The Lopez Library welcomes the beautiful and inspired artwork of Mike Kaminskas. Whether building architectural models for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, surfboards in his native Santa Barbara, or ceramics here on Lopez Island, Mike Kaminskas’ art has always been about form. “I have always believed that if an object is beautiful it will function beautifully”, says the artist, “but finding beauty in an object such as a recycled mason jar is more about recognizing beauty rather than creating it . . .” The cast ceramic and glass forms that serve as the structure of Mike’s woven vessels are beautiful because they are derived from a culturally significant form. Sourced from the Lopez dump and hand cast in molds at Clay Arts on Center Road, the Vessels are literally our island collective’s Mason Jars. Similarly, the patterns of the weavings themselves are founded in the principles of Sacred Geometry and sacred geometry is the structure of beauty everywhere. The process of creating each Vessel, which is a form of Meditation, results in a Vessel of Intention. “I like to think that the beauty lies in how the object is used as well as what it is; creating that is, The Intention“. An artist’s reception/discussion will be held Sunday, November 2nd, from 5-6 pm in the Lopez Library Community Room. The library encourages our patrons to stop and browse this unique artwork in the display case as your enter the library.