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January 15, 2014

History on canvas

Works by three local artists are installed at Flora Library

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Other staples in the Children's Room at the library include water color paintings, handmade paper pieces and photographs.

Rena Brouwer has five watercolor paintings hanging in the Children’s Room of the library. The paintings feature frogs hidden in lily pads, a sheep, a kitten, a turtle and a horse.

Her favorite part of the project was the painting of the turtle. She felt the painting at the library would be an open door to a child’s imagination.

“As a child, the library was so inspirational to my imagination as I read books,” Brouwer said. “As a visual adult artist, I find visual stimuli sparks my imagination more so.”

The idea to install a permanent art collection came from community interest.

The Flora Library has offered art programs with leadership from Bishop, who has been a strong advocate for arts in the community, Brouwer said. Art programs have increased at the library and were both well received and well attended.

“There is a lot of interest in art in Flora,” Bishop said.

Children in the area also got a chance to get their hands on the art installation with the help of Lacy and a group paper piece. Lacy produced a base sheet and had a workshop where children produced images of plants and animals of the county to go on the paper.

Other pieces on display include photography from Alan McConnell. Two photographs are from the Flora Community Park where people come together for community events. The other six photos were taken inside Adams Mill.

McConnell, who is also a science teacher, wanted to pass along his fascination with machines and their "intricate parts" to others. He described the design of the four-story Adams Mill as "an architectural and engineering marvel."

All three local artists said they were pleased to contribute work to the Flora community. Bishop expressed the joy she had at seeing the project completed.

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