Art Sale Fundraiser at Gafney Library

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    Multiple dates from Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 to Thursday, April 30th, 2020

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    Wakefield – Local artist Ron Fountain, often referred to as "metal man,'' is showing more than 100 pieces of his work at the Gafney Library in Sanbornville. Ron has donated the exhibit as a fundraiser for the Gafney’s future facilities and equipment needs. All pieces are divided into groups of $5, $10, $15 and $20 will stay on exhibit until they are sold.

    Ron is originally from Somerville, MA but has lived in Brookfield where he has his art studio, for forty years. As a child Ron moved to Nova Scotia during the great depression and was raised by aunts and uncles on a small farm adjacent to the Bay of Fundy. He explains, "We survived with what we could grow, on fish from the bay or we hunted in the woods." Those frugal lessons learned as a youngster remained with Ron. His art philosophy is, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Just about everything can be repurposed when a little imagination is applied.” Ron's playthings as a youngster were a variety of old discarded materials lying around the farm and unlimited shapes and sizes of driftwood. When he sees discarded objects, he imagines what they might become when incorporated into his art. Ron finds it very satisfying when others recognize the recycled benefit and beauty of found objects.

    Ron later attended and graduated from Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, then worked as an electrical engineer for many years updating commercial and industrial electrical systems in the greater Boston area. He also worked as the chief electrician at the Lawrence General Hospital for 10 years. After retirement from the electrical industry Ron entertained himself and art enthusiasts by producing copious amounts of mixed media pieces with found objects.

    Ron works out of his workshop at his home and is very well known locally for his fun and quirky art made from scrap metal, plastic, wood and found objects. Personal contributions of his art have helped to raise money for many local causes including the Wakefield Food Pantry. Ron's art has been exhibited around the New England in museums, galleries, in various business locations and his work is in many private collections. H has been on the New Hampshire Crossroads show and on "Bob's Closet" on Channel 6 in Maine.

    Ron will host a meet and greet at the Gafney on Saturday March 14th from 10:30am to 1200p.m.

    Pieces are for sale on a first-come, first-served basis and probably won’t last long! The exhibit may be viewed during library open hours of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Peter Abate or Beryl Donovan at the Gafney at 603-522-3401 or visit

    Price: Art sale all pieces $5, $10, $15, or $20

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    Gafney Library
    14 High Street

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