November 9- December 30
From the artist:
My paintings are a celebration of my faith, a celebration of the beautiful world we have, an expression of my love of nature and the beauty and peace I find there. I try to convey the joy of flowers and birds, their myriad of colors, textures and shapes. We take so much for granted and treat our Earth so uncaringly. I paint because it is fun, and I love to, but also from a deeper sense of awe, reverence and gratitude. We fail to understand that we are not distinct from nature. We are part of it. Nature is not “out there”, it is in each of us. As you respond to my work, I know that I have expressed a bit of what I feel. Perhaps more importantly, I have inspired you to take a fresh look at the miracles around us.
Cyndy Callog, artist and children’s book author of “A Windy Day,” will be here at the Library for a book signing. Cyndy just received the 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the Gold Metal for the Best First Picture Book. Come into the Library November 18th from 11am- 2pm and meet Cyndy. She will have copies of “A Windy Day” for purchase or you may bring in your own copy for her to sign.
Gray Lyons & Linda Lyons
October 2-21, 2017
Gray Lyons is a photographer and installation artist whose work addresses themes of memory, history, identity and storytelling. She has received degrees from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Savannah College of Art and Design and Towson University. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally
Linda Lyons is a photographer who works within the areas of alternative photographic processes and interdisciplina
A Mixed Media Study in Nature- From Canvas to Wood
Art by Hal Meyer
August 1 to September 18
A word from the artist: After almost 40 years in the commercial art field as a graphic artist/designer, I retired in 2014 and my wife Barb and I moved back to Michigan to be closer to family and so that I could pursue my passion.
After almost 40 years in the commercial art field as a graphic artist/designer I retired in 2014 and my wife Barb and I moved back to Michigan to be closer to family and so that I could pursue my passion in art. I have been painting in oils and acrylics off and on for many years, now I am able to take all that I’ve learned to the next level.
In my painting, my focus is mostly on landscapes or seascapes. I love the outdoors. Being part of nature always brings a peace to my soul. I love taking my visions of the world around me and bringing them to life on canvas as a painting in oils or acrylics, or on wood as a wood burning or dimensional art.
The pieces I am displaying here are a cross section of landscapes and seascapes on canvas or as wood burnings. My hope is that as you look at these pieces you will let your imaginations soar. Some of these pieces are based on real places, others are completely from my imagination.
Music and the Dance
Art by Luka Dziubyna
July 1 to 22, 2017
About the artist and the art:
Luka Dziubyna is a Polish born painter and began painting with his grandfather when he was 13. He began showing his art in San Francisco and is the first painter to ever do an exhibit at Google. His work often challenges sociopolitical norms and is designed to make you think about the subject or to evoke emotion from your preconceived notion of the subject.
He received his MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2014 and this series is, ‘Music and the Dance.’ The work is handled in an impressionistic style with loose flowing strokes and subtle changes even within vibrant color patterns. This series of paintings aims to spotlight both street and big band era musicians.
His work is in the private collection of a few international collectors and he plans on moving to Portugal in February of 2017
Fun with Photography
Art by Mary Beth Thar
June 1 to 24, 2017
Where does Mary Beth find inspiration and where how did her interest in photography develop? In her own words:
“I was given an instamatic camera as a high school graduation present, and that’s when my love of photography started. Those were the days when you took pictures, sent the film off to be developed and waited a week for them to return. Cameras have evolved and I have learned a few things along the way. I recently upgraded to a digital camera and the learning continues.
For the most of my life, photography has been about memories. I have enjoyed capturing pictures of my children as they grew up and of the places that we visited as a family. I would much rather be outside than inside and have started taking more pictures of nature. I am also starting to experiment with long exposures and some different types of photography. “Supportive Husband” is one example of having fun with photography.”
Art to Blow Your Mind
Art by Jake Thar
May 1 to 23, 2017
A note from the artist:
My name is Jake Thar. I love to paint, write poems, and experiment with metal and concrete designs. Acrylic paint is my main medium on canvas, but I have also used oil paint and gunpowder. Abstract is my main theme. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or questions at email@example.com.
My concrete designs and additional paintings can be seen and purchased at the eclectic SL Consignment Shop in Buchanan, Michigan.
People and Places
Art by Thomas Fehlner
December 1, 2016, to January 23, 2017
A note from the artist:
After a career as a professor of chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, I entered retirement in 2006 with the intention of exploring the world of art. Largely self-taught, my activities to date have ranged from drawing to watercolor to oil painting. Figures and landscapes form the subjects of this art carried out in a realistic, albeit not photographic, style.
The work on display is a nearly equal number of figure studies and landscapes. Most of the former are derived from drawings made from models posing at the Box Factory for the Arts while most of the latter are based on small watercolor sketches made on travels around the United States. In both cases, the paintings were completed in my studio.
Photography by Harry Trescher
November 1 to 21, 2016
Harry Trescher has been a resident of the Niles-Buchanan area since 1953 when he began his photographic career as the staff photographer for the Niles Daily Star. While his career took him in different directions, his passion for photography steadily increased. For over 60 years, Harry has been photographing and chronicling the Four Flags region. His unique perspective, artistic eye, love of nature and historical connection with Southwestern Lower Michigan is evident in his stunning images. Additionally, his travels have expanded his portfolio to include national and international subjects.
The award winning photography of Harry Trescher has transformed the people and geography of this region and around the world into a photographic art form that touches the viewer and stirs the emotions.
First Impressions: Stamped and Altered Pottery
September 6 to 26, 2016
Peter Fauver, a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, was initiated into the art of ceramics at Collin County Community College. After a hiatus of a decade, he signed up for a ceramics class at the Buchanan Art Center and he continues to work in their ceramic studio. In addition, he has his own studio, Fauver’s Folly, in downtown Niles. He offers the public both functional wares (a yarn bowl is illustrated) and statement pieces at his studio as well as via the internet store associated with his web site www.fauversfolly.com.
Peter’s current work plays with the boundaries of old and new. His family has been in the antique business since he was a small child so he appreciates the care and craftsmanship necessary for an item to last decades or centuries. He is also attracted to a well-loved and worn ascetic. Hence, he creates stamps to make marks based on traditional features found in antique furniture which are then decorated with layers of colored slips. In addition, he selectively wears down and creates the appearance of age on the forms. Traditional wood carvings, industrial constructions, and weather-worn objects constantly inspire him.
Larger than Life
Still life photography by Butch Welch
July 1 to August 22, 2016
Butch Welch became interested in photography at an early age. Many summer hours were spent at the small library in his home town of Kinderhook, NY, where he would pore over a Kodak book on color photography.
During his freshman year at the University of Washington, Welch met another student with a camera slung over his shoulder. This soon-to-be best friend and roommate, showed Welch how to process and print black and white film in the lab of the Communications Department, where if you took photographs for the University of Washington Daily Newspaper, you could have free use of the lab. Welch photographed for the paper for the remainder of his time at the University and became a paid staff photographer his junior and senior years.
Butch began photographing full page newspaper ads for JC Penny in the spring of his senior year, and upon graduation, started a commercial studio in Seattle. Welch spent the next 15 years photographing people and products for designers and advertising agencies. In 1985, Welch moved to southern California where he spent 26 years as a photographer and art director in Los Angeles. In 1992, Welch began creating black and white landscape photographs; in both gelatin silver and platinum, and exhibiting in galleries. Taking early retirement in August of 2012, Welch relocated to St. Joseph, Michigan, to pursue his passion for fine art photography.
Art as Therapy – Elise Weiler-Korb
May 2 – June 18, 2016
The work displayed in this show is about exploring the various roles and pathways that are currently a large part of my life. The main themes that I focus on are identity, motherhood, liminal spaces, body-image, and relationships. Many of the themes are closely connected and often overlap in symbolism and motif.
I prefer to work in mixed-media and 3D assemblage because I have fun appropriating found objects and images. I enjoy exploring textures and creating depth within my pieces. I find many of my objects at thrift stores, garage sales, from nature, and items are often given to me by family and friends. I look for the potential in everyday bric-a-brac.
All art communicates and sends a message. My art is my way of self-expression and coping with the issues in my life that I need to address. Some of the subject matter is more easily relatable to the viewer while others are more personal and often need more explanation in order to understand my intent. I want the symbols that I use to create a narrative or to convey a message to elicit the viewer’s own experiences.
I encourage viewers to interpret my work and to develop their own ideas about the possible meaning; whether or not my intended ideas are recognized is solely up to the viewer.
Brandywine & Merritt Elementary, 1st – 6th Grade Art Show
April 2 to 23, 2016
2016 Niles & Brandywine High School Art Show
March 1 to 22, 2016
Eastside Connections School Student Show
“What Niles District Library Means to Me”
February 8 to 20, 2016
Eastside Connections School art students were asked to create a work about what Niles District Library means to them. The work displayed is from Kindergarten through 5th grade, all with art teacher Scott Morgan. The Kindergarten and first grade students work is on display on our grey boards in the Youth Services department, while the second through fifth grade work is displayed in the Eleanor and Mowitt Drew Gallery, located in the Rotunda.