Art in the Library Reception at the Sequim Branch Library
On Friday, December 5, the Sequim Branch Library will take part in Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk with a special after-hours reception featuring the work of local painter Bridget Baker. The artist’s work will be on display, light refreshments will be served, and live music by Jaspar Lepak will be performed from 6pm until 7:30pm. Limited library services will also be available during the reception.
Bridget Baker’s abstract art, on view inside the library throughout December, January and February, is created primarily with acrylic paint. Although she’s always been creative, Baker began painting two years ago and is mostly self-taught. First drawn to collage work, she quickly fell in love with the acrylic process. Her newest work often mixes media to take advantage of the creative potential in each approach.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Baker spent almost 15 years living below the Mason-Dixon Line, mainly in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast. She lived overseas for three years before retiring to the Olympic Peninsula. In her work you will see influences of the endless prairie sky found in the Midwest and the multicultural influences of the Deep South, as well as the natural beauty of her adopted home in Sequim.
Jaspar Lepak is a Folk/Americana singer-songwriter known for her bell-like voice and introspective storytelling. A child of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Lepak began writing songs in 2002 while living in Minneapolis. She recorded five albums between 2004 and 2008, and in 2009 left Minneapolis for Durban, South Africa. Performing on some of the country’s premier stages, she gained an enthusiastic following and released her sixth album. Lepak currently lives in Seattle and this spring released her seventh album, Wide World.
Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library
In a continuing celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary, NOLS challenged local artists of all ages, abilities, and perspectives to submit
original work that contemplates, celebrates, or reimagines this historic piece of legislation and the vast expanses of nature it protects. More than
15 artists responded with a variety of work that includes paintings, photographs, quilts, knit pieces and jewelry. The fall Art in the Library exhibit will be
on display at the Port Angeles Main Library between October 10 and January 5.
Art in the Library is a collaborative library-community project featuring rotating exhibits by local artists. The program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, and also by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Diane Williams.
Art in the Library at Sequim Branch Library
Sequim September—November Artist: Pat Taynton
Taynton’s art, on view inside the library throughout September, October and November, shows her love of the natural world. “I feel we have gotten very disconnected from nature and our environment,” she says. “The central purpose of my artwork, be it drawing, painting, or photography, is to entice people to take a closer look.”
A graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Pa., Taynton is a realist whose primary, but not exclusive, subjects are wildlife and equines depicted in watercolor and tempura. She creates lifelike animals and attempts to enhance them with an extra dimension of spirit. Taynton has exhibited in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, and has done commissioned work for The Franklin Mint, Defenders of Wildlife, The International Council for Bird Preservation, and the World Wildlife Fund. Her art has been used by the National Wildlife Federation in their stamp series, and her animal portraits are in many private collections.
Art in the Library is a collaborative library/community art project featuring rotating exhibits by local artists. The program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Friends of Sequim Library, and also by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Randy Radock. Pat Taynton’s art will remain on display at the Sequim Branch Library through the end of November.