Library hosts visual artwork

<p>Oil paintings by Hermiston artist Sandra Spencer will be on display at the Hermiston Public Library through the end of September, when a different local artist's work will be featured for one month.</p>

The written word is not the only form of art at the local library.

The Hermiston Public Library will display artwork from local artists through at least January, Library Assistant Jodi Hansen said.

The library will feature the work of one local artist per month, she said, and paintings by the first artist, Sandra Spencer, are already on display.

“It’s kind of nice to do something different for our patrons, the ones that come in all the time,” Hansen said. “It’s been fun. Patrons have noticed and been curious about it. I think it’s going to go over well.”

She said the art enhances the experience for library patrons and may expose the artists to people who were not aware of their work.

“I had gone to the art walk several years in a row and was impressed with the talent of the artists in the area and just thought it would be nice if we could give them another opportunity to show their work,” Hansen said.

Members of the library Board of Directors supported the plan and are excited to see it in action, she said.

“Anything we can do to highlight the culture in the area, they’re very happy to do that,” Hansen said.

She said she coordinates many of the adult programs at the library, including a summer reading program, genealogy and gardening programs and now the art program.

“We’re always trying to find something new that will be appealing to adults,” she said. “We have a ton of children’s programs, so we’re trying to do more for adults.”

People can view the artwork from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in the main room at the Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave.

Local art displays

Hermiston Public Library will show artwork created by local artists in the coming months.

September: Sandra Spencer

October: Dan Earp

November: Jan Beitel

December: Steve Mills

January: Brandi Dayton

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