About Eckstrom-Columbus Library - Art Gallery Exhibits
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About the Gallery and Art Exhibits
Open since 2013, the Eckstrom-Columbus Library Gallery has been a place for community artists to exhibit their work. The gallery is open during library hours.
Many of the works on display are available for purchase. Local artists interested in exhibiting their art in the branch are encouraged to contact the Art & Exhibits Coordinator Annie Wicks at 520-594-5285.
- January 8th Memorial Foundation: Together We Thrive
- January 4, 2014 - January 31, 2014
January 8, 2011, is a day that will continue to live with each of us as a source of unforgettable heartache, when U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot at a local Congress on Your Corner event. Tucson’s incredible response to that day’s tragedy showed the nation and the world our true character as a deeply rooted, caring and active community. Since that fateful day, our community has created many memorials to honor the six individuals taken from us on that day and has sought ways to transform tragedy into opportunity to work together to make the world better.
This exhibit, January 8th Memorial Foundation: Together We Thrive, presents a sampling of some of the thousands of diverse tribute materials created and offered at the three spontaneous community tribute memorial sites in Tucson where community members gathered to grieve and to share collective hope for positive change and a better world. These three community-created memorial sites were located at University Medical Center, Safeway on Ina and Oracle, and at Congresswoman Giffords’ office on Pima and Swan. This exhibit shares a tiny sample of the thousands of cards, signs, letters, artwork, candles, flowers, toys, paper chains, balloons and many other items collectively offered in tribute to the victims of January 8, 2011.
The January 8th Memorial Foundation is currently engaged in the work of inventorying and archiving these important tribute materials. In addition, the Foundation is also creating a digital exhibit which will be hosted online on the Arizona Memory Project as a way to share many more of these touching and beautiful tributes with the world. The January 8th Memorial Foundation continues to work on planning a permanent memorial in Tucson to commemorate those individuals killed, those wounded, and a community that came together to inspire the world. For more information or for how you can get involved and help support these efforts, please visit www.january8memorial.com.
• A reception, "Remembering January 8th: Together We Thrive," will be held in the library Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm. All are welcome.
- Community Art Exhibit
- February 3, 2014 - March 14, 2014
A group exhibit of original two-dimensional artwork created by artists in our community.
Paintings, drawings, and photographs created by kids, teens and adults will be on display.
- Pima Painting Club
- March 3, 2014 - April 30, 2014
The Pima Painting Club was started in 1986 by a group of Pima College students who wanted to meet during the summer and paint. One of the founders was Lea Teague along with a veteran art teacher, Cherry Murray.
The Club meets each Friday at the Pima College East Campus for a variety of activities. The Club seeks to promote the visual arts through the various activities listed above. Pima Painting also reaches out to the community by supporting the Tucson Community Food Bank annually and helping at the Pima College East Campus annual carnival by face painting. In the past, Pima Painting Club has donated funds towards art scholarships for Pima College deserving art students.
The members meet to have fun, socialize and learn from each other.
- Spiritual Development by Melva DeSautel
- May 1, 2014 - May 30, 2014
About the Artist
Melva DeSautel is an abstract acrylic artist. She is a long-time Tucson transplant.
She graduated from Pima Community College and the University of Arizona with degrees in Journalism and minors in Political Science and Sociology.
After retiring, DeSautel went back to school to study Education. She has taught at various schools in the Tucson area, and she has taught many subjects. In addition, she has taught on the reservation in Sells, Arizona.
Over the years, she has studied the works of many different artist. In addition, she frames and mats all of her paintings.
She has been painting since the early 1990s, while working and going to school.
- Connecting Communities through Art
- June 1, 2014 - July 31, 2014
About the Artist
Mel "Melo" Dominguez is an artist, muralist from Los Angeles who has lived in Tucson since 2007. Mel's community outreach began at Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles where she was a Getty intern. Mel was the Summer Youth Coordinator that headed the community mural project with the youth from the neighborhood. Mel’s artwork is a direct expression of her Chicano/a culture, political issues, social issues and environmental issues. Mel enjoys using creativity and activism to create a difference throughout the Tucson community.
Mel has worked with youth in the community to create the work and they explore such as healthy eating, being a community steward, culture and learning about our urban/desert environment.
About the art pictured:
This piece is based on a story of my life that I share with youth to talk to them about how to use their artistc talents for art instead of graffiti. I was a graffiti artist as a youth in Los Angeles, how I was headed down a wrong path in life. One morning after being out painting graffiti all night and trying to sneak back home, my mom caught me and said, "MEL, Do you want to pay the city for what you’re doing? Or do you want the City to Pay you?" Those words led me to leaving the street life and creating my art on canvas and murals and becoming a professional artist. I want to continue inspiring youth to follow their dreams!
- Fifty-Six Years - A Visual Diary by Mary K. Vetek
- August 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014
This exhibit is a retrospective of many years…a visual diary…of places and memories spanning the past 56 years of my life here in America.
As long as I can remember, ART has been of my biggest passions! I started taking artistic photographs in my early teens and received my first award at the age of 14 in my hometown of Kaposvar in Hungary. Although I was born in Hungary, America has been my home since 1956 when I came to the United States with my husband and our two small children as refugees from Communist-suppressed Hungary.
We started our new life in California living in Coronado and San Diego. I was so inspired by the beauty of the California coastline and the Pacific Ocean that I was compelled to start drawing and painting my surroundings. Through the years, as we moved across the country from one coast to the other (with several stops in between) following my husband's career transfers, drawing and painting remained my constant hobby. The artwork became a visual tour of our life and our experiences.
In 1980, my husband retired, and our state-hopping came to an end as we settled on retiring to the beautiful Gulf Coast town of Gulf Breeze (just over the bridge from Pensacola) situated along the Florida Panhandle. Surrounded by the emerald water and snow white sand of the beach, moss covered trees, pelicans, and songbirds, I once again dove into my art.
Between the years of 1980 and 2006, I was able to focus my energy more heavily on my art. Although I had taken various art classes throughout the previous years, in Pensacola I decided to return to school full time and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. I ran a successful wholesale business selling reproductions of my drawings and paintings. My limited edition prints, t-shirts, and stationery were distributed and sold all along the East Coast, from South Carolina down to Miami and all along the Gulf Coast. I was involved with art organizations, exhibited my work in galleries, entered competitions, and won numerous awards.
In 2006, I found myself moving across the country again. This time the move brought me here to Tucson and to the peaceful Sonoran Desert and the "Sky Island" high desert mountain ranges. The beauty of the Catalina Mountains and our incredible, colorful sunsets inspire me more than anything else here. I am looking forward to years of painting them and interpreting them through the ever-changing nuances of light, shadow, and intense color.
Thank you for taking the time to view my art. I hope you enjoy the exhibit!
- Urban Wilderness: Sabino Canyon’s unique appeal by Jim Kiser
- September 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Through my photographs I attempt to capture my joy at the remarkable natural world we are so fortunate to inhabit. In this exhibit, I focus on the job of Sabino Canyon.
I feel lucky to see the sun’s first rays spread across the desert sand, to witness dramatic thunderstorms over the Grand Canyon, and to see snow coating saguaro cacti in Sabino Canyon after an unusual desert snow storm.
I have learned that photographing the desert at sunrise not only requires one to be out early, but it is also an excuse to be out early, to enjoy the sense of wonder as each day is renewed.
With its heat and arid climate, the American Southwest is a land of impersonal harshness, yet it is a land of incredible beauty. Most important to me, it is my home, the place I have lived and worked most of my life.
There is much to enjoy, and I hope to share that joy through my photographs.