Art On View: Bruce Horan

'Philosophy' by Bruce Horan
'Philosophy' by Bruce Horan

Artist's Reception Friday, September 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bruce explores and redefines the energy and space around us through his work. By examining and reinterpreting our environment, we find new perspectives of our world and the many dimensions and states that it holds. From rigid design and order to energetic unbalance, the elements of our consciousness are combined with the textures, colors and imagery of our imagination to create new scenes where anything is possible.

The artworks incorporate painting, experimental printmaking, expressive gesture and digital design to create images that engage the viewer through bold color, textural landscapes and graphic abstraction.

About Bruce Horan

Since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 2010, Bruce works out of his studio in Norwalk, CT and shows his work regionally. He is a graduate of Darien High School and the University of Connecticut.

The exhibit runs September 10 - October 25.

 

Video of Jia-Yi He

World-class harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He plays different kinds of harmonicas: Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, and Bass, as well as the largest harmonica and the smallest harmonica in the world. For this performance, he will be accompanied by a string quartet.

Video of Susan Conley

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Susan Conley, author of "The Foremost Good Fortune" and "Paris was the Place", was our featured speaker.

For more information, please visit the author's event page.

Friday Night Feature - 'Before Midnight'

We will screen BEFORE MIDNIGHT Friday, October 25 in our Community Room.
We will screen BEFORE MIDNIGHT Friday, October 25 in our Community Room.

Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Before Midnight (2013) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The last film of the trilogy, we meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

"Having created and aged into their characters, both Delpy and Hawke are superb at doing what professional actors find so difficult - not seeming to act." -- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what we're screening in November.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

 

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE on August 2.
We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE on August 2.

Friday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Brooklyn Castle (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 102 minutes.

This documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Before Sunset (2004) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 80 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on a train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris together.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.No (2012) Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alfredo Castro; Not Rated; 112 minutes. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

In 1988, Chilean mili tary dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot‘s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A Place at the Table (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 84 minutes.

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Secondhand Lions (2003) Starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment; Rated PG; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Art On View: Darien Arts Center Art Show & Sale

Lori Glavin with
Lori Glavin with "In Conversation," her Best in Show prize winner, a collage of found paper.

June 10 through July 18 on the Lower Level

Come view the winners of the Darien Arts Center's 55th Annual Art Show & Sale! The adult winners in first, second, and third place will be available for viewing at the Library. Darien's residents exhibited a broad range of talent across various media types from paintings, sculptures, mixed media, and photgraphy.

For more information, please visit the Darien Arts Center. To inquire about purchasing a work, please contact Cathy.

iPad Boot Camp

A new iPad
A new iPad

Tuesday, January 7 at 3 p.m.

Did you receive a brand new iPad or iPad mini for the holidays? Want to learn some basic tips and tricks like locking the screen orientation, creating folders for your apps, and changing the background image? This is the class for you! We’ll even go over downloading eBooks from the Library’s collection.

Please remember to bring your Apple ID and password to class.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Ask the Experts: Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions

Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions
Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions

Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.

Although life transitions are a normal part of living, they can be overwhelming. Whether the transition is a career change, divorce, kids leaving home, aging parents or the loss of a loved one, there is no GPS for navigating the journey. The Life Solution Center of Darien, a consortium of independent practices and businesses, was designed to help negotiate just these kinds of challenges. Founder and Executive Director Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP, will moderate a lively and informative discussion featuring the following panel of Life Solution Center experts:

- Donna Carlin, Career Consultant and Coach
- Lisa Gardner, MSW, LCSW, Couples Therapist
- Maurice Segall, JD, and Victoria Thomas, MS, Divorce Mediation and Financial Analysis
- Erica Jensen, Wardrobe Consultant
- Judy Stoddard, MSW, LCSW, Geriatric and Family Therapist

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Meet the Author - Patricia Wells

Patricia Wells
Patricia Wells

Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m.

Patricia Wells, author of The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence, will be our featured speaker.

Focusing on the fresh, inspiring recipes and lessons from the much-coveted classes held in her beautiful homes in Paris and Provence, Patricia takes you into her life in France, telling the story of how her school began and the many memorable experiences she shared with family, friends, and students.

About the Author

Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs a popular cooking school, At Home with Patricia Wells, in Paris and Provence. She has won the James Beard Award for The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, and Simply French. Also nominated for the James Beard Awards were Vegetable Harvest and The Paris Cookbook. Her other works include Simply Truffles, The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris, The Food Lover’s Guide to France, Bistro Cooking, Patricia Wells’ Trattoria, l’Atelier of Joel Robuchon, and with her husband, Walter, We’ve Always Had Paris…and Provence. The French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times reporter, she is the only foreigner and the only woman to serve as restaurant critic for a major French publication, L’Express. For more than twenty-five years she was the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune.

Patricia Wells' appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Gardening with Nature: Forest Restoration and Native Plant Gardening at The New York Botanical Garden

flickr image courtesy Kristine Paulus
flickr image courtesy Kristine Paulus

Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Todd Forrest will describe how the New York Botanical Garden’s approach to stewardship of the Forest has evolved from a policy of “let alone” to active restoration and discuss the ecological, educational, and research goals of the ongoing management program.

Todd Forrest oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Garden’s landmark 250-acre site, its glasshouses, and indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, 50 gardens and plant collections, exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and outdoor art exhibitions. He manages a staff of 80 including managers, curators, gardeners, and community horticulturists. Todd has taken a leadership role in planning and implementing projects such as the construction of the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, restoration of the Ross Conifer Arboretum, the construction and planting of the 11-acre Azalea Garden, and the new Native Plant Garden. He advises on long-term strategy for future development of the Garden’s landscape, Conservatory and art exhibitions, seasonal events and displays of all kinds.

An advocate for historic trees, forests, urban landscapes, and public gardens, Forrest has written many articles and interpretative materials. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997 as an intern and research assistant in the Science division before joining the Horticulture staff as Associate Curator of Woody Plants in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Land Trust.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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