will see photos and hear commentary on the construction of the prison in 1908, see some of the early commanders of the Naval Prison including the civilian reformist Thomas Mott Osborne, and view some rarely seen footage filmed in May 1945 of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the Naval prison.

Mr. Novello will also screen extended video clips from “The Castle” where he used a Navy produced documentary, along with interviews of local residents who served in the Marines and Navy, to tell the story of the prison during the Vietnam war era.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the Seacost area's most interesting slices of military and local history!

 

"Celia Thaxter's Island Garden" - Film Presentation

Please join us on Monday, January 12th at 6:30 PM for a unique look at one of the more interesting locations off the coast of New Hampshire.  Nineteenth-century Isles of Shoals poet and author Celia Thaxter was also known for her imaginative Victorian island garden.  Her friend, impressionist Childe Hassam, prepared illustrations for Celia's last book, An Island Garden, published in 1894 just before her death. Based on her book, the unique garden  has been recreated on Appledore Island and now attracts hundreds of visitors annually. This  film tells the story of Celia and her garden, her friendship with Hassam and other artists,  and the effort made by Shoals Marine Laboratory founder Dr. John Kingsbury to recreate the  garden 80 years after Thaxter's death.

Peter Randall, who produced, directed, and photographed the garden, will present the story behind the film and be on hand for questions from the audience.  The film presentation is free and open to all ages.

John LeCours - "Homeward Bound" - Weston Gallery

John LeCours is a New Hampshire based painter who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  John takes inspiration from the natural beauty of his native new England and often takes Master classes to improve his craft and learn new techniques.  John most often works in oils and acrylic.

His central goal in painting is to create beautiful imagery.  John's creative process centers on a direct spiritual response to nature in the tradition of George Inness, JMW Turner and in harmony with the essays and ideas of Henry David Thoreau.

When he is not painting, John works as a Project Manager at Applied Graphics in Amesbury, MA.  He lives in Danville, NH.

We invite the public to welcom John and learn more about his work at a reception in his honor on Saturday, December 20th at 3 PM.

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Hampton artist Maggie Ginieres - "Simple Pleasures" - Weston Gallery

Seaside MumThe library welcomes local artist Maggie Ginieres as our exhibitor in the Weston Gallery for the month of November.  Maggie works primarily in oils and covers a variety of subjects, from still life to landscapes.  We will be hosting a reception on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 PM, and welcome all who would like to visit with Maggie and learn more about her work.

 

A little bit about me ...

Originally from Lowell, MA, eldest of a dozen children, I also lived in Portsmouth, NH and Washington, DC, before settling in Hampton in 1996. 1 am a former high school teacher, restaurant owner, research assistant and office manager. But apart from being with my family -nuclear and extended --drawing, painting, writing, singing and acting have always been my great loves. So, of course, retirement has been a joy! Especially in Hampton, where there are terrific opportunities for sharing friendships and being part of the larger seacoast community. The First Congregational Church just across the street, my home away from home sometimes, is a particularly nice place that makes me happy to live here. Over the past few years the Hampton Historical Society has given me many chances to hone my acting with performances at Centre School and lectures for classes visiting the Tuck Museum. (I especially enjoyed being wife to the ox cart man!) Best of all, during the past Summer I joined the Hampton Arts Network (at the insistence of a good friend -you know who you are!) where once again I marveled at what a group of nice people can make happen. 

While I've been drawing since I first stopped eating crayons, I think anyone who is really interested in producing art should find good instructors and work hard with them. And it doesn't matter how old you are when you begin formal study! This is a truth I learned over time. I've been fortunate to live with a husband who encourages me to seek out great teachers. It was my privilege to study with Susan Abbott at the Torpedo Factory in Washington, D.C., and recently, at her mountain top studio in Vermont. Whenever possible I take classes at the Currier Art Center where Bruce McColl and pastel artist Robert Carsten both have offered insightful criticism and encouragement. Locally, Jane Davis Copp of North Hampton continues to provide lessons, support and friendship. I really believe that art is a far less lonely pursuit than advertised. Just like every other pursuit in life, it's the people you meet along the way that make all the difference!

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Rye Artist Lee Perrault: "Prospecting + Pondering" - October 2014, Weston Gallery

Lee PerraultI grew up in rural, western NH during the 50’s and 60’s, drawing with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. When my Jon Gnagy ‘Learn To Draw’ set was reduced to tatters, I moved on to ‘paint by numbers’. My favorite subject matter then was almost always animals. College still found me in the fine arts and, later, there was calligraphy, ceramics, photography and a profession in graphic design. Since moving to the seacoast in 1997, I have worked as a Colorist and Interior Design Consultant, with my company, Via Design, in Rye.

My mom was an artist who also returned to her art later in life. As she was able to paint less and less, her wealth of oils and pastels began finding their way into my cellar, and I accrued a pile of materials. One day after she had passed on, I had an epiphany. Shortly thereafter, I began to dabble in paint once again.

Three years ago, I built a studio onto my home, giving me a permanent place to paint. To say that picking up the brush again has been a rebirth, would probably be an understatement.  Currently still working, I use my painting time to explore subject matter, medium and technique – the reason you will see quite a variety! The animal subjects are still near and dear to my heart, with many more to follow. I also enjoy painting ‘plein air’ in areas near where I live, which happily offer infinite subject matter.

Somehow, I always knew I would want to paint on wood (panels) as opposed to canvas, a correct assumption so far. I recently began making my own hardboard/poplar panels from scratch, ‘as well as ‘cradling’ most of my existing painted panels. This allows them to be hung as is and makes it convenient for someone who purchases one to have it framed according to her/his own tastes. It also allows me the freedom to paint small or large, while giving me the satisfaction of completely controlling my art.

It is my hope that you enjoy these paintings as much as I have relished creating them!

Reception - Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.

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