Art at Oro Valley Branch Library
On this page:
- Tree of Knowledge
- Leaves Unfolding
- Oro Valley Heritage
- Painting, Sculpture and Other Media
Tree of Knowledge
Sculpture by Joe A. Tyler
"The Tree of Knowledge" ... an extraordinary tree ascends from a book of knowledge, its roots entwined throughout the words. Glittering leaves and branches reflect the afternoon sunlight and represent the knowledge that we gain from reading. This bronze sculpture by Joe A. Tyler stands before the majestic Catalina Mountains and welcomes visitors at the Oro Valley Public Library entrance.
The Tree of Knowledge was commissioned under the 1% for Public Art Program that was adopted in 1997. This mandates that an amount equal to one percent of the budget of all commercial development and public works projects be spent to develop public art. The 1% for Public Art Program is a reflection of the Town of Oro Valley's commitment to artwork which contributes to the sense of community that makes Oro Valley unique. View Artistic Vision for more information about the artist.
The more you read, the more you know.
The more you know, the more you grow.
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice.
When speaking your mind or making your choice.
Mural by Gail Munden
The Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library (FOVPL) and Irma Sankman (FOVPL Board of Directors member) asked artist Gail Munden if she would design and paint an art mural for the Library. Irma and Gail have known each other for many years through their involvement at the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA). Gail, who is a SAACA board member, volunteered her time to do the research, layout and design (including many of the photographs) for the book "Excellence by Design: A Visual History of Public Art in Oro Valley, Arizona".
The art mural includes the theme of the "Tree of Knowledge" sculpture by Artist Joe A. Tyler. With contemporary and "mid-century modern" elements requested by Jane Peterson (Library Services Manager), Gail researched and worked on a special design for the mural. Incorporating the library's color scheme and the architectural lines of the building, she designed the leaf motif. The tree branches form the bookcase and mirror the shape of the entrance roof line. The book titles contain the donors names whose contributions to the library are most appreciated. The Blue Jay is the artist herself and she hopes that everyone, especially the children enjoy seeing the bird. Gail's artistic talent is very unique and we are blessed to have her artwork at the library!
Oro Valley Heritage
Mural by Matthew Moutafis
Artist Matthew Moutafis was born in New York City and graduated from the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute in New York, where he studied fine art and illustration, and received his BA in fine arts. His artwork embraces his passion for the Southwest. He has taught various painting classes through the University of Arizona Continuing Education program and the Pima County Parks and Recreation Department. Privately funded as a summer youth project in 1997 with six Canyon Del Oro High School art students, Moutafis and the students completed the Oro Valley Heritage mural in four months.
by Phil Kiraly
|Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming||Haleakala Dormant Volcano Crater, Island of Maui||Red Rock Country, Sedona, Arizona||San Xavier del Bac Mission, Tucson, Arizona||St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana|
by Stillman Sawyer
Donated to Oro Valley Public Library in January 2004
Stillman was a Laguna Beach photographer who died at 82 in 2007. He had a successful career as an engineer with the Unocal Corporation. He devoted his retirement years to his passion for nature and the majestic western landscape through his Ansel Adams-like black and white photography.
Stillman donated $1 million to the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, toward the building of a permanent, year round exhibition space.
Tree of Knowledge
by Johnny Wyatt
This enhanced photographic representation of the library's Tree of Knowledge sculpture was donated to the library by the photographer.
Painting, Sculpture and Other Media
Tohono Chul Tranquility
Painting by Carole Anderson
Tohono Chul Tranquility was presented to Oro Valley Library in memory of the artist Carole Anderson. Carole was a Friends of the Oro Valley Library board member in 2001-2002.
Handmade Fiber & Glass Sculptures
by Sabra Richards
Donated to the OVPL by Carol and Bob Jennens, December 2002.
After spending time with the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin, Sabra created her artwork to capture the intricacy and majesty of the Native Americans. She works with Abaca, a fiber from the Philippines used for centuries in papermaking. The fiber pulp is hand formed and backed with wood, layered and combined with sections of fused glass.