Photo: A contented crowd gathered around bookbinder Amy Borezo as she taught her art to a multi-generational group at the Wheeler Memorial Library. Each participant left with their uniquely created bound treasure book which would be used to record their thoughts with words or pictures.
For the last five weeks the Wheeler Memorial Library has hosted a once weekly After School Arts program which brought in five different artists from the North Quabbin Region, one each week. These artist generously shared their expertise, materials, and creative spirit with the elementary-aged children and adults who attended. It has been a wonderfully successful activity which was organized by children's librarian, Candy Cross, and funded through a grant from the Orange Cultural Council. Especially pleasing was the number of boys who showed a strong interest in art. So far those involved have learned bookbinding, straw weaving, photography, potatoes printing, and hula hoop dancing. This special program will conclude the week of school vacation, April 21- 25, with 3 sessions of Trash Can Art at the Wheeler Memorial Library lead by artist Nina Wellen, and a free show of Cinderella by the fabulous Tanglewood Marionettes at the Orange Town Hall at 6:30. A marionette show is self explanatory, except to say that this version of Cinderella is unlike any other read or seen. Trash Can Art will follow the theme, "We live in Orange, Let's keep it Green, Keep it Clean." At the conclusion of 3 sessions, Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30 plus Saturday 12:00-2:00, it is hoped that ten 30-gallon trash cans will have been painted to brighten public places around Orange and helping to keep it clean as the town gets ready for it bicentennial.