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Annual Community Art Show Encourages Imagination & Creativity for All

Posted on January 25, 2024 at 4:30 am

By Alison Johnson

Annual Community Art Show

Community Art Show

The Annual Community Art Show returns to the library, inviting all to explore being creative.

Each year, we get to see the fabulous imaginations of artists. Whether the art is impressively detailed, charming, cute, or wacky, there is always a variety of amazing art to view.

This year, our theme is Through a Window, which was inspired by the “canvas” for the art. The canvas is a small, clear acrylic tile, which simulates a window.

Imagine what you could see through a window. What do you enjoy gazing at? What can be captured in just one moment? Or what would someone see standing outside and looking in? Maybe yours is a special window—on a space station or a submarine?

The clear acrylic tiles readily accept acrylic paint, paint markers, spray paints, glass paints, and much more. Quantities are limited at each library, so tiles are only available while supplies last.

People of all ages from all around Spokane County are encouraged to participate!

To participate, stop by your local library to get a tile, then create your art, and submit it along with an information sheet at your library by the deadline. Submissions for the art show are accepted February 1–29.

Each library has an art show station at the front desk with acrylic tiles and artist information cards to pick up and an art submission drop box. You’ll find more information about the art show, including the terms and conditions for participating, on our Community Art Show web page.

Starting March 6 and continuing through the end of the month, you can view the art show in libraries and online. For the online show, selected art from each library can be seen on our Community Art Show web page.

We hope you enjoy the imaginations and creations of friends, neighbors, and fellow residents of Spokane County.

Booklists to Spark Imaginations

If you are looking for inspiration, you can check out books and materials about art with your library card. Here are some booklists to get you started.

If you have an in-district library card, you can also find online classes and other helpful information for many types of art and creative activities to try out. Here are some of those digital resources.

We can’t wait to see what you imagine and create.

Other Events for Exploring Creativity

Explore your creativity even more during library activities and events this winter and spring.

Adults can learn to create Dollhouse Miniatures: Making a Lemonade Stand presented by the Spokane Miniature Society. They can also try their hand at Creating a Fairy Garden Terrarium. Both programs offer a chance to do some detailed, mini creations.

Kids can enjoy the imaginative and engaging programs for Creating a Rubber Band Racer and Making a Leprechaun Trap. These both involve a bit of trial and error and a pinch of creativity to bring them to life (and in the case of the leprechaun traps, lots of gold coins).

Head over to the library’s event calendar to see where and when these events and more are happening.

I hope you have a creative and joyful year!

Librarian Alison Johnson

Alison Johnson is an Education and Enrichment Librarian at Spokane County Library District and the community librarian for the Deer Park Library. She creates library programming and events for children ages 8–18. This means she gets to play with many things, including messy paints and mini robots. When she has free time, Alison enjoys hiking trails with her dog, paddle boarding (on very calm waters), and reading while enjoying a cup of tea.

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