Through June and July, the Westfield Memorial Library located at 550 East Broad Street, is exhibiting the artwork of Anne Castellano and the Origami of Fiona Gillespie.
Ms. Castellano is an 88-year-old great-grandmother who has always had a talent for drawing and painting. When she retired in 2002 after a long, successful career in business, she resumed her passion for art. Her current exhibit of pastels, pen and ink, and pencil drawings includes drawings of Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, playful dogs and pastels in the style of Van Gogh.
A 32-year resident of Cranford where she lives with her husband, Ms. Castellano is an active member of the Westfield and Scotch Plains Art Associations.
The display cabinet in the library’s front entrance showcases the Origami (the Japanese art of folding paper into objects and animals) of 16-year-old Fiona Gillespie. She started folding paper at five years old when her grandmother introduced her to folding the traditional flapping bird.
She fell in love with folding simple animals and objects and then progressed into more complicated styles. Some of these objects are in the current exhibit, which includes intricate boxes, baskets, and flowers to name a few.
Ms. Gillespie’s work has been chosen four times to appear in “Origami by Children,” an independent traveling exhibit. She started teaching origami in elementary school, and she is currently an instructor for MORE After School, Inc.
The exhibits can be seen anytime the Library is open: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday for the summer.
Individuals who would like to display their artwork and collections at the library should contact head of Adult Services, Jen Schulze at 908-789-4090 ext. 7951.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages.
For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”