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All Dressed Up: A History of Clothing Through Paintings



THURSDAY, MAY 18, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.    Zoom  

      Clothing is an essential no matter where you live. It tells us not only what people of a particular area needed to wear in their climate, but how clothing expressed social status. Clothing changes as culture changes - in color, texture, accessories, and complementary footwear. You’ll learn how paintings show you a person’s occupation, social status, and political or religious position. You’ll see how children’s clothing changed over time. We’ll look not just at how hats, clothing, accessories, and shoes reveal a way of life, but also how artists used techniques on canvas to show sheen, detail, and texture.

      After many years of teaching classical languages, philosophy, and the history of ideas at Souhegan High School, presenter Nancy Baker now spends her time volunteering. She is immediate past Executive Chair of the Guild of Volunteers at the Currier Museum of Art and is an active docent there. Nancy gives talks on art, language and the history of ideas at the Currier, libraries, senior living enrichment programs, and community groups in the greater area. She is Chairman of the Amherst Library Board of Trustees and is an enthusiastic supporter of the role of the free library in communities.

      Virtual Program. Registration Required.


Image: Guiseppe Arcimboldo, Summer (1563)

Julia Child: Bon Appetit!



TUESDAY, MAY 23, 7:00 – 8:15 PM      Zoom

      In the 1960s, thousands tuned in every week to watch Julia Child demonstrate the art of French cooking on television.  Actress and scholar Leslie Goddard, Ph.D. brings the iconic French Chef to life in this portrayal, where Child discusses everything from her relationship with her husband Paul Child to the mishaps of cooking on television. Bon Appetit! 

      Virtual Program. Registration Required.

“Good Weed/Bad Weed”

Amherst Garden Club Side Shoots Program

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THURSDAY, MAY 11, 7:00—8:00 PM

        On Thursday, May 11, from 7-8 PM, at the Amherst Town Library, the Amherst Garden Club’s Side Shoots and the Amherst Town Library will co-sponsor a program titled:   Good Weed/Bad Weed.   What is a Good Weed?  What is a Bad Weed?  Is there any difference?  What is a weed?  Is it a condition of semantics or personal preference?  Come and find out!

        Mary Salmon, our presenter, a long time Amherst Garden Club member and NH Master Gardener, is back to give us some tips about a few ‘Weeds.’

        Please register on the library’s Calendar of Events if you are interested in attending.

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