Kids Comics Workshop: Write With Images

Saturday December 16, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 1-5

Learn the basics of storytelling with comics from cartoonist Jerzy Drozd, then create a short comics story of your own!

Remembering Summer: Oils & Watercolors by Marcelle Gray

December 17, 2017 through January 25, 2018 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

"In the midst of winter and the holiday season it is fun to remember summer days in the sun. Filled with light, these impressionistic paintings are meant, for a moment, to recall those days on the beach, by the lake, picnicking in a meadow and traveling in sunny locales." - Marcelle Gray

2018 AIA Honor Awards Exhibit

January 13, 2018 through February 26, 2018 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The 2018 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-five projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted to an independent jury for consideration. Five of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional, and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

Over/Come(ing): Paintings by Juliet Seignious

January 13, 2018 through February 26, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

"The images I bring to you were inspired by John Lewis’ graphic novel series “March”. This series of paintings was initially conceived in reflection about current marches and their connection to marches in the past – mostly the famous march, the march in 1965, the walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Within this work, I seek to explore the power/complexity/hopefulness of social movement (s), the most powerful of human creations, for improving the world, appropriately." -Juliet Seignious

Additive/Subtractive Works by Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski

January 15, 2018 through February 25, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Ann Arbor artists Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski exhibit drawing and mixed-media works that embody the essence of each artists' additive and subtractive approach. Gotlib's process-oriented drawing style is characterized by extreme detail. In her most recent work, Gotlib has made an extensive exploration of a deceptively nuanced and emotional subject – flowers. By following the life cycle of flora but focusing particularly on dried, dead flowers, she's managed to create images of unexpected beauty and emotional power. Strzynski's mixed-media work combines drawing, painting, and influences from his background in printmaking. He's inspired by the woody marine landscape of northern Michigan and rural, western Washtenaw County. Focusing on landscape and vernacular architecture, his work addresses concerns about the environment and poverty by telling stories characterized by mystery and subtle humor.

Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to Versals and the Decorated Letter

Saturday February 17, 2018: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Get introduced to the Versal alphabet with calligraphy instructor Scott Wettlaufer. This letterform was used for capitalization in many antique, highly decorated manuscripts and is today used in posters, signs and artists' books. Participants will use pencils to draw the Versal alphabet and decorate the text with drawings of their choice. No previous experience with calligraphy is necessary and all materials will be supplied.