Our featured artist for October are the oil painting selections of the art class of Violet Berry. Many of the selections are portraits, still life, and landscape oil paint art.
Thanks to the Mass College of Art, I received a well-rounded education in all types of art experiences. I graduated in 1955 and started my career as an art supervisor in the Plymouth Public Schools while becoming a successful portrait painter.
After taking a break to raise my son and daughter, I returned to teaching at the Kingston Elementary School. It was a wonderful decision: the children were so talented. We had great success upon entering state and national contests. My students regularly won top honors. It gave them, and me, a strong sense of pride in their accomplishments.
When I retired in 1992, I took a course in stained glass art. I loved it! My work is all original and one of a kind. I design windows and other decorative pieces in stained glass. My first attempt was five-piece sailboat. Now, I am an award-winning stain glass artist.
Missing teaching art, having taught all levels from Kindergarten through High School, I returned. This time embracing the Senior Citizens. They are a wonderfully talented group. My class has become my second family and dear friends. I am so proud of them!
The exhibit will be on view in the Library's gallery throughout October. The Kingston Public Library is open Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10 a.m to 8 p.m.
Major portions of the above were submitted by Violet Berry
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Pictured Above - "Woodland" by Ruth Bento on display in the Circulation area of the Kingston Public Library
Pictured Middle - Original images from the art exhibition in the left and center of the gallery at the Kingston Public Library
Pictured Below - Images from the art exhibition the right side of the gallery at the Kingston Public Library