Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

The Joy of Fine Art Prints

Elizabeth Rudy, curator at the Harvard Art Museums, will present “The Inexhaustible Joy of Prints,” a discussion of her daily work of teaching and talking about fine art prints.  This one hour, virtual talk will be held on Wednesday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Rudy is the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Harvard Art Museums. She is responsible for the objects in the museums’ print collection, which spans the Renaissance to the contemporary era. Her research focuses on prints of the 18th and 19th centuries, with particular interests in etching, book illustration, and works by the artist Pierre-Paul Prud’hon.

The series is part of the Malden Public Library’s current exhibition “The Fine Art of Prints and Printmaking,” now on display in the Converse Memorial Building’s Giso-Nutall Gallery. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvfuGtqTwpHdwCImdGQnV4Wnr1PBCyC1Xy

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Learn to Deal with Pandemic Weight Gain

On Wednesday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m., the Malden Public Library will present a talk by Julio Salado, founder of the Fitness Foundry.  Have you experienced pandemic weight gain and the negative effects of lockdown?  According to experts, weight gain and disordered eating spiked during the stress of the pandemic.

Learn health ways to reach your weight loss goals. Learn how to overcome the roller coaster of weight loss and gain. BREAK out of breaking even is the FIRST system to address the phenomenon of “breaking even”!  You will develop skills and self-awareness for long term weight loss management. The program is designed to be sustainable, flexible, and customized to fit your lifestyle and goals.

Julio Salado is Malden’s award-winning National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Recognized Certified Personal Trainer with Distinction, and the founder of Fitnessfoundry.net, a leading online resource for health and wellness.

The program is free. This program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  To register at the Link below:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtf-6orzouEtzD5xlOvuRkh3xuWFeFoGXs

or call the Malden Public Library for more information at 781-324-0218.

Acclaimed Artist John Day’s Work Comes Home to Malden

Following a successful solo show in Geneva, Switzerland, the work of Malden born artist John Day comes to the Malden Public Library’s Converse Galleries for a month long exhibition: John Day: A Glimpse of Color.

John Day was born in Malden on May 27, 1932 and sold his first painting at the age of fifteen.  His father was an anesthesiologist and his mother was a classical pianist and music teacher. After graduating from Malden High School (class of 1949) where he had already exhibited his talent for, and commitment to, painting, he spent a year at Syracuse University‘s School of Art, before transferring  to Yale University’s School of Art & Architecture. During his years at Yale, he studied with legendary teacher and color theorist Josef Albers. In 1970 he became a Professor of Art at William Paterson College in New Jersey.

Over the next three decades, Day tested and explored a number of different artistic styles, ranging from impressionistic landscapes, to collages, to precisely-blended color meditations.  Many of his early collages were torn-paper landscapes that reference the work of the nouveau réalistes such as Raymond Hains from the 1960’s. His surrealist “Erebos” series illustrates his interest in the art and life of Ancient Greece. The abstract paintings from the last phase of his life evoke the spiritual intensity of Mark Rothko’s work. John Day won recognition with numerous awards, prizes and grants including stays at Yaddo and the McDowell Colony, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant, numerous first prizes at judged exhibitions.  From 1961 through 1984, he had an annual one-man exhibitions at galleries in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Paris. He was also included in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum in New York City; the American Embassy in London; the Musée Pompidou, the Foundation Maeght, and Marseilles’ Musée Cantini in France; the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York; the Montclair Museum in New Jersey; the Harmon Gallery in Naples, Florida.  He continued his devotion to serious art until his death in New York City on April 15, 1982, one of the early victims of the AIDS epidemic.

His paintings are found in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée Pompidou in Paris, and in corporate collections around the world.

Until November 15, gallery hours are Wednesday and Saturdays 2-4 and by appointment.  Due to Covid limits, please contact the Library at info@maldenpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 781-324-0218 to schedule an individual or group visit.

 

International Story Time For Children

It’s Welcoming Week! Join us for International Storytime on the front lawn/portico area of the Library on Thursday, September 16th: 3:30-4:30 pm.
Stories for ages 5-7 years will be read in Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, and Brazilian-Portuguese. Free book for kids while supplies last. & pick up a fun Grab & Go craft!
Masks are required for this event.

The Fine Art of Printmaking : A Talk with Artist Liz Shepherd

Join us on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 for a talk with artist and printmaker Liz Shepherd. Liz Shepherd has been exploring the possibilities of contemporary printmaking for the past 15 years, moving beyond two-dimensional traditional etchings, woodcuts, and monoprints, to sculptural forms. She has produced large scale installations, filling a 60-foot gallery with silkscreen prints on fabric for example, hanging cast papier mâché chairs made from silk screened handmade Japanese paper, and hand printed corrugated cardboard furniture. Shepherd will show examples of this work and explain how it is made.

Zoom Meeting – Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArf-usqzojG9EbJ7eByiDM76fnVcoh-18d

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This program is presented as part of the Malden Public Library’s current exhibition, the Fine Art of Prints and Printmaking. The programs are supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Fine Art of Printmaking : A Talk with Carolyn Muskat of Muskat Studios

Join us on Wednesday, September 15, at 6:30 for a one-hour virtual talk by with Carolyn Muskat of Muskat Studios in Somerville.  Carolyn Muskat’s work has been in local, national, and international exhibitions, including solo exhibitions “Here & Now: Prints by Carolyn Muskat” at the Irving Art Center in Dallas, TX and “Waystation” in Hanoi, Vietnam, plus numerous group exhibitions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, and Serbia to name a few. A Tamarind Master Printer, Carolyn owns and operates Muskat Studios, a professional printmaking studio in Somerville, MA where she collaborates with artists to produce original fine art prints. Carolyn has been invited to teach at several colleges including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Hartford Art School, and Lesley University College of Art & Design as well as internationally in Vietnam and South Africa. She was recently awarded the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Printmaking Award at the SGCI conference.  The series will continue with a talk with print maker Liz Shepherd on September 22 at 6:30 PM.

To register go to link below or send an email request to info@maldenpubliclibrary.org

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrc-urqz4pH9OAjxcXdVECSWtGbBKKJYkr

This program is presented as part of the Malden Public Library’s current exhibition, the Fine Art of Prints and Printmaking. The programs are supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

System Outage Update

The Boston Public Library is experiencing a system wide technical outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will let you know when the issue has been resolved. The Library remains open for book checkout/pickup and computer use.  Internet and wifi are available. Due to this situation, some online resources are not currently available. We hope this issue will be resolved soon. For more information on current services, please call the Library at 781-324-0218.

Boston Public Library Update https://www.bpl.org/news/statement-technical-outage/

 

The Library is Open, Come On In

The Malden Public Library is open in-person, curbside, and online!  All the remaining public floors are open for browsing which includes: Main Reading Room, Children’s Room, Teen Room, World Language & ESL Collection, Reference and Information Services, 2nd floor “Quiet” Study Room, Converse Local History Room (by appointment only)

No appointments are necessary to use the library and library users will have access to most library services.

Still closed:  Maccario large public meeting room and our first floor small study rooms

Throughout the summer, programs for all ages will be available outdoors, and the Summer Reading Program will kick off on July 1.

Curbside Delivery & First Floor Browsing

For those that still require special services, we will continue to have expanded browsing on the first floor – including a children’s and teen collection.  Curbside delivery will continue to be available by appointment, please call the Library to request a curbside pickup.

Computer Use

Computers are available for 1 hour due to demand. Two 20-minute computers are available for checking email and printing.  Children’s room computers re not available at this time.  Remote or curbside printing will no longer be available, but printing will be available in-person at the library.

Children’s Room

We request that families not linger for long amounts of time in the room and that young children are accompanied by an adult and that we reserve the right to limit the number of families in the room should it become too crowded for peace of mind.  Large groups wishing to visit the children’s space will be limited.  Any camp, or other organization that wants to bring a group of children to visit the library must contact the library and speak with the children’s staff in advance.

Mask Policy

While social distance restrictions have been lifted, it is important that the library is a safe space for everyone. Young children and their families are daily visitors at our library. Because most children are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, we SUGGEST that ALL patrons continue to wear masks when inside the library regardless of your vaccination status.  For unvaccinated people, the CDC still recommends masks in any indoor setting and in group settings where social distancing is not possible.

 

6th Annual Malden Fairy House Festival & Story Time at Pine Banks Park

The 6th Annual Malden Fairy House Festival will be held at Pine Banks Park on Saturday, August 28th from 12 Noon to 4 PM with a rain date of Sunday August 29th.  Fairy Houses are structures for fairies and nature’s other friends (hobbits, elves, gnomes and trolls) to visit. The whimsical event is being organized by Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy in conjunction with the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, Pine Banks Park and the Malden Public Library. All are invited to either pre-build a house or make one in the Builder’s Workshop on the day of the event to be entered into the Fairy House Walk contest. Books by award winning Fairy House Series writer and illustrator Tracey Kane will be provided to individuals who build a house, courtesy of the Malden Public Library. Residents are invited to participate, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day at Pine Banks Park, a beautiful natural habitat located in Malden. For more information, please contact Councillor Barbara Murphy at murphyforward5@yahoo.com.

Celebrate the Malden Chamber’s 130th on July 24

Come to Malden Chamber of Commerce’s Birthday Party & 1891 Day!

Saturday, July 24 from 3:00-6:00 pm on Salem Street in front of the Malden Public Library

3:00 -6:00 pm: Fun on the Library Lawn including complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, an 1891 photo booth, a Museum of the Streets exploring Malden history and businesses, and much more.

3:00 pm: Music by Outrageous Fortune

3:30 pm: Magician Phil Smith strolling with interactive illusions, comedy and mind reading

4:00-4:30pm:  Victorian Costume Competition and Prizes

4:30 pm: Sweet Heart Serenades singing old time sing-along songs

6:00 pm: Dinner at a restaurant of your choice featuring an 1891 ($18.91) special.  List of participating restaurants and menus available on the Chamber website at: www.maldenchamber.org

Made possible through the generosity of the City of Malden, Malden Public Library, Kappy’s Fine Wine and Spirits, StonehamBank and Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.

The Malden Public Library is a proud member of the Malden Chamber of Commerce.

This event is part of the City of Malden Summer Festival 2021 – open from 12 N to 6 PM.  For a complete list of events: https://www.cityofmalden.org/805/Summer-Festivals