Spring Grove Hosts easel

SEMVA artists Richard Hutton and Betty Devine installed SELCO’s easel 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.


Northfield Installation

Despite a blustery February day, a fresh look is now sported at the Northfield Public Library.  SEMVA artist, Richard Hutton, and SELCO Business Assistant, Sara Berquam, installed the easel - Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries traveling art exhibit amidst the second floor collection.

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library sponsored an easel opening reception and featured Rice County artists whose work is on display.

The exhibit will be on location from February 13 through March 26.

For more pictures of the installation in progress and on location at the Northfield Public Library, visit SELCO’s Flickr account.

Cannon Falls welcomes easel

Despite frigid temperatures, the Cannon Falls Library Foundation warmly welcomed the easel traveling art exhibit to the community on January 2. Richard Hutton, SEMVA artist and easel Project Coordinator, offered opening remarks about the new easel exhibit as it begins touring southeastern Minnesota libraries. The evening also included a musical performance by a classical woodwind trio.

Hutton shares easel artistic vision

Hutton shares easel artistic vision

The Cannon Falls Library is the first of 13 locations to host the exhibit that includes 28 unique pieces of art.  Each selected artist captured his or her interpretation of the easel theme which depicts books, a letter or letters, authors, reading, or the library.  The exhibit will be in Cannon Falls from January 2 through February 12.  For the complete 18-month calendar, check the 2014-2015 traveling schedule.

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


PR for easel is out

Supplies of bookmarks, flyers, and posters announcing the 2014-2015 easel exhibit locations are available at area libraries.  Small quantities were distributed to each library in SELCO to generate general interest.  Hosting locations will receive a larger supply as the local exhibit dates get near.

SELCO issued a press release to all media outlets – cable providers, newspapers, and radio and television stations.  For more information, contact the SELCO office.

Exhibit catalogs with full-color images of the art in the new tour will be available by the end of December.

easel planning at Rochester

SEMVA artists, Richard Hutton and Betty Devine toured the Rochester Public Library with Louise Moe, Head of References Services, on November 22 .  The Library offers a variety of possible locations throughout the building for the October 23 – December 3, 2014 easel exhibit.  As planned, the traveling art exhibit will be featured on the octagonal display units as library visitors enter the reference area.

easel visit at Rochester web

Planning for easel tour

Amidst spitting November snows SEMVA artists, Richard Hutton and Betty Devine, accompanied SELCO Executive Director, Ann Hutton, on a short tour of four school and public libraries in Rushford, Houston, Spring Grove, and LeRoy.  Each location will be new to the easel traveling art exhibit schedule.  The artists assessed and measured possible space, met library and school staff, and were introduced to local procedures for accessing the building, the location of elevators, and other tidbits of information that will be useful when installing easel.

For the complete 18-month calendar, check the 2014-2015 traveling schedule.

First round of site visits

easel Measurements in West Concord 2013-11-13 webArea artists and SELCO staff visited the public libraries in West Concord, Kenyon, Northfield, and Cannon Falls to meet staff and assess space on November 13.  Each library will be a new location for the upcoming  easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries exhibit.  The visitors made notes and took measurements, as well as photographed possible display space for later reference when installing the exhibit.

easel Judging Occurs

SEMVA artists served as judges for the third biennial traveling easel exhibit.  As part of the jury process, the judges ranked each submission based on the artist’s depiction of the theme as it related to books, letters, authors, reading, or the library, whether or not the piece met size requirements, as well as the artistic quality including:

  • Originality – Exhibit theme, interpretation, creativity
  • Craftsmanship – Skill in use of material & medium
  • Elements of Art – Line, color, space, media, texture
  • Composition – Use of forms or abstract techniques
  • Unity and Variety – Balance of elements, repetition, visual rhythm
  • Medium and Texture – Use of materials and texture
  • Use of space – Perspective and mass

Exhibit Schedule Set

Dates and locations are set for the 2014-2015 biennial easel traveling art exhibit.  During the 18-month tour, easel will be on display in 13 locations in 10 of SELCO’s 11 southeastern counties, crisscrossing the region from Houston to Rice and Goodhue to Mower.  Check the traveling schedule for a location near you.

2014-2015 Locations Selected

easel logo smallThirteen locations will host the third biennial easel Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries traveling art exhibit.  The exhibit will launch in January 2014 and tour the region through June 2015.  Interest was intense among the possible libraries with 27 locations vying for the 13 slots on the calendar.  Locations were selected by giving new sites top priority, followed by those libraries that hosted the first exhibit in 2010-2011, as well as trying to balance locations in as many of the 11 SELCO counties as possible.

SELCO is negotiating the specific dates with each site and more information on when and where easel may be viewed will be available shortly.  In alphabetical order the locations are:

  • Cannon Falls Library
  • Kenyon Public Library
  • Houston Public Library
  • Lake City Public Library
  • LeRoy Public Library
  • Northfield Public Library
  • Owatonna Arts Center
  • Rochester Public Library
  • Rushford Peterson Public Schools
  • Spring Grove Public School
  • Spring Valley Public Library
  • St. Charles Public Library
  • West Concord Public Library