Artists donate donor piece for Express

When the community was asked to contribute to the new library branch, FDLPL Express, they came out in force. More than $55,000 was raised in just over six months.

Director Ken Hall and library staff wanted to show their gratitude in a special way. After all, Express is the site of the world’s coolest checkout desk, made from books by local artists and craftsmen. So rather than a standard plaque listing names of contributors, library staff reached out again to local artists.

The result incorporates calligraphy and collage into a beautiful piece of donor recognition art.

“We are delighted with the piece,” said Hall. “Not only does it bring proper attention to the generosity of our community, but it complements the checkout desk perfectly. And in such an artful way.”

The artwork is a collaborative donation to the library by artists Jill Quillian, Mel Kolstad and Lindsey Bovinet, with help from Julie Balson, owner of Gallery and Frame Shop.

Calligrapher Quillian painstakingly wrote out the 62 donor names and transformed the lines of penwork into a still life of stacked books, with the names as book titles, using watercolor pencils.

Then Kolstad, a collage artist, pieced more than 40 book spines to the wood frame that was handcrafted by Bovinet. Her work took about 25 hours to complete.

The art and frame was put together, with glass and hardware, by Balson and her crew at Gallery and Frame Shop.

The finished piece hangs behind the Express checkout desk.

“Again our community shows why it’s so special,” Hall said. “If you haven’t been to Express yet, use this great reason to stop by. You’ll be doubly impressed.”

FDLPL Express is located on the west side of the shopping plaza at 1125 E. Johnson St. Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo information: The names of 62 FDLPL Express contributors were transformed into a beautiful piece of donor recognition art by local artists Jill Quillian, left, and Mel Kolstad, right, who stand with library Director Ken Hall. The piece was donated in collaboration with Lindsey Bovinet and the Gallery and Frame Shop. Photo by Brian Kolstad.

 

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