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This month in the Britton Gallery

Pilfering Corn: Blue Hill Fair 2010, watercolor, from the exhibit, 10 Years of Blue Hill Fair Designs, by Megan Granger (through February 27)
In the Howard Room Cases

Detail from an artist's book by Kristy Cunnane, from the current show The Art of the Book (through March 31)   
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Rainbow Quartz, colored pencil, from the current exhibit, Crystal Gems, by Bean Fitzpatrick (Through February 29)
Ongoing Youth Events
Preschool Storytime for kids up to age 5, Tuesdays 10:30 
Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3:
Wednesdays in the Howard Room 10:30 to noon.
Rainbow Warriors Writing Group for ages 12 & up:
Tuesdays 4:00 PM, starting March 1. 
52 Weeks of Giving for all ages: Fridays, 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Inklings Book & Movie Club for ages 8 & up: last Saturday of the month, 2:00 PM 
LEGO Club for ages 7 to 12:
First Saturday of the month 10:30 AM to noon
Ongoing Adult Events
Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30-12:30
Monthly Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": First Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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The Library is hosting a display of  George Stevens Academy world history projects in the Main Room until the end of the month. If you haven't seen them, you should swing by to see what the GSA sophomores have been up to. Shown above, Jason Herrick and the Torii Gate he made with Ava Sealander. More project pictures below.
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Welcome to our library events newsletter, where we tell you what's going on @ BHPL!  Many of these free events are made possible by generous funding from the  Friends of the Blue Hill Library. If you like what you see, thank a Friend. Or better yet, become one!
 Events This Week...
  • The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's (MOGFA) orchardist C.J. Walke will present the Basics of Orchard Care, THIS THURSDAY! February 25 at 7:00 PM.  He will cover topics from site selection and soil preparation to managing common insect pests and disease. More info here.
  • Ages 8 and up are invited to join the new "Inklings Book and Movie Club" on the last Saturday-of-the-month from 2:00- 4:00 PM, starting THIS SATURDAY! February 27. More info here.
  • Ages 12 to 18 are invited to a new writing group "Rainbow Warriors" that is not just for writers, on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM starting THIS TUESDAY! March 1.
March Art: Maria Matthews
Blue Hill artist Maria Matthews will have an exhibition entitled Unfurled Landscapes in the Library's Britton Gallery during the month of March.landscapes The show will include over 25 recent oil paintings and a small display devoted to the process of making her work.  Formerly a New York City resident, Maria has resided full time in Blue Hill since 2005 pursuing her art work using a variety of media, volunteering and raising her two musician sons. The public is invited to an opening reception at the Library on Friday March 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

"These paintings emerge from photographs taken with my old Hasselblad and iphone in and around Blue Hill," explains Maria.  "The images resonate within me, and are at times odd, fleeting, and often blurry.  To me, they are translations of evolving and unfolding landscapes." Originally trained as a photo artist, Maria's paintings derive from her interest in photography. "My fascination with images that mark time and express some familial memory are an outgrowth my early photography. I love the process of painting and coaxing an image to life much like I loved darkroom work in the early years."

Maria Matthews received an M.F.A. in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988 and a B.A. from Lawrence University in Psychology and Education in 1983.  During Maria's eighteen years in the New York City she worked as a faculty member at the International Center of Photography, an adjunct professor at Long Island University and a private instructor.  She loves being a part of the Blue Hill community and making her home here.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting March 1. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Up Close & Personal: A View of the Syrian Refugee Crisis from a Greek Island
Harborside resident Kel House will give a presentation entitled: "Up Close & Personal: A view of the Syrian refugee crisis from a small Greek island and what we here in Maine can do to help," at the Library on Thursday March 3 at 7:00 PM.refugee
Image from the Solidarity Symi Facebook page.

Kel &  and his wife Sher spend part of each year on the small Greek island of Symi, which is about the same size and population of Deer Isle, and is very close to the coast of Turkey. Like other islands and areas along Europe's Mediterranean coast, Symi Island has been receiving a seemingly steady stream of dangerously overloaded boats full of Syrian and other refugees on its shores. Kel will be speaking about working with a local charity ( the island formed to aid the refugees, and will tell what it is like to witness this ongoing humanitarian crisis. He will also talk about how the crisis is impacting Greece, Europe and the U.S., and how we might be of some assistance from here in Maine.

This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
Opera Preview: Manon Lescaut
The Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Giacomo Puccini's opera, Manon Lescaut at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 4, at the Blue Hill Public Library.opera A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at the Grand in Ellsworth the following day, Saturday, March 5th, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Kristine Opolais in the title role and Roberto Alagna as des Grieux in Puccini's "Manon Lescaut". Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.

According to the Metropolitan Opera, "Soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Roberto Alagna join forces in Puccini's obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Alagna is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in (WWII) occupied France in a film noir setting. "Desperate passion" is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score."
Kristine Opolais in the title role of Puccini's "Manon Lescaut". Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.

Local opera enthusiasts Linda Lesko and David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Last Chance to see World History Projects from GSA students
A sampling of the GSA world history projects are on display in the Main and Larchwood Rooms until the end of the month. If you haven't seen them yet, you should swing by the library to see what the GSA sophomores have been up to. history
Maira Vandiver and Sophie Mitchell with the 15th century royal attire they made. Fit for a king and queen!
Kara Morrison with her neolithic New Grange in the Larchwood Room.
Eliza Broughton with her re-creation of Queen Hatshepsut.

Detail from Cathedrale Notre Dame by Lindsay Nevin with laser cut stained glass by Ben Politte.
Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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