LeRoy – Final easel location

LeRoy easel cropped2015-05After an 18-month tour of libraries in southeastern Minnesota, easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries has moved to its last location.  easel was installed at the LeRoy Public Library on May 21 by SEMVA artists, Richard Hutton and Betty Devine.  The artwork will be on display from May 21 through June 30.

The exhibit depicts the artistic interpretation by 30 regional artists in a variety of mediums on the theme of authors, books, the library or the joy of reading.  The easel exhibit includes the work of Mower County resident,  Laura Helle.  Her submission, Picture of Jane Eyre.

Pictures of easel at the LeRoy Public Library

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

easel Moves to Kenyon Public Library

Kenyon easel close up 2015SELCO staff member Sara Berquam and SEMVA artist Richard Hutton dismantled the exhibit in Rushford and then transported the selection of 31 art pieces to the Kenyon Public Library.  easel will be on display from April 9 through May 20, 2015.

For more pictures at the Kenyon Public Library

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

Open House with easel Artists

easel at Rushford Peterson School 2015-03 #2This year’s school reading program at the Rushford-Peterson Schools featured an easel Open House.  Five artists whose works were on display at the school were available to chat with the children and their parents.  Participating children could take with them an art pad and their choice of markers, water color paints, or colored pencils.  The Rushford Public Library staff coordinated the event and reported what a good night it was with 75 kids participating, plus their parents.  One parent commented later in email:

My daughter loved talking to the artists and looking at the art last night.  She couldn’t stop talking about how cool that was to be able to talk to the person who made it.  And all 3 of my kids begged for a few minutes later bed time so that they could use their new art supplies.  My kids made the comment that it ‘inspired’ them.  I think I will have to plan some future trips to art galleries.  Thanks for bringing this opportunity to our community!  —  Jill R.

Rushford Peterson Schools hosting easel

easel at Rushford Peterson School 2015-03SELCO’s traveling art exhibit, easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries – is going to school.  In a joint venture between the Rushford Public Library and the Rushford Peterson Public Schools, easel will be on display in the school library from February 26 – April 8, 2015.  Students and faculty will enjoy the depictions of easel theme during the school day and the art will be integrated into various classroom lesson plans.  In addition, the public library staff will volunteer coverage at the school library during after-school functions that the general public may attend which will extend the viewing options.

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

Lake City hosting easel

easel in Lake City-1 2015The easel Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries – arrived in Lake City for a six week stay on January 15.  The 31-pieces in the traveling show represent  artists’ depictions of a library-focused theme which may include books, authors, letters, reading, or the library.  All of the artists are residents of southeastern Minnesota, including Kate Halverson of Lake City.  Her piece, “Inspiration”, is third from the left in the photo.

The Lake City Public Library is tenth stop on this third biennial artistic tour.  The easel exhibit will be at the Lake City Public Library from January 15 – February 25.

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

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.