Winter Scenes

Now through January 28, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

These original pieces of artwork were created by men and women living with memory loss who participate in the University of Michigan Silver Club programs. The mission of the Silver Club programs is to build a community where people with memory loss make friends, share joys and fears, be creative and have fun through meaningful adult-focused engaging activities.

The exhibit consists of twenty-two artworks featuring a variety of media such as watercolor, ink, and acrylic. In addition, several unusual techniques are employed, including a stencil process using acrylic paint on a blue background and actual pine branches and berries, and a cyanotype photographic printing process, using cedar spring cuttings and sunlight.

Animals in Rhyme: The Friends of Mother Goose

Now through January 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

This exhibit celebrates Mother Goose and the rhymes that bring humor and delight to early reading experiences. From Little Bo-Peep's wandering sheep to Mother Hubbard's demanding dog, visitors will find familiar (and some unfamiliar) animal friends in print and on parade. Come and explore over 100 years of illustrated rhymes from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library's Children's Literature Collection and the William A. Gosling Pop-up and Movable Book Collection.

Organized by animal species, each section of the exhibit presents both lesser-known rhymes and old favorites as interpreted by some of the most important children’s book illustrators of the past hundred years. Mervyn Peake’s “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,” Jerry Pinkney’s “Three Little Kittens,” and Robert Sabuda’s pop-up “Itsy Bitsy Spider” are only a few of the visual delights on display.

This year’s exhibit is curated by Juli McLoone, Outreach Librarian & Curator of the Special Collections Library. Many thanks to Marieka Kaye of the Preservation & Conservation Department and Anne Elias and Karmen Beecroft of the Special Collections Library for their help in designing, preparing, and installing this exhibit, and to Beverly Black, Steve Daut, Laura Lee Hayes, and Jennifer Otto of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild for sharing their storytelling talent and expertise

Cuba: An Opening Door

Now through January 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit includes 51 photos taken during Sandy Schopbach’s recent trip to Cuba.

Some are landscapes: the harbor and streets of Havana, the bay of Cienfuegos, the church and cobbled streets of Trinidad (the Cuban city, not the country), and the countryside in between. Others are snapshots of daily life: the vendors in the covered market of Cienfuegos, people watching the streets below from their balconies, students in uniform enjoying the end of the school day. Still others are portraits: the young singer in a restaurant, or the proud veteran with his many medals, or the woman-with-cigar posing for photos to earn extra money.

Cuba reminds Sandy of the America of the fifties. It’s a country perched on the precipice of the great changes that will come, now that relations have been re-established. A few young people are already walking around with their ears glued to a cell phone. And until mid-summer the U.S. Embassy in Havana flew no flag and was only a “U.S. Interests Office." Things are changing and perhaps they will change fast.

Still, she hopes that much will remain of the Cuba she saw during this magic visit to an island that has remained a Never-Never-Land for so many years.

Opportunities for Veterans: A Look at Housing, Employment, and Your Rights

Tuesday February 9, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This informational panel discussion will focus on resources for veterans and their families in Washtenaw County. Particular focus will be on housing, community re-integration, employment opportunities, and supportive services.

Speakers include:
• Rebecca Rowland, M.S.W, Michigan Ability Partners.
- Rebecca is the Vocational Team Leader for MAP, and Co-Chair of the Hire MI Vet community initiative.

• Heather Popkey, B.S.W, Michigan Ability Partners.
-Heather is a Veterans Services Case Manager, and administers the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program in Washtenaw County.

• Sterling Meeuwen, Eastern Michigan University Student
-Sterling was stationed at Fort Benning, GA as an infantryman of the United States Army from 1999-2003,

• Derrick Miller, Deputy Director for Community Action Network.
- A 6-year Veteran of the Marine Corps, he has extensive experience with low-income clients and area service providers

• Peter C. Clark, former federal prosecutor and US Army JAG attorney.
- Peter works with clients to cover a wide variety of estate planning needs

• Martina Wells, LCSW, LCAS- Transition & Care Management (TCM) Team Program Manager, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
- Martina oversees the TCM program which is committed to helping Post 9/11 and OEF/OIF/OND Veterans transition to civilian life

This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Library February exhibit Always Lost: A Meditation on War.

AIA Huron Valley Chapter 2016 Honor Awards: Photo & Text Panels of Award-Winning Regional Architecture

Now through December 10, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

The 2016 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-eight 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 for consideration by an independent jury.

Ten 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.

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2016 Honor Awards Program at its awards ceremony at the Bentley Historical Library on October 23, 2015.

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.

Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2015 Juried Exhibit

Now through November 29, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the highest quality art and diversity of art media produced by the membership.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330+ women and men from the Ann Arbor area, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

This year's Exhibition is a celebration of more than 50 years of AAWA juried art shows at the Ann Arbor Library. A special, commemorative, collaborative painting of the Ann Arbor Library will be displayed.

Cuba: An Opening Door, Photographs by Sandy Schopbach

Now through October 29, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This exhibit includes 51 photos taken during Sandy Schopbach’s recent trip to Cuba.

Some are landscapes: the harbor and streets of Havana, the bay of Cienfuegos, the church and cobbled streets of Trinidad (the Cuban city, not the country), and the countryside in between. Others are snapshots of daily life: the vendors in the covered market of Cienfuegos, people watching the streets below from their balconies, students in uniform enjoying the end of the school day. Still others are portraits: the young singer in a restaurant, or the proud veteran with his many medals, or the woman-with-cigar posing for photos to earn extra money.

Cuba reminds Sandy of the America of the fifties. It’s a country perched on the precipice of the great changes that will come, now that relations have been re-established. A few young people are already walking around with their ears glued to a cell phone. And until mid-summer the U.S. Embassy in Havana flew no flag and was only a “U.S. Interests Office." Things are changing and perhaps they will change fast.

Still, she hopes that much will remain of the Cuba she saw during this magic visit to an island that has remained a Never-Never-Land for so many years.

Kerrytown BookFest: The Art of the Book

Now through October 15, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The Kerrytown BookFest celebrates all aspects of book writing and creation. This year, this annual exhibit at the Library showcases entries from the festival’s 8th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students.

The contest, open to all Michigan High School students, asks the students to reimagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation to the written word. The contest winners will be announced at the reception.

This year’s book is My Last Kiss, a young adult novel by Bethany Neal. Over 100 entries were judged by Bethany Neal, author; Paula Newcombe, graphic designer for the University of Michigan Press; and Melissa Weisberg, Macmillan Publishing Company representative.

Eight finalists were chosen on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter

The public is invited to an opening reception for the exhibit and the BookFest on Friday, September 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on the third floor of the Downtown Library This event will include: elegant refreshments; exquisite music by harpist Deborah Gabrion; and remarks by Robin Agnew, Kerrytown BookFest President and owner of Aunt Agatha’s bookstore, who will present an overview of the exhibit and the book design contest

The Kerrytown BookFest, which will be held on Sunday, September 13, is an event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight the area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Since 2003, the BookFest has been growing, sharing, and discovering more and more about the rich book culture in this region.

Handbuilding with Clay: An Exhibit by Clay-Art-Friends

Now through October 15, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Featured Artists: Barbara Brown, Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Kim Scott, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Oni Werth, Lineke Zuiderweg, and Mieke Zuiderweg

When people think of ceramics, they tend to visualize the smoothly wheel-thrown shapes of vases, mugs, and plates. Ceramics built by slab, coils, or pinching tend to be off their radar, yet so many of the items that surround us in this world are made by these techniques. The eight Midwestern artists participating in this exhibition share a common bond of manipulating clay through similar processes, but their results could not be more different.

When looking at a ceramic object, we tend to get lost in the piece’s beauty, not its process. This exhibit hopes to capture the public’s interest in what’s behind the art façade. By showcasing a large variety of work and how it’s made, the medium’s mysterious nature will come to light:

• Bowls and figures by Nancy Bulkley are the perfect example of unknown process; the work is made by “pinching”, an incredibly ancient technique that still holds true to modern forms. The viewer can revel in the small imperfections of this process, literally seeing the hand of man upon its surface.
• Sophisticated pieces can spring from slowly building forms, as seen in Barbara Brown’s tall vases and 2 D sculptures featuring birds and natural elements.
• Slab building can yield results that both celebrate the form of the slab (Lineke Zuiderweg’s fairytale figures and Mieke Zuiderweg’s architectural forms) and intense texture as seen in Kim Scott’s “tree trunk vessels.”
• Caron Valentine-Marsh delves further into using slabs with a refined hand not often seen in clay - her “Nicho” constructions have both incredible form and function.
• Still further from the “traditional” vase, Jeanine Center creates clay jewelry that celebrates both detail and natural texture as well as her plates, while
• Oni Werth takes mixed media to a higher level with his driftwood and ceramic compositions.

We hope this show will not only open a new world of ceramics to people, but create enough intrigue that they want to try it for themselves. Handbuilding has an accessibility not found in any other art form, and should be tried by all!

The Individuality of Color: Watercolor Paintings by John David Macdonald

Now through October 15, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

These twenty watercolor paintings are the goal of a training method begun many years ago to develop an intimate relationship with color in order to realize form and motif and the creative tendencies inherent therein. The exhibit ranges from nature moods to works where artistic fantasy weaves its way in without violating the above stated goal.

This method of training with color, through systematic and methodical exercises, has its chief exponent in the late Gerard Wagner (1906-1999), who spent a lifetime developing and expanding indications of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), who provided the foundation for this method.

John David Macdonald’s work with Gerard Wagner provided guidance to explore the limitless creative possibilities contained in one of nature’s primal phenomena

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