WOODS HOLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
November 7 @ 8:00 am - December 19 @ 5:00 pm
The library will be hosting a virtual screening of Mission: Joy — Finding Happiness in Troubled Times the weekend of November 12. The film is deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Consisting largely of never-before-seen footage shot over five days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, the film invites viewers to join these luminaries behind the scenes as they recount stories from their lives, each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife. The film will be available to stream from the comfort of your own home between noon on Friday, November 12, and noon on Monday, November 15. Interested viewers must pre-register by emailing email@example.com or calling (508) 548-8961 to receive the link to the film. For about fifteen years, the library has been fortunate to receive pottery from their favorite local potters to raffle in an effort to raise funds for the library’s operations. The library is grateful to these people who eke out a living with their craft yet are generous enough to share in this way. The public eagerly awaits this opportunity to win a piece of local art, and simultaneously support their local library. This year, the featured potters are Ann Newbury, Susan Nowogrodzki, Anne Halpin, Tessa Morgan, as well as former potter, now woodcarver, Ron Geering. All are avid users and supporters of the library. Considering the geographical closeness of their studios, the craftsmen’s styles are surprisingly different. Ann Newbury’s work is strong, traditional, functional, and beautiful. She has been extremely generous in her donation this year: not only a large sturdy speckled white bowl which invites the owner to hold it or put dough to rise in it but also a set of four pinch-cups with an overlaid wash of blue and aqua glaze and a matching large pitcher. Anne Halpin’s pieces are also traditional, with a graceful touch. She always uses porcelain clay, and often uses a layering of glazes that produce a celadon tone. This year, she has brought us a generous gift, right out of her kiln, all in her signature green glaze. The first part is a matching set of three nesting bowls, beautiful and functional. Her other donation is a delightfully chubby pitcher fired at a high temperature, which produced a very interesting “popped” effect. Susan Nowogrodzki, the “new kid on the block,” has donated a double-handled vase decorated with a portrait of a cat. Tessa Morgan specializes in “sgraffito,” in which she creates an image by carving away the surrounding surface, leaving it unglazed. Most of her pieces are adorned with whimsical sea creatures, and her donation this year is a large mug with a whale swimming around the outside, glazed on the inside in a deep-sea blue. After years of donating his traditional pottery, Ron Geering has turned to a new medium, wood, and this year offers a section of a birch trunk with a face (of a tree gnome? A self-portrait?) carved into it. All the pottery is on view when the library is open, which is 10-5 on Wednesday, and 10-2 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You can also see images of the pots on the library’s website www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org. Tickets for the raffle, which are $2 for one ticket and $5 for three tickets, are available at the library at 581 Woods Hole Road. The drawing of the winning tickets will be held by mid-December, so be sure to buy your raffle tickets way before that. The library encourages the public to visit these generous artists at their studios and support them, just as the potters have done for the library.