Elephant talk by author

April 12, at Milton Library at 7 p.m. author Carol Bradley, “Last Chain on Billie” spoke about the history of elephants in America, their cruel treatment as circus animals, and their intelligence, and deep emotional life. Meanwhile Therese Desmond, cemetery superintendent, has installed life-sized elephant topiaries installed at the duck pond in the cemetery. Bradley’s point is that while Ringling Brothers is stopping its operations, it still owns elephants. And there are smaller circuses that continue to perform.

Holiday Artisan Fair at Milton Art Center

The Milton Art Center, at 334 Edgehill Road, Milton, will host its Holiday Artisan Fair Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artisans’ offerings will include handmade jewelry, bags, scarves, loungewear, cards, homemade pies and other gourmet goodies. Themed gift baskets will also be available to bid on or buy.

 

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can visit the Super-Secret Elf Gift Workshop where they can create custom-made gifts, at a cost of $10 to $20 per item, and leave with a giftwrapped present ready for giving.

Santa will also be making a visit from 2 to 3 p.m.

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Additional artwork will also be available for purchase at the Small Works Show at Milton Art Center Dec. 1 through Jan. 10.

Visit www.miltonfava.tumblr.com for more information.

Museum Passes for a Day

The MFA Boston

The MFA Boston

Smithsonian Magazine is offering free passes for Sept. 28 to a number of museums.
Go to Smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive to download a free ticket for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! A ticket grants free admission, on Sept. 28 to the ticket holder plus a guest to participating museums across 50 states. The event celebrates knowledge and fun through the nation’s wide array of museums and cultural institutions.
Visit: www.smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive
The museums accepting the passes include:
-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
-Berkshire Museum
-The Discovery Museums
-Beverly Historical Society
-Historic New England
-Museum of African American History
-Old South Meeting House
-Otis House
-Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
-The Mary Baker Eddy Library
-The Shirley-Eustis House
-Tower Hill Botanic Garden
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
-Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
-Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
-Museum of Russian Icons
-Concord Museum
-The Old Manse
-Cahoon Museum of American Art
-Martha’s Vineyard Museum
-Cogswell’s Grant
-Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum
-New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods
-Fruitlands Musuem
-The Great House at Castle Hill
-And more

Watercolor on the Brain

The allegorical watercolor paintings of Linda T. Hurd, a selection of which are on display for the month of June in the Milton Public Library’s Wotiz Gallery, use the power of serialization to find unconventional meaning in familiar objects and scenes.

In themed sets of twelve, and most works paired with a line or two of written rumination, often in the form of an appeal to God, the paintings ask us to see our interpersonal issues represented in our surroundings.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which has been diagnosed frequently in the Everett artist’s family, and the many different ways in which brains can be wired are examined in a series of representations of telephone wires; chairs ask us about our responsibilities and choices in another set of a dozen; the wide-ranging theme of the boundaries we run into and form between one another is visually dissected through paintings of fences, walls and other literal partitions.

“It is very much personal,” said Hurd about her motivation for selecting subjects. Events or people in her life will push her to examine something more closely, and some series, such as “Laundry,” (which is not on display at the library but can be explored at the artist’s website, www.lindathurd.com) develop over the course of many years.

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Hurd’s work has been displayed in libraries and other galleries throughout the region, and has been recognized in particular by ADHD and other attention deficit disorder support groups, as the condition plays a large role in both her life and her work, with both her husband and two sons diagnosed.

Hurd does not have an official diagnosis, but identifies with many symptoms of those who do. “It has been an advantage and a disadvantage,” she says, citing the struggle to stick with a single idea and to finish an entire series, while having to take frequent breaks helps with perspective and not getting tunnel vision when working on a project.

The naturalistic tone of her watercolors contrast with the straight, black lines and sharp angles of her often industrial or commercial subjects, and Hurd moves back and forth between realism and impressionism, queering their impact and conjuring a strong presence of the subconscious, reminiscent of the visual affect of Richard Linklater’s films “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly.” Some pieces are haunting, others reassuring or funny.

Hurd says she is currently painting shoes as well as plants at different stages of the life cycle, though she cannot say if they will become series.

Stop by the first floor of the library at 476 Canton Ave. before July 1 to have a look. On display are the series “Wired,” “ADHD Challenges,” “Boundaries,” and, for the first time, “Chairs.”

 

Breathtaking Mass Audubon Photo Contest Winners, Part 1

For your viewing pleasure, here are the winners of Mass Audubon’s “Your Great Outdoors” 2012 photo contest.

Incredible photographs of the beautiful area we live in, by professionals, amateurs and young people. Winners at each level were selected for six categories: Birds, Other Wildlife, Plants, Landscape, People in Nature, and Artistically Modified.

As you can see, we live in an amazing place full of amazing, talented people. Enjoy.

Grand Prize
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This beautiful shot was taken by amateur photographer Ken Lee. From the “Birds” Category.

Birds
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Photo by Evan Lipton. Youth.

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Photo by Lee Fortier. Professional.

Other Wildlife

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Photo by Alyssa Mattei. Youth.

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Photo by Richard Kenyon. Amateur.

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Photo by Mary Dineen. Professional.

…more great photography in Part II. Click here to go there. Next up from the Mass Audubon contest, Plants and Landscapes.


Have a favorite?
Tell us about it in our comments section.


All photographs are copyright to their respective photographers. Photos posted with permission of Mass Audubon.

 

Breathtaking Mass Audubon Photo Contest Winners, Part 2

More phenomenal photography of nature in Massachusetts, thanks to the Mass Audubon’s 2012 “Your Great Outdoors” photo contest.

Next up, “Plants” and “Landscape.”

Plants
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Photo by Maya Grubner. Youth.

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Photo by Barbara K. Mindell. Amateur.

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Photo by Lucy Wightman. Professional.

Landscape
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Photo by Elaine Wall. Youth.

121212landscape_amateur_RZoPhoto by Ronald Reynolds. Amateur.

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Photo by Allison White. Professional.

…more great photography in Part III. Click here to go there. Next up from the Mass Audubon contest, People in Nature and Artistically Modified photos.


Have a favorite?
Tell us in our comments section.


All photographs are copyright to their respective photographers. Photos posted with permission of Mass Audubon.

 

Breathtaking Mass Audubon Photo Contest Winners, Part 3

More phenomenal photography of nature in Massachusetts, thanks to the Mass Audubon’s 2012 “Your Great Outdoors” photo contest.

Next up, “People in Nature” and “Artistically Altered.”

People in Nature
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Photo by Krishna Canning. Youth.

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Photo by Paul Blankman. Amateur.

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Photo by Jennifer Childs. Professional.

Artistically Altered

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Photo by Caroline DiNapoli. Youth.

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Photo by Jayne Carney. Amateur.

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Photo by Jennifer Childs. Professional.

Congratulations to all the photographers. Truly inspiring.


Which ones were your favorites?
Tell us in our comments section.


All photographs are copyright to their respective photographers. Photos posted with permission of Mass Audubon.