The new Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Library has much to offer visitors, including the latest in technology, materials and services in a large, accommodating space. It also features four original art installations by area artists, created specifically for the Northwest Library.
Local artists, inspired by existing works in the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection, create artwork in the Library’s ReImagining Works project. Eventually, each new or newly-remodeled Dayton Metro Library location will display at least one new piece of art. Two pieces, Relief Fragment from Persepolis and the Kuosi Elephant Mask, served as inspiration for the four pieces in the Northwest Branch Library:
Amy Kollar Anderson, Dayton – “Marketplace of the Mind,” acrylic and copper foil on linen, on a wall near the Opportunity Space.
“The land where the Northwest Library stands was once occupied by Fairview High School. My painting pays homage to this history by combining FHS elements with the beauty of the Kuosi Elephant Costume, and the motto of the Dayton Public Library, which identifies itself as the ‘Marketplace of the Mind.’” – Amy Kollar Anderson.
Virginia Kistler, Columbus – “Untitled,” sculpture of rubber, stainless steel and wood suspended above the café space.
“My work is a contemporary take on the traditional craft of textiles, inspired by the Relief Fragment from Persepolis and the Kuosi Society Costume. Like many Persian and Bamileke textiles, I employed the use of radial symmetry. If you look closely at the work, you will see textile patterns that are inspired by both cultures.” – Virginia Kistler
Marsha Monroe Pippenger, Dayton – “Spaces Between Stones,” paper collage and mixed media, flanking the fireplace in the reading lounge.
“I see walls as positive rather than negative symbols of community and just as the leaders of Persepolis united their empire, the double triptych design and architectural composition allude to the union of three unique neighborhoods – Northtown Shiloh, Dayton View/Salem and Ft. McKinley – into one library branch.” - Marsha Monroe Pippenger
Francis Schanberger, Dayton – “Scatter Hoard,” cyanotype and Vandyke prints on washi (Japanese paper), on the walls of the Quiet Reading Area.
“I was drawn to the textile designs in the central part of the Kuosi Society Costume. There are diamond shapes set within other diamond shapes with alternating cool and warm hues. I decided to employ photographic methods that produce very different colors to echo this effect.” – Francis Schanberger
The pieces will be on permanent display at the Library, located at 2410 Philadelphia Avenue at Hillcrest. Additionally, the Library’s Opportunity Spaces will house long-term exhibits and artists-in-residence, such as the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibit, which is rotating memorabilia and displays through Fall, 2016.
“The artwork enhances what is already a beautiful Library with a dual-sided fireplace, a Rookwood fountain from the old Fairview High School, multi-color windows and bright natural light,” said co-manager Sharon Taste. “We’re so proud of our new facility and eager for our patrons to visit and enjoy it too.”
The Grand Opening of the new Northwest Branch Library is Friday, April 22, 1:00-5:30 p.m. and regular operating hours begin Saturday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
ReImagining Works is made possible by an anonymous bequest. For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Works or call (937) 463-BOOK.