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Artwork ReImagined: Original Art Installations at the New Vandalia Branch Library

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The Vandalia Branch of the Dayton Metro Library is the latest newly-constructed facility in the Libraries for a Smarter Future project. The new Library opens to the public for regular operating hours on Friday, November 18. A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting takes place November 17, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

In the new building, located at 330 S. Dixie Drive, patrons will find new technology, new materials and new opportunities. They will also notice three new art installations created especially for the Vandalia Branch Library for the ReImagining Works project.

ReImagining Works invites artists to use pieces from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection as inspiration for new artwork to be installed at all Dayton Metro Libraries. The project is made possible by an anonymous bequest.

For the Vandalia Branch Library, two pieces from the DAI served as inspiration: Aurora Red Ikebana with Bright Yellow Stems by Dale Chihuly, and Study of Heads of an Old Man by Peter Paul Reubens. These three installations are permanently featured in the new Library:

Aurora Red – Old Rt. 25 by Mike Elsass, Dayton – In this large-scale work, Elsass references the bold color of Chihuly’s Aurora Red Ikebana. Applying multiple layers of paint and other organic material, Elsass paints, sponges and sands, often building as many as 40 layers on weathered steel sheets.

“With its beautiful colors and emphasis on form and balance, Chihuly’s work inspired my choice of colors, as well as my use of organic materials,” said Elsass.

Currents by Stephen Canneto, Columbus – Canneto uses dichrolaminate, an innovative material which reflects and transmits the changing colors of light. Comprised of interwoven ribbons and fuselage forms referencing Dayton’s rich aviation history, the work is suspended in the Library’s atrium, and flows through the Library like currents of air.

“The dynamic and graceful movement of the sculpture symbolizes the flow of ideas and creative energy throughout the Library and into the surrounding community,” said Canneto.

What Gets Your Attention?  by Suzanne Ley, Springboro – In her triptych, Ley anticipated the installation of Canneto’s work. She painted a group of spectators enthusiastically looking up, many with cell phones and cameras ready. In context, the spectators could be looking up at the Canneto art installation, the Dayton Air Show, or gazing into the future. Loosely based on photographs of actual Vandalia Branch Library patrons, the artist invites visitors to pose for a “selfie” in front of her work.

“My painting references Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement in its simplified composition and implied connection of the outdoors to the indoors,” said Ley.

The Vandalia Branch Library’s Grand Opening Preview and Ribbon Cutting takes place Thursday, November 17, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Regular operating hours resume on Friday, November 18, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. The Library is located at 330 S. Dixie Drive.

For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.

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