Join us on the library’s grounds to enjoy the celestial event of the century. Glasses provided while they last! 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 21: Visitors will be able to use special glasses to see the eclipse and participate in science learning activities and films. Only light refreshments offered so bring your breakfast and a blanket and enjoy the spectacle!
Weaving by Julienne Battalia
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the beautiful basketry of Julienne Battalia. Her show, titled “UNTETHERED,” will be on display at the Lopez Library through September 8th. She offers this narrative of herself and her work: “I have lived on Lopez for 31 years, working and raising two beautiful daughters. In my life before becoming a single parent of two and working full time practicing Massage Therapy and East Asian Medicine/Acupuncture, I painted in water color and pastel, beaded jewelry, dabbled in ceramics and weaving on a floor loom.
Several years ago I felt a yearning to find this part of myself again. I had been curious about weaving baskets with rope, yarn and fabric from seeing an exhibit by Peggy Hubbard ( I think it was), at the library many years ago. I found a video on how to weave a coiled basket with fabric and rope. I bought a pretty patterned pillow case and some cord from the Thrift Shop and began to weave my first basket in the fall of 2015.
While in Mexico a few years ago, some friends wanted to learn coiling. I sent them to look for materials in the local craft/paper store and they returned with “synthetic raffia.” This material proved perfect! Since then I have introduced a variety of larger gage copper wire. I still frequent the Thrift Shop for re-used yarn, fabric and an assortment of other materials.
I have named this show “UNTETHERED” because the process of tethering together baskets creates inside me a wonderful untethering of mind and spirit.” – Julienne Battalia
Photograph by Bill Evans
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the photography of Bill Evans. His show, titled “HOME: A Collection of Images Capturing the Emotions of Place” will be on display at the Lopez Library through September 8th.
He offers this narrative of his work: “My photographic passion is to capture the emotion of a place and, in this exhibit, that place is my ‘Home’ in the San Juan Islands. I seek out compelling landscapes and work to capture them in beautiful light. Using both digital and film cameras, I strive to capture my images with a single exposure without the use of Photoshop manipulation. This often results in many more failures than successes, but repeated trips to a location helps me develop the relationship with the scene that I need to capture my images. I’ve been a passionate photographer for over 30 years and apart from a few classes and darkroom work in college, I’m self-taught … a process that continues each day I go out in search of beauty and light.” – Bill Evans
At this new camp led by library staff, elementary school children have the opportunity to make friends and have fun through exciting hands-on activities, noncompetitive games, summer reading, music, art and crafts, science and more. There will be guest instructors too who will offer creative activities both inside and outside. This camp is a collaborative effort between the Lopez Island Family Resource Center and the Lopez Island Library. Six sessions (one week each) will be held: July 17-July 21, July 24-28, July 31-August 4, August 7-11, August 14-18 and August 21-15. Registration is through the Family Resource Center and is open now. (Please note: Priority given to Lopez Residents through July 11th.) Register on-line, by mail or stop by the Family Resource Center at 160 Village Road in Lopez Village.The camp has a max. of 20 for each one week session. For more information telephone the Family Resource Center at 468-4117 or the Lopez Library at 468-2265. This library summer camp is co-sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library, the Family Resource Center and a grant from Lopez Island Thrift Shop.