Johnson County Library fosters creatives of all types who live and work in our community. The Library features and celebrates the work of local artists in the physical and digital spaces of the Library, and promotes collaborations and partnerships between the Library, artists and arts organizations. Beginning September 1, the Library is excited to have exhibitions returning to many of our locations. You can find the following exhibitions at the Library locations below:
Antioch Library – Dylan Carroll
Born red-green colorblind, artist Dylan Carroll uses a simple color palette while utilizing the monochromatic scales of each color in his abstract paintings. This exhibition of his work is not meant to be the focus of one theme or issue; rather he views these images as “completely subjective, allowing the viewer to create their own personal connection with the work.”
Blue Valley Library – Jennifer Walker
Sculptor Jennifer Walker uses many types of materials and varied methods to produce her creative works. She has created ornamental relief carvings for architectural restoration, new construction, sculptures for The Kansas City Zoo and a recent commission for The Kansas City Art Institute.
Cedar Roe Library – Sol Anzorena
Sol Anzorena has been making art since she was very young and has been traveling and studying art at different universities in Poland and Brazil. Anzorena’s love of nature inspires her to create “organic and loose” works.
Leawood Pioneer Library – John Keeling
Drawn to what he describes as the “transparency” of watercolor, painter John Keeling captures scenes of nature and animals in his work, from the “fragility of a flower or the devoted gaze of a beloved pet.”
Lenexa City Center Library – Nate Hofer
Nate Hofer is a graphic designer and musician who draws upon his Midwestern upbringing during the Cold War in the 1980s to create documentary photographs and solo performance sound pieces. The photos in this exhibit have been shortlisted for the 2021 Global Peace Photo Award.
Oak Park Library – Daniel Baxley
From the artist: “Every morning upon rising I made my coffee, and immediately went to my studio. I entered into a kind of meditative state and allowed any remnants of my dreamtime or any other elements from my subconscious to freely flow forth as pastel images on 9″x12″ paper.”
Oak Park Library – Joha Bisone
From the artist: “Inspiration is found through the never-ending supply from the natural world. My exploration has led to an ongoing series revolving around the intricacies of patterns in nature, specifically enthralled by the markings and colorings of birds, fish and plants.”
Shawnee Library – William Toney
William Toney uses photography and mixed media to document an abstract lived experience. Toney writes: “I create still lifes from objects I find in the street, retired flowers, my old clothes, etc. In my work, repurposing, repositioning and the shifting of hierarchies attempts to reclaim power by demanding to be seen in a different context.”
To learn more, visit the Exhibitions page on jocolibrary.org. For those interested in a virtual experience, check out Artists in Sight. In this series, the Library interviews some of the Kansas City area’s best local visual artists for insights about their work, creative process and the things that inspire them. Visit Library OnDemand to watch.
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