Kent library to present 'Lofty Spirits' artists in Jan. 16 Zoom talk

Artists and library co-workers Lucy Pierpont and Maria LaFontan.

Artists and library co-workers Lucy Pierpont and Maria LaFontan.

Kent Memorial Library photo /contributed /

KENT — One artist who has long found beauty in nature and another in design have another thing in common besides their pursuit of art: they both work for the Kent Memorial Library.

They and their artwork will be featured in A Conversation with Pierpont & LaFontan on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m., followed by the Kent Library Association Annual Meeting on Zoom. For login information, go to www.kentmemoriallibrary.org.

In the free and open to the public event, Lucy C. Pierpont and Maria J. LaFontan will talk with each other about their artwork on exhibit at the library and online — Lofty Spirits.

LaFontan is the administrative secretary and Pierpont serves as marketing and special events director. Their offices are in the library’s “loft,” thus the title of their exhibit.

LaFontan also owns and operates Mountain View Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Kent, and Mountain Books, an online antiquarian book business alongside her husband Vincent.

“As a grower, I spend much of my time in nature. I have witnessed many amazing moments of incredible beauty. I make a point to take in my natural surroundings each day and reflect; for me there is no greater peace. It has always been my goal to work with nature in a symbiotic fashion, creating only that which is intended,” said LaFontan. “I am happy to share some of my favorite captures. I do not go seeking objects to photograph, rather my photographs are moments out of a normal day in my life that I stumble upon. They are simple, serene, and a constant reminder of the incredible beauty in nature.”

A Woodbury resident, has worked part time at the library since 2010 as the marketing and special events director. She has been a graphic designer since 1977 when she graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. Her career began in a small ad agency during her senior year at Hartwick. She’s continued in the marketing/graphic design field ever since, beginning in the public relations department at the college, printing production and sales at A.C. Hampson Printing, Union City; LCP Graphic Designs, her own marketing company in Waterbury and advertising production at the Litchfield County Times. Her other part-time job is in the Washington Depot office of Klemm Real Estate doing graphic design and public relations.

“From an early age, I have had a relationship with art. It began with my curiosity of how books get published, wondering how the designs arrived on cereal boxes, or who created the patterns of faux wood grain on my desk at school. I persisted in getting to the bottom of my quest to learn about the trade called commercial art,” Pierpont said. “I majored in art in college and have been a graphic designer ever since. Whenever I am out walking, I take lots of photos of objects I appreciate or interesting patterns that I come upon. I realize how fortunate I am that I see such beauty and am happy to share these photos.”

Lofty Spirits will be on display through Feb. 27 in the gallery at the library, 32 North Main Street.