The Color Camera Club of Westchester opens a new exhibit titled Creative Visions, in the Oresman Gallery at the Larchmont Public Library on Friday, March 2. The exhibit will continue to be on view through Thursday, March 29. Additionally, there will be a reception honoring the photographers on Saturday, March 3, from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Gallery. Everyone is invited.
Creative Visions features photographs from several of the Color Camera Club’s members. An eclectic and diverse range of beautiful and thought provoking images spans a wide range of subject matter in this exhibit.
The Color Camera Club of Westchester, Inc., was founded December 21, 1951. It’s purpose is to sponsor and support organized activities for the benefit of camera hobbyists, improve their skills, and increase their personal enjoyment. A special effort is made to help out new photographers.
Since it’s founding, club members have achieved worldwide recognition by exhibiting their work in International salons (Competitions). They have served both locally and internationally by participating in photographic councils, the Photographic Society of America (PSA), and the International Federation of Photographic Art (IFPA). In addition, members have lectured, presented workshops, and judged competitions in the United States and overseas. For more information, visit the Color Camera Club of Westchester online at www.colorcameraclub.com.
Lara Dearman Reads from Her New Novel
The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library will present author Lara Dearman, on Sunday, March 4, at 4:00pm, as she reads from her newly published novel, The Devil’s Claw (Crooked Lane Books, January 2018). Dearman’s presentation will be held in the Larchmont Village Center located directly behind the Larchmont Public Library. Refreshments will be available at 3:30pm.
The Devil’s Claw introduces readers to returning characters journalist Jennifer Dorey and DCI Michael Gilbert. Jennifer Dorey thinks she is safe. Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper. After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years. Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to ‘Fritz’, the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier. His work, painstakingly executed, has so far gone undetected. But with his identity about to be uncovered, the killer now has Jennifer in his sights. And home is the last place she should be.
Author Lara Dearman was born and raised on the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey. She moved to the UK to study International Relations and French at the University of Sussex, after which she endured a brief career in finance before giving it up to be a stay at home mum to her three children. A short course in Creative Writing at Richmond Adult Community College led to Lara studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at St Mary’s University, London. She graduated in 2016 with a distinction. Having moved from Guernsey to Brighton to London to Paris to Singapore and back to London over the last fifteen years, she has now settled in Westchester, with her family. The Devil’s Claw is her first novel and combines her love of Guernsey, myths and folklore with her obsession with crime fiction and serial killers.
“ONE BOOK - ONE COMMUNITY” Event Guide Available Now
The public libraries in Larchmont and Mamaroneck are pleased to announce twenty-four library-sponsored events for ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY: 1968, the third community-wide reading initiative. The events take place throughout the month of April and are scheduled at both the Larchmont Public Library and the Mamaroneck Public Library. At twenty-four events, the opportunities for people in the community to participate are double that of previous One Book-One Community reading initiatives which took place in 2014 and 2016.
The book selected as the centerpiece for One Book – One Community - 1968: THE YEAR THE ROCKED THE WORLD, by Mark Kurlansky – serves as the jumping off place for each event. From art and photography exhibits to documentary films, theatrical films released in 1968, crafts workshops, game programs, events about the music scene in 1968, and engaging lectures and discussions, there is something for everyone in this year’s One Book- One Community Reading Initiative. A free comprehensive Event Guide including detailed information about each event is now available at both libraries. Information about the events is also available on each library’s website.
Arguably the most tumultuous and volatile year in our history, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the women’s movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. Mark Kurlansky’s book brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when television’s influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a people and led us to where we are today, fifty years on. Books are available at both libraries.
ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY builds on the huge success of the first two community read initiatives in 2014 and 2016, in which over 10,000 people participated throughout Larchmont, Mamaroneck and the surrounding area each year. The libraries will be offering community-wide events aimed at bringing residents into a common dialogue that is at once thought-provoking and enlightening and that educates. The One Book – One Community reading initiative for 2018 promises to be the biggest yet.
For information, contact the Larchmont Public Library at 834-2281, or the Mamaroneck Public Library at 698-1250.
AT THE MAMARONECK LIBRARY
The Mamaroneck Library is currently displaying a Modern Modular Hobbit House by Fred Bartels in the glass display case on the main level.
“Books sometimes plant seeds that may lie dormant for years, waiting for the right opportunity to sprout and flourish. As a boy I read J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and it placed an image in my mind of a warm, cozy home with a curved turf-covered roof.
“That seed of an image remained ungerminated for many years, until a wonderful (and free) Computer Aided Design program called SketchUp made 3D design easily accessible to design amateurs like myself,” Bartels noted.
“Over many years, as I played with and developed some mastery of SketchUp, the Hobbit House concept grew and began throwing off many branches. I first worked on overall house design concepts, without worrying much about how the designs might be built. More recently I’ve been exploring various techniques and approaches that might be used to bring these designs to life.
“In this display are images and models of some of the approaches I’ve found interesting. I’ve also built some larger prototypes that are too big to be displayed here. Most of the SketchUp design files I’ve used in this work are available on the SketchUp 3D Warehouse at this URL: https://goo.gl/HnxNwK,” he added.
“I may never build a modern modular Hobbit House using these ideas but I have had great fun exploring them, and they’ve helped keep me connected to Tolkien’s delightful world, and the youth who discovered and wandered enchanted in that realm so many years ago.”
The Hobbit House can be viewed at the library, 136 Prospect Avenue, until March 30.