Putney Library offering workshops, art exhibit

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PUTNEY — The Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., is offering special programs and exhibits during the month of June

- Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently as a multi-pronged scourge has devastated many of the nation's 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobby beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country. Bill Mares, a writer and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont.

This Vermont Humanities Council event is free and open to the public.

- Join in at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, for a viewing of the Incredible Edible TED Talk and community discussion regarding starting a local chapter — Incredible Edible Putney — dedicated to planting food everywhere that is available to anyone. Not a gardener? Don't worry — if you eat, you're in! All kinds of talents are needed. Don't have a lot of time to devote? No worries — there are lots of ways to get involved. This program is free and open to the public.

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-Marlboro artist Cathy Osman's recent collages are on exhibit at library until June 29, during library hours (Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Osman states, "as a painter and printmaker living in southern Vermont I am attentive to the landscape's inherent beauty. The foundation of my work grows from a deeply felt connection to my natural surroundings. The artwork is collage based. Using my printing press I layer different surface textures and colors as raw material, creating a substrata made dense with an overlay of marks and color. In some of these pieces I have included photographic materials. This series of images incorporates renderings of the honey bee. The environmental and biological stresses affecting this insect are not merely emblematic, but serve as a barometer reflecting the enormity of impact the loss of insect life will have upon the security of our world."

Curator Nancy Storrow says, "The collages are bold and colorful, Look for the mysterious outlines of carefully rendered bee wings.

Osman taught visual art at Marlboro College from 1997 to 2018. In celebration of her years at the college, she had a major exhibition at the Drury Gallery, Marlboro and Catherine Dianich Gallery, Brattleboro. She lives in Marlboro with her husband Tim Segar.

For information on prices contact: cosman@marlboro.eduFor more information on these and other programs, call the library at 802-387-4407.


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