LISLE – Twenty nature-inspired expressionist paintings hang in a corner of the Lisle Library District where, less than a month ago, there were only blank walls.
The works are part of the district's new initiative, Gallery 777, which provides a space for the community to view art at the library.
“It's a natural fit for us,” said Director of Adult Services Tatiana Weinstein, who oversaw the creation of the gallery.
Weinstein said there is no comparable place in Lisle to display artwork, and that she hopes Gallery 777 will draw people to the library who might not otherwise come.
The space's inaugural show, “Thunder Over Lightning,” which opened June 1, showcases the work of three local artists – Lisle residents Karen Karlowski and Jean Paulis and Woodridge resident Patrick McDonnell. The trio use palettes, small knives and scrapers to vertically manipulate layers of paint.
The artists celebrated with library staff and community members at an opening for the exhibit Friday.
“I am really big in supporting the community that I live in,” said Karlowski. “I love seeing those grassroots things take off.”
Weinstein said the gallery is open to all styles of two-dimensional artwork, and that a dozen local artists have expressed interest so far. Each show runs two months. After this summer's exhibit, Gallery 777 will display the work of realist oil painter Rosemary Sieben.
“There's a lot of great talent in Lisle,” Weinstein said.
Interested artists who are 18 years or older will be considered to show at the gallery after filling out an application at the library, 777 Front St., or online at www.lislelibrary.org. Priority will be given to Lisle residents, but applicants can live anywhere in Illinois.
Weinstein, who is a painter and has a master's degree in interdisciplinary art from Columbia College, selects which artists will displayed.
The space is located on the first floor of the library near the atrium window. It includes two walls of art and an informational wall with a works list, artist statement, submission information and guest book.
All exhibited pieces are for sale, but interested buyers must contact the artist privately.
The only cost to the district to open the space was the installation of the gallery rails.
“All the feedback has been absolutely positive,” Weinstein said.
Show at Gallery 777
To obtain an application to display at the district's new space, visit the library at 777 Front St. or get one online at www.lislelibrary.org. Applicants must live in Illinois and be age 18 or older.
If you go
What: Gallery 777
When: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: 777 Front St.