Art Pick Up

After 18 months and 13 installations, the third easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries – traveling art exhibit concluded June 30 when SEMVA artists, Richard Hutton and Betty Devine disassembled the collection one last time.

Artists with work in the show may pick up their artwork at the SELCO office between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. the days listed below.

Six of 31 pieces were purchased while on display.  The new owners agreed to allow their purchases to remain in the show for the duration.  Purchases may also be picked up at the SELCO office on the dates listed below.

easel-logo-smallMonday – Tuesday, July 13 – 14
Thursday – Friday, July 16 – 17

If an artist or a art buyer is unavailable any of these times, contact Sara and arrange for an alternative day and time, 1-800-992-5061.

easel comes down … one last time

After 18 months and 13 locations, the easel – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries – traveling art exhibit was disassembled for the last time today in LeRoy. Hundreds of library patrons viewed the unique exhibit while it traveled throughout the SELCO region.

The third biennial art show was featured in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, and Winona Counties.  Each location hosted the exhibit for six weeks and designed local viewing and programming options. The tour was managed by SEMVA (Southestern Minnesota Visual Artists)  Richard Hutton and Betty Devine.  The 2014-2015 exhibit locations included:

  • Cannon Falls Library:  January 2 – February 12, 2014
  • Northfield Public Library:  February 13 – March 26, 2014
  • Spring Grove Public School:  March 27 – May 7, 2014
  • Houston Public Library:   May 8 – June 18, 2014
  • Owatonna Arts Center:  June 19, 2014 – July 30, 2014
  • St. Charles Public Library:  July 31 – September 10, 2014
  • West Concord Public Library:   September 11 – October 22, 2014
  • Rochester Public Library:   October 23 – December 3, 2014
  • Spring Valley Public Library:   December 4, 2014 – January 14, 2015
  • Lake City Public Library:  January 15 – February 25, 2015
  • Rushford-Peterson Schools:  February 26 – April 8, 2015
  • Kenyon Public Library:  April 9 – May 20, 2015
  • LeRoy Public Library:  May 21 – June 30, 2015

Dictionary to come to SELCO

Francie Ginocchio donated Dictionary to SELCO.  The multi-media collage will be added to SELCO’s collection of Minnesota and mid-west artists on display in the office.  Describing this piece Ginocchio states:twp-Francie-Ginocchio

My collage was created from a “found” pocket dictionary, a journal from the 1800’s, stamps and laser-printed rice paper. Dictionary began by altering papers: crumpling, sanding, printing, painting and coating with acrylic medium. After choosing and assembling specific papers, they were heat-fused, tinted with paint, and coated with varnish.

Dictionary has been one of 31 unique artistic interpretations of the easel theme – authors, books, letters or libraries – that toured 13 locations as part of traveling art exhibit for libraries, schools and galleries.  The third biennial exhibit began in January 2014 at the Cannon Falls Library and will conclude at the end of this month at its final location at the LeRoy Public Library.

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