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July Art Displays at the Santa Fe Public Library

Stop by and peruse our great art shows that will be on display during the month of July.

Main Library: Tybie Davis Satin Gallery: Liz Pawlak, “Forms and Places” (Oils). This art show displays 21 pieces of art from landscape painter, Liz Pawlak. "Places" represents her travels, including France to Tacoma, Washington to her home in Santa Fe. The show runs from July 2 through July 31. A reception will be held July 2 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. For additional information, you can visit Liz Pawlak's website:

Main Library Display Cases: 2015 Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has A Story”

La Farge Branch Library Display Cases: 2015 Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has A Story”

Southside Branch Library: Lally B. Freeman, “Art from the Heart” (Pastels)

Applications to Exhibit Art

Santa Fe Public Library accepts applications from local artists for consideration of art exhibits. All applicants must live in the city or county of Santa Fe, be eligible for a library card, and follow the Information and Exhibit Guidelines and Art Exhibit Policy

Artists wishing to exhibit their work at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, may bring a completed Main Library Art Application and three representative pieces of work for review to the Library's Pick Room on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm. Paintings, as well as photographic exhibits, will be considered. The Main Library also has glass cases for displaying three dimensional works. For more information, please call the Main Library Reference Desk at (505) 955-6781.

Artists interested in displaying their work at the Oliver La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano Street, should fill out an Oliver La Farge Branch Art Application and call (505) 955-4862.

Call for art at the Southside Branch! Call either John Pinkston at (505) 955-2824, or Molly Masse at (505) 955-2823 to show your art at the beautiful Southside Branch Library.

Artists wishing to exhibit their work at the Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, should fill out a Southside Branch Art Application. The Southside Branch Art Committee will set a date to review and schedule art displays. For more information, please call (505) 955-2824.

Bindings VIII sculpture at the Main Library

Bindings VIII sculpture Bindings VIII, by Gary Beals, is a sculpture courtesy of the City of Santa Fe's, Art on Loan Program. Bindings VIII is on display in the front garden of the Main Library at 145 Washington Avenue. The sculpture is 8' x 18" x 18" and is constructed of fabricated steel with a powder-coated finish.

Beals, a local artist, says of his sculptures, I allow the weathering steel to rust naturally. It's an ideal material for outdoor sculpture since it rusts up to a point, developing a rich walnut brown color, and then stops rusting. The sculpture will never reach the point of deterioration. For more information about Bindings VIII, contact The Karan Ruhlen Gallery.

Woven Olla at the Southside Branch

woven olla detail Woven Olla by Minneapolis-based public artist, Randy Walker, is an eight-foot diameter olla, or Native American water-carrying pot, woven with brilliant strands of fiber that hangs at the main exterior of the Southside Branch Library.

In 2008, the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Public Library and New Mexico Arts, commissioned Walker to create the three-dimensional, suspended steel and fiber olla. The sculpture references a traditional Pueblo water jar, or olla, and reinterprets it on a scale appropriate to the community and the library. Woven Olla is a unifying form that marks the entry as a gathering place. The piece is an analogy for the library as a container of knowledge, a resource no less precious than water.