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We had Crafty fun last week!

11 Aug

Thanks to the 27 participants for coming to our “crafty afternoon” of cupcake decorating and duct tape creation!  Much creativity was on display, with the cupcakes — just prior to consumption 🙂 — and in the duct tape totes, wallets and the doggie raincoat you made!  We didn’t get any photos of the duct tape creations, but see below for a sample of the cupcakes….



Come to a YA Program on Thurs. Aug. 4th @ Newton Free Library!

28 Jul

Have Your Cake & Duct-Tape (It) Too!

Young Adults in Grades 6-12!

Join us for a Cool Crafty Afternoon

It’s a Cupcake Decorating

& Duct Tape Extravaganza!


Thurs. August 4th

3:30 – 5 pm

Druker Auditorium

Do one or both activities

Eat your decorated cupcakes or take them home

Fashion a duct-tape totebag

You make it, you take it!

All materials provided.

Questions? Email Susan and Laurie

Newton Free Library

330 Homer Street

Newton, MA  02459


Newton South Arts – Opening Reception

31 Mar

Take a look at the creative ceramics and other artwork from Newton South High School students on the second floor of the library!  Here’s info for the opening reception on April 2nd– come and enjoy.

Take a look at the amazing art of the “Book Surgeon”!

20 Mar

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Contest: Doodle 4 Google

10 Feb

As announced a couple of weeks ago by Google, Doodle 4 Google is back again this year. Doodle 4 Google is a student drawing contest open to all K-12 students in the U.S. The contest asks students to create drawings, on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, that redesign the Google homepage logo while responding to the prompt “what I’d like to do someday.”

This year Google is increasing the opportunities to participate in the contest by allowing parents to register their children if they’re not registered through school. Students involved in The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Girl Scouts will also be able to register for Doodle 4 Google.

This year’s winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his or her school. Registration is open now and closes on March 2nd. All drawings must be submitted by March 16.

Contest! The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now accepting Submissions!

24 Jan

Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in grades 7 – 12.  It is a symbol of excellence that can bolster resumes, college applications, and scholarship applications.  All National Award recipients earn a place on the National Recipient list.  Selected works will be featured in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing anthology.  Most importantly, winning a Scholastic Art & Writing Award offers the opportunity for scholarships.  At the regional level, award-winning seniors have access to more than $3.5 million in scholarships from local institutions.  At the national level, $10,000 scholarships are given to 15 graduating seniors who earn Portfolio Gold Medals, a select number of Portfolio Silver Medalists will earn $1,000 Notable Achievement Awards, and seniors who earn Portfolio Gold Medals or Portfolio Silver Medals can leverage partial to full-ride scholarships from a network of 60 arts universities and institutes, which annually earmark $3.9 million in financial aid.

To share your creative work with The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, you can go to and click “Register Now” to access the Scholastic Awards Online Registration System.  Here you’ll find out about the categories of art and writing, how to prepare your work, and your regional guidelines and deadlines.  You’ll have to know your school’s ZIP code to determine your regional program.

Generally, the answers to virtually all questions you might have about the entire process will be found in the site’s extensive FAQ page.

Young Adult Art Gallery Opening 3-4 pm on Sat. 10/16

30 Sep
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