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Margaret Tiano 919-542-0391 [email protected]

November 15, 2006
Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
 
"A History of Love" Book Discussion for December 4
 
The Pittsboro Memorial Library book club's December selection is described by The New York Times Book Review as "emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense." Join the discussion of "A History of Love," by Nicole Krausson, on Monday, December 4, at 7:00 PM in the Reeves Gallery at the library,158 West St, Pittsboro (542-3524). 
 
New members and one-time visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Gillis at the library or visit www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org.

 


 

November 14, 2006

Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
 
Polish Posters Collection on Display at the Library: December - January

 
The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library (www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org) gallery exhibit for December and January features "Polish Posters" in the Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St, Pittsboro (542-3524). This unique collection of  twenty two Polish Posters – done by eight Polish artists - may be viewed during regular library hours (Mon 10-6, Tue 10-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5).

 
The posters focus on the performance openings of operas, plays, art exhibitions, entertainments as well as memorials to other artists such as Marc Chagall and Joseph Beuys.  Most are of recent origin – 1964 to 2002 – although one poster designed for a 1993 art exhibition in Krakow uses the cover of a 1928 art deco magazine.   Poster art has been a particular part of Poland’s artistic culture for over a century and in its contemporary form shows a mystic, haunting – and often sardonic - strain of inspiration and conceptual talent.  An additional poster, underlining the plight of Sarajevo in 1994, was sponsored by European Cities, including Krakow, Poland and asks the eternal question:  Can Art Save The World?

 
The posters shown are from the collection of Joan and William Sommers who acquired them during a four-year residency in Krakow.  Nearly all were purchased from the poster gallery of Mr. Krzysztof Dydo, one of Poland’s most enthusiastic promoters of the artistic value of Polish Poster Art.   Notes on the exhibition, including a listing of the posters, will be available at the library.

 


 

October 30, 2006
Press Release

Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
 
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Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
 
David Carr to speak on "A Library & its Community" November 21

 
The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library (www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org) present David Carr, Associate Professor at the School of Information & Library Science, UNC-CH, on Tuesday, November 21, at 7:30 PM at the Council on Aging (Senior Center), Hwy. 87N, Pittsboro. Carr, author of "A Place Not a Place: Reflections and Possibility in Museums and Libraries" and "The Promise of Cultural Institutions," will discuss the transforming nature of a great public library, an exciting topic during the planning phase for our new library.
 
Carr has written extensively about self-directed learning in museums and libraries and has consulted for a wide variety of such institutions.  His talk looks at ways in which a library can improve a community and promote critical thinking. He teaches about libraries, information and culture, museums, collections, and reading. His interests include lifelong learning and the cultural institutions that encourage it.
 
The new joint-use library, scheduled to open in late 2008, will replace both the current Pittsboro public library (www.chathamlibraries.org) and the CCCC campus library (www.cccc.edu). Learn more about the plans for your new community library.  Can't make it to the program?  Comments may also be submitted via the new library's website: www.co.chatham.nc.us/LibraryBuilding/default.htm.

 


 

October 25, 2006

Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org
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Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
 
 
"John James Audubon, The Making of an American" Discussion for November 6

 
The Pittsboro Memorial Library book club's November selection is a fascinating biography of both extraordinary people and the world in which they lived, "John James Audubon: The Making of an American," by Richard Rhodes. Join the discussion Monday, November 6, at 7:00 PM in the Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St, Pittsboro (542-3524). 

 
As described by the NY Times Book Review: "Rhodes has managed to do for Audubon what Audubon did for birds. And like Audubon, who insisted on life-size paintings and prints, and who saw his 'Birds of America' as a kind of grand rendering of the entire country, in this splendid biography Rhodes has produced nothing less than a portrait of the United States in its formative years."

 
New members and one-time visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Gillis at the library or visit www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org.

 

September 25, 2006
Press Release

Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org

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Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
The Memory Keeper's Daughter Discussion for October 2

 
The Pittsboro Memorial Library book club's October selection is a tale of redemptive love, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," by Kim Edwards. Join the discussion Monday, October 2, at 7:00 PM in the Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St, Pittsboro (542-3524). 
 
What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and to keep her birth a secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own.
 
New members and one-time visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Gillis at the library or visit www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org.

September 25, 2006

Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org
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Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
 
New Studio Tour Artists' Work on Display at the Library: October - November
 
The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library (www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org) gallery exhibit for October and November features "New Artists - Chatham County Studio Tour" in the Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St, Pittsboro (542-3524) during regular library hours (Mon 10-6, Tue 10-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5).
 
Each year the new artists on the Chatham County Studio Tour are honored with a show at the library.  This year there are five new artists: Bill Cummings, Suzanne Holt, Robert Breen, Cindy Bainbridge, and Joey Howell.  In addition to several examples of each artist's work, there will be photos of the artists and their studios by Dr. John Shillito, a well known photographer, teacher at CCCC, and former artist on the studio tour. 
 
The Chatham Studio Tour (www.chathamstudiotour.com), now in it's 14th year, is one of the oldest and best known in the country. It is sponsored by the Chatham Artists Guild. All the artists on the tour are members of the Guild. This year the artists' studios will be open to the public on the first two weekends in December (12/2,/ 12/3, 12/9, 12/10).  On Friday, December 1, there will be a reception in the multipurpose room at CCCC from 7 to 9 PM, where all of the artists on the tour will have work on display.

September 9, 2006  

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Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
 
New Library Panel Discussion September 19

 
The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library (www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org) are pleased to present a panel discussion on planning for the new joint-use library on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 PM in the Chatham County Courthouse. Hear from the project's leadership team and special guests about plans for the new library to be built on the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro.  This new building, scheduled to open in late 2008, will replace both the current Pittsboro public library (www.chathamlibraries.org) and the CCCC campus library (www.cccc.edu).
 
Renee Paschal, Assistant Chatham County Manager, will speak on the project schedule, the architect selection process and the importance of the library to the county (culture, economic development, quality of life). Phil Barton, Director of Rowan County Libraries,  will speak on the joint agreement between the public library and the community college, and plans for space allocation within the library. Sandy Neerman, Director of the Greensboro Public Library,  will speak on funding for special projects. Mary Boone, State Librarian of North Carolina, will talk about how the state library can assist the new Chatham joint library. Dr. Karen Allen, Provost for Chatham County at CCCC and Linda Clarke, Director of Chatham County Libraries, in addition to the panelists, will be available at the end of the discussion to answer questions.
 
Here's your opportunity to have input to, and learn more about, the plans for your new joint public/community college library.  Can't make it to the program?  Comments may also be submitted via the new library website: www.co.chatham.nc.us/LibraryBuilding/default.htm.

 


August 22, 2006
The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library Fall Book Sale will be held on Thursday, September 28, Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. Once again, the sale will be held at the Kiwanis Building, 309 Credle Street, Pittsboro (one block west of 15-501). The hours are from 10 until 7. Friday is half-price day and Saturday you can buy a bag of books for $5. But come early and get the best selections.  There will be a loading zone so don’t worry about parking. 

As usual there will be thousands of books. There is something for everybody:  A large selection of contemporary and classic fiction, including mysteries; cookbooks; biographies; and books on history, gardening, crafts, art, music and many other topics.  This sale includes a many special art books from collectors and museum directors.

Volunteers are needed for the days of the sale and to bake items to be sold during the three-day sale. If you can help, please call the head of volunteers, Doris Flexner, at 542-3495. 

If you have books to donate, please leave them at the Pittsboro Library during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesday until 8pm; Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, or call Richard Bird at 545-9413. 

Critical to the success of the sale are, of course, the buyers! So plan on coming and bringing your friends. The proceeds from the sale of more than 10,000 books will support the programs and collections of our public library. This sale equally serves the important function of placing books in the hands of so many readers throughout our area, bringing them the joy unique to books. 

If you have any questions about the sale, please call the president of the Friends board, Reece Jones at 542-1598 or Richard Bird at 545-9413. Hope to see you there! 


 

Press Release - August 18, 2006

Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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Plans for New Library Take Shape
 
Planning for the future joint-use (public & college) library to be constructed on the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro is taking another big step forward.  Public input sessions (known as "charettes" in the design profession) held July 20th drew nearly 60 participants and lots of great ideas.  View the charette results on the new library website: http://www.co.chatham.nc.us/LibraryBuilding/default.htm .

 
Public input is being sought on an ongoing basis.  Visit the new library website to learn more about the planning process, send comments to the planners, and check back for project updates.

 
Meanwhile, over 500 survey forms have been filled out by the public.  These forms will continue being collected through September 19. Don't miss this opportunity to make your priorities known to the planners!  Fill out a survey form at one of the libraries (Pittsboro, Goldston, Siler City, bookmobile, and CCCC).  Forms are also available through the new library web site and the Friends web site, www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org, in Word or PDF formats.

 
The planners are excited about hearing directly from people throughout the county, and not just the current patrons of the two libraries being replaced.

 
As Director of Chatham County Public Libraries (www.chathamlibraries.org), Linda Clarke, observed: "I was encouraged that individuals made the effort to attend the charettes in order to provide input about the new library facility in Pittsboro.  I know that we will be able to incorporate many of these suggestions into the building plan.  The outcome will be a library which will truly represents the needs and desires of the community."

 
Linda Stone, Dean of Library Services for CCCC (www.cccc.edu), was impressed with the process too.  "The library charettes provided a great vehicle for us to understand the vision of the community for their new library. "

 
On September 19th, The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library will host a panel discussion, "We're Building a New Library!" at 7:30 PM in the historic Chatham County Courthouse.  As Reece Jones, President of the Friends, described the public input process so far: "it has been really encouraging to see people from across the community involved in a positive discussion on a project that is so important to Chatham County residents and CCCC students.  We are really looking forward to hearing some of the top librarians in the state share their expertise with us." The panel will include: Mary Boone, State Librarian of NC, Sandy Neerman, Director of the Greensboro Public Library, Phil Barton, Director of Rowan County Libraries, and Renee Paschal, Assistant Chatham County Manager.
 

 

Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library

P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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Library Exhibit on Local History in September
 

The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library (www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org) gallery exhibit for September features local history, courtesy of the Chatham County Historical Association. See "People and Places of Chatham County" in the newly-renovated Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St, Pittsboro (542-3524) during regular library hours (Mon 10-6, Tue 10-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5).
 
Drawing on its collection of photographs, maps, and artifacts, the Chatham County Historical Association (www.chathamhistory.org) will reveal for visitors a mosaic of Chatham County over time.  Stories of soldiers, farmers, mill girls, and manufacturers that are part of the county's past and present will be told.
 

Monday,  August 14, 2006

Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org
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Blue Blood Discussion for September 11
 
The Pittsboro Memorial Library book club's September selection is a nonfiction book about the NYPD, entitled "Blue Blood," by Edward Conlon. Join the discussion Monday, September 11, at 7:00 PM in the newly-renovated Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St, Pittsboro (542-3524). 
 
What happens when a Harvard graduate becomes a beat cop in one of the grittiest housing projects in the Bronx? Find out in this memoir, which was nominated as being one of the best nonfiction books of 2004. Conlon, whose father, grandfather, and numerous other relatives were members of the NYPD, gives readers a beautifully written insider's view of police work.
 
New members and one-time visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Gillis at the library or visit www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org.
 

Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Press Release

Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
 
Over a Thousand Enjoy Summer Reading Program
 
Thanks to the help of many generous sponsors and volunteers, the Chatham County Public Libraries' summer reading program drew 1,076 participants during its 6 week run. The animal theme of  "Paws, Claws, Scales & Tales" proved a popular one for programs held at Wren Memorial Library, Goldston Public Library and Pittsboro Memorial Library. Designed for rising 1st through 5th graders, the many activities were a bit hit with the kids (and adults!).
 
Participants enjoyed the professional performances of Rags-To-Riches of Durham and Burns & Company of Winston-Salem.  Personal appearances by live animal guests included a great horned owl, a horse, hermit crabs, an iguana, chickens, dogs, cats, goats, a snake, cockatiels, gerbils, rats, hamsters, and fish.  Human visitors in animal-oriented professions brought their "show-and-tell" animals from the Wildlife Rescue Center, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, Chatham County Rescue & Education, and Chatham County Animal Control. Pony cart rides, led by Lisa Duff, were an extra treat in Goldson, while Pittsboro participants took a field trip to Carnivore Preservation Trust.
 
The summer reading program planners are grateful to Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library for sponsoring "Rags-to- Riches" and the Carnivore Preservation Trust tour, Friends of the Goldston Public Library for sponsoring the performance of Burns & Company, Pampered Pets who conducted a dog "make-over" in Pittsboro, and Wal-mart, who generously stocked the shelves of our three library Pet Shops. Children who met their weekly reading goals earned "duck bucks" which were used to purchase items such as dog food, cat food, animal toys, and treats. These "purchased" items were then donated to area animal organizations.
 
Many thanks to the community volunteers who helped make this such a successful program!  For more information about Chatham County Public Libraries' children's programs, visit www.chathamlibraries.org or contact Children's Programs Director, Bett Essen, at 919-742-2016 x 3.

 


Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, N.C.  27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org
 
For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
[email protected]

New Library Reaches First Milestone

The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library ( www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org ) are delighted with recent progress in the planning of the new joint-use library to be built on the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro.  The Chatham County Commissioners accepted a joint operations agreement at their June 21st meeting.   "Having researched the potential pitfalls of running joint-use libraries, we recognize what a vital first step this is in designing a combined Chatham County Public Library and CCCC Branch Library," said Reece Jones, President of the Friends.

As Linda Clarke, Director of the newly-formed Chatham County Public Libraries, described the process:  "Laying the foundation for the public library's working relationship with CCCC has been a very positive experience because the staff is committed to having a true partnership.  Everyone involved in the planning process is focused on the missions of our organizations in providing excellent library services to all patrons whether they are students of the community college or members of the community at large."

Karen Allen, CCCC Provost for Chatham County is looking forward to seeing two new buildings on the Pittsboro Campus: "This joint library plan expands the general library resources available to CCCC students and at the same time brings to the general public more technical resources of a community college library collection. Therefore, it is a very exciting win-win proposition. In addition, we are pleased about the new classroom building which will be constructed adjacent to the library. We plan to expand upon our sustainability programming, which includes fuels, building, water use, and agriculture, as well as addressing other training needs yet to be determined. This will provide valuable training and educational resources to the citizens of this county which will in turn positively impact economic development."

The next step, public input sessions, will be hosted on July 20 by library design consultant, Phil Barton, at the Chatham County Council on Aging (Senior Center), Hwy. 87N, Pittsboro.  Known in the design profession as a "charette," the participants will discuss the features they would like to see in the library.  All those who would like to join in on one of the sessions (1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM) need to sign up in advance.  Sign-up sheets will be posted at the three county libraries, the bookmobile, and at CCCC.

Renee Paschal, Assistant County Manager, serves as the project manager.  "Our process so far is a reflection of where we hope to go. By agreeing up front on how the library will be operated, we have gone a long way towards laying the foundation for a true partnership. We plan to continue that by sharing an architect and contractor for the two buildings. The result should be better service for our customers and greater  efficiency for county taxpayers."


Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, N.C.  27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org
 
For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
[email protected]  

Friends Sponsored CCCC Scholarship Awarded

Ms. Terry Glover is the recipient of a Central Carolina Community College Foundation scholarship in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library ( www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org ) for Fall 2006. Ms. Glover is a Library Technical Assistant at the Warren County Memorial Library and has worked at that library for ten years. She is enrolled in the CCCC Library and Information Technology Program working on an Associates Degree.  Selection of the recipient is determined by the Lead Instructor of the Program, which is a "distance learning" program.

"This is the first CCCC scholarship sponsored by the Friends," according to Reece Jones, President of the Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library. "We are honored to join the Foundation's list of scholarship sponsors ( www.cccc.edu/foundation.html ) and support a student in the Library and Information Technology Program.  We believe that this scholarship is consistent with our mission to support libraries and librarians, as well as our desire to partner with the Community College in association with the new joint-use (public & college) library planned for the Pittsboro CCCC Campus.  We thank all of our Friends members for their support of our programs and book sales, which has allowed us the privilege of offering this scholarship."


Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580

Pittsboro, N.C.  27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org

For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
[email protected]

Friends Library Book Club Discussion: "The Summer Guest"

The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library ( www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org ) book club selection for July is "The Summer Guest" by Justin Cronin.  Join in the discussion Monday, July 10, at 7:00 PM, in the newly renovated Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St., Pittsboro (542-3524).  Copies are available from the library (Mon 10-6, Tue 10-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5).  New members welcome!


Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, N.C.  27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org
 
For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
[email protected]

Mississippi Library Friends Thank You

The Pass Christian (Mississippi) Friends of the Public Library sent thanks to the Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library for their cash donation, a thank you to all those in the community who contributed.  Of the many Harrison County Library System buildings heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Pass Christian was the first to get back on its feet.  To learn more about the Harrison County Library System, of which the Pass Christian Public Library is a branch, visit www.harrison.lib.ms.us .

The Pass Christian Friends have been using cash donations to pay for basic services for the library trailer, which was donated by DuPont and set up in the municipal park.  The library has been serving as the tent city's community center since early November.  Volunteers had to build a storage shed for the many books they have received, but cash donations are still needed to keep the library operating. Tax-deductible donation checks made out to Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library (with Mississippi Library Fund on the memo line) may be mailed to: Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library, P.O. Box 580, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Virgil Harris, President of the Pass Christian Friends, reminds us "The destruction in Pass Christian and along the Gulf Coast defies imagination. As a measure of the degree of destruction, there were 4000 structures in Pass Christian before Hurricane Katrina and after the storm, 124 buildings remained that were habitable."

A Hillsborough (NC) resident, who has been leading teams of college students on clean-up missions, notes from her most recent trip, "We cannot even begin to convey the gratitude residents of Pass Christian feel, and the smiles (or tears of joy) shown because of your compassion.   Without your support, helping others purchase goods and services needed to rebuild a life would simply not be possible.  Your generosity and prayers have made all this possible, and we are deeply grateful!"  


Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, N.C.  27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org   
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Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
[email protected]  

Plein Air Exhibit Opens Renovated Gallery

The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library ( www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org ) art exhibit for July and August features Chatham County through the eyes of Chatham Plein Air in the newly renovated Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St., Pittsboro (542-3524).  This is the group's second annual show of outdoor paintings to be enjoyed during the hot summer months in the cool interior of the library.  Art shows are available for viewing during regular library hours (Mon 10-6, Tue 10-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5).

While you are there, explore the newly-expanded display area for audio/visual library materials: books on tape/CD, music on CD, and movies/videos on VHS/DVD.  New shelving and display racks make browsing easier while opening up space in the rest of the library.  Even with the expansion into the gallery area, what you see in the display is only a fraction of the materials available.  Due to high circulation and daily courier service exchanging materials among several libraries, items on the shelves are constantly changing.  If you don't see something you want, just ask at the library desk!

Pittsboro's local outdoor painting group, Chatham Plein Air, has been meeting weekly since early 2005. Whether painting together on local farms, or at the Haw River, Jordan Lake, Fearrington or in the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, the group finds camaraderie that inspires and supports artistic endeavors. Mediums of choice include pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors. The challenge of Plein Air painting is in capturing the scene in front of you as the light and shadows change from moment to moment. Many paintings are completed out of doors in one sitting and often an artist will take these paintings into the studio as studies for larger works. You can learn more about Chatham Plein Air and view some of their paintings at: http://home.earthlink.net/~momopom .


Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, N.C.  27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org

For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
[email protected]  

Library Friends Exhibit Paintings by Jeff McFall

The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library ( www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org ) art exhibit through June features Paintings by Jeff McFall in the Reeves Gallery at the library, 158 West St., Pittsboro (542-3524).  Art shows are available for viewing during regular library hours (Mon 10-6, Tue 10-8, Wed 10-6, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5).

Jeff McFall's interest in painting took root while growing up in the Midwest. He has always enjoyed being outdoors and in the woods. Painting allows him to explore these places if not on location then on his canvas. He believes all of his paintings are found, not conceived, and this exploration is what he enjoys about painting.

Jeff McFall's interest in painting and art led him to pursue a Fine Arts degree in traditional media from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. His professional career as an artist has been mostly based on digital image creation and animation. He has produced work that has been used for computer games, television commercials, and instructional materials. Currently he is a member of the Chatham Artist Guild and participates annually in the Chatham Studio Tour.

 


Press Release
Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library
P.O. Box 580
Pittsboro, N.C.  27312
www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org

For immediate release
Contact: Margaret Tiano
919-542-0391
[email protected]

Mark Hewitt to Speak on NC Pottery

The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library (www.pittsborolibraryfriends.org ) is pleased to present local potter and author, Mark Hewitt, on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 PM at the Council on Aging (Senior Center), Hwy 87N, Pittsboro.  Mr. Hewitt will replace Everette James, who was previously advertised as the speaker on North Carolina Pottery. Dr. James had to cancel due to health concerns.

Mr. Hewitt co-curated The Potter's Eye, an exhibition which recently ended at the NC Museum of Art.  He and co-curators Nancy Sweezy and George Holt also authored the exhibit's companion book, which will be for sale at the program.  Copies are available for loan at the library.  For the next few weeks, several pottery works and books on pottery will be on display in the glass case at the library.

"This exhibition is significant for the State of North Carolina and for the renowned North Carolina pottery tradition," said Museum Director Lawrence J. Wheeler. The Potter's Eye recognizes North Carolina pottery as a rich and respected art form that has been flourishing here for two centuries."

This program is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted for repairs and upgrades to the library's bookmobile, a vital and popular community service.  A brief, open meeting for end-of-year announcements and to elect officers will precede the program.
 


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