Library to hold book review luncheon

The recent revival of American crafts will be the subject of the book review luncheon program on Friday.

James Meyer, local artist and jewelry craftsman, will present the program referencing two books: “No Place of Grace” by Jackson Lears and “Twentieth Century Design” by Jonathan M. Woodham.

James Meyer is a graduate of Haverford College and the Rhode Island School of Design. A Fulbright Scholarship enabled him to study art at Athens Polytechneion in Greece.

In 1967, he came to Lycoming College to teach art. Two years later, he left teaching and encouraged by a friend, decided to make jewelry for a living. He operated a retail store in Williamsport for 29 years.

In 1999, he closed his store and since then has been making jewelry in his own studio next to his home in Bastress Township. Through the internet, he sells his jewelry worldwide.

James Meyer first experienced his passion for art as a four year old in a children’s art class. Drawing a picture “was magical and real.”

“I feel fortunate that my career as an artist and craftsman coincided with the revival of American crafts,” Meyer said.

James and his wife, Anne, a potter, are the parents of two sons and a daughter.

Book review luncheons are free and open to the public. However, there is a cost for a light lunch.

The lunches cost $5 each and can be reserved by calling the library information desk at 326-0536 by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Participants may bring a lunch.

The luncheon starts at noon with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those interested may attend the talk without lunch.

These events are held in the Lowry Theatre on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the JV Brown Library. Parking is available in the metered lot next to the Welch Family Wing.