Monday, August 18, 2014

Women Artists Display

Women Artists Display

This month's second floor display is all about women artists!  Check it out to find a wide display of books on female artists, including both fiction and non-fiction.  

The display is located on the second floor, to the right of the stairs and just in front of the elevator.  Come take a look!

A few books you'll find on the display:


In December 1962, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa set sail from Paris to New York for what was arguably the riskiest art exhibition ever mounted. For 88 charmed days, “Lisa Fever” swept the nation as nearly two million Americans attended exhibits in Washington, D.C. and New York. And as only Jacqueline Kennedy could do, she infused America’s first museum blockbuster show with a unique sense of pageantry, igniting a national love affair with the arts.

This fresh, richly illustrated book is the first in-depth presentation of how women artists have chosen to picture themselves. As Frances Borzello demonstrates, the number and variety of women's self-portraits are astonishing, as are the brashness and timidity, the pride and wit, and the intense emotions that stare out from these pages.

"A Studio of Her Own" tells the interwoven stories of some forty women artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, exploring, in the author's words, "both the individual lives and talents of Boston women artists and the integrated relationships that enabled many of them to excel."


Zoia's Gold by Philip Sington

Madam Zoia, the enigmatic "painter on gold," is dead. The last surviving member of the Romanov court, she leaves behind a house full of paintings, a collection of private papers, and a mystery. Marcus Elliot travels to Sweden to write the catalog that will accompany the sale of her work, but he must lay his own ghosts to rest before the priceless truth can come within his grasp.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland 
(Book on CD)
It's 1893, and at the Chicago World's Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s division. Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman, which ultimately force her to protest against the company she has worked so hard to cultivate. 

The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein

This novel tells the story of Pan Yuliang, one of the most talented--and provocative--Chinese artists of the twentieth century.Jennifer Cody Epstein's epic brings to life the woman behind the lush, Cezannesque nude self-portraits, capturing with lavish detail her life in the brothel and then as a concubine to a Republican official who would ultimately help her find her way as an artist. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

AWESOME Wellesley Reads

Have you read something awesome? Share your awesome titles with us! Starting this summer you will be able to tell us about the awesome books you are reading and we will display them online at the WFL Awesome Box.
How will we find out about these awesome books? Place your awesome books in the special Awesome Box book drop on the first floor of the main library. Check out other awesome titles suggested by other readers!