Thomas Merton in “No Man is an Island” said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
I often feel that way about a library, in that one can enrich his or her life in so many different ways, yet easily get lost in literature as worlds unfold from within the pages of a book. I feel the same way about art. It has the ability to enrich and explore the human spirit through expressions of creativity.
What better place to combine enrichment with art than at the public library? The Lisle Library District is pleased to announce the launch of Gallery 777 in May. Our gallery space will be located by the Adult Department Atrium, a space of light and reflection.
We anticipate featuring the paintings and 2-D works of many local community artists. Contact information for each artist will also be included with the exhibit, which is a great way to connect local artists to our patrons. Each exhibit will be on display for two months and may feature an individual artist or a group of artists.
Tatiana Weinstein, adult services director, will provide leadership for this project. In addition to her library credentials and MLS, she also has a master’s degree in interdisciplinary art and paints in her free time. She will work with our local artistic community to promote the gallery in different venues.
Our first call for submissions will be in April, with our first exhibition planned in May. Submission guidelines and forms will be available on our website at lislelibrary.org. For more information on Gallery 777, contact Tatiana at email@example.com or 630-971-1675.
Art connects with each individual in a very personal manner, just as artists connect us to our internal and external worlds. Now our patrons will have a place to experience these connections, as well as marvel at the local talent located in our community. Gallery 777 is just another way we are imparting our vision to “enrich, educate, and empower” the residents of the Lisle Library District.
Shannon Halikias is executive director of the Lisle Library District.