Library art show a smashing success
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, director, Palmerton Area Library, and artist Douglass Wilkins, of Neola, showcase a painting of an old mill in Sciota (center) that Wilkins submitted for the library's sixth annual Art Show on Sunday. The piece won "Best of Show".
Now, that's a real piece of work to be proud of!
Beautiful compositions of artwork adorned the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library at the sixth annual Art Show on Sunday.
Art aficionados were certainly up to the task, as evidenced by their masterful artwork, which wowed visitors who flocked to the event like never before.
Hosted by the Friends of the Library, the event proved to be a rousing success, according to library director Diane Danielson.
"We had 96 pieces, which is more than ever," Danielson said. "We have everything, from oils and acrylics, to paintings on gourds."
The event which represents the library's top fundraiser of the year also hosted lunch and a Chinese auction.
In all, 160 people attended the function, said Danielson, who added that 11 pieces of artwork were sold.
The library keeps 20 percent of all work that is sold during the show, while the artist receives 80 percent of the selling price, Danielson said.
Artist Douglass Wilkins, of Neola, submitted a painting of an old mill located in nearby Sciota, which he created with acrylics.
The piece which won "Best of Show" took him between four and five hours to complete.
"I walk past it almost every day," Wilkins said of the mill.
He said that he has sold a piece of his artwork at each of the prior art shows he's attended at the Palmerton library throughout the years.
"The library show is a great show," Wilkins added.
Charles Laviolette, president of the Friends of the Library, said the event was a real pleasure to host.
"Everybody's worked real hard," Laviolette said. "I'm real impressed with the turnout."
Danielson noted that artwork that was not sold at the show will remain on display at the library and may still be purchased during the next two weeks.
At that point, the artist must return to the library to pick up their unsold items, she said.