easel Prep at Lake City

easel site visit to Lake City 2014-12Library Director, Patti Bross, library staff and volunteers have transformed a cold, bare warehouse into a warm welcoming space that serves as the Lake City Public Library.  With this move to a temporary location while awaiting a major renovation, SEMVA artist Richard Hutton and SELCO Executive Director Ann Hutton, scoped out possibilities for displaying easel - Exerience Art in Southeastern Libraries as it travels to Lake City in January 2015.

More photos of the Lake City Public Library

easel is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for Library Legacy activities.

Spring Valley Public Library hosts easel

Spring Valley easel installationThe third biennial easel - Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries – returns to Spring Valley.  SEMVA artist Richard Hutton and SELCO staff member Sara Berquam were at the library on December 4 to unpack and install the traveling exhibit.

A library visitor will find the easel two-dimensional pieces hanging in the adult collection and the multimedia, 3D pieces on display in the active children’s area where small tikes can hang out under a tree in a literary themed tent and enjoy the creativity of southeastern Minnesota artists.

The exhibit depicts the artistic interpretation of authors, books, the library or the joy of reading and will be at the Spring Valley Public Library, December 4, 2014 through january 14, 2015.  easel is made possible with money from the Minnesota Arts and cultural heritage Fund for Library Legacy activities.

More pictures of easel at the Spring Valley Public Library

easel moves to a BIG library

easel at RPL 1-2014-10

From the small community of West Concord, the next exhibit stop for easel is the Rochester Public Library.  Using the custom display cases where library staff highlight selections from the collection, easel artwork will be on display from October 23 through December 3, 2014.

Take a walk through the skyway and just off the 2nd floor elevator, you will find the artistic collection of library-related creations by area artists.

easel in West Concord

Multimedia in West ConcordOn the move — The West Concord Public Library welcomes easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries.

SEMVA artist, Richard Hutton, and Sara Berquam from the SELCO staff installed the exhibit at the library on September 11.  The traveling art exhibit will be on display from September 11 through October 22.  The West Concord display of the 30 easel pieces will be the only viewing location in Dodge County.

easel in St. Charles

1000 Words are Worth a Picture - K. Churchill

1000 Words are Worth a Picture – K. Churchill

The SEMVA artists transported the easel traveling art exhibit across the region from Steele County to Winona County and installed the show at the St. Charles Public Library.  The thirty pieces depict each artist’s interpretation of a  broad theme that includes:  authors, books, letters, libraries, or reading.

The exhibit includes works by three residents of Winona County including Story Time by LaVonne Feuerhelm, who lives in St. Charles.  The exhibit will be on display during open hours from July 31 through September 10.

Owatonna receives easel

Owatonna Art Center easel installation 2014-06The Owatonna Arts Center is the latest location on the easel travel schedule.  Installed June 19 amidst torrential rains, rising water, and closed streets, the exhibit and the setting provide a quiet respite from summer storms.  The 31 pieces of  easel artwork ring the walls of a large connecting walkway between the performance hall and the main gallery which which features the textile art of Carolyn Halliday and Kimber Olson.

easel will be on display at the Owatonna Arts Center  in partnership with the Owatonna Public Library from June 19 through July 30.

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First Sale

Many of the pieces included in the current easel travel art exhibit are available for purchase.  The first sale of the current show, is Untold Stories by Julie Bronson of Freeborn County.  The artist will receive payment as soon as the financial transaction is complete and the buyer agrees to allow the piece to remain in the exhibit for the duration of the complete schedule in June 2015.

Spring Grove Hosts easel

SEMVA artists Richard Hutton and Betty Devine installed SELCO’seasel traveling art exhibit in the Library-Media Center of the Spring Grove School.  During the six weeks the exhibit is on location, faculty members will integrate its images, styles, and mediums into the curriculum as artistic samples.

Members of the public are invited to visit the school and view easel which includes a piece by local Spring Grove resident, Vicky Kurk.

Letters With Light

Letters With Light

easel will be in Spring Grove March 27 – May 7.  Check with the School for information before visiting.  For pictures of the exhibit on location, visit SELCO’s Flickr page.