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Library plans 2nd Novel Art reception

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Ligonier Valley Library Director Janet Hudson shows some of the recent submissions for the Novel Art event currently underway at the library. Participants are crafting a variety of creative projects for the second annual event, that will benefit the library. A reception to bid on the art is slated to take place on May 2.    
 
photo taken 3/29/2014 Ligonier Library  Bill Pribisco l Ligonier Echo
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier Valley Library Director Janet Hudson shows some of the recent submissions for the Novel Art event currently underway at the library. Participants are crafting a variety of creative projects for the second annual event, that will benefit the library. A reception to bid on the art is slated to take place on May 2. photo taken 3/29/2014 Ligonier Library Bill Pribisco l Ligonier Echo

For the second year, the Novel Art committee and the Ligonier Valley Library are inviting the public to share in the celebration of a successful Novel Art fundraiser to benefit the library. Slated for 6-8 p.m. on May 2, the reception will be held at the library and will feature art crafted from re-purposed books by amateur and professional crafters.

“We have many wonderful entries,” said Judy Linsz Ross, a planning committee member. “It's awesome to see the community's creativity and support of the library.”

Novel Art II includes a week-long exhibition at the library featuring the donated artworks. On April 25 through May 1, entries will be on display during regular library hours. At this time, the public is invited to place votes for favorite pieces.

The reception will include a silent auction for participants to bid on art objects and the announcement of the People's Choice Award. Participants may enjoy refreshments while browsing the displays of entries.

Tickets to attend the reception are $25 per person or $40 per couple and may be reserved at the library by calling 724-238-6451. Advanced purchase is recommended.

Proceeds from this year's Novel Art event will support a broad range of new digital and electronic resources for the library.

“Technology is expensive,” said Janet Hudson, library director. “Routine maintenance alone places a heavy burden on the operating budget. Without Novel Art, we would not be able to purchase the AWE early literacy computer stations for the children's department.”

The stations will provide learning programs for preschool through elementary students.

Last year's inaugural event allowed the facility to upgrade the aging computer systems by purchasing eight new computers for the public workstations.

The children's area youth are participating in the event by displaying origami bookmarkers constructed during a recent workshop, according to Linda Norris, children's librarian.

Norris said the department also supplied time and space for children and their families to complete their own independent projects.

Many locals have projects underway for the event as well, and Ross said the committee is even expecting a few out of state submissions.

Andrew Thornton of Bolivar, owner of Allegory Gallery, said he is currently working on a mermaid sculpture to submit for Novel Art II.

“The idea behind the piece is that she's transforming from the written word into reality and that literature can bring the most fantastical things to life,” Thornton said.

Ross constructed her own project from a discarded Harry Potter book.

“It's a simple and fun set of three Christmas trees,” said Ross. “I call it ‘Happy Christmas, Harry! Happy Christmas, Ron.'”

Entries are still being accepted for the event until Monday. Those interested in participating may use their own books or select free ones available from the library. There is no fee to enter. Patrons wishing to support Novel Art II with an additional contribution may do so at the following levels: $100-$249 reader, $250-$499 illustrator, $500-$999 editor, $1,000-$2,499 publisher and $2,500 + author.

Interested parties can visit www.ligonierlibrary.org for more information or to view entries from last year's event.

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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