Local artists will have the opportunity to have their work featured in an exhibit at the library.
"They were interested in making it a picture wall and so I came over and suggested some hanging hardware similar to the hanging system at the arts alliance. By that afternoon they were at Boyle lumber getting their supplies," said Rori Herbison, DAA executive direction.
"The partnership will allow us to have more exhibit space here in Cleveland. This is a perfect format for emerging artists to get their feet wet with the ins and outs of hanging, presenting, dealing with lighting," she added.
"We also have a display case that will be used for rotating exhibits like pottery. The hope for the picture wall is to rotate out the displays every one to two months so it stays fresh," said Phillip Carter, library assistant director.
"The first artist we chose was Allen Morris, who was born and raised in Cleveland. It was just a natural fit, with Allen having spent so much time in this library and his work being so driven by fairy tales and what he read as a little boy. I'm excited for this partnership," said Herbison.
Interim director of the library, Linda Kern said, "We're also very excited for our partnership; we think it's going to be good for them and it's going to be good for the library. We are excited to have a wall and are looking forward to seeing the different artists' work that will be displayed. The case will also be used at some point for displays Rori gives us.
"We hope that this promotes not only the art alliance but also the library, to show we are more than just a place to check out books. We have so many other services to offer and we don't think people always realized what all we do here. This idea came about because we cleaned the attic and realized we had 30 or 40 pictures. The picture wall is turning out lovely and we love it."
As the group admired the artwork Herbison also said, "It's always exciting to see partnerships happening and community agencies recognizing the value of having art available for its patrons. All of the tags have the artist information on them."
For more information about the artwork hanging in the library contact (662) 843-2774 or (662) 843-3344.