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10/1/2012 - Agawam Art Exhibits for the Month of October

For the month of October, the Agawam Public Library will be displaying the paintings of  Lambertus “Bertie” Ekkart on the gallery walls.

            “Bertie” was born in 1929 in Bandung, Indonesia to Dutch parents.  At a very young age they moved back to Holland where Bertie spent his childhood. He was a soloist with the “Ballet de Paris” under Roland Petit.  His career was cut short after thirteen years by an accident.   He began training in both Holland and New York and became a very successful and noted ‘nose’ in the perfume industry, working for several known houses. His knees and back became a source of constant pain due to the years of dancing.  He retired to Miami Beach in 1991 to heal himself.  Bertie spiritual nature drew him to the need to express his ideas on canvas.   Taking art lessons under Michael George on Miami Beach, at age seventy Bertie started painting in his Miami Beach studio overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  The Wallflower Gallery in Miami’s “Art District,” in 2000, had a well-received showing of Bertie’s works.  Bertie continued painting until his death in 2005.  He completed, in all, a total of sixty-five works.                   

Throughout the month of October, the Agawam Public Library will display in the double glass cases dollhouses created by Agawam Brownie Troop #11085.  The leaders of the Brownie Troop are Sue Drumm, Lisa Allen-Geissler, and Christine Bertoncelli.

             Throughout the past year, the troop saved recyclable materials to build their own dollhouses.  They thought it would be appropriate to use the cases for Girl Scout cookies as their house frames.  With the assistance of their parents and leaders at their Camporee Weekend this past Memorial Day, the girls began to build their projects.  The entire group became so incredibly focused on the details that they ran out of time and had to complete their dollhouses at home over the summer.  The only limit was their imaginations!  The girls learned two powerful lessons.  First, we live in a disposable society, and there are many uses for our “trash,” and secondly how to make the most of the things that we do have. The girls from the troop hope you enjoy viewing their houses and noticing the details.  Hopefully, you will try to make something fun out of your own recyclables. 


   For the month of October, the library will be displaying the custom-made jewelry of Lara Dianne Sloma in the Johnson Memorial and Downstairs cases. 

            Lara lives in Agawam with her husband, her very active two year old son, and their two cats and a dog.  She has been designing and making jewelry since she lived in Savannah back in 2001. What started out as a hobby has grown into so much more for her. Ever since her son was born, she has been making it as a means to be able to do what she loves --be a stay-at-home mom and have the career she always wanted.   Her style ranges from modern charm bracelets, earrings & necklaces (very popular items at this time), to the timeless semi-precious statement pieces, along with everything in between.


Contact:  Joanne Szelag, Adult Services Librarian, (413)-789-1550 ext. 8851, jszelag@agawamlibrary.org