At the library, where art meets books

Local libraries are home to paintings, photography exhibits and other works

Special to The TribuneJuly 12, 2013 

Bruce Marchese’s paintings are on display this month at the Cambria Library.

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In the newspaper, the top of the page this article is printed on says Arts&Books. Smooshing the topics together with that ampersand makes plenty of sense. I’ve got a new Nook HD+ that puts me in a similar zone where I can read books, look at art and listen to music.

When I’m in this zone, I’m often on my patio, and I’ve gotten a little too comfy there. Although my library card is getting plenty of use via the Nook, I haven’t been to the library in months. Why leave the patio when they’re sending me books over the wi-fi?

When I read Tribune reporter Sarah Linn’s recent article on Robert Maja’s “Movimiento Mundial” mural at the San Luis Obispo City/County Library, I couldn’t believe that I missed the opportunity to follow Maja’s progress.

What do I blame for not watching the mural unfold? The Nook? Inertia? Reduced library hours? All three, I suppose.

This is my long-winded way of saying that the library is one of my favorite places where the arts and books get smooshed together, and I hope to start treating the Nook as a supplement to the library and not as a replacement for regular visits.

One exhibit I missed while drunk on the Nook was the Big E.A.R.T.H. Book at the Los Osos Public Library a couple of months ago. Look for a photo set showing pages from the oversized book and the creative process on Los Osos artist RawfeyL Burge’s Facebook page.

Here are three current art exhibits at libraries around San Luis Obispo County.

The Paso Robles City Library is showing Doris Lundstrom’s oil paintings through the end of the month. She moved to the Paso Robles area two years ago from the La Quinta desert and is showing landscapes, seascapes and animals. The library is at 1000 Spring St. downtown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The folks at the Cambria Library, 900 Main St., have tapped one of their local artists for July. Bruce Marchese paints in oil and calls his work Fauvist in style. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Flo Bartell from Los Osos is displaying her encaustic paintings through Oct. 10 at the library in San Luis Obispo, 995 Palm St. Check out “Fireworks” from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.com.

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