Baby Playgroups

Monday August 31, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for babies up to 24 months.

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs followed by open playtime. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday September 1, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Oscar Nominated Film: Cutie and the Boxer

Tuesday September 1, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

The Oscar nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer is a love story, an art story, a family story and a New York City story, all of them weird, funny and a little heartbreaking.

The acclaimed 2013 documentary is a candid New York love story about life and art that explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife and artist Noriko. In addition to its Oscar nomination, Cutie and the Boxer won the 2014 Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary and the U.S. Documentary Directing Award for director Zachary Heinzerling at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Cutie and the Boxer provides a lively account of the their 40 years together, full of financial struggle, inebriation, parties, exhibitions, and Ushio's single-minded dedication to his work. But the essence of the film takes place in the present as Noriko finds her artistic voice in a storytelling series of black-and-white drawings depicting the relationship of "Cutie and Bullie," a thinly veiled, equally funny and painful recounting of her life with Ushio.

This event is collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series. The 82-minute documentary is rated R for art images

Handbuilding with Clay: An Exhibit by Clay-Art-Friends

September 2, 2015 through October 15, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Featured Artists: Barbara Brown, Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Kim Scott, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Oni Werth, Lineke Zuiderweg, and Mieke Zuiderweg

When people think of ceramics, they tend to visualize the smoothly wheel-thrown shapes of vases, mugs, and plates. Ceramics built by slab, coils, or pinching tend to be off their radar, yet so many of the items that surround us in this world are made by these techniques. The eight Midwestern artists participating in this exhibition share a common bond of manipulating clay through similar processes, but their results could not be more different.

When looking at a ceramic object, we tend to get lost in the piece’s beauty, not its process. This exhibit hopes to capture the public’s interest in what’s behind the art façade. By showcasing a large variety of work and how it’s made, the medium’s mysterious nature will come to light:

• Bowls and figures by Nancy Bulkley are the perfect example of unknown process; the work is made by “pinching”, an incredibly ancient technique that still holds true to modern forms. The viewer can revel in the small imperfections of this process, literally seeing the hand of man upon its surface.
• Sophisticated pieces can spring from slowly building forms, as seen in Barbara Brown’s tall vases and 2 D sculptures featuring birds and natural elements.
• Slab building can yield results that both celebrate the form of the slab (Lineke Zuiderweg’s fairytale figures and Mieke Zuiderweg’s architectural forms) and intense texture as seen in Kim Scott’s “tree trunk vessels.”
• Caron Valentine-Marsh delves further into using slabs with a refined hand not often seen in clay - her “Nicho” constructions have both incredible form and function.
• Still further from the “traditional” vase, Jeanine Center creates clay jewelry that celebrates both detail and natural texture as well as her plates, while
• Oni Werth takes mixed media to a higher level with his driftwood and ceramic compositions.

We hope this show will not only open a new world of ceramics to people, but create enough intrigue that they want to try it for themselves. Handbuilding has an accessibility not found in any other art form, and should be tried by all!

The Individuality of Color: Watercolor Paintings by John MacDonald

September 2, 2015 through October 15, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

These twenty watercolor paintings are the goal of a training method begun many years ago to develop an intimate relationship with color in order to realize form and motif and the creative tendencies inherent therein. The exhibit ranges from nature moods to works where artistic fantasy weaves its way in without violating the above stated goal.

This method of training with color, through systematic and methodical exercises, has its chief exponent in the late Gerard Wagner (1906-1999), who spent a lifetime developing and expanding indications of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), who provided the foundation for this method.

John MacDonald’s work with Gerard Wagner provided guidance to explore the limitless creative possibilities contained in one of nature’s primal phenomena

Kerrytown BookFest: The Art of the Book

September 2, 2015 through October 15, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The Kerrytown BookFest celebrates all aspects of book writing and creation. This year, this annual exhibit at the Library showcases entries from the festival’s 8th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students.

The contest, open to all Michigan High School students, asks the students to reimagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation to the written word. The contest winners will be announced at the reception.

This year’s book is My Last Kiss, a young adult novel by Bethany Neal. Over 100 entries were judged by Bethany Neal, author; Paula Newcombe, graphic designer for the University of Michigan Press; and Melissa Weisberg, Macmillan Publishing Company representative.

Eight finalists were chosen on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter

The public is invited to an opening reception for the exhibit and the BookFest on Friday, September 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on the third floor of the Downtown Library This event will include: elegant refreshments; exquisite music by harpist Deborah Gabrion; and remarks by Robin Agnew, Kerrytown BookFest President and owner of Aunt Agatha’s bookstore, who will present an overview of the exhibit and the book design contest

The Kerrytown BookFest, which will be held on Sunday, September 13, is an event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight the area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Since 2003, the BookFest has been growing, sharing, and discovering more and more about the rich book culture in this region.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday September 2, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2-5.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday September 8, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2-5.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.

Floral Living Jewelry with Designer Susan McLeary

Tuesday September 8, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens in grade 6 and up.

Join floral designer Susan McLeary as she leads us in a step by step workshop creating floral art jewelry. Using live succulents you can create a one-of-a-kind floral ring!

Susan’s work has been featured on the cover of Fusion Flowers Magazine and in leading industry publications and websites including Modern Wedding Flowers, Style Me Pretty, and The Knot.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday September 9, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for ages 2–5 years.

Join us for stories and songs for listeners ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult.

Siblings are welcome.