Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Opening Reception for Art Exhibition with the Lyme Art Association

We had a wonderful art event on October 7th  at our opening  reception  with special music  from  the jazz ensemble  sphere for a significant art show with Yves Parent,  maritime  painter and  Melissa Imossi and Lacopo Pasquinelli,  landscape artists.  I hope to see you at our next event.  

All my best, Jay

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Three cheers for the FVGLA

Shown above L to R are: Norma Hartley, Rita Johnson, Mike Gurski and Terry Roberts

The Farmington Village Green and Library, FVGLA, Association was founded in 1901. Its purpose is to serve the Farmington community through library and museum services in addition to maintaining Memento Mori and the Village Green at the intersection of Route 10 and four.  This year the FGLA leadership decided to consolidate all of our programs into one booth celebrating the work of the FVGLA at the Unionville Festival.  Everyone had a great time and the booths were magnificent.  Special congratulations to our fearless team leader, Norma Hartley, for a job well done along with the whole Festival Team. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Library trustees, Allison deVaux and Ida Franklin were presented with D. Newton Barney Society designation

Allison deVaux and Ida Franklin were both congratulated on a job well done and presented with the D. Newton Barney Society designation on the occasion of their retirement from  Farmington's library board  at the September 17 meeting.   We thanked them for their service and wish them well  as they go on to other ventures. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Goodbye Debbie Godiksen

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Debbie over the past eight years and have learned so much about Farmington through her intelligence and legacy experience.   Debbie has carried the responsibility of institutional memory for quite a while and now that she is off to new exciting travels and interests the batons is passed on to those whom she has helped understand the nuances of the libraries and her post.  I shall miss her and know that leaving is always a double-edged sword.  Debbie, I wish you smooth sailing and happiness in your future endeavors. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 SPRING FLING 2014

Our first spring fling was a tremendous success. Please click the link below for a short photo essay of the event.  Cheers! I  hope to see you at our next event coming soon.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was added to our collection at the main stairwell of the main libraryl

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

This oil painting of Abraham Lincoln, a gift of Dr. Philip DePasquale, is a replication of a painting by John Dennison Crocker, painted in 1865 and subsequently ripped from its gilded frame and stolen from the Norwich City Hall in 1994. John Dennison Crocker (1822-1907) was born in Salem, CT and spent most of his life in Norwich, CT. He painted CT landscapes and portraits of local dignitaries. Abraham Lincoln visited Norwich on March 9, 1860 and Crocker probably used photography to record Mr. Lincoln’s image. Crocker subsequently painted this portrait in 1865. The slater Museum in Norwich and Norwich City Hall have Crocker’s paintings in their permanent collections.

Susan D’Amico, a contemporary portrait painter, painted this portrait of Lincoln in 2011 in response to a ‘Call to Artists’ to replace Crocker’s stolen painting. She attempted to replicate the stillness and somber colors particular to nineteenth century American portrait painters, based upon a sole photograph taken of the original painting and Crocker’s other portrait paintings. Her challenge was to copy the Crocker portrait as closely as possible, not adding any artistic interpretation; to truly be a copyist rather than an expressive painter. This was difficult for Susan, since Crocker’s interpretation was somewhat different than existing photographs of President Lincoln and the only photograph of Crocker’s Lincoln was taken at an angle, distorting the image. In the past, Susan has drawn and painted Lincoln based upon his photographed image but she had to do more studies in graphite and pastel based on Crocker’s image before painting on the canvas.