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New Akron Art Library bringing art into homes

“Akron Art Library puts original works of art that people choose and check out directly into their homes. We want to give people the opportunity ... along with support from the GAR Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation ...

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Akron Ohio News - New Akron Art Library bringing art into homes function bookmarksite(title,url){ if (window.sidebar) // firefox window.sidebar.addPanel(title, url, ""); else if(window.opera && window.print){ // opera var elem = document.createElement('a'); elem.setAttribute('href',url); elem.setAttribute('title',title); elem.setAttribute('rel','sidebar');; } else if(document.all)// ie window.external.AddFavorite(url, title); } function popUp(URL) { day = new Date(); id = day.getTime(); eval("page" + id + " =, '" + id + "', 'toolbar=0,scrollbars=1,location=0,statusbar=0,menubar=0,resizable=1,width=400,height=500,left = 690,top = 125');"); } // End --> Friday, February 16, 2018 Search recent news: Community News Orchestra, Karamu showcase King?s life with Firestone concertCandidates file for May PrimarySheriff addresses concerns about county jailAkron reluctantly complying with state billAPS collaborations helping students to succeedWest Side News & NotesLocal Boy Scout earns Eagle rankSummit County Council approves capital improvements planNorton Council hears Board of Health reportFalls moving forward with fire station replacement projectCouncil discusses language of resolutionsCopley trustees approve firefighters? union contractCopley trustees discuss CIC, safety center fundingRichfield Council OKs purchase of new vehicles | Opinion Youth bowling, a real pick me upCartoons: 2-15-18 | Education APS teachers, staff protest student discipline issuesStudents honored at Norton school board meetingPrincess Night Project offering free prom dressesHighland Middle, Granger Elementary earn awardsStHilary School welcomes students, educators from ChinaWest Side Education News & Notes | Sports Norton cruises to win over WoodridgeUpgrade in works for Portage Lakes Disc Golf CourseHighland boys swim team aiming for postseason successHighland girls swim team looking to add to trophy caseLitchfield boys, girls teams win City SeriesLongshot O?Grady wins PBA Tournament of Champions | Neighborhood Watch West Side Neighborhood Watch | Business Footer To Ridge Property Inspections offering variety of servicesNortheast Ohio Eye Surgeons opens Fairlawn office | Entertainment & Lifestyle New Akron Art Library bringing art into homesRubber City Theatre staging ?Twelfth Night?Ceramic artist featured in new Akron Art Museum exhibitThree Dog Night bringing memories to Civic TheatreGroundWorks? spring show set for March 3Akron Art Museum receives grant for new Open World exhibit | Real Estate & Home It?s time for financial practical housekeeping | Classifieds | Contact Us Homepage | Archives | Calendar of Events | Exploring Akron | Society | Pets | Death Notices | Faith & Worship | Get email news alerts | About Us Entertainment & Lifestyle New Akron Art Library bringing art into homes 2/15/2018 - West Side Leader       By Ariel Hakim Akron Art Museum, Akron-Summit County Public Library partnering for free program A new art lending library allows anyone with a library card the opportunity to borrow artwork owned by the Akron Art Museum, including “Mood Indigo,” shown at right, a giclee print by Kadir Nelson, an American artist whose work is in galleries and museums nationwide and abroad. Toledo-based artist Natalie Lanese created “Mountain High,” gouache and collage on paper, specifically for the Akron Art LibraryLibrary patrons can reserve her work and others beginning Feb22 at a free opening celebration at the Akron-Summit County Main Library. Photo courtesy of Akron Art Museum DOWNTOWN AKRON — All it takes is a library cardReallyYou don’t have to be a jet-setting billionaire to display original works of art in your home, as the people at the Akron Art Museum put it. The museum, in partnership with Akron-Summit County Public Library, is planning to let people borrow genuine works of art for free from the Main LibraryThe Akron Art Library is launching March 1 with a collection of 27 original works of art ranging from paintings, prints, photographs to mixed mediaSome of the artists are local; others are known internationally, according to Alison Caplan, the museum’s director of education. “Akron Art Library puts original works of art that people choose and check out directly into their homesWe want to give people the opportunity to bring art by artists whose work is traditionally shown in museums and galleries into their own homes to share with family and friends and live with among their own furniture, decorations and living spaces,” Caplan said. The pieces vary in size from 12 inches by 12 inches to 32 inches by 28 inchesSome were created specifically for the Art Library, such as “Mountain High” by Toledo artist Natalie LanesePhotographs by Shane Wynn, from West Akron, and Melissa Kreider, originally from Springfield, were printed specifically for the collection, Caplan added. The Art Library team at the Akron Art Museum researched and purchased artwork for the collection from artistsThe project was funded by a Knight Arts Challenge grant, along with support from the GAR Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and the Lehner Family Foundation, museum officials said. Artists whose work has been included in the first iteration of the Art Library also include Butch Anthony, Joan Colbert, Micah Kraus, Melissa Markwald, Angelo Merendino, Mark Mothersbaugh, Kadir Nelson, Jenny Schmid and John Sokol, among others. Kraus, of West Akron, is one of the artists planning to attend an opening celebration Feb22, which runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Main LibraryDuring that time, he’ll demonstrate how he used the library TechZone’s laser engraver and acrylic ink on rag paper to create “PUI Madrid,” one of the pieces available for borrowing. The opening event is free, and the museum also will provide art activities for all ages, with light refreshments servedAll are welcome to take advantage of the opportunity to get a first look at the collection and put works on holdArt will begin circulating March 1Also, a restoration specialist from Art Recovery Technologies will talk about the proper care and handling of art. When borrowers check out works, Caplan said, they’ll be provided with information on how to care for themFor example, museum officials request that art not be displayed in the bathroom to prevent exposure to water and moistureNeither should pieces be hung in direct sunlight, she added. “The Art Library gives the Akron Art Museum a new way to promote arts dialogue and connect new audiences with art, especially those who are not museum visitors and who may not otherwise have much interaction with art,” added Caplan“We’re also excited and pleased to connect with library patrons through programming, helping visitors choose works of art, sharing information about the art, as well as assisting them in the proper care of the works.” Information on how to properly hang the art on walls, along with nails and hooks, also will be available to those who wish to take art home. If something happens while the art is away, patrons should call the library immediately, said Caplan. Museum officials have done their part, however, to make the process of carrying one-of-a-kind works of art as unfrightening as possible, sending them off in heavy duty, well-padded cardboard boxes with handles. “I think what we’re going to see the most is wear and tear to frames,” she said. A piece can be checked out for up to four weeks and renewed up to five times if not requested by anyone elseItems can only be checked out at the Main Library and must be returned there as wellFailure to return a work will result in a $500 feeOverdue fines are 50 cents a day. Works available in the Akron Art Library will be searchable using the library’s online database at akronli brary.orgThey’ll also be on view at the Main Library across from the reference desk in the Culture and AV department on the second floor. “We want to provide a new context for the public to encounter art in their daily lives, allowing them to create further meaning as they experience these works in a more personal way,” said Akron Art Library Program Coordinator Jessica Fijalkovich. Fijalkovich plans to bring art library programs to the Main Library and into the community throughout the year, beginning in MarchShe said the programs range from “how to care for and handle art, to talks about collecting, tours of the collection, artist-led talks and art-making demos.” The Akron Art Museum and the library also will partner to host films about collecting art and showcase other library resources on the subjectThe works in the Art Library are not available for purchase, museum officials said. Art lending libraries are fairly unique, though not entirely uncommon, Caplan saidOberlin College, where she attended, has an art rental program through the Allen Memorial Art Museum, which provided some of the inspiration for the local project. Patrons of the Braddock Carnegie Library in Pennsylvania, a place that also lends out giant puppets, have had access to an art lending library since 2013The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver plans to get one off the ground this year. “We’re kind of on trend right now,” said Caplan. Akron-Summit County Public Library administrators didn’t balk at the idea of starting an art lending library, she saidAfter all, the library lets patrons use their library cards to borrow cake pans, she added. Museum officials are planning to add 10 new works to the local lending collection next yearThe Art Library is funded for two years through the Knight Arts Challenge grant, according to Caplan. “When you bring the arts directly into people’s lives, magical things happen,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at the Knight Foundation“People begin to see their lives, their communities in different waysWe look forward to seeing the ways that this program inspires people and sparks conversations.” The hope of organizers is to continue to fund the upkeep of the collection indefinitelyThey’d like to keep the Akron Art Library going as long as they can, said Caplan. For more information about the Akron Art Library, visit       More Entertainment News New Akron Art Library bringing art into homes Rubber City Theatre staging ?Twelfth Night? 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