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January 2014 Art Exhibits

Gallery: Un/Done by Pamela Reynolds

By: P. Reynolds

Pamela Reynolds's paintings are part of an ongoing series exploring the contrast between order and disorder. She seeks to combine rigorous geometry, most often represented with precise lines, with the unpredictability, imperfection and freedom of gesture. Balancing those two impulses presents an interesting challenge on the canvas, and also represents the larger struggle to achieve such a balance in day-to-day life. Un/Done will be on view in the Gallery from January 2-30.

Pamela Reynolds has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and is included in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe. In 2013 she had a solo show at the Museo del Corallo in Alghero, Italy. Her paintings were seen in the MGM film Zookeeper in 2011 and the HBO film Clear History in 2013. In recent years her work has been shown at the Italian Consulate in Boston, the Boston Design Center's Dream Home and at the Mayor's Gallery in Boston City Hall. She studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti Sassari in Italy.

Main Hall: Beyond the Headlines
by Dick Simon

Reception: Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm

By: D. Simon

In over a decade of travelling throughout the world, Dick Simon has spent time with people on all sides of conflicts. He has found that individual stories are the key to dispelling stereotypes, fighting misconceptions and opening paths towards real understanding. It takes constant and conscious effort to see past the stereotypes that we create. Failing to do so, preconceptions are all that we see, missing the context and nuances of a given situation. This belief is interwoven in his photography, presentations, lectures, and the work he does with business leaders on opposite sides of geopolitical and religious divides. North Korea: Beyond the Headlines will be on view in the Main Hall from January 3-30. All are welcome to a reception on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 pm.

Dick Simon's photographs and personal accounts from Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine have appeared in the Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and on NPR/PBS, among others. Dick exhibits throughout the U.S. and regularly gives presentations around the world.

January Display Cases

Atrium display cases

Atrium 1: The library's Legacy for Literacy program will be highlighting opportunities for volunteer tutors and learners. Info: 617-796-1364 or email Visit us at

Atrium 2: Did you ever wonder how your reserves are filled? This month's display will take you behind-the-scenes into the inner workings of our Circulation Department.

Main Hall

The New Art Center will be exhibiting a selection of ceramics work by advanced adult students. The work on view will be both sculptural and functional. For more information please contact

Art exhibition information

Are you interested in exhibiting your artwork at the Library? The Newton Free Library presents monthly exhibits by regional artists in the Gallery and Main Hall of the main library, a state-of-the-art facility which 11,000 people visit weekly. Please click here for more information.

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