Events @Jones Library, Photos & Film Docs

“Not Just Another Pretty Picture”

Learn how to bring a new perspective to your photography in this presentation by photographer Michael Zide. Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

“Not Just Another Pretty Picture” is a visual presentation and talk about establishing a photographic point of view and interpreting, rather than just describing, what is in front of the camera’s lens. This program is for all photo enthusiasts, regardless of prior experience. A question and answer period will follow, addressing individual ideas and photographic concerns.

A member of Moab fine art paper’s Master Photographer’s Program and an Ambassador for Manfrotto Distribution and Livebooks web design, Michael Zide’s focus has been on creating black and white fine art landscape images from Western Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Southwest. As an educator, he designs workshops and private tutorials, as well as presentations for speaking at venues such as the PhotoPlus International Expo in New York, B and H and Hunts Photo, and at colleges and camera clubs. Selections from this body of work are in museum, corporate, and private collections.

This program is made possible with support of the Friends of the Jones Library System and the Woodbury Fund. Free and open to the public.
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Can: a film by Pearl J. Park

Join us on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room for a screening of “Can”, a documentary film by Pearl J. Park. This is the ninth event in a film & discussion series which looks at issues of race. A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening.

Can Truong, a war refugee who was among the millions of boat people who fled Vietnam in the 1970’s, was a model student, aspiring to become a doctor, when he was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. This remarkable film tells the story of his involvement in the mental health consumer movement, a social and political effort by people labeled with mental illnesses, that believe in recovery through self-determination and peer support; and of his healing journey — trying to reconcile cultural differences with his very traditional Confucian father and attempts to make sense of his childhood wounds.

This film series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and The Coming Together Project. More information about The Coming Together Project can be found at

Free and open to the public. For more information about these programs, please contact Janet Ryan at413/259-3223.

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