Category Archives: Art in the Library

Teen Literary Night at the Lopez Library; Friday, April 28th, 7PM, Lopez Library Community Room

Lopez Island Library hosts “Teen Literary Night”.  The evening is for teens only and will feature music, poetry, prose, film – all selected, shared, facilitated by local teens. Snacks will be available.  For more information call Jen at the Lopez Library 468-2265 or Juniper Blomberg 468-3902.

Shark Reef Literary Magazine and Lopez Island Library present award-winning poet Gabriel Jesiolowski; Sunday, April 23rd, 7PM, Lopez Island Library

It’s National Poetry Month and Shark Reef Literary Magazine and Lopez Island Library are proud to present poet Gabriel Jesiolowski, the winner of the 2015 Benjamin Salman Award.  They will be reading from his book of poems “As Burning Leaves”  published April 2017 by Red Hen Press.   We share their bio with you:  “Gabriel Jesiolowski is a queer poet, artist, and curator. Born in the Midwest, they are the child of a textile artist and a psychologist. They work in a research-based practice using installation, photography, painting, performance, printed matter, and text to scuffle within the spaces of language and art. Over the past ten years they have taught art, writing, and gender studies at the university level and curated traveling and pop-up exhibitions. Their work has been shown in galleries such as Dumbo Arts Center, Future Tenants Gallery and the Flux Factory and appeared in print in Crossings: A Counter-Disciplinary Journal, So to Speak, and DIAGRAM, among others. They were the February 2016 writer in residence at The Alice Gallery in Seattle, and they are currently at work on a book of prose poems, an experimental film, and blueprints for a traveling apothecary.” In a month dedicated to poetry we are honored to host this remarkable poet.

“The geography of the body changes; its landmarks temporary; its border shifting,
in Gabriel Jesiolowski’s “As Burning Leaves”, a cartography of new forms, new ways of
being. These poems constitute a healing atlas, a journey of utmost compassion,
marked by both formal elegance and artful eloquence. What a remarkable book; it
will astonish and enchant you.”
—D. A. Powell, author of Lunch and A Guide for Boys

Art in the Lopez Library presents: Butterfly Secrets-Audrey Hancock the Butterfly Lady; Mar. 24-May 5, 2017; Reception & Discussion March 31st, 3-5PM, Lopez Library Community Room

Audrey Hancock-Butterfly Secrets

The Lopez Island Library invites you to stop by the library and view a completely unique and lovely perspective on butterflies.  Audrey Hancock, locally known as the Butterfly Lady because of her deep knowledge and appreciation of butterflies, is featured in the library’s glass exhibit case. Her shop in the village is not to be missed, the beauty and wonder of butterflies abounds.  The library exhibit displays butterfly specific information on seed distribution including her 501c3 seed distribution program. The display also includes info on the farm raised immortalization & rescue program, as well as gardening tips for attracting butterflies and preserving their habitat.  Her butterfly inspired jewelry is particularly well loved and will be featured in the exhibit too.  Audrey shared the following with the library:  “I’ve had a love affair with butterflies for as long as I can remember…the Monarch in particular. Over the years my adoring fascination has morphed into a not for profit business that combines creating the much needed habitat for our struggling local species, with support of butterfly farmers around the world  preserving beautiful specimens for artistic and educational purposes.”  Visit this exhibit and learn tips & tricks to grow the most tempting & delicious garden for our local tiger swallowtails!

Artist Rick Wigre “Creating the Creators-Art of an Art Teacher” Mar. 24th through May 5th, 2017; Reception Mar. 31st 3-5PM in the Library

We are very fortunate to feature the work of Rick Wigre in our library. We encourage you to spend a few extra moments in the library relaxing and disappearing within these beautiful images. Rick shared this regarding his work and his artist’s life:   “In 1972 I came to Lopez Island and found an inspiring place to paint and live on the south end. At that time, I was working on large abstract paintings for a Seattle one-man show. I continued showing throughout the Pacific Northwest while also working with and learning from artists like William Morris and Margret Tomkins.

Since the 70’s I’ve studied many other art medias: computer graphics, animations, graphic design, photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, glass blowing, stone carving, print making and more.  I never would have guessed that my exploration in the arts would involve teaching, but over the years teaching has played an essential role in the development of my art.

I completed a degree in Broad Area Art Education at Evergreen State College and Central Washington University. In 1984 I started teaching art in high schools, and enjoyed a successful teaching career for 32 years.  In that time, I received these awards:

  • Washington State Art Teacher of the Year 2015
  • Advisor of the Year for Washington State, 2009, for Washington Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Teacher of the Year, 1992, for Washington State in Technology presented by IBM and Technology and Learning Magazine
  • National Award for Teaching / Advisor of the Year, 1989, presented by NASA and National Science Teachers Association for Intergraded Curriculum 1989 at the Senior High School Division
  • National Award for Teaching / Advisor of the Year, 1989, presented by NASA and National Science Teachers Association for Intergraded Curriculum at the Junior High School Division
  • Who’s Who in Education, 2001, 2004, 2010

My teaching career enabled me to explore at the exciting edge of technology and traditional arts.  Within the last four decades, technology has transformed the visual arts.  You’ll see that change in my work through the years, and the works shown here are samples of art done throughout my career.  I truly enjoy exploring all of these new medias, creating and helping others to create.”

-Rick Wigre

“Stone Figures” the Artwork of Irene Blomberg, February 10th-March 24, 2017

The Artwork of Irene Blomberg

“The journey of rediscovering my artistic self thru the
medium of stone began 8 years ago, encouraged and guided
by my friend and mentor Tamara Buchanan. When I sculpt
I am happy and free enjoying the connection with the
greater creative spirit. Each sculpture has it’s own story
and journey into being, often reflecting the course of my
own life at the time.
Tapping into the creative process with an object so directly
connected to the earth brings me great satisfaction. Before
the chisel touches down I envision where these rocks have
been and what has brought them to their current shape.
Often the stones draw in the sculptor, sensing a potential in
the artist. It is our dance together, the sculptor and the
When I am getting ready to carve I feel like I am playing
hooky from the responsibilities of life. Whether or not I
create anything of artistic value is of little concern
compared with the opportunity to simply work with stone”
-Irene Blomberg

“AP Art Students” 5 Student Artists from Lopez Island School District Share their Work, February 10th through March 24th 2017

The Lopez Island Library presents a group show of Lopez High school students who are in the AP Art Class at the Lopez School District. Art Instructor Jaimie Terada shared the following info regarding the students:

“The students featured in this show are Ty Greacen 9th grade, Uma Anderson-Chopra 10th grade, Uhane Johnson in 11th grade, Jack Sovelove in 11th grade and Dakota Cline 12th grade.

The AP art students are working on creating a portfolio of drawing and 2d design art that they will submit to the College Board for credit, and or have a portfolio of work to present to colleges.

These Students have been exploring the use of different media for issues of drawing and 2d design. They all have been developing their own technique to convey their voice in the unique style and approach they have for each of their art works. All students have been taking art or doing art on their own from a young age and plan on studying or continuing art after high school.”  Join the library as we celebrate the interesting and beautiful work displayed by these students.

“My Unique View” Artist Alek Taylor-Photographs and Stone Carving; Dec. 30th – February 10, 2017; Artist Reception Jan. 7th, 3-5PM

Watch Alek’s Presentation

Artist Alek Taylor

Artist Alek Taylor



“I am a native of Washington State and I have a passion for capturing and sharing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through photography and stone carving.

Art has been a large part of my life from the beginning.  I come from a family of artists and have been surrounded by creativity in many forms.

As a child, I started in clay, using it to rehabilitate my hands after reconstructive surgeries. I progressed to mixed media sculpture and later discovered stone carving.  I like to carve away the stone and find what’s inside.

I have been taking my own photos since the age of 5yrs old when my mom gave me my first disposable camera.  Photography is a way for me to capture a moment in time.  Most of my images have little to no editing.  My goal is to show as much of what I see as possible.

Through these mediums I have been able to share my unique perspective and personal experiences and enable others to gain insight about how I perceive the world.



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