The annual meeting of the Corporators of the Norman Williams Public Library will take place at 5:00 on Thursday, October 5, on the Mezzanine. Please attend this vital meeting to help shape the future of our library. We hope to see you there. In addition to our meeting, we will hold a short reception to display a set of oil paintings and drawings by John Paulus Semple. These pieces are gifts to the library by Mrs. Mallory Semple and Family.
About the artist:
John Semple was born in 1930 and grew up in Wollaston, Massachusetts. After two-year stint in the Army, he studied in Mexico under the GI Bill and followed that with graduate study at Boston University. Receiving the Tiffany Foundation Grant in 1958 allowed him to study in Italy for eight months, after which he became an art teacher in schools throughout his native New England before. He launched his full-time career as an artist in Vermont in 1970 and never looked back. Semple lived with his wife, Mallory and their 3 children, in North Pomfret, Vermont.
He has exhibited extensively in nationally and internationally juried shows with both his oil paintings and etchings. Among the most notable: The Butler Institute (five times) with oil paintings; The Boston Printmakers, one prize and membership; Pittsburgh Print Group, one prize; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Stone Metal Press, one prize; The Albany Print Club, one prize; The Haggin Museum; Elon College Print Show; Purdue University, Pasadena Art Center, San Diego Art Institute Print Show; Albion College Print and Drawing Show; Hera Foundation: SAGA, and many others.