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Athol Library presents: Double Visions: Art Through the Eyes of Mathilde Duffy and Marcia Berkall

  • The display "Double Visions: Art Through the Eyes of Mathilde Duffy and Marcia Berkall” will be on display through February at the Athol Public Library. Duffy, left, and Berkall hold pieces of their work.

  • Carving by Marcia Berkall. —Submitted photo

  • Orchard scene by Mathilde Duffy. JOE OFRIA—Submitted photo

Published: 1/10/2019 10:53:23 AM
Modified: 1/10/2019 10:57:39 AM

ATHOL — The Athol Public Library will host an opening reception to welcome local artists Marcia Berkall and Mathilde Duffy on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. for their exhibit, “Double Visions: Art Through the Eyes of Mathilde Duffy and Marcia Berkall” which will be on display through February.

Berkhall is affiliated with the Maine Woodcarvers Association, New England Woodcarvers, the Gardner Area League of Artists, and the Petersham Art Center, and serves on the Athol Public Library Art Committee. n this show, she will share her wood carvings and encaustics paintings.  For the curious, encaustics is a technique in which beeswax is mixed with resin and oil paints and applied in layers onto a heated board. According to Berkall, the medium lends itself well to abstraction and mixed media, and can be carved.

Duffy is a botanical illustrator and nature photographer who combines her love of orchids, succulents, animals, seashells (and more) with a wry sense of humor to create unusual cards that are more often framed than mailed. She has exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, the Bermuda Arts Center, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and many other fine places. Mathilde also serves on the Athol Public Library Art Committee.

The exhibit, in the library conference room, will be on view from January 11 through February 28. A reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan.15, from 6-7 p.m., with refreshments, and live music by classical guitarist Carl Kemp. All are welcome.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Athol Public Library at 978-249-9515.

The Athol Public Library Art Committee is actively seeking artists to display their work.  Details and application forms may be found at:




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