Jennifer Buck has been a page with the Excelsior Springs Branch since August 2009. She graduated from Excelsior Springs High School this past May, and will be leaving us shortly to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)! Art is her passion, and she hopes to be able to share her love of art with the world.
We thought we would help her out by letting our extremely talented employee display some of her portfolio at our branch before she leaves. Her art will be on view for the next couple of weeks; we hope you can stop by and leave her a comment.
I will never be able to look at water lilies the same way, that is after viewing Monet’s Water Lilies at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently. Granted, the Kansas City gallery is fortunate to house one of the triptychs by Claude Monet as part of their regular museum collection. However, for the first time in 30 years, all three panels were brought together for a limited time to be viewed as a single piece as the artist intended.
This summer, kids ages 7-18 participated in the Young Artist Exhibition at the Blue Springs North Branch. Over 120 works of art were submitted in categories ranging from drawing, painting, photography, graphic art, and mixed media. Local teachers, artists, and professionals judged the submissions. We are amazed at all the talented kids we have in our community!
The MCPL Weston Branch is using their expansive display areas as an art gallery for some very important artists. During the school year, we will be displaying West Platte Elementary art projects on a rotating basis. Thanks to the cooperation of the art teacher, Peggy Bennett, the library will be supplied with color and fun. Right now we are showing art from the 3rd Graders and more art is waiting in the wings.
Stop by and take a look at these masterpieces. Who knows, there may be a Rembrandt in the making.
The North Oak Branch has teamed up with the local schools from the North Kansas City School District to display our area students' artwork.
Mrs. McKiddie and Mrs. Boydston, Art Instructors from Antioch Middle school, currently have their 7th grade Illusion Drawings, along with 8th grade Surrealism Drawings on display. In addition to this, we have Gracemor Elementary kindergarten, first, second, and third grade art. All of it looks simply beautiful. What an awesome opportunity to stop by and see our neighborhood student's art.
Come check out the creative stylings of the Smithville High School art classes on display at the library. This month features works in a variety of media that will make you smile--from soap sculptures to newspaper collages. Who knew so much art could be done with a sharpie? For the more refined, you'll find linocuts, pastels and intaglios. I find something new to look at every day.
Don't miss the fantastic Octotree vs Elephish drawing and the spray paint sculpture. Enjoy!
Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock is more than a biographical look at the artists Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock and their relationship. It is more than a comparison of artistic influences. It is even more than a convincing argument that Benton directly influenced and helped develop Jackson Pollock, one of the most celebrated of American artists.
If you have been in to the North Oak Branch lately, you may have noticed local artwork on display in our juvenile area. For the last year or more, we have worked with several local schools to display student’s artwork. It has been a real pleasure for all of us. We enjoy spending a few minutes of our break to go back and peruse the talents that are represented.
One day I was looking at the art display from our front desk, and it brought to mind a poem by Joyce Kilmer that I thought I might share with you.