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Library commissions 'Reading Reverie' by Elliott

Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Each year, the library dedicates $500 of its internal funds toward a piece of art to add to the check-out collection. This year, the library board decided to commission a piece from local artist, Chad Elliott. The painting, created from ideas from the librarians, features a dragon, Dewey the library cat, and even a young Elliott reading under a tree. Because of its clear focus on the Spencer Public Library, the library board has decided to hang it in the library for a period of time, to showcase it for the community before it is added to the library's check-out collection of art.
Each year the library allocates $500 of its internal funds toward a new piece of art to be included in their collection. These pieces are generally purchased already created, and allowed by the public for check-out.

More recently, the library has chosen to select its artwork from local artists. This year, they commissioned a piece from Chad Elliott.

"We were looking for a piece that would mean something to the people of Spencer," interim library director, Paula Brown, said.

Elliott asked around the library staff for ideas, and included many of them in his final piece. The painting features a dragon, a rocket ship, Dewey the library cat, and a young Elliott reading under a tree. Books in various stages of reading adorn the bottom of the piece.

The final work, titled "Reading Reverie," was delivered to the library late last month.

"It's just so beautiful," Brown said.

The library board has decided to not include this painting in the collection of check-out artwork right away. Instead, the piece will be showcased on a wall of the library, at least for a period of time.

"Eventually, we will include it in the check-out collection," Brown said. "But because it is so special to Spencer, we felt more people could enjoy it featured in the library."

In addition, Brown hopes that this painting will help patrons continue to recognize the library as a member of Spencer's art community.

"We work closely with Arts on Grand and Bogenrief studio," Brown said. "Language arts is a form of art, and we have a lot to offer."

For the time being, the painting will hang on the west wall of the library, over the magazine area.



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