September: Friends of Sawyer Free Library Art Auction Bidding
The online bidding will begin at 12:00am on October 1.
Please check back here at that time.
This year’s auction has been moved online due to health precautions.
Throughout the month of September, the art will be physically displayed in the Matz Gallery for bidding purposes.
The top bid from the September bidding will be the beginning bid for the online auction being held October 1-5.
October’s Artist: Juni Van Dyke (starting Oct 5)
Alternative Colors for Dark times:
An exhibition of paintings that gives rise to positive emotions
Both nature and music are driving forces in my art. And, as I work, these words by Spanish painter Joan Miro are never far away: “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
It has been said that one can live in the dreariest corners of the world all the while performing color miracles on the dreariest of days. German artists Nolde and Kandinsky did just that during the dark impending doom of war suggesting color to be more a matter of preference for expression rather than allegiance to source. Perhaps, color for these courageous artists was embedded in a sense of optimism and hope despite all odds.
I am blessed to live here on Cape Ann where the geography and the light has informed my work for many years. The natural beauty of Cape Ann sweeping across granite; coastal views; hillside vistas is an ever present force in my work. On the way to my job in Gloucester, I travel over the Annisquam river bridge where the ocean below is an ever changing marvel of light and activity awaiting interpretation. Using abstract forms, I invite the viewer to experience my work without interruption of title. Energized by the interaction, I find viewer interpretation fascinating and exciting — valid without exception.
— Juni Van Dyke, October 2021
About the artist
Juni Van Dyke is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and holds an MAT from Tufts University. Since 1996, she has been the Director of the Arts Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester Massachusetts; under her direction, work created by the senior citizens has been exhibited in museums and public institutions in New England. She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the St. Botolph Foundation Award, Boston; the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant; and an honorary citation from the Massachusetts Senate for her outstanding contribution to the arts. VanDyke’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts and in numerous private collections. Her work was selected by Room&Board for inclusion in its limited edition art series and is on view throughout the US in Room&Board locations. Van Dyke lives and works in Manchester, MA. This is her fifth solo show with the gallery .
Matz Gallery Exhibitions 2021
Carol Dirga (January) Photos and Text
Linda T. Hurd (February) Watercolor
Mike Cengami (March) Landscape painting
Nancy Kwant, (April) Poetry group
Gloucester Student Art (May)
Olga Hayes (June) Watercolor
Ken King (July) Digital drawing
Tom Amend(August) Oil painting
Annual Art Auction (September)
Juni Van Dyke (October) Painting
William H. Waller(November) Astronomy posters
Patricia Doran (December) Watercolor
Exhibit in the Matz Gallery
The Matz Gallery is a program of the Sawyer Free Library. Artists interested in exhibiting in the gallery are invited to submit an application and images of their work. Applications are available on the library website or at the main desk.
Artwork can be in any medium, such as drawing, prints, painting, photographs, mixed media, assemblage, or wall-hung sculpture. A committee examines and reviews all applications and sets the schedule for the coming year. Artists who are accepted receive an agreement by email, which includes the month assigned and the name of a facilitator for the day of the hanging. Artwork is hung for one month. The artist may hold a reception (non-alcoholic) during that month in the gallery.
The Committee strives to present a balance of styles and mediums, along with a range of artists working at different stages in their careers.
About the Matz Gallery
The brick and wood paneled lobby entrance is dedicated and named for the late Adolph I. Matz, an artist and generous library supporter for many years. Mr. Matz was a very kind hearted and generous man who wanted to support the arts as well as give back to his beloved city of Gloucester. His giving back consisted of reaching out to the people of Gloucester by the scholarships and funds he set up at the Sawyer Free Library. As an artist he reached out the support the students at Gloucester High School with generous art scholarships. He combined his love of art and his love for children by funding library programs for children and supported an annual art show and exhibit of their work for many years. Before the Art Advisory and the Friends of the Library funding was available, he and his family supported the museum pass program to many Boston area museums.
During the 80’s when the library was preparing to enter the computer age, it was Mr. Matz who donated the funds for terminals and ports throughout all the departments of the library, purchased the public access automated catalogs and the laser scanners, and a wealth of other important equipment. Although he maintained that he did not really understand the business of computers back then, he nonetheless provided funds at that time for much of the installation of computer equipment.
According to then Assistant Director Priscilla White, “It was Mr. Matz’s hope and dream that the Sawyer Free Library would always serve equally both the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the student and the executive, the parent and the teacher; and would always act as forum to provide exhibits, programs, lectures, or any other media that would help improve the culture of our community or contribute to the entertainment of its people of all ages.”
Decades ago with great foresight and appreciation for the natural beauty of Cape Ann, Mr. Matz developed one of the first campgrounds in New England as a perfect setting for Cape Ann tourists to experience the coastal surroundings and beautiful beaches. He purchased and developed his woodland property off Atlantic Street near the entrance of Wingaersheek Beach where it continues to be managed by his family as the Cape Ann Camp Site. His legacy of generous library giving, his strong belief in the mission of the public library, and his support of children and the arts also continue through his family.