Saturday, November 29, 2008

Barney Library - Mario M. Pires - Visions From The Mundane Traveler

The Art Exhibit of Mario M. Pires, Visions From The Mundane Traveler: Capturing Society's Shared Experiences, will open with a reception on Saturday, December 6 from 2-4 p.m. at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington. The paintings will be on display through December 30th, 2008. The artist's statement is below.

Artist Statement

The works in this series focus on a study based on shared experiences in modern American society. There are similar occurrences, be they significant or minor, that most of contemporary American society experience (at one point or another) in their lives. The realization of this connection and parallel of experiences has fostered a motivation to pursue an investigation on this theme. Similar to the intentions of the American artist Edward Hopper, I have explored and created images of everyday occurrences, at times even focusing on common happenings. By exposing a moment in time, I will ask the viewing audience to realize some of the ordinary, yet interesting, images they are connected to in a common and comfortable way. My imagery addresses the mundane experiences of the common traveler and commuter. Many individuals spend a considerable amount of time moving from one place to another. Sometimes these experiences of traveling become so monotonous that we do not even know how we get to our destination. I intend to communicate to the viewer that life is filled with interesting experiences, even if we only capture a glimpse of what had happened.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hookers in the Library!

(Rug Hookers, that is)

Lobby Exhibit of Rug Hooking Courtesy of the Farmington Hookers

Most civilized Farmington ladies would not appreciate being called a “hooker”. However, Farmington residents Barbara Coppen, Jeannie Otulak, Betty Kelly and their group of Farmington Rug Hookers are proud to be identified by this scandalous term. In fact, they get quite a laugh about it.

The group of Farmington Rug Hookers, affectionately dubbed as “The Thursday Morning Hookers” by library staff, has been meeting to hook rugs for over 25 years. The group currently meets every Thursday morning in a library board room.

According to group members, the art of rug hooking is enjoying its biggest renaissance since the 1940s and 50s. Invented out of necessity to cover and warm bare floors, the early American craft has managed to evolve while remaining true to its roots. Traditionally hooked rugs are created out of wool strips, hooked into specific patterns and designs.

The Farmington Thursday Morning Hookers are exhibiting a collection of their rugs, in the lobby of the Farmington Library through the month of November. These rugs, known as “challenge rugs” are each based from the same pattern. However, every hooker must interpret the pattern in her own way. The final result? Every rug is entirely different and unique. The colors are different, the styles are different, the techniques are different in each rug.

Anyone interested in learning how to hook, or attending the Thursday morning hookers group, is encouraged to contact the library.