Posts Tagged 'Ocean County Library – Upper Shores'

UP: Happy 200th Chopin

The Upper Shores Library hosted a tribute to Fryderyk Chopin in honor of his bicentennial birthday celebration. Heidi Valvano, pianist and Mantoloking Shores native, led the lecture and performed.

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UP hosts quilting artist Resseque

small-012Artists around the world share a common visual language even when words may not be understood.  Local quilters and crafters joined in to welcome artistic quilter, Rusudan Resseque, whose extraordinary creations have been on exhibit this month at the Upper Shores Branch.   A crowd of more than 40 people (including others from the small, culture-rich country which shares borders with Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia) enjoyed meeting the Republic of Georgia born artist, hearing of her unusual quilting techniques & stories of her native land.  The afternoon turned into a multicultural celebration of art, music, food, & customs. The history of Georgia can be traced back to the Stone Age, and it was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity as an official religion early in the 4th century. It was also the first country to make wine! The photo with the singular quilt signifies the importance of wine to Georgians and also honors its matriarchal culture.

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Upper Shores presents Sojourner Truth program

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It was a step back in time and truly seemed as though Sojourner Truth returned to life to once again share her undying commitment to freedom fighting. 35 students & educators from South Toms River’s Discovery Place program were mesmerized as the life of Isabella Baumfree unfolded before us. Following the performance young audience members lined up to shake the hand of actress Daisy Century and to get her autograph. Empathy and a deeper understanding of an amazing life, one that truly made a difference, made this Black History Month one to remember. The evening performance brought out an additional 20 adult community members. The paintings of Preachers Wife Arts/Lavett Ballard added an extra dimension to the event.
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