FLORA — History is coming to life at the Flora Library through the artistic works of three local artists. Rena Brouwer, Terry Lacy and Alan McConnell, three artists in residence at the Opera House Gallery, Delphi, used their talent to create art that is now part of a permanent collection at the Flora-Monroe Township Public Library.
That history can be viewed through photographs, watercolor or oil paintings and handmade paper landscapes.
Melissa Bishop, director of the Flora Library, hired the three artists to produce the permanent art collection to reflect Carroll County history. The project began in 2011 and was completed at the end of the summer in 2013.
The collection includes 16 art pieces in total, including eight photographs, five water color paintings, two handmade paper pieces and the large oil painting. The artwork can be seen in the Children's Room at the Flora Library.
The central piece, by Terry Lacy, is a 4-by-8-foot oil painting of the Flora library. The painting contains the images of people who were important to the history of Flora or the library.
Lacy, who specializes in handmade paper, said he learned a lot about Flora and Carroll County by studying the biographies of the people in the painting. Lacy worked on a series of sketches and went over them with Bishop until they both agreed on the final direction.
The painting of the Flora’s founding people is important to the history of Flora and the library, Bishop said.
“It’s a tribute to all the people who worked to make Flora the place it is and the people who continue to make it what it is,” Bishop said. “It is also important to teach kids the history they might not have known.”
Bishop described it as not only educational, but a "beautiful and stimulating display." The work represents not only Flora's history but the history of the library itself.