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Now & Then: art exhibit 150 years in the making

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Exhibits & Displays | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Visit the new art exhibit in our Lewis Gallery, something special for the Library’s 150th anniversary! We are very proud of this show, Now & Then: PPL’s Collection Reconfigured, a side-by-side exhibit of items from the Library’s own art collection and archives next to new pieces created by 11 local artists in response. These artists toured over 150 prints, paintings, sculptures, and historic documents to select their partner piece.

Our theme for this illustrious 150th year is the significance of our past, and our ongoing impact into the shared strength and riches of our community now and into the future. This show includes art that tells how the Portland Public Library was founded just 6 months after the terrible fire that destroyed Portland in 1866, and the Public Library emerged as one of the “greatest wants” in the community, decades before other great cities including New York and Philadelphia had theirs.

Now and Then

Now and Then Art Exhibit

From 19th-century portraits of Portland’s preeminent philanthropists to Victorian Era fashion books, from age worn maps to grand oil paintings of seascapes, the artists of Now & Then have taken a variety of pieces, applied their creative lens, and generated new works that reimagine their historic, artistic, and cultural impact. To make any librarian proud, many of the artists also researched the history and cultural significance of the original pieces to further inspire their work.

Now & Then includes artists Kenny Cole, Ellen Gutekunst, Séan Alonzo Harris, Larry Hayden, Alison Hildreth, Devon Kelley-Yurdin, Mike Marks, Mitchell Rasor, and Julie Poitras Santos. The exhibit posters were designed and printed by Pickwick Press artists Pilar Nadal and Rachel Kobasa.

We are thrilled to display these Library gems which continue to inspire imagination and new stories, as told through the talents of these wonderful artists. Special thanks to our sponsors People’s United Bank for making this exhibit possible. The Now & Then exhibit is on view until July 22, 2017.

Keep an eye out for our other anniversary activities including My Card, My Story for you to tell us your library story right now! #PPL150 #PPLcelebrates

A short goodbye to Sir Roger Moore

posted: , by Raminta Moore
tags: Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture

Born in 1927, Roger Moore grew up in London and quickly turned towards acting. As a teen, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art along with Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny. This significance of this chance encounter would not be evident for another thirty years. At the age of 18, Moore was conscripted into military service.

In the early 1950s, Moore worked as a model and eventually landed a contract with MGM where he had minor roles. In the late 1950s, he worked for Warner Brothers where he continued his streak of minor roles, but this time for television. In 1958, he won the role of Sir Walter Scott in the television series Ivanhoe. This was followed by a lead role in the 1959 television series The Alaskans. He then had a recurring role in the television series Maverick, which led him to his breakout role as Simon Templar.

From 1962 to 1969, Roger Moore was Simon Templar. Simon Templar was a character from a series of books by Leslie Charteris who was the creator of The Saint. It was obvious to many, that Roger Moore was destined to play the role of a super spy and was offered the role of James Bond twice during that time.

In 1973, Roger Moore lit up the silver screen in Live and Let Die co-starring Jane Seymour who played a very young and impressionable fortune teller. In 1974, Roger Moore fought against villain Christopher Lee, in The Man with the Golden Gun. This was followed by The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and the space-caper, Moonraker in 1979. Moore continued his Bond romp with For Your Eyes Only in 1981. In 1983, Bond snuck onto the women only island in the body of hollowed out fake crocodile in Octopussy. Moore’s final foray into the Bond franchise pitted him against Christopher Walken and Grace Jones in 1985’s A View to a Kill. Roger Moore was Bond for 12 years, longer than any other actor to date.

Love him or hate him, Roger Moore brought a certain comedy to James Bond. His one-liners, fraught with sexual innuendo, diminished the seriousness of the character according to some. For others, it became as much of a part of the character as Q’s gadgets.
Moore’s post Bond roles were abundant, but surely not as memorable as either of his spy personas. He wore a tuxedo better than any other.

Among the many honors Moore received, some for humanitarian efforts, some for his acting, Moore was knighted in 2003 in honor of his charity work.

Sir Roger Moore, we will miss you!

Then how about a nightcap on the company? My company.
-James Bond The Spy Who Loved Me

Sir Roger Moore b. October 14, 1929 d. May 23, 2017

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