Local and traditional art to be shown

first-friday1Traditional styles and local inspiration will come together for this month’s First Friday celebration on Nov. 1.

At the Pember Library and Museum, three artists will display their work.

James Montague, who passed in 1999, was a versatile artist who studied throughout the United States and internationally.

According to his artist’s biography, he made maps for Newsweek and Travel magazines, did book jackets, murals and illustrations in New York City and has exhibited his paintings there and throughout New England.

Painter Lucinda Sayre will show some of her nature-inspired paintings at the library as well. On her website, the Fair Haven artist describes her passion for the outdoors and the natural world and how that translates into her work.

“I say I’m painting nature’s pathways and I do. All of my works, from large landscapes, to textured abstracts, to weathered barns, to my vintage vehicles are a reflection of the paths that nature takes,” she said.

Also on display will be Karen Rizzo’s handmade rag dolls. There will also be food and music to go along with the art.

Across the bridge at the Slate Valley Museum, the Carpatho-Rusyn theme stays strong.

The museum will offer artwork of St. Luke’s Guild of Iconography, which follows the style of the Orthodox Church. Museum director Kate Weller said many of the Slate Valley’s Slovakian immigrants attended the Byzantine Catholic Church, which is closely aligned with the Greek Orthodox Church, and used as a cultural anchor in America.

Founded by master iconographer Christine Simoneau Hales, who teaches the classes, the Guild of St. Luke is an ecumenical gathering of artists and artisans who are committed to making art that is reflective of a deep spirituality and faith in God, Weller said.

They do this primarily through the practice of writing Christian icons studying the historical background and hymnody, and lectio divina relationships within the visual imagery of iconography. They believe in the didactic value of icons and engage with prayer as part of their painting practice.

First Friday takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information call the Slate Valley Museum at 642-1417 or the Pember at 642-1515.

 

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