Artists and Residents Celebrate Return of Biennial Juried Art Exhibit

March 21, 2023

Many artists and residents came to the Bedford Free Public Library late Sunday afternoon for a reception celebrating the Biennial Juried Community Art Show.

The community show, which returned to the library after an extended Covid vacation, includes 29 diverse pieces.

The artists selected for this year’s show include Rita Maria Ake, Judi Babcock, Peter Bain, Bob Bass, Marcia Bushnell, Florence Como, Frances Grandinetti, Maria Green, Brian Guay, Sirarpi Heghinian-Walzer, Kelly Heim, Ellen Hurley, Calla Kahan-Fagan, Kati Oates, Navyasree Patnam, Taline Saatjian, Pip Shepley, Namrata Siviya, Alexander Slanda, Stanislaw Slanda, Doris Smith, Susan St. Maurice, Gail Terrell, Dan Vlahos, Martha Wakefield, and Laura Wallace. 

The works for the exhibit were selected by juror Jane Deering, a former gallery director who is currently active with both Concord Art and the Concord Museum.

She said previously, “My goal for the Bedford Library exhibition was to survey the range of techniques… and to choose from among them a variety of media.” 

She noted schools have limited art appreciation curricula resulting in the public knowing less about methods of artistic expression. 

“Oil paintings are treasured,” Deering said, “but what about work in textile and fiber? lumen prints? batik painting? collage? copper etchings…etcetera, etcetera. The options and possibilities open to us are – and will continue to be – thrilling.”

Library Director Richard Callaghan said, “After a four-year absence, it is great to have the Biennial Art Show back at the library. The exhibit offers a chance for local artists to show their works and brings in patrons to the library. As the only permanent public space for artists in Bedford, we are always looking for new works to display.” 

The show will be on view in the library through Tuesday, May 9.

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Doris Smith is an Arts and Cultural Reporter for The Bedford Citizen. She was supported by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council from December 2022 - June 2023.

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