Art in the Library

Downstairs Gallery

“Color Blast” Paintings by Raffin Kodjian

May 1 – June 16, 2018- 30, 2018

Ashland Resident Raffi Kodjian has a way of creating images that challenge one’s view of the world around us. In Raffi’s’s words: “What is reality and what is fantasy? This is the fascinating dilemma that I express in my art, with humor, gusto, and frivolity. Taking an ordinary object, I try to manipulate it to express different meaning and interpretations. My goal is to make people stop, think, and use their imagination. I want people to say, 'What is he thinking?' Respectful of all genres and art expressions, I am inspired and influenced by the masters as well as nature and daily life.” Raffi’s paintings are always arresting, thought provoking and very engaging.....well worth a visit.


Upstairs Display Case

Trajectories” Ceramic Sculptures by Sara Fine-Wilson

March 1 - June 12, 2018

Millbury resident and artist, Sara Fine-Wilson, works with clay, plaster, concrete, and often embedded objects, to create unusual and exciting 3-dimensional works of art. Cracks, rupturing and splits in the clay reference archaeology, architectural structures (such as arches and bridges), and visually articulate the idea of shifting history. This exhibit showcases the work of an exceptionally creative artist working and exhibiting in the New England region, and is a rare opportunity to see her creations.

In Sara’s words:

 “I have recently been focused on the practice of creating repeating forms in different scales that all encompass a similar gesture or directionality. I then connect them in order to create a larger version, which amplifies the initial intuitive gesture. Clay has natural inclinations as a material. I explore the shapes it can be transformed into and allow myself to notice when a gesture within the material seems complete. I am interested in balance between conscious forming and allowing for intuition to take the lead so that form can reveal itself. Through this process visual tension is evident in the form, surface and gesture of the work.

 My work has both mechanical and organic qualities that reference the body, archaeology, and architectural structures such as arches or bridges. Cracks, rupture, ooze and the way that material splits visually articulate the idea of shifting history. Embedded objects and the use of atmospheric firing speak literally and metaphorically about the passing of time. The objects I create are maps of my unconscious. A visually representative image of psychological and internal reality is a way to signify content, and the one I am interested in exploring in my work. Mapping work for me is experimentation embedded in constructing representations of my inner directionality, organization, and chaos."

Downstairs Conference Room and Large Meeting Room

On extended loan, in the downstairs conference room and the large meeting room, are the photographs by Bill Horsman, a commercial and fine art photographer who has exhibited in the library and currently has his studio in downtown Ashland. A very fine exhibit featuring Bill’s creative photographic imagery of water and window reflections.

If you are a collector and would like to share your collection with the Library community by exhibiting all or part of it in the locked display case near the main circulation desk, please contact Larry DeJong at leftaris@gmail.com. Leave a short message and a way to contact you and he will follow up with you.