Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Reading List & Featured Book

Featured Book

A Long Way Down
by Nick Hornby

Other Recommended Reading Selections

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy
America the Beautiful by Ben Carson
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods
Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
Cross Roads by William Paul Young
Dream Eyes by Jane Ann Krentz
Ever After by Kim Harrison
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman
Hit Me by Lawrence Block
Insane City by Dave Barry
Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
No Easy Day by Mark Owen
Private Berlin by James Patterson
Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd
Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse by Robert Knott
See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
Suspect by Robert Crais
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin 
The Black Box by Michael Connolly
The Blood Gospel 
by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
The Husband List 
by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
The Intercept by Dick Wolf
The Last Man by Vince Flynn
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
The Light between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Power Trip by Jackie Collins
The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison
The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner
Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 
Until the End of Time by Danielle Steele

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Friday, March 1, 2013

Time Is On Your Side by Mary Daudelin Opens In Art Gallery

My name is Mary Daudelin and I'm a painter. Not an artist – but a painter. If you were to meet me on the street and ask me, “Who are you?”, I would be more apt to answer you, “Math major and computer geek”. That's how I see myself. That's who I am inherently.

I'll be turning 60 this year and didn't start painting until my 40's. I had decided to enroll my daughter into Chris Didomizio's Old World Art class for some extracurricular activity to keep her busy. She said the only way she was going was if I went with her. Chris, being the person that he is, said I could stay with her as long as I did the exercises along with everyone else. So I bought some pencils and pastels and thought, “only for my daughter would I do this – I haven't an artistic bone in this body”.

Well, the way Chris teaches evidently caught hold of me, because when my daughter dropped out six weeks later, I was hooked and have been coloring, drawing, painting and occasionally water-coloring off and on ever since. He opened a whole new world to me that I didn't know existed. I had my first art show at Smyrna Library in the late 90's. I showed what I had at the time of my pencils and pastels. He strong-armed me into the oils class one day and I went kicking and screaming to Binder's to get the tubes/brushes/canvases he had on his list. I really didn't want to paint in oils – they scared me – and I loved pencils and pastels – you could erase the mistakes. Oh well, he knew best and I fell in love with oils and the Old World Master's techniques w/glazing that he taught us.

Anyway – he taught us using the Masters' as example. If we could learn to reproduce or get a feel as to what they had done, then it couldn't do anything but help us create better pictures of our own. I'm just now getting to where I paint what I want. The mistakes that you see here are all mine - the ones that work and you really like are probably the ones that follow the rules and the techniques that Chris has taught me . . .

Painting has been a life saver these past years – I've gone from working full-time for various communication's companies, getting my Master's overseas, being 'retired' when the economy took its dip, taking care of a mother through cancer treatments and then Alzheimer's, going through a recurrence of cancer myself, losing my two dogs of 16 years and, blessedly, having a new grand-baby! Being able to paint has seen me through these times and has transported me to a different place when I needed to escape.

I hope you enjoy them. If you want me to paint you up anything, give me a call. I tend to paint and give away to family and friends – but you can always become a friend if you can't afford the prices. Or better yet, learn how to paint yourself. Chris still is teaching after all these years, albeit over in Dunwoody and no longer in Vinings.I'll let you know if I ever get to the stage that I consider myself an artist - if that day ever comes, you'll be able to find me here at the library, yet again.

Mixed Media by Jackie Chapman Exhibit Opens In Display Gallery

I received my specialist degree from West Ga. College in special education in 1989 and retired in May 2005 after 29 years where I worked as a teacher, educational evaluator and program coordinator for Douglas County Schools. I have been married to Robert Chapman for 39 years and we have one daughter, Rebecca, who is married to our favorite son-in-law, Mitch.

I began exhibiting my crafts at shows in 1980. I’ve worked with many different types of crafts and media including tole painting, soft sculpture, sewing, and woodworking. I have always had a love of pottery. After taking classes from a dear friend, I purchased a kiln and some clay in 2000 and started on a journey that would be more fulfilling than any other media with which I have worked.

Each piece has its beginnings in a 25 lb. bag of stoneware clay and is hand built or hand thrown and then decorated with flowers, leaves, birds, frogs, turtles and glazes. My inspiration comes from nature, whimsy and just about anything that I come into contact with. My subconscious is always looking for a way to translate the things I see into pottery.

My pottery is a little different in that I bring a crafter’s background to the pieces that I make. I find it difficult to make a plain piece of pottery. It has to have something attached to it! I enjoy making pieces that are unusual in some way or bring a smile to your face.

Whether you’re browsing or would like to purchase a little something for yourself or a friend, I hope you receive as much pleasure from my work as I had in its making.