The Windham Public Library hosts exhibits in its display case several times a year. For more information, please contact Sally Bannen at the library.
November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017 : Sherry Andre
A collection of thatched cottage Christmas houses are on display through January 31st. The owner of the collection, Sherry Andre of Windham, has been adding to the collection for 45 years and had acquired several sets of various scenes: a Dickensian village, a New England series, a North Pole set, just to name a few. Sherry will be changing out the pieces each month, and spends several hours setting up the trees, people, and other pieces that bring the miniature communities to life. “I have a number of Christmas houses displayed on a beam across the front of my house, above the windows. My son and I set up the 24-foot display the day before his 2nd daughter was born almost 4 years ago.” As seen in the pieces at the library, the houses are all lit from the inside by light bulbs. “They cheer the house on bleak winter days, in stormy weather, and on dark nights throughout the year. My granddaughters love to turn them on, and so do I.”
August 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016 : Amelia & Lucas Peterson
A colorful and varied collection of rocks is now on display through October 31st. At a young age, Amelia Peterson started collecting rocks that caught her attention in the family garden or along beaches. Her brother Lucas recently started gathering rocks too, but most of his rocks have been donated or traded from friends and family. Within five years of collecting, the two children have obtained over 200 rocks. One of the most interesting pieces on display is the Himalayan salt rock lamp (which has been known to reduce allergens, purify the air, and reduce stress—and it’s an excellent nightlight). The family took a trip to Mount Apatite Park in Auburn and found some garnet and fluorite by using a mining hammer that Amelia received for Christmas. They are hoping to find tourmaline on their next trip!
May 2, 2016 July 30, 2016 : Stephen Signor, Tribal Masks
A collection of tribal masks owned by Stephen Signor. Stephen explained that “ritual and ceremonial masks are an essential feature of many traditional cultures throughout the world. The specific implications associated to ritual masks widely vary. Some traits are common, for instance to most African Cultures where masks usually have a spiritual and religious meaning and are used in ritual dances, social and religious events. In addition, a special status is attributed to the artists that create masks and to those that wear them in ceremonies. In most cases, mask-making is an art that is passed on from father to son, along with the knowledge of the symbolic meanings conveyed by such masks. As with African masks that come in all different colors such as red, black, orange, and brown, other cultures produce their mask from various natural materials. These examples displayed here [at the library] are just a small example of the craftsmanship and interpretative detail that goes into every mask.”
February 1, 2016 – April 30, 2016 : Lucretia Gilheany, Pysanky (decorated eggs)
A collection of decorated eggs from Lucretia Gilheany. The decorated eggs, called pysanky, represent the Easter celebration and a welcoming of spring. According to Lucretia, the illuminating of pysanky “is synonymous with the observation of Easter by Slovaks and Luthuanian people.” Her mother-in-law left her a collection of eggs, and Lucretia has added several eggs to that group. There are many ways to decorate pysanky– using beeswax, colored molds, and/or the etching of designs on the surfaces. No matter how they are done, they are beautiful to behold.