AADL Talks to Cheryl Chidester, Argus Museum Curator

We would like to thank the Argus Museum, located in the original Argus Building at 535 W. William St. for generously sharing its resources, artifacts, and archival materials in preparing this AADL exhibit on the Argus Camera, Inc.

A special thank you goes to Cheryl Chidester, the Argus Museum curator. In this podcast, she shared the history of the company, its products and innovations, and its role in United States’ victory in World War II. We also learned about the founding of the Argus Museum, its missions in preserving the history and material culture of this early Ann Arbor industry significant to generations in the community.

We can see photos of the Museum and its exhibits as well as samples of the Argus Eye, a monthly newsletter produced by the Argus employees from the Museum’s archive.

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Vicki C. Wright Of The Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Discusses The Art Of The 2012 Ann Arbor Women Artists' Exhibition

Thursday October 18, 2012: 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/reception. The lecture will feature the juror for this exhibition, Vicki C. Wright, Director of Collections and Exhibitions for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The winners of the Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2012 Juried Exhibition will be announced and a reception will follow.

Please join us for this fascinating evening of local art and artists and for the unveiling of the Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2012 Juried Exhibition at the Library!

September 22 - Drawing Lab: Sketching the Human Head

Saturday, September 22 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Downtown Library - Multipurpose Room | Gr. 6-Adult

Instructor Patricia Candor of the College for Creative Studies has developed a new way to look at drawing the human head that can be as simple or as complex as the artist chooses.

She will demonstrate and explain her method using an action line system, and then you can try your hand at sketching the human head. Here's your chance to grow artistically, whether you're an amateur or a professional artist!

A Visit To The Grand Canyon With Artist-in-Residence Nancy McKay

Wednesday September 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This May, local artist Nancy McKay served as artist-in-residence on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, helping visitors experience and express a deeper connection with nature's wonders through art.

Nancy will share a photographic overview of the North Rim as well as an overview of key geologic features as they relate to earth's history. She will also discuss how she used the theme of color to help park visitors more deeply connect with this amazing National Park.

Nancy's medium, Digital Silk, combines watercolor-style painting on silk, digital printed imagery, and stitching.

Exhibition of New Art Prints

On view on the third floor of the Downtown Library is the current exhibition of new art prints just added to the circulating collection.

While we continue to add new images of perennial favorites like Ansel Adams, Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Mark Rothko to the collection, we are always looking to introduce new talents and new artists into the mix.

Rhett Lynch of New Mexico, is a mufti-talented artist whose whimsical depiction of family pets are delightful (Art Print 614, image at left). Fiona Hoop, is actually the collaborative work of two Toronto (Canada) artists - Michele Woodey and Mary Kennedy. We hope you will enjoy their contemplative abstract landscape Blue Sky.

And at long last, we were able to add to the collection British-born photographer (now based in Seattle) Michael Kenna's work, this one capturing an atmospheric and moody view of Marly-le-Rio, France.

These and other prints will be available for circulation on October 11th, 2012 when the exhibition closes.

Robb Johnston Visits the Library!

Come listen to local artist and author Robb Johnston talk about the process behind his wonderful book The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree. Robb will demonstrate how he draws and answer questions. He will also be available for a book signing after the event.

The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree gained a star review from Kirkus Reviews, who also named it one of the best books of 2011. Don’t miss this chance to see Robb work!

This event will be on Monday, August 13th at 1pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Downtown Library.

This event is for grades K to 5.

Call for Art!

Artists with disabilities, and their allies, living in Washtenaw County are invited to enter the 2nd Annual Allies for Disability Awareness Art Show, Oct. 22-26, 2012 at the Duderstadt Gallery on the UM North Campus. Any type of art is welcome, especially interactive or tactile pieces that can be touched and/or played with. If you want to participate please email disabilityartshow@gmail.com, and they will send you the link for the application Website. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of August 31. This is in conjunction with UM Investing in Abilities Week.

Artist, Expert in American Impressionism and Fine Art Consultant Yen Azarro Thursday, May 17th at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown

Join us on Thursday, May 17th at 7 pm when we welcome Yen Azarro, an exciting young artist, fine art consultant and previous Director of Chicago's Madron Gallery which deals in American Impressionism, Modern and contemporary art. Yen is rapidly becoming a go-to person in the area for appraisals, art consulting, art installation, photo styling, graphic design, illustration and murals.

Learn the difference between fake and real when Yen shares examples of art paintings and prints, and explains what to look for while you are treasure hunting antique paintings and objects of art.

In case you were wondering, the photo on the left is a fake Vermeer by Van Meegeren one of the world's most successful art forgers!

Mark Rothko & "Red" At The Performance Network Theatre

Tuesday May 8, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Love art? Enjoy the theater?

Performance Network Theatre and the AADL present an enlightening evening focusing on Mark Rothko, the famous abstract expressionist painter and the subject of the Tony Award-Winning play "Red" (now showing through May 27 at the Performance Network). UM History of Art Department PhD student Grant W. Mandarino leads the discussion on Rothko's life and work. Gain insight into the artist's life before attending one of the theater's performances.

The Performance Network Theatre is located at 120 East Huron St in Ann Arbor. There is no charge for this lecture, however there is limited seating - so please arrive early.

Power Photographs by Platon

Have you ever come acrossed a book and opened it up, not knowing what to expect, and then found pure beauty? That is this book. The contents are head-shot portraits of world leaders. It doesn’t sound exciting, I know. But these images are quite captivating. Here were we have some of the world’s top leaders such as Muammar Qaddafi, Tony Blair, Hugo Chavez, Yukio Hatoyama, and Barack Obama, staring into the lens for a brief moment.

The collection of photographs of these men and women, of these presidents and prime ministers, were mostly taken during a weekend at the United Nations building. Each image is sharp as a tack and the emotion of the subjects pours through. Some emote tyranny or normalcy, while others appear dignified and heroic. What is amazing is that no image is unflattering to the subject, and I don’t mean literally. Definitely grab this book if you’re into portraits.

For other books featuring stellar photography, check out this collection now on display on the 1st floor Downtown.

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