Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FOSL Announces Winter 2016 Reading List & Featured Book

Featured Book

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: It's hard to articulate just how much--and why--The Goldfinch held such power for me as a reader. Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which 13-year-old Theo Decker tells of the accident that killed his beloved mother and set his fate. But even when the scene shifts--first Theo goes to live with his schoolmate’s picture-perfect (except it isn’t) family on Park Avenue, then to Las Vegas with his father and his trashy wife, then back to a New York antiques shop--I remained mesmerized. Along with Boris, Theo’s Ukrainian high school sidekick, and Hobie, one of the most wonderfully eccentric characters in modern literature, Theo--strange, grieving, effete, alcoholic and often not close to honorable Theo--had taken root in my heart. Still, The Goldfinch is more than a 700-plus page turner about a tragic loss: it’s also a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, an examination of friendship, and a rumination on the nature of art and appearances. Most of all, it is a sometimes operatic, often unnerving and always moving chronicle of a certain kind of life. “Things would have turned out better if she had lived,” Theo said of his mother, fourteen years after she died. An understatement if ever there was one, but one that makes the selfish reader cry out: Oh, but then we wouldn’t have had this brilliant book! --Sara Nelson

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Winter 2016 Recommended Reading Selections

Blue by Danielle Steel 
Fractured Era: Legacy Code Bundle by Autumn Kalquist
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman 
January Calendar Girl Book 1 by Audrey Carlan
My American Duchess by Eloisa James
My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Non Campus Mentis by Anders Henriksson 
NYPD by James Patterson
Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino 
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Spider Game by Christine Feehan
Staked by Kevin Hearne
Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk 
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Last Anniversary by Liana Moriarty
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Revenant by Michael Punke
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman 
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Sunday, January 10, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture on the History of Downtown Smyrna

Dr. William Marchione, author of A Brief History of Smyrna, presented detailed and thoroughly researched lecture titled “The Metamorphosis of Downtown Smyrna - 1838 to 2002” today. 

The presentation started by explaining the forces fostered the development of the thriving commercial district in and around intersection of Atlanta Road and Spring Street in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Every decade from the 1830s to the to the present time was included. 

Also presented were complete details on the factors led to the complete demolition of that once thriving commercial center in the late 1980s, and to its reincarnation as the modern, planned downtown we enjoy today.

The "First Sunday" lecture series is held in the Smyrna Public Library Meeting Room and is jointly sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Oils and Acrylics by Devin KOLbY Painting Exhibit Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The January/February art gallery exhibit for 2016 opened today - Oils and Acrylics by Devin KOLbY. Devin’s exhibit is on display until February 28. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library. 


Devin KOLbY, the Artist of KOLbYcreations was born March, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. Devin KOLbY’s passion for creativity started at an early age. He played the Double Bass in the school Orchestra from 6th grade until his senior year where he held the position of 1st chair. His musical talent extended to playing piano into enjoying all genres of music. KOLbY’s interest took a detour towards photography and visual editing. This led his pencil to pad and he began sketching and experimenting with watercolor and other art mediums. While away in college his passion for art grew and as the stroke of his paint brush filled with acrylic colors met the canvas the self taught artist KOLbY, was created.

In 2011, Devin KOLbY unfortunately struggled with depression that resulted in his suicide attempt. Through, divine intervention he survived life support and today he’s on a journey to recovery. Devin KOLbY and his mother are advocates for suicide prevention and together they are erasing the stigma and sharing information with the hope that one day there will be services, resources and support for this unrecognized, unrepresented group, Survivors of Suicide Attempts. Through his traumatic experience, KOLbY’s now, creating with a renewed sense of life and perspective. In 2015, KOLbY, will continue his education and enhance his creative abilities by enrolling into art school.

KOLbY’s, detour has come, full circle and evolved into remarkable art, photography, music and living. He’s artistically influenced by Basquait, Warhol, KAWS and Dali. He’s inspired by color, life and energy. KOLbY’s abstract Creations include mediums of acrylic, oils and mixed media.

Follow KOLbYcreations on: facebook, twitter & instagram.For upcoming KOLbYcreations exhibits, booking information and purchases contact: (404) 580-9464 Not Your Usual Event or KOLbYcreations317@gmail.com.

Pottery by Mariella Owens Exhibit Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The January/February display gallery exhibit for 2016 opened today - Pottery by Mariella Owens. Ms. Owens' exhibit is on display until February 28. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The display gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library. 

Artist Statement:

Hi, I'm Mariella Owens. I've been doing pottery for 35 years. And have made many accomplishments.As an artist, I attempt to be very creative with my work, exploring all the different ways of utilizing the clay and making it work for me. I try to have parallels between my work and nature.

The artwork shown on my website supports my vision and development goals by enabling me to move forward with my art shows and studio. It makes a continuation of my developmental style. 
My career as an artist started as a hobby for relaxation. I would hand build pieces and play on the wheel. After 2 or 3 months, it became so fascinating that I started spending my lunch breaks on the wheel, slab roller, and extruder at Riverbend Art Center in Dayton, Ohio.

I wanted to improve my technique and skills as a potter, so I took 9 week sessions of classwork at Riverbend Art Center. After completing the three sessions, I was invited to participate in the student's show Riverbend. Within that first show, I sold enough of my work to buy my first potters wheel. After several smaller shows, I was asked to be an instructor by the Art Counsel in 1984 at Riverbend Art Center. After teaching my first 9 week session, I was asked to return to do 3 sessions instead of one.

I have been doing 10-12 art shows per year and have won numerous awards from Best of Show to Honorable Mention since 1984. In March of 2000, I purchased a barn that I renovated into a studio. The grand opening of "Mariella's" happened on November 2000.Currently I'm living in Georgia and doing lots of shows.