Reading Day Relief! Study Break, Therapy Dogs, Button Making and More.

The library is hosting four events on Reading Day (Wednesday, May 1) to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day.

OverDrive Drop-in Clinic
unwind with free ebooks & audiobooks
10:00 a.m. – noon | study room 101
Get your summer vacation reading here! Drop in to learn how to get downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive. If you bring your laptop, Kindle, iPad, or other mobile device, we can help you get started.

Study Break
refuel & recharge
11:00 a.m. – until supplies last |  library lobby
Coffee, tea and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

Make Your Own Buttons
get creative & relieve some stress
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery
Take a break from studying to make-your-own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll provide pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Therapy Dogs
relax with Kodiak & Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery
Our good friends Kodiak and Echo are returning to the library to spend some quality time with you! Drop in to the art gallery to unwind with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Art Gallery: Milisa Galazzi Exhibit Opens April 25; Reception 5-7pm

Opening on April 25, 2019, is an exhibit by Milisa Galazzi titled “Line as Language”. We hope you can join us in welcoming the artist at an opening reception on Thursday, April 25, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be on view until June 13, 2019. To learn more about the artist, please read her statement below and visit her website at https://www.milisagalazzi.com/

Milisa Galazzi
Line as Language
April 25 – June 13, 2019

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, April 25
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Asemic Message 54 by Milisa Galazzi

Artist’s Statement

LINE AS LANGUAGE

I learned to read in fifth grade. Until then, I struggled to sound out vowels, and I had difficulty stringing words together to build sentences. Printed text seemed to float on the page like shadows wafting in a breeze. Letters and numbers flipped in space. “Ws” would become “Ms,” and sixes would become nines. Even after laborious late-night studying, I repeatedly failed tests the next day – although I knew the material cold. By mid-high school, I finally understood why.

Dyslexia, a form of neuro-diversity, is defined as “a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain.” Over time, I have found that the unique way my brain functions is a great asset in my creative work – especially my drawing.

The language of a line communicates powerfully. Even an asemic line – one in which no semic content or meaning exists – conveys a strong message with deep meaning. This exhibition is hung on the walls of an art gallery inside a library, which sits in the middle of a university campus. This is where thoughts are born and nurtured. Shared through the symbols of math and science and in the written words of the humanities, ideas are created and cultivated here. This is a place of scholarly meaning making. Just as a mathematician and a social scientist have their own languages, as an artist, I speak a different language – I am fluent in the language of line.

Milisa Galazzi

On View in the Art Gallery: Other Worldly: Paintings by Nancy Hayes

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is Other Worldly, an installation of large format paintings, triptychs, and diptychs by Nancy Hayes. All are invited to attend a reception for the artist in the gallery on Thursday, March 21, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The exhibit will be on view until April 19, 2019. To learn more about the artist, please read her statement below and visit her website at https://www.nancychayes.com/.

Other Worldly: Paintings by Nancy Hayes
March 15 – April 19, 2019

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, March 21
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Soaring by Nancy Hayes
Soaring by Nancy Hayes
acrylic on board, three panels, 4’x2′ each
2018

Artist’s Statement

Painting permits direct access into my own personal laboratory where I develop forms and visual landscapes built from my imagination. I work with color, line, pattern and shape, arranging and rearranging until I am inspired to elaborate on a composition, going deeper into its texture, its biology.

As a writer does, I am building my own characters, their personalities and context in which they live. Just as a reader injects their own personal knowledge into a story, enriching the plot, my objective is to allow the viewer to explore their own visual narrative, enhancing the forms with their imagination.

Nancy Hayes
nancychayes.com
nhayes256@comcast.net

Reading Day Relief: Coffee Break, Buttons, Therapy Dogs & More!

The library is hosting four events on Reading Day (Tuesday, December 11) to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day!

Study Break: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate & Snacks
refuel & recharge
11:00 a.m. – until supplies last |  library lobby
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

Winter Break Reading from OverDrive
unwind with free ebooks & audiobooks
11:00 a.m. – noon |  study room 102

OverDrive is a digital reading and listening platform providing you access to fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, award winners, classics and favorites. We are holding this drop-in session to answer all your questions about downloading books to enjoy over the winter break holiday. If you bring your laptop, Kindle, iPad, NOOK, smartphone or other device, we can help you get started!

Make Your Own Buttons
get creative, relieve some stress
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery
Take a break from studying to make-your-own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll provide pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Therapy Dogs
relax with Kodiak and Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery
Our furry friends Kodiak and Echo are returning to the library to spend some quality time with you! Studies show that interacting with animals can improve our interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol, lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and improve learning. Come and see for yourself. Drop in to the art gallery to unwind with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Culture Fest GeoGuessr Party: Wed. November 7th, 2:00-3:30pm

See the world, eat snacks from across the globe, and win prizes, all from the comfort of the Bentley Library!

Come play GeoGuessr—a fun online game that utilizes Google Earth to drop you in a random spot on the globe! Move around the map to try to determine your location, and earn points based on how close your guesses are. Will you end up in the fjords of Norway, or trekking through the Amazon? Get a top score and select a beautiful travel book as a prize!

Drop in for one round or stay for the entire time. All are eligible to win!

Wednesday, November 7
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Research Instruction Center (RIC), room 11 on the lower level

GeoGuessr event flyer

Diverse Voices Display: Culture Fest 2018 Event

Are you curious about the “world” of resources that the Library offers? Visit the Library lobby all week during Culture Fest to see a pop-up display of books and movies from across the globe!

Do you already have a favorite book or movie from a diverse voice or place that’s not in our collection? Let us know by placing a title into our suggestion box, and we’ll consider adding it. You can also give us your suggestions on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #BentleyLibraryWishlist.

While you’re browsing, visit our giant world map and pinpoint the location where you or your ancestors came from. And of course it’s not a Library event without buttons! We’ll have CultureFest buttons, national flag buttons, and more for you to add to your collection.

Diverse Voice display flyer

You’re Invited! Artist’s Reception, Thursday, September 13, 5-7pm

Please join us in the RSM Art Gallery on Thursday, September 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m, to celebrate artist John Wawrzonek and his exhibit of large-format photographs, The Hidden World of the Nearby. Meet the artist, view the art, and enjoy some light refreshments!

The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, September 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek
The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek

Art Gallery Exhibit: John Wawrzonek | “The Hidden World of the Nearby”

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is The Hidden World of the Nearby, an installation of large format photographs by John Wawrzonek. All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, September 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Please visit the gallery to view the show before it closes on September 30.

The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek
August 20 – September 30

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, September 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Photograph by John Wawrzonek
Photograph by John Wawrzonek

 

Artist’s Statement

I started photographing as a hobby when I was 8. I was 30 and working at Bose Corporation when I got the urge to make really good large prints of nature. I bought a view camera in 1974. I did not want my pictures to give themselves away as photographs by being out of focus or failing to show fine detail. I liked finely detailed texture and color and worked for the most part by finding these qualities in nature, and only then working on making the composition.

I also began to realize that making my own prints would be important. The best printing method I found was called dye transfer which was invented in the 1930s. Besides giving me control over contrast and saturation it was capable of extraordinarily brilliant color. I used the process for 19 years until the materials were discontinued. By then Epson had started to make extraordinary digital printers with archival inks.

The subjects I reacted to most strongly were like tapestries, extending from corner to corner and often with little in the way of a center of interest. I wanted the viewer’s eye to wander so I put in only hints of a “subject” or center of interest.

After 28 years with the view camera I found it more and more difficult to find new subjects. But soon a new very good digital camera perked my interest again. I found many mums with extraordinary colors at a local nursery and began to enjoy creating the subject in a sense as well as photographing. When photographing the mums, I had made a trundle that allowed me to put several pots side-by-side with the camera shooting straight down. Shooting digital involved photographing in sections and using focus stacking to get really good detail with everything in focus. The large “mélange” required about 120 exposures.

The “musical” images are created in Photoshop from studio photographs made for me by Douglas Saglio. All but one of the images is almost entirely based on edges, so the instrument becomes in a sense transparent so I can create a foreground (the melody) and a repeating background (a continuo). There are just two instruments: a saxophone and a French horn in the images on display. What is next I am not sure, but there are many more musical instruments to work with.

My original collection of landscapes I called “The Hidden World of the Nearby” since all the images were made from ordinary roadsides (often Interstate Highways) where one would usually not think of photographing. In a sense, the flowers and musical instruments are also hidden images, only revealed after much experimenting.

Locally I have been seeing the effects of global warming. At the moment I am obsessed with a website on global warming that blends my various careers and skills to try to teach about what is happening and to warn that we are on the edge of warmth that we must find a way of stopping. The website is inanothersshoes.com. More of my work can be found on my website wawrzonek.com.