Library Remembers Brault Through His Photography
LEOMINSTER -- Leominster Public Library presents an exhibit highlighting the photography of the late local artist John Chris Brault for the month of September.
Whether it’s a portrait of a beloved friend or family member, a spectacular sunset, apple trees in bloom at Sholan Farms, Mirror Lake at Coggshall Park, the Carter Park gazebo after a fresh snowfall, or even a classic car -- each subject is brought to life with exquisite attention to detail.
Brault matted and framing his work, and created custom notecards for friends and family. His work graced many issues of Economic Resource Guides for both Fitchburg and Leominster.
Brault was raised in Leominster and used his talents as a photographer to share his special vision of life and nature throughout the Leominster-Fitchburg area. He completed studies at Murry Studio, the Martha’s Vineyard School of Photography, and the Louis & Isla Jay Studio in New York City, and was a longtime member of the Leominster Art Association.
His work won multiple awards at the Fitchburg Art Museum and shows throughout the region, and was honored twice by imaging company Kodak through its International Newspaper Award. Brault was also a published poet.
At the time of his death last November, he was a substitute teacher for Fitchburg Public Schools. Earlier in his career, he worked with children facing psychiatric and social-emotional challenges at the Dr. Frances Perkins School in Lancaster and was officially recognized by the Robert F. Kennedy Action Corps for his work at the Children’s Center.
Brault also taught photography classes to teens at Leominster Public Library, giving an extraordinary amount of his time to teach young people to “see what no one else sees.”
Special Services Librarian Ann Finch marveled at how many lives Brault touched.
“He was so giving and connected to the people around him,” she said. “I have known very few people who cultivated relationships like he did.”
The exhibit will be open to the public from Sept. 4 through Sept. 27. It may be viewed during regular hours in the library’s Community Room when it is not otherwise in use.
The public is welcome to join Brault’s family and friends at an opening reception Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibit is part of the library’s series highlighting local artists. For more information, call 978-534-7522.