Art on exhibit at Leominster library

LEOMINSTER — This November, Leominster Public Library welcomes art exhibits from local artists Gail Joseph and Emily Long.

Joseph’s retrospective, “Visions of Life and Nature,” will be on display in the library’s Community Room, while Long’s “Summers on the Cape” will be viewable in the library’s Penthouse exhibit area.

The exhibits will be open to the public from Nov. 1 to Nov. 29, with an Artist Meet & Greet reception Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Community Room.

Joseph has explored a variety of art forms throughout her life. Her artistic journey began by winning an award from the Massachusetts Press Association. With art degrees from Mount Wachusett Community College, Framingham State University and Lesley University, her work has been eclectic, from photography to oil painting, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, ceramics and, most recently, in fiber arts.

“Exhibiting at the Leominster Pubic Library has been a great opportunity for me to reflect on my body of work as an artist,” Joseph said. “I see the landscape in art as an exploration of the delicate simplicity of nature. I work in spatial relationships of shape and color in the landscape, and enjoy the opportunity to share my work with the community. Walking in the forest or examining my own backyard, I study the structure and the majesty of the ever-changing landscape.

In the studio, I simplify space and refine my ideas with my painting.”

Long has always had a deep passion for the arts. Since she was little, she was always finding ways to be creative. She earned her BFA in painting from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2011 after graduating from Oakmont Regional in 2007. She is an elementary art teacher in Webster and spends her days getting messy and creative with the littlest and most imaginative minds.

Long lives in Leominster with her husband and two little daughters.

Most of her paintings are inspired by her summers on the Cape — captivating sunsets, breezy beaches and all things Cape Cod. She uses bright, vibrant colors and just a touch of palette-knife texture.

The exhibits may be viewed during regular hours when the areas are not otherwise in use. The exhibits are part of an ongoing series highlighting local artists at The Galleries in the Leominster Public Library. For more information, call 978-534-7522. The library is at 30 West St.