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Art and the library at Westchester

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:45 p.m. CDT
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Ryan Flores is a reference assistant at the Westchester Public Library.

Over the last six months, the Westchester Public Library has displayed works of art and photography on our new Art Wall.

You may remember we initially featured the library’s “Prairie Mural Project,” a four canvas landscape painted by Youth Librarian Julie Yekel and youth volunteers, on the Art Wall. The mural depicted the Wolf Road Prairie throughout the changing seasons.

During May and June, the Art Wall featured an exhibit from the Salt Creek Camera Club. The group provided 30 pieces, which showed an array of beautiful photographs of various familiar themes. Both exhibits proved to be popular as library patrons, both old and new, stopped to admire the work. 

Our Art Wall exhibit will run from June 22 through the end of July, and displays the work of award-winning Evanston-based artist Karen Perl. The exhibit, titled “Chicago,” includes 13 oil and watercolor paintings of famous local landmarks. Two particularly striking paintings are oils on canvas, “Buckingham Fountain” and “Skyline View from the Planetarium.” 

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Perl has displayed her work in professional exhibitions since 1982. She works primarily in oils and watercolor, focusing on portraits of houses, pets, people, cityscapes and notable landmarks. 

According to her professional statement, Perl tries “to express the spirit of the subject, as it has presented itself to me.”

To view a complete list of Perl’s paintings and her achievements, visit www.karenperl.com. 

We want to remind you that the Westchester Public Library encourages local artists and photographers to display their work, too. Anyone interested can pick up a copies of our exhibit waiver and exhibit policy, both of which are available at the Adult Reference Desk, or from the library director.

Exhibits from nonprofit organizations, government agencies and local professional artists also will be considered, though priority will be given to Westchester residents.

With the success of the first three Art Wall exhibits, the Westchester Public Library staff eagerly awaits what future exhibits that will grace our wall.

Ryan Flores is a reference assistant at the Westchester Public Library

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