Bad Art Night!

IMG_4645While this little gem was done by one of our young patrons, it sure isn’t any stretch of the imagination to think that an adult might not be even quite as skilled as this at art. Well, we hope there are a few creative-wannabes in our community because we’re holding our first “BAD ART NIGHT” for adults at the library!

With everyone creating and selling at craft shows and on Etsy, the un-gifted crafter can feel left out in the cold. Maybe you try really hard, but something always goes wrong. Maybe you have the vision, but no skills to back it up. We don’t care!  We want YOU!

That’s right, we’re looking for people who have always wanted to create something great, but it never seems to work out. Join us on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30-7:30pm for a few hours of hilarious artwork, trials and tribulations, and best of all, something ugly to leave with us to put up in our display windows! That’s right….we want to showcase your bad art! (Don’t worry, it’s all in good fun.)

This is not an event for anyone expecting to make something great. We want it to be UGLY. Yes, ugly. The uglier, the better! No skills, no creative ability, no genius required. In fact, if you’re colour-blind, we really want you! Registration begins today, so give us a call at the library if you’re interested in joining us next month. It’s going to be fun, I promise.

To inspire you, take a look at the “Museum of Bad Art website, or MOBA, to get the creative juices flowing. I promise, you’ll get a kick out of this site. Take time to wander through the “collection”. Most pieces were picked up at thrift shops, if that gives you any indication. Folk art? Probably not. But someone tried, bless them.

See you next month!

 

Art at the Library

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If you drop by the library in the next month, you’ll be delighted to see some new artwork on display!  We love seeing all of the great talent in our area, and this group from the Almonte and Area Artists Association has a variety of pieces made using various mediums. The colours are fantastic and the pieces are professional in quality. Don’t delay….they won’t be here forever!

Paper cutting or Drawings?

I love looking at illustrations.  It is a big part of my job when it comes to selecting picture books for the library collection. Illustration plays a major role in this type of book and can often make or break a story.  And a trend we’ve been seeing more of in the last few years is paper-cut illustrations. The artist uses paper and cuts in intricate ways to make gorgeous pictures that seem to jump off the page. That’s what I thought when I saw the work of Eiko Ojala.

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Ojala uses his computer to digitally render these illustrations….no paper involved at all! Of course, paper art is his inspiration, and you’ll love looking through the various examples on his website. While the digital world has dramatically moved forward in making realistic images (CGI, anyone?), does this take away from the “real” art of paper cutting?  I don’t think so. It has merit on its own, I strongly believe.

Take a few minutes to wander through the site. You won’t be disappointed!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Yes, it’s almost that time again….Christmas Craft Night! We’re gearing up for a night full of fun Christmas crafts, games and treats…something to get the festivities started!

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Registration has already started, but we still have spaces for kids aged 6 – 12. Hurry, this is the last craft night of the year and it’s bound to fill up quickly! Call us or drop into the library to register for Tuesday, November 26th at 6pm.

Book Art

We’ve all see art made from old books and books that have beautiful art.  Here’s a new twist—gorgeous collages made using books. Artist Ekaterina Panikanova takes books and decides what the picture will look like. Then, she might paint or draw the picture across many books, on one or two books, or use a combination of books with art already in them to incorporate into her work. The result is exciting and beautiful to look at.

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We have THREE winners!

It seems like forever, but we’re finally ready to announce the winners of last summer’s “DESIGN A BOOKMARK” contest at the library!  We collected entries all summer, and then had a local artist go through them to choose winners in each category.  We’ve got the bookmarks printed (thank you, Ferguson Graphics!) and now we’re ready to show you the winning bookmarks.

In the 8 – 10 year old category:

MARK CHAPMAN!

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In the 14 – adult category:

KATE MARTIN!

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And in the 11- 13 year old category:

Hannah Shulist! 

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Congratulations to all our winners!  Their bookmarks will be given out to new members of the library for the next few years.  Stop by to see the display!