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Upcoming Exhibit: Abstract Paintings by Lori Marble

Favorite Children’s Books Reimagined: What Do You See?, an exhibit featuring abstract paintings by Lori Marble, will soon be at the Library!

Remember your favorite books from childhood? Perhaps you even have one or two on your bookshelf today? Now, picture them reimagined as abstract paintings. Artist Lori Marble, the now adult child of a librarian, lovingly remembers the books that shaped her childhood.

She asked the librarians at Joplin Public and Post Art Libraries about their favorite children’s books, read them, and painted them in an abstract, mixed-media style. She paints in an ambidextrous fashion, laying down large swatches of bold color using a palette knife in her left hand, while incorporating bold brush strokes and subtle details with her right. Her love of symbolism and pattern is evident in each work on paper.

The display is purposely hung at a child’s eye-view and will prompt each viewer to ask “What do you see?” This exhibit is presented by the Post Art Library in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery. Free and open to the public.

An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, June 9th from 6-7pm.

For more information, contact Post Art Library Director Jill Sullivan at (417) 623-7953 x1041.

“Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Lori Marble

Young Artists Gallery Exhibit

We’re glad to partner with Post Art Library for the inaugural exhibit of our Young Artists Club!

Open to children through age 12, the Young Artists Club meets monthly to learn new art techniques and make artwork. Exhibited here are their self-portraits, which they learned how to create in April.

Join us on Friday, May 13th from 4pm-5pm for the Young Artists Gallery closing reception.

For more information about the Young Artists Club, visit the Children’s Library or call 417-623-7953 x 1035.

Art in the library is curated by Post Art Library.

PAL Holiday Tea to feature The Opus 76 Quartet

This year, we’ve partnered with Post Art Library and Pro Musica to bring The Opus 76 Quartet to the library for the annual PAL Holiday Tea!

Join us on Saturday, December 4, 2021 for one of two performances:

  • 10-10:45AM: Enjoy a delightful morning Bach-a-Bye Baby performance featuring author/narrator Leia Barrett in a new musical take on the classic tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”
  • 2-3:00PM: Enjoy an afternoon performance of classical string quartet favorites. Specifically, A. Dvorak: Quartet No.12 in F Major, “American,” Op.96 and The Danish String Quartet: Selections from Woodworks. At the end of this performance, PAL will give away their take-home Holiday Tea kits while supplies last.

From its hometown of Kansas City, The Opus 76 Quartet has become recognized in journals worldwide for its entertaining and energetic interpretations of the classics. Which is to say we are very excited to welcome them to our library!

These programs are free and open to the public. Registration not necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: in an effort to offer safe programming, masks will be required for all attendees ages 2 and older (per CDC guidelines), regardless of vaccination status.

The 2021 PAL Holiday Tea is a partnership between Post Art Library, Pro Musica, and Joplin Public Library. For more information about this event, contact PAL Director Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041 or jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org.

Art Exhibit: The ABCs of Folklore and Slang

The ABCs of Folklore and Slang, an exhibit featuring 26 linocuts by artist Deby Gilley, is open now through Sunday, May 30, 2021 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery located off of our main lobby.

Inspired by positive feedback about the titles she gives her works, this series is based on an alphabetical sequence of key letters of the words within the titles. Gilley created these works, which reflect an Ozark heritage, using the relief-printmaking process.

“I am hopeful that my chosen images and titles offers a new and refreshing experience to the use of the slang and familiar sayings. Some of the images are people and animals that I know very well,” said Gilley.

Her book, The ABCs of Folklore and Slang Told in 26 Linocuts, was released in 2020. For more information, contact Post Art Library director Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041 or jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org.

Art in the library is curated by Post Art Library, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization located inside Joplin Public Library.

Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art

In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit inside the library that has since turned into this project. In addition to accepting mail art submissions on an ongoing basis, they release active calls for mail art that coincide with exhibiting their collection. We’re excited to share that we’ve partnered with Post Art Library and Connect2Culture for Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art!

This international call for mail art is open to anyone who would like to participate, with residents of the State of Missouri (USA) being particularly encouraged to participate in celebration of the Missouri Bicentennial. How cool would it be if we received 200 pieces of mail art from Missourians in addition to those from across the country and the world?!

Inspired by Missouri’s unofficial slogan – “show me” – the theme for our 2021 call is “Show Me Mail Art.” What’s something about your hometown/state/country/etc. that you would like to show the rest of the world? Show us! Mail art may be addressed to:

Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art
c/o Post Art Library
1901 East 20th Street
Joplin, Missouri 64804
USA

…One of the tenets of mail art is that it’s reciprocal. As such, if you send us mail art (that includes your return address), then we’ll send you a mail art thank you. Be well and in the mail!

Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021, Post Art Library Mail Art Take-Home kits are available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Adult kits may be picked up at the Reference Desk; Teen kits may be picked up in the Teen Department; and kid’s kits may be pick up in the Children’s Department.

Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is a collaboration among Connect2Culture, Joplin Public Library, and Post Art Library, all 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations located in Joplin, Missouri. #PMAP2021 will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. For more information, visit Post Mail Art Projekt or contact Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041 or jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org. This project is endorsed by Missouri 2021, an initiative of The State Historical Society of Missouri.

Please note: no returns (i.e. mail art pieces will not be returned to senders); documentation (i.e. participants will receive mail art in return if they include their return addresses); not all pieces received will go on exhibit, though they will be added to Post Art Library’s mail art collection; and your mail art may be digitized and may appear on Post Art Library’s website, social media sites, or in a digital library collection (with attribution to the sender, of course). Please do not send perishable items.

Art in the library is curated by Post Art Library, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization located inside Joplin Public Library.