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Downstairs Gallery

Retrospective Watercolor Exhibit by Bob Jorgensen
February 28 – March 31, 2018
Artist’s Reception on Saturday, March 24, 2:00–4:00pm in the Downstairs Gallery.
All are invited.

Bob Jorgensen, long time Ashland resident, was the first artist to have an exhibition of art work in the newly-renovated Ashland Public Library’s Downstairs Picture Gallery in May, 2006.

Bob began his career as a commercial artist. After 30 years in the field of advertising in New York City and Boston, he taught art for 13 years at Keefe Vocational School in Framingham, MA. About the same time Bob started teaching, he also began doing what he had always yearned to do: watercolor painting. His appreciation and love of the outdoors and nature have provided him with much of the inspiration for his paintings, which is reflected in his coastal scenes and wildlife watercolor works. For a number of years, Bob has also shared his talents and knowledge with the Ashland Senior Watercolor painting group held at the Ashland Community Center.

Bob is a nationally recognized watercolor artist and has received regional and national recognition in many exhibitions and has won many awards.  His work is included in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.

This exhibition of his work at the library, the third in 13 years, is a retrospective exhibit and includes many paintings rarely exhibited. The library is also honored to have one of Bob’s paintings in its permanent collection: “Clean Up Crew.” This is a very special exhibit by an exceptionally talented member of the Ashland community and not to be missed.

Upstairs Display Case

“Trajectories” Ceramic Sculptures by Sara Fine-Wilson
March 1 – June 12, 2018

Millbury resident and artist, Sara Fine-Wilson, works with clay, plaster, concrete, and often embedded objects, to create unusual and exciting 3-dimensional works of art. Cracks, rupturing and splits in the clay reference archaeology, architectural structures (such as arches and bridges), and visually articulate the idea of shifting history. This exhibit showcases the work of an exceptionally creative artist working and exhibiting in the New England region, and is a rare opportunity to see her creations.

In Sara’s words:
“I have recently been focused on the practice of creating repeating forms in different scales that all encompass a similar gesture or directionality. I then connect them in order to create a larger version, which amplifies the initial intuitive gesture. Clay has natural inclinations as a material. I explore the shapes it can be transformed into and allow myself to notice when a gesture within the material seems complete. I am interested in balance between conscious forming and allowing for intuition to take the lead so that form can reveal itself. Through this process visual tension is evident in the form, surface and gesture of the work.

My work has both mechanical and organic qualities that reference the body, archaeology, and architectural structures such as arches or bridges. Cracks, rupture, ooze and the way that material splits visually articulate the idea of shifting history. Embedded objects and the use of atmospheric firing speak literally and metaphorically about the passing of time. The objects I create are maps of my unconscious. A visually representative image of psychological and internal reality is a way to signify content, and the one I am interested in exploring in my work. Mapping work for me is experimentation embedded in constructing representations of my inner directionality, organization, and chaos.”

Downstairs Conference Room and Large Meeting Room

On extended loan, in the downstairs conference room and the large meeting room, are the photographs by Bill Horsman, a commercial and fine art photographer who has exhibited in the library and currently has his studio in downtown Ashland. A very fine exhibit featuring Bill’s creative photographic imagery of water and window reflections.

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 leftaris@gmail.com. Leave a short message and a way to contact you and he will follow up with you.