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’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.