May 2014

Images across worlds

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Hampton library begins photo exchange with Turkish library

By Corinne Holroyd

Hampton Union , May 13, 2014

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

Katherine Harake and Karen Raynes
Katherine Harake and Karen Raynes put together the photography
show titled “Big City, Small Town: We both Walk in the Same World.”

HAMPTON — Photos of an old woman on a bus, a woman carrying a child and an outdoor market decorate the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton. Some of these images, however, are not just of Hampton, but of Istanbul, Turkey as part of a photo show put together by Hampton resident Karen Raynes and Katherine Harake from Istanbul.

"The show is the result of our collaboration with photographers from all over the world with different levels of experience but with a passion to make a statement with their photography," Raynes said.

The show, titled "Big City, Small Town: We both Walk in the Same World," compares and contrasts Istanbul, Turkey — a city of over 13.85 million people — and Hampton — a town of under 15,000 people.

While the photos are on display in the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, they will also be on display in the Turabibaba Library in Istanbul, Turkey.

According to the library Web site, where Harake wrote about the photo show, the idea came from thinking about her early life in Hampton, where she grew up. She married and moved to Istanbul 20 years ago, where she lives with her husband and two children.

"I benefited greatly from growing up in a town like Hampton with such a great library and was curious why libraries are not as prevalent in Turkey, where I have lived for nearly 20 years," Harake wrote. "I visited an award-winning library in Istanbul last year called Turabibaba, and was very impressed by their efforts to improve the reading culture in their neighborhood."

She then wrote that she talked to the Turabibaba Library director about Hampton and its library. He suggested they set up a "cultural exchange to help raise awareness."

She then started looking for photographers on both sides of the world to help with the exchange.

Big City, Small Town: We both Walk in the Same World” is currently on display at the Lane Memorial Library.
Big City, Small Town: We both Walk in the Same World” is currently
on display at the Lane Memorial Library.

"The director of the Hampton Historical Society, Betty Moore, introduced Katherine Harake and myself a year ago," Raynes said. "Katherine was looking for some Hampton photographers who would be willing to participate in an exchange with Istanbul, Turkey."

They connected and put together the show, which will educate Lane Memorial Library visitors about Turkey and the Turabibaba Library visitors about Hampton.

"Turkish people often ask me what life is like in Hampton, and people in Hampton are equally curious about my life in Istanbul," Harake wrote. "These pictures give a glimpse into both worlds, and while viewers can make their own judgments, I ultimately hope it will spark the same curiosity that motivated me to learn about the world, with the help of their local library."

The Istanbul photos were taken by ex-patriots, part of a group called the International Women of Istanbul Photo Club, and the Hampton photos were taken by five residents in town.

"Once Katherine Harake found a group available and willing to be part of the exchange in Istanbul, Turkey, we edited our photos and came up with 50 from each place," Raynes said.

The photo show premiered on May 5, where both Harake and Raynes presented the photos.

"Katherine talked about her goal with the exchange: to encourage people to use their library," Raynes said. "Along with the fine photos on display, she brought Turkish delights and baklava from Istanbul. What a way to win over a crowd."

The show will remain open throughout May in Hampton and the Istanbul show will open in the Turabibaba Library when Harake returns to Turkey on May 12.

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Nancy Morgan, Fabric Artist: June exibit in the Weston Gallery

Nancy MorganDuring the month of June, Nancy Morgan will be exhibiting her textured scenes of coastal life in our downstairs Weston Gallery. At first glance many viewers are hard pressed to believe that these images are created from bits of fabric and a variety of stitching techniques. We asked Nancy to share a little bit of how she creates these amazing photo-realistic works.

She replied that many of her pieces begin with a photograph she takes of local scenes. “The actual process is much the same as painting,” she says, “My sewing machine being my brush and my fabric and thread being my medium. Fabric is layered, stitched using the free motion technique, and the excess fabric cut away for each element of the piece, also known as raw edged appliqué. Thread and tulle (nylon net) are then sewn as shading or accents. My intent is to depict as much detail as possible using the medium of fabric, thread and tulle."

Morgan’s intimate acquaintance with fabric comes from the years that she has been sewing since she was a child. Her very early love of dancing, which continued through adulthood when she studied dance at Adelphi University, resulted in many hours spent at the sewing machine to fashion costumes. 

Although self taught she has always had an interest in art and graphic design. Several years ago she was introduced to the technique of free style quilting and discovered a way of combining her sewing and artistic skills. Although she still uses the basic technique that she learned originally, “It has been through trial and error, and by studying many other fabric artists,” says Nancy, “that I have developed a style of my own.”

Born in Portsmouth, NH, Morgan has lived her entire life on the seacoast, currently residing in Portsmouth, NH and Shapleigh, ME.

"Summer in the square"Tyrant

Hampton library celebrates Free Comic Book Day

By Corinne Holroyd

Hampton Union, May 6, 2014

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

Comic book artist and writer Rich Woodall visited the Hampton Lane Memorial Library as part of Free Comic Book Day.
Comic book artist and writer Rich Woodall visited the Lane Memorial
Library as part of Free Comic Book Day. [Corinne Holroyd photo]


HAMPTON — Pizza man, lollipop superheroes and a woman feeding chickens: These characters were all created at a Free Comic Book Day event at Lane Memorial Library in Hampton with local comic book artist and writer Rich Woodall.

Woodall came to the library to give a presentation about his work in the comic book world, the history of comics and how to make a comic. Afterwards, the attendees — ages 8 to 18 — were able to make their own.

"Any time I get to talk to kids about comics I jump at it," Woodall said. "... There's not a lot of kids who read comics."

"Or read in general," added Teen Services Librarian Stacy Mazur, who put the event together.

Woodall is the creator of "Johnny Raygun," a member of an intergalactic law enforcement agency in a comic published locally by JetPack Press in Rochester.

The kids and teens got to put their own comics together, including sketching panels, drawing with pencils, inking in their drawings and stapling the pages together, giving them a front and back cover with six pages inside for their comic.

"When you're doing a comic book, there are no rules," Woodall said. "... If you have a pencil and a napkin, you can make a comic strip."

Thirteen children and teens attended, along with three adults, including parents and library staff.

"It's always good to have programs in the community for teens," Mazur said. "It's really good to have kids in the library."

Winnacunnet High School junior Chris Proctor has made his own comics before, but continued to draw a new one during the event.

"I really like comics," he said. "I started reading them when I was five."

Winnacunnet sophomore Effie Doyle described herself as an artist, but said that, while she usually does not draw cartoons, the event "sounded interesting."

"I didn't know this was going on today, he (Proctor) invited me," she said.

The library has had Free Comic Book Day events before, but this is the first one Mazur has run as the teen services librarian since she took on the role in January.

At the event, attendees received free comics, food and a demonstration from Woodall on how to make a comic.

Mazur also said that this is the first Free Comic Book Day with a presenter. Woodall was recommended to Mazur by the other librarians in Hampton and he accepted the invitation right away.

Woodall said that he was going to come early to find some comics and books about drawing comics, but Mazur had already gathered the ones he would have picked and even mounted some comic book covers on the wall.

"She was pretty much on top of it," Woodall said. "Pretty awesome."

During the event, Woodall spoke about his history with comic books, the general history of comics and how to put a comic together.

Woodall's parents gave him multiple comic books when he was a kid. When he turned eight years old, his father got a job that moved the family around the country every year until Woodall turned 17. During that time he would buy comics at convenience stores and make friends who helped him learn how to make comics better.

Eventually they moved to Nashua, where Woodall took a job at a comic book store and would draw during his free time. A representative from Fruit of the Loom came in, saw his drawings and offered him a job in their sports and licensing division making T-shirts for such companies as Looney Toons, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association.

He then joined a small comic company, expecting to be able to draw but instead driving the editor around to different conventions, but at no cost to Woodall. He got to rub elbows with people from the business.

He sent his Johnny Raygun idea to such companies as Marvel and DC Comics and was turned down, but with some suggestions and reassurance.

"It was all very encouraging," Woodall said.

He then married and continued to draw T-shirts, but was not happy despite the money he was making, so he started working for Pixel Media in Portsmouth.

Woodall has done small works with Marvel, DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics, but mostly works locally.

"No one really knows who I am unless you're local," he said.

Woodall now works at MadPow, a graphic design company where he is a senior visual designer, which has left little time for comics.

"I have to be super choosey which ones I work," he said.

His Mad Pow bosses, however, were happy to let him come to the Lane Memorial Library event, which took place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2.

Mazur said she eventually wants to get some of the teens in the room to volunteer in a peer advising group she want to put together. The group would let them pick the programs and try to get more teens in the library.

"I've been pushing for more programs," she said.

The Barbara London Jazz Trio - May 29 at 7:00PM

Barbara LondonPlease join us on Thursday May 29, at 7 PM in the downstairs Weston Gallery for a jazz concert featuring Hampton’s own Barbara London on flute, keyboard, and vocals, joined by bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Gary Gemmiti.  The trio will play selections from Barbara’s new recording, Moonlight, as well as favorite jazz standards.  There will be a chance to meet the artists and a Q & A  opportunity.  Barbara’s new CD and watercolor cards will be on display and available. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London is an award-winning flutist, composer, pianist, vocalist, artist, and educator. Recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts jazz performance grants, she has performed across the country and abroad and produced eight recordings of original compositions on her wild aster label.

Jim Lyden studied with both classical and jazz bassists. He gained experience by playing throughout northern New England with blues, funk, rock, and jazz musicians including Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Oliver Lake, and Frank Foster.

Gary Gemmiti studied with the late world-renowned Alan Dawson. Comfortable in a variety of styles, Gemmiti has worked with well-known New England artists including the Spectras, Cormac McCarthy, Cari Coltrane, and blues great Mighty Sam McClain.