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New art exhibition to open at library

It’s always a great pleasure for your Sisson Library to showcase the many accomplished artists in our county — and July 30 marks the opening of another fabulous exhibition.

Six students of local watercolorist Denny Rose — artists ranging in age from 18 to 80 — will have their work displayed at the library through the month of August, along with that of their popular and talented teacher. They are hoping you will attend a special opening reception on Thursday evening, July 30 from 5-7 p.m. to visit with the artists, see their work, and enjoy some refreshments:

• Glessie Drake will be showing five of her amazing bird and animal paintings. She is a fan of respected local photographer Bruce Andersen, and with his blessing often uses his photography as the basis of a painting.

• Marti Parrish, who divides her time between Pagosa and Scottsdale, does landscapes, unusual animal paintings, and watercolor scenes that include people. She will have five or more recent paintings in the library show.

• Cathy Rutherford, who has studied with celebrated watercolorists in Sedona and Denver as well as with Denny Rose and fellow local artist Ginnie Bartlett, also will present her work at the show.

• Eleana Kleckner, a nail technician and skin specialist, plans to have three of her recent paintings in the exhibit.

• The youngest person in the showing of watercolors is Ashley Iverson, a recent graduate of Pagosa Springs High School. Much of her school training has been in oil, acrylic, pencil and pastels. She plans to make art her minor at CSU.

• Brenda Richey plans to specialize in paintings of homes, structural landmarks and other buildings.

New novels

“The Embers” by Hyatt Bass showcases a once-charmed family facing the truth about their role in the death of a family member. “Brodeck” by Philippe Claudel tells of the ramifications when a stranger comes to a village and is murdered, with Brodeck’s job to write a report whitewashing the incident. “The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil chronicles a group of knitters who share their stories and trade advice about life’s traumas. “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann is a novel weaving together stories of a variety of people living fascinating lives in New York City in the 1970s.


“Essential Pleasures,” an anthology of poems edited by Robert Pinsky, is a collection distinguished by its focus on poetry read aloud. It includes works by traditional favorites like William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost as well as contemporary poems by John Ashbery, Louise Gluck and Yusef Komunyakaa.

Novels for teens

“Cathy’s Book” is an interactive text and fast-paced adventure which takes the heroine into the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

“Hard to Love” by Ellen Wittlinger explores the awkwardness of awakening sexuality and a growing preoccupation with identity. “Come in from the Cold” by Marsha Qualey is about two teens facing life after siblings’ deaths. “Hit the Road” by Caroline B. Cooney is the adventure of a teen driving her grandmother and three friends to their 65th college reunion. “Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror” by Avi is a murder mystery featuring a 15-year-old whom nobody believes. “Along for the Ride” by Sarah Dessen is the story of two lonely teens in a charming beach town exploring life and themselves. These books are written for seventh graders and older.

Books for youngsters

Two new books written for parents and other caregivers to read to youngsters include “Mik’s Mammoth” by Roy Gerrard and “Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire” by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Both books have wonderful illustrations.


“The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 26th Annual Collection” edited by Gardner Dozois includes 30 stories by many masters of the sci-fi genre as well as bright new talents.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Jim and Ione Adams for their generous donation in memory of Charles Worthman. For books and materials this week we thank Meryle Backus, Lyn Dryburgh, Muriel Eason, Blanca Escobar, Marge Jones, Sue Kehret, Staacy Kuhn, Bamma Laizure, Norbert Lechner, Barbara Lindley, Caroline MacKey, Sandy Martin, Merilyn Moorhead, Steve Petrie, Alan and Brigit Suslow, Nikki Taylor, Barbara Trask, Morna Trowbridge and Mark Westby.

Quotable quote

“Leisure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC?-AD65), Roman philosopher, writer and tutor.

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