When the new Brookville Branch of the Dayton Metro Library opens for a preview on August 22, 2:00-6:00 p.m., three original art installations by area artists will be in place, commissioned for the new Library. A fourth artist, however, will just be starting his piece, a painting he’ll create on site, August 22-26.
Dayton artist Darren Kall will paint two 4 x 8 foot paintings in the new Library’s Meeting Room, and he invites the public to watch and interact with him as he paints.
“I love to have people hang out in my studio so we’re opening the doors and letting anyone who visits the Library come chat with me while I work,” said Kall. “It’s great to have company and I don’t mind being interrupted.”
Brookville elementary, middle and high school students will visit the artist during his week of residency at the Library.
“I want my public art to become part of the nostalgia of a place for the people who visit there,” said Kall. “This way people can say, ‘I saw him painting that years ago.’”
The artwork is part of ReImagining Works, which commissions regional artists to create original, permanent art installations for each new or newly-remodeled Dayton Metro Library location. Inspired by pieces in the Dayton Art Institute’s collection, the art is created specifically for each Library and its community.
Two pieces, the Chinese Ritual Bottle and LaTouche’s Dinner at the Casino served as inspiration for the four works at the Brookville Branch Library. In addition to Kall, the artists are:
James Michael and Co. – James Michael Kahle and his glassblowing team created an installation of 30 unique glass vessels suspended above the Marketplace area, visible from numerous vantage points. The vessels are installed at an angle to simulate the pouring motion and intended function of the Ritual Bottle. Kahle also donated a blown glass vessel to serve as a touchable example of the suspended work.
“The Ritual Bottle offered the perfect opportunity to reinterpret this vessel in glass and to embellish the surface with the colors and textures unique to the medium,” said Kahle. “Suspending the vessels overhead offers the viewer a new perspective.”
Suzanne Ley – Ley created two acrylic paintings on canvas reflecting the landscape of Brookville as well as the imagery of the Ritual Bottle, for the Marketplace. A list of all the plants and animals waiting to be discovered in Ley’s work is available for patron use.
“The concept that what the viewer sees at first glance may not be the whole story was intriguing,” said Ley. “In this painting, a closer look reveals something else in the image and invites the viewer to explore.”
Ron Rollins – Rollins created a 3-panel work that reflects the action and excitement of a fireworks display, for the Quiet Reading Room.
“Dinner At the Casino has long been one of my favorite pieces at The Dayton Art Institute,” said Rollins. “In addition to its lively depiction of joyful party people, I respond to the airborne burst in the background. It perfectly captures the beauty and wonder we see in fireworks, which I love.”
A preview and ribbon cutting at the new Brookville Branch Library, 120 Blue Pride Drive, takes place Monday, August 22, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Regular hours begin on Tuesday, August 23. Regular Library hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Darren Kall expects to be working on his art daily through August 26, possibly longer if needed.