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I hope those of you living nearby can join us (the Salem Public Library Foundation) on Sunday evening, October 21st at the library (585 Liberty Street NE) at 6:30…

The tickets are only $5 before the event, available at the circulation desk at the library or from me or one of our intrepid planning committee members (Ellen Stevens, Judy Martin, Debby Vassallo, and Nancy Lindburg).

It will be an evening of revelations which will include the unveiling of the beautiful refurbished Carl Hall painting of the Willamette valley from 1948 (gift of Nell Carruthers and Wes Sullivan), a painting from the late local artist Ruth Delong Black (generously donated by her family) and another donation or two…PLUS the unveiling of the plans for the new Children’s Room remodel by architect Nathan Good and the WONDERFUL artwork of Kristin Kuhns gracing the two entry points to the children’s room.   After remarks by art historian Roger Hull about the library collection, you can tour the library and look at the work.  We will also be celebrating the circulating art collection and its many artists…some of whom we hope will be on hand.  ALL THIS plus wine and hors d’oeuvres…now really…what a terrific evening!

The graphic we’re using as our logo for this event…a print called “Butterfly Dogs” by the late Portland artist Jack McLarty…is a part of the Salem Public Library circulating art collection.  Did you know you can actually check out original art???  Mark your calendars and join us the 21st for art and fun and a few surprises.  See you there…I hope!