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Art in the Library

Art in the Library is a program sponsored by the North Olympic Library System, which provides display space for works created by Clallam County artists. Art in the Library exhibits rotate on a regular two or three month schedule. Currently Art in the Library exhibit space is available in the Port Angeles Main Library and the Sequim Branch Library.

The Art in the Library program would not be possible without financial support from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library and the Friends of Sequim Library; the commitment and generous donation of his time by volunteer Art in the Library Exhibit Coordinators; and the creativity and community involvement of local artists.

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Art in the Library: Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is calling all local artists, hobbyists and craftspersons to submit original wilderness-inspired art to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Selected entries will be displayed inside the Port Angeles Main Library from October 10, 2014, through January 7, 2015.


Submission details:

All entries must be received no later than September 15, 2014.

To submit your entry, send an email to with the following information included:

  • 1. Your full name and contact information.
  • 2. A thorough description of the work(s) you’d like to exhibit. You may submit up to 6 images for consideration.
  • 3. A picture/image/sketch of the work(s) or representative samples. Please embed images directly into the body of your email.

You will be sent an acknowledgement once your submission is received. Accepted works will be delivered to the Port Angeles Main Library between October 6 and 8, and installed October 9.


Exhibit space:

The Port Angeles Main Library has designated several areas inside the library for displaying both two and three-dimensional works, including gallery wall space, secure display cases, beams and floor/counter space. Artists with work that requires special display accommodations are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals early.


Exhibit requirements:

All submissions must be original works created by the artist. Works intended for wall display must have a wire on the back for hanging purposes. The library reserves the right to decline works deemed not suitable for display. Additionally, all artists must complete and sign the Art in the Library Conditions and Release agreement.


Exhibit theme:

Congress passed the Wilderness Act fifty years ago this September, creating a national system of areas “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” NOLS challenges artists of all ages, abilities, and perspectives to submit an original work that contemplates, celebrates, or reimagines this historic piece of legislation and the vast expanses of nature it protects. For inspiration or to learn more, read the Wilderness Act.

Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

Pamela Hastings

The current Art in the Library show at the Port Angeles Main Library features the work of local artists Charlie Comstock, Kathy Greer, Pamela Hastings, Trevor Helgeson, Ean Henninger, Trey Hensley, Pat Herkel and the late Ken Patterson. The exhibit will be on display inside the Library from July 10 through October 8.

Ken Patterson Trey Hensley Pat Herkel

Art in the Library at Sequim Branch Library

Sequim June—August Artist: Pam Dick

Lava Towers

Pam began her digital art career 10 years ago with 3D rendering of fantasy characters. “I have always been fascinated with science and technology,” she says. “One year, I received a calendar for Christmas that had a year in fractals. I was hooked after February and sought out the method to create these images. When I saw the complicated program I figured I was too old to be revisiting my math education, but I pushed on.” Fractal generation was a respite from the labor intensive digital art creation. Soon fractals became her main focus. Spirit Dancer Nine years later, she travels the universe, visits the ocean depths, and explores places totally unknown to her. “I never know where I will go when I sit down to create a new image,” she adds, beaming. “But I love the adventures and hope others will also.”

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. Pam Dick’s fractal images will remain on display at the Sequim Branch Library through the end of August.

How do I display my work in Art in the Library?

Find out more.

Read the Art in the Library Conditions and Release Agreement.

Links to other community art resources:

Port Angeles Arts Council
Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance

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