Dodge Memorial opens its doors to the world of art

ROUSES POINT - Last year, Dodge Memorial Library held a couple art shows sponsored by the Northern Arts League. With their success, library director Donna Boumil came up with an idea.

"I thought, 'Why not use the library to promote local artists,'" Boumil recalled. "Not just the artists who are in the Arts League, but schools, daycare centers, different kinds of artists, different media."

Boumil set to work by sending e-mails to various people about an upcoming meeting she planned to see if her idea was possible.

"I had about six people show up," she said. "Very interested, all local people, and they were all for it. So, that's how we started."

From there, the Artists of the Month program was established. For January, local artists Arthur Penfield Tremblay and Connie Cassevaugh will have their artwork featured throughout the library.

"We're redoing what used to be the children's room, and it's going to be the multipurpose room," said Boumil. "So, it'll be displayed in there and in the main entrance way, and in the Ross Room. We'll display some of the work in the main area, but up high, so it doesn't get bumped into."

Boumil is hoping her idea will bring more people into the library.

"A library is not just about books," she said. "It's about the community. It's about getting all different people in here, all different walks of life in here, to see what we have to offer."

Boumil added although the library is small, they do have the space to show the art - which ranges from pastels, to watercolors, to photography.

Cassevaugh, who is a professional artist with a degree from Pratt Institute, will feature works primarily done with pastels.

"Since I work directly from life, I find pastel to be an ideal medium," she said. "There is no drying time, where you have to wait for water or oil before you apply an additional layer."

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