Emerging Spring (earth, plaster, acrylic on canvas)

Don Bracken: Different Points of View
June 4 – July 5, 2017

Don Bracken has painted landscapes in one form or another for many years. At one time he had a studio on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center as an artist in residence and painted the city and the clouds above from a lofty perch. More recently he has concentrated on terrestrial themes: the farms, the earth, the soil from which our food springs and on which we build our foundation.

“Through my “dirt” paintings, I have tried to express the omnipotence of the earth, of nature and the fragility of man. I have been using dirt from farms in Glastonbury and Cornwall, and other natural substances from the ground such as river sand from the Connecticut River, clay from Cornwall, and limestone from Falls Village. I mix the dirt with heavy-bodied acrylic gel which preserves the integrity and permanence of the material.  These paintings aren’t about a place, they are of the place. I create large canvases rich in texture, with earth and materials from the land we inhabit so that the viewer can feel they are part of the landscape.”


Watermark 4, 20×20, ink on yupo, painting 2017.

Frances Ashforth: Land and Water
An Exhibit of Monotypes, Paintings, and Drawings

July 9 – August 2, 2017

Frances Ashforth’s work has been informed by her study of land and water and the edges, intersections, and boundaries of both wetland and arid habitats. She is as fascinated by geologic strata and land forms as she is about the shapes and marks water leaves behind. In “Land and Water,” Ashforth captures the stark beauty found within our land and water. It is her hope that these images will help the viewer have greater appreciation for an environment that is worthy of protection.

Please join us for a reception for the artist on Sunday, July 9th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm graciously hosted by the Library Associates.