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Westfield Memorial Library Displays Westfield Artist

Roz Giuditta

Thursday, April 10, 2014 • 1:12pm

The paintings of Westfield artist Mary Sue Veerkamp-Schwab will be on exhibit at the Westfield Memorial Library through May. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

The exhibit features commissioned portraits of some Westfield homes, families and their pets, as well as several familiar New Jersey scenes. The exhibit also includes selected works from Mary Sue’s extensive Mission series, which are commissioned pieces that hang in the Franciscan Renewal Center of Scottsdale, Arizona.

It’s not surprising that Mary Sue became an artist as her father taught her the value and joy of self expression through painting and drawing. She has worked as a graphic designer, art instructor and storyboard artist. Her formal training includes classical techniques at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Edgecliffe College, as well as San Francisco-based workshops. She works in varying media that include oils, watercolors and pastels.

Visitors to the library can also stop by the display case in the front entrance of the library as well as the side display case near the New Fiction section. The front display case features the work of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Garden State Chapter, and the side case features the Ukrainian Easter Egg collection of Westfield residents Mary Ann Kerelejza Dolling and husband Ulf Dolling.

Intricate and delicate work is the element that both displays have in common. The embroiderers have used nearly invisible stitches coupled with specialty threads to adorn jewel box lids, tiny book covers, wall hangings, boxes and samplers.

The Ukrainian Easter Egg collection is the work of Catherine Kotyk-Kerelejza (1917-2012), who was born in New Britain, CT and raised in a Ukrainian immigrant community. After the death of her husband in 1979, she developed her artistic skills and found solace in painting the intricate designs typical of the Ukrainian Easter egg, known as pysanky. She searched for eggs continuously and even found a local farm that supplied her with goose eggs.

The embroidery and Easter egg collections will be on display through April 30, and along with the art exhibit, 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., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Closed April 18 for Good Friday and April 20 for Easter.)

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, or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award winning, quarterly newsletter Take Note.

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