Friday, March 23, 2018

Constant Fires at FPL

Acclaimed Chickasaw poet and long-time Friendswood resident, Rebecca Hatcher Travis, recently donated a copy of her second collection of poems, Constant Fires.  Rebecca’s first collection, Picked Apart the Bones, won the First Book Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.  The Friendswood Library has a copy of both of these books for check-out. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 FPL Outstanding Cultural Programming Award recipient is ESL Instructor Stephanie Peirce

Stephanie Peirce (Center) with Friendswood Library ESL Learners

In November of 2014, library director Mary Perroni and the Friendswood Library board approved the establishment of an annual award to recognize an individual who has provided outstanding cultural programming to the Friendswood Library community. 

The Friendswood Public Library is proud to announce the 2018 recipient of this annual Outstanding Cultural Programming award is Stephanie Pilar Peirce.

Stephanie Peirce and her husband moved to Friendswood six years ago from the East Coast and immediately fell in love with the live oaks, the crowned night herons, the sandhill cranes, and the welcoming neighbors. Leaving a background in social work, Stephanie began tutoring ESL/ABE students at Adult Reading Center in Pearland and took a position as Program Coordinator at Literacy Advance of Houston in Clear Lake. After training to tutor ESL/ELA for Harris County Libraries in Galena Park and Webster, and participating in their Book Buddies Program which encourages reading skills in children grades K-3rd, Stephanie began looking for opportunities closer to home. Fortuitously, Friendswood Library was undergoing its renovation and transformation. Upon meeting with reference librarian Kim Zrubek, they quickly discovered their shared passion for literacy, and in September 2016 Friendswood Library ESL Conversation classes were launched. Since that time they have held about 50 class sessions and supported 50 learners in their journey.

ESL learners have come from Brazil, China, Colombia, Honduras, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, South Korea, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam, with languages including Chinese/Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Farsi/Persian, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Japanese, Ukrainian/Russian, Hindi, and Gujarati.

The 2018 Outstanding Cultural Programming award will be presented to Stephanie Peirce at the conclusion of the Poets in the Loop poetry reading program on Thursday, February 22nd from 7 – 8pm.    

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Fine Art of Stacy Gresell on Exhibit at FPL thru March 16

I love objects with multiple personalities- recognizable things that change when incorporated in a piece of artwork.  I see that in my work- where antiques and recycled or found objects suggest one thing while the image may suggest another.  I love how the layering of encaustic wax reflects the light differently depending on your viewpoint- like water and glass do.

I teach communication at a local community college where I encourage students to look at all sides of the story and I believe my artwork does the same.  I am largely a self-taught encaustic painter and I enjoy thinking about the whole piece- the frames in my work, all handmade by me, are usually recycled from some former life and integral to the piece.  I have experience with a wide range of artistic mediums:  lampwork glass, stained glass, oil, acrylic & watercolor painting, jewelry making, silver smithing, sewing, and leather work… and they all end up in a painting at some point.   I live and work with my family in Cypress, Texas.