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Opening with a reception on Saturday, July 20, 5-7PM, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host an exhibition of small paintings and ceramics by local artists Sarah Martinez and Ali Gibbons. In addition, there will be an artist’s talk with Ali Gibbons at 5:30PM on Thursday, July 25 and an art workshop with Sarah Martinez on Saturday, July 27 at 10AM. Those wishing to attend the art workshop should RSVP at 860-824-7424 or write to dmhuntlibrary@gmail.com. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, August 16.

In this exhibition, serialism is the focus for both artists. Sarah Martinez’s most recent paintings are stylized, brightly colored acrylic gouache portraits of imaginary women’s faces, some of which she gives names and personalities.

The artist, whose studio is in Falls Village, said, “Each time I begin to paint one of these washy, whimsical portraits, I can’t imagine what she’ll look like at the finish. With each little brush stroke her look changes, yet once she’s complete, her face reveals a definite vibe.” You can watch the artist demonstrate how she paints these portraits, and create one of your own, at the artist’s workshop at the library on Saturday, July 27 at 10AM. Learn more about Sarah and her work at sarahmartinez.com.

Ali Gibbon’s work in the exhibition includes delicate monotone watercolors of draped, patterned textiles, and wood-framed ceramic tiles depicting patterns or still life of fruits and other objects. “I create paintings and porcelain tiles as a vehicle for pattern, color, and texture. Repetition in composition connects the subtlety, smallness, and traditions referenced in my work. The textiles, both found and made, offer a pliability that I use to construct and interrupt patterns while referencing the classical structures of still life painting. The tile still lifes stem from an ongoing painting series of ‘snacks’ and in their simplified porcelain form are similar to the traditional quilting technique, applique.” Ali Gibbons lives and makes art in Sharon and in Brooklyn, NY. She will have an artist’s talk at 5:30PM on Thursday, July 25 at the library. Learn more about the artist and her
work at aligibbons.com.

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