THE ART of BEN GIBSON
October 14 – November 16, 2019
Ben Gibson’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited both nationally and regionally and have received many awards. His work is in numerous museum and gallery collections, such as The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Butler Institute of American Art, East Carolina University Museum of Art, Flint Institute of Art, Charles Burchfield Center, SUNY System, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Sioux City Art Gallery, Springfield Missouri Museum of Art, and the University of Pittsburgh. Some corporate collections include Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania, Duquesne Electric Company, Hongkong, Shanghai Banking Corporation, and Stackpole Hall Foundation of Pennsylvania.
September 1 – October 15, 2019
In September, the display cases featured two doll collections. The majority were from Sewickley Public Library’s own Miryam Ratchkauskas’s large international collection, “dolls from every country”. A Moon resident, Miryam began collecting dolls in 1971 when she moved from her native Lithuania to Israel. One case showcased selections from Pamela Armstrong’s doll collection. Pamela spent her teenage years in Sewickley, in the late 1950’s and early sixties.
Works in Paper
August 1 – 31, 2019
Annie Weidman is a Pittsburgh artist who uses colorful packaging discards to meticulously craft her colorful collages.
Someday Your Prints Will Come
Real Paintings and Prints by Steven W. Justice
June 1 – July 13, 2019
“I paint satirical cartoon portraits, even if my painting’s subject occasionally loses top billing and becomes subordinate to another character or some other theme I discovered. I pay honor (or dishonor, sometimes) to a pantheon of hero geniuses, creators, teachers, seekers, crackpots and hangers-on, and although most of my subjects are characters from the past, nostalgia is not my intent. The past is history and the future is mystery — we must accurately interpret the former in order to effectively prepare for the latter, something we don’t follow through on as well as we could.”
– Excerpt from Steven W. Justice’s Artist Statement
Celebrating Sewickley Valley Hospital School of Nursing
97 Years of Educating Nurses
May 1 – May 31, 2019
A small exhibit of memorabilia from the school and graduates will be displayed at the Sewickley Library during the month of May. The Sewickley Valley Historical Society opened a larger exhibit on Nurses’ Day, May 6. through May 15th.
This is a trip down memory lane for many graduates who provided the Sewickley community with a caring profession and fostered the growth of the nursing profession.
Marian Miller, Sewickley Valley Hospital School of Nursing graduate, Class of 1963, headed up the effort.
The Evolution of the Camera
March 3 – March 31, 2019
During March 2019, the display cases will showcase a collection of film cameras from the 1930s through notable digital cameras of the early 2000s; over 80 years of camera evolution. These are from the private stocks of a local collector, who has been passionate about film photography for nearly 40 years: his first roll of film negatives dates to 1981. Most of the cameras displayed came from tag sales and flea markets; many were donated. Every camera tells a story.
La Verne Kemp
Celebrating 40 Years, a Fiber Retrospective
February 2 – March 2, 2019
LaVerne Kemp’s award-winning textiles have been a fixture of Pittsburgh’s fiber arts community for forty years. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Pennsylvania and Ohio and, notably,
featured three times in Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas as well as The African American Art Exhibition at “Actors Theater “ in Louisville , Kentucky. She has been a committed teaching artist for children and adults for many years through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
LaVerne says, “A part of me is interwoven into each piece that I create. Like my life, my weaving is a collaboration of color, texture and pattern. Over the years my fiber work has evolved into an art form rather than simply traditional weaving. I have explored and incorporated photo transfer, batik, stamping, dying, beading, hand and machine assembly, embroidery and quilting … My art and my passion are interwoven as one fabric.”
20th anniversary of The Skin I’m In:
The Memorabilia of Sharon Flake
January 3 – January 27, 2019
With millions of books in print, Sharon G. Flake has earned an international reputation as one of the top children’s and young adult authors in the country today.
Her breakout novel The Skin I’m In, established her reputation as a must read author among middle and high school students, as well as teachers, parents and librarians. Flake has penned nine novels, including Pinned, a book about a struggling reader and gifted wrestler, a historical mystery novel Unstoppable Octobia May, and a clever picture book called You Are Not a Cat. Her work has been translated into French, Italian, Korean and Portuguese. She has earned numerous awards and recognitions including several Coretta Scott King Honor awards; the Kirkus Review Top Ten Book of the Year; YWCA Racial Justice Award; Detroit Public Library Outstanding Book of the Year Award; Best Books for Young Adult Readers by the American Library Association; Top Ten Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library; Top Twenty Recommended Books to Read by the Texas Library Association, the Junior Library Guide Selection and more . Flake is a former spokesperson for Reading is Fundamental (Pittsburgh) and a National Book Foundation Fellowship recipient as well as a presenter at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Her work is taught in colleges and universities nationwide, and used in classrooms across the US and abroad. Flake is published with Scholastic Books for Children, Disney Publishing, and Boyds Mills Press. Having turned her novel Skin I’m In into a play, she is looking to take her work to the stage.
Sharon G. Flake’s bestselling, Coretta Scott King award winning novel, The Skin I’m In turned 20 in 2018. Come by and learn more about Sharon Flake!
Come into Animal Presence
November 27 – December 31, 2018
This holiday season, the library display cases feature an exhibit called “Come into Animal Presence”, which is the title of a beautiful poem by Denise Levertov. This group show is an invitation to switch gears and consider the other species who inhabit the earth with us – each artwork will address animals in some way. Artists include Kathryn Carr, Niffer Desmond, Beth Hovanac, Alexandra Lakin, Maria Mangano, Sam Milford, Pamela Price and Bill Scimio.
Dia de los Muertos
Objects from Lisa Rivera’s Day of the Dead Collection
October 22 – November 15, 2018
From October 22, 2018 – November 15, 2018, the library display cases contain a collection of folk art and other objects related to the Mexican Day of the Dead, on loan from Sewickley resident Lisa Rivera.
A celebration that originated in Mexico but is celebrated throughout Latin America, Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is a festive 2 day event celebrated on Nov 1 and 2 that honors deceased family members and ancestors. Come check it out to learn more!
Lisa Rivera is a Sewickley resident who hails from El Paso Texas, across the border from Juarez, Mexico.
She frequently visited the Mexican sister city, and early on developed a lifelong fondness for all things Mexican.
In particular, Lisa has amassed a large collection of objects related to the Day of the Dead and was so kind to lend the library a beautiful array of sculptures, paintings and even mass produced objects (to show how ubiquitous the holiday has become) as well as creating a sample Ofrenda, or altar, which honors the dead.
Christine Bethea and Janet Watkins
Reclamation: Art from Clay, Glass and Reuse
September 15 – October 21, 2018
The artists discussed their journeys from creating art at the Kitchen Table at a reception in front of the display cases, Friday, September 28th.
Old and New Works by Maxine Heller and David Mooney
From August 12 – September 15, 2018, the Sewickley Library display cases featured 2 artists who weave: Maxine Heller and David Mooney.
Maxine Heller has been weaving since 1975. Of her process she says: “My work comes from my dreams, fantasies, travels, and ideas. Some of the colors and images are inspired by poems I read. My designs often feature constellations of planets or of faces suggesting relationships.”
Mooney and Heller are residents of Pittsburgh.
Vintage African Objects
June 21 – August 10, 2018
The display cases featured a selection of vintage African objects from the collection of Sewickley resident, Linda Roemer. The pieces came from a variety of areas and ethnic groups and are made from all different materials – beaded hide, carved wood, forged metal and more.
The purposes of the pieces were diverse: a ceremonial wedding necklace, a royal modesty apron, a heddle pulley used in weaving, and forged metal snakes which were used to heal from snakebite, to name a few. The library thanks Bill and Linda Roemer for their generosity in sharing pieces from their special collection with the community.
Elizabeth Claire Rose :
Monday, May 7 – Friday, June 15, 2018
We are thrilled to be showing a selection of works on paper by artist Elizabeth Rose, a Pittsburgh area artist who is currently attending graduate school in Philadelphia. Rose has researched and created many series of artworks which explore landscape, migration, ecology, and place. She uses traditional methods of printmaking and photographic processes to create works on paper, illustrations, installations, and public art.
Quaker Valley Student Art Work
The display cases in April feature the artwork of students in the elementary, middle and high school of the Quaker Valley School District.
Shifting Perspectives: Five Years On
February 26 – March 17, 2018
This exhibition celebrates the five year anniversary of an Artists Invite Artists group residency focused on atmospheric firing at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.
Included are: Fred Herbst, Julie Crosby, Trevor Dunn, Kenyon Hansen, Louise Harter, Doug Jeppesen, Liz Lurie, Dan Murphy, Tara Wilson.
Organized by Fred Herbst. Feb 26-Mar 17. Reception: Friday, Mar 16, 6-9pm.
Ornament as Skeleton, This exhibition explores binary relationships between ceramics and architecture; technology and craft; and structure and decoration. Eliza Au. Organized by Eliza Au. Mar 14-17.
* This exhibit took place on the magazine cases in the reference area. *
Esther Rankin: Paintings and Drawings
January 19 – February 15, 2018
Esther Rankin works with oil and acrylic paint, as well as watercolor, ink, and charcoal and pastels. Esther is visually impaired and has a condition called Chronic Optic Nerve Atrophy, and was born color blind. Nevertheless she has forged a unique art making practice, making affecting and intriguing paintings and drawings.
Born in Aliquippa, Ms. Rankin lived in London for 4 years, and now lives in Ambridge, PA.
Holiday Gift Shop
During December 2017, the display cases contained an array of gift items made by local artists and craftspeople. We featured work by artist and children’s illustrator Jeff Brunner, and offered a children’s ornament making workshop with him during December in conjunction with SPL’s Children’s Department.
Also included in the holiday gift exhibit were Kathryn Carr, Randi Morgan, Larissa Graudins of Rissi Design, Huffalo, Shivika Ashvana, Margaret Hendrickson, Maria Swanson, Bill Scimio and Jenifer Cooney.
Sewickley Public Library’s Local History Room
Check out the library’s digitized Historic Images and Documents here: http://digitalcollections.powerlibrary.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/psepl-hiad
Mixed Media Exhibition Guest Curated by Lacey Hall
September 9 – October 15, 2017
Dandelion Wine is referred to as an autobiographical fantasy. This could also refer to the work in this show, as many of the artists look at ordinary objects, places, or things and make them extraordinary.
Bradbury looks at the clock and makes it a moon, and then makes the moon vanilla.
Likewise, these artists re-contextualize bees, flowers, birds, and plants, treasured objects and putting them in a new world, and giving them life. These artists still have one toe dipped in reality, but they also live in magic. Looking at these magical new worlds is somewhat like looking at a solar eclipse.
Everything is new and little odd, and may leave us feeling more alive and connected than before. – Lacey Hall
Pauline de Roussy de Sales
At The End of the Day:
Mixed media work by Naomi Chambers and Nora Gilchrist
August 7 – September 6, 2017
Paintings, drawings, fabric collages and mixed media pieces by Pittsburgh artists Nora Gilchrist and Naomi Chambers.
Sewickley Pennsylvania: Our Neighborhood
The Postal History of the First 150 Years
July 1 – August 6, 2017
This postal history collection tells the story of the origin and development of the eight post offices that served the greater Sewickley area of Southwestern Pennsylvania from 1803 – 1953, tracing the name Sewickley or “Sweetwater” from its roots at Sewickley bottom (today Leetsdale) and Sewickleyville, up to today’s Sewickley. Other nearby offices: Hayesville, Edgeworth Station, Dixmont, Glenfield, Fair Oaks, Leetsdale and Shields, were all incorporated in to the Sewickley Post office by 1982.
The collection, which belongs to Sewickley resident Dan Telep, features early stampless and hand-stamped usages, Internal Revenue and documentary usages, rates, auxiliary markings, regular issues and every recorded cancellation marking used. Seven unique varieties of cancellations, including the discovery Sewickley Edgeworth Station marking and the Sewickley and Leetsdale straight line cancels, are in the collection. Examples are drawn from private mails, incoming domestic and foreign mails and business correspondence.
Margaret Rose: Pastel Landscapes
June 3 – June 28, 2017
Margaret Hendricksen was born in the Chicagoland area and moved to Pennsylvania less than a year ago. Margaret always wanted to be an artist. But in which medium she never knew. She has had experiences in all mediums and went to college for film. Her mother was and still is an oil painter. It was only a few years ago that her mother exposed her to canvas type art and she ultimately fell in love with pastel art. She loves to work with colors and enjoys painting landscapes and still life.
Many people assume that pastel is oil pastel. There are several kids of pastel. Margaret works with a soft pastel, which can be described as a “colored chalk”.
Maria Mangano: Works on Paper
May 1 – June 2, 2017
Maria Mangano is an artist who explores the intersection of nature, museums, and science to address issues of wildness, conservation, and humanness.
Wildlife, especially the kind familiar to people living in cities, figures largely in her work. Birds, in particular, have always captured her interest because of the fractal-like depth of their physical complexity and their significance in human culture as symbols, augurs, and links to the spiritual world.
Mangano specializes in intaglio printmaking, a type of printmaking that includes etching and engraving, as well as watercolor and mixed media drawing.
The Wildlife Photography of Doris Dumrauf
February 15 – March 24, 2017
Please join Mrs. Dumrauf for her presentation “CreateYour Own Backyard Wildlife Habitat”,
which will take place Wednesday March 8th in the Community Room at the library.
Learn how to attract wildlife to your yard and why native plants are crucial to this goal. As a nature photographer, Mrs. Dumrauf spends many hours in her back yard – a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat – and observes the web of life up close. After her talk, Mrs. Dumrauf will sell and sign copies of her new book.
Karen Krieger and David Montgomery
January 6 – February 10, 2017
Sewickley Public was pleased to show the artwork of husband and wife Karen Krieger and David Montgomery. Both artists are extremely skilled with their hands (and ideas). In this exhibit, Karen, who is also an accomplished silversmith/jeweler, shows recent sculptural work: hand-stitched, 3-D paper forms. David shows a selection of 15 of his intricate dioramas/shadowboxes made of wood, brass, paper, glass, antique hardware, and various other materials.
From December 4—December 31, 2016
Artwork, Pet Accessories, Jewelry, hand knit items and more by Kathryn Carr, Jeff Brunner, Lindsay Huff (Huffalo), Randi Morgan, Rissi Designs, Mutthead, Jennifer Wojtowicz and more.
“MindForms and Liminal Landscapes”
A selection of paintings by Linda Price-Sneddon
From November 4—December 2, 2016
Four Ceramicists: Yoko Sekino -Bove, Eric Pardue, Seth Payne and Reiko Yamamoto
Functional ceramics, On display October 4th – November 4th, 2016
The Paintings of Adalberto Ortiz
From September 1 – September 28, 2016
The Paintings of foot painter Sandy Allison
July 28 – August 28, 2016
June 24 – July 20, 2016
Above Ground Fruiting Body Mushroom Show
Artwork by: Tanya Ahn Riedel, Lucy Martin, Melody Owen, Matthew Underwood, Alexandra Lakin, Theodore Bolha, Tugboat Printshop, and a display case representing The Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. Be sure not to miss two extra programs that have been planned in conjunction with the art show: A showing of the documentary, Know Your Mushrooms on Tuesday, July 12 at 7PM and presentation about Sewickley Area Summertime Fungi on Monday, July 18 at 7PM. The presenter, Ann Berger, a Sewickley resident and member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, gave a talk on the fungi found in the Sewickley area in the summer.