Seemingly Unrelated: Paintings By The Saline Painters Guild

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Like myths from opposing cultures, the different approaches by the twenty artists in The Saline Painters Guild Exhibit fit their theme of “seemingly unrelated” to a “T”. The paintings in this exhibit include abstracts, landscapes, patterns, still life and portraits executed in oil, acrylic or watercolor on canvas, paper, Yupo and cloth.

When seen for the first time, the paintings do seem entirely unrelated. But when we look beneath the surface we find the connections: they tickle our memories of landscapes we’ve seen before, floral gatherings in a still life and games we might have played on a beach somewhere. Like the signature myths of widely separated cultures, the principle details of these paintings have relationships of which we are hardly aware, until we pause to view the world through the artists’ eyes.

New Art Prints From The AADL Collection

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The circulating art print collection at the Ann Arbor District Library makes available original works of art and fine reproductions of paintings, photography, prints and drawings. Artists represented in the collection are global and multicultural in scope. Works selected ranges from the iconic to the eclectic but are always, good examples of the artists’ works.

All art prints in the collection are professionally framed by Format Framing of Ann Arbor. Images of the collection are available in the online catalog. Each library card holder may borrow up to 3 prints, circulating for 8 weeks. Sturdy nylon carrying bags are available for safe and easy transport from our staff at the Circulation Department.

Planes And Trains And Things That Go!: The 2014 Childrens' Book Exhibit By The U-M Special Collections Library

December 2, 2014 through January 14, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library is happy once again to present an exhibit drawing upon its rich Children’s Literature Collection and Transportation History Collection. This year’s theme is transportation throughout the decades and how it influenced and became part of children’s books. The exhibit includes classics such as The Little Engine That Could while also documenting how authors used this genre to educate children about the changing transportation in the world around them.

The four main areas of the exhibit are "On The Road," "Up In The Air," "Riding the Rails" and "Ships Ahoy!." Each segment is subdivided into two sections, titles that focus on teaching children about a mode of transport, and those featuring tales of travel and adventure in that genre. The majority of the material is from the 20th century with a few examples from earlier and later periods. It should be noted that this is only a sampling from the extensive holdings of such material within the Special Collections Library’s Children’s Literature Collection. These materials and many other related titles are available for viewing in that Library.

Some titles will be readily recognized such a Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Norton Juster’s Phantom Tollbooth, and Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Many others will be new to the viewer. Books in all formats have been included as well, including picture books, board books, chapter books, and pop-up and other mechanic styles. Together they present a solid picture of how development of modern transportation methods has been incorporated into children’s literature through the last 150 years.

This year’s exhibit has been curated by Kathleen Dow, Head, Archives Unit and Curator, Transportation History Collection, and assisted by William A. Gosling, Curator Emeritus, Children’s Literature Collection, Special Collections Library. The exhibit was prepared by Cathleen Baker, Conservation Librarian and Exhibition Conservator and Marieka Kaye, Conservation Librarian/Book Conservator, Preservation and Conservation Department; with the assistance of Anne Elias and Karmen Beecroft, Collection Services Specialists, Special Collections Library.

Nature And Nurture: Art Teachers As Artists: Mixed Media By The Ann Arbor Art Teachers And Alumni Association (AAATAA)

December 16, 2014 through January 29, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Public Schools art teachers, current and retired, present their annual Group Show. These drawings, paintings, photographs, fiber and mixed media works reflect the current passions and interests of this unique group of artists.

The variety of works should engage most viewers: from a large, dreamlike luminous painting to an intimate semi-abstract line drawing to a series of digitally enhanced photographs, you will find something to enjoy.