Carpenter Branch Brings Local Artists to Your Library

Last August, the Carpenter Branch Library began hosting local artists’ work within its grand display case, and the public’s response has been enthusiastic!

Photographer Jane Linders kicked off the artist showcase by exhibiting her polaroid transfers, cyanotypes, and black and white infrared work.These images guide her viewers onto an offbeat visual path through cemeteries, amusement parks, and veterinarian x-ray labs—just a few of the curious places Linders’ work will take you.

October was the perfect month to shine a spotlight on the inimitable drawings of Mark Sheppard. Working out of his studio on Cherokee Street, Sheppard uses his formal fine arts training to create skeletons, opossum, jack o lanterns, and other critters you will not forget. Sheppard included early works from his personal collection that had  not been shared with the public before! In November, many people can feel nostalgic about autumn coming to a close, which is why collage artist Allison Sissom was just the right artist to make everyone at Carpenter feel young again. Sissom fuses illustrations from discarded children’s picture books with landscapes from magazines to evoke your inner child’s wonderment, her signature impression. Moving into an abstract realm was exciting for us in December when Carpenter hosted artist Dee Levang. Her exhibit, Works On Paper 2018 - 2019, featured art created with oil, cold wax medium, charcoal, water soluble graphite/crayon and ink on oil paper. These works are an exercise in free associations as the viewer’s eye scans pleasing textures and colors never seen before, yet mysteriously familiar. 

Carpenter Branch started off the new year in a new way by hosting an educational exhibit from local nonprofit, Central Print. Their mission is “to promote the art of letterpress printmaking.” Central Print makes this possible by “providing workshops, classes, and programs focusing on design and production using historic printing equipment.” The Carpenter display case drew visitors’ attention with a fun assortment of letterpress equipment, movable type, and informative placards.

Now, in honor of Black History Month, Carpenter Library requested St. Louis photographer Maurice Meredith to share his work with us. Beginning his career as a photographer in 1976 while serving in the US Navy, Meredith developed a particular interest in capturing African-American celebrities. He has amassed a collection of over 100,000 images, including Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Ozzie Smith, and Toni Morrison. When asked to describe his artist’s philosophy, Mr. Meredith immediately stated, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” 

Carpenter Branch invites you to visit the west foyer to see who’s in store for 2020 as we aim to connect you to great local artists in our community. We hope to see you soon!

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