ARTSalon Series Asks ‘Why Art?’
In the 1800s, salons were traditionally offered to entertain and enlighten, offering poetry readings, musical presentations and discussions about the arts of the times. Manchester Community Library (MCL) reprises the idea with its ARTSalon Series, taking place around the library’s fireplace, and sponsored by The Village Green Gallery of Weston.
Join Carol Berry and Don Bolognese at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, to explore the question, ‘Why Art?’ This dialogue is a look into the consciousness of the artist as he or she asks that very same question, consciously or unconsciously. The conversation will be illuminated with some of the speakers’ favorite images, both past and present. Attendees are invited to bring a favorite painting or drawing – especially one that they love, but can never explain why.
Berry, an artist and a retired art educator, is the author of ‘Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art,’ the result of over 20 years of study. Bolognese attended the Cooper Union Art School, where he studied under some of the leading artists in New York City. His interest was the woodcut; among the many commissions he received was the coveted Miracles of Christ exhibit, a series of large woodcuts and calligraphy for the Vatican Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair.
Space is limited at this free event. Reserve your spot at mclvt.org. Donations will be accepted to benefit the art book collection at the Library. Refreshments will be served. The next salon will explore the similarities between music and abstract art on Sunday, March 19, with violinist Joana Genova. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester. For more information, call 802-362-2607 or visit mclvt.org.