Current and Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

Now through September 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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.

AADL is happy to display newly acquired prints in this exhibit.

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.

Kerrytown Bookfest: The Art of the Book

Now through October 12, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The Kerrytown BookFest celebrates all aspects of book writing and creation. This year, this annual exhibit at the Library showcases entries from the Bookfest’s 7th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students.

he contest, which was open to all Michigan High School students and was sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, asked the students to re-imagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation of the written word. This year’s book was Paddle-to-the-Sea, a Caldecott medal winning book by Holling C. Holling.

Three judges then evaluated the work, submitted by students from Crystal Westfield’s graphic design classes at Pioneer High School; Keith Raynor’s class at Lakeview High School; and Elizabeth Miller-Wallau’s class in East Grand Rapids. Over 80 entries were judged by Christopher Raschka, a two time Caldecott medallist (A Ball for Daisy); Nancy Shaw, a children’s author (Sheep in a Jeep); and Cecily Donnelly, a painter, graphic designer and illustrator.

Eight finalists were chosen representing work submitted by each school on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter. A Pre Reception and Exhibition Opening is scheduled for September 5 at 7 pm.

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

October 3, 2014 through October 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This group of paintings explores Cathy Barry’s ongoing interest in views of land, space and the cosmos as seen from many types of references: aerial photography, cartography, astrophotography and images from the Hubble telescope.

She finds the imagery very beautiful and though provoking. Her process involves splattering, sanding, scraping, rubbing and layering, using templates to build up each layer. She also uses drawing and watercolors to inform the oil paintings.

Ann Arbor Women Artists – Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition

October 16, 2014 through November 24, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership which ranges from beginning to professional artist.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330+ women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Artist Margaret Carney Discusses 'Demystifying Women and Dinnerware'

Friday October 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

In conjunction with their Annual exhibition, Ann Arbor Women Artists join the Library to present this lecture by Margaret Carney, the juror for the Fall 2014 exhibit at the Library. Winners of the Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition will also be announced. The evening will begin with a 6:00 pm reception, where the public is invited to view the exhibition before the lecture and awards presentation.

In Carnery’s lecture, Demystifying Women and Dinnerware, the creations of woman artists and designers represented in the permanent collection of the Dinnerware Museum in Ann Arbor will be explored, as well as examples from the Museum’s “wish list.” There will also be some surprises. Don’t expect to see grandma’s dishes during this presentation unless your grandma’s cups, saucers, and spoons were fur-lined.