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July 2008 Art Exhibit

Kindred Spirits:
The Collaboration Continues
by Lisa Toole and Ross Bachelder

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     The Rochester Library will host a July art exhibit entitled Kindred Spirits - The Collaboration Continues, by Lisa Toole and Ross Bachelder, for the month of July during normal business hours Monday through Thursday 9- 8:30pm, and Friday 9-5pm. The exhibit will be a diverse collection of works using a variety of media.
Toole and Bacheider began their art collaboration four years ago and have been featured in numerous seacoast venues prior to the Rochester Public Library.         

     They will donate 10% of art sales to Americares, ( an international relief organization that works in over 125 countries worldwide. The organization provides long term humanitarian aid to victims ravaged by war and natural disasters.
"Part of our collaboration involves creating something with lasting impact beyond the purchase of a piece of art, explained the artists. Wanting to make an impact on others through art and finding an organization that could actually translate that into functional aid reaching people most,in need, isn't as simple as we thought. Amedcares is one of the most successful relief organizations delivering direct aid inside some of the most dangerous places on the planet. Too often those in greatest need suffer unabatedly due to civil war, poor infrastructure and other complications. This organization has found ways to overcome those obstacles."

     Lisa Toole of South Berwick has exhibited her work in numerous venues including the Franklin Gallery at Ben Franklin Crafts in Rochester, Hot Summer Nights' Concert Series in South Berwick and most recently at the Grand Opening of the SBY Gallery in the South Berwick Yoga Center. "For me, painting quells my constant mental chaffer and takes me to a more emotional place. Making art is largely an intuitive experience for met Toole is also a nutritionals consultant, gallery manager for the SBY Gallery, freelance writer, and photographer. The two artists are considering some photo essay projects which may become the basis of a book.

     Ross Bachelder of Berwick is a writer, musician, artist, theatre professional and the director of Artful Endeavors, a marketing and career development service for people in the fine and performing Arts. He has written extensively about the Arts, performed frequently as a classical and theatre flutist, and worked in many capacities as a theatre professional. He performed for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for seven times. He is creating his first music cd which will be an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and ragtime pieces. He is the manager of the frame shop and Franklin Gallery at Ben Franklin Crafts. Bacheider has exhibited his paintings, drawings, photographs and found object assemblages throughout the Seacoast since 1996.

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The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 S. Main St. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M., Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. For additional information, call 603.332.1428. For directions to RPL, click here.