Earl DeWitt Jr.

April 16, 2012

“Delaware Artists Are Inspired by Books.” What a lovely idea! And what a lovely exhibit of several pieces of art created by members of the Delaware Artists Guild that is currently on display at the Delaware County District Library’s Main Library, 84 E. Winter St. Featuring several different types of media and artistic techniques, the exhibit highlights books that gave the artists inspiration to create.

Artist Cinda Bauer was inspired to create a delightful collage of sea animals after reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, and Kris Hyland Kolb took an awesome photograph of a cemetery inspired by Charlaine Harris’ book, Grave Sight. The Paris Wife by Paula McLaine led to the beautiful small quilt made by Mary Weiler Williams. While reading Marley and Me by John Grogan, Richard Kolb was reminded of his beloved dog, Djanjo who is masterfully depicted in Richard’s drawing.

Lynda Elias, the artist who originally approached the library with the idea for the remarkable exhibit chose Bee Season by Myla Goldberg for her inspiration to create two colorful abstract kaleidoscope pieces. The books of Jane Austen, read by artist Thomas Conrad when he was recuperating from surgery, carry over to a unique collage that illustrates the art of reading from the 19th and 21st centuries.

The exhibit includes several other artists’ works, as well, who have generously allowed the library to exhibit their pieces through Dec. 1, 2011. Then the exhibit will travel to the library’s Orange branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd., for the month of December.

I hope you stop by the library to view this display of admirable talent of some of Delaware’s local artists. Maybe you’ll be inspired to create a piece of art yourself, or to read an inspiring book, perhaps from this list of new books coming to the Library in November.

The Alpine Winter: An Emma Lord Mystery by Mary Daheim. Christmas is anything but quiet in Alpine, Washington, after a body turns up in a cave and Emma Lord and her beau, Milo, are stalked by a killer.

A Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry. Traveling up the Yorkshire coast with her husband and his acting troupe, Caroline, the mother of Charlotte Pitt, anticipates their arrival at the famed fishing village landing sight of Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s tale and develops awareness about inviting and disallowing evil.

Inside Seal Team Six: A Navy Seal at War and True Stories of American Heroism by Don Mann. SEAL Team 6 is synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy’s best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist.

Love Out Loud: 365 Devotions for Loving God, Loving Yourself, and Loving Others by Joyce Meyer. Presents a daily devotional that guides Christian readers to loving God with a whole heart, which will in turn help them love themselves and others in a balanced, healthy way.

Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan by Fariba Nawa. Returning to Afghanistan after nearly 20 years in the U.S., a veteran reporter discovers a nation altered by the toxic effects of a multi-billion-dollar opium business and recounts her remarkable encounters with poppy farms, corrupt officials, sympathetic ex-pats, drug lords, smugglers and addicts.

The Silver Lotus by Thomas Steinbeck. Expanding his trading empire, Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond faces pirates, storms and illness as he crosses the Pacific seeking new markets in the Orient and falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy Cantonese merchant family.

The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw. The NBC news anchor and former White House correspondent evaluates the American dream of the past, present and future as experienced by four generations of his and other families.

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