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.

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.