By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: October 2014
As many of you know, Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) recently moved to another location across the courtyard in Tequa Plaza, just a few steps away from the previous site. We are finally settling in to our new place in Suite D-100. With the assistance of many dedicated volunteers, Sedona Public Library (SPL) board members and SPL staff, we completed the move and opened the doors all within a week’s time.
Although furniture was in place, computers were up and running, and holds were on shelves waiting for patrons to pick them up, something was missing. A library patron remarked that the walls were bare and needed some artwork. Lo and behold, the very next day Mike Cadwell, a resident of the Village of Oak Creek and a member of the Astronomers of Verde Valley, appeared at the library to install his astrophotography. Mike’s exhibit, “Looking Off into Space: 22 Views of the Cosmos,” showcases some of the most colorful and unique objects to be found “out there” in deep space.
Mike Cadwell’s exhibit is part of the ongoing Rotating Artist Program (RAP) series featured at SPL-V. If you are not familiar with RAP, it is the brainchild of Anne Uruburu, former SPL Board President and the program’s current chairperson. When the Village of Oak Creek library service center moved to Tequa in late 2010, Anne envisioned beautifying the space with artwork and supporting community artists. One wall was reserved for local artists to display their work on a rotating basis.
Since RAP officially began in 2011, the library has featured many artists working in various formats. In her search for artists willing to share their artwork with the community, Anne strives to include a variety of mediums including oil paintings, photography, decorative and useable quilts, wood carvings, astrophotography, found-art assemblage, and wearable fiber art.
The library takes pride in displaying the work of local artists. The artist may be your neighbor or your best friend. In fact, you probably know many of our featured artists, including Husain Abdul-Alim, Sherryl Alstrin, Debra Baker, Bill and Elaine Belvin, Jeff Colburn, Beverly Copen, Gail Craig, Mary Dove, Eric Gofreed, Beth Kingsley Hawkins, Bev Jenai, Larry Kane, Janis Mock-Jones, Jim Peterson, Scotti Ruhlman, Chuck Schug, Steve Simon, Sally Stryker, and Jill Williams. As mentioned, our current artist is Mike Cadwell.
In addition to exhibiting the work of these individuals, SPL-V has also displayed the creations of groups such as the Red Rock Quilters of Sedona and the Northern Arizona Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. The library was also fortunate to showcase the artwork of Geoffrey Worssam, art teacher at Sedona Red Rock High School, and his talented (former) students McKenzie Moore, Abby Parrella, and Ismea Westerveld.
The Rotating Artist Program has proven to be quite popular with visitors and residents. Every two months, a different artist is showcased at the Village library. Publicity is widespread throughout the Verde Valley. Often, the artist will choose to host a reception. Art is available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds donated directly to SPL-V.
Anne Uruburu is currently working on the RAP calendar for 2015 and has a few dates remaining. If you are a local artist and would like to display your artwork at SPL-V, please contact the library at 928-284-1603 or email@example.com for more information.
Library Events in the Village:
Rotating Artist Program: “Looking Off into Space: 22 Views of the Cosmos,” the display of photos by astrophotographer Mike Cadwell, continues at the Village library until Friday, November 7.
Community Book Discussion: Join the community book discussion at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road, on Wednesday, October 22, at 1:30 p.m. Pick up your loaner copy of “The Grass Dancer” by Susan Power at SPL-V or call the library to order the large print edition. This book is not available in e-book format. The program is free and open to the public.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179, Suite D-100 in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the library drop box located outside the library. If you need assistance when SPL-V is closed, you may call the main library during their hours of operation at 928-282-7714. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928-284-1603 if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V. Thank you for your continuing support of free library services in the Village.
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Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.