Monday, July 6, 2009

Seeking Art in Unlikely Places: The Library

Did you know that several branches of Miami-Dade County Public Libraries offer art exhibits? The exhibits are free, open to the public and differ from branch to branch. Here's a rundown of what's currently on display:

Dog Tales: Words and Images, Fact and Fiction
Main Library – Auditorium
June 11 - August 23
Over twenty artists explore the many facets of a dog's relationship to man, from companionship to protector and more.

Analog/Digital – Part 2
Miami Beach Regional
2nd Floor Exhibition Space
June 18 - August 19
Analog/Digital, by a group of eleven artists, explores the tension between old and new technologies using analog and digital media, found objects, painting, audio, photography, installation, and new media.

Puppy Dog Tales: Stories and Images of Dogs and Other Critters
Miami Beach Regional
Pinecrest Branch
South Dade Regional
June 20 – August 9
This exhibit features stories and artwork about animals by K-6th grade students.

Asser Saint-Val: The Melanin Project
Main Library –1st Floor Exhibition Space
June 1 - August 31
Melanin is the pigment that gives human skin and hair its color and artist Asser Saint-Val's exhibit at the Main Library studies "the phenomenon of melanin" and the roles it plays in people of all races.

Patches, the Disgruntled Carrot and Other Stories
Main Library – 2nd Floor Exhibition Space
April 18 - June 18
This exhibit by New York based Benjamin Entner, an artist influenced by author/illustrators such as Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, was created especially for the Library’s Art of Storytelling International Festival.

Journeys, Stories and Healing through Art
North Dade Regional
May 20 – August 13
All the artwork displayed was created by Miami-Dade County Public Schools students during art therapy sessions.

The Language of Flowers
Pinecrest Branch
April 11 - August 5
A group of Miami artists developed an exhibit of watercolor and mixed media paintings depicting local native flora.

The Sword and the Sorrow
West Dade Regional
March 26 - September 15
Writer and poet James Slater Geggis, Jr. and visual artist Marlon Zuniga joined forces on a series of poems and drawings that explore the wastefulness and absurdity of war.