the Newsletter of the Chappaqua Library
Welcome to issue [ISSUENB] of LENS - the newsletter of the Chappaqua Library.
Special Events at the Chappaqua Library:
The Cemeteries of Westchester County
Cemeteries offer us a fascinating glimpse of the past, and now a new three-volume reference work, The Cemeteries of Westchester County, is available at the library. It was begun in 2004 by author Patrick Raftery, librarian at the Westchester County Historical Society, and combines exhaustive documentary research with painstaking observation. Prominently acknowledged at the beginning of this invaluable historical resource is the help of Chappaqua's own Gray Williams, who also provides an insightful foreword.
Chinese Art Series: Traditions, Contemporary Trends and Practice
We are very excited to be showing the works of artist Mansheng Wang in our gallery later this month. Mr. Wang began studying Chinese calligraphy and painting on his own at age seven. Following graduation from the classical Chinese Literature Department of Shanghai's Fudan University in 1985, he worked for over a decade as a director and producer of documentary programs on Chinese and Tibetan art and culture at China Central Television in Beijing. His works often reflect on the landscapes and images of China's past, and his exhibition here, "Mind Like Water," consists of ink paintings on paper.
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, August 20th at 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Wang will also conduct two hands-on workshops, demonstrating both calligraphy and landscape brush painting (September 18th and October 2nd; please register at the Information Desk or by phone).
On Wednesday, September 7th at 7 p.m. we will present the lecture, "An Overview of Chinese Art History," by Elizabeth Hammer. Ms. Hammer is an Asian Art Specialist/Vice President at Christie's, and a past Associate Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The lecture "Trends in Contemporary Chinese Art" will be presented on Wednesday, September 14th at 7 p.m. by artist and art historian Marcy B. Freedman.
This series is made possible by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State council on the Arts, and the Organization of Chinese Americans.
NEW PROCEDURE FOR PASSES TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The American Museum of Natural History has instituted a new Library Membership Program, and as of September 1, 2011, the Chappaqua Library will be starting new procedures for borrowing the AMNH pass:
- families/households will be limited to 2 vouchers per reservation;
- each voucher can be redeemed for free general admission and one special exhibition, film, or live animal exhibition;
- families/households will be limited to one reservation per year to ensure that all patrons have the chance to use this service.