Monthly Archives: June 2010

iPad at the Schulz Library!

A new bit of technology has arrived at the Schulz Library.  Maybe I’ve been watching too many Next Generation re-runs, but it looks kind of familiar…

That’s right, we have an iPad!  It will reside in the Schulz Library.  It’s not available for check-out, but library member are welcome to play with it during our library hours.

I’m not very tech savvy, but I have to say, this is a handy library tool.  Let’s say I want to check out some books by Yoshihiro Tatsumi.  I grab the iPad, head for the shelves and search for Tatsumi on our Librarything site.  The iPad tells me where to look (the Manga section) and what’s available (dang, A Drifting Life is checked out!)   

Come to the Schulz Library and give it a whirl!

– Robyn Chapman

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The Silver Pony by Lynd Ward

As the son of an activist, American woodcut artist Lynd Ward often addressed class and labor issues in his many early graphic novels, wordless sequences in fact. So imagine my eye-widening surprise when I found this beauty of a silver book recently procured for the library about one of the most beloved cryptids on earth.

The story from 1973 silently follows the life of a young farm boy, spending his days in the pasture watching the livestock of his family. His wondering mind keeps him occupied but eventually he realizes he is in the company of a silver pegasus! The above drawing is so beautiful, the earnest almost dog-like fascination the cow possesses juxtaposed by the run-for-the-hills horror of the boy.

Like any good parent, the farm boy’s father refused to believe in such a pony with wings and took him for a good turn over both knees! Though the story has no words or sound effects, we all can hear (and some can feel) the hand meeting denimed buttocks as the ominous rooster enjoys the view.

Ward shows off his abilities in page after break-taking page as the story pushes forth to the second act. Each reader HOPES for the wonderous ride and soon we see the boy on the pegasus winging through the trees, clouds and endless sky.

The boy and the horse of the wind visit all ends of the earth performing good, the type we as adults are rarely allowed to enjoy. While the gift of the apple to the ice-fishing child could be misconstrued for a comment on lifestyles, diet, culture etc., if you look through the eyes of a child, it is merely a kindness.

The story twists and turns but is about the rebirth of creativity and imagination. Honestly, it was wonderful to see a pegasus character in a rather serious story arch as well. And the ending, well it was not what I expected (surprises!) but enjoy it for yourself.  So pick up Lynd Ward’s The Silver Pony for the child in you and nearest to you.

Jen Vaughn

First Fridays at the Schulz Library


The first Friday of the month is a special day in White River Junction.  The community opens it doors and offers gallery receptions, live music, food tastings, studio visits and artist talks.  Starting this Friday, June 4th, The Schulz Library is joining in.  From 5-8pm, the Schulz Library will be open to the public.  You are welcome browse our shelves and read from our one-of-a-kind collection.  However, check-out privileges are still reserved for Schulz Library members.

Select student work will be available for sale, as will our fetching Schulz Library tote bags.  The Open House will be (very) lightly catered by the only comics-centric snack we could find: Bazooka Joe gum.
NOTE: individuals found guilty of sticking ABC gum to any library property will prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Cartoonist and librarian, Chuck Forsman, will be on hand offer tours and answer questions.


Hope to see you this Friday!  And if you are in the neighborhood, consider these other First Friday events: 


The Center for Cartoon Studies
94 South Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Thesis Exhibition
May 15-June 12
First Friday Reception: June 4, 5-8pm

An exhibition featuring work by the 2010 graduating class of The Center for Cartoon Studies.


Main Street Museum
58 Bridge Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Erica Layton; Human Hair Lace
Opens Friday, June 4, 2010.
Reception and performance 6-9, show up until June 30

Behold, an artistic endeavor of tiny proportions! Erica Layton of Norwich has been exploring the traditional methods of making needle point lace. This remarkably delicate technique is emphasized by the unusual fibers that Erica weaves; individual strands of human hair. Human hair lace is surprisingly strong, gets curly in humid weather and is astoundingly beautiful.


Elixir
188 South Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

First Friday music continues with Evan Carey appearing at Elixir June 4 from 8-11pm. Evan is a charismatic solo performer playing flamenco and classical guitar. His compositions combine the tight, crisp rhythm of flamenco with the thoughtful development of ideas found in classical music.


White River Indie Films
Festival Opens June 4th at Northern Stage
12 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Friday Programming:

SHOOTING BEAUTY

4:00PM • $8
 USA • 64 minutes
Building on the famed bedrock of photographer Diane Arbus, the husband/wife team of documentary filmmaker George Kachadorian (whose prior doc Wall Street was up for an Academy Award) and Boston-based photographer Courtney Bent forge an unusual, moving introspective window on a world most of us choose not to see.

WRIF GALA WITH CINDY PIERCE AND SCREENING OF ORGASM, INC.
6:30PM • $35
 A full evening, starting at 6:30 with snacks and drinks to fete filmmaker Liz Canner and screen her new film, Orgasm, Inc. at 7pm, followed by a special appearance by Upper Valley’s premiere comic, Cindy Pierce, at 9pm. Then drinks, food and partying! Ticket includes film, performance, food and a cash bar.

7PM ORGASM, INC
2009 • USA • 78 minutes
Norwich filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing porno videos. No, she’s not working at some erotica mill in the San Fernando Valley, but at a legitimate pharmaceutical company. Her assignment is to supply visual material for tests in an unusual drug trial. Her employer wants to develop the first Viagra for women.
Q & A with Liz Canner after the film.

9PM SPECIAL APPEARANCE: CINDY PIERCE
With her stand-up act, Finding The Doorbell, Pierce has taken her brand of frank and hilarious sexual story-telling to stages, campuses, and clubs throughout New England and New York City. Her material is explicit and on-the-mark. Her style ribald and high-energy. She’ll bring a comic’s sharp aim to hit some of the same controversies that Canner targets in her eye-opening documentary.


PHOTOSTOP Gallery
85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Shooting Beauty: photographs from the “Picture This” project
June 4 through June 26
First Friday Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: 5:30-8 pm

Photographs from the “Picture This” photography project and featured in the documentary film “Shooting Beauty” will be on display in the PHOTOSTOP Gallery from June 4 through June 26. The photographs will be on exhibit in conjunction with the screening of Shooting Beauty during the White River Independent Film Festival (WRIF) on June 4 at 4 pm as the kick-off event of the Festival. Filmmaker George Kachadorian, originally from Woodstock, VT, will give a gallery talk at 5:30 pm on the making of the film and the photographs at PHOTOSTOP immediately following the screening at Northern Stage.

The “Picture This” project is an award-winning photography workshop directed by photographer Courtney Bent (also married to George Kachadorian) for individuals with cerebral palsy. Bent retrofitted cameras so that residents of the United Cerebral Palsy program could document their lives and tell their own stories.


Two Rivers Printmaking Studio
85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Carol Lippman

Opening Friday, June 4th, 6 – 8 PM


Tip Top Media and Arts Building
85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Tip Top Artists invite you to enjoy Open Studio’s from 5 to 8 PM on the First Friday of every month, and also check out the expanded Gallery spaces downstairs in the Tip Top Building.

Studio 205
Barns, Hills & Houses
Pastels by Kathy Detzer
5:30-8pm

Studio 233

Oil Paintings by Laura Wolfe
5-8pm


Upper Valley Food Co-op
193 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Every First Friday The Upper Valley Food Co-op offers a 5% discount and food samples from 4-6 PM.  There is almost always live music.


 

– Robyn Chapman