Posted on October 10, 2020 by iwano@_84
Compared to her exuberantly colored textiles, Anna Benham’s new tile designs are more about line and pattern, subtle yet timeless, like the locations throughout Uzbekistan, Jerusalem and other regions which inspired them.
“My aim as an artist is to try and create something that has a longevity, that has a subtle stunningness,” says Benham, who is originally from Bath, England, and now makes her home near Moscow, Idaho. “My style is very English, because I am English, but I love history.”
Benham’s early influences include her father, a craftsman and maker of Windsor chairs, and a neighboring family who made pottery in the midcentury modern style. Stronger still was the influence of Bath itself, whose history is a panoply of cultures and styles, from initial occupation by the Romans in the first century AD to the city’s revival during the 18th century
Posted on September 27, 2020 by iwano@_84
A $33.5 million renovation project for Anna Reynolds School will be decided by Newington voters when they go to the polls or send in their absentee ballots this election season.
The referendum question asks whether to approve $33.5 million in bonding for a renovate-to-new building project at the elementary school.
Local taxpayers would be responsible for up to $17.5 million of the cost of the project. School building grants from the state would cover the remaining cost. The town council voted unanimously to have the question added to the ballot.
If approved by voters, construction would begin in the summer of 2021 and be completed by December 2022. Students would attend the school during construction.
District officials and parents have been seeking upgrades to the school for several years as its condition has continued to deteriorate.
Built in 1954 and originally known as Northwest Elementary School, the 65,000-square-foot building