Library showcases art and imagination

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

At West Linn Public Library, in addition to the plethora of informational and technological resources, the library itself showcases art and imagination to engage and delight viewers of all ages. More than a dozen pieces of art can be found on permanent display around the library, including  oil paintings, a mosaic and Jennifer Cutshall’s newly created two-story stairwell mural, “Rooted in Words.”

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - This mosaic by artist Mark Brody is called 'Find Yourself in a Book.'

Art from area preschoolers is being featured this spring on the bulletin boards in the children’s room. “Through the Eyes of a Child,” photography by 4-year-olds from Community Arts Preschool, is the current exhibit. Look for upcoming displays by SunGarden Montessori, Snickerdoodle Preschool, MAC (Music Arts and Crafts Preschool) and Friendship Farm.

The library’s community room doubles as a gallery, presenting the work of local artists and displays related to library events. An exhibit about life in 1939 will be on display through the month of March in honor of the library’s 75th birthday. You can also see a timeline of the library’s 75-year history. The community room is always open to the public when not in use. Call ahead to double-check that a meeting won’t be in progress when you plan to visit.

The community room will also be the venue for two separate exhibits in April. The creativity of library staff will be featured during the first two weeks of the month, with photography, paintings, mixed media and art quilts exemplifying the alter egos of people you’re used to seeing on the other side of the desk at the library.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - This painting by artist Stephen Hays hangs above the fireplace at West Linn Public Library.

The work of West Linn High School student artists will be on display in the community room during the second half of April. The show will consist of Scholastic Art Award-winning paintings, drawings, photography, batik, embroidery and mixed media. Originally exhibited at Pacific Northwest College of Art, some of the pieces will have previously appeared at the George Fox High School Art Show and the Oregon College of Art and Craft High School Art School. WLHS junior Madison Walters, whose colored pencil drawings will be on display says, “With 3,000 submissions from the Portland area for the Scholastic Art Awards, I’m glad to see West Linn students so well-represented!”

The synergy of information and imagination will continue on into the summer with reading programs for all ages featuring the themes of STEAM-based school curricula: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Albert Einstein would have been in his element at West Linn Public Library when he observed, “The greatest scientists are always artists as well.”

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