Creativity Meets Community at Cary Library
As part of Lexington’s 300th Birthday celebration, Cary Memorial Library hosts a juried art show and sale: “A Community Creates,” March 1-31
Lexington’s 300th Anniversary has given us all a chance to think about this community and what makes it special. When Cary Library Director Koren Stembridge and her colleagues were considering how to contribute to the 300th celebrations, they thought first of the authors and artists whose ideas have enriched all our lives. “We felt passionate about acknowledging the work of these individuals,” says Stembridge.
“Our gallery and display spaces are one of Cary Library’s best assets, drawing residents to the library monthly to see artwork produced by their talented friends and neighbors,” says Stembridge. In discussions of the Lexington 300 Celebrations, she says, “We immediately thought of those spaces, and decided to invite local artists to submit works to a group show.”
The result is a month-long exhibit beginning the week of March 1 at Cary Memorial Library of works by 25 artists working in a range of media from watercolor and oils to collage, photography and lino-cuts.
A jury of four local art experts met in November 2012 at Francesca Anderson Fine Art/Portraits North in Lexington to review submissions. The other jurors were exhibition design consultant Judith Downes, former head of the Exhibition Design Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; art historian Anne Lee, former Research Director of Vose Galleries in Boston; and E. Ashley Rooney, Cary Memorial Library Foundation board member, and author of a major series of books about emerging artists in the United States.
There will be five awards: Most Distinctive,
Most in Keeping with the Theme, Best in Show (given by the Jurors), People's Choice Award, and Honorable Mention.
On Sunday, March 17, there will be a reception at Cary Memorial Library celebrating the artists and authors of Lexington at 4 pm. A website of artists is projected to be in the works. Artwork can be purchased during the month and marked as sold but will still hang until the end of the show. Twenty-five percent of any sales will go to the Cary Memorial Library Foundation.