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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 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 at the Port Angeles Main Library

Summertime brings an off–beat, fun, and colorful parade of Pop Art pieces to the Port Angeles Main Library! Imagination adorns the ceilings and walls as an alphabet procession is led by the letter “P” through the sunniest alcove of the Library. Creativity is the name of the game in this show. The Pop Art movement grew from a desire to close the gap between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art. The current Pop Art exhibit features portraits painted with coffee, imaginative trash–turned–art pieces that are stunning, not–your–typical mixed media dolls in vibrant shades, and much more. This exhibit’s undeniable originality is a demonstration of Pop Art’s founding principles – that art can be made of anything, often from what some people would consider to be nothing.

The exhibit will be on display from July 21 until October 17.

by Sara Smith by Barbara Ramsey

About the Artists
Exhibiting artists include Alma Chong, Maria DeJesus, Michelle Johnson, Cheri Kopp, Todd Macadangdang, Jeannie McMacken, Angela O'Rourke, Barbara Ramsey, Sara Smith, and twenty–four North Olympic Peninsula Surface Design members, whose names are on display at the Library. To learn more about the exhibiting artists, visit the Port Angeles Main Library. The Art in the Library binder features artist biographies, work pricing, and contact information.

Alphabet Exhibit
The Surface Design Association is an international organization focused on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovation and advocating for artistic excellence as a global leader in textiles-inspired art and design.

by Pat Herkal by Cheri Kopp

Twenty–four North Peninsula Surface Design chapter members created a group installation for their “Surface Design at the Carnegie” show at the Port Townsend Public library. Each participating artist designed and created letters from the alphabet to hang from a ceiling installation. Each letter is unique and displays a diversity of artistic expression and technique. Letters were felted, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted, collaged, beaded, hand sewn and embellished with a wide variety of mixed media. Many of the letters where created in memory of a loved one and hold special meaning.

Pat Herkal’s embroidered and beaded letter “R” was created in memory of her daughter Rita and her grandmother who taught her to embroider when she was five, and with gratitude for her boisterous, bright granddaughter Rowan who channels her Auntie Rita.

Mary O’Shaughnessy created letters “D”, “M”, “O”, from flags of the seven chakras, with acupuncture needle covers embellishing them. It is to honor her niece Michelle, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine who has cancer.

Anne Jarnagin’s soft sculptured “E” and an intriguing mysterious crow embellishing “Z” are the initial letters of her daughters names.

Cheri Kopp was inspired to begin a Memorial Letter Series. She stitched, collaged and embellished “N” and “P”, incorporating highly personal items such as fiber and notions and parts of clothing honoring her mother Norma and sister–in–law Pamela.

If you would like more information about the North Peninsula Surface Design chapter please contact, Pat Herkal, .

This program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, and by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Diane Williams, who schedules the artists and curates each show.

by Jim Gift

Art in the Library at the Sequim Branch Library

The current Art in the Library exhibit features the photography and paintings of Jim Gift, and will be on display from
June 2 through October 2 at the Sequim Branch Library.

Jim Gift, a Sequim-based artist, is an award winning nature photographer specializing in wildlife and landscape photography. He has won numerous show awards for his photography including eight best of show ribbons. His landscapes reflect his special love of the wilderness. Gift is a lifelong birder and has completed his largest body of work on diverse bird species. In the last eight years, Gift has studied watercolor painting with Pat Gordon, Judy Priest, Carol Janda, George Zein, Kim Johnson, Kay Barnes and Stan Miller and has spent time developing his skills using this medium. He paints largely from his photographs of birds and of local mountains and waterways.

by Jim Gift by Jim Gift by Jim Gift

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