TAYLORSVILLE — In its new exhibit, “Found: Art of Community,” the Alexander County Library invited regional artists of all ages to interpret the ways in which we find, create, build, and share community.
The result is a thought-provoking exhibit that reminds the viewer that the art of community can be found everywhere you look. The exhibit was the brainchild of curator, Miranda Burgin, who also serves as the library’s board of trustees chair.
The artists of “Found” tell unique stories of community through a diverse range of artistic mediums including painting, photography, mixed media collage, an installation, and more.
The Alexander County Library will host an Art After Hours reception honoring all exhibiting artists on Friday, June 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at 77 First Ave., SW, in Taylorsville.
Art After Hours will include an artist talk and activities centered around the exhibit’s theme. Refreshments for the evening will be community potluck style.
In addition to those provided by the library, visitors are welcome to bring a dish they would like to share, creating a community table of fellowship. The reception will feature a Heart of Community mural project in which guests can draw or write about what community means to them. The mural will remain on display as part of the exhibit.
The event will also feature a Found Art Drop scavenger hunt. Artists and poets have created postcard-sized works that will be hidden around the library during the reception. Throughout the event, clues will be announced and anyone who finds art gets to keep it or share with someone else. This Found: Art of Community event is free to attend and all are welcome.
Found includes works by Shauna Caldwell, Sarah Johnson, Vickie Jo Franks, Hannah Grace, Diane Podolsky, Taekyeom Lee, Paul Sink, Miranda Burgin, Margaret Mitchell, Melissa Hager, Sarah Jayne Kennelly, Northview Middle School Students with teacher Chris Parsons, Sherri Hager, Mona Woody, Lindsay Robins, Sarah Dow, Laura Crooks, John Murgo, Eric Schumacher, Meredith Janssen, and Cheyenne Chumley.
The exhibit will remain on display at the Alexander Library through the end of July and is free for all visitors during library hours. To learn more, visit www.alexanderlibrary.org or call 828-632-4058.