Nice thank you from The Friends of Sawyer Free Library #GloucesterMA

Colleen shares a nice note of thanks to GMG and the community, and forwards a thank you with an important update & message from the Friends of Sawyer Free:

Thank you (Catherine / GMG) again for all you do for us at the Friends of the SFL we greatly appreciate the work that you do to help us connect with the community. 

Colleen Hogan-Lopez, January 2021

Dear Members,

            As we begin the New Year, with the development of COVID-19 vaccines, we are all hopeful that soon we will be able to gradually return to safer, less restricted lives.  As with any major disruptions, we often look back to see what we can learn from it and  what changes we can make that will not only improve our own lives, but also the lives of others. We reflect on the good things, the things that are truly important, that perhaps in the past we have taken for granted. We adapted as a community, making an effort to help others in whatever way we are able. Neighbors helping neighbors and supporting  service and charitable organizations, that continue to help those in crisis. 

The Sawyer Free Library also adapted to maintain a connection with the people of our community by finding ways to continue services. The staff and administration developed virtual, on-going programs for adults and children and offers curbside service, so patrons can safely pick up books and materials. The Friends of the Library resumed gently used book sales in a new location on the main floor of the library, we now call The Book Nook.

Members like you continued to support our efforts by making a donation during our recent membership drive. Our 2020-2021 membership drive was our only avenue this year to raise the funds  needed to support programs, purchase technology and fulfill other requests from the library.  Your generosity made this year’s drive one of our most successful drives. We are thankful for our faithful current members and also for all of our new members. We want to thank you again for making it possible for us to continue fulfilling our mission; to enhance the patrons’ experience at the Sawyer Free Library. Without your generosity, our goals would not be attainable.

-Rebecca Aliberte, President Friends of Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Friends of Sawyer Free open mini Book Nook at library

Are you looking for some books to get you through the winter season, a holiday cookbook or maybe a gift?  The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library are here for you! While our Book Shop is temporarily closed, we have our new mini “Book Nook” with a smaller selection of gently used fiction and audio books as well as DVDs. The “Book Nook” is located to the left of the main desk. Come in and browse our selections at your convenience. All proceeds are used to benefit the Sawyer Free Library. Thank you for your continued support and have a joyous and safe holiday season.

Colleen Hogan Lopez shares an update from Friends of Sawyer Free Library

Last Call Sawyer Free Friends membership drive 2020-21 Please join or renew here’s how 🏛️📚😊

Reminder from Colleen Hogan Lopez:

“Please join or renew to help the Friends of Sawyer Free support the programs that take place in the library!”

-Colleen Hogan Lopez

Are you a card-carrying member?😉Join/Rejoin Friends of Sawyer Free Library! Little goes a long way

Sharing message from Colleen Hogan-Lopez on behalf of the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library

Dear members of the Gloucester community,


As we, the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library, open our 2020-2021 Membership Drive, we must acknowledge the profound changes that Covid-19 has made in our lives here in Gloucester and across the nation. Our lifestyle and the way that we are able to connect with others in our
families and community, has changed in ways that we could never have imagined.

The Covid-19 virus has impacted the library significantly, including the Friends’ ability to raise money on which the library depends for programs, equipment and services that are beyond the library’s annual budget.

Our major sources of income, our Book Shop and our annual Art Auction, are suspended. With the library closed, patrons have not been able to access the books for sale in our Book Shop.

Also in light of public safety concerns and Covid-19 restrictions, we thought it wise to postpone our annual Art Auction until Spring 2021*.

Our mission is to enhance the patrons’ experience at the library. Now, this year, with the shortfall in revenue, our Membership Drive becomes even more crucial to the ability of the library to continue to serve patrons at the same level as in the past. The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library are reaching out to ask that you please consider becoming a member of the Friends at whatever level of membership you are able. Your donation will allow us to continue our support of the library, and, in turn, allow the library to continue serving all patrons to the fullest extent possible during this unprecedented time. Here is the link to render payment via PayPal for Oct. 2020- Sept. 2021 annual membership, or print out the membership form here (see below) and mail a check to the address at the bottom of the form. We thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Aliberte, President
On behalf of the Friends of the Sawyer Free Board of Trustees

*You can view selections from the 2019 auction here

Art Auction tonight! 6pm light refreshments & live music then 7pm evening sale

generous artists- artist Joy Halsted donated her work for the 2019 annual art auction fundraiser for Sawyer Free Library_Gloucester MA_20190909_©c ryan.jpg
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LIVE AUCTION TONIGHT –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

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View the 67 works included in the 2019 selection:

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Art auction tomorrow!

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THE ANNUAL ART AUCTION  — now a big fundraiser for the Friends — is coming!  Check these dates, mark them on your calendars — Support your library by purchasing a painting

LIVE AUCTION TOMORROW :  Wednesday, October 2,  –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

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Last few days to preview art and leave silent bids. BID LIVE at the auction on Oct 2nd at Sawyer Free Library

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THE ANNUAL ART AUCTION  — now a big fundraiser for the Friends — is coming!  Check these dates, mark them on your calendars — Support your library by purchasing a painting! 

SILENT AUCTION:   Starting on Tuesday, September 3, in the Matz Gallery you’ll find the beautiful art works of local artists which they’ve so generously donated to the Art Auction.  Clear instructions on how to bid on your favorites included in the attachment!  Visit, enjoy and bid!  Closes on Monday September 30th at 5 PM.

LIVE AUCTION :  Wednesday, October 2,  –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

Reposting installation views below:

The preview and silent bidding for the annual art auction is open through September 30th. Come see what work 67 generous artists and supporters have donated this year to help raise money for the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library. The art is hung salon style in groups on the five walls of the Matz Gallery just inside the Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library entrance.

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Spoiler alert: stop here for those that like to bid blind and/or guess the artist.

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For those who want to know and credit the artists, here’s the checklist I’ve cobbled together from the bid book with more photos of the sixty seven 2019 selections:

1 to 5_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan1. Noreen Hale, The Annisquam, oil

2. Fred Kepler, Eastern Point Light, oil

3. Nancy Alimonsky, View From Nichols Candy, oil

4. Pamela Burke, October Moon Rising, acrylic

5. Juni VanDyke, Untitled, acrylic w/epoxy finish

 

6 to 10 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

6. Peter Reis Sr., Alexandra’s Bread bakeshop, oil

7. Cindy Asard, Rockport Harbor, watercolor

8. Roy McCauley, L’il Mako, oil

9.  James Formichella, No Room Between Horses, color pencil

10. Anita Beloff, Beach Dunes

 

11 to 15_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan11. Paul George, Thomas Lannon, watercolor

12. James Watson, Lannon and Bluenose, watercolor

13. Dina Gomery, Autumn Field, oil

14. Sandy Scott, Running Buck, etching

15. Susie Field, Rounding the Buoy, acrylic

 

16 to 19_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan16. Phyllis Kaplan, Resting, watercolor

17. Olga Hayes, Motif #2, watercolor

18. Ray Crane, Pinky Schooner “Ardelle” off Ten Pound Island, oil

19. Lorwen Connie Nagle, Old Country Door, oil

 

20 to 23_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan20. Mary L. Crowningshield, Cottage Garden

21. Don Gorvett, Ice Flower Gloucester Harbor, State Fish Pier

22. Michael De Cosimo, HMS Bounty, oil

23. Patricia McCarthy, The Paint Factory, oil

 

24 to 27 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan24. Barbar Kremer, Little River,Gloucester, watercolor

25. Carole Loiacono, Breaking Light over Wonson Cove, oil

26. Bonnie Sylvester, Ten Pound Island, watercolor

27. Phyllis Feld, Quartet, pastel

 

28 to 31_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan28. Ann Mchem Ziergiebel, Art Class, watercolor

29. Marie Sweeney, Universalist Church, oil

30. Alyce Wherren, Toward Annisquam,

31. Shiela Farren Billings, Blue Twilight, acrylic

 

32 to 35_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan32. Lynda Goldberg, New Experiences, oil and mixed media

33. Linda Lea Bertrand, November Light, oil

34. Susan W. Daly, Sailor’s Stan’s, watercolor

35. Laureen Maher, Birdseye Frozen, oil

 

36 to 39_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan36. Marion Hall, Columbia Mayors Race, watercolor

37. Jeff Weaver, Dock Scene, charcoal and pastel

38. Perry McIntosh, Somewhere in Maine, watercolor

39. K.T. Morse, Bass Rocks, oil

 

40 to 43 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan40. David P. Curtis, Winds of Change, oil

41. Patricia Doran, Little River, watercolor

42. Peter Tysver, From Good Harbor, oil

43. Paul George, Paint Factory, oil

 

44 to 47 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan44. Jude Abbe, Essex Shipyard, oil

45. Danny Mears, Cloudy Valley, colored pencil

46. Mary Rhinelander, Twin Light, Drypoint Monoprint

47. Curtis Wilcox, Bruce Lee’s Enemies, mixed

 

48 to 51_ 2Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan48. Marny Williams, Epic Lighthouse, watercolor

49. Marianne Thompson, Gloucester Blue, oil

50. Sandra Herdman, Essex Burnham House, oil

51. Marianne Ghompson, Black Bird’s Song, oil

 

52 to 55_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan (25)52. Grace Frost, Anchor Lane, pastel

53. Daryl Jackson, Emergence, graphite on paper

54. Mary R. McCarl, Rooster Sunflower Pitcher, watercolor

55. Charlotte Roberts, From T. Wharf, gouache watercolor

 

56 to 59_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan56. Lea Donovan Watson, Little Yellow Flowers, collage

57. Jane Wolf, Tall Grass, watercolor

58. Katherine Coakley, Singing Beach, oil

59. Bavaka Robin Berger, Legends of Worlds Locked in Time, mono/mixed media

 

60 to 62_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan60. Jerry Ackerman, Moody Blues, watercolor

61. MaryJane Lane, Entranced, acrylic

62. Karen Fitzgerald, Resting Dories, watercolor

 

63 to 67_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

63. Coco Berkman

64. Christine Pitman, Mums, acrylic

65. Jess Semeraro, Our Ravens, ink & watercolor

66. Kate Nordstrom, Mom’s Chair, oil

67. Joy Halstead, Cloud 9

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Preview 2019 Sawyer Free Annual Art Auction

The preview and silent bidding for the annual art auction is open through September 30th! Come see what work 67 generous artists and supporters have donated this year to help raise money for the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library. The art is hung salon style in groups on the five walls of the Matz Gallery just inside the Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library entrance.

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Leave a bid now or LIVE at the auction. Collen Hogan-Lopez shares how on behalf of the friends group: HOW TO BID IN THE SILENT AUCTION (3)

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THE ANNUAL ART AUCTION  — now a big fundraiser for the Friends — is coming!  Check these dates, mark them on your calendars — Support your library by purchasing a painting! 

SILENT AUCTION:   Starting on Tuesday, September 3, in the Matz Gallery you’ll find the beautiful art works of local artists which they’ve so generously donated to the Art Auction.  Clear instructions on how to bid on your favorites included in the attachment!  Visit, enjoy and bid!  Closes on Monday September 30th at 5 PM.

LIVE AUCTION :  Wednesday, October 2,  –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM  Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library 

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Spoiler alert: stop here for those that like to bid blind and/or guess the artist.

2019 art auction fundraiser at and for SFL Gloucester MA ©c ryan.jpg

For those who want to know and credit the artists, here’s the checklist I’ve cobbled together from the bid book with more photos of the sixty seven 2019 selections:

1 to 5_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan1. Noreen Hale, The Annisquam, oil

2. Fred Kepler, Eastern Point Light, oil

3. Nancy Alimonsky, View From Nichols Candy, oil

4. Pamela Burke, October Moon Rising, acrylic

5. Juni VanDyke, Untitled, acrylic w/epoxy finish

 

6 to 10 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

6. Peter Reis Sr., Alexandra’s Bread bakeshop, oil

7. Cindy Asard, Rockport Harbor, watercolor

8. Roy McCauley, L’il Mako, oil

9.  James Formichella, No Room Between Horses, color pencil

10. Anita Beloff, Beach Dunes

 

11 to 15_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan11. Paul George, Thomas Lannon, watercolor

12. James Watson, Lannon and Bluenose, watercolor

13. Dina Gomery, Autumn Field, oil

14. Sandy Scott, Running Buck, etching

15. Susie Field, Rounding the Buoy, acrylic

 

16 to 19_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan16. Phyllis Kaplan, Resting, watercolor

17. Olga Hayes, Motif #2, watercolor

18. Ray Crane, Pinky Schooner “Ardelle” off Ten Pound Island, oil

19. Lorwen Connie Nagle, Old Country Door, oil

 

20 to 23_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan20. Mary L. Crowningshield, Cottage Garden

21. Don Gorvett, Ice Flower Gloucester Harbor, State Fish Pier

22. Michael De Cosimo, HMS Bounty, oil

23. Patricia McCarthy, The Paint Factory, oil

 

24 to 27 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan24. Barbar Kremer, Little River,Gloucester, watercolor

25. Carole Loiacono, Breaking Light over Wonson Cove, oil

26. Bonnie Sylvester, Ten Pound Island, watercolor

27. Phyllis Feld, Quartet, pastel

 

28 to 31_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan28. Ann Mchem Ziergiebel, Art Class, watercolor

29. Marie Sweeney, Universalist Church, oil

30. Alyce Wherren, Toward Annisquam,

31. Shiela Farren Billings, Blue Twilight, acrylic

 

32 to 35_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan32. Lynda Goldberg, New Experiences, oil and mixed media

33. Linda Lea Bertrand, November Light, oil

34. Susan W. Daly, Sailor’s Stan’s, watercolor

35. Laureen Maher, Birdseye Frozen, oil

 

36 to 39_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan36. Marion Hall, Columbia Mayors Race, watercolor

37. Jeff Weaver, Dock Scene, charcoal and pastel

38. Perry McIntosh, Somewhere in Maine, watercolor

39. K.T. Morse, Bass Rocks, oil

 

40 to 43 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan40. David P. Curtis, Winds of Change, oil

41. Patricia Doran, Little River, watercolor

42. Peter Tysver, From Good Harbor, oil

43. Paul George, Paint Factory, oil

 

44 to 47 _Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan44. Jude Abbe, Essex Shipyard, oil

45. Danny Mears, Cloudy Valley, colored pencil

46. Mary Rhinelander, Twin Light, Drypoint Monoprint

47. Curtis Wilcox, Bruce Lee’s Enemies, mixed

 

48 to 51_ 2Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan48. Marny Williams, Epic Lighthouse, watercolor

49. Marianne Thompson, Gloucester Blue, oil

50. Sandra Herdman, Essex Burnham House, oil

51. Marianne Ghompson, Black Bird’s Song, oil

 

52 to 55_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan (25)52. Grace Frost, Anchor Lane, pastel

53. Daryl Jackson, Emergence, graphite on paper

54. Mary R. McCarl, Rooster Sunflower Pitcher, watercolor

55. Charlotte Roberts, From T. Wharf, gouache watercolor

 

56 to 59_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan56. Lea Donovan Watson, Little Yellow Flowers, collage

57. Jane Wolf, Tall Grass, watercolor

58. Katherine Coakley, Singing Beach, oil

59. Bavaka Robin Berger, Legends of Worlds Locked in Time, mono/mixed media

 

60 to 62_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan60. Jerry Ackerman, Moody Blues, watercolor

61. MaryJane Lane, Entranced, acrylic

62. Karen Fitzgerald, Resting Dories, watercolor

 

63 to 67_Friends of SFL annual art auction preview_local artists donate art to sale to help library_20190909_installation view © c ryan

63. Coco Berkman

64. Christine Pitman, Mums, acrylic

65. Jess Semeraro, Our Ravens, ink & watercolor

66. Kate Nordstrom, Mom’s Chair, oil

67. Joy Halstead, Cloud 9

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Friends of the Sawyer Free Library reminder about their ongoing used book sale

Colleen Hogan-Lopez of the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library group thanks GMG and shares a reminder about one way they fundraise to bring such great programming.

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Did you know? 

The Friends of Sawyer Free Library offer gently used books at their year round book sale. Look for the Friends Book Shop sign by the front desk and check out our adult, teen and children‘s selections and save on paperback, hard cover and audio books, most priced from 50 cents to $2. Best sellers are $5.