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Ruth Ann Bleau Author Talk and Art Exhibit

We aren't sure when we'll be able to safely invite large groups of patrons into our library again for special programs, so we decided to bring our programs to you virtually! Our first virtual program is with local author and artist Ruth Ann Bleau. Ruth has just written a book called Firedance. Inspired by the poem “We Women” by Monica Nagle, Firedance is a collection of Ruth’s artwork accompanied by a poem celebrating women. In this author talk, Ruth shares her Firedance poem while showcasing the corresponding paintings, which are currently on display at the library.

Ruth earned a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a waitress, a Head Start Aid, and a US Postal Service letter carrier. Throughout her entire life she has had an underlying passion for art and has taken courses at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Her large, colorful paintings are of landscapes, animals, and flowers. She paints very quickly and intensely for two or three hours and then studies the painting for a few days, adjusting the color, contrast, intensities, and patterns.

Ruth's paintings will be on display at the library through mid-October and a copy of Firedance is available to borrow. The library is now open by appointment - sign up online here or give us a call!

Special thanks to Berwick Community Media for recording this library program.


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