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Athenaeum News

"The Domes" Has Left the Building!

Scott Davis

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"The Domes of the Yosemite" will be gone until July of 2018! At 150 years of age, the painting needs some TLC. It will spend the winter in Miami at ArtCare Conservation, and be on exhibit at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida after conservation. Be sure to join us in July 2018 to welcome The Domes home to the Athenaeum!

Micromosaic Table on Exhibit at the Athenaeum Art Gallery

Scott Davis

Bruce Barret of Maine has loaned the Athenaeum a micromosaic table that has come down through his family. The appraisal describes the table "Italian, Third Quarter of the 19th Century." Mr. Barret has visited the Athenaeum for years. He has an affection for the institution and had seen the Athenaeum's two mircromosaic pieces on many visits. The table has been in his family for years coming from his grandfather. Mr. Barret said, "I thought it would be nice to show it to the people in St. Johnsbury and other visitors to the Athenaeum".

Athenaeum Director Bob Joly praised the condition and beauty of the table. "This is a very fine example of the art. The flowers and doves, and Greek-key motifs are found in other great examples of this kind of work. We are very grateful to Mr. Barret for loaning this beautiful table to the Athenaeum to enhance understanding of the art form."

Come to the Athenaeum Pig Roast July 22!

Scott Davis

Saturday, July 22, 4-8 pm. Pig Roast, Rosemary Chicken, Award-winning Sausage Appetizer, Side Dishes, Beer, Soda. Tickets $20 per person; $50 per family. Purchase tickets by calling Scott Davis at 802-745-1393 or sdavis@stjathenaeumorg.

Looking for Kids to Join a Puppet Show Team!

Scott Davis

Calling all kids who would like to be part of a puppet show team!  I am looking for a group of kids who would like to work on puppet shows over the summer.  The Puppet team would do shows for Storytimes, family events, and the end of summer celebration for Summer Reading.  If you are interested, contact Adele West-Fisher (802-745-1391),Youth Services Librarian, by Friday, June 9.

Athenaeum Hosts De Gustibus inter Libros Dinner

Scott Davis

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum hosted a five-course dinner, “De Gustibus inter Libros” (A Feast among the Books), as a fundraiser on Saturday, May 6. Organized by trustee and food writer Edward Behr and Kimberly Behr, eighty local residents enjoyed a sumptuous meal prepared by Chef David Hale, formerly of the Auberge du Soleil in the Napa Valley, and Chef James MacGuire of Montreal, working with the culinary students of the St. Johnsbury Academy. The meal was served in the Victorian fiction room, which was decorated with numerous ferns and ficus trees and lit with table fairy lights and spotlights throughout, including in the wrap-around balconies. Guests enjoyed fare such as monkfish with curry sauce, stuffed quail with ramps and fingerling potatoes, and rhubarb and rose Bavarian with strawberries. There was also a cheese course featuring Hartwell cheese from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro and served with Eden Ice Cider from Charleston. Attendees commented that the culinary students provided service on a professional level. Said attendee Paige Crosby, “I’ve been to almost every event in St. Johnsbury for thirty years, and attended events across the country, and this was the finest event I’ve ever been to. It was elegant and intimate, and the food was amazing.” It was a wonderful evening that highlighted the charms of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum hosted a five-course dinner, “De Gustibus inter Libros” (A Feast among the Books), as a fundraiser on Saturday, May 6. Organized by trustee and food writer Edward Behr and Kimberly Behr, eighty local residents enjoyed a sumptuous meal prepared by Chef David Hale, formerly of the Auberge du Soleil in the Napa Valley, and Chef James MacGuire of Montreal, working with the culinary students of the St. Johnsbury Academy.

The meal was served in the Victorian fiction room, which was decorated with numerous ferns and ficus trees and lit with table fairy lights and spotlights throughout, including in the wrap-around balconies. Guests enjoyed fare such as monkfish with curry sauce, stuffed quail with ramps and fingerling potatoes, and rhubarb and rose Bavarian with strawberries.

There was also a cheese course featuring Hartwell cheese from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro and served with Eden Ice Cider from Charleston. Attendees commented that the culinary students provided service on a professional level.

Said attendee Paige Crosby, “I’ve been to almost every event in St. Johnsbury for thirty years, and attended events across the country, and this was the finest event I’ve ever been to. It was elegant and intimate, and the food was amazing.”

It was a wonderful evening that highlighted the charms of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

Tech Support Available Thursdays 5-7 p.m.

Scott Davis

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Bring your phone, tablet, or laptop to our weekly tech support session and learn how to access our online services!

 

 

 

 

Friday, Sept. 16, 7 pm: Mohamad Hafez Speaks on His Artwork and the Syrian Conflict

Scott Davis

Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will offer a very personal view of what it's like for an upper class Damascene family to become forced migrants - their lives before and after, decision points, forced hands, and adjustment to new realities.  This will be an opportunity to better understand what the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II looks like to an individual and family who have been through it. 

Mr. Hafez creates mixed and multi-media sculptures representing Middle Eastern streetscapes and buildings besieged by civil war, deliberately contrasted with hopeful verses from the Quran, audio recordings from his homeland, and other elements of his Islamic heritage.

His exhibition,  Unsettled Nostalgia, is a multimedia installation that incorporates pre-war wall murals, sculpture depicting the post-war reality, miniature elements, and photography focusing on the war and the current refugee crisis.

 

Robert Ford: Can Syria Be Put Back Together Again?

Scott Davis

Robert Ford discussed the Syrian crisis at the Athenaeum on Wednesday, August 24. He served as the United States Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014. In 2012 he was awarded the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his work. Robert has recently joined the Board of Trustees at the Athenaeum. Watch the video of his presentation here.