by Hal Gray
GREENSBORO – Eleven artists, as young perhaps as eight years old, gathered August 20 under the backyard tent of the Greensboro Free Library (GFL) to paint their interpretations of French artist Claude Monet paintings.
Prints of numerous Monet paintings hung from tent poles as inspiration and led to local representations including fields, waterlilies, boats and clouds.
Artists Beth Meachem, a GFL board member, and Nicole Mann, a GFL volunteer, coached and instructed the painters, who were inspired by Monet’s use of colors and textures. GFL provided the paint and canvases and Meachem supplied cupcakes, sprinkled in abstract patterns reflecting Monet’s use of colors.
Year-round residents of Craftsbury, Hardwick and Greensboro, as well as seasonal Greensboro residents, concluded the event by viewing each other’s creations. These will be displayed in the library for several weeks before being claimed by their creators.
Meachem also produced a “thank you” booklet for GFL volunteers that includes topics reflecting the features provided by the library, as well as blank pages on which volunteers can add their own reflections. Meachem expects GFL will be offering more such events in the future.