Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On behalf of the Staff of the Gordon-Nash Library 
I would like to wish you 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Brief History of Seven KillingsA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm very fortunate to have received an audio book of this excellent book from Highbridge through Goodreads.

I'm listening to the book now and I decided that I was going to write this in stages because I wanted to share my enthusiasm for this quality recording straight away.

The sound recording is excellent. The choice of narrators--brilliant. The story is hard to hear but compelling.

Listening to an audiobook is, for me, an intimate experience, probably because of the obvious connection of being read to as a child--which makes the storyline of this book something that really smacks you upside the head with a hard dose of reality.
In this particular recording the narrators are speaking with their characters accents. One has to settle in, if not familiar, and really listen to the Jamaican accent. I didn't catch everything, and that's okay, because then I do and what I'm hearing! Then one has to accept being told such violent tales. This is not the peace and love of a Bob Marley song. This is the hard times and turmoil of Peter Tosh. Not for the faint-hearted, but oh so well written, produced and spoken.

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Friday, November 14, 2014








Thursday, October 30, 2014

We are very pleased to be opening a gift shop at the library. Please support your local artists and the library by purchasing gifts at the library!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Live Free and Eat Pie! A Lake's Region Adventure!

Life Free and Eat Pie!

 On Sunday, November 2nd, Ms Rule will be at Interlakes School to talk about her stories and answer questions from readers.

The libraries of the Lakes Region have chosen Rebecca Rule’s “Live Free and Eat Pie” as the centerpiece for our 2014 community read project because it confirms our sense of common culture through the medium of story telling.  Although presented in the guise of a Baedeker, the book is much more.  It punctuates her more factual presentations with asides and stories that reveal the particular nature of our state and culture.  “Live Free and Eat Pie” would serve to reacquaint natives with local lore and give newcomers a deeper appreciation of the place they have come to live. And, by doing so through the medium of story, it can renew their appreciation for narrative.

About Rebecca
Rebecca Rule 
gathers and tells stories. She’s collected stories about what’s special about this rocky old state of New Hampshire for more than fifteen years.  Stories that speak to us not only of  our history, but of our identity.   She recently received an honorary doctorate from New England College for storytelling and contributions to New Hampshire literature.  Her publications include Moved and Seconded: NH Town Meeting, The Present, the Past, and the Future;  The Best Revenge (named one of five essential New Hampshire books by New Hampshire Magazine); Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies;  Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to NH; andHeadin’ for the Rhubarb: A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda).

“The NH native, writer and humorist has a talent for seeing the funnies of real life. But beyond the smiles and laughs, she invariably succeeds at drawing forth lots of “now isn’t that true?” and “Just typical, isn’t it?”–Keene Sentinel

‘I’m very interested in Yankee culture…and love the humor in particular. For nearly 20 years, I’ve been traveling the state of New Hampshire telling the stories, and in the oral tradition, one story leads to another, so inevitably folks tell me stories.” — Rebecca Rule

Thursday, October 16, 2014

‘Til Death’ Movie Premier at The Purple Pit in Bristol

On Friday, October 17, 2014 The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge in Bristol, NH will host the movie premier of “Til Death”. This frightening psychological thriller/horror short film was written and directed by local film maker,Sam Kench.
Til Death” follows the mentally unstable Mrs. Crowley as she plots to murder her husband but the unforeseen guilt that chokes her mind drives her to her breaking point. The movie stars Danbury, NH residents, Cathy Nolan Vinčević and her husband Seval Vinčević , and was filmed in various locations around New Hampshire. The natural beauty of the area plays a sharp contrast to the hauntingly dark nature of the film.

This young film maker is one to keep an eye on. In addition to “Til Death” Sam Kench‘s has written and directed four short films including “The Soon To Be Deceased” which was included in the 2014 NH High School Short Film Festival. He also create the sketch comedy show “Yes Son That Is A Lion“. The first two seasons are available to check out at The Gordon-Nash Library, or you can CLICK HERE to watch them online.

Til Death movie premier at The Purple Pit in Bristol, NH

Watch the movie trailer:


Friday, October 3, 2014

Sam Kench Movie "Til Death" Premiere (Trailer)

Movie Premier!

 October 17th. 

The premier of “Til Death,” a film written and directed by Sam Kench. 
Sam is the founder of the Newfound Film Club, which meets at the library every Thursday afternoon.  
This movie has been filmed over the last two summers and will make its debut at 
The Purple Pit 28 Central Square, Bristol.  

Tickets are $5.00 and may be bought in advance at the library. Soda and Popcorn are included in the price of your ticket!

 Call 744-7800 for more information.  

By the way, one of the Stars of the movie is the Director of the Gordon-Nash Library.

Sam is also showing his artwork at the library during the second half of October. Sam was a painter before he became a filmmaker. When he watched a movie that he really loved he wanted to commemorate the experience by creating a painting.  Somewhere in the process of painting he realized he wanted to become a filmmaker.  
There will be an opening on October 22nd at the library to thank Sam for all his hard work. We will also show the movie. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

This movie was made possible by allowing Sam Kench and the Newfound Film Club come to the Gordon-Nash Library and begin to make films here. We support freedom of expression. 
By the way, the Star of this movie is also... 
the Director of the Library. Coincidence? 
No. She was just happy to be in this movie with her husband. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


September Show Nash Gallery at the Gordon-Nash Library
Chuck Rounds

The Gordon-Nash Library is proud to present Chuck Rounds, and the show of his work “Shadowlands” in the Nash Gallery, in the lower level of the library. Please join us for our opening reception for Mr. Rounds on September 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. and for a gallery talk on his shamanic art process, on September 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. as well.

Artist Statement:
“The Shadowlands portfolio is a continuation of a digital project that I have been working on for the past five years. 
This work is an attempt to visualize the territory I traverse during my shamanic journeys; it is created largely in a meditative state, induced by the work itself. It is part of my larger overall project to represent my understanding of the holiness of all landscapes. 
It's the continuation of my project to attempt to create something sacred out of something profane. I am, if you will, quite literally, but metaphorically as well, "queering" the landscape, as these works are sourced from publicly available gay "erotica", and as a 21st century white gay male offering a shamanic perspective of the underworld. 
I was agape and transformed by the experience. I was fascinated by the idea of the sanctum sanctorum being surrounded by the totality of life, like the soul itself at the center of the human experience. I wondered about how different Western culture would have become had we embraced and celebrated sexuality and sexual activity instead of demonizing it. 
This current work was also inspired by the drawings and printmaking of artists who accompanied explorers prior to the invention of photography. The Shadowlands portfolio is meant to document the places I travelled to during my vision quest preparation last year; attempting to re-incorporate, to embrace the shadow aspects (in the Jungian sense) of myself and to retrieve parts of my soul that were torn from me during traumatic experiences, or willingly left behind at various points in my life. 
I consider the work to be spiritual mapping; I hope that I am creating liminal space that the viewer may find to be a meditative portal for their own journeys.
I deconstruct highly sexualized images of the human body to create these landscapes; I'm trying to harness that sexual energy in the resultant abstract landscapes. Through their abstraction, I hope that the viewer of these underworld landscapes of shamanic reality may then look at more "ordinary" reality landscapes with fresh eyes. 
I work in Photoshop distorting the original photographs, manipulating the variables in the program's algorithms, applying filters, and using various drawing and painting tools in the program. It is a very time intensive and layered process and it is all done digitally. 
The seed idea for this work was born from a trip to Khajuraho India during my first semester of graduate school at Goddard in 2004. I was stunned by the friezes and statuary decorating the facades of towering 10th century C.E. temples (some of which are still active today). The artists depicted all aspects of their daily lives, culture, mythology and history, including a very complete kama sutra suite. “

​Chuck Rounds is a Technician of Ecstatic Arts, and Creative Director of Ground Rounds Shamanic Process-based Art-making and Textile Design Gallery, and Arts-based, Spirit-infused, and Eco-Driven Human Potential and Community Development Organization
He works in Digital Media, Painting, Performance, Photography, Poetry Aesthetics, Contemporary Art History, Queer Theory, Comparative Religion, and Cultural Geography.


The Gordon-Nash Library in cooperation with the New Hampton School and the:
New Hampshire Astronomical Society

Welcome you to a Skywatch on September 14th from 6:30 until the Astronomers leave (probably around 9:30). Meet at the Gordon-Nash Library to walk to the viewing site (at the New Hampton School). IF IT RAINS the Skywatch will take place at a Henry Chase’s home on September 19th (call the library for details 744-8061).

”What’s a "Skywatch"?
A "Skywatch" is simply a gathering of amateur astronomers with a focus on outreach and education for a private group or for the public at large. A Skywatch is by definition "beginner-friendly." At a skywatch our focus is on giving you and your group the most enjoyable and educational experience possible!
How does it work?
Our members will arrive before sunset, set up their equipment and choose their celestial targets with public education and outreach in mind. An educational slide presentation may also preceed the skywatch if a suitable venue is available. We try to work with the requesting organization to schedule these events at locations where streetlights are not visible since you can see more deep sky objects like galaxies under these conditions. However, the Moon and planets still make wonderful targets in more light-polluted areas. On nights when the Moon is visible we try to schedule events around the first quarter moon (as opposed to full moon) because the low sun angle on the moon around first quarter allows Lunar craters and mountains to be seen in much more pleasing detail. Solar observing with special filters is also possible during the day, but use caution and never look through any kind of telescope (even a small one) at the sun without proper filters.

Delicate Equipment – Use Care!
The equipment (telescopes and binoculars) through which you will be observing is the property of the member who is operating the equipment. It represents a considerable investment of time and money. The equipment is designed to be sturdy but contains many delicate parts. It will be carefully aligned for you on an interesting celestial target, and small motors may be keeping it pointed squarely at the object. Please don’t push on it, or touch any part of the telescope unless you are specifically encouraged to do so, and never touch anything made of glass (like an eyepiece) or anything having a mirrored surface.
Your time at the telescope
Your observer will give you a quick overview of what you will be seeing, and the telescope’s focus knob will usually be pointed out for you. If it is not, just ask "May I focus this if needed?" Only slight adjustments to the focus are usually necessary, but since everyone’s eyes are different please adjust the focus until you see the best possible image. You may observe with or without glasses, but try it without. The telescope’s focusing mechanism can adapt to most near- and far-sighted people, and with your eye that much closer to the eyepiece you will see a wider field of view. If an observing chair is available, do sit down and make yourself comfortable before placing your eye to the eyepiece. If you observe bent over so your back or neck are giving you pain, you will not be able to relax and enjoy the view. Many celestial objects, while beautiful, are quite dim and it may take some time before you begin to see all the detail. Atmospheric turbulence may also come and go, so you may suddenly experience moments when the view is spectacularly better – watch for them! This is your special time at the telescope so we encourage you to make the most of it. Do ask any questions that come to mind, and if you don’t see anything please say “I don’t see anything!” since objects do sometimes drift out of view.
General Rules for public skywatches
  • Watch your step
Be especially careful of wires on the ground.
  • Park Carefully
Try to park so that your headlights and back-up lights won’t interfere with the observers.
  • No Smoking
Smoke damages telescope optics.
  • Red Flashlights
No white lights. A red light will not ruin your night vision as much as white light will. You can cover the lens of a regular light with red plastic or tail-light repair tape. A dim light will seem bright once your eyes become dark-adapted.
  • No Flash Photography
The bright flash of a camera can wreck everyone's night vision.
  • Stay Warm
Few people realize just how chilly it gets late at night, even in summer, particularly when you are standing still under a clear sky. Bring about twice as much warm clothing as you think you'll need. In summer, a light and heavy jacket, warm shirt, jeans. Winter calls for insulated boots, thermal underwear, corduroy jeans, parka, flannel shirt, gloves, and, very important, a warm knit cap!
NHAS provides skywatches, workshops and public talks free of charge, but we do accept donations. Your contribution will help support our primary mission of educational outreach; and, since we are a registered 503(c) non-profit, it's tax deductible!”

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jessica Fligg! Come see her work! Buy a painting--they are beautiful!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Library Time!

I had fun this morning at the Gordon-Nash Library filling in for Mrs. Hunewell during story time. I much appreciated the help from the Librarian Assistant.  After listening to "Susie's Painting Adventure!" The children did a wonderful job working on their art projects!  Here are a few pictures.      

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Coming Up This Weekend! Saturday August 16th!

Look for me at the "White Mountain Art and Artisan Festival" this weekend! I will be attending this event on Saturday with my paintings and photography.  This Festival is located in the heart of the white mountains in Jackson NH.  Follow the link below for more information!


Hope to see you there!

"Crawford Notch From Mt. Avalon"  Oils on Canvas

Monday, August 11, 2014

Update on Show Happenings!

The opening to my solo show "New England Landscape"  At the Gordon-Nash Library went very well last week!  Thank to every one that has shown their support!  This past Saturday I spent the morning plein air painting from the Library.  I enjoyed speaking with a few people who stopped by.  Here are a few more pictures of the show and also one from plein air painting.  Remember "New England Landscape" will be on display for the whole month of August so be sure to stop in when you can! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Solo Show Opening! August 7th!

Come Join me for the opening reception of my sole show at the Gordon-Nash Library on 69 Main Street New Hampton, NH.  The opening reception will be August 7th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there!

Here is a sneak peek of the show!

The gallery hours after the opening will be:
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed

This show will be up for the month of August so if you can't join me for the opening please stop by during the gallery hours to see the show!

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