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Cambria Library to Feature the Work of Kathy Palmer

The October art show at the Cambria Library will feature the paintings of Kathy Palmer.  The exhibit will be on display from Saturday, October 1, through October 29.

In 1976 I graduated with a Degree in Fine Arts from CSU Northridge and moved to Cambria in 1979. Over the years I have worked with a variety of mediums: stained glass, mosaics, pastels, acrylics, and oils. In the 80’s, I was fortunate to have taken watercolor classes with beloved local artist, Mary Cole.  I enjoy spending time outdoors, gardening and walking every day, and it is nature that inspires much of my artwork. Often a painting does not seem complete without a bird, or a bee, or a butterfly included!

Over the last couple of years my style has been influenced by Kaffe Fassett and his niece, Erin Gafill from Big Sur.  A recent show of their works at the Monterey Art Center, “Color Duets” with joyful compositions of vivid color, light, and patterns, showed me a new way to have fun.  While living in Mexico for 6 years, my husband, Eddie, and I were immersed in the culture and especially loved the tradition of Día de los Muertos. I enjoy making calavera characters and some of these are in this show.  I am grateful to my daughter, Clarity, for requesting a painting of the Nine Muses last year for her birthday present, which led me to research Greek mythology. Greek pottery and motifs have worked their way into quite a few of these paintings.

     The Cambria Library is open Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is located at 1043 Main Street. 

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Cambria Library to Offer Two-part Brain Education Series

The Cambria Library (1043 Main Street) will be offering two presentations on promoting brain health on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 to noon to be followed on Wednesday, November 2, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  The presentations will be led by Dennis Pezzato. 

     Dr. Pezzato is a behavioral specialist and the author of six self-help books.  He has an extensive set of experiences working with caregivers, dementia and cancer patients, and those facing end-of-life challenges. He is currently doing work with Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital, Wilshire Hospice, and the San Luis Obispo Alzheimer’s chapter.

     The first session is titled “Promoting Your Brain Health.”  Growing evidence suggests that individuals can keep their brain health by adopting key lifestyle habits.  Learn how to take care of the brain through diet, exercise, social engagement, and cognitive activities.  The second session is titled “Where are My Keys vs. What are My Keys.”  Slowing down is normal as we age, but when do these changes become a concern?  Learn the ten warning signs of dementia and techniques to approach a loved one with concerns about their cognition.  Both sessions are free and open to the public without advance registration.

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Cambria Library to Present Manhattan Short Film Screening

Cambria film lovers are invited to a special screening for the 25th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival that will take place in the Cambria Friends of the Library Room both on Tuesday, September 27, at 3:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, October 1, at 2:30 p.m.

     With this screening, the Cambria Library will join over 400 venues worldwide to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world.  Ten finalists will have their work featured during the festival.  Each Festival attendee will vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards at each participating venue.  By virtue of their selection, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

     The Manhattan Short finalists hail from eight countries with films from Scotland, Chechia and Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland, and Lebanon, alongside two films each from France and the United States.  These ten finalists represent the best short films from among 868 submissions from 70 countries received for 2022, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

     The Manhattan Short Final Ten are: Don vs Lightning (Scotland), Love, Dad (Chechia and Slovakia), Save the Bees (United States), The Treatment (Spain), Freefall (France), Fetish (United States), Freedom Swimmer (Australia), The Blanket (Finland), Warsha (Lebanon), and The Big Green (France).  Synopses can be found at: