Participants at a Southwest Harbor Library Paint & Sip evening in March. The paintings will be displayed together at the library for the month of May. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTHWEST HARBOR LIBRARY

Paintings, jewelry featured

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Art by Jean Forbes, Leslie Jones and participants in a March Paint & Sip event will be on display at the Southwest Harbor Public Library for the month of May. An opening reception is set for Friday, May 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The exhibit will include a unique gathering of paintings created by participants of a Paint & Sip evening during the March 2019 Women’s History Month. Artist Jean Forbes led the participants in creating acrylic paintings inspired by an image of the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden.

A selection of Forbes’ own paintings will also be displayed, and Leslie Jones will have her intricate beaded jewelry on view.

“Jean selected the garden because the Women’s History Month 2019 Theme was ‘Visionary Women: Her Story/My Story,’” event organizers said, and Ann Judd, Charlotte Rhoades’ head gardener, was Jean’s Visionary Woman.”

Forbes has degrees from the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design and Syracuse University. She has also studied painting with Betty Lou Schlemm of Rockport, Mass., John Loughlin of Smithfield, R.I., and most recently with Judy Taylor. Her work has also been shown at several other venues on Mount Desert Island. She was an art teacher in Rhode Island for 38 years and now lives in Southwest Harbor with her husband.

Jones is a self-taught beading designer. She first started with simple stringing as a child and evolved into more complex designs, often using hundreds of individual beads in pieces that may take up to a month to complete. Her work has been featured in Maine Magazine, and Art Jewelry magazine.

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