Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Open Studio: Encaustic Painting with John Webster

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On Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m., join us at the Malden Public Library for Open Studio, an artist demonstration featuring Malden artist John Webster.  Mr. Webster will discuss and demonstrate the technique of encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.

John A. Webster, a Malden artist, is a 1980 graduate of Boston State College – now known as UMass Boston.  His art mentors include Robert DiGiovanni and Eva Cincotta.  John is a former member of the Rockport Art Association, Malden Guild of Artists and past Chairman of the Malden Cultural Council.

Mr. Webster’s work, including photographs and paintings, has been shown throughout New England and has won countless awards.  His artwork has been displayed at the Massachusetts State House, Stoneham Art Gallery, Rockport Art Association Contributing Member’s Exhibit, Malden Guild of Artists Exhibits, Saugus Rotary Exhibit, the Charlestown Preservation Society, The Malden Public Library and many other venues.  He is the recipient of The American Legion Citation of Appreciation Award (2000), George Washington Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Community Award (2000) and the Malden Elks Citizen of the Year award (2007).

Mr. Webster is well known for his exhibit, “The Other Side of the Wall”, photographs reflecting his time in Vietnam, where he served in the Third Security Police Squadron of the United States Air Force from 1967-1968.  Mr. Webster’s current work features photographs of historic sites of Boston and a selection of his abstract paintings.  He currently is in retirement and is dedicating his time to art and photography.

New Year / New You – January 4

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On Wednesday, January 4, at 6 p.m., get the new year started right and join the American Association for Arab Women for a the event New Year – New You.  The New Year – New You dialogue will be presented by Michele English (certified BTB & Compass School Feng Shui practitioner).  This will be followed by a guided meditation featuring a Japanese flute performance by Elizabeth Bennett, the first woman to be certified a Grand Master of the shakuhachi.
All are welcome to this free event. Come celebrate culture and community with us!  Event will be held in the Maccario Meeting Room.  Sponsored by the American Association for Arab Women (AAAW).  For more info on upcoming meetings, please contact Farah Assiraj at fassiraj@gmail.com or Mourad.aaaw@gmail.com

Malden Remembers: An Exhibition and Conversation in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

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On Saturday, December 17th, the Library will host a discussion by veterans about Pearl Harbor led by John Webster, former Manager of the City of Malden Veteran’s Department.  Veterans, veteran families, and residents are encourages to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Malden Public Library will also host a memorial exhibition by artist John Webster for the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor from December 16th though December 30 in the Maccario Gallery.

 

Holiday Celebration and Concert

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The members of the Historical Society, the Victorian Society of Malden and the Friends of the Library invite you to a free afternoon concert to celebrate the season on Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 p.m.  Join us for some wonderful entertainment and after the concert, enjoy some light refreshments with the members. This year’s concert will feature a program by the Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir. The event will take place in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

A public library card is a ticket to free educational resources and activities. A library card provides access to a variety of digital media, including One Click Digital (classics and eAudio books), Little Pim (language learning), Tumbler Books for Kids, and much more.

If you haven’t been to your local library lately, September is a great time for a visit.

Art Storytime and Adventures on August 26

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Join us at the Malden Public Library on Friday, August 26 for STEAM in the Art Gallery: Artful Adventures, a hands-on art program with staff from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. There will be two sessions: one at 2:00pm for ages 3-6 and one at 3:00pm for ages 6-10.

Each one-hour session will include a story, hand-on materials, pictures from the Museum’s collections, and an art-making activity.

STEAM in the Art Gallery explores how art and design can enhance the learning process for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Story Hour with Library Director at Fairy House Event

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Saturday, August 27th Noon – 4 PM (Rain Date: Sunday, August 28th) Pine Banks Park, 1087 Main St., Malden, MA

Councillor Barbara Murphy invites you to attend Malden’s Fairy House Festival. Fairy Houses are structures for fairies and nature’s other friends (hobbits, elves, gnomes, trolls) to visit.  These whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy and pride.   Individuals and groups are welcome to enter pre-built houses. Pre-built houses will be part of the Fairy House Walk and will be entered into a contest. If you would like to pre-build a house contact Councillor Barbara Murphy at murphyforward5@yahoo.com.

All Fairy Houses built the day of the event will receive official Fairy House Builder’s Certificates.

Special Events:

1:00 PM Story Hour with Dora St. Martin, Director of the Malden Public Library

2:30 PM performance of the “Rainbow Fairies” and “Live Story Hive” by Earthworm Pie Puppet Company

  • Pre-Built Fairy House Walk
  • Pre-Built Fairy House Contest
  • Builder Work Shop
  • Build your own Fairy House
  • Arts and Crafts Table
  • Face Painting
  • Raffles

Special Guest Miss Junior Hampton Beach Emma Smith-Benzan.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day at Pine Banks Park a natural habitat located in Malden.  Event sponsored by Councillor Barbar

The Ricardo Monzón Quartet plays Live on the Lawn Series on August 3

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The Malden Public Library’s “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series continues on Wednesday, August 3, at 7:00 pm featuring The Ricardo Monzón QuartetThe Ricardo Monzón Quartet features: Stan Strickland on sax and voice, Russ Hoffman on piano, Fernando Huergo on bass, and Ricardo Monzón, percussion.

Brandishing an enormous range of versatility and talent, Ricardo Monzón has been part of the vibrant Boston music scene for over 30 years.  He has studied, taught and performed musical styles from across the Latin world:  everything from Afro-Cuban styles to bachata, merengue, salsa, cumbia and pop styles.  He has performed and/or recorded with the Boston Pops, Barbara Eden, Deborah Henson-Conant, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Guatemala.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be held inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

 

Horizon & The Horns Featured at Summer Live on the Lawn Concert Series on July 27

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The Malden Public Library’s “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series continues on Wednesday, July 27, at 7:00 pm featuring Horizon & the Horns.  

Horizon and the Horns, featuring Malden’s own Ray Novack, are an entertaining and energetic cover band that plays top hits of the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and today, from the Blues Brothers to Lady Gaga. The band has been entertaining people of the greater Boston area since the 70s.  Horizon and the Horns are known to get people off their feet and dancing.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  The Live on the Lawn Series continues on August 3 featuring The Ricardo Monzón Quartet.  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be held inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

Poetry Readings: Robert Carr & Cammy Thomas ~ June 14

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Robert Carr will be launching a new collection of poetry “Amaranth”, published by Indolent Books, at the Malden Public Library on June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. You can preview Bob’s work at robertcarr.org.

Cammy Thomas, author of Cathedral of Wish and Inscriptions, Four Way Books, will be opening this evening of  poetry where her books will also be available. Please join us for this special local author event.