By PEGGY TRIGG
The Library Advisory Board announces: there is new display space for artwork as part of the library expansion! The new building will include areas for both rotating exhibits and a permanent collection.
Rotating work will feature theme-specific shows which focus mostly on local artists. Each of these shows will run for about two months and will open with a community celebration in the library. For June and July 2021, the first rotating show is an Invitational Show for participating 2021 Questa Studio Art Tour artists. Approximately 25 pieces of art will be selected to display. A variety of creative genres will be represented, including paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, mixed media, ceramics, quilting, carving, and woodworking.
The summer and fall rotating 2021 shows include the Drawing Box Show in August (Clair Cote organizer), the Local Artist’s Open Show in September and October, and a Youth Holiday Show in November and December.
Another rotating show opportunity for local artists will be our September/October show. This will be an open format with an application process. If you are a local artist and would like information regarding this show, pick up an application at the library or contact Sharon Nicholson. This show offers the artist the chance to display a larger body of work or for work by two or more artists with common themes.
Questa Public Library textile artwork display: Local textile artists, including quilters, weavers, and mixed media textiles—display your artwork in the new library expansion. This display will be up from about June 15, 2021 – June 15, 2022 and will change annually. If you are interested in displaying a small to mid-sized piece, please contact Peggy at email@example.com.
The first permanent collection show will focus on a “One Percent for the Arts” purchase, which is still in the decision-making process. It will be chosen from a state database of artwork that will be presented to the Library Advisory Board later in the summer. This work is part of the expansion process defined by the legislative capital outlay expenditures.
There will also be a slowly expanding permanent showcase of work by our local artists. This work will be selected by the Library Advisory Board annually, starting later this fall. If you are an artist and would like to donate a piece of work to the library, watch for news on this opportunity in this newspaper later in the fall.
A policy information document with guidelines for these shows is available from the Questa Public Library. For more information on the library’s plans for rotating displays, please contact library display coordinator Peggy Trigg, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like information on the permanent artwork display please contact Sharon at the library at email@example.com.