Monday, March 1, 2010

Checking out the Score Sheets

Artist's Reception

On Sunday afternoon 17 winning artists, their families, librarians, and judges for the contest gathered together in Youth Services for an Artist's Reception. Posters were judged and chosen for our 2010-2011 Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Calendar. While listening to Bach, we mingled and studied each other’s art; then everyone was treated to a banana split, donated by the Friends of the Library!

Two of the three judges, Maria Wopshall, Friends of the Library president and LeeAnn Biggs, Library Board president, attended to see the faces behind the art that was submitted for our first Calendar Poster Contest. Annette Knox, Hussey-Mayfield Library’s graphic artist was the third judge but was unable to attend. They were all impressed by the variety and creative expression from the participants ranging from three years old through adults. The posters were judged on the artist's ability to finish the sentence “Reading is…” by communicating it in words and art with “creativity and inventiveness”. They were judged on technical details of layout, neatness and use of art mediums. Some created a collage while others used simple crayon, ink or colored pencil. Water color was also used to create two beautiful chickens spying a book.

It is great to see family support for the youths and adults who participated in this project to promote reading and our public library. Each of the 18 winning posters will be featured in our calendar scheduled for sale by July. We plan to incorporate a majority of the other posters submitted in some way as well.

“Reading is… Unlocking Treasures, Out of this World, Magical, Fun and Interesting, a Precious Gift…” How else could you finish the sentence? The posters will be on display in Youth Services until March 7th. It is amazing how words and thought are expressed in art in so many different ways through the generations who participated. Come check it out!

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