Paintings by Arlington resident Mary Jennings are on display on the first floor at the Central Library for the month of July.
Of the series on display, Jennings writes:
“Hand Out” exemplifies my effort to break out of a predictable pattern of the head over heart creation of art…The old world scholar, Fibonacci had to have been profoundly aware of his insignificance and his need, in the discovery of how nature patterns itself so beautifully…While pondering this, I began to think about the significance of The Tuckahoe Elementary School Discovery Schoolyard. The layout originates within the center of the school building, in a courtyard, then winds it way around the whole school, almost in a spiral of small connected “classrooms”. I have created canvases according to the mathematical pattern discovered by Leonardo Fibonacci, thus forming a spiral. As I was forming the foundation of these works in my head, I became aware of yet another spiral pattern found. In this case it was in the parent, teacher and student learning community. I was a parent of a student at Tuckahoe when the schoolyard was just an idea. Through the humble desire to teach children more and give them the benefits of learning from nature by placing them in outdoor classrooms, a fellowship between art, academics and community results. The number pattern is there. I see it. It’s beautiful.
On her blog Jennings also writes, “I love how my neighborhood library recognizes the value of exposing the good works of local artists.” Thank you Mary!
Are you interested in the Library’s art program? You can find information on current exhibits, permanent installations and how to apply to show your work at the Library on our Art Exhibits page.